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Mom’s environment during pregnancy can affect her grandchildren

first_imgStarving a pregnant mouse can cause changes in the sperm of her sons that apparently warp the health of her grandchildren, according to a new study. The finding offers some of the strongest evidence yet that a mother’s environment during pregnancy can alter the expression of DNA in ways that are passed on to future generations.A number of studies have suggested that environmental stresses in a parent may harm the health of subsequent generations. For example, women who were pregnant during a 1944 famine in the Netherlands known as the Dutch Hunger Winter had children and grandchildren who were unusually small or prone to diabetes and obesity. Animal studies have also found that a stress to a parent, such as exposing a pregnant mouse to toxic chemicals or mildly shocking a mouse father to make it fear an odor, can result in effects such as infertility or changes in behavior that persist for two generations or more yet can’t be explained by genetic mutations.Some scientists suspect that the effects are passed down via so-called epigenetic changes, chemical modifications of DNA that can turn genes on or off. A team led by geneticist Anne Ferguson-Smith of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and diabetes researcher Mary-Elizabeth Patti of Harvard Medical School has now explored this idea by studying the DNA of two generations of mice descended from an undernourished mother.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The researchers gave pregnant mice chow containing only half the calories they needed during the last week of gestation—a time when the epigenetic patterns in a male embryo’s primordial sperm are erased, then reset. As Patti’s group had previously shown, this treatment resulted in offspring and grandchildren that were underweight and prone to diabetes.The group next examined DNA from the sperm of the males born to the starved moms. Compared with sons of control mice, their sperm had fewer chemical tags known as methyl groups on about 110 stretches of DNA. Often, the methyl groups were missing near genes involved in metabolism that may play a role in obesity and diabetes. The expression of these genes was also altered in some body tissues.However, although fetal tissues from the mother mouse’s grandchildren also had similar changes in gene expression, surprisingly, the DNA in these tissues did not carry these methylation differences. That suggests that the changes eventually disappear, the team reports online today in Science. Ferguson-Smith thinks methylation changes in the son’s sperm reflect the legacy of his undernutrition in the womb but, because they do not persist, would not directly explain the grandchildren’s disease. The methylation marks “are not the long-term memory that links one generation’s disease to the next,” she says.“This is a very nice study” linking ancestral exposures to epigenetic changes, “but I wouldn’t say the book is closed on how these things work,” says epigenetics researcher Oliver Rando of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. To show that such methylation patterns cause the health effects seen in the male sons and their offspring, one needs to artificially turn off or on the suspect genes and show that this leads to the same result, he says. “Perturbing the epigenome is the big challenge for the field.”What’s more, the study does not rule out that the DNA methylation patterns are inherited for multiple generations because the researchers didn’t look for them in the sperm of the grandsons, Rando adds.Some are more skeptical. Columbia University geneticist Timothy Bestor has “a number of issues” with the study. Among them is that instead of studying inbred mice that were genetically identical, the researchers used a strain in which individual mice vary genetically. Although that may have made the mice more similar to the human population, it raises the possibility that in the womb, only fetal mice with a particular genetic makeup may have survived starvation. Because genetics also shapes methylation patterns, these genetic differences could be why their sperm DNA methylation patterns differed from those of control mice, Bestor says—not because malnutrition directly altered the patterns.last_img read more

Moreno, PH Archers hope to put gold-less past behind them

first_imgPH Archery team. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—For Youth Olympic Games champion archer Luis Gabriel Moreno, studies will take the back seat for the time being.The 2014 YOG champ—in tandem with Chinese Li JiaMan—said he took a sabbatical from his marketing course at La Salle to prepare for the Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT “It will be just for one term,” said Moreno, who, along with 15 other members of the Philippine archery team, sees action starting Wednesday.He admitted feeling the pressure to perform after the country went home without a gold in Singapore two years ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“For me personally I will just try to remember what I practice and hope for the best,” he said.The team had five international trips, including a week-long training camp in San Diego before competing in the World Cup in Salt Lake City in the United States. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES View commentscenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Sepak takraw targeting 2 golds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Also comprising the team are four-time champion Amaya Paz-Cojuangco, who delivered the lone silver two years ago, and two-time Olympian Mark Javier.Completing the lineup are Rogelio Miguel Tremedal, Joseph Benjamin Vicencio, Niron Brylle dela Cruz, Florante Matan and Earl Benjamin Yap in the men’s team.The women’s squad is also composed of Pia Elizabeth Angela Bidaure, Nicole Marie Tagle, Jennifer Chan, Kim Concepcion, Kareel Meer Hongitan, Mbigail Tindugan and Mary Queen Ybanez.Two gold medals will be at stake in compound events Wednesday at Synthetic Turf Field, KL Sports City. ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

Android 7.1.1 Nougat update now rolling out for Nextbit Robin users

first_imgNextbit Robin smartphone which was launched last year has started receiving Android Nougat 7.1.1 update now. The phone was launched with Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and later in March this year received the Android 7.0 Nougat update.Nextbit has also put up the factory images of the Robin smartphone with Android 7.1.1 Nougat update on Razer Insider . User can use the picture guide to update their phones to Nougat 7.1.1. Please note that this is an OTA update and will gradually roll out to everyone. You can also manually check the update availability by going into phone’s Settings> About Phone > Software Update.The Nougat 7.1.1 update brings several new features like split screen multi-tasking, Doze feature for efficient power saving, reply via notification panel, better Google keyboard and more.To recall, Nextbit was launched last year in May. The phone reached India in May with a price tag of Rs 19,999. The phone is touted as a ‘design-first’ smartphone as it dons a unique rectangular slab like design and is designed by Scott Croyle. He was the head of design at HTC and has designed phones like HTC One M7 and M8. He left HTC in 2014 to work on his own projects.The smartphone sports a 5.2-inch FullHD display with a 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution. The Robin is powered by a 1.44GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor coupled with Adreno 418 GPU and 3GB RAM. The single SIM smartphone supports 4G LTE connectivity and is backed by a 2,680mAh battery. The device comes with twin stereo speakers on the front and also supports Quick Charging. The Robin has a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with phase detection autofocus and dual-tone flash along with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.advertisementNextbit which is the maker of Robin smartphone was acquired by gaming software and devices maker Razer this year in March.  However, Nextbit said that it will continue to run an independent division under Razer, which means the Razer would only help the company keep its brand name alive. Also Read: Nextbit Robin review: Riding high on cloud 9last_img read more

Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: August 08, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALChennai: DMK patriarch Karunanidhi funeral(B+A)Chennai: PM Modi in Chennai(A+B)New Delhi: TV Grab- Parliament’s Monsoonsession(B+A)Jabalpur: Rains in Jabalpur(B)Mumbai: Shraddha Kapoor and Rajkummar Raoduring a promotional event(A)New Delhi: Fast Tracks for the 2030 Agenda(B)Mumbai: Trailer launch of film Laila Majnu(A)New Delhi: National flag fly half-mast after Karunanidhi’s death(A+B)Birbhum: 77th death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore(B)New Delhi: NSE silver jubilee celebrations(A+B)New Delhi: Parliament’s Monsoon session(B+A)New Delhi: Harivansh Yadav files nomination forDeputy Chairperson(B+A)INTERNATIONALBournemouth: The warm wether and schoolholidays(A)Bogota: Inauguration ceremony of Colombia’snew President(B)San Luis: The boy, his father and two siblingswere arrested(B)Arguedas: Villagers try to stop cows(A)Guatemala City: Filomena was returned to herfamily(B)Bedminster: President Donald Trump during adinner meeting with business leaders(B)Tokyo: United Nations Secretary-General AntonioGuterres visit(B)Kuala Lumpur: Former PM Najib Razak arrivesat High Court(A)Cheney: Wildfire in California(B)Washington: UK Secretary of State for Defense Gavin Williams with Jim Mattis(A)Copenhagen: Fashion Week in Copenhagen(B)North Lombok: Rescuer teams continue to searchfor victims(B)SPORTSMontreal:Rogers Cup women’s tennis tournament (A+B)Berlin: European Athletics Championships(A)Prague: Champions League soccer matchadvertisement(B)Toronto: Rogers Cup men’s tennis tournament(B)St. Louis: PGA Championship golf tournament(A)PTI PHOTO HS DLDLlast_img read more

Kuldeep’s omission from IPL games won’t affect him in World Cup: Jacques Kallis

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders head coach Jacques Kallis on Thursday said that spinner Kuldeep Yadav’s omission from last two games was done to maintain the team’s balance and it would not affect his performance in the upcoming World Cup.”The wickets we have played on at Eden Gardens this year, it hasn’t spun at all and it has been tough for spinners. It has been a tough year for him but he will learn from this. You have got to understand 50-over format is quite different from the 20-over format,” Kallis told reporters on the eve of KKR’s match against Kings XI Punjab.KKR faced a lot of criticism for dropping Kuldeep in the last two matches against Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians before the upcoming World Cup.”I don’t think it will affect him, it’s just a different format and unfortunately looking at the makeup of the side, he has not played the last couple of games. He has been working quite hard in the nets and seems to be getting it right again, so I am sure he will be okay for the World Cup,” he added.The Knight Riders have lost six straight matches and currently stand at the sixth position in the IPL league standings with 10 points from 12 matches.Also Read | IPL 2019: Harbhajan plays down concerns over Kuldeep Yadav’s form ahead of World CupAlso Read | Why Kuldeep Yadav feels happy when batsmen hit him for sixlast_img read more

SOUTH DAKOTA LAWMAKERS APPROVE INDUSTRIAL HEMP BILL

first_imgSouth Dakota’s Legislature has approved a bill that would legalize industrial hemp despite Gov. Kristi Noem’s opposition.The House voted 58-8 Monday to send the bill to the governor.Noem had requested that lawmakers hold off on legalizing hemp this year, saying questions remain about enforcement, taxpayer costs and effects on public safety.The bill’s main sponsor, Democratic Rep. Oren Lesmeister, has said it would allow South Dakota farmers and ranchers to keep up with the demand and the expansion of the hemp industry.The bill fell short of passing through the Senate with the two-thirds support that would be required to override a potential veto.Noem has stopped short of threatening to veto the measure.The 2018 federal farm bill legalized cultivation of industrial hemp nationally.last_img read more

CSL club move for ex-BVB boss Tuchel

first_imgTransfers CSL club move for former Dortmund boss Tuchel Last updated 2 years ago 17:40 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Thomas Tuchel Getty Transfers Tianjin Teda Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga CSL The former BVB boss has been linked with numerous European clubs, but could move to China with Tianjin Teda interested in bringing him to Asia Former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel could be set to return to management, with Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda looking to appoint the 44-year-old.Goal understands that Tianjin Teda have been in contact with Tuchel in order to assess his interest in becoming the CSL club’s new manager following the departure of Lee Lim-saeng.Dortmund 6/1 to win the Bundesliga Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The 46-year-old South Korean resigned earlier this month after just four weeks in charge, with the team having lost eight of their past 11 games to plummet into the relegation zone. Despite leading Dortmund to the DFB Pokal in 2016-17, Tuchel was let go by the club at the end of the season following BVB’s third place finish in the Bundesliga. Since his departure in May, Tuchel has been linked with numerous clubs including Bayer Leverkusen and Arsenal, while Chelsea categorically denied interest in the German.If Tuchel fails to reach agreement on moving to China, Tianjin Teda will turn to former Watford chief Walter Mazzarri. Other candidates in the frame include ex-Hamburg coach Bruno Labbadia and former Borussia Monchengladbach boss Andre Schubert.last_img read more

