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Aaron Hernandez had severe CTE; daughter sues NFL, Pats

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court claimed that the league and Patriots failed to protect their players’ safety, leading to the disease that deprived Hernandez’s 4-year-old daughter, Avielle, of her father’s companionship.“Defendants were fully aware of the dangers of exposing NFL players, such as Aaron, to repeated traumatic head impacts,” the lawsuit said. “Yet, defendants concealed and misrepresented the risks of repeated traumatic head impacts.”NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league had not yet seen the lawsuit and could not comment. A Patriots spokesman did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.The league recently agreed to pay $1 billion to retired players who claimed it misled them about the dangers of playing football.The “loss of consortium” lawsuit filed on Thursday is independent of the class-action suit that began making payments this summer. Baez said it was the first of its kind.ADVERTISEMENT “If we have to be groundbreakers in this area, it’s something we’re prepared to do,” he said.Hernandez committed suicide just hours before his former teammates visited the White House to celebrate their latest Super Bowl victory and a week after he was acquitted in the 2012 drive-by shootings of two men in Boston.Prosecutors had argued that Hernandez gunned the two men down after one accidentally spilled a drink on him in a nightclub, and then got a tattoo of a handgun and the words “God Forgives” to commemorate the crime.Hernandez did not raise CTE in his defense at either trial because he claimed actual innocence.“It’s something I deeply regret,” Baez said.A star for the University of Florida when it won the 2008 title, Hernandez dropped to the fourth round of the NFL draft because of trouble in college that included a failed drug test and a bar fight. His name had also come up in an investigation into a shooting.In three seasons with the Patriots, Hernandez joined Rob Gronkowski to form one of the most potent tight end duos in NFL history. In 2011, his second season, Hernandez caught 79 passes for 910 yards and seven touchdowns to help the team reach the Super Bowl, and he was rewarded with a $40 million contract.But the Patriots released him in 2013, shortly after he was arrested in the killing of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée. Hernandez was convicted and sentenced to life in prison; the conviction was voided because he died before his appeals were exhausted, though that ruling is itself being appealed. Read Next San Beda clinches Final 4 berth, edges JRU LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary In this file photo, Defendant Aaron Hernandez listens during his double murder trial in Suffolk Superior Court, in Boston. Massachusetts prison officials said Hernandez hanged himself in his cell and pronounced dead at a hospital. APBOSTON — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, his lawyer said on Thursday in announcing a lawsuit against the NFL and the team for hiding the true dangers of the sport.Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the CTE Center at Boston University, said Hernandez had Stage 3 (out of 4) of the disease, which can cause violent mood swings, depression and other cognitive disorders.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “We’re told it was the most severe case they had ever seen for someone of Aaron’s age,” attorney Jose Baez said.Hernandez killed himself in April in the prison cell where he was serving a life-without-parole sentence for murder. Baez said Hernandez had shown signs of memory loss, impulsivity and aggression that could be attributed to CTE.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“When hindsight is 20-20, you look back and there are things you might have noticed,” he said. “But you don’t know.”CTE, which can only be diagnosed in an autopsy, has been found in former members of the military , football players and boxers and others who have been subjected to repeated head trauma. A recent study found signs of the disease in 110 of 111 NFL players whose brains were inspected. 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Shilpa looks fab & fit just 2 months post delivery

first_imgBusinessman Raj Kundra has posted a video on his Twitter account, which is the promo of a new sports based reality show. His beautiful actor-wife, Shilpa Shetty, is also a part of the promo video.He tweeted: “Check out the latest #sflchallengers promo with @TheShilpaShetty looking fab after just 2 months of delivering my son!”Shilpa delivered their son Viaan Raj Kundra in May. Amidst a lot of hullabaloo over Aishwarya Rai’s weight even months after her delivery has brought on the spotlight over new mommies in Showbiz.Shilpa, who was last seen in a song in Dostana, has mostly kept away from the limelight occasionally attending filmi events.Catch the video here:last_img

