Weekly Report from Washington, D.C.

first_imgCongress remains on recess. Lawmakers are scheduled to return to Washington after Labor Day. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released a number of audit reports with one report finding that the IRS needs to improve its processes for assisting victims of employment-related identity theft. The IRS issued hardship relief for victims of recent storms and flooding in Louisiana. The IRS also issued final regulations that provide clarifying definitions for real property as it relates to real estate investment trust (REIT) provisions, as well as regulations that define terms related to marital status.TreasuryIRS Personnel Direct Contact. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has released its review of restrictions on IRS personnel directly contacting taxpayers (Ref. No. 2016-30-067; TAXDAY, 2016/09/01, T.2). TIGTA is required to annually report on the IRS’s compliance with the legal addressing the direct contact of taxpayers and their representatives to help ensure that taxpayers are afforded the right to designate an authorized representative to act on their behalf in dealing with IRS personnel.Identity Theft. TIGTA has found that the IRS needs to improve its processes for assisting victims of employment-related identity theft (Ref. No. 2016-40-065; TAXDAY, 2016/09/01, T.1). Following its report, TIGTA recommended that the IRS develop procedures to notify all individuals identified as victims of employment-related identity theft.Collections. In addition, TIGTA reviewed the IRS’s process related to the disclosure of joint-filer collections activities (Ref. No. 216-30-060; TAXDAY, 2016/09/02, T.2). TIGTA reported that IRS management information systems did not separately record or monitor joint filer requests and found that IRS employees may not be providing information guaranteed under Code Sec. 6103(e)(8) or Code Sec. 6103(e)(7) because not all IRS Automated Collection System employees were trained to know that taxpayers were entitled to this information.Internal Controls. TIGTA also found that the IRS had made progress in addressing certain aspects of its internal control weaknesses that affect its financial reporting (Ref. No. 2016-10-063; TAXDAY, 2016/09/02, T.1). However, the report noted that the IRS did not properly document all of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommendations within its FY 2015 remediation plan.IRSDisaster Relief. The IRS announced relief for victims of recent storms and flooding in Louisiana that began on August 11, 2016, IR-2016-115; Ann. 2016-30; TAXDAY, 2016/08/31, I.2). The relief will allow loans and distributions from employer-sponsored retirement plans to employees and certain members of their families who live or work in the disaster area.REITs. The IRS issued final regulations that clarify the definition of real property for purposes of the real estate investment trust (REIT) provisions of Code Sec. 856 through 859 (T.D. 9784; TAXDAY, 2016/08/31, I.1).Marital Status. The IRS released final regulations providing that the terms “spouse,” “husband” and “wife” mean an individual lawfully married to another individual, and the term “husband and wife” means two individuals lawfully married to each other (T.D. 9785; TAXDAY, 2016/09/01, I.3).Geological and Geophysical Expenses. In a Field Attorney Advice, the IRS determined that the common parent of a consolidated group that was a major integrated oil company under Code Sec. 167(h)(5)(B) could not include the remaining amount of amortizable geological and geophysical expenses (G&G) in its calculation of gain or loss on the disposition of the properties (FAA 20163501F; TAXDAY, 2016/09/02, I.1).Withholding The IRS has encouraged taxpayers to do a midyear assessment of their tax withholding (IR-2016-117; TAXDAY, 2016/09/01, I.1). The Service cautioned that provisions in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act) (P.L. 114-113) may impact tax year 2017 refunds.Asset/Liability Percentages. The IRS has provided the domestic asset/liability percentages and domestic investment yields needed by foreign life insurance companies and foreign property and liability insurance companies. These percentages and investment yields are used to compute minimum effectively connected net investment income under Code Sec. 842(b) for tax years beginning after December 31, 2014.Statistics of Income. The IRS announced that it the Statistics of Income–2014 Individual Income Tax Returns Complete Report (Publication 1304) is now available to the public (IR-2016-118; TAXDAY, 2016/09/01 I.2). According to the report, U.S. taxpayers filed almost 148.6-million individual income tax returns for tax year 2014, up 1.9 percent from 2013.Cybercrime. The IRS released a new YouTube video urging tax professionals to take the needed steps in guarding their data and protecting their clients from identity theft (IR-2016-116; TAXDAY, 2016/08/31, I.3). The video spotlights the “Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself” campaign recently launched by the IRS Security Summit. The IRS also cautioned tax professionals to be alert for cyberattacks (IR-2016-119; TAXDAY, 2016/09/06, I.2.By Jessica Jeane and Jalisa Mathis, Wolters Kluwer News Stafflast_img read more