Aguero & Sane send Man City further clear at the top

first_imgManchester City 3 Burnley 0: Aguero levels record as Guardiola’s men stretch lead Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 23:57 10/21/17 SergioAguero - cropped Getty Images Manchester City are five points clear at the top of the Premier League as Sergio Aguero, Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane sunk Burnley. Sergio Aguero became the joint-highest scorer in Manchester City history as Pep Guardiola’s side stretched their advantage at the top of the Premier League to five points with a 3-0 win over Burnley.Guardiola’s men failed to scale the dazzling heights of recent performances, with a tenacious and disciplined Burnley display causing them moments of discomfort before quickfire goals from Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane made victory safe inside the final 20 minutes.The undefeated league leaders move on to eight wins from nine and Manchester United’s surprise 2-1 reverse at Huddersfield Town means an increase in their early control of the title race. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Aguero opened the scoring with a 30th-minute penalty after Bernardo Silva went down under a challenge from Nick Pope, the Burnley goalkeeper who then produced a pair of brilliant saves to prevent the Argentina striker from surpassing Eric Brook’s all-time City record of 177 goals.Guardiola’s free-scoring side struggled for clear openings early on and might have gone behind in the 15th minute when Chris Wood capitalised on slack defending by Kyle Walker, but City goalkeeper Ederson was alert to the danger.Wood’s impressive start to the game was cut short by an injury sustained in that challenge and Ashley Barnes replaced the New Zealand international.David Silva finally got City round the back of their opponents in the 23rd minute but Bernardo Silva shot too close to Pope from Sane’s cutback.An even more impressive David Silva pass put Kevin De Bruyne one-on-one with Pope five minutes later and the goalkeeper saved before making an ill-judged dart from his line to deny Bernardo Silva on the rebound.Whether there was enough contact to send the Portugal international sprawling in such a fashion was debatable but it convinced referee Roger East and, after a brief melee involving players from both sides, Aguero did the rest.One to go!pic.twitter.com/qEyinO9SYn— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 21, 2017Some ponderous possession near their own goal from City almost coughed up a Burnley equaliser, with Scott Arfield’s resulting shot deflected behind, while Pope twice denied Aguero brilliantly with his feet as City’s striker sensed history on the stroke of half-time.Burnley had a penalty shout turned down six minutes into the second half when Fabian Delph hit a clearance against his own arm. Jack Cork was booked for his protests before City defended subsequent set-pieces unconvincingly.David Silva skewed a drive wide when Sane and Aguero appeared better placed and a pair of menacing De Bruyne crosses as City reasserted themselves after the hour were the sum of Burnley’s concerns until they were punished once more by an Argentina international.With Aguero’s threat subsiding before his eventual substitution, centre-back Otamendi rose to power in Sane’s left-wing corner in the 73rd minute, with Steven Defour’s efforts on the goalline leaving something to be desired.De Bruyne had experienced a relatively quiet outing but added to his majestic catalogue of assists with a wonderful sweeping pass into Sane’s path and the Germany winger chalked up his seventh of the season with an unerring finish.Aguero’s replacement Gabriel Jesus similarly found Pope in his way as he looked to add gloss to the scoreline – a margin of victory that would have been unjust on Sean Dyche’s side as their undefeated away run came to an end. Key Opta stats:- This is Manchester City’s joint-best points return after the first nine games of a Premier League season alongside 2011-12. The only team with more points at this stage of the season were Chelsea (27) in 2005-06.- Pep Guardiola has won 25 points so far this season with Man City; only in 2015-16 (27 pts with Bayern Munich) has he won more points as a manager from the opening nine games of the season.- Leroy Sane has both scored and assisted in three of his last four Premier League appearances for Man City.- Since his Man City debut in September 2015, Kevin De Bruyne has provided 33 assists in the Premier League, more than any other player.- Burnley failed to land a single shot on target in this match. read morelast_img read more

Could Vaustil Primero Be the Smartest Grill in the World?

first_img How to Cook Steak in the Oven Amen, brother.Much like the best food recipes passed down through history, we dig that the basic design for the Primero was first developed by Rosenzweig’s pops (plus three more years of scrupulous development and a sleek yet gritty look by Christopher Hermann, who works with a renowned industrial design company in London). Rosenzweig also credits the unique blend of Austrian quality with Mexican passion for the perfect storm leading to the Vaustil grill.Did we mention this grill has an accompaning app? Yeah, this puppy is smart.But onto the most important question: Is this grill right for you?“This grill is perfect for food lovers, tech fans, tech haters (we also have the non-smart version), parents, grill enthusiasts, design specialists, grill masters, and beginners,” Rosenzweig says. “But, overall, el Primero is for everyone for which the best grilling experience is with friends and family.”Before jetting off, Rosenzweig granted us a gift from the grilling gods: his favorite recipe. (You’re welcome.)“Take a complete filet steak (500-700g) piece and rub thick salt and pepper to it,” he says. “Grill at the highest temperature, lowest level (easy to achieve with your Vaustil) until all sides are sealed. Rub with salt pepper and honey and wrap it in bacon. Regulate the height of your Vaustil again to reach a constant lower temperature of around 160 degrees Celsius (320 degrees Fahrenheit) and turn until you reach the desired point.”Ready, set, grill. Vaustil Primero Vaustil Primero Vaustil Primero Vaustil Primero Vaustil Primero The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now Vaustil Primero How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish Vaustil Primero Previous Vaustil Primero Vaustil Primero Juan de Rosenzweig, co-founder of Vaustil Primero, grew up in a culture where grilling was seen as an art form. As a child, his father built Argentinian grills for his friends. After eventually leaving home for Europe, Rosenzweig partnered with some new Austrian friends to follow in his father’s path.The Primero — possibly the smartest grill ever made — launched on Kickstarter in April 2018. It was fully funded in 20 hours and, with less than two weeks left in its campaign, has raised more than $65,000, which led us at The Manual to ask: WTF is so cool about this grill?We personally asked Rosenzweig what makes for “the world’s smartest grill.” He says, “Primero has mainly five factors that differentiate itself from competitors:One: We have integrated seven sensors (other competitors have one at max) that give live information about the heat distribution in the grill and lend continuous recommendations on the height and placement of your food depending on what you are grilling.Two: An integrated mechanism to start the coal, which allows you to have the perfect glow in 20 minutes with minimum effort.Three: You regulate height without the need of levels as most grills, adjustable through the turn of a simple lever.Four: V-profiles prevent all the fats and liquids from dropping into the coa and make grilling healthier as less carcinogenic substances are produced when the fats are not burned.And five: A double wall construction that prevents burns to the touch and makes it perfect for a family environment.” On its Kickstarter, the Primero Early Bird Special has the grill going for roughly $1,047. Not too shabby considering you can lug the Primero up a snowy tundra (as Juan does in the video) and most luxury modern grills run anywhere between $3,000-$8,000. No, your counter George Foreman doesn’t count as a real grill. Pff.Primero also promises to do away with the many problems of normal grills, including no heat regulation, no temperature info, and complications in starting the charcoal. Why use charcoal? Rosenzweig laughs and says, “Is there something else that gives the same taste?” The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets Vaustil Primero 1 of 10 Next How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt Vaustil Primero Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Delhi Fire Services to conduct training for hotel staff

first_imgNew Delhi: In wake of the Karol Bagh hotel tragedy earlier this year, the Delhi Fire Department has decided to conduct an extensive programme for staff of hotels, restaurants and banquet halls in dealing with such emergencies. The three-day programme at the Fire Safety Academy at Rohini in north Delhi would also include on-field training. A certificate will also be given – and will have to be renewed every year, officials said. “It will be a three-day training programme at the Fire Safety Academy. The training would take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We shall be teaching them (the participants) basic fire-fighting techniques, how to handle equipment, deal with leakage from cylinders… precautions and equipment testing and handling. A batch would consist of 40 persons,” said Delhi Fire Service Chief Atul Garg. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The programme is scheduled to begin sometime next month and advertisements for it will be out soon. It will costing Rs 3,000 per participant. The fire in February this year at the Arpit hotel in Karol Bagh claimed the life of 17 people. “When the fire occurred, the hotel staff did not inform the Fire Department for half and hour and tried dousing it on their own… this why the fire claimed the lives of the people,” a senior fire officer said. After the fire at the hotel, the Delhi Fire Services were prompted to start an programme for staff at restaurants, banquet halls, hotels and guest houses to ensure that they know how to operate fire-fighting equipment.last_img read more