10 Thoughts on the Texas Game

first_imgPhoto Attribution: Icon SMIThat was a twisting, bizarre, somewhat tedious (but never boring) win down in Austin for your 6-0 Cowboys. Here are my first ten (of many) thoughts from the game.1. It looked like Weeden was trying to start a stalled car all game. I thought he forced a few throws to Blackmon and that the offense was sporadic (is that too generous?) at best. Yet, they still managed 38 points on the road against a top 25 team that had only once given up more than 20 this year. That’s pretty strong.2. When’s the last time an OSU defensive line dominated (dare I say, won) a conference game for them? Has this ever happened? It did today. 8.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and a massive 4th quarter goal line stand…albeit because Fozzy fell down at the 1, but still!!.3. Mack Brown was 13-0 after losing the Red River Rivalry. He was 70-0 when his team rushes for more than 200 yards. Both of those streaks ended today (h/t Ryan Oss).4. The Gilbert kick return, my gosh. My wife probably thought a cat entered our home and I stepped on it with my baseball spikes on considering the noises I was making. I actually missed Fozzy’s answer because I was too busy replaying Gilbert going the distance (Dr. Saturday has both up on his blog right now). That TD ties the record for longest kick return TD in school with Barry Sanders. He did it three times. 5. Texas’ offense is like the antithesis of OSU’s. It feels like they’re always going in slo-motion. My buddy Sheets texted me in the first half and said, “I feel like Texas’s offense hasn’t accepted the fact that they no longer have Vince Young at quarterback.”6. There were 2 points scored in the 4th quarter today. That HAS to be the weirdest stat of the game. Or how about the fact that there were only 5 total penalties. Or maybe that Texas had the ball for 39:18 and lost.7. To the inevitable “but…but…but…we beat them by 40” OU backlash sure to come in the next few days, I have two things to say: 1. you didn’t go to Austin and torch them in their house (in fact, come to think of it, you’ve never done that) and 2. get back to me when you take your starters out with 5 minutes left in the first half of a conference game. 8. Caleb Lavey, Markelle Martin, Jamie Blatnick, and Gilbert combined for 40 tackles. Blatnick alone had 4 tackles for loss and 2 sacks. Overall, Ash was sacked 5 times and hurried 11. Is this an Alabama or LSU level defense? No, but it might be good enough to win the Big 12 and play for the national title. 9. Brandon Weeden was undefeated as a 26-year old, lost two games as a 27-year old, and is now undefeated as a 28-year old. I wouldn’t say he was great (by his standards) as 23-41 for 218 and 1 will probably convey, but he’s now 17-2 as a starter and that’s really all that matters. 10. Jeremy Smith was devastating. 7 rushes for 140 and 2 TD. A pretty strong showing in his first game over the century mark (and over 65 yards for that matter) all season. He did everything you wanted in the little time he had the ball. Somebody on Twitter asked me if I thought he would get moved up to the starting role. He won’t, but that’s not the point. The point is that when Todd Monken wants to give his Heisman candidate QB a break from throwing to his Biletnikoff-winning WR he can just let him hand it off to two All-Big 12 level running backs in the backfield. 11. (bonus) OSU is halfway to New Orleans. Mizzou, Baylor, Kansas State, Tech, Iowa State, and Bedlamgeddon. That’s it.Tons more coming on the blog about this game in the next few days. Keep checking back or follow me on Twitter for updates. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Top 2017 QB Jake Allen Gets “Dream Offer” From Florida

first_imgFlorida's Jake Allen gets an offer from Florida.Florida’s Jake AllenJake Allen, a 2017 quarterback recruit from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, told 247Sports back in April that Florida was his top school, even though he hadn’t yet received an offer to play for the Gators. That changed Wednesday. Allen, who plays for St. Thomas Aquinas, tweeted the news, adding that he’d received his “dream offer.” He’s currently ranked as a three-star signal-caller by Rivals, but other outlets are calling him a four-star player.Blessed to have received my dream offer from The University of Florida! #Gators #ChompChomp pic.twitter.com/8N8Y6VR3h5— Jake Allen™ (@Jakeallen_14) June 10, 2015I couldn’t have done it without my personal QB coach @EricKresser . Been with him since the 6th grade! Love ya coach.— Jake Allen™ (@Jakeallen_14) June 10, 2015Allen currently holds offers from Cincinnati, Iowa, Miami (FL), NC State and Pitt, among others. While he hasn’t officially committed to Florida, it isn’t a stretch to say that things are looking good.last_img read more

John Calipari Has An Interesting Theory As To Why Kentucky Is A 4-Seed

first_imgJohn Calipari takes a selfie with Jamal Murray.Twitter/@UKCoachCalipariThe NCAA Tournament bracket, which was revealed last night, had a number of questionable inclusions and seedings. While many are focusing on Syracuse being a 10-seed, Tulsa being in the field at all, and the exclusions of popular mid-majors like Monmouth and St. Mary’s, the top of the bracket had some interesting team placements as well. One notable quirk: despite Kentucky beating Texas A&M in the SEC Championship on Sunday, the Aggies received a three seed while UK was bumped to the four line.John Calipari joined ESPN’s Bracketology show on Sunday night and delivered an epic rant about his team’s seed. Today, on his own radio show, he had a new theory.Calipari on selection committee: “They did not want us in Louisville … noooooo.”— TheCatsPause247 (@TheCatsPause247) March 14, 2016Calipari: They did not want us in Louisville. That’s why they stuck us with a 4 seed.— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) March 14, 2016Kentucky Sports Radio transcribed the conspiratorial portion of Coach Cal’s show:“I had an idea who would be in our path. Like I said, I thought they’d try to ship us to Anchorage but there’s no regional up there, so they shipped us to Des Moines. (We’re) Playing on Thursday at midnight.” He later added: “They could explain the numbers however they want, they did not want us in Louisville.”We’re not sure we buy it, but Kentucky would have undoubtedly had a crazy home-court advantage in Louisville, so maybe there’s something to it. We’re sure #BBN will have a slight crowd advantage on Thursday night as is, unless there’s a big Stony Brook alumni base in Iowa that we don’t know about.More: Vote In Our “64 Most Annoying People In Sports” Bracket >>>last_img read more

