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Former LSU Top Recruit Kelvin Joseph Considering Transfer

first_imgA photo of several LSU football helmets.GLENDALE, ARIZONA – JANUARY 01: Helmets for the LSU Tigers on the field following the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl against the UCF Knights at State Farm Stadium on January 01, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Tigers defeated the Knights 40-32. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)It looks like the NCAA transfer portal has claimed yet another prized prospect in college football. This time, it’s LSU cornerback Kelvin Joseph who is deciding to go in a different direction.According to Matt Zenitz of AL.com, Joseph has entered his name into the transfer portal following his freshman season. He had 12 tackles and one pass defended last season.Coming out of high school in 2018, Joseph was a four-star prospect ranked No. 42 in the nation by 247Sports. He was the No. 5 safety prospect in the country, and the No. 2 prospect from the state of Louisiana.No favorite for his transfer has been identified as of writing. LSU cornerback Kelvin Joseph, a top-50 player nationally in the 2018 recruiting class, has entered the NCAA transfer portal, per source.Had 12 tackles last season as a freshman.— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) May 20, 2019It’s certainly a surprising loss for the LSU Tigers, who have garnered the well-earned nickname “DBU” in the past few years for their stellar defensive backs that have transitioned into NFL stars.Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, Eric Reid, and Jamal Adams have all gone from LSU stardom to NFL stardom in the past few years.Fortunately, DBU probably won’t be feeling the sting of Joseph’s loss for too long. The No. 1 cornerback in the nation for 2019 – Derek Stingley – has already enrolled at LSU. Class of 2020 top-two cornerback Elias Ricks is also on his way to LSU.Suffice it to say, the defensive back pipeline doesn’t appear to be drying up anytime soon.last_img read more

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Out of Comfort Zone: Rookie Senuran Muthusamy says team is ‘comfortable being uncomfortable’

first_img Press Trust of India PuneOctober 8, 2019UPDATED: October 8, 2019 20:13 IST Senuran Muthusamy raises his bat after scoring fifty during the 5th day of the 1st Test against India. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSenuran Muthusamy said South Africa look are looking to grow and enjoy being uncomfortableMuthusamy said he is on “right track” as far as his Test debut is concernedMuthusamy had scores of 33 and 49 not out during the first TesThe South African players have been constantly pushed out of their comfort zone by a dominant India, a challenge that rookie all-rounder Senuran Muthusamy is relishing every moment.Muthusamy had a decent Test debut in Visakhapatnam with scores of 33 and 49 not out apart from prize wicket of Indian captain Virat Kohli.”We are still looking to grow as a side and enjoy being uncomfortable. No matter how you look at it, the guys are ‘comfortable being uncomfortable’ and keep getting better,” Muthusamy said.The 25-year-old from Durban feels that he is on “right track” as far as his Test debut is concerned.”I would have ideally wanted to win my first Test and make an impact with bat and ball but it really wasn’t to be. I will take the start and hopefully try to do well if I am in the team for the next match,” he said.”If not, I will back the boys. I am sure we will look to carry the momentum. I am on the right track as I was fortunate to get some good time out in the middle.Also Read | R Ashwin will break my record, may go past 600 wickets: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | South Africans were hesitant to Shami’s kind of bowling in 2nd innings of Vizag Test: Bharat ArunFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Out of Comfort Zone: Rookie Senuran Muthusamy says team is ‘comfortable being uncomfortable’Senuran Muthusamy had a decent Test debut in Visakhapatnam with scores of 33 and 49 not out apart from prize wicket of Indian captain Virat Kohli.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Chinas legislature takes up law to ban forced tech transfer

first_imgBEIJING — China’s legislature is considering a law to ban local governments from forcing foreign companies to hand over technology, an issue that helped to spark Washington’s tariff war with Beijing.Beijing has long denied companies are required to trade technology for market access. But officials including Premier Li Keqiang promised this year to crack down as tensions with Washington heated up.The official Xinhua News Agency said a proposed foreign investment law taken up Sunday by the national legislature would make clear officials cannot “force the transfer of technology” as a condition of business ventures.Washington and Beijing have raised tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods in a dispute over American complaints China’s industry plans are based on theft of technology and violate its market-opening obligations.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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US wholesale businesses boosted stockpiles 05 per cent in August and sales