Zimbabwe UN calls for 6 million to fight deadly cholera epidemic

10 December 2008The United Nations health agency today called on international donors for $6 million to fight Zimbabwe’s worst cholera outbreak in over a decade, with the toll already reaching over 16,140 suspected cases and 775 deaths since August in the impoverished southern African country. “This outbreak can be contained, but it will depend on many factors, in particular a coordinated approach between all health providers to make sure we are providing the right interventions where they are needed most,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) country representative Custodia Mandhlate said. “Such interventions include prevention, quick case detection and control, and improved treatment.”Warning that the widespread outbreak, under-resourced and under-staffed health system, and inadequate access to safe drinking water and hygiene threaten the well-being of thousands of people, WHO is establishing a cholera control and command centre, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare and other health partners to respond in a coordinated manner. With the rainy season commencing and increased transit of people likely due to the Christmas season, there are risks for further spread of cholera if strong measures are not taken.There are also serious regional implications, with cholera cases crossing into South Africa and Botswana. On 2 December, South African health authorities said the country had recorded 460 cholera cases and nine related deaths, mostly in border areas near Zimbabwe. The major cause of the outbreak is the inadequate supply of clean drinking water and poor levels of hygiene. WHO is calling for improved access to oral rehydration salts for treating moderate dehydration, which is a symptom of cholera. This could quickly reduce sickness and deaths.To help the Zimbabwean authorities and partners respond to the emergency, WHO has sent medical supplies to treat 50,000 people for common conditions for three months, as well as 3,200 moderate cases of cholera. WHO has also sent epidemiologists, a water and sanitation expert and a logistician to Harare, the capital, to strengthen response efforts on the ground.About half the cases have been recorded in Budiriro, a heavily populated suburb on the western outskirts of Harare. Other major concentrations of reported cases include Beitbridge, on the South African border, and Mudzi, on the border with Mozambique. read more

Singapore confident of ties with Sri Lanka

After the welcome ceremony, High Commissioner Weeraratne presented credentials to President Tony Tan, and held a brief discussion. The First Lady of Singapore, Mrs. Weeraratne and senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore were present at the meeting. The High Commissioner also conveyed Sri Lanka’s appreciation to Singapore of its assistance on national reconciliation efforts, and expressed hope that Sri Lanka could learn a lot from Singapore in this respect.President Tony Tan warmly welcomed the High Commissioner and wished him every success in his new assignment as Sri Lanka’s envoy to Singapore. The Singaporean President also expressed confidence that the relations between the two countries would be further deepened and strengthened during the tenure of the new High Commissioner.High Commissioner Weeraratne was a legal practitioner, held several senior executive positions in the private sector and a senior partner at “Varners”, a firm of lawyers in Sri Lanka, prior to this assignment. (Colombo Gazette) In his remarks, the High Commissioner conveyed warm greetings and best wishes of President Maithripala Sirisena and those of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to the Singaporean President which was warmly reciprocated.Referring to the bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Singapore, the High Commissioner Weeraratne stated that the two countries enjoy excellent relations, and Sri Lanka would like to enhance the existing cooperation with Singapore, especially in the fields of trade, investment and economic cooperation, capacity building and training, infrastructure and urban development. The ceremony was held at the Istana, the office and the official residence of the President of Singapore where the High Commissioner was welcomed with a Guard of Honour upon his arrival. Singapore has expressed confidence that the relations with Sri Lanka would be further deepened and strengthened.These views were expressed when the newly appointed High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Singapore, Nimal Weeraratne presented his credentials to Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of the Republic of Singapore, the Foreign ministry said today. read more

Annan deplores violence in eastern DR Congo as new refugees flee to

“There have been reports of human rights violations, including violence against women and children, population displacements and massive looting,” Mr. Annan said in a statement released by his spokesman in New York. Personnel of United Nations humanitarian agencies and their NGO partners have been attacked and their equipment damaged, forcing the suspension of most aid programmes for some 3 million people in the region. The Secretary-General appealed to the rebel groups involved in fighting in May and June to protect civilians caught in armed conflict and to provide humanitarian workers with “the safe and unhindered access they need to deliver life-sustaining aid.” He also called on neighbouring States to allow access to the troubled city of Bukavu by humanitarian workers, as well as by the UN Organization Mission in the DRC, known as MONUC. The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has sent a four-member team to investigate reports that thousands of people had fled fighting in the Uvira area, south of Bukavu, and arrived in the Burundian border areas of Gatumba, Rugombo and Cibitoke. Meanwhile, nearly 2,700 Congolese refugees in Rwanda had registered for aid since the fighting erupted in the region, starting in Bukavu on 26 May, the agency said. Of these 1,191 were staying at Nyagatare transit centre, while the rest were being sheltered by families and friends. Just back from a fact-finding mission from the DRC, Ambassador Luis Gallegos of Ecuador, who led some members of the Executive Board of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), today called for an end to bloodshed and immediate access to civilians – especially women and children, caught in “the quagmire of violence.” He told a press briefing that the team is recommending immediate legal action against the perpetrators of sexual violence as well as the disarmament, demobilization and social reintegration of children associated with the DRC’s armed groups. “When you are sitting in New York and talking about these problems you talk about them in terms of numbers and as if they were statistics,” he observed. “When you give them a human face and see the problem a 14-year old ex-combatant has to be reintegrated into society, when you find a pregnant girl – a former militia chief – trying to reintegrate into her home village, when you see that the war is not about attacks between militia or armed groups, but that the militias and the armed groups go into villages and ravage and rape and kill and sequester children and then leave, and then other armed groups go into the same village, it is an attack against civil society, against people, against women and against children.” read more

Collaboration planned between Environmental Sustainability and Posthumanism research centres