Conflictofinterest screens working well Trudeau cabinet ministers say

first_imgOTTAWA – Several members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet are singing the praises of conflict-of-interest screens they have been using to avoid controversy — and that members of the previous Conservative government used as well.The screens, along with the use of numbered holding companies to separate ministers from their assets, have been pulled into an intense public debate in recent weeks amid allegations of conflict of interest that have stalked Finance Minister Bill Morneau.Morneau set up one of the screens after entering office in 2015 on a recommendation from the federal ethics commissioner, who told him a blind trust wouldn’t be necessary since his shares in his family’s firm were indirectly held through private companies, and therefore not subject to the Conflict of Interest Act.And he’s not the only one: Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould had a similar arrangement with assets until they were divested in April 2016.Political opponents have been attacking Morneau for choosing a screen rather than a blind trust. For his part, Morneau has maintained that has not been in a conflict of interest. And Morneau’s parliamentary secretary, Joel Lightbound, went on the offensive on his behalf Monday during question period.“What the finance minister has always done and will continue to do, so that he can deliver for Canadians, is to work with the ethics commissioner to make sure that all rules are followed, to follow recommendations,” Lightbound said in response to a question from Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre.Former Tory finance minister Joe Oliver was the sole owner of a corporation that held publicly traded securities, Lightbound noted. And former Conservative cabinet ministers Lisa Raitt and Denis Lebel both made use of conflict-of-interest screens, he added.“What I see is a bit of hypocrisy and a lot of amnesia,” Lightbound said.“At the same time, I can understand why those members are trying to forget their decade in power. Millions of Canadians are trying to forget.”Ethics commissioner Mary Dawson’s office said Monday that fewer than five cabinet ministers currently hold controlled assets indirectly. But it would not share the names nor provide a more-precise number.A government source said later Monday that only two current ministers had a history of controlled assets in a private corporation without setting up a blind trust: Morneau and Wilson-Raybould.Morneau is in the process of divesting and Wilson-Raybould has already divested.Dawson’s office also said some cabinet ministers in the previous Conservative administration — but fewer than five — held controlled assets indirectly.In a series of tweets Monday, Oliver said after his appointment to cabinet he disclosed all his assets, sold all his publicly traded shares and had all decisions on his fund portfolios made by third-party managers.A few of Morneau’s cabinet colleagues also have screens, but for different reasons.Wilson-Raybould and Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi are using conflict-of-interest screens to prevent them from participating in matters or decisions related to company holdings involving their spouses.Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc also has a screen to ensure he abstains from participating in decisions related to J.D. Irving Ltd. because of his close friendship with the Irving family.LeBlanc said Monday that Dawson recommended he set up an ethics screen for any cabinet or privy council documents that have anything to do with J.D. Irving Ltd., or its affiliates and subsidiaries.“Under the rules, you shouldn’t be using … your public office to benefit a friend,” LeBlanc said. “From my perspective it’s working very well.”LeBlanc’s screen, in place since early 2016, means he wouldn’t have been privy to cabinet information about shipbuilding contracts or even the Energy East pipeline, both of which have connections to Irving.Sohi said Monday that he has a screen in place to prevent him from participating in decisions that could benefit his wife’s holdings in a company that’s also a partial owner of farmland in Alberta.He argues the screen, which is overseen by his chief of staff, has already proven to be an effective tool.Sohi said because of the screen he’s been him removed from the approval process for an infrastructure project that was proposed by the province. It would be in close proximity to the farmland.“My chief of staff has made sure that I do not participate in any shape or form in the approval of that particular project,” Sohi said.“It will be done by a different minister and it would have to go the Treasury Board to make sure there’s no conflict whatsoever.”Wilson-Raybould’s profile on the ethics commissioner’s website states that she must abstain from decisions or matters related to self-government talks with First Nations and Indigenous communities with the consulting company, KaLoNa Group, in which she holds a significant interest. Her spouse is also the president and controlling interest holder of the firm.The added public scrutiny on the conflict-of-interest issue has been driven by allegations related to pension legislation Morneau introduced in the House of Commons.Opponents allege the pension reform could benefit Morneau Shepell, a human resources and pension management firm he helped build with his father before entering office. Morneau maintains he was never in a conflict of interest.In response to accusations that he’s personally profited from decisions he’s taken as finance minister, Morneau has promised to sell off $21 million worth of shares in his family’s company and place the rest his substantial assets in a blind trust.Morneau has also promised to donate to charity any gains in the value of his Morneau Shepell shares since he was elected two years ago. The gains are estimated to be worth more than $5 million.Dawson recommended the screen for Morneau to prevent any appearance of a conflict of interest and maintain the public’s confidence.The issue of indirect holdings in a company have been at the centre of the debate around Morneau.Dawson urged the previous Conservative government in 2013 to amend the law to require blind trusts for personal assets owned by ministers, regardless of whether they were directly or indirectly owned — a change that was never made.last_img read more

BC Elementary Schools can improve their grades regardless of location or challenges

