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Sharp dissent over Australian carbon emissions strategy

first_imgThe dispute centers on Australia’s carbon emissions reduction target. At the Paris summit, Australia’s government pledged to reduce the country’s 2005 carbon emissions by 26% to 28% by 2030. The Climate Change Authority’s recommendations are based on this target. But David Karoly and Clive Hamilton note that the Australian government also agreed to do its fair share to keep global temperature rise below 2°C, which is a key objective of the Paris accord. The 26% to 28% target “is wholly inconsistent with Australia’s international obligations,” they argue in their report.The authority’s report favors political feasibility over environmental effectiveness “and makes recommendations that are not soundly based on climate science,” Hamilton, an economist at Charles Sturt University near Canberra and climate scientist Karoly of the University of Melbourne in Australia, charge in their dissent. We felt that what the parliament and public needs to know is how much Australia needs to do to meet its international obligations,” Hamilton told ScienceInsider. For example, Karoly and Hamilton note in their op-ed that under the authority’s recommendations, there would be no incentive for utilities and other major energy users to reduce emissions below baselines based on recent emission levels that decline over time. The authority’s strategy also relies heavily on purchasable emissions credits and a government scheme that pays polluters to cut carbon output. Karoly and Hamilton claim this would seriously delay the transition of energy-intensive industries to a low-carbon future.   Instead, they argue that Australia should base its climate policy on a carbon budget that sets an upper limit on the country’s total emissions between now and 2050, institute a cap-and-trade scheme, consider closing selected coal-fired power plants, and ramp up renewable energy.The dissenting report “was not released or endorsed by the Authority, and has no status as an Authority report,” Craik wrote in a statement on the authority’s website.Karoly is the only member of the authority who is a climate scientist. Other members are former politicians, bureaucrats, industry representatives, and academics. Neuroscientist and engineer Alan Finkel, Australia’s chief scientist, is an ex-officio member. “The vast majority of those board members have signed on to the report,” energy minister Josh Frydenberg told Australia’s ABC News. He also defended the government’s “very ambitious targets” for emissions reductions.But the contrarian view is garnering praise in the scientific community. “I cannot help but fully support Karoly and Hamilton,” Paul Read, a sustainability expert at Monash University, Clayton, in Australia said in a statement distributed by the Australian Science Media Center. “Their dissenting argument has been supported by the majority of scientists for years,” he wrote, adding that the authority’s report “shunts the entire problem, with far greater pain, into the future.”Hamilton says that what happens next is up to the government, the parliament, and the public, which “have two reports before them recommending very different paths for Australia.” He and Karoly intend to continue serving on the authority until their terms expire in June 2017. “We think we have a valuable contribution to make to the authority,” he says. Two Australian academics serving on a government climate panel have publicly criticized their own committee’s latest report as “untrue and dangerous,” stoking a long-running debate over the country’s carbon emissions reduction strategies.   Australia’s Climate Change Authority is a panel created in 2012 to provide expert advice on mitigation initiatives. On 31 August, the authority, chaired by Wendy Craik, a deputy chancellor at the University of South Australia, Adelaide, released a review of what actions Australia should take “to deliver on its international commitments” under the Paris Agreement of December 2015, according to the authority’s website.The two dissenting members yesterday released their own minority report after highlighting their objections in an op-ed that appeared online Sunday at The Sydney Morning Herald. 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Giants Brazil, Argentina surprised in first World Cup qualifiers

first_imgArgentina and Brazil both lost their opening World Cup qualifiers on Thursday as the South American campaign for Russia 2018 started in unexpected fashion. Argentina, who were missing injured Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, were surprisingly beaten 2-0 at home by Ecuador, a side 30 places behind them in the FIFA rankings.Frickson Erazo got Ecuador’s first goal after 80 minutes and Felipe Caicedo doubled their lead when he finished off a quick counter attack just a minute later.”It’s no use just looking at the score,” Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano said after the match. “We were never superior to them.””We could never find answers to the problems that Ecuador gave us, we were never comfortable,” he added.To compound Argentina’s misery, Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero limped off injured midway through the first half and will miss next Tuesday’s match away to Paraguay.Things were no better for five-time World Cup champions Brazil, who went to Chile looking to rebuild their reputation after being hammered 7-1 by eventual winners Germany in last year’s semi-final.However, coach Dunga’s side could not match the relentless running of a Chilean team that had the momentum with them after winning the Copa America in July.Hoffenheim striker Eduardo Vargas volleyed home a cross in 72 minutes to put the home side ahead and then Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez got a second from close in with a minute remaining.Earlier in the evening, Uruguay, Paraguay and Colombia all made wining starts to their campaigns. Uruguay overcame the thin air at high altitude to beat Bolivia for the first time in 10 qualifiers in La Paz.advertisementDefenders Martin Caceres and Diego Godin scored for Uruguay in the absence of suspended strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, while the frustrated Bolivians had Jair Torrico sent off after 71 minutes.Colombia, meanwhile, beat Peru in temperatures of 35 degrees Celsius and high humidity in Barranquilla. Teofilo Gutierrez scored from a 36th minute header following a corner for 2014 World Cup quarterfinalists Colombia, who were without injured playmaker James Rodriguez.Peru striker Paolo Guerrero hit the post early in the second half and Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina brilliantly saved Christian Cueva’s free kick before substitute Edwin Cardona scored the second goal in added time.”We had chances to draw the match, my team finished in good physical and footballing shape, I liked how we played though not the result,” said coach Ricardo Gareca, who is looking to qualify Peru for their first finals since 1982.Paraguay, recovering from their disappointment at not reaching the 2014 tournament in Brazil, scored an 85th minute winner from Derlis Gonzalez for a 1-0 victory away to Venezuela.The qualifiers continue next Tuesday, with Argentina away at Paraguay, Brazil at home to Venezuela and Ecuador looking to build on their great start at home to Bolivia.Uruguay take on Colombia in Montevideo and Peru host Chile.last_img read more

