Great recognition for BH Basketball: Nedim Buza elected to the World’ Team!

first_img(Source: klix/ photo muskiportal) Nedim Buza, a BH basketball player and member of the OKK Spars has qualified in the roster of the team for the World Match of Nike Hoop Summit, which will be played in Portland, Oregon on April 11th.Buza is presented as a great talent, a basketball player who has a good feel for the game. If Buza provides good performance, he could be found in the first round of the NBA draft pick this year.Except Buza, the following players are in the roster as well: George de Paula (Pinheiros, Brazil), Cheick Diallo (Our Savior New American H. S. , New York/Mali), Skal Labissiere (Reach Your Dream Preparatory Academy (Tennessee/Haiti), Thon Maker (Orangeville Prep, Ontario/Australia), Jamal Murray (Orangeville Prep, Canada), Federico Mussini, (Reggio Emilia, Italy), Stefan Peno (Barcelona, Serbia), Ben Simmons (Montverde Academy, Forida/Australia), Tai Wynyard (Rangitoto College, New Zealand) i Zhou Qi (Xinjiang Flying Tigers, China).last_img read more

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Dodger Stadium organist throws cold water on Bumgarner-Muncy feud

first_imgThe winner in Thursday’s rematch between Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner and Max Muncy was … Dodgers Stadium organist Dieter Ruehle.Certainly you recall the unpleasantries between MadBum and Mad Max that broke out on June 9. Muncy launched-angled a come-hit-me fastball clear over McCovey Cove and into LeMaster Lagoon. Muncy then began circling the bases with the measured pace of a condemned man approaching the gallows.Bumgarner invited Muncy to “(expletive) run.” Whereupon Muncy suggested to …last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, October 8, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The next two days will be mostly dry across the state. However, we could see quite a spread in weather conditions, based on where a stationary/warm front sets up on each day. Yesterday, the front was draped across the northern third of the state, and north of the front we stayed cloudy, foggy, and cooler while the southern two thirds of the state were warmer, drier and sunnier. That front may linger in northern Indiana today, but we should see stronger south flow developing too, which would allow for clearing. Generally, if we see sunshine, we will see temps take off. That is what we expect over the next two days.Significant rains show up Wednesday late afternoon and evening as the strong cold front sweeps through. We still have a concern about strong to severe weather and are projecting moderate to heavy rains. At this point we will keep rain totals at half to 1.5”.  Also, of note, this front will produce gusty winds, which will not be friendly to mature crops waiting to be harvested. The state will see 100% coverage on these rains. But, we are speeding the frontal passage up a bit, and look for all rains to be done by midday Thursday. The map shows system rain totals through midnight Wednesday night.Dry Thursday through early Friday. However, we see a minor wave of action tracking across the northern half of the corn belt for Friday midday and evening. This little wave tries to lift northeast as it slips across Ohio, meaning we likely see rains limited to only NW and North central Ohio. There we can see rain totals at .15” or less over the northern half  part of the state. The rest of Ohio sees nothing.The rest of the 10-day window dry with plenty of sunshine from next Saturday through the following Wednesday. In fact, we see that dryness go through the majority of the 11-16 day extended period too. There may be a slight bit of moisture at the end of the extended period, around the 23rd. Right now, it looks like a few hundredths to a tenth, mostly north. But things will change by the time we get there. Overall, though, that means once we get done with the rains at midweek this week, we should be able to see a fairly wide-open window for drying and eventually a return to harvest with no problems.Temps will be warm the next 3 days, continuing a well above normal streak for the open of the month of October. But, we go back closer to normal behind the front for the balance of the week and should stay normal to slightly below normal for the rest of the period, on through the 23rd.last_img read more

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Clippers are Griffin’s team more than ever with Paul gone

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next “He’ll bring the ball up at times. He’ll be one of the guys we use as a facilitator.”Griffin will be whatever the Clippers need at the moment. And that figures to be more than their leading scorer.“We’re going to be a different team,” Griffin said. “It’s just the nature of getting so many new guys, but that’s a good thing. We’ve had some regular-season success but we haven’t had true success here. Now’s a good time to move forward.”Griffin, 28, has All-Star center DeAndre Jordan back in the middle. Danilo Gallinari is the new small forward. Patrick Beverley — who came over in the Paul trade — takes over at point guard, and either Lou Williams or Austin Rivers will start at shooting guard.That’s a lot of new.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s going to take some time with this many new guys,” Griffin said. “It’s on the guys who are coming back, who have been here year after year, to kind of help lead the way a little bit and show them how we dothings here.“We’re going to be a team that’s fun to watch. Get up and down and play hard.”That was a recurrent theme at the Clippers’ media day on Monday. Despite the loss of Paul — considered by many the league’s best point guard — the Clippers expect to run more this season than ever.“I think (his loss) mandates a change in style,” Rivers said. “Probably the style I’m more familiar to begin with. I’ve always been a ball-movement coach. I think we can get back into that.“I do want to play at a higher pace. You go into camp and you look at your team and you’ll find the pace that they want to play at. I think we should be an up-tempo team, an early-strike team. We should be a very physical team.”Even with Paul, the Clippers never could advance beyond the Western Conference semifinals. Some demanded change, and change has arrived.“I’m excited about this new challenge,” Griffin said. “It’s going to be fun.” Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin poses for photos during an NBA basketball media day Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES — For six years, they were the Los Angeles Clippers’ dynamic duo, a one-two punch that led the team to the playoffs every season.Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were one of the most respected twosomes in the game. The Clippers won over 50 games each of the past five years.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kyrie Irving excited about joining revamped Celtics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And now they are no more.With Paul’s contract up, the Clippers traded their nine-time All-Star to the Houston Rockets in theoffseason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNow more than ever, the Clippers are Griffin’s team — a very different team with nine new players.“There will be times when Blake is the tallest guy on the floor,” coach Doc Rivers said. “We want him to be an aggressive player, an attack player. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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10 months agoWest Ham striker Marko Arnautovic subject of mega Chinese offer