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The Annual Ranking of B.C. Elementary Schools was released by the Fraser Institute.This tool is an easy way for parents to compare the academic performance of the province’s schools. The report card ranks 955 public and independent elementary schools based on 10 academic indicators derived from the provincewide Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) results.“The report card offers parents information they can’t easily get anywhere else, about how their child’s school performs over time and compares to other schools in B.C.,” said Angela MacLeod, a senior policy analyst at the Fraser Institute. These are the rankings for schools in the North and South Peace Region;  43/955 – JS Clark, Fort. Nelson  43/955 – Hudson’s Hope, Hudson’s Hope  95/955 – C.M. Finch, FSJ  95/955 – Clearview. FSJ  106/955 – Bert Ambrose, FSJ  129/955 – Upper Pine, Rose Prairie  134/955 – Alwin Hollan, FSJ  195/955 – Baldonnel, Baldonnel  261/955 – Crescent Park, DC  261/955 – Pouce Coupe, Pouce Coupe  285/955 – Little Prairie, Chetwynd  285/955 – Taylor, Taylor  311/955 – Robert Ogilvie, FSJ  311/955 – Notre Dame, DC  333/955 – Tumbler Ridge, Tumbler Ridge  353/955 – Christian Life, FSJ  452/955 – Charlie Lake, Charlie Lake  452/955 – Central Arts, FSJ  452/955 – Canalta, DC  512/955 – Prespatou, Prespatou  655/955 – Frank Ross, DC  694/ 955 – Don Titus, Chetwynd  771/955 – Duncan Cran, FSJ  789/955 – Tremblay, DC  825/955 – Windrem, Chetwynd  862/955 – Peace Christian, ChetwyndThe Fraser Institute shares the data suggests every school is capable of improvement regardless of type, location and student characteristics.The example provided by the ranking, ‘Armstrong Elementary in the city of Armstrong is the province’s fastest-improving school, climbing from a score of 1.9 (out of 10) in 2014 to 6.1 in 2018.  And Armstrong’s Grade 4 students showed significant improvement in reading, writing and math.’ and over the same time period, Maria Montessori in Victoria improved from 7.3 to 9.5—despite having a 20.1 percent special needs population.“We often hear excuses in B.C. that schools can’t improve student performance because of the communities and students they serve, but the evidence suggests otherwise,” MacLeod said.For the complete results on all ranked schools and to compare; CLICK HERElast_img read more

MEG Energy reports 48 million loss despite 56 bitumen price increase

first_imgRevenue came in at $919 million, compared with $721 million in the year-earlier quarter, beating analyst expectations of $651 million.MEG’s loss included a net foreign exchange gain of $78 million and a loss on hedging contracts of $230 million.Its net earnings in the first quarter of 2018 included a $318-million gain on the sale of its half interest in the Access Pipeline, a net foreign exchange loss of $108 million, and a loss on hedging of $76 million.MEG bitumen production was 87,100 barrels per day in the first quarter, down from 93,200 bpd a year earlier (and its capacity of 100,000 bpd) due to the Alberta government’s production curtailment program that began Jan. 1, the company said.However, it said sales averaged 89,800 bpd as it shipped stored barrels to take advantage of higher prices. CALGARY, A.B. – Oilsands producer MEG Energy Corp. is reporting a larger-than-expected first-quarter net loss despite a rise in revenue as its average price for blended bitumen rose by 56 per cent compared with the fourth quarter of 2018.The Calgary-based company says it lost $48 million or 16 cents per share in the three months ended March 31, compared with a profit of $141 million or 47 cents in the same period a year ago.Analysts had expected a loss of 13 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.last_img read more

BC Coroners Service reports decline in illicit drug deaths for first half

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Coroners Service is reporting that illicit drug deaths were on the decline during the first half of 2019.According to the Coroners’ report, provincially, there were 538 illicit drug toxicity deaths within the first six months of 2019, a 30 percent decrease when compared to the first six months of 2018.When it comes to illicit drug-related deaths in Northeast B.C., the reported amount of deaths is down to 10 when compared to 24 a year ago. For fentanyl-detected deaths, Northeast B.C. also saw a decrease of only eight reported deaths when compared to 21 this time last year.The Coroners Service says there were no deaths reported at supervised consumption sites or drug overdose prevention sites.The full illicit drug death reports can be found on the Province’s website.last_img read more