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US wholesale businesses boosted stockpiles 0.5 per cent in August and sales rose 0.9 per cent WASHINGTON – U.S. wholesalers increased their stockpiles in August and their sales rose for the first time in four months. The gains could provide a boost to the still-weak economy.The Commerce Department said Wednesday that wholesale stockpiles grew 0.5 per cent in August after a 0.6 per cent increase in July. Sales jumped 0.9 per cent in August, ending three months of declines. The sales increase was the biggest one-month gain since February.Total wholesale inventories stood at $487.5 billion. That’s 26.9 per cent higher than the post-recession low hit in September 2009.It would take about five weeks to exhaust the stockpiles at the August sales pace. Steven Wood, chief economist at Insight Economics, said the level remains fairly lean, even after the modest increase in inventories over the summer when sales slipped.Companies typically boost their stockpiles when they anticipate sales will rise in coming months. Faster restocking helps drive economic growth. When businesses order more goods, it generally leads to more factory production.Growth has slowed this year, in part because high unemployment and low pay increases have kept U.S. consumers from spending more freely. Weaker global growth has also dampened demand for U.S. exports.Many economists believe the U.S. economic growth has hovered near a 2 per cent annual rate during the July-September quarter. That would be only a slight improvement from the tepid 1.3 per cent annual growth rate in the previous quarter.A stronger job market could help boost growth in the final three months of the year. When more people find jobs, consumer spending grows. Consumer spending accounts for nearly 70 per cent of economic activity.The government reported on Friday that the unemployment rate fell in September to 7.8 per cent, down from 8.1 per cent in August. The rate fell because a government survey of households found that 873,000 more people had jobs, the biggest jump since January 2003. Still, economists expect only modest job gains in the coming months. by News Staff Posted Oct 10, 2012 10:38 am MDT read more

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Franz takes superG race at Beaver Creek on snowy foggy day

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — Max Franz of Austria conquered the snow and fog Saturday for his first World Cup super-G victory.Racing was delayed an hour as course workers cleared a considerable amount of snow from the track. With snowflakes still falling, Franz found just a little more speed in a tightly contested event.He finished in 1 minute, 1.91 seconds, holding off Mauro Caviezel of Switzerland by 0.33 seconds. There was a three-way tie for third among Norwegian teammates Aksel Lund Svindal and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde and Italy’s Dominik Paris. The trio was 0.41 seconds behind.It’s the second straight day Caviezel and Svindal wound up on the podium. They finished in the same spots during the downhill.Franz won a downhill last weekend at Lake Louise.Pat Graham, The Associated Press read more

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Why Denvers Gary Harris Could Be The Next Kawhi Leonard