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Tata Nexon AMT bookings now open, launch slated for May first week

first_imgTata Motors has officially started taking in bookings for the upcoming Nexon AMT SUV. The booking amount is set at Rs 11,000. The Nexon AMT will be launched in the top-spec XZA+ variant. The Nexon AMT gets new badging at the rear and also the option of a latest dual-tone colour scheme, Etna Orange with silver lining across the top of the doors, which is the only visual cue to distinguish between the manual and AMT variant.The Nexon AMT is powered by a 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder, turbo-petrol which churns out 110bhp and 170Nm of torque. Also, the diesel is a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel which has been tuned to produce 110bhp and 260Nm of torque. The petrol and diesel units are mated to a 6-speed automatic. The AMT can be used in manual mode as well. Once the manual mode is engaged, shifts the drive mode automatically to Sport.The Nexon AMT also gets three driving modes which are Eco, City, and Sport modes, standard on the Nexon’s Revotorq and Revotron range of engines. The AMT transmission also features hill-assist for ascends and descends and a creep function for high-traffic conditions.According to various dealer sources, the Nexon AMT will be launched by the first week of May.Read our review of the Tata Nexon AMT.last_img read more

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Evaluate Non-Profits on Impact, Not Overhead

first_imgThe Problem with Focusing on OverheadNon-profits organize their costs into “programmatic expenses” and “overhead.” Overhead is also commonly referred to as “administrative” or “indirect” costs. In the case of WRI, programmatic expenses refers to the amount of money we spend creating our research products and generating real-world outcomes. Funding for all other organizational activities falls under overhead.Charity watchdog groups (e.g. Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, Guidestar, Wise Giving Alliance, etc.) historically have overemphasized simplistic performance metrics, such as administrative costs as a percent of total expenses, known as the “overhead ratio.” Groups with a “high” overhead ratio have been judged as ineffective or untrustworthy. Many of these same watchdog groups are now charting impact instead, measuring a non-profit’s successes rather than focusing on overhead ratios. However, many donors remain stuck on the previous metric, putting ceilings, aka “caps,” on the portion of their donation that can be used to support overhead.This metric/approach is penny wise and pound foolish. An organization’s overhead fees are used to support activities at the program level. One is used to complement the other. Trying to report what percent is spent on programs vs. administration or development, then, is a somewhat arbitrary metric. Overhead is not bad, it’s necessary.Overhead Ensures Program SuccessAt WRI, our overhead costs pay for items such as rent, utilities, software, computers, recruiting, training, and web site maintenance and hosting. All of these undertakings contribute to our ability to create solid research products, develop solutions, grow as an organization, and generate impact.When a donor caps how much of their donation can go toward supporting overhead, we’re forced to use unrestricted funds to cover these real and essential costs. Unrestricted funds are given to us by donors that know us well and trust us to use the funds as we see fit, rather than restricting them to a specific project. These funds are very precious and limited for all non-profits–and they’re a very small fraction of the overall funding we acquire.As an example, consider our External Relations department: Most of these staff members and their activities are paid for with unrestricted funds. Our communications staff works hand-in-hand with our researchers to develop clear messaging, interface with the media, build our web presence, and ensure that our work is properly positioned for targeted audiences. They also create key communications materials to spread the word about WRI’s research, such as press releases, op-eds, blog posts, videos, and infographics. Ideas need to be communicated before action or behavior can be changed. Making up for overhead caps with unrestricted money draws funds away from the communications budget. Limit communications, and you directly limit the power that our research has to create impact.Fixing the Perception of OverheadWe need to change the measuring stick by which we evaluate non-profits. Investing in skilled talent at competitive market rates, sophisticated systems to monitor progress, and reliable infrastructure should be rewarded. These practices are smart business.So I’d like to propose a new benchmark for donors and prospective donors: Let’s make 25 percent a “safe harbor” for the amount of funding an organization like WRI spends on overhead. This figure should be the starting point of the donor-organization relationship. Amounts that exceed or fall under 25 percent can then be explained by the organization, with sufficient transparency to support its particular business model. This flexibility allows donors and organizations to develop a trusting, working relationship–one based on an organization’s individual model, not a one-size-fits-all metric.We have a duty to responsibly spend every dollar we receive. Our programs and our donors should understand our costs and hold us accountable. If donors are not satisfied with the level of overhead, it’s probably due to under-investment in infrastructure, not over-investment. If donors believe in the organization’s mission, they should add resources to help the organization progress, rather than putting them deeper in the red financially and capacity-wise.The bottom line has to be impact. The real metric of success must focus on what outcomes an organization achieves—not how much was spent on overhead vs. program.We have a choice: Continue to quibble over how costs are allocated between overhead and programs, or start talking about the most effective ways to change the world. My money’s on the latter. Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong I recently had a frustrating experience. It all started during a casual conversation with one of my mother’s friends. After hearing a bit about my role as CFO of the World Resources Institute, my mother’s friend informed me that she regularly contributes to charities. In fact, she stated proudly, she only donates to organizations with “low overhead”– that is, to groups that spend the lion’s share of their funding on program expenses and only a small amount on fundraising and administrative costs. I couldn’t help but shake my head–not only because I disagreed with her, but because it’s a sentiment we hear all too often in the non-profit world.Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta articulated this problem well in his March TED Talk, “The way we think about charity is dead wrong.” Pallotta explained that there are separate rulebooks for for-profit and non-profit companies in the United States. For-profits are judged on their growth and the quality of their products—which have the cost of necessary infrastructure or overhead baked into the cost of each product. Non-profits are evaluated on how little they invest in infrastructure rather than the quality of their work.At WRI—and at all non-profits, for that matter—scrimping on essential infrastructure is short-sighted. This practice negatively impacts our work, our growth, and ultimately, our ability to change the world.last_img read more