Three percent of NIH grants involved a direct financial conflict of interest, watchdog report finds

first_img Equity interests Although the rate of 3% of grants with a conflict of interest might seem low, it “doesn’t sound unreasonable” because NIH only wants to be informed about conflicts that could bias a specific NIH-funded project, says Heather Pierce, a policy expert for the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, D.C. An investigator could have many other financial ties, such as those that show up in a federal database of payments that drug companies make to physicians, that have nothing to do with a specific NIH grant, she notes.But the low number of reports surprises some experts on conflicts of interest in biomedicine. In surveys and other studies, about 25% or more of academic biomedical researchers have reported industry relationships, notes Sheldon Krimsky of Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. The OIG report “doesn’t tell us the whole story,” he says. And research integrity expert Lisa Bero of the University of Sydney in Australia says many researchers don’t understand the reporting rules—such as a prominent cancer researcher who lost his job because he thought many of his payments from drug companies did not need to be reported in his research papers. Bero suggests allowing investigators to determine which conflicts they believe are relevant to their work and should be reported to their institutions “is a real loophole” that could be minimizing the true scope of financial conflicts. 49% Values of financial conflicts Investments About half of these significant financial interests involved researchers holding an equity stake in a company. One-fourth involved payment for services. Institutions said they could not readily report monetary values for about 45% of reported conflicts, mostly because they involved privately owned equities, the OIG report says. When institutions did tell NIH dollar values of significant financial interests posing conflicts, 85% were less than $100,000 (see graph).The report urges NIH to correct inconsistencies with how officials at different NIH institutes scrutinize information on reported conflicts. NIH should also consider asking institutions specifically about researchers’ foreign conflicts of interest, amid rising concern that scientists with funding from China and other countries are threatening the integrity of U.S.-funded biomedical research. National Institutes of Health 8% Intellectual property rights 1% 10% Other ≥$600,000 Reporting financial conflicts of interest to the National Institutes of Health In 2018, grantees’ institutions described 3978 significant financial interests. (Some grantees had more than one conflict per grant.) 2 Payment services Salary By Jocelyn KaiserSep. 30, 2019 , 5:20 PM 1%center_img $300,000– 599,999 14% 4 National Institutes of Health 14% 71% Graphic: A. Cuadra/Science; Data: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General Travel 2% Percentages are rounded. Types of financial conflicts 24% Financial conflicts of interest that could bias researchers funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) are rare, a report released last week found: About 3% of the 55,600 grants the agency awarded in 2018 involved at least one researcher reporting such a conflict. But some experts question whether the data are capturing all relevant conflicts.The 25 September report by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), NIH’s parent agency, follows a 2008 OIG analysis that found NIH was not collecting adequate data on financial conflicts, such as payments from drug companies for consulting or royalties from patents. The report helped prompt HHS to tighten its reporting rules, which now require investigators to tell their institution about all conflicts related to their institutional duties. The institutions then tell NIH about those that could bias an NIH-funded research project and explain how the conflict will be managed.A decade on, NIH’s improved tracking system allows a count for the first time. OIG found that in 2018, 202 of 2064 grantee institutions reported any financial conflicts of interests. A total of 1668 unique grants had at least one conflict. 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Vine: Purdue’s Jon Octeus Dunks All Over Indiana’s Collin Hartman

first_imgJon Octeus dunks on Collin Hartman.Vine/@TroyMachirBig Ten rivals Indiana and Purdue are trading blows, and huge dunks, in tonight’s key conference match-up. Earlier, Indiana forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea threw down an awesome one-handed alley oop. Now, Purdue’s Jon Octeus has answered with a massive posterization of Indiana’s Collin Hartman.Octeus has seven points and three rebounds for the Boilermakers on the game.Purdue leads Indiana 48-43 midway through the second half. Both Indiana schools can use this win to help boost their respective NCAA Tournament resumes.[@TroyMachir]last_img