Two research centres at Brock have signed an agreement to improve their collaborative efforts.The Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC) and the Posthumanism Research Institute (PRI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently that will lead to the two centres pursuing joint research projects, workshops and conferences over the coming year.“These two research collectives at Brock ask ‘How do we relate to the world around us? And, how is this relationship changing now and into the future?’ These are fertile areas of research often requiring transdisciplinary approaches to scholarship,” says Interim Vice-President Joffre Mercier. “The ESRC and PRI complement each other and this initiative to co-operate more formally highlights the transdisciplinary strengths and openness of Brock’s researchers. We look forward to the fruits of this co-operation.” The ESRC undertakes research investigating the challenges that arise from the interaction between humans and the environment, and opportunities to shift society to a more sustainable way of life.Posthumanist research explores what being ‘human’ means and questions the notions of progress, enlightenment, human nature, truth and happiness. In a world facing major crisis owing to humanity’s impact on the environment, Posthumanist thinking intersects with the research of the ESRC.Ryan Plummer, ESRC Director, is excited about the added dimension this collaboration will give to the Centre’s research.“Our ongoing dialogue revealed research questions of mutual interest, especially pertaining to the Anthropocene. Given our shared commitment to transdisciplinary research and scholarly excellence, the agreement provides a good basis for moving collaboration forward,” he said.Christine Daigle, PRI Director, added “Many posthumanist thinkers tackle issues related to sustainability and the environment as part of their inquiries into the human being as entangled in the natural world. It is imperative to engage in dialogues and exchanges with researchers that examine the scientific aspect of such issues in order to push the reflection forward.”The two centres have already made plans for their first joint venture.“A short term goal is to hold a joint event in which we discuss the Anthropocene and what it means to be posthuman in this epoch,” Daigle said. read more

Did Kris Jenkinss GameWinning Shot Have Anything To Do With Analytics

Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (April 5, 2016), we marvel at Villanova’s buzzer beater in the final of the men’s NCAA tournament and ask whether the narrative is more telling than the numbers in moments like those. We discuss the USWNT’s wage-discrimination case with FiveThirtyEight’s Allison McCann. We also look at whether Scottie Pippen is right when he says his Chicago Bulls team from the ’90s could have swept this season’s Golden State Warriors. Plus, we announce the lucky winners (and losers) of Hot Takedown’s NCAA men’s tournament bracket challenge.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Links to what we discuss are here:Neil Paine says Villanova had the most impressive tournament win in over 53 years.Reuben Fischer-Baum and Neil Paine explain just how exciting the Final Four actually was.The New York Times breaks down Monday night’s incredible ending.FiveThirtyEight crunches the numbers in the USWNT’s wage-discrimination case.Kyle Wagner says the Warriors’ odds of going 73-9 are back up after their win over Portland last weekend. (But since our taping, the Warriors lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves!)Significant Digit: 10.6 percent. That’s the chance the 1995-96 Bulls would have had of sweeping this year’s Golden State Warriors. Hot Takedown More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