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic subject of mega Chinese offerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham striker Marko Arnautovic is the subject of a massive bid from China.The Mirror says West Ham are poised to reject a £35m bid from China for key striker Arnautovic.The bid, from an as yet unnamed Chinese Super League Club, was submitted on Wednesday for the 29 year old Austrian, who is joint-top scorer for the Hammers this season with eight goals in 17 games in all competitions.Arnautovic moved to London Stadium for a club record £20m fee from Stoke in July 2017, scoring 11 times for West Ham last season.The Hammers have no intention of selling Arnautovic, whose contract has another four years to run.The club, sources say, value Arnautovic at far higher than £35m – having themselves spent £40m this summer on Brazilian midfielder Felipe Anderson. last_img read more

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Michigan Lands 2018 Recruit Jalil Irvin

first_imgjalil irvinjalil irvinJalil Irvin, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound player from Stone Mountain, Georgia, has officially committed to the Michigan Wolverines. Irvin dropped the news on Twitter Friday morning, adding that since he still has two years of high school left, he’ll be taking official visits elsewhere. Irvin isn’t yet ranked by 247 Sports, but he does have offers from two other schools – Illinois and Tulane.Think you officially a Michigan commmit #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/78dSlEO3P4— Jalil Irvin (@only1_lil) June 3, 2016Irvin is Michigan’s third 2018 commitment – joining Leonard Taylor and Antwuan Johnson.last_img read more

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BC Hydro to negotiate power purchase agreements with Saulteau and West Moberly

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Hydro says that it plans to pursue electricity purchase agreement negotiations with two First Nations in the Peace Region.The West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations are partners with Natural Forces in the Sukunka Wind and Zonnebeke Wind projects near Chetwynd. Each of the wind projects is comprised of four wind turbines that are located east of Highway 29 near the former Natural Springs Golf Resort roughly 15 kilometres south of Chetwynd.BC Hydro said that it plans to pursue power purchase agreement negotiations with three other First Nations power projects in B.C. The five projects were selected because they are part of Impact Benefit Agreements with BC Hydro and have significant First Nations involvement. The Standing Offer program is a non-competitive, streamlined process with set pricing for small, clean energy generation projects. Hydro says that the Micro Standing Offer program requires the project have significant First Nations ownership and active participation. “Moving forward with the development of these energy projects is a step in the right direction in creating opportunities for First Nations in the province, while also contributing to B.C.’s clean energy future,” said Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Michelle Mungall.“Through the Standing Offer and Micro Standing Offer programs, we’ve seen the development of small-scale renewable energy projects, including solar, wind, and biomass throughout the province. These projects contributed over 300 gigawatt hours of clean energy to BC Hydro’s system in 2016,”said BC Hydro CEO Chris O’Riley. “The five latest projects demonstrate our commitment to creating opportunities for Indigenous groups in B.C.”last_img read more

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Stage North Theatre Society wins awards at Mainstage 2018

first_imgVERNON, B.C. – The Stage North Theatre Society travelled to Vernon on June 27th to participate in Mainstage 2018.Mainstage went on from June 27th to July 7th and saw Stage North perform two plays. The first play they performed was Blackbird while the second was Mary’s Wedding.The play Blackbird was a heavy drama about two people who had a very unconventional affair when they were young, while Mary’s Wedding followed a girl in the 1920’s on the day before her wedding while the love of her life was in World war One. Blackbird was named the winner of the Burnaby award, which is given to the runner-up play at the competition. The play also won the Best Set Design and Property Awards.Mary’s Wedding was chosen as the workshop play, which meant it was worked on by professional directors and performed for a viewing audience. The play was given the Workshop Award for their efforts.last_img read more

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Johnny Reid bringing Christmas show to Dawson Creek

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Johnny Reid will bring his My Kind of Christmas Tour to Dawson Creek and the Encana Events Centre on December 10, 2019.Today, award-winning Canadian artist Johnny Reid shares details of his new Christmas EP, My Kind Of Christmas, to be released on October 25 just in time for the holiday season. In celebration of the announcement, Johnny releases the title track of the EP, available now.  Listen to “My Kind Of Christmas” here. This new EP also marks the first vinyl release and for this occasion, it will be presented in single jacket with sleeve, pressed on limited marble vinyl and available November 15.Widely known for his energetic stage performances, Johnny will embark on a national cross-Canada My Kind Of Christmas Tour that will cover 23 dates and will run from November 16 – December 14 with a stop in Dawson Creek on December 10. Tickets for the tour will go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 27 at 10am at www.livenation.com. Fans can also visit Johnny Reid’s website for exclusive presale details. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning on Tuesday, September 24 at 10am local time through Thursday, September 26 at 10pm.Listen to 100.1 Moose FM for your chance to win tickets all next week.Already a chart-topping, multi-platinum selling artist in Canada, Johnny’s songwriting resonates with audiences across the globe and that will continue with this new Christmas EP, a perfect mix of originally penned ‘soon to be holiday favourites’ including “My Kind Of Christmas” with a Johnny Reid take on some hidden holiday gems including “Merry Christmas Everyone”, a classic brought back to life in the 80’s UK pop phenom ‘Shakin’ Stevens. See the full tracklisting below. Since arriving on the music scene over 10 years ago, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, Johnny Reid has captured the hearts of fans and audiences around the world. Born and raised in Lanark, Scotland, the blue collared soul singer is widely known for his lyrical honesty and musical ability, as demonstrated by album sales totalling over 1 million units, countless awards and multiple SOLD OUT national arena tours.My Kind Of Christmas Track listing:  Sounds Like ChristmasMy Kind Of ChristmasFa La La La LaAll I want For ChristmasMerry Christmas Everyonelast_img read more