Football Where does Ohio State go from here

Urban Meyer watches a Buckeye offensive possession from the sideline in the third quarter of the Ohio State-Iowa game on Nov. 4. Ohio State lost 24-55. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State will not win a national championship this season. It will not even reach the College Football Playoff.The Buckeyes’ second loss of the season, a 55-24 blowout to Iowa Saturday, made sure of that.As far as many Ohio State fans are concerned, the 2017 campaign is effectively over. Quarterback J.T. Barrett’s Buckeye career will end in a meaningless bowl game, and the rest of the team will begin to look to next season.So what’s next for Ohio State?Head coach Urban Meyer said Monday that keeping the Buckeyes motivated with few remaining game in their schedule is something he has not considered too much.“That’s something we work on not today, that’s something we’ve been working on all year,” Meyer said. “And you try to get a close team that cares about each other and plays really hard. It’s not going to be some speech I give to the team. So it’s a process. It’s a journey that we’re on. And there’s still plenty of things, great things ahead.”Though players and coaches will say the Big Ten is still theirs to take — and they’re not wrong — that is not what Ohio State sought to accomplish when it began the year. Players, coaches, media and fans all set the expectation level for the Buckeyes to win a championship. Despite the fact Meyer has won just one Big Ten title in his six-year tenure at Ohio State, winning the Big Ten is tertiary to reaching the playoffs and winning a title. If Ohio State wins the remainder of its three regular season games — against Michigan State, Illinois and Michigan — then it will travel to Indianapolis to presumably square off against the Wisconsin Badgers, who are one win from clinching the Big Ten West title.For Meyer, the matchup against Michigan State is as far as he is looking ahead. Just as it has for a large part of Meyer’s career in Columbus, the road to the Big Ten title game runs through that matchup.“You still look at the standings and Ohio State and Michigan State are [first and second] in the Big Ten East,” Meyer said. “And everybody knows this game for the last, what’s our sixth year of playing them or something, usually it’s just a prizefight. So the tougher team usually wins. And we’ve got to understand what we’re going to play against.”Even if Ohio State runs the table and captures Meyer’s second Big Ten championship, this season is lost for many.And this year defines the end of an era. The core group of players that led Ohio State to a national championship, two playoff appearances, a Big Ten title and another bowl game win will exit Ohio Stadium for the final time against Illinois, leaving the Buckeyes with a plethora of position battles heading into the next season. With so many potentially drastic changes coming to Ohio State’s roster and the struggles this veteran team has faced thus far this season, it is fair to wonder whether Ohio State will be back in the mix next season. How will the team fare with a new quarterback under center and an offensive line replacing its two top linemen protecting him? What about a defensive line that could potentially lose four starters?Those asking the questions might not want to admit it, but next season could prove less fruitful than this campaign. It is going to be a young team replacing key contributors all over the field, and a learning curve will await. Those disappointed by the results in 2017 could be disappointed by 2018. Perhaps the difference in expectation levels will lessen the blow of a down year for the Buckeyes. Knowing that the team is younger could make a title-less season easier to stomach.The Buckeyes entered the 2017 season as the favorite to win the Big Ten and among those listed as most likely to win the national championship. That they will not achieve the latter is a devastating blow and the former would be only a mere consolation prize. Though it is still early, the Buckeyes do not appear to be in a position to be named the early favorite to win the Big Ten or national championship next year.To many outside the program, the season is over. To those inside the program, the season is still alive and well. There will be no talk of the 2018 season until the clock in that meaningless bowl game ticks down to zero.“Where is the program headed?” Meyer asked. “That’s kind of deep. We’re playing Michigan State this week. We gotta really practice well and fix the turnover issue on offense and play a little better on defense. Kicking was much better.” read more

WhatsApp Netflix Skype Cutting profits to Telecoms companies

first_img Recommended for you Telecommunications Commission marks 10 Years Five from TCI to represent at regional Music, Model & Talent Showcase set for Nassau Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Nov 2015 – Telecomms companies in the Turks and Caicos are losing at the very least, tens of thousands of dollars due to over the top services like WhatsApp, Netflix and Skype. As the TCI Telecommunications Commission celebrates a decade of existence in the Turks and Caicos, there was a late day workshop Wednesday at the Palms Resort where talk turned to how these services are digging into the profitability of companies like LIME, Digicel and PTV.John Williams, Chairman, Telecommunications Commission: “We believe in freedom of information and yet to block such services, what would we be doing? Stopping the flow of information and so it is a difficult issue to deal with as we know that many of our operators are really hurting because of persons who are not licensed here are actually taking revenue from their area here in the islands where they are paying all of the fees and providing all of the infrastructure; so it was a discussion that was needed.”A founder of the Commission, Stuart MacPherson returned to TCI and led the panel discussion where he said he had hoped for more robust engagement on the issue, because it means these companies will have to be extremely creative if they are going to remain relevant. Stuart McPherson, Consultant: “Obviously TV, people doing streaming services and so on, especially in relatively small markets like this that is going to be a big problem for the small cable companies and so on.”It was agreed that while the change in how people communicate and are entertained will not necessarily drive these companies into extinction, MacPherson said it will alter how they make money. Related Items:John Williams, Netflix, skype, stuart macpherson, TCI Telecommunications Commission, whatsapp Cabinet Approves NEW government board members Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Threat to Scripps Ranch High School prompts lockdown

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSCRIPPS RANCH (KUSI)- A scary morning for students and staff after a serious threat was made against Scripps Ranch High School. The threat prompted an hour-long lockdown on campus.Staff quickly secured students in classrooms and police started searching for any possible hazards on the campus.Around 12:30, San Diego Unified said the lockdown was lifted and classes would resume as scheduled.Extra police patrols were also called to campus in November and February after threats were made to the school. Threat to Scripps Ranch High School prompts lockdown KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom December 6, 2018 Posted: December 6, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Police seek tips on man suspected of Fashion Valley Mall carjacking