Of course, none of this is to say that Harris will continue ascending the way Leonard has during his fifth and sixth seasons, when he went from scoring 16.5 points a contest to 25.5 points while managing to become more efficient despite a heavier offensive load. Without Harris becoming more of a one-on-one threat, which Kawhi has become stellar at in relatively short order, it’s more sensible to compare his offense to Golden State’s Klay Thompson or Washington’s Otto Porter, who play better off the ball than with it.Should Harris develop a more aggressive brand of offense, though, there’s reason to think he could find success with it. While he’s not built like Leonard — one of the NBA’s strongest players, and just one of four NBA wing players last season to record more and-1s than he had shots blocked — Harris is far stronger than he looks and doesn’t shy away from contact. The former All-American high school football player is one of three guards, after James and Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons, who shoots 70 percent at the rim — elite company for strength around the basket.Malone said Harris has been diligent every summer about taking direction from coaches and staff each offseason to continue improving. But Harris told me it was simpler than that for him. “Really, I just want go out there to play and have fun,” he said. “It’s not about me going out and saying, ‘I’ve got to go out and be better than I was last year.’ If you put in the work, it’s going to show itself.”And if Harris continues to improve and show his work to this extent, it may be only a matter of time until just about every basketball fan knows who he is.Senior writer Neil Paine contributed to research for this story.Check out our latest NBA predictions. DENVER — Kawhi Leonard is indispensable to the San Antonio Spurs — or at least that’s how he’s now perceived. His mysterious injury not only threatens to snap the Spurs’ two-decade-long playoff streak, but there’s a chance it could also derail the club’s future by driving Leonard away.If there’s an irony in how monumentally important Leonard is to the Spurs’ chances now, though, it’s that he was still relatively anonymous to the casual basketball fan just four years ago, despite performing at a fairly high level on one of the league’s best teams at that time. It wasn’t until June 2014, when Leonard earned NBA Finals MVP honors, that he began drawing broader attention en route to becoming a bona fide star, one whose health could shift the tenor of a conference finals series.Now, another player — Nuggets shooting guard Gary Harris — quietly appears to be on a similar trajectory. From afar, nothing Harris does seems truly spectacular. But zoom in just a little, watch a handful of Denver’s games, and you’ll see elements of Harris’s consistent, well-rounded skill set start to stand out. Just the way Leonard’s once did.“When I got here, there were questions about whether Gary Harris was an NBA player,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone told me, a reference to Harris’s rookie season, in which he shot just over 30 percent from the field.1While part of that poor performance was due to his over-reliance on threes, Harris was one of just three rookies since 1960 to have shot that poorly on 200 attempts or more. The thought seems comical now, as Harris is serving as both Denver’s best on-ball defender and its leading scorer.For a while, Harris was far stronger on the defensive side of the ball, where it’s harder for the average fan to notice excellence. A solid scorer, by contrast, handles the ball more and gets his name called while the camera pans to his face every time he finds the bottom of the basket. Forcing a missed shot or denying your man the ball on the other end, however, usually isn’t enough to garner that same attention. So that may partially explain why the 23-year-old Harris flies under the radar.At 6 foot 4, he doesn’t force teams to alter entire offensive schemes the way that the 6-foot-7 Leonard, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, can. Yet Harris constantly seems to find ways to disrupt the league’s best wing players.Harris ranks ninth in the NBA in deflections per game — the same ranking Leonard held last season — hounding volume scorers as they come around screens and illustrating nearly perfect timing as he swats down directly on the ball just as a player is lifting up to launch his shot attempt. Harris’s quick hands and defensive persistence are pretty much the only things that prevent the Nuggets, who surrender more layups than anyone except Orlando, from having the worst defense in basketball. With Harris on the court, Denver surrenders 107.4 points per 100 possessions, which would tie for 20th among the league’s 30 teams. With Harris on the bench, the Nuggets allow 110.6 points per 100 possessions, a rate that would tie for dead last.It’s incredibly difficult to draw the types of defensive assignments that Harris typically gets without committing a lot of fouls. But just like Leonard did in his fourth season, Harris has collected more steals than fouls so far this year, a feat that only elite defensive shooting guards and small forwards generally manage.Harris could be named an All-NBA defender in the coming years without changing much about his game. But to achieve true stardom, he will likely need two things: More scoring — he’s still pretty limited in creating looks for himself — and more wins for the Nuggets.“If we make the playoffs, a lot more people are going to see and know who the hell Gary Harris is,” said Malone, whose team is locked in a crowded playoff race. “It’s funny: Last year, Nikola Jokic wasn’t going to be a part of All-Star Weekend. Then he puts up 40 points at Madison Square Garden and gets a phone call from the NBA the very next day. ‘Hey, we want you to be part of All-Star Weekend!’ So, we know Nikola and how special he is. And I think the same is true of Gary.”Harris has shown true scoring progress every year since his dismal rookie campaign. The former Michigan State star has gone from 3, to 12, to 15 and now 18 points per game; he has become one of the league’s best offensive threats in transition; and he’s on track to shoot 40 percent from the 3-point line for a second straight year. He moves incredibly well without the ball and has perhaps the team’s best on-court chemistry with Jokic, the face of the Nuggets and one of the league’s most skilled young big men.2Through Monday night’s games, Harris was logging a ridiculous 64.3 effective field-goal percentage off Jokic’s passes, according Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats — a rate that’s on par with the most efficient scorers in the NBA. Similarly, Jokic posts a 62.1 effective field-goal rate off Harris’s passes, a figure that narrowly outpaces that Stephen Curry’s overall rate.Harris’s development on offense bears similarities to Leonard’s rise. Through their first four seasons, their numbers looked identical — 12.2 points and 2.1 assists on 47 percent shooting and 37 percent from 3 for Harris3Harris’s fourth year is still ongoing; 12.3 points and 1.8 assists on 50 percent shooting overall and 37 percent from 3 for Leonard.Perhaps even more important: The two men play with an unusually quiet, workmanlike approach, and they are among the most consistent players in the NBA on a night-to-night basis. “He just puts his head down and goes about his business. He doesn’t talk about it much — he just goes out and does it, and we’re fine with that,” says Denver guard Will Barton, whose locker is next to Harris’s. (Harris’s noticeably quiet disposition, along with the Nuggets’ struggles to really break through on TV with local fans,4During the ride to the arena in Denver, my Uber driver, a self-described huge NBA fan, admitted he didn’t know who Harris was. undoubtedly contributes to why Harris isn’t better known around the league yet.)In Harris’s case, one could argue that his consistency on both ends has him on the cusp of joining the elite. Using effective field-goal percentage, a stat that accounts for 3-pointers by looking at the number of points generated per field-goal attempt rather than just shots made per attempt, the chart below illustrates how often the league’s starting shooting guards and small forwards have good shooting nights compared to bad ones. Unsurprisingly, Kevin Durant and LeBron James are at the very top of that list. Leonard rates fifth. And right behind him is Harris at No. 6. read more

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More than half of girls have been exposed to unwanted violent or