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Rafale deal BJP accuses Rahul Gandhi of contempt of court

first_imgNew Delhi: Accusing Congress president Rahul Gandhi of gross contempt of court, the BJP on Wednesday said he attributed to the Supreme Court what it had never said in its order on the Rafale deal. Addressing a press conference, senior party leader and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “The Congress president probably doesn’t read even half a paragraph of the court’s order, but here, by saying that the court has has said ‘chowkidaar chor hai’, it is verging on contempt of court.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The president of a party which has been in power for so many years has shown his frustration by attributing words to the apex which were not uttered, she said. The minister added that the court order was limited to whether it should consider the documents the government said were illegally obtained by petitioners. Taking a potshot at Gandhi, she said he is out on bail and was accompanied at his nomination filing in Amethi by “the family” — as described Christen Michel, an alleged middlemen in VVIP chopper deal. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Gandhi has crossed the line of decency in his comments on the court, she said, adding that he is repeatedly misleading people on the Rafale fighter jet deal. Buoyed by the Supreme Court order allowing petitioners seeking a review of the Rafale judgment to rely on leaked documents, Gandhi claimed the apex court has made it “clear” that Prime Minister Narendra Modi “committed a theft”. Gandhi then challenged Modi to a debate on the Rafale military aircraft deal, which the Congress claims involved corruption, a charge repeatedly rejected by the government. Asked whether the court order is a setback for the government, Sitharaman said, “Not at all.” She said things would now become crystal clear.last_img read more

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Bangladesh opposition head under virtual house arrest

first_imgDhaka- Bangladesh’s opposition accused authorities of placing their leader under virtual house arrest Thursday as tens of thousands of troops were deployed across the country ahead of elections next month.Amid growing violence in the build-up to the January 5 general election, the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) said police were barring anyone from visiting their leader Khaleda Zia at her home in Dhaka.The move comes after Zia, a two-time former premier and arch rival of current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, called for supporters to stage a mass march on the capital this Sunday aimed at scuppering the polls. The BNP is one of 21 opposition parties which are boycotting the elections over Hasina’s refusal to stand aside and allow a neutral caretaker government to organise the contest.The country’s largest Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami, has also been banned from taking part.“Since yesterday she has been under virtual house arrest,” BNP vice-president Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury told AFP.“Police are not allowing anyone, including party leaders and activists, to meet her. It is part of a government move to foil the December 29 march for democracy.”Deputy commissioner of Dhaka police Lutful Kabir confirmed that extra officers had been deployed outside Zia’s home in the upmarket Gulshan neighbourhood but said the move was designed to “enhance her security”.Police confirmed two senior BNP members, including a current lawmaker, were detained outside Zia’s home on Wednesday night but denied the arrests were made because they wanted to meet her.With Hasina and her Awami League party determined the election goes ahead, troops are being sent to nearly every corner of the country at the end of what has been an unprecedented year for political violence.A total of 269 people have been killed since January, either in protests at the elections or by Islamists who have seen several of their leaders sentenced to death from crimes dating back to the 1971 independence war.The authorities are expecting Sunday’s rally to further inflame tensions with Zia having made clear its purpose is to force a last-minute cancellation of the polls.“This march is to say ‘no’ to these farcical elections and to say ‘yes’ to democracy,” she said in a speech on Tuesday.Troop deploymentsThe troop deployments are expected to infuriate the BNP which has accused the government of trying to set the army up against normal civilians.Election Commission spokesman S.M. Asaduzzaman said that troops would be deployed in at least 59 of the country’s 64 districts.“They’ll be used as a striking force if there is any violence and they will patrol important areas, streets and highways,” he told AFP.While a small number of soldiers had begun taking up positions earlier this week, military spokesman Muhammad Reza-ul Karim said the mass deployment began Thursday and will continue until January 9.“The troops have been deployed at the request of the Election Commission… in an effort to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections,” Karim said in a statement.The soldiers would initially be deployed to the main towns and cities in the districts before then moving into more rural areas.He did not say how many troops were being deployed but local media put the number at around 50,000.The boycotts have highlighted the growing political polarisation in the country of 153 million.While Bangladesh has had a deeply troubled history since independence, with nearly two dozen coups, this year has been the bloodiest since it broke free from its former rulers in Islamabad 42 years ago.A constable was burned to death in a petrol bomb attack on a police vehicle Tuesday night while two more people succumbed to their burn injuries Wednesday.Much of the violence has been blamed on supporters of Jamaat-e-Islami, one of whose leaders was hanged earlier this month for war crimes.Three rounds of UN-brokered talks between the government and opposition have failed to resolve the dispute between the Awami League and the BNP whose leaders despise each other.The United States, European Union and the Commonwealth countries have announced they will not send observers to the election, seriously denting its credibility.Strikes and blockades have crippled the economy, affecting millions of poor farmers and the urban middle class in what is the world’s eighth most populous country and one of the poorest in Asia.The strikes have done further damage to an economy already reeling from the impact on the crucial garment sector from a factory collapse in April which sparked widespread industrial unrest.last_img read more