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Authorities reached out to the public today for help in identifying and tracking down a man who held a knife to a woman’s throat while robbing her at the Fashion Valley mall, then drove off in her car.The 57-year-old victim was walking to her car around 1:45 p.m. Monday in a parking lot outside the JCPenney store on the west side of the Friars Road shopping center when the thief approached her from behind, put the blade of a knife to her neck and demanded her wallet and keys, according to San Diego police.After she complied with his demands, the thief drove off southbound on Fashion Valley Road in her 2017 Nissan Sentra, which has since been recovered, police said.Investigators released a composite sketch of the suspect, described as Hispanic, 30 to 35 years old, between 5 feet 8 and 5 feet 9 inches tall, with brown hair.Anyone with information about the suspect was urged to call the San Diego Police Department’s robbery unit at (619) 531-2299 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. KUSI Newsroom March 27, 2019 Posted: March 27, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News center_img Police seek tips on man suspected of Fashion Valley Mall carjacking KUSI Newsroom, FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Murkowski Questions FEMA Leadership On Earthquake Recovery Efforts

first_imgIn response, Gaynor acknowledged the issues outlined by Murkowski and agreed that the process at times can be complex. Murkowski: “You indicate in your testimony, which I appreciate, that you’re seeking to reduce the complexity of FEMA to promote simpler less complex processes to streamline it. And that’s good, but how do we let folks know that disaster victims can have confidence in this program that is being administered and is it being administered as we intended it to?” Murkowski touched on the potential flaws within FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program process and questioned Gaynor on how to ensure disaster victims can be confident in FEMA’s disaster recovery efforts. Gaynor stated that he was committed to making adjustments to the program to try to deliver maximum disaster relief and assistance to Alaskans in need. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享During a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security a review was conducted of FEMA’s FY2020 Budget Request. During the hearing, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) raised Alaska specific concerns to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Acting Administrator Peter Gaynor. Murkowski: “Part of the problem is that it seems this individual assistance program has kind of a black box reputation. Nobody really knows what is eligible for a home repair award. No one knows if inspectors are consistent. The specific criteria that inspectors use isn’t readily available. Appeal decisions aren’t published.” Senator Murkowski highlighted the difficulties that Alaskans are facing as they seek assistance from FEMA following the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that occurred in Alaska on November 30, 2018.last_img read more

Filing false case against free thinkers a AL characteristic Fakhrul

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday alleged that the government is using the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) completely for achieving its political purpose.“The daily Amar Desh newspaper has been shut down and its editor was taken to jail and tortured there. Now a false case has been filed against his wife Firoza Mahmud,” Mirza Fakhrul told a human-chain programme in the capital.The daily Amar Desh family organised the human-chain programme in front of the National Press Club in protest against the ACC’s ‘false’ case against Firoza Mahmud.“Filing false cases against free thinkers is the characteristic of the ruling Awami League. False case against Firoza Mahmud is a testimony to that. Not only so, cases are also being filed against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman’s mother-in-law.“Cases are being filed against all whereas some 7,500 cases filed against the AL men were withdrawn after the party came to power,” said the BNP leader.Mahmudur Rahman, the acting editor of now closed daily Amar Desh, alleged that the Bangladesh Awami League government wants to destroy Zia’s family and his family.“But, as long as I remain alive, I will continue my struggle in favour of the country’s independence and to establish Islamic values in the society. I will not be stopped by false cases or attacks on me,” said Mahmudur Rahman.He alleged that corruption has been all-pervasive in the country now. “The cost of Padma bridge has been increased further. Money is being taken out of people’s pockets. All know where this money goes.”last_img read more

Watson Named ACC CoPitcher of the Week

first_img The University of Louisville’s Danielle Watson was named ACC Co-Pitcher of the Week for the period ending April 7. This marks the sophomore’s first conference weekly honor.Watson posted a 0.00 ERA on the week surrendering only one unearned run and two hits for a .053 opp. batting average and striking out 13 in 12.0 innings of work.The Osceola, Ind., native posted a complete game one-hit shutout and struck out seven in Louisville’s 2-0 upset of No. 3/3 Florida State which entered the weekend ranked second in the nation in batting average and third in home runs. In that game, she retired 10 Seminole batters at one point and 16 of the last 18 to end the game and halt the Seminoles’ 10-game win streak. Watson also pitched 6.1 innings in a 10-9 win against Florida State on Monday.In Louisville’s midweek 7-2 win at Western Kentucky, Watson struck out three as she retired all six batters she faced in the final two innings. She also connected on her first career home run in that game.Watson now leads the team with 112 strikeouts in 106.2 innings and a .213 opponent batting average.The Cardinals (25-14, 6-6 ACC) will travel to Boston College for a three-game ACC series this weekend. Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