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IPL 2019: MS Dhoni eyes major landmark as Rajasthan Royals host Chennai Super Kings

first_img India Today Web Desk JaipurApril 11, 2019UPDATED: April 11, 2019 13:23 IST IPL 2019, RR vs CSK: MS Dhoni has been in fine form for Chennai Super Kings in the ongoing season ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni has won 99 out of 165 matches as captain in Indian Premier LeagueDhoni-led Chennai Super Kings will look to extend their lead at the top of the table in Jaipur on ThursdayRajasthan Royals are reeling at the 7th spot of IPL 2019 points table with 1 win in 5 matchesChennai Super Kings are on a roll in their title defence in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. Having lost only one match to Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede, CSK, with five wins from six matches, are on top of the IPL points table.The Super Kings have continued to enjoy success in their fortress in Chepauk, having won all the four matches they have played at home in IPL 2019 so far. However, CSK will face some sterner tests as they will be on the road over the next 10 days during which they play four matches.Chennai Super Kings couldn’t have asked for a better start to their journey on the road as they face struggling Rajasthan Royals on Thursday at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.Another 100 for MS Dhoni?Chennai Super Kings will be keen on beginning their series of away matches on a positive note. All eyes will be on MS Dhoni as the CSK captain is a win away from achieving a major landmark. Dhoni will become the first-ever captain in IPL cricket to win 100 matches if CSK walk away with two points in Jaipur.MS Dhoni has 99 wins as captain from 165 matches at a staggering win percentage of 60.36. The CSK skipper has won 28 more than Gautam Gambhir, who is second on the list with 71 wins (129 matches).Dhoni has been in fine form in IPL 2019. Having played a few match-winning knocks already, the wicketkeeper-batsman has collected 156 runs from six matches and has remained unbeaten on three of those occasions.advertisementCan CSK better away record in Jaipur?Chennai Super Kings also enjoy a superior head-to-head record against Rajasthan Royals as the three-time champions have won 13 of their 21 meetings.On the other hand, at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Rajasthan have found more success, winning four of their six clashes.However, former champions Royals have played some ordinary cricket in IPL 2019 and are only placed above Royal Challengers Bangalore in the points table with just one win from five matches.The Royals were crushed by 8 wickets at home by Kolkata Knight Riders on April 7 which was also their second defeat in three home games this season.Watson, Jadeja eye milestones in battle vs former teamApart from MS Dhoni, a couple of other Chennai Super Kings players are also nearing personal landmarks in IPL.Shane Watson, who has been struggling to replicate last year’s form for CSK, needs another 31 runs to complete 1,000 T20 runs at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. Can the big-hitting Australian hit peak form against his former club?Also, left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who has been a consistent performer for CSK, needs two more wickets to complete 100 wickets in the Twenty20 league.Also Read | MS Dhoni fans ensure CSK have support in away games, says BravoAlso Read | MS Dhoni and wife Sakshi take a nap at airport after another late night finishAlso See:For 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Chennai Super KingsFollow MS DhoniFollow IPL 2019Follow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow Gautam GambhirFollow Shane WatsonFollow Ravindra Jadeja IPL 2019: MS Dhoni eyes major landmark as Rajasthan Royals host Chennai Super KingsCaptain MS Dhoni is bidding to achieve a first in Indian Premier League as table-toppers Chennai Super Kings face Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Thursdayadvertisementlast_img read more

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Gov’t Holds First Conference on Economic Reform Programme