The LeBron James DecisionMaking Machine

Every four years, the basketball world holds its collective breath and waits for LeBron James to decide which team he’ll carry to the NBA Finals on an annual basis next. We’ve been through all this before: In 2010, James took his talents from Cleveland to South Beach (where he won two championships). In 2014, he went back home to the Cavs (and won yet another ring). So … what’s in store for LeBron as a free agent now? We can’t shed any light on what team he will pick this summer, but we can offer a little advice about which team he should pick.Using our CARMELO player projections and a little modeling of each team’s salary-cap situation, we created 30 hypothetical LeBron James free-agency scenarios, one for each NBA franchise. Not every team can afford to outright sign LeBron, of course, so we had to make some trades1Which we made sure were roughly balanced according to each player’s future projected upside (although we did lean toward best-case scenarios for LeBron’s new teammates, since it seems unlikely that he would join a squad whose roster had been badly stripped). Also, some situations required LeBron to accept the opt-in clause in his contract to facilitate a trade, which he may not do in real life. Finally, certain potentially impactful draft picks (such as Cleveland’s Collin Sexton and Philadelphia’s Zhaire Smith) were considered, but lesser rookies were not considered. and shuffle around some salaries to squeeze him onto each roster — sometimes at the cost of many other promising players. (On the other hand, a few teams even managed to snag another big-time free agent — such as Paul George — to accompany LeBron, although that arrangement was rare.) Based on each team’s projected talent level and average age2Weighted by the projected wins added by each player. after adding LeBron, we then estimated its odds of winning at least one NBA championship over the next four years — which, based on LeBron’s history, is presumably how long he’d sign on to a new city.Of course, winning rings is only part of the equation behind any LeBron decision. The other half: legacy. How will a new team affect how James is perceived in the greater pantheon of NBA legends? To measure that, we took an informal straw poll of FiveThirtyEight staffers and friends of the site, asking them to rate how much each destination would help or hurt James’s legacy, in a narrative sense.3From FiveThirtyEight, we solicited ratings from editor-in-chief Nate Silver, senior sportswriter Chris Herring, senior editor Geoff Foster, deputy editor Micah Cohen, video producer Tony Chow and general editor Sara Ziegler. (I participated in this exercise as well.) We also got input from Ben Alamar of ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, Jody Avirgan of ESPN’s 30 for 30 Podcasts, Ian Levy of Nylon Calculus and freelance sportswriter Owen Phillips. On our scale, a “0” means going to that team would damage James’s reputation among historical greats, while a “10” means that making the move would benefit it. (Admittedly, it’s not the most scientific metric in the world. OK, fine, it’s not at all scientific.)Finally, we merged together the two sets of ratings — the coldly analytical probability of a championship and the subjectively emotional legacy grades — to help come up with the perfect place for LeBron to spend the next phase of his career.4Certainly, there are considerations that our method ignores, including James’s family and the relative market sizes of his potential destinations.Don’t even think about itWe can cross a few choices off the list for LeBron right away. Some teams, such as the Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings, neither add to the narrative arc of LeBron’s career nor offer him any real chance to win future championships. Others, such as the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics, provide a very good chance to win but would actively damage LeBron’s legacy if he signed there, since they’d require him to stoop to Kevin Durant’s level and join a talented longtime rival. Still others, such as the New York Knicks, would be great picks in terms of narrative — except that they’ve botched their rosters so badly that even with LeBron, winning would be nearly impossible.Those five teams and 16 others5The rest are the Thunder, Wizards, Raptors, Bucks, Bulls, Hornets, Nets, Nuggets, Pistons, Clippers, Blazers, Pacers, Mavericks, Magic, Grizzlies and Hawks. have nothing to offer James in either area that another team in the league can’t at least match. So according to the principle of Pareto efficiency — which says we can rule out any destinations for which there is another choice that improves LeBron’s standing on one dimension without reducing it on the other dimension — he shouldn’t waste his time even thinking about them as potential landing spots.Sorry, Knicks fans: Maybe they’ll be able to make a better pitch in four years.Fine options … but not the bestNext up, we have a group of teams that James either is reportedly considering or should consider — they’re roughly as good as the ones he is thinking about. These teams are still not Pareto optimal, in the sense that there are others out there that can offer a greater chance of winning a ring and/or better narrative value, but these clubs are close enough to think about.The Heat, which are nearly $20 million over the salary cap even if they renounce all their free agents, probably couldn’t sign LeBron this summer without some massive wheeling and dealing to trade away contracts. But they could pick him up in a trade if he opts into the final year of his Cavs contract and Cleveland works a deal with Miami, which would probably require the Heat to send away such valuable pieces as Kelly Olynyk, Justise Winslow, Bam Adebayo and/or Josh Richardson in the process.After all that roster-gutting, the Heat would be left with a supporting cast that isn’t much better than the one James had in Cleveland this year, so LeBron wouldn’t stand to gain much on the championship front by choosing Miami. The only reason Miami even ranks in this group at all is that it had the sixth-best narrative grade of any NBA team, perhaps because we’ve seen LeBron in a Heat jersey before and it would be a second homecoming of sorts. But aside from that (and the fact that our algorithm isn’t accounting for Pat Riley’s knack for recruiting star talent), it’s tough to recommend a second stint in Miami for James.This is admittedly a strange option, since most stars who find themselves on the T-Wolves have eventually left Minnesota before all was said and done. The Wolves are also capped out and would need to go the opt-in, then-trade route with James and the Cavs to snag The King. But depending on who the Wolves would send to Cleveland — dare we say Andrew Wiggins, back to the team who drafted him? — James could have a very strong talent base to work with. Even in the more likely scenario, that James is dealt for Jimmy Butler and Gorgui Dieng for salary-matching purposes,6Which, in our calculations, we considered much more likely than a James-for-Wiggins swap. (We did assume Minnesota would get someone back from Cleveland to balance things out, such as Larry Nance Jr.) with another cheap/decent piece coming back from Cleveland to balance things out, the Wolves would have a 50-50 shot at a title with LeBron over the next four seasons.So from the perspective of winning ballgames, James could certainly do worse than jetting to the Twin Cities. Our legacy grade for the T-Wolves, however, ranks 14th in the league, meaning that they’re sort of a neutral destination. He can probably do better.If James is going to join up with a younger superstar, he might as well go all-out and pick Anthony Davis as his running mate. CARMELO projects Davis to be the eleventh-most valuable player in the league over the next seven seasons, and his game could mesh with James’s in interesting ways. Add in the possibility that New Orleans also re-signs DeMarcus Cousins, and the potential exists for James to forge a new Big Three in the Big Easy.That team would have basically a coin flip’s chance of winning at least one NBA title over the next four years, and the Pelicans would boast a stronger narrative value for LeBron’s career arc than the T-Wolves, according to our straw poll. (Maybe simply because New Orleans is viewed as a more exciting city than Minneapolis?) It’s a long shot, but James knows better than anybody about the championship potential of three major stars on the same team.Surprised to see the Lakers in this tier of teams? I was, too. After all, Los Angeles is the betting favorite to land James this summer — particularly since he might be able to lure at least one other superstar (Paul George) to join him, if not two (if only the Spurs would cooperate on that front). Of course, there’s no “potential to make boatloads of money outside of basketball” variable in these ratings — we’re not factoring in James’s stated desire to follow Michael Jordan on the path to billionaire status.But, realistically speaking, the Lakers might not be as strong an on-court contender as we think, even if they do snag both James and George. To facilitate that deal, they probably wouldn’t be able to bring back free-agent forward Julius Randle for next year’s team, leaving the two stars with an extremely young supporting cast of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma. That’s a promising young core, but our research has shown that teams need more star power than that to realistically contend for titles.In the parlance of my boss, Nate Silver, James is an “Alpha” (meaning