Study analyzes role of mobile software in the future Internet

first_img Explore further One method for advancing network services in the future Internet consists of combining mobile agents with an evolutionary framework. In these methods, the mobile agents must decide for themselves the best course of action to take in order to handle users’ requests most effectively, with the results of the decision impacting their survival. Currently, these methods are far from being practically implemented since they lack a basic theory of the migration behaviors of mobile agents on a large scale. In a new study, Yongsheng Ding and Lei Gao from Donghua University in Shanghai, China, have performed a macrodynamics analysis of mobile agents’ migration behaviors, which could provide a fundamental basis for the development of a more ubiquitous future Internet. Their study will appear in a future issue of IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics – Part A: Systems and Humans.“We think the work is significant in being the first to conduct the macroanalysis of large-scale mobile agent migrations,” Gao told PhysOrg.com. “The study not only favors the design of composite services in a type of self-organizing network architecture, but also benefits the future deployment of an Internet-scale mobile agent system that holds myriads, hosts, and migratory movements of mobile agents.”Previous studies have predicted that the future Internet will have vast numbers of these mobile agents that can effectively handle users’ requests. As Gao explains, mobile agents could have significant advantages compared with stationary agents, especially for mobile devices.“Due to the resource limitation of mobile devices, agents are sent to some nodes/devices with rich resources for doing some tasks that have high requirements for resources, and then they bring the results back,” Gao explained. “Mobile agents can automatically suspend their executions on one host and migrate to another to resume their computations without tedious and slow network communication.”As the researchers explain in their study, mobile agents can be considered in terms of an evolutionary framework: When a mobile agent performs a service, it gains a reward. The more rewards a mobile agent has, the longer it survives, while agents that run out of rewards die. So mobile agents evolve and become more effective at handling users’ requests. They have several abilities to maximize their usefulness, such as adapting to changing environments, manipulating objects, and learning from past experiences. They also have the ability to replicate themselves individually or reproduce “children agents” with other mobile agents. T-Mobile and Samsung revealed the Galaxy S 4G More information: Yongsheng Ding and Lei Gao. “Macrodynamics Analysis of Migration Behaviors in Large-Scale Mobile Agent Systems for the Future Internet.” IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics – Part A: Systems and Humans. To be published. Citation: Study analyzes role of mobile software in the future Internet (2011, March 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-role-mobile-software-future-internet.html 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. Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. (PhysOrg.com) — Although it’s difficult to predict what the future Internet will look like, it’s probably safe to say that certain trends we’ve seen during the past decade will continue. This means that the Internet will become further integrated into our daily lives, becoming more ubiquitous, available, autonomous, and mobile. The engineers who are guiding the Internet in this direction are doing so by developing mobile agents, which are pieces of software that can autonomously migrate from one computer to another and interact with each other. In the researchers’ model, mobile agents that perform the same or similar services (e.g., performing a credit card transaction or providing GPS data) would form a community, or “niche.” In these niches, mobile agents can learn from their surrounding environment, improve their performance, and gain more rewards. Depending on user demand, these niches can grow or shrink. The researchers’ model shows that the number of mobile agents in all niches eventually stabilizes, so that the average growth rate of the total mobile agent population reaches zero. By understanding the macroproperties that emerge from the behaviors of a large number of autonomous mobile agents, the researchers hope that they can design improved network services with more advanced features. This kind of modeling is still in its infancy, and the researchers hope to continue improving these models, and eventually apply them in the future Internet.“We believe the future Internet will be hundreds of times faster than the current one,” Gao said. “We envision the future Internet as a global integrated platform for communication, education, entertainment, business, and other human activities. Network services are required to be highly available, ubiquitous, highly secure, self-managing, and adaptable to dynamic network environments and user requirements. The characteristics of the future Internet we envision resemble the self-organizing and the self-healing properties of natural ecosystems that have evolved over billions of years. The harmonious properties of natural ecosystems have shown us a promising way to build the future integrated platform.”last_img read more

Two for the price of one Singlemolecule microscopy simultaneously monitors protein structure