first_img Prime Minister Simpson Miller, is re-affirming the government’s commitment to the ERP Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon Portia Simpson Miller, is re-affirming the government’s commitment to implementing the country’s Economic Reform Programme (ERP), within the context of the US$932.3 million four-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF), negotiated with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).Speaking during the first of two major ERP stakeholders’ conferences, hosted by the Ministry of Finance and Planning, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on Thursday, September 12, Mrs. Simpson Miller said her administration entered into the agreement with the IMF “fully aware” of the accompanying challenging measures, which must be taken to address Jamaica’s unsustainable debt to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio, as well as to stabilize the country’s balance of payments.She added that, as such, “we accept the need to reduce expenditure so that it is kept in line with available resources.”The Prime Minister said while the administration recognises that “there is no (easier) alternative to the adjustment measures” being embarked on, they are equally aware of the impact these will have on the majority of the population, both the poor and persons with fixed incomes, and underscored the need for this to be kept at the forefront of all deliberations.“It is imperative that we do not simply (only) emphasise the need for tough adjustment measures, but we also put in place specific measures which will lead to increased economic activity and equally important, increased employment opportunities. Simply put, in these deliberations, let us focus on providing a real basis for hope,” she underscored.Against this background, the Prime Minister reiterated the four immediate priority focus areas, which include: reducing the debt to more sustainable levels in a short time frame, through fiscal discipline and other means of prudent economic management; achieving appreciable and sustainable economic growth and job creation; protecting the society’s vulnerable; and providing a realistic basis for hope to persons experiencing the brunt of the adjustments.While acknowledging that the government “has to lead the way” in these efforts, she argued that “the country needs all hand on deck to get it where it wants to and must go.”“Few, if any of us, can have any illusions that the objectives we have set ourselves are difficult ones to achieve. But achieve them we must, as we do not have the luxury of more palatable alternatives,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.In this regard, she expressed the hope that the conference will “prove to be informative and put each stakeholder in a better position to know what he or she must do to get Jamaica on a path of sustainable and appreciable growth to the benefit of the broad masses of our people.”In his remarks, Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, said the stakeholders conference forms part of the administration’s commitment to transparency in the administration of the ERP and EFF.This commitment, the Minister added, also includes establishment of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), comprising private and public sector representation, including Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) Governor, Brian Wynter, who co-chairs that body; Financial Secretary, Devon Rowe; and trade unions and financial institutions.He advised the non-governmental representatives have been “empowered” to make regular reports to the country, “of their own accord”, on the progress of the ERP’s implementation, adding that “they have done so”.“This conference, and others which we propose to hold, (are) part of that commitment because, I think, it recognizes that the task of economic reform is not a task for government, it a task, indeed, for the entire country. We cannot approach that task with any hope of success unless we are able to be absolutely candid, absolutely open and, indeed, all focused on the same objective, as a country,” Dr. Phillips emphasised.Co-Chairman of EPOC, Richard Byles, explained that, so far the 11-member committee, which meets monthly, has had the opportunity to review data from the Finance Ministry and hear presentations from public sector representatives on several key projects. These include: public sector reform, the agro parks, and the global logistics hub initiative. He advised that the will hear presentation on tax reform at the next meeting.“So far, the process of how the EPOC works has gone pretty well. We have found that the public sector representatives are very cooperative and very transparent and I would just like to thank them, the Governor (and) the Financial Secretary, in particular. I think we have…good…team work going here and I certainly hope it will continue,” Mr. Byles said.Thursday’s conference, held under the theme, ‘Jamaica’s Economic Reform- Going for Growth, Staying the Course, Transforming the Economy’ is the first of two, scheduled to provide updates on the economic reform programme.Minister with Responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, who chaired the forum, said it is intended to “share some of the thinking” into the measures being pursued by the government to restructure the economy. This, she said, in order to discuss how the implementation is proceeding, and what is expected from the various stakeholders, adding that “we also want to hear your concerns.” The stakeholders conference forms part of the administration’s commitment to transparency The Prime Minister said “the country needs all hand on deck to get it where it wants to and must go”last_img read more

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Trump continues Twitter attack on US allies following G7 summit Justin acts

first_img President Donald Trump meets with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the G7 summit on Friday. 25,791 Views Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our US farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our US Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the US Market!German Chancellor Angela Merkel late yesterday called Trump’s revocation of support for the G7 joint communique “sobering and a little depressing”, while adding, in a rare one-on-one interview with ARD public television, “but that’s not the end” of the Group of Seven.‘Insulting’Trump in his tweet said Trudeau had “acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that… he ‘will not be pushed around.’ Very dishonest & weak”.Trudeau had told reporters that Trump’s decision to invoke national security to justify US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports was “kind of insulting” to Canadian veterans who had stood by their US allies in conflicts dating back to World War I.“Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around,” he said.Trudeau said he had told Trump “it would be with regret but it would be with absolute clarity and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on 1 July, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us”.After Trump’s angry tweets, Trudeau’s office issued a brief response:We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the G7 summit. The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn’t said before – both in public, and in private conversations with the president.Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland added that “Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks, we don’t think that it’s a useful or productive way to do business and perhaps we refrain particularly from ad hominem attacks when it comes to our relationship with our allies”.Yesterday, Trudeau ignored the barbs from Trump’s advisors, tweeting a link to the G7 communique and hailing the “historic and important agreement we all reached.”“That’s what matters,” he wrote.‘Throwaway remarks’The outburst against Trudeau, and by association the other G7 members, is only the latest incident in which Trump has clashed with America’s closest allies, even as he has had warm words for autocrats like Kim and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.French President Emmanuel Macron’s office reacted Sunday by saying that “international cooperation cannot be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks”.Reneging on the commitments agreed in the communique showed “incoherence and inconsistency”, it said in a statement.When Trump left Quebec, it was thought that a compromise had been reached, despite the tension and the determination of European leaders Macron and Merkel to push back against the US president’s protectionist policies.Officials from European delegations quickly leaked copies of the joint statement, and it was published online moments before Trump tweeted.On board Air Force One, an AFP reporter was told that Trump had approved the agreement, only to be told later of the tweets. A senior US administration official said that Trump had been angered by Trudeau’s comments.Trump is set to meet North Korea’s Kim Jong Un tomorrow in Singapore in a historic summit between the US and North Korea.With reporting from AP- © AFP, 2018 President Donald Trump meets with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the G7 summit on Friday. Image: Evan Vucci/AP/Press Association Images Short URL 77 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4063940 Share90 Tweet Email Image: Evan Vucci/AP/Press Association Images Jun 11th 2018, 7:16 AM By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE US BLAMED Canada for the disastrous ending to the G7 summit, saying Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “stabbed us in the back,” while American allies held Washington responsible.Just minutes after a joint G7 communique was published Saturday in summit host city Quebec, President Donald Trump launched a Twitter broadside, taking exception to comments made by Trudeau at a news conference and saying he had instructed US representatives not to endorse the joint communique.Trump’s team kept up the barrage of criticism on US media yesterday.Trudeau “really kinda stabbed us in the back,” top US economic advisor Larry Kudlow said on CNN’s “State of the Union”.“He did a great disservice to the whole G7.”US trade advisor Peter Navarro, speaking on Fox News Sunday, reinforced that message.“There’s a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with President Donald J Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door,” he said.Kudlow sought to tie Trump’s reaction to the upcoming summit with Kim Jong Un, saying the North Korean leader “must not see American weakness”.Trump – who has a history of hair-trigger responses to slights – landed in Singapore yesterday for tomorrow’s summit meeting with Kim.From there, he was tweeted further criticism of Canada and US allies.Repeating his criticism of US trade policies with Canada – he also took aim at Germany – in a multi-tweet rant that went beyond 200 words all told. At one point he wrote, “Justin acts hurt when called out!”“Why should I, as President of the United States, allow countries to continue to make Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades, while our Farmers, Workers & Taxpayers have such a big and unfair price to pay?” he tweeted.Before his departure from Canada the previous day, he tweeted: Monday 11 Jun 2018, 7:16 AM Trump continues Twitter attack on US allies following G7 summit: ‘Justin acts hurt when called out!’ US president Donald Trump has continued his strong criticism of US allies. last_img read more