It follows warnings that children as young as five are increasingly “perpetrating sexual abuse” because of what they are seeing on social media Juliet, 18, a Girlguiding Advocate, said: “There are many amazing things about social media – it allows us to stay connected to friends and to learn about the world around us. But there are clearly huge problems with young people like me being exposed to things on the internet we simply don’t wish to see.“We’ve seen some really welcome changes over the past few months with the Government committing to tackling these issues. But when children as young as 13 can legally sign up for an account, we need all social media sites to ensure young people feel safe to both enjoy social media and to report content that is inappropriate. At the very least, we believe there should be minimum safety standards set out by the Government which all social media platforms should meet.“At Girlguiding, we believe girls should have a voice to express their concerns about the world they live in, something that is more important than ever given the huge number of women and girls who have come forward about abuse, both online and off, since #MeToo. Until social media and other websites listen to these concerns, and act, they are letting girls and young women like me down.” More than half of girls have been exposed to unwanted violent or graphic images, Girl Guides say.Those as young as seven said they were worried about seeing “rude” pictures online, with older girls describing pressure to send naked pictures.Submissions to an inquiry on the impact of social media on young people’s health warn that girls are being coerced into sex acts because boys are copying what they see in pornography.The evidence from Girlguiding comes from a survey of more than 1,600 girls and young women aged seven to 21.It found:* 54 per cent of girls aged 11 to 21 reported encountering unwanted violent or graphic images that left them upset or disturbed* 26 per cent of girls aged 13 to 21 said they had stumbled upon pornography by accident* 50 per cent of those aged 7 to 10 expressed worries about seeing rude pictures online* 16 per cent of girls aged 18 to 21 had felt pressure to send nude picturesEvidence to the inquiry by the Commons science and technology committee also warns that more than half of girls aged 17 to 21 thought girls were being coerced into sex acts by boys copying what they had seen in online pornography. It follows warnings that children as young as five are increasingly “perpetrating sexual abuse” because of what they are seeing on social media The charity Barnardo’s said children were increasingly becoming perpetrators as well as victims The charity Barnardo’s said children were increasingly becoming perpetrators as well as victims It comes after The Telegraph launched a duty of care campaign calling for more stringent regulation of sites like Facebook and Instagram, in order to protect children from harm.It follows warnings that children as young as five are increasingly “perpetrating sexual abuse” because of what they are seeing on social media.Increasing numbers of primary school pupils are exhibiting “harmful sexual behaviour” as a result of the web – with others groomed in their bedrooms in live broadcasts, experts told MPs.The charity Barnardo’s said children were increasingly becoming perpetrators as well as victims, touching others’ private parts, or forcing them to watch pornography.Their evidence to MPs highlights growing evidence of an explosion of “live grooming” – with parents oblivious that children were sharing explicit content from their bedrooms.Experts said middle-class parents had no idea that their children were being coerced into stripping for strangers, in scenes which were live-streamed globally, and harvested by paedophilic websites.Britain’s top police chief on child safety last week warned that live streaming has become a “magnet for paedophiles”, with the NSPCC revealing that twice as many children are doing it as was previously thought.Last year, it was estimated that 10 per cent of seven to 16 -year-olds live streamed, but this has leapt to 24 per cent as social media platforms have raced to add video to their sites and apps, according to a study into children’s online lives by the NSPCC and London Grid for Learning. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Dr John Smith elected Chairman of ERC Norman McLean deputy

General Bishop Dr. John Oswald Smith, C.C.H, was duly elected as Chairman and Major-General (Ret’d) Norman McLean, MSc, the Deputy Chairman of the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC).File: President David Granger (center) flanked by the 10 new ERC membersIn making the announcement, the ERC announced moments ago via a press release, that now that this process has been completed, the Commission will immediately begin work in delivering on its constitutional mandate.According to the release, the Commissioners, who were sworn in by President David Granger on February 22, 2018, met on April 24, 2018, at Parliament Buildings at the invitation of the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr. Barton Scotland, for the purpose of electing a Chairperson and Deputy.The Speaker took the opportunity to congratulate and extend best wishes to the Commission in its endeavor to execute its important task as prescribed in the constitution.The first official meeting of the Commission was held on April 26, 2018, during which updates were provided and statutory date decided. The Commission is in the process of drafting its work program for the rest of the year and to fill critical vacancies on which the execution of its mandate depends.“The Commission, cognizant of the responsibility entrusted and the task ahead, looks forward to meaningfully engaging all stakeholders in the near future in an effort to gauge opinions which would be valuable in helping to chart a way forward,” the release added.Members of the public who are desirous of engaging the Commission can make contact at its 66 Peter Rose and Anira Streets, Queenstown, Georgetown office and/or through telephone numbers 231-6281, 231-6265. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedERC to recruit special team to probe employment practices at GECOMJuly 27, 2018In “latest news”ERC meets with Indigenous, East Indian, African Guyanese constituentsJuly 26, 2018In “latest news”President Granger meets with ERC members, says greater social cohesion neededJune 22, 2018In “latest news” read more