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Government to put an end to Evangelization of Moroccans

first_imgCasablanca- Being a melting-point in North Africa, Morocco receives countless exchange-students and alumni from all over the world throughout the year. However, they are not all goodwill ambassadors looking forward to learning about new cultures and traditions as they might claim.According to today’s issue of Akhbar Alyawm newspaper, the Moroccan government will set strict regulations for American Institutions intending to serve in the domain of education and development. Such set of regulations aims at preventing the evangelization of Moroccans.According to the same source, the Moroccan Government Council approved a “draft agreement Project between Morocco and U.S.A.” on Thursday. The project puts strict regulations for American Schools and Institutions in Morocco to prevent the widespread of evangelization. According to Article 220 in the Moroccan penal code, evangelization is a crime and anyone who engages in it may face prison time.In conformity with the article 220 of the Moroccan Penal Code, a proselytizer may face “six months to three years prison and a fine of 100 to 500 Dirhams” for using the “means of seduction in order to convert ” a Muslim “to another religion, either by exploiting his/her weakness or his/her needs, or using for these purposes education, health, asylums and orphanage institutions.”The  draft agreement requires any American institution of education either in preparatory or secondary education to provide a curriculum similar to the one used in U.S.A. and to be part of an N.G.O.Furthermore, the draft agreement requires Moroccan students and students with double citizenship to be taught Arabic, Moroccan Culture and The History and Geography of Morocco by Moroccan teachers who were and will be trained by Moroccan supervisors from the Ministry of Education. In addition, the curriculum must be approved by the Moroccan authorities.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Researchers find some plants get their nitrogen from fungi that kill insects

first_img Citation: Researchers find some plants get their nitrogen from fungi that kill insects (2012, June 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-nitrogen-fungi-insects.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. After noting that a prior team of researchers had found that white pine trees got some of their nitrogen from fungus living in their roots that had obtained the nitrogen by killing springtails, the team wondered if perhaps many other plants did the same. To find out, they chose two random but common plants, haricot beans and switchgrass.First they fed waxmoth larve a diet rich in a non-common type of nitrogen; nitrogen-15, so as to be able to distinguish it from the nitrogen that would normally be found in the plants. Next they infected the soil near the roots of the plants with Metarhizium, a very common type of fungi that is known to kill insects by releasing an enzyme that eats its way through the outer shell allowing the bug inside to be easily devoured. Then, they buried the infected larvae in the soil among the plant roots, along with a mesh to prevent the roots of the plants from reaching past the infected soil to soil that had been enriched with nitrogen through normal bacterial decomposition.Two weeks later they tested the plants and found that the nitrogen in the beans was 28% nitrogen-15, and 32% in the switchgrass, proving that the plants had obtained at least some of their nitrogen from the fungi that had in turn got it from killing the enriched larvae. The chain was complete.Because they used both common plants and fungi, the team believes their results show that such nitrogen chains: insects-fungi-plants, are likely very common. They say more research is needed however, to determine if the chain they created in the lab is just as prevalent in the wild. © 2012 Phys.Org Explore further Journal information: Sciencecenter_img Fungi important in Arctic nitrogen cycle Cockroach killed by Metarhizium anisopliae. Image: Chengshu Wang and Yuxian Xia, via Wikipedia. (Phys.org) — We’ve all grown up with stories of plants that capture, kill and eat insects; the Venus fly trap the most notable example. Now it appears some plants get their nitrogen from insects via proxy. Instead of having to develop a complicated system of traps to catch insects on their own, they rely on fungi to do their dirty work for them. A team of Canadian researchers from Brock University, St. Catharine’s, has found that some plants, as they describe in their paper published in Science, grab nitrogen from fungi that live in its roots. The fungi get it from killing insects. In return for its generosity, the fungi get carbon. More information: Endophytic Insect-Parasitic Fungi Translocate Nitrogen Directly from Insects to Plants, Science 22 June 2012: Vol. 336 no. 6088 pp. 1576-1577 DOI: 10.1126/science.1222289ABSTRACTMost plants obtain nitrogen through nitrogen-fixing bacteria and microbial decomposition of plant and animal material. Many vascular plants are able to form close symbiotic associations with endophytic fungi. Metarhizium is a common plant endophyte found in a large number of ecosystems. This abundant soil fungus is also a pathogen to a large number of insects, which are a source of nitrogen. It is possible that the endophytic capability and insect pathogenicity of Metarhizium are coupled to provide an active method of nitrogen transfer to plant hosts via fungal mycelia. We used soil microcosms to test the ability of M. robertsii to translocate insect-derived nitrogen to plants. Insects were injected with 15N-labeled nitrogen, and we tracked the incorporation of 15N into amino acids in two plant species, haricot bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) and switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), in the presence of M. robertsii. These findings are evidence that active nitrogen acquisition by plants in this tripartite interaction may play a larger role in soil nitrogen cycling than previously thought.last_img read more