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Mistaken identity bullets fired at Greek Australian house

first_imgGreek Australian Elena Paraskeva and her partner Con believe they were the subject of mistaken identity after their suburban Melbourne home was sprayed with bullets in a late-night drive-by this week. The Rio Grande Drive home in Roxburgh Park was targeted in the unprovoked attack. The couple heard a loud bang and then were woken to discover their house had been hit with shots. “We felt something was very wrong when we heard that,” Ms Paraskeva told the Herald Sun. “When I came out to have a look he (Con) said keep away from the front door.” No one was injured. Neighbours of the couple have described the attack as sounding like fireworks before an unidentified vehicle screeched down the street. Ms Paraskeva said the shots were like a warning and it was lucky no one was injured. “Not long before it happened I went out to the front to take something to the bin,” she said. Detective John Tsianakas from Hume Crime Investigation Unit said the attack did not appear to be gang-related even though the attack has left police unsure as to why it occurred. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Mediator première convocation devant la justice vendredi pour Servier

first_imgMediator : première convocation devant la justice vendredi pour ServierVendredi 11 février, les laboratoires Servier devraient se présenter pour la première fois devant la justice, suite à une convocation de la 15e chambre du tribunal correctionnel de Nanterre, pour l’affaire du Mediator.Pour les laboratoires Servier, les convocations devant la Justice devraient s’enchaîner ces prochains mois, et la première devra être respectée dès ce vendredi. Ainsi, par la personne de son patron, le laboratoire est convoqué devant la 15e chambre du tribunal correctionnel de Nanterre afin de répondre des accusations de “tromperie aggravée” concernant la commercialisation du Mediator, retiré du marché en 2009 seulement alors qu’il était dangereux.Servier a été cité par six patients ainsi que l’association Consommation logement et Cadre de vie (CLCV), rapporte Romandie.com. Les avocats des plaignants, Me François Honnorat et Charles Joseph-Oudin, doivent s’appuyer sur le rapport accablant rendu mi-janvier par l’Inspection générale des affaires sociales qui dressait un tableau sombre du rôle joué par les laboratoires Servier, l’accusant d’avoir “anesthésié” les acteurs de la chaîne du médicament.Si Jacques Servier, 86 ans, incarne le laboratoire dont il est le patron, quatre anciens cadres de Servier et Biopharma ont également été appelés. Les plaignants dans cette affaire veulent faire entendre qu’ils ont été trompés de façon complètement délibérée concernant le médicament Mediator et sa composition. Plus de 300 plaintes ont d’ores et déjà été déposées contre le laboratoire Servier tandis que le Mediator est accusé d’avoir causé la mort de 500 à 2.000 personnes. Jacques Servier n’aurait pas prévu de se rendre à l’audience de ce vendredi.Le 9 février 2011 à 14:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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UWI To Add Fourth Campus in Antigua

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #uwitoaddfourthcampusinantigua, Sheri-kae McLeod Dionisio D’Aguilar Introduced As CTO’s New Chairman STATEMENT FROM THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM ON RECENT SHOOTING OF VISITOR Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCaribbean, May 15, 2017 – Antigua – Delivering his 2015/2016 report to the University Council on May 4, UWI Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles said there will be a fourth landed campus in Antigua. The current campuses of The UWI are Mona, Jamaica; Cave Hill, Barbados; and St Augustine, Trinidad.He said the Antiguan Government has taken a major historic decision to transform a Community College to a University and asked if their campus could be within the UWI family.The campus will be located in a village called Five Islands.Beckles said there is a plan to expand national colleges to universities throughout the region.“By enabling some of these better equipped national colleges to University colleges and to do so within the context of the UWI family is very good for us,” he said.“Those who cannot move long distances must move short distances,” he said.“And this is a structure we are working with, the open campus plus national colleges plus campuses constituting a structure of higher education that will enable us to build capacity and reduce cost.”Beckles said the global strategy is to have a UWI presence on every continent except Antartica in the next five years.“We are building out our footprint. We have already established our facility in North America in New York, we are working aggressively on Mexico, Colombia, we are working on Europe and we have just signed an agreement with South Africa and now the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos will be visiting at Mona in three weeks’ time to look at Centre for Caribbean studies in Lagos and of course we are in China,” he said.#magneticmedianews#uwitoaddfourthcampusinantigua American Tourist Shot in TCI, In Serious Condition at Hospital in Florida Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