first_img Explore further 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. More information: Single-molecule resolution of protein structure and interfacial dynamics on biomaterial surfaces, PNAS November 26, 2013 vol. 110 no. 48 19396-19401, doi:10.1073/pnas.1311761110 Moreover, Kaar continues, monitoring molecule-by-molecule structure changes in organophosphorus hydrolase had its own challenges related to eliminating mislabeled protein molecules – that is, molecules with other than one donor and one acceptor fluorophore – from analysis. “We met this challenge by creating and implementing filters during data analysis that separated signals from properly labeled and mislabeled species.”Kaar points out that using SM-FRET tracking had its own issue. For one, it required high-throughput tracking algorithms (developed by co-authors Kastantin and Schwartz) critical to monitor changes in FRET signals for large numbers of molecules, which in turn was essential to identifying protein structure changes accurately (that is, with high statistical confidence). He points out that SM-FRET also required prior knowledge of the crystal structure of OPH, which was needed to make the FRET signal indicative of quantitative changes in protein conformation.The study’s results suggest that surfaces may act as a source of unfolded (that is, aggregation-prone) protein back into solution – but validating this implication faces the challenge of identifying the conformation of protein molecules immediately before desorption from the surface. “The question of whether the unfolded proteins induced aggregation in solution after desorption remains to be fully understood,” Kaar explains. “Fully understanding if this is actually the case requires further analysis of protein in solution in the presence of the surface.”The team leveraged two key innovations to address these research challenges – the implementation of site-specific labeling methods, and high-throughput tracking algorithms with SM-FRET. “Combining these methods enabled the decoupling of surface-induced conformational changes from protein adsorption and desorption events,” Kaar notes. “By decoupling such phenomenon, this approach allowed us to overcome the limitations of conventional surface characterization methods.”The research also shows that SM-FRET permits a unique level of understanding of the ways in which surface chemistry influences molecular conformation and, in turn, function. “By observing molecular-level changes in protein structure in isolation from competing surface dynamics, it’s easier to make a direct connection between surface chemistry and conformation,” Kaar points out. “Therefore, it is more straightforward to see the effects of surface chemistry and can lead to new ideas for how to improve chemistry for a given application.Another important finding is that the new method will enable the creation of surfaces and modifications with improved biocompatibility by uncovering the connection between surface properties and protein unfolding. “This connection is critical to inspiring and developing surfaces and modifications that meld with the biological world,” Kaar explains. “For example, with this understanding, we can begin to design surfaces that promote protein folding and therefore favorable responses from cells present in the surrounding milieu. In this example, the folded state of the protein may display certain biological signals to cells that thwart unwanted inflammatory or harmful reactions while instructing cells to respond in ways that may facilitate proliferation, differentiation or even wound healing in vivo.”Kaar tells Phys.org that future experiments are aimed at determining if the observed effects of fused silica on organophosphorus hydrolase are general or specific to this combination of surface and protein. “We plan to address this question by probing how fused silica and surfaces with other properties impact the folding of other proteins. We’re also interested in expanding our methods to understand how surface effects on conformation impact the binding of a third protein species. Understanding this impact is critical to, for example, enumerating how cells respond to biological cues on surfaces in physiological environments.” Other innovations that the researchers may develop, Kaar adds, include more sophisticated labeling to minimize SM-FRET protein mislabeling on surfaces, as well as labeling and detection schemes to enable multiple molecular events, including unfolding and binding, to be monitored simultaneously.”Given that the interaction of proteins and surfaces are relevant in virtually all areas of biotechnology,” Kaar notes, “many other areas of research – for example, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, biosensing, biocatalysis, and pharmaceutical protein formulation – may benefit from exploiting our approach.” (Phys.org) —Proteins accomplish something rather amazing: A protein can have many functions, with a given function being determined by the way they fold into a specific three-dimensional geometry, or conformations. Moreover, the structural transitions form one conformation to another is reversible. However, while these dynamics affect protein conformation and therefore function, and so are critical to a wide range of areas, methods for understanding how proteins behave near surfaces, which is complicated by protein and surface heterogeneities, has remained elusive. Recently, however, scientists at University of Colorado utilized a method known as Single-Molecule Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (SM-FRET) tracking to monitor dynamic changes in protein structure and interfacial behavior on surfaces by single-molecule Förster resonance energy transfer, allowing them to explicate changes in protein structure at the single-molecule level. (SM-FRET describes energy transfer between two chromophores – molecular components that determine its color.) In addition, the researchers state that their approach is suitable for studying virtually any protein, thereby providing a framework for developing surfaces and surface modifications with improved biocompatibility. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved. Citation: Two for the price of one: Single-molecule microscopy simultaneously monitors protein structure and function (2013, December 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-price-single-molecule-microscopy-simultaneously-protein.html Protein surfaces defects act as drug targets Structure of OPH showing the position of site-specific donor and acceptor labeling. OPH is a homodimer (C2 symmetry) that consists of two (α/β)8 monomers. The position K175, which was replaced with AzF in monomers A and B of OPH, is highlighted (yellow). Credit: Copyright © PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1311761110 Prof. Joel L. Kaar discussed the paper he and his co-authors, Dr. Sean Yu McLoughlin, Prof. Mark Kastantin and Prof. Daniel K. Schwartz, recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “The primary challenges in devising our approach to characterizing changes in protein structure were implementing a site-specific labeling method, which enabled single-molecule resolution, as well as a method to only image molecules at the solution-surface interface,” Kaar tells Phys.org. The scientists overcame the former challenge by incorporating unnatural amino acids – that is, those not among the 20 so-called standard amino acids – with unique functional groups for labeling with fluorophores (chemical compounds that can re-emit light upon light excitation); the latter, by using total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy, which only excites molecules in the near-surface environment, thereby minimizing the background fluorescence of molecules free in solution. “Although site-specific labeling methods have been used to monitor changes in protein conformation mainly in bulk solution, such techniques have not previously been exploited to study freely diffusible protein molecules at interfaces,” Kaar adds. As such, the researchers are the first to apply site-specific labeling methods to study protein-surface interactions,”The major challenge associated with incorporating unnatural amino acids for labeling was related to the optimization of protein expression,” Kaar continues. Specifically, he explains, the expression of the enzyme organophosphorus hydrolase (OPH) – which is notoriously difficult to make in large quantities due to inclusion body formation – with the unnatural amino acid p-azido-L-Phe (AzF) had to be optimized to efficiently incorporate p-azido-L-Phe. (Inclusion body formation refers to the intracellular aggregation of partially folded expressed proteins,) “This process required modification of expression conditions,” he adds, “in which bacteria with modified genetic machinery were grown to enable production of soluble enzyme for single-molecule experiments.”last_img read more