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Missing teenager Hayley Glavin found safe and well

first_imgEarlier…GARDAÍ IN TIPPERARY are appealing for help in the search for Hayley Glavin who has been missing from her home in Ardfinnan in Tipperary since Monday.The 17-year-old is 5 foot 7 inches in height with long brown hair and has been missing since Monday evening, gardaí say.She was last seen wearing a white hoodie jacket with black stripes, green tracksuit bottoms, a green tee shirt and black shoes.Any one with any information about her whereabouts is asked to contact gardaí at Cahir on 052 7445630, the confidential Garda telephone number at 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.last_img read more

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Demons Souls Servers Shutting Down After 9 Years

first_imgStay on target As the old saying goes: all good things must come to an end. Yesterday, Sony Interactive Entertainment announced the servers for FromSoftware’s Demon’s Souls will shut down on February 28, 2018. The servers have been live since 2009 when the game was originally released on PlayStation 3.This announcement was confirmed by the official English-language Demon’s Souls Twitter account.After 9 years of reoccurring deaths and frustrations, but just as many triumphs of dedication, Demon’s Souls online servers will terminate on February 28, 2018. Play online one last time, and share with us your best Demon’s Souls moment! pic.twitter.com/knIgmXLqFW— Dark Souls (@DarkSoulsGame) November 27, 2017If you’re surprised by this announcement, don’t be. The Demon’s Souls servers were supposed to be shut down all the way back in 2012. However, publisher Atlus said, “some developments have made it possible for us to continue to invest in and support our fans as they have continued to invest in and support us and Demon’s Souls.”So how does this impact the game? Without online services, players can no longer play cooperatively or competitively. Being able to write and read messages from other players will also go away. This means anyone playing Demon’s Souls after the servers go offline will no longer see how others died or get a warning about upcoming dangers. The in-game world is intimidating enough, but now, it’ll become far more hostile to new players.Some folks on Twitter see shutting down the Demon’s Souls serves as a prelude to a possible PlayStation 4 re-release. There is absolutely no evidence to support this belief, but it is rather strange Sony hasn’t remade or remastered this title given how it gave birth to the Dark Souls franchise and Bloodborne. It’s hard to say what Sony’s ultimate plans are for this game. Either way, if you still have your PS3 around, now would be a great time to play Demon’s Souls before the in-game world truly becomes a lonely place. PAL territories to get Demon’s Souls: Black Phantom EditionReview: Demon’s Souls for PS3 center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Nome 4thgrader wins 2016 Iditarod button contest

first_imgWhile the last great race is still months away, the Iditarod button design contest already has a champion: Ayla Knodel, a fourth-grader at Nome Elementary School.Ayla Knodel won the 2016 Iditarod button design contest. Her artwork will appear on the commemorative buttons sold along the trail this March. Photo: Laura Kraegel, KNOM.Knodel took first place in the annual contest that has Alaska students create artwork for the commemorative button sold along the trail each March. Having submitted her design early in the school year, though, she said she was surprised to learn of her victory late last month.“We were at the library, and Ms. T was like, ‘Remember the buttons we made? Guess who won?’ Everybody was like, ‘Who?’ and Ms. T grabbed me and gave me a big hug,” said Knodel. “I was so embarrassed, but everybody that day gave me a high five or a hug.”The 2016 Iditarod button, designed by Ayla Knodel. Artwork courtesy of the Iditarod Trail Committee.“Ms. T” is Teresa Johnson, Knodel’s fourth grade teacher. Johnson said she has all of her students design buttons as a class art project.“I do it every year with the kids, and it’s just an activity for us to feel connected to the rest of the state, the Iditarod trail, and the race. But I never had any anticipation or any thought of us winning,” said Johnson.Johnson said Nome Elementary students alone submitted hundreds of designs. And Starre Szelag — with the Iditarod Trail Committee — said many other students did too.“We solicit schools along the trail, and we had about seven or eight schools total [this year]. And then we just try to narrow it down,” said Szelag. “They’re all great to look through. It’s kind of hard to narrow down, actually.”Knodel’s winning design shows a sled dog racing across a snowy landscape with the northern lights overhead. As a big Iditarod fan, Knodel said it’s familiar sight.“My house is right by the finish line on Front Street and at two in the morning, it’s so loud,” she said. “There’s like 500 people out there, and they’re cheering. It keeps us up all night, but I like going out there. I run and give [the mushers] high-fives.”With her own first-place finish, Knodel will receive a plaque and a bag of the buttons she designed. The second-place design came from Chloe Sipary in Nulato, while Ulita Dale from McGarth finished third.last_img read more