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San Diego FireRescue hiring beach lifeguards for summer 2020

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter September 5, 2019 Updated: 9:45 PM KUSI Newsroom, Posted: September 5, 2019center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The city of San Diego is already searching for next summer’s lifeguards.Longtime Lifeguard Sergeant Rick Strobel was at KUSI to talk about how you can apply.Interested in Becoming a Lifeguard?https://youtu.be/qSmE24A8KOIReady to tryout? Here’s how.https://youtu.be/TzsL3hSWyDIFor more information visit:  https://www.sandiego.gov/lifeguards/about/employ KUSI Newsroom San Diego Fire-Rescue hiring beach lifeguards for summer 2020last_img read more

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Warm Weather Continues To Test Swan Lake Fire Containment

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 06:08 amThe Swan Lake Fire is estimated at 77,732 acres with roughly 454 crew members and at currently at 14% containment primarily on that southern and southwestern edge of the fire. Hot and dry weather has continued to fuel the Swan Lake Fire, and continued smoke and record-breaking temperatures are predicted for the Fourth of July holiday week. Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more info Jonathan Ashford, a spokesman for the Alaska Incident Management Team: “Containment percentage is based on a mathematical equation of containment line vs. the entire perimeter of the fire. As the fire has continued to grow in acreage we have not extended that containment line at this point. Which just means based on that map it creates a smaller percentage of the line that is contained due to the growth of the fire.”  For information about other steps you can take to increase defensible space around your property, please visit http://forestry.alaska.gov/fire/firewise. In the Sterling area, fire containment lines held Sunday and Monday north of the highway and Homer Electric transmission line. Crews in this area continued suppression repair, restoration work and mop-up of the 4 day burnout across 17 miles designed to protect the community. Fire crews completed work June 28 to improve safety along the Sterling Fire Break. To enhance community-wide safety, residents should remove needles from roofs and flammable vegetation from around buildings.  This is one of the best ways to better protect your home from fire. Traffic moved well this weekend along the Sterling Highway, with only minor delays due to re- started road construction and morning fog. Use lights and caution driving along the highway in the fire area, as firefighters and construction workers are working along the road. A night crew will be patrolling and monitoring for smoke and flare-ups. If conditions deteriorate due to nightime inversions, traffic delays may be possible.last_img read more

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Senate votes to buy out TransCanada take larger stake in Alaska LNG

first_imgSenate Finance co-chair Anna MacKinnon (R-Eagle River) guided the bill through the Senate. She spoke on the Senate floor immediately before the vote. Photo: Rachel Waldholz/APRNThe State Senate voted 16 to 3 today (Tuesday, Nov. 3) to buy out TransCanada and take a larger stake in the Alaska LNG gas pipeline.Download AudioThe vote is a win for Gov. Bill Walker, whose administration has argued that keeping TransCanada as a partner does not make financial sense, and a buyout would give Alaska more control over the proposed megaproject, which the state is developing along with ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips. The buyout must still be approved by the House, which is expected to vote Tuesday.Senators Mike Dunleavy and Charlie Huggins of Wasilla and Bill Stoltze of Chugiak — all Republicans — voted no.  Senator Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage) was absent after the death of her father last week.Speaking on the Senate floor, Fairbanks Republican Pete Kelly, co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee, said he arrived in Juneau opposed to the bill. But, he said, he was convinced that TransCanada itself wanted out of the partnership, and that buying out the company now will ultimately cost the state less than keeping it in.“Another thing that it gives us, beside some of the financial advantages, is that we are closer to the project,” he said. “We have a seat at the table, we are involved in decisions as we go forward, and that is of great value as we contemplate a project of this magnitude. ”The State Senate voted 19-3 to buy out TransCanada on Nov. 3, 2015. Republican senators Mike Dunleavy and Charlie Huggins of Wasilla and Bill Stoltze of Chugiak voted no. Photo: Rachel Waldholz/APRNAnchorage Democrat Bill Wielechowski said he favors the buyout for the same reasons he opposed the original deal, under former governor Sean Parnell. That deal, in 2014, ended the state’s partnership with TransCanada in the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, or AGIA, and brought the company into the current Alaska LNG project.“But the deal that was struck by the prior administration was not a good one,” Wielechowski said. “When the time came to strike a bargain, TransCanada bargained hard. They did what they were supposed to do for their shareholders, and they got a good deal. Unfortunately that deal came at the expense of the people of Alaska.”Meanwhile, Sen. Mike Dunleavy, one of the three “no” votes, said that after a week and a half of hearings, he still wasn’t convinced the administration has a clear plan for the gas line going forward. He said it seems like different state agencies are working against each other. “As I stand here today and I speak to this body, I have serious concerns,” he said. “I believe that there were questions that went unanswered. I believe the onus was on the administration to prove to me that we’re headed in the right direction, and personally I think it came up short.”Dunleavy said he hoped his vote would send a message to the administration about “getting its act together.” The bill would allow the administration to spend about $157 million to buy out TransCanada, continue work on the project’s early planning phase, and fund state agencies. It’s about $600,000 less than the administration originally asked for, after agencies revised their request.last_img read more

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Complete YSRs bronze statue for installation by September