a top-tier star) and George is probably a “Gamma” (the third, and lowest, tier of star).7According to Nate’s research, Gammas add between 2.0 and 3.5 points per 100 possessions to a team’s efficiency margin while on the court. George was projected to be a Gamma going into the season and added 2.9 points per 100 to Oklahoma City’s margin last season, so I think it’s a fair designation. Unless one of LA’s other young players develops into at least a Gamma in his own right — and CARMELO thinks that’s a possibility only with Ball — the LeBron/PG-13 Lakers would still be a bit short of a championship talent base. There’s no denying the narrative value of James reviving one of the league’s proudest franchises, but there are probably better destinations if he wants to win rings while he’s still playing at his highest level.If the Lakers are being overvalued as a destination for James, the Jazz are undervalued. LeBron and his people don’t seem to be even entertaining offers from Utah — not that we’d expect them to — but they should be. If James joins the Jazz, which he could do as a free agent if Utah finds takers for veterans such as Ricky Rubio, Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko in separate trades,8Rubio and Jerebko have expiring contracts, which shouldn’t too be hard to move. Crowder, who has two years left on his deal and is coming off a disappointing season, might be a tougher sell, but he could still be useful in the right situation. he’d find himself surrounded by rising young star Donovan Mitchell and reigning defensive player of the year Rudy Gobert — making for an underrated Big Three — plus some intriguing supporting pieces such as Joe Ingles and Royce O’Neale.The weakness for the Jazz comes in terms of LeBron’s legacy-building, where Utah ranked only 10th in our straw poll. It’s tough to even think of the last veteran of any repute who willingly switched teams to join the Jazz — Pete Maravich, Bernard King and Jeff Hornacek all arrived via trade, so it may have been Carlos Boozer in 2004 — and the lasting image of Utah on the championship stage is Jordan releasing his final shot as a Chicago Bull over Bryon Russell. But just the same, Utah’s current potential to blossom around James could provide him with an interesting way to one-up MJ, finally bringing a title to his longtime foil.The top fourStrong candidates though they are, each of the teams listed above can still be beaten in both the championship-potential and narrative departments by at least one other squad. That cannot be said, however, about the following teams, meaning that each is operating at the Pareto frontier: LeBron cannot maximize things in one dimension without sacrificing along the other dimension.But that doesn’t mean each choice below is created equal. Here are our four best picks for LeBron, roughly in reverse order from the weakest combination of winning plus legacy to the strongest:Just as they were back in 2010, the Cavaliers are the sentimental choice. Cleveland ranks far and away as No. 1 in our legacy poll,9The Knicks are a very distant No. 2. with the lowest standard deviation in that grade as well. (So, pretty much everyone agreed that returning to Cleveland would have great narrative value for James’s career.) In fact, perhaps the only thing that could top LeBron’s 2014 return to the Cavs and his subsequent title run would be if he stayed with them now and continued to battle against the Warriors on the off-chance that he could engineer another monumental upset.However, LeBron’s championship ambitions may have outgrown the Cavs once again. This roster is capped out ($45 million over the salary cap if they sign LeBron to a max deal10Assuming that James inks a five-year deal worth $205 million.) and significantly over the luxury tax line as well. It’s unlikely that Cleveland would be able to go into 2018-19 with anything better than the group that stabilized the team’s season after a big trade-deadline shakeup. That crew proved (barely) good enough to win the East but was crushed in the NBA Finals despite James’s heroics, and it’s primed to decline further as time passes.11Rookie Collin Sexton should help eventually, but he probably won’t develop into a superstar. Our metrics give LeBron a mere 1-in-4 chance of winning another title over the next four years if he stays in Cleveland, roughly the same odds as he’d have in Orlando, Atlanta or Memphis. It might be time for James to take his talents elsewhere again.The Spurs are one of the most interesting choices for LeBron, given how glowingly he has spoken of San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich (and vice versa), as well as the place the Spurs have in the mythology of James’s career. To join the team, LeBron would probably take the opt-in-and-trade route, with the Spurs potentially sending some combination of Danny Green and the injured/disgruntled Kawhi Leonard back to balance the salaries and talent being swapped.The Spurs have some cap flexibility, so they could snag James via trade and, say, re-sign free agent forward Kyle Anderson, too. In essence, they’d be adding LeBron to the majority of a core that won 47 games without Leonard last season, which isn’t a bad selling point. Combine that with a strong narrative score (third-best in our poll), and the Spurs have a lot going for them in the LeBron derby. Having said that, they might not even be the best choice within the state of Texas …If LeBron wants to win right away, the Houston Rockets are the obvious choice. The salary-cap machinations would be involved — James would have to opt into the final year of his Cavs contract, and the teams would need to work a trade that basically guts Houston’s entire roster, all while the Rockets would probably want to simultaneously re-sign Chris Paul and Clint Capela to new contracts as well. The resulting luxury-tax bill would be enormous, and it’s not clear how James, Paul and James Harden would play together. But if it all came together — and last year’s Rockets could help assuage some of those concerns about fit — this Houston superteam might instantly have a better NBA-title shot than even the Warriors (!) do.12Seriously. CARMELO thinks a core of James, Harden, Paul and Capela would win 66 games even if surrounded by Ryan Anderson and stray minimum-salary finds; as currently constituted, the Warriors project to win about 60 games next season. And any playoff experience adjustments might not tilt things back in Golden State’s direction much, since the Rockets would be adding a guy who has made the NBA Finals eight times in a row.Perhaps the only question is whether the potential for championships outweighs the negative effects such a move might have on the narrative arc of LeBron’s career. According to our straw poll, Houston was the ninth-most-damaging potential location for James’s legacy — though it was also the most polarizing destination in the poll. Through one lens, James’s suiting up for the Rockets could be viewed as “taking the easy way out” to join up with other stars. But it could also be spun as an Avengers-style team-up, with the mission of ending the Warriors’ stranglehold on the league.The Philadelphia 76ers don’t offer James the best odds of winning a title during his next contract, nor do they provide his best narrative potential. But the Sixers are the team with the best mix of both factors — and that’s why, out of all 30 possible destinations, Philadelphia should be LeBron’s next home.The Sixers have an unmatched base of budding talent in center Joel Embiid and point guard Ben Simmons — the closest thing the NBA has to the Orlando Magic’s Shaquille O’Neal/Penny Hardaway tandem of yesteryear. They also boast improving young forward Dario Saric, 2017 No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and unsung supporting star (at least, in the eyes of the advanced metrics) Robert Covington. And Philly has the cap space to sign James outright if it can find a taker for Jerryd Bayless’s expiring contract and perhaps either Justin Anderson or Richaun Holmes in related trades. So to bring LeBron aboard, it wouldn’t have to gut its entire roster (but would probably have to sacrifice pending free-agent shooter JJ Redick).The Sixers also have a strong narrative argument to present The King. Philly ranks among the league’s most historic franchises, having won the third-most games of any NBA club ever (trailing only the Celtics and Lakers). Yet LeBron would be no bandwagon-jumper if he signed there — the team hasn’t won an NBA title since 1983, when another former MVP (Moses Malone) joined forces with Julius Erving and company to win a championship. According to our straw poll, Philadelphia had the fourth-best legacy-building potential for LeBron of any team in the league, in addition to the third-best championship potential. For our money, that’s a difficult combo to beat.Yes, there are real concerns about how Simmons, a ball-dominant point guard who literally never shoots 3-pointers, would coexist with James, who has tended to run his own show with the ball (and who had to work years to refine his shooting touch). Fultz was a mess most of his rookie season, Embiid has a long history of injuries (plus his personality is an acquired taste), and the team is rolling with coach Brett Brown as GM right now, after Bryan Colangelo resigned amid a scandal involving burner Twitter accounts. But every destination has its flaws. Philly gives James the best combination of championship potential and possible upside for his brand as an all-time NBA legend. That’s why, this time around, LeBron should take his talents to South Broad. read more