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Guaido to call for Venezuela state of alarm

first_imgVenezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido gestures as he speaks during a press conference at the Venezuelan National Assembly in Caracas on 10 March. Photo: AFPOpposition leader Juan Guaido said Sunday he will ask Venezuela’s legislature to declare a “state of alarm,” authorizing the delivery of international aid in response to a catastrophic power outage that has paralyzed the country.At least 15 patients with advanced kidney disease were reported to have died since the blackout began on Thursday, as hospitals struggled to provide emergency services and the threat of spoiling food supplies put many on edge.”We must attend to this catastrophe immediately. We cannot turn away from it,” said Guaido, the 35-year-old leader of the National Assembly who in January declared himself interim president, triggering a power struggle in the oil-rich country of 30 million.He told reporters he is convening an emergency session of the National Assembly for Monday to declare a “state of alarm” and authorize the delivery of international aid.Such an action would set up another test of wills with president Nicolas Maduro, who last month used the military to repel an opposition bid to bring in humanitarian supplies from Colombia and Brazil.But Maduro vowed on Sunday he would not back down. “This macabre strategy to bring us to a confrontation will fail,” he wrote on Twitter.The Venezuelan health ministry also denied that the blackout had caused any deaths in public hospitals as reported.But the government announced that schools and workplaces would remain closed Monday as the power outages continued.Military stanceGuaido meanwhile called for more street protests Monday to pressure Maduro to step down.”You have the right to go into the street, to protest, to demand, because this regime is letting Venezuelans die,” he said, appealing to the armed forces “to stop covering for the dictator.”Guaido is recognized by more than 50 countries as Venezuela’s acting president, which have backed his calls for new polls, but the military high command has so far stood by Maduro despite a plummeting economy and deep discontent.In Washington, national security advisor John Bolton suggested members of the military were reconsidering their support for Maduro.”There are countless conversations going on between members of the National Assembly and members of the military in Venezuela, talking about what might come, how they might move to support the opposition,” Bolton said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week.”One reason the security forces have refrained from arresting Guaido, he said, “is Maduro fears if he gave that order, it would not be obeyed.”Electromagnetic attack?Maduro blames “imperialism” for the country’s accumulating woes, and claims the power outage was caused by an electromagnetic attack on the Guri hydroelectric complex, which supplies 80 per cent of Venezuela’s electricity.Guaido dismissed that explanation as “Hollywoodesque.” Critics blame the government for failing to maintain the power grid, as did the Lima Group, a primarily Latin American bloc.For ordinary Venezuelans, the blackout has piled misery upon an already agonizing day-to-day struggle to survive in a once prosperous country now reeling from hyperinflation and economic collapse.”Every day is worse,” said Edward Cazano, a 20-year-old who lives with his mother and three brothers in a poor Caracas neighborhood called Pinto Salinas. “We have the worst services in the world: no light, no water, sometimes no gas.”Hospitals with back-up generators were using them for emergency services, leaving patients to cope in the dark.”This has been horrible. Everything dark. Only some areas are operating with a generator,” said Sol Dos Santos, a 22-year-old whose daughter is hospitalized.Some isolated cases of looting were also reported in Caracas on Sunday.Dialysis patients at riskNo national data was available about the impact of the power outage, but an NGO said at least 15 patients with advanced kidney disease died after they stopped receiving dialysis treatments in darkened hospitals.Francisco Valencia, director of the Codevida health rights group, said some 10,200 people were at risk because dialysis units had switched off.Businesses remained shut, and public transport barely functioned.”I am very nervous because this situation isn’t being resolved. The little food we have in the refrigerator is going to spoil. How long are we going to endure this?” asked Francisca Rojas, a 62-year-old retiree in Caracas.The blackout has been one of the worst and longest in recent memory in Venezuela, which is already suffering from serious shortages of food and medicine due to the overarching economic crisis.last_img read more

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Researchers develop a library of elastinlike proteins to help in creating synthetic