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority (VMRDA) in-charge Commissioner G Srijana has directed the authorities concerned to ensure the completion of proposed YSR’s bronze statue for installation at the city Central Park by September, marking the death anniversary of the former Chief Minister of the State. Taking stock of the progress of various projects in the city at a meeting held here on Thursday, Srijana said that the stone was laid for installation of statue on the occasion of the birth anniversary of YSR and it should be completed and ready for unveiling by September 2. This apart, Srijana reviewed the progress of the flyover at NAD Junction and instructed the engineers to accelerate the work. Further, she directed the staff to speed up the master plan works as well. Development works at Kailasagiri and other areas also came up for discussion at the meeting.last_img read more

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19 bikes 4 cars seized in drunk and drive check in Hyderabad

first_imgThe Hyderabad police on Saturday seized 19 bikes four cars and auto during the weekend drunk and drive check at Jubilee Hills and Banjara Hills areas. The police caught the people driving in an inebriated state and seized their vehicles. The police also seized the car of YSRCP youth wing leader Anjaneyulu after being caught driving in drunk state. Around 24 people were booked in the case and they will be produced before the court on Monday.last_img

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New Toyota Corolla Altis India Launch in May Bookings Delivery Feature Details

first_imgIt was only in February the auto enthusiasts in India caught a glimpse of Toyota’s new Corolla Altis at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014.Now the latest report suggests that the Japanese car maker, Toyota is likely to bring its much anticipated Corolla Altis in May 2014.Auto Car India, which said to have confirmed the report says that the Toyota Corolla Altis will make its debut in India on 27 May and the deliveries of the vehicle are likely to start in the first week of June.The Corolla Altis will be available in India with both petrol and diesel variants. Powered by the 1.8 liter petrol engine, the new Altis petrol model is expected to deliver a power of 140 PS at 6400 rpm and torque at 190 Nm at 4000 rpm, while the 1.4-litre four-cylinder D-4D diesel engine is likely to produce 88.4 PS at 3,800 rpm.The car is expected to accommodate the premium features like push button start, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry, LED Daytime running lights, Rear view camera, 7 inch touch screen infotainment system and 8 way adjustable seats for driver. The new Altis measures 4,620 mm in length, 1,776 mm in width and 1,475 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,700 mm. In India, the upcoming car will be offered in seven colour variants.Even though there is no official word from the Toyota, reports claim that the dealers across India have started to accept booking for the new Corolla Altis with an advance payment of ₹50,000. The car will be pitted against the Skoda Octavia, Renault Fluence and Volkswagen Jetta in India.The company which has been sailing in India since 1997 recently achieved another landmark of one million sales in the domestic market.In February, Toyota announced a price cut across its models in India, in the wake of the latest excise duty reduction announced in the interim budget 2014-15.last_img read more

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Red alert in Chennai airport after caller triggers bomb scare ahead of

first_imgTwitter/Chennai (MAA) AirportA red alert was declared at the Chennai airport in the wee hours of Friday (August 9) morning after bomb threat warnings were received from the national capital.New Delhi has reportedly warned the Chennai airport of a possible bomb threat after the control room of the Delhi airport police issued an alert. The call was regarding a woman passenger on board a flight to Saudi Arabia and that she is carrying an explosive substance, The Hindu reports. After a quick meeting between the Central Industrial Security Force, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, Airports Authority of India and other intelligence agencies, a little after midnight, the red alert was sounded and security intensified.The red alert was sounded shortly after midnight and the beefed-up security also included frisking, random checks of vehicles in parking lots as well as enhanced checking of bags. Many flights were delayed due to this.According to a report by The News Minute, the call to the New Delhi airport police control room was traced back to Salem district in Tamil Nadu but the identity of the caller is not known yet.This call comes when the security was already heightened due to the Independence day next week on August 15.Airport authorities in Chennai have asked travellers to arrive two hours early amid an increase in security.last_img read more

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Padma Bridge to be completed in 15 months Experts

first_imgOne and half kilometers of Padma Bridge have been visible with installation of the 10th span at the bridge’s Mawa end of Munshiganj on Wednesday. Photo: Prothom AloPadma Bridge will be completed within 15 months, according to bridge experts.“The construction of the entire Padma Bridge will be completed within 15 months,” chief of the expert committee on Padma Bridge Jamilur Reza Chowdhury told Prothom Alo.The entire bridge will be visible in July of 2020, he added.One and half kilometers of the bridge have been visible with installation of the 10th span at the bridge’s Mawa end of Munshiganj on Wednesday.According to the new design, there are a total of 294 piles in the Padma Multipurpose Bridge. The work of 247 piles has already been completed. Fifty per cent work of 15 piles of the remaining 47 piles has already been finished. There will be 42 poles in 294 piles. A total of 41 spans will be installed on these poles. The construction of 22 poles of 42 poles has been finished. The construction of more 10 poles will be completed by June this year.A portion of Padma Bridge became visible on 30 September of 2017 after installation of the first span on 37 and 38 piers. The ninth span was installed on 35 and 34 pears on 22 March this year. A total of 1350 kilometers became visible on the day.Sources said another span may be installed on 33 and 34 pears at Jajira end on 20 April. The authorities have a plan to install another span at the end of April.Two level Padma Bridge is being built between Mawa of Munshiganj and Jajira of Sariatpur. The length of the main bridge is 6.15 kilometers. Trains will below and the others vehicles will ply above, on the span.Besides pillars and spans, work is on for the railway slab.On 28 August 2007, the caretaker government passed the Padma bridge project to be implemented at a cost of Tk 101.61 billion.After coming to power in 2009, the Awami League government added a railway line to the project. In 2011, the project cost was revised to Tk 205.07 billion.In 2016, the project was further revised to Tk 287.93 billion.The cost of constructing the bridge had increased again as the authorities were to acquire additional land from the local people, officials said.In 2012, the implementation of Padma bridge faced a major setback when the World Bank had cancelled its $1.2 billion credit for the project, raising corruption allegations.The government then decided to build the mega project with its own funds.This bridge will link the southwest of the country to the northern and eastern regions.Around 1.5 per cent GDP growth is expected in the economy once the bridge goes into operation and around 40 million people of the southern region are likely to be benefitted.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo Bangla online, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