Prince Philips decades of previous collisions remembered by Norfolk locals

The Duke of Edinburgh’s crash on Thursday was not the first he has been involved in.After the news made headlines around the world, locals reminisced about crashes and near misses they had encountered over the decades with Prince Philip, who is a keen driver.Norfolk businessman Patrick Daynes ended up up in neck brace and with whiplash injuries in January 1996 after the Prince steered his Land Rover into the back of his Mercedes 190 as he let an elderly lady across a zebra crossing.Mr Daynes said: “The Prince’s Range Rover came into the back of my Mercedes while I was waiting at a pedestrian crossing. It was entirely his fault.“It was about 8.45am and I was on my way to a couple of appointments in London. “It’s a route I know well and I haven’t been involved in any similar accidents. I noticed that I was being followed by a rather smart Range Rover, but at the time had no idea that Prince Philip was driving. “I stopped at a pedestrian crossing to let a lady cross the road and suddenly there was an almighty bang. My car jolted forward and I knew immediately that it had been seriously damaged. He said he did not report the incident at the time.The Queen has been in the car in the past while her husband was involved in accidents, including in June 1964, when 32-year-old machinist Henry Cooper was driving to the Rising Sun public house at Holyport, near Madienhead, in his ‘89 Ford Popular. As he was pulling into the yard of the pub, his car collided with a  Rover 3 litre coming in the opposite direction.To his surprise he found that the driver of the Rover was none other than Prince Philip, who was driving back from polo in Windsor Great Park with the Queen. Both the Queen and the Prince were shaken but unhurt.A biography of the Duke by Basil Boothroyd, published in 1971, notes that Prince Philip has often been accused of being a less-than-steady driver.It says: “After the engagement there were motherly gasps from the papers. ‘Philip: Take it Easy (Sunday Pictorial). ‘Lt Philip Hurt in Car Crash (Daily Mail). This was to do with a skid and a twisted knee a month before the wedding [to Queen Elizabeth].“They got a bit sterner after the marriage, with another ‘crash’ in February 1948. It only dented the wing of a taxi at Hyde Park Corner, but Elizabeth was with him. There were questions even in the 1940s whether Prince Philip should be driving the QueenCredit: PA/ Steve Parsons There were questions even in the 1940s whether Prince Philip should be driving the Queen “It was then that I noticed through my rear-view mirror that it was the Duke of Edinburgh who had been driving. It was quite a surprise.”At the time, Royal sources confirmed the accident occurred, and said the Duke apologised afterwards. Others have spoken of alleged near-misses with the Duke, who locals often see driving around the area.Sue Brown claimed on social media: “Many years ago, my uncle had a similar incident around the same area.“Prince Philip pulled out in front of him but my uncle was able to stop in time. It was not until both drivers got out of their cars that my uncle realised he was shouting at the Prince, telling him to be more careful.”Charlotte Tuffnell, a teaching assistant from nearby Fakenham, said: “He nearly ran my dad off the road at Sandringham a few years back he needs to pack it in!”A man named Nicholas called into LBC and said that he had also been involved in a collision with Prince Philip in 1987.He said: “It was the second or third week of August in 1987 at around 6 o’clock. I was driving north on the A93 between Blairgowrie and Spittal of Glenshee and he came down the road, driving right down the middle of the road, chatting to ex-King Constantine of Greece. He wasn’t concentrating. “He crossed the white line and came right at us. Me and my passenger thought that our last seconds had come. “I had to swerve out the way, knocked the wing mirror off, lost a quarter-bumper and a couple of wheel trims.” “Ten years later, the Daily Express was able to scrape together a total of seven incidents, headed ‘Should Philip drive the Queen?’ (Three of them were only reports of high speeds, none in this country, clocked by someone at 70, 85 and 75mph)”. read more

Silvio Berlusconi underage prostitute conviction overturned

first_imgUpdated at 12.56pmFORMER ITALIAN PREMIER Silvio Berlusconi has won his appeal against his conviction for paying for sex with an underage prostitute.An appeal court also cleared him of charges of abuse of power.“The defendant is acquitted,” presiding judge Enrico Tranfa said, rejecting a request from prosecutors to confirm a seven-year sentence against the billionaire tycoon.The court’s decision throws out that sentence and a lifetime ban on holding political office given to him by a lower court when it convicted him last year.That court found that he had paid for sex with a 17-year-old nightclub dancer, Karima El-Mahroug — also known as ‘Ruby Heartstealer’, and used his influence to cover it up. He denied the charges.If the court had confirmed the sentence, Berlusconi would have had one more recourse, failing which he would have had to serve the time.The ruling had been suspended pending his appeals. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesKarima el-Mahroug – File photoString of casesIt’s the latest in a string of legal cases involving the politician, many of which date back to the 1980s.His first ever definitive conviction came last August, when Italy’s supreme court upheld Berlusconi’s conviction for tax fraud linked to his business empire Mediaset.That ruling led to the former Premier being expelled from parliament and having to do a year of community service in a centre for Alzheimer’s patients near his home in Milan.He began his once-a-week community service in May, has been expelled from parliament after a 20-year stint and is banned from running in an election for five years.Includes reporting from AFP & AP.Read: Berlusconi’s ‘bunga bunga’ trial appeal begins, but he can’t go as he’s working in a hospiceRead: Silvio Berlusconi expelled from Italian Parliament but vows to “fight on”last_img read more

Civilization Is Being Backed Up In A Salt Mine

first_imgStay on target 2019 in Sci-Fi: What Movies, Games, and TV Told Us Will Happen This YearWhat Can We Actually Do About Climate Change? It certainly doesn’t seem like our civilization is going to vanish from Earth any time soon, but you never know. The Romans probably didn’t think their empire was about to fall when barbarians showed up at the gates. The Memory of Mankind project aims to make sure we don’t lose all the knowledge we’ve accumulated in the event of disaster. How? They’re packing it all up and storing it in a salt mine.Despite having access to more information than ever before, that information is also very fragile. Many texts, studies, and records only exist in digital forms. As technology advances, the data might not always be brought along. If someone handed you a floppy disk and said there was something important on it, how would you get at it? You probably don’t have a floppy drive, and neither do most other people. Even DVDs and other optical media are quickly going the way of the Dodo.Memory of Mankind is creating hard copy records of mankind’s achievements on what it calls “ceramic microfilm.” The flat ceramic plates are covered with a dark coating, then laser etched with information. There are two different “densities” used. The simpler one holds five million characters, the same as a 400-page book. You need 10x magnification to read them. The more advanced version can have color images and diagrams along with 50,000 characters of text. The plates include history, science, biographies of notable people, art, and more. The project has worked with the University of Vienna to decide what to preserve.The plates are being packaged up in ceramic boxes and hidden in a salt mine in Hallstatt, Austria. That’ll keep the data safe, sure, but they won’t be easy to find. The entire point is that people will find the plates, so the Memory of Mankind project has also designed small ceramic tokens (top) with an outline of Europe and the location of the mine indicated. The hope is that people living in a post-apocalyptic future could use these clues to uncover the Memory of Mankind vault and jumpstart civilization again.last_img read more

Valverde says De Jong is an important signing

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde insists the signing from Frenkie de Jong from Ajax Amsterdam is an important addition for the club.The Netherlands international completed a €75million move to the Spanish champions on Wednesday but will spend the remainder of the campaign on loan at Ajax.The 21-year-old was also a reported target for both Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, with the French champions believed to be closing on his signature earlier in the transfer window but De Jong opted for Barcelona instead.Speaking after Barca’s shock first-leg 2-0 loss to Sevilla in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, Valverde talked up the signing.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“An important addition,” he said, according to FourFourTwo.“A player with quality and a future that we think is signing with a long perspective for Barca and we wish him the best.”“His success will be the success of the club.”De Jong has three goals and one assist to his name in the Dutch League this season.last_img read more