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Digital Presence This commonly includes your IP a

first_img Digital Presence: This commonly includes your IP address (which can often pinpoint you to a precise physical address), email account, online file storage, and the components of personal/business websites. Last, I will leave you with a primer on internationalization with Doug Casey. Income: The structuring of your cash flows to reduce dependence on any one source in any one jurisdiction. Establishing additional sources of revenue, international investment opportunities and trends, and setting up an offshore company. Yourself: Obtaining a second passport from another country and establishing legal residency in foreign countries. As many of you may know, International Man has its roots in the book of the same name. It was first published in 1978 by best-selling author, speculator, and renowned world-traveler Doug Casey.last_img read more

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The mainstream media are falling over themselves t

first_imgThe mainstream media are falling over themselves talking about Russia’s just-signed “Holy Grail” gas deal with China, which is expected to be worth more than $400 billion. But here’s what I think the real news is… and nobody’s talking about it—until now, that is. China’s President Xi Jinping has publicly stated that it’s time for a new model of security, not just for China, but for all of Asia. This new model of security, otherwise known as “the new UN,” will include Russia and Iran, but not the United States or the EU-28. This monumental gas deal with China does so much more for Russia than the Western media are reporting. First off, it opens up Russian oil and gas supplies to all of Asia. It’s no coincidence that Russian President Putin announced the gas deal with China at a time when the tensions with the West over Ukraine were growing. Putin has US President Obama exactly where he wants him, and it’s only going to get worse for Europe and America. But before I explain why that is, let’s put this deal in terms we can understand. The specific details have not been announced, but my sources tell me that the contract will bring in over US$10 billion a year of revenue to start with. The 30-year deal states that every year, the Russians will deliver 1.3 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of gas to China. The total capital expenditure to build the pipeline and all other infrastructure for the project will be more than $22 billion—this will be one of the largest projects in the world. You can bet the Russians won’t take payment in US dollars for their gas. This is the beginning of the end for the petrodollar. The Chinese and Russians are working together against the Americans, and there are many countries that would be happy to join them in dethroning the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency. This historic gas deal between Russia and China is very bad news for the petrodollar. Through this one deal, the Russians will provide about 25% of China’s current natural gas demand. In a word, this is huge. It’s also not a coincidence that Putin sealed the deal with China before the Australian, US, and Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals are completed. If you read our recent Casey Energy Report issue on LNG, you know to be wary of the hype about LNG’s “bright future.” Take note: this deal is a serious negative for the global LNG projects. I also stated in our April 2012 newsletter: Putin has positioned Russia to play an increasingly dominant role in the global gas scene with two general strategies: first, by building new pipelines to avoid transiting troublesome countries and to develop Russia’s ability to sell gas to Asia, and second, by jumping into the liquefied natural gas (LNG) scene with new facilities in the Far East. Pretty bang on for a comment that was made over two years ago in print, don’t you think? So, what’s next? Lots. Putin will continue to outsmart Obama. (Note to all Americans: the Russians make fun of you—not just for your poor choice of presidents, but also for your failed foreign policy that has led to most of the world hating America. But I digress.) You will see Russia announce a major nuclear deal with Iran, where the Russians will build, finance, and supply the uranium for many nuclear reactors. The Russians will do the same for China, and then Syria. With China signing the natural gas deal with Russia and the president of China publicly stating that it’s time to create a new security model for the Asian nations that includes Russia and Iran, it’s clear China has chosen Russia over the US. We are now in the early stages of the Colder War. The European Union will be the first victim. The EU is completely dependent on Russia for its oil and natural gas imports—over one-third of the EU-28’s supply of oil and natural gas comes from Russia. I’ve been writing for years about this, and I’m watching it come true right now: the only way out for the EU countries is to use modern North American technology to revitalize their old proven oil and gas deposits. I call it the European Energy Renaissance, and there’s a fortune to be made from it. Our Casey Energy Report portfolio has already been doing quite well from investing in the European Energy Renaissance, but this is only the beginning. If Europe is to survive the Colder War, it has no choice but to develop its own natural resources. There are naysayers who claim that Europe cannot and will not do that, for many reasons. I say rubbish. Of course, to make money from this European dilemma, it’s imperative to only invest in the best management teams, operating in those countries with the political will to do what it takes to survive… but if you do, you could make a fortune. Doug Casey and I plan on doing so, and so should you. For example, two weeks ago in this missive, I discussed “The Most Anticipated Oil Well of 2014,” where if you invested, in just two weeks you could be up over 40%. Not only did I write in great detail about the company, I even interviewed the CEO because of the serious potential this high-risk junior holds. I said in that Dispatch that the quality of the recorded interview wasn’t first class, but the quality of information was. The company just put together a very high-quality, professional video showing its potential, and I include it here for all to watch. Since my write-up, the company has announced incredible news. It’s only months away now from knowing whether or not it has made a world-class discovery. Subscribers to the Casey Energy Report are already sitting on some good, short-term profits with this story, but it keeps getting better. The more the tension is building in Ukraine (and it’s going to get worse), the more money we’re going to make from the Colder War. There’s nothing you can do about the current geopolitical situation, but you can position yourself and your family to benefit financially from the European Energy Renaissance. Now You Can Take the Lead… We Make It Simple We expect great things from this company and other companies that are exposed to the European Energy Renaissance. You can read our ongoing guidance on this and our other top energy stocks every month in the Casey Energy Report. In the current issue, for example, you’ll find an in-depth report on the coal sector, uranium, and updates on all of our portfolio companies that are poised to benefit most from the European Energy Renaissance. There’s no risk in trying it: If you don’t like the Casey Energy Report or don’t make any money within your first three months, just cancel within that time for a full, prompt refund. Even if you miss the cutoff, you can cancel anytime for a prorated refund on the unused part of your subscription. You don’t have to travel 300+ days a year to discover the best energy investments in the world—we do it for you. Click here to get started. Additional Links and Reads Cambridge House Conference Appearance I am speaking at 3 p.m. PDT on Sunday, June 1 in Vancouver at the Cambridge House conference. Since I’m the hometown boy and have the hometown advantage, the Cambridge House crew put me in the Diversified Hall, and to make sure the rooms were evenly filled with attendees, my competition during that time slot is a panel with four of my friends in the Mining Hall (Brent Cook, Eric Coffin, John Kaiser, and Lawrence Roulston). As Elvis said about the Beatles, “They’re good, but there is four of them and only one of me.” Thank ya, thank ya very much… Sprott Vancouver Natural Resource Symposium 2014 My friend, mentor, and partner Rick Rule is hosting this Symposium July 22-25. Rick has selected most of the companies, and I helped with some of my favorite ones also. I’ll be there, as will Doug Casey, Louis James, and Olivier Garret. It’s a great time of the year in Vancouver, and it’s definitely a show worth seeing. I’ll share more details in upcoming Daily Dispatches, but you may want to reserve your ticket now, as the Symposium is expected to sell out. When you do register, make sure you mention that you got referred by Casey Research. P.S. Don’t tell them I told you this, but the conference always has great wines at the end of each day, when you get to mingle with the speakers—so you’re guaranteed to see Rick, Doug, and me with a glass or two of fine vino in the late afternoon.last_img read more