first_img(Phys.org)—A pair of researchers at Duke University has built a library of protein data that outlines the specific amino acid sequences that control changes of many elastin proteins. In their paper published in the journal Nature Materials, Felipe García Quiroz and Ashutosh Chilkoti describe their research, the making of their library, and their belief that what they have created will help in the development of new synthetic designs for possible use in medical applications. Citation: Researchers develop a library of elastin-like proteins to help in creating synthetic designs (2015, September 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-library-elastin-like-proteins-synthetic.html Proteins assemble and disassemble on command 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: Sequence heuristics to encode phase behaviour in intrinsically disordered protein polymers, Nature Materials (2015) DOI: 10.1038/nmat4418AbstractProteins and synthetic polymers that undergo aqueous phase transitions mediate self-assembly in nature and in man-made material systems. Yet little is known about how the phase behaviour of a protein is encoded in its amino acid sequence. Here, by synthesizing intrinsically disordered, repeat proteins to test motifs that we hypothesized would encode phase behaviour, we show that the proteins can be designed to exhibit tunable lower or upper critical solution temperature (LCST and UCST, respectively) transitions in physiological solutions. We also show that mutation of key residues at the repeat level abolishes phase behaviour or encodes an orthogonal transition. Furthermore, we provide heuristics to identify, at the proteome level, proteins that might exhibit phase behaviour and to design novel protein polymers consisting of biologically active peptide repeats that exhibit LCST or UCST transitions. These findings set the foundation for the prediction and encoding of phase behaviour at the sequence level. Journal information: Nature Materials © 2015 Phys.org Explore further Proteins are organic compounds essential to all living organisms, they are especially prevalent in components that have structure, such as muscle, skin, hair, etc. They provide structure by self-forming into different shapes under different conditions, two of which are solubility and temperature. Proteins are made of sequences of amino acids—the order and type of which drive the shape of the protein when certain conditions are met. Scientists still do not quite understand how proteins self assemble into the specific 3D shapes they take, nor which amino acids lead to which shapes, or indeed, how the order in which they exist contributes to those shapes. To help provide a better understanding of how it all works, Quiroz and Chilkoti set about building a library of all the known elastin-like proteins, along with the shapes they take under different conditions. They based it on the sequences of five key amino acids found in the fibrous protein typically found in connective tissue, such as muscles. They then set about testing each entry in the library by growing samples of E. coli engineered to produce proteins that folded into different shapes under different conditions. Most specifically noted was under which conditions the proteins shifted from being soluble to non-soluble and vice-versa. That work led them to developing a set of rules that loosely defined which amino acid sequences would result in which shapes under which conditions.The research duo acknowledge that their rules are more like guidelines, but suggest the basis of what they have built can not only be made stronger with more research by them and others, but can be used to assist in creating synthetic proteins for use in developing targeted drugs. One example would be protein capsules that remain insoluble inside the body until a certain condition is met, at which point, a medication would be released.last_img read more

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Bonding over cinema

first_imgKicking off the celebrations for America’s Independence day on fourth of July, the American Center will feature blockbuster movies in the capital.  Organised in collaboration with Motion Picture Distribution Association (MPDA), India office, and Cinedarbaar, the American Centre will be screening  Star Trek into Darkness,The Great Gatsby, After Earth and  A Good Day To Die Hard from the beginning of July. The Annual Independence Day celebration at the American Center attracts large numbers of young Delhites. The week-long celebration will include interaction with U.S. Embassy officials and quiz contests on a number of topics including IPR, followed by a film screening. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While the United States of America celebrates its Independence day across the country with parades, fireworks, and backyard barbeques in honor of the 1776 Declaration of Independence, the capital joins in with these special screenings.  Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer of the American Center, Natalia Susak says, ‘At the American Center, we are proud to mark the occasion this year together with the MPDA, India office and Cinedarbaar.  We are bringing our audiences the latest blockbuster films. After all: a love for cinema unites the people of our two nations.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSharing his thoughts, Mr. Uday Singh, Managing Director, MPDA (India) said ‘We need to continue to encourage audiences to appreciate and respect creative works and a legitimate market place for films.’ From JJ Abrams’ explosive action thriller Star Trek into Darkness to John Moore’s riveting screenplay of a deadly plot in Chernobyl in A Good Day to Die Hard, the Independence day screenings offer you the best of American cinema this July.last_img read more

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PGDBA prog of 3 Bengal institutes best in India QS rankings

first_imgKolkata: The Postgraduate Diploma in Business Analytics (PGDBA) programme offered jointly by three premier institutions in West Bengal, including IIT Kharagpur, has been ranked first in the country and the second place in Asia in the business analytics category by a university rating organisation. The two other institutions are IIM Calcutta and Indian Statistical Institute(ISI). The course has also been ranked 14th globally in the business analytics category by QS World University Rankings, an IIT Kharagpur statement said Monday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The QS World University Rankings is an annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The QS system names the world’s top universities for the study of 48 subjects and five composite faculty areas, alongside five independent regional tables, including Asia. The ranking shows how collaboration among the best institutions can really make a top-notch programme, Prof. P P Chakrabarti, Director IIT Kharagpur, was quoted having said in the statement. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed PGDBA is a two-year full-time residential diploma programme aimed at creating business analytics professionals, employable by leading Indian and foreign firms. Dean, Postgraduate Studies and Research at IIT KGP Prof. P K Das, said the programme is designed for those who have an analytical mindset, are interested in tackling challenging business problems and possess an inclination towards mathematics. “While coursework at IIM Calcutta focuses on the application of analytics in functional areas, ISI brings to the table its expertise in statistical and machine learning theories for analytics “The faculty at IIT Kharagpur engages with the technology aspects of analytics in addition to offering electives in management domain with focus on application of analytics in functional areas,” Dean, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT KGP, Prof. Prabina Rajib said.last_img read more