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Microsoft publishes security configuration suggestions for the Enterprise

first_imgMicrosoft publishes security configuration suggestions for the Enterprise by Martin Brinkmann on April 13, 2019 in Windows – 1 commentMicrosoft published a new security configuration framework for Windows 10 devices that it calls SECCON framework in April 2019. The new framework complements the Windows security baselines that Microsoft publishes for each new release of Windows.SECCON framework configurations are designed specifically for organizations that don’t implement the published security baselines.The new framework organizes devices into productivity and privileged access devices, and provides security configurations for each based on the classification. The configurations offer generic recommendations that are not specific to certain environments.The first three levels suggest policies for productivity devices, the last two for privileged access workstationsLevel 5: Enterprise security — Minimum security configuration for Enterprise devices.Level 4: Enterprise high security — Security configuration for devices where users access sensitive or confidential information.Level 3: Enterprise VIP security — Configuration for organizations with a “larger or more sophisticated security team” or high-risk users.Level 2: DevOps workstation — Configuration for testers and developers who may be targeted specifically.Level 1: Administrator workstation — Security configuration for the highest risk class.Security configurations may be more restrictive in the lower levels because of risk levels associated with each device type.Recommendations for each level are divided into the three categories policies, controls, and behaviors.Policies suggest configuring certain security policies on devices such as enforcing a minimum password length, password complexity requirements, disabling guest accounts, certain firewall rules, or limiting certain rights to specific user groups.Policies are divided into several categories such as security template, advanced audit, Windows Defender Firewall, or Computer.The Controls group suggests the use of certain security features or applications; Level 5 controls suggest to configure certain Windows Defender features such as Credential Guard or Application Guard, and to make Microsoft Edge and not Internet Explorer the default browser.Behaviors define security processes such as installing security updates in a certain number of days after release or removing as many users as possible from the administrator group.Closing WordsEnterprise customers are the main target for SECCON framework security suggestions but home users and small businesses may use the provided information and recommendations as well to secure devices. (via ZDNet)SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft publishes security configuration suggestions for the EnterpriseDescriptionMicrosoft published a new security configuration framework for Windows 10 devices that it calls SECCON framework in April 2019. Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Older Biologic Age Linked to Elevated Breast Cancer Risk

first_img News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Reference1. Kresovich J.K., Xu Z., O’Brien K.M., et al. Methylation-based biological age and breast cancer risk. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Feb. 22, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1093/jnci/djz020 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. March 19, 2019 — Biologic age, a DNA-based estimate of a person’s age, is associated with future development of breast cancer, according to scientists at the National Institutes of Health. Biologic age was determined by measuring DNA methylation, a chemical modification to DNA that is part of the normal aging process. The study showed for every five years a woman’s biologic age was older than her chronologic or actual age, known as age acceleration, she had a 15 percent increase in her chance of developing breast cancer. The study was published online Feb. 22 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.1Scientists from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of NIH, speculate that biologic age may be tied to environmental exposures. If so, it may be a useful indicator of disease risk. They used three different measures, called epigenetic clocks, to estimate biologic age. These clocks measure methylation found at specific locations in DNA. Researchers use these clocks to estimate biologic age, which can then be compared to chronologic age.The researchers used DNA from blood samples provided by women enrolled in the NIEHS-led Sister Study, a group of more than 50,000 women in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The study was specifically designed to identify environmental and genetic risk factors for breast cancer. The research team measured methylation in a subset of 2,764 women, all of whom were cancer-free at the time of blood collection.”We found that if your biologic age is older than your chronologic age, your breast cancer risk is increased. The converse was also true. If your biologic age is younger than your chronologic age, you may have decreased risk of developing breast cancer,” said corresponding author Jack Taylor, M.D., Ph.D., head of the NIEHS Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology Group. “However, we don’t yet know how exposures and lifestyle factors may affect biologic age or whether this process can be reversed.”Lead author Jacob Kresovich, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Taylor group, had read studies that used epigenetic clocks to predict age-related mortality. Since age is the leading risk factor for breast cancer, he hypothesized that age acceleration may be associated with higher breast cancer risk.”If you look at a group of people who are all the same age, some may be perfectly healthy while others are not,” Kresovich said. “That variability in health may be better captured by biologic age than chronologic age.”Kresovich suggests that using DNA methylation to measure biologic age may help scientists better understand who is at risk for developing cancer and other age-related diseases. This research is an example of epigenetics, a field that studies how biochemical processes turn individual genes on or off, without affecting the DNA sequence.The Taylor group plans to continue using epigenetic data, along with information on genetics, environment, and lifestyle to better understand how these factors interact and contribute to disease risks.For more information: www.academic.oup.com/jncicenter_img Related Content News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Women’s Health | March 19, 2019 Older Biologic Age Linked to Elevated Breast Cancer Risk NIH scientists use epigenetics to help predict disease developmentlast_img read more

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