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Former Crimson Tide football player Marlon Humphre

first_imgFormer Crimson Tide football player Marlon Humphrey is facing a third degree robbery charge today in Tuscaloosa from an incident that took place on January 13th.According to a police report, Humphrey was arrested after an Uber driver accused Humphrey of stealing a cell phone charger and elbowing him after dropping him off at the Hotel Capstone.The Baltimore Ravens, who Humphrey plays for now, is aware of the situation and monitoring what is taking place in Tuscaloosa. They say Humphrey has told them this was a misunderstanding.Humphrey was taken to the Tuscaloosa County Jail and was being held on $2,500 bond.last_img read more

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FEMA is planning to sell off thousands of leftover

first_imgFEMA is planning to sell off thousands of leftover trailer homes in Texas.The Federal Emergency Management Agency sent the trailers for temporarily homeless families after Hurricane Harvey struck in August 2017. But not all of them were used. Now FEMA is auctioning the leftovers online to the public with a minimum bid of $100 for trailers that range from 1 bedroom units, valued at $57,354, to 3-bedroom units with a value of $70,965.This practice is controversial (more on that later).And it brings up the question: What happens to surplus humanitarian aid?Bassam Michel Ibrahim, head of global logistics for the Norwegian Refugee Council, an international aid group, says that a surplus of humanitarian supplies should be a rare occurrence. In his experience, relief organizations are consistently up against a lack of funding and a lack of supplies.According to Ibrahim, aid missions usually go through an intense planning process to ensure that all supplies are delivered and used as intended. This detailed process allows aid groups to report to their donors exactly how their money is being used, and it means there are almost never leftovers.If there is a surplus, Ibrahim says it’s usually because problems arise that are outside of their control – like conflict breaking out or a landslide cutting off the only road to a village – that prevent them from delivering the aid. Nonetheless, surpluses do occur.Guillaume Brumagne, a logistics supervisor at Doctors Without Borders, says that the medical aid group deals with leftover supplies on a regular basis because their teams bring a lot of items – including drugs, medical equipment and shelters – when they arrive in a country to address a health crisis. Once the crisis is over and it’s time to scale down, they must figure out what to do with what’s left.”The general rule within [Doctors Without Borders] is always to try to see how can these items benefit another partner within the country,” says Brumagne.Brumagne says that whether the item is a used tent or unused medical equipment, they try to donate it to a similar actor in the area – possibly the ministry of health, a local health clinic or another medical charity. If they can’t find someone in the medical field who can use the item, they donate it in a way that still helps the local population. For example, Doctors Without Borders has donated tents to create more classroom space for schools.The one thing they try to avoid is giving supplies to someone who will then sell them.”The foundation of what we do is bringing aid to people that is completely free, accessible and without any kind of discrimination,” Brumagne says. “Even if in the end we don’t use the aid ourselves, we want to find a way for it to benefit the people it’s supposed to benefit, without them having to pay for it.”Both Ibrahim and Brumagne say they’ve never seen a reason to sell aid instead of donate it.”Why would we?” says Ibrahim. “There are always more needs than we are able to meet.”Other aid agencies, including those that are part of the U.S. government, also try to donate surplus property from disaster relief efforts. But in some instances, as in Texas, arms of the U.S. government do sell things off. In fact, there are official channels for them to do so, whether the excess supplies are trailer homes, tents, office supplies or other items. According to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), federal agencies may sell unneeded property to the public through GSA’s auction system if no other government agencies or qualified voluntary organizations are interested in it.The official policy FEMA sent NPR says that when the agency’s trailer homes are deemed “unsuitable for disaster survivors elsewhere,” FEMA can either put them up for auction or sell them to the current occupants.In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, FEMA was criticized for selling trailer homes at “cut-rate prices after 18 months of use or the first sign of minor damage.” Since then, the agency has said they sell mobile homes at an “adjusted fair market value,” not cut-rate prices or for pennies on the dollar. The official policy that FEMA provided to NPR does not address at what age or in what condition the units are put up for sale.Although the U.S. government willingly sells certain disaster-relief supplies, regulations prohibit the sale of government-issued military and humanitarian meal rations. So if you see them offered by an online retailer, for prices like $100 for a case of 10 meals on eBay, they’re likely being sold by the recipients themselves by the company that makes them.Janet Nelson, who co-owns TheEpicenter.com – an Oregon-based company that sells emergency supplies – says her company only carries overstock humanitarian daily rations from manufacturers. When the government doesn’t purchase the entire order placed with a manufacturer, the manufacturer repackages the kits for civilian use and sells them to dealers like Nelson’s company. She says the last time they sold humanitarian daily rations was right after Hurricane Katrina.And then there are the reports that FEMA tents were used at the failed Fyre Festival – a luxury music festival held on a Bahamian island in April 2017 that quickly spiraled into an epic fail, from lodging to meals to security.The mainstream media and social media widely reported that leftover FEMA disaster-relief tents were the accommodation for festival-goers, who spent thousands of dollars to attend. That claim is repeated in two new documentaries about the festival.But that’s not the case. Clay Kimsey, a sales representative for the manufacturer (Shelter Systems) says the tents were purchased brand-new through a third-party vendor that was “not any type of humanitarian group.””Yes, those were our structures,” he says, and they have on occasion sold their tents to relief organizations and government agencies. In the case of the Fyre Festival, they were sold for recreational use at an event that turned out to be a disaster.Joanne Lu is a freelance journalist who covers global poverty and inequity. Her work has appeared in Humanosphere, The Guardian, Global Washington and War is Boring. Follow her on Twitter: @joannelu Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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More than 130 people in the US die of an opioid