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Harry Styles new song is a bisexual anthem and fans love it

first_imgMy normie secret is that I can’t shut up about how happy bi Harry Styles makes me— Leo (@leottsr) March 14, 2018The song is also getting him new fans.sooooo i’ve never listened to harry styles but I heard he cans out as bi so instant fan but then I listened to medicine and DAMN that boy can sing— nora (@NoraDonnell) March 14, 2018Several others say they already knew this.“Harry Styles is bi” pic.twitter.com/s2PNQmjax8— Charis L ♚ (@charislatner) March 14, 2018Even fellow singer Troye Sivan is moved by it.The lyrics of Medicine by @Harry_Styles have me — troye sivan (@troyesivan) March 13, 2018It’s a good time for bisexual music, as Janelle Monáe recently released her own song celebrating bisexuality.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . me @ harry styles coming out as bi https://t.co/2385U923na Harry Styles reveals: ‘We’re all a little bit gay, aren’t we?’I wore rainbows to see Liam Payne in Dubai despite the risk of arrestHarry Styles helps fan come out to her mom during one of his showsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/harry-styles-song-bisexual-anthem/ GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Singer Harry Styles debuted two new songs at a concert that didn’t make it on to his first solo album. Fans are convinced one of them, Medicine, is a bisexual anthem. Harry Styles performing Medicine in Switzerland. | Photo: YouTube/SinaH eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) — olive (@kanyestan69) March 14, 2018 They’re also wondering if it’s Styles’ way of coming out.Here’s the verse that has people talking:Tingle running through my blood, fingers to my toesTingle running through my bonesThe boys and the girls are hereI mess ’round a bitAnd I’m okay with itThe boys and girls are hereI’m messing ’round with themAnd I’m okay with itWith another lyrics, fans heard this: ‘I mess around with him.’Take a listen for yourself.“the boys and the girls are here, i mess around with him, and i’m okay with it” this is the new bi anthem, thank you harry styles pic.twitter.com/xh76WhnxMd— ari the useless gay (@emptyskv) March 13, 2018[embedded content]It’s Harry Styles is bi dayHe’s always been supportive of the LGBTI community. In a past interview, he said he didn’t feel a need to label his sexuality. At concerts, he’s consistently been open to his queer fans, from waving pride flags to addressing them directly.However, this is exciting them in new ways. After all, representation really does matter, as does visibility.It’s Pi Day but more importantly it’s Harry Styles is Bi Day.— Marina Watanabe (@marinashutup) March 14, 2018 my friend just yelled “YO HARRY STYLES IS BI?” across the room at me It Has Begun— birdie (@harrystouring) March 14, 2018last_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact TEMPE, Ariz. — A day after initial reports surfaced that said Steve Wilks was all but at the end of the road as Cardinals head coach, he spoke a bit more about his faith and resiliency amid a 3-12 season.“It’s going to be good being around family, enjoying some quality time around them,” he said on Monday, Christmas Eve.Wilks said he has spoken this season to peers like Marvin Lewis of the Bengals, Todd Bowles of the Jets and Sean McDermott of the Bills and Ron Rivera of the Panthers. What has he learned in his first attempt as a head coach?Patience was the first word out of Wilks’ mouth, perhaps a funny thing considering it’s patience that might be up in Arizona, where quarterback, coordinator and cornerback shakeups marked pivot points this year.Related LinksReport: Fitzgerald would want Wilks back, might not get his wishRapid Reactions: Arizona Cardinals blown out by Rams in home finaleCardinals’ loss to Rams brings new mark for home futilitySteve Wilks receives support from former DB Peanut TillmanAfter loss to Rams, Cardinals’ Wilks remains focused on job at handAfter a 31-9 loss at home to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night with a game in Seattle to play, Wilks spoke more in depth about his time with Arizona and the reports regarding his job security that he said he hasn’t listened to.The embattled coach said he would leave Arizona — whenever that might be — with integrity just as he’d entered.Asked Monday just why he’s met tough questions about the turmoil with steady, respectful answers, Wilks flashed his sense of humor that’s been hidden amid his football head coach exterior.“I always tell the coaches this,” he said, “there’s always a bubble over the players’ head. As you sit there trying to talk to them, if you really understood what that bubble was saying back, you’d be amazed. There’s a bubble over my head, and if you really knew exactly how I felt inside and what I was saying, you would question my faith at times. 17 Comments   Share   Top Stories “My mom’s in town, so I don’t want to say those words,” he added, smiling.center_img (AP Photo/John Amis, File) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

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"If I can get around as many places telling people and showing people that then hopefully it helps change peoples mindset. But the media which keenly highlights his “extremist” speeches also conveniently forgets to take his word when he invites them to have a first hand look at his educational institutions and hospitals where everybody is welcome irrespective of caste or community, just like me. NATIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (NEMA) OFR SHEIKH ABDULHAFEEZ ABOU RELIGIOUS LEADER OFR BRIG. asking districts what services they seek that they cannot provide directly in their district and why. A federal judge in Honolulu signed the agreement after environmentalists reported that the use of sonar disrupts the feeding patterns of dolphins and whales. read more

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