first_imgMore than 130 people in the U.S. die of an opioid overdose every day. One of the most effective ways to save lives is to get those struggling with addiction treated with medication to stop their cravings. But a loophole in federal law might block at least one new opioid-addiction drug from coming to market for years.Many patients have to try several medications before finding one that works for them and that they can stick with.”It’s important to have multiple different treatment options for different patients, different circumstances,” says Carolyn Bogdon, a family nurse practitioner who oversees outpatient medication-assisted treatment programs at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C.Some use methadone, which they get every day. Others use Vivitrol, which can be injected once a month. And many use buprenorphine, which comes in tablets and a dissolvable film that people take once or twice a day. Buprenorphine is an opiate, but it blocks the cravings associated with addiction without giving people the same high.A handful of patients at the university’s clinics have moved to a form of buprenorphine called Sublocade that’s injected just once a month. And if the company that makes Sublocade gets its way, the drug will be the only long-acting buprenorphine on the market for five more years.FDA and ‘orphan drugs’That’s because a quirk in federal law may prevent a competing drug called Brixadi from going on sale until 2024. “It’s ready for market now,” says Mike Derkacz, CEO of Braeburn, which makes Brixadi. “We are deemed safe and effective by FDA, but we are unable to make the product available to patients during this crisis.”Sublocade was approved for sale in 2017 and, like any new drug, was granted three years of exclusive access to U.S. markets. That time is up next year. But in December, the Food and Drug Administration told Braeburn it might have to wait four more years because Sublocade was designated an “orphan drug,” which gives it seven years of exclusive access. Sublocade, which is made by Indivior, isn’t an orphan drug in the traditional sense. Normally, these are medications that treat illnesses affecting fewer than 200,000 people a year. Opioid addiction is not a rare disease.In 2017, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 2.3 million people in the U.S. were addicted to prescription opioids or illicit opiates such as heroin, and 47,000 people died of an overdose.The Trump administration declared opioid addiction a public health emergency that same year — just a month before Sublocade hit the market — and made helping people get medication-assisted treatment a priority.That’s why the makers of Brixadi were shocked when the FDA gave their product only tentative approval in December. Derkacz says it doesn’t make sense, in the middle of what many call an epidemic, to treat buprenorphine drugs as if they treat a rare disease.”There have been studies that show a reduction in mortality by 40% with buprenorphine,” Braeburn’s CEO says. “That keeps people alive. That gives people a chance to get back to their lives and recover fully.”A back-door approachSo why is Sublocade considered an orphan drug? Like many things related to prescription drugs, the reasons are wonky and sort of irrational.Indivior created its first buprenorphine-based drug, called Subutex, in the 1990s. At the time, treating addiction with other drugs wasn’t mainstream. There were methadone clinics in some U.S. cities, but they were heavily regulated by law.The company asked the FDA to give it orphan drug status — but instead of saying there weren’t many potential patients, Indivior said it had little hope of earning back its investment in Subutex and needed extra time with no competition. Few drugs have ever received orphan status this way. But at the time, it made sense to the FDA.The orphan designation was granted, and Subutex hit the market in 2002.Since then, Indivior has made billions in revenue from sales of the drug and its successors, Suboxone and Sublocade, partly because the orphan designation is automatically attached to every new formulation of buprenorphine the company makes.Indivior’s executives declined to be interviewed for this story. But in response to written questions, the company says, “Indivior stands by FDA’s decision, which was supported by both the law and the facts at that time.”Derkacz says Braeburn has asked the Food and Drug Administration to revoke Sublocade’s orphan status. And an FDA spokeswoman says the agency is actively considering that request.The right drug ‘can save their life’Long-acting, injectable treatments for addiction have some advantages over tablets and dissolvable films. Patients don’t have to remember to take medication each day, and they can avoid the drugstore.”It provides a little bit more anonymity for patients that don’t want to disclose that they have an opiate use disorder,” says Michelle Lofwall, a psychiatrist and medical director at two University of Kentucky clinics that treat patients struggling with opioid addiction.”Some patients have felt stigmatized when going to the pharmacy, like they don’t feel like they’re necessarily treated all that well once they show their prescription,” she says.Lofwall participated in Brixadi’s clinical trial, so she’s one of the few health care providers who has used both medications. She says they’re slightly different and that she’d like to have the choice to offer her patients.”From a public health perspective, and just as a provider physician trying to treat patients, they need to have all the options,” Lofwall says. Being on the right drug “literally can save their life.””As a clinician, it’s always important for me to have more tools,” Andrea Barthwell, an addiction treatment specialist, wrote in public comments on Braeburn’s FDA petition. “Moreover, there are gaps in care from the current buprenorphine treatment options that Brixadi may fill.”Brixadi can be used weekly as well as monthly, allowing doctors to see their patients more frequently and monitor them more closely at the start of treatment, according to several comments.Another issue is cost.Sublocade costs about $1,580 per month, according to marketing materials from Indivior, and some insurance companies won’t pay for it. “In Kentucky,” Lofwall says, “we haven’t been able to get it for patients who are on several different Medicaid managed-care programs.”By contrast, a generic version of the buprenorphine film costs about $140 a month, according to the website GoodRX.com.Daniel Smith, who leads the medication-assisted treatment program at Mary’s Center in Washington, D.C., says he doesn’t know any doctors who use Sublocade now.”Long-acting buprenorphine is definitely advantageous over short-acting for many reasons, but cost and availability have been the challenge,” he says.But if a competitor drug came on the market, Smith says the price of Sublocade might fall, and he might then be willing to prescribe it to his patients. 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Senior Department for Work and Pensions DWP civi

first_imgSenior Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) civil servants have failed to answer key questions about links between the government’s policies and the deaths of disabled benefit claimants, during a face-to-face meeting with grieving parents.Emma Haddad, DWP’s director general for service excellence, and Colin Stewart, its work and health director for the north of England, spent more than an hour in Monday’s meeting with Joy Dove and Eric Whiting, the parents of Jodey Whiting.The Independent Case Examiner (ICE) concluded earlier this year that DWP was guilty of “multiple” and “significant” failings in handling the case of the mother-of-nine, who had her out-of-work disability benefits stopped for missing a work capability assessment (WCA), and took her own life just 15 days later.During the meeting, Dove asked 13 key questions that had been drafted for her by Disability News Service (DNS), based on her daughter’s case and the wider scandal of deaths linked to the actions of DWP ministers and senior civil servants.But Haddad refused to answer many of the questions for legal reasons.Among the questions about her daughter’s case, Dove asked how DWP could have made so many serious safeguarding failings.Her ex-husband asked whether anyone had been disciplined or lost their job over their daughter’s death.Dove asked Haddad why she should believe that DWP had fixed the system when it had made similar promises after so many other deaths.And she asked why DWP kept making mistakes that led to the deaths of disabled people when it had carried out so many secret reviews into deaths linked to DWP actions.Crucially, she also asked about the alleged cover-up which saw DWP fail to show the independent expert ministers had appointed to review the WCA a series of secret reviews into benefit-related deaths and letters written by coroners linked to the assessment process. And Dove asked if she could see the secret review that would have been carried out by DWP after her daughter’s death.Haddad promised Dove that she would provide written answers to all the questions.The meeting took place in the offices of Labour’s Dr Paul Williams, Dove’s MP, in Thornaby-on-Tees.Dove said that Haddad insisted in the meeting that ministers had not ordered her and Stewart to apologise in person, but that they had instead “got together and decided we needed to come here and say sorry”.Dove told DNS she was glad the meeting had taken place, but she warned DWP that this would not be the end of her campaigning, although her legal team would now take the lead in seeking justice for her daughter.She said: “It hasn’t really changed things because she’s dead and she’s not coming back.“I told them that five minutes away from here, my daughter is in that cemetery.”Dove believes Haddad was on the verge of tears when she heard her speak about Jodey and showed her pictures of her daughter.She said: “I thought she had a tear in her eye when I got upset and showed her letters from Jodey saying she was in debt and which said, ‘Please, mam, look after my babies.’“I could see a tear in her eye but at the same time she had to hold it back.”But she said Haddad also told her: “I am a mother of two. I know how you would have felt.”Dove said Haddad and her colleague were left speechless when she told them that campaigners were calling DWP “murderers”.After the meeting, a DWP spokesperson said: “Senior officials have met with Mrs Dove today, to apologise again for the failings in handling her daughter’s case and discuss the lessons learnt.“We fully accepted the Independent Case Examiner’s findings earlier this year and have since reviewed and strengthened our procedures to ensure all vulnerable claimants are safeguarded.”The number of people signing a petition in Jodey Whiting’s name, calling for an independent inquiry into deaths linked to DWP failings, and for evidence of criminal misconduct by civil servants or government ministers to be passed to the police, has now passed 42,000.But that is less than halfway to the target of 100,000 needed to secure a House of Commons debate on the petition.To sign the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition, click on this link. If you sign the petition, please note that you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committeePicture: Joy Dove being interviewed by ITV News after the meetingA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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