French Open 2019: Rafael Nadal eases into 2nd round after comfortable win over Hanfmann

first_img Next French Open 2019: Rafael Nadal eases into 2nd round after comfortable win over HanfmannRafael Nadal is hunting a record 12th Roland Garros title, an achievement that would be remarkable even for the King of Clay. Spanish champion holds an incredible French Open win-loss record of 86-2.advertisement Reuters ParisMay 27, 2019UPDATED: May 27, 2019 19:44 IST Rafael Nadal greets the crowd after winning his first round match against Yannick Hanfmann. (Reuters Photo)Claycourt master Rafael Nadal quickly adapted to his new surroundings at Roland Garros with a 6-2 6-1 6-3 demolition of German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann in the first round of the French Open on Monday.On a revamped Court Philippe Chatrier, the 11-time champion wasted little time in despatching Hanfmann after the German had the audacity to say he could do ‘some damage’ in the run up to the match. Nadal will next meet another qualifier.Hanfmann failed to seize potential opportunities as Nadal, who usually starts slowly at his favourite hunting ground, played tight throughout and limited his unforced errors to 11.The win improved Nadal’s Roland Garros record to 87-2. The Spaniard is hoping to become the first player to win the same Grand Slam title 12 times.Also Read | French Open: Stylish Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori sail into the 2nd roundAlso Watch: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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow French OpenFollow Rafael Nadallast_img read more

Summer tanager migrates the wrong way delighting Vancouver bird watchers

first_imgVANCOUVER – Bird watchers are flocking to British Columbia’s Lower Mainland after a wayward summer tanager was spotted pecking at peanuts on a south Vancouver balcony over the weekend.Saturday’s sighting was the first time a summer tanager has been recorded in the Metro Vancouver area, and only the sixth time for all B.C., said Melissa Hafting, who runs a rare bird blog.“He’s bringing a lot of joy to birders in the area,” Hafting said in an email. “He has a small bill deformity but is eating very well.”Summer tanagers typically winter from central Mexico to Bolivia and Brazil, and their summers are usually spent around the southeastern United States.The juvenile male is likely off course thanks to reverse migration, a phenomenon where young birds migrate in the opposite direction thanks to what is believed to be faulty genetic programming, Hafting said.The rare sight has attracted birders from as far away as Vancouver Island, Kelowna and Washington state, she added.Photographs of the Vancouver visitor show a medium-sized songbird with brilliant yellow feathers and splashes of bright red around its face. The top section of its thick, stubby bill curves slightly to the left.Wendy Kahle spotted the bird flitting about her balcony Saturday morning but didn’t immediately recognize it.She said she posted a photo online asking for help identifying the species and within three minutes Hafting called her “super excited” to ask for permission to share the location with the birding community.“I said, ‘Yes, sure. Come on down.’ I had absolutely no idea how rare it was and just how much excitement it brought with it,” Kahle said.Since then, between five and 10 people have been outside her home at any given time admiring the tanager, she added.“Everyone whom I spoke to was just thrilled and so thankful.”Liron Gertsman, 17, was among the first to show up and photograph the tanager.“It was eating peanuts that the lady who found it had put out on her balcony,” said the avid birder, who plans to study ornithology after he finishes high school. “It was even catching some insects. We watched it eat a couple wasps as well.”He described the bird as stunning and said the sighting is likely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.“It makes you feel really small in a way because this bird is in totally the wrong part of its range,” Gertsman said. “It makes it a really special thing to see a bird that is so rare in this part of the world.”— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

New Canadian fighter jets will need US certification DND

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s top military procurement official says the U.S. will have to sign off on whatever fighter jet this country purchases, but that he is not concerned about political interference.Patrick Finn, the Defence Department’s assistant deputy minister of materiel, says the U.S. must certify the fighter jet Canada chooses to ensure it meets American security standards.That is because whatever aircraft replaces Canada’s aging CF-18s will need to be able to tap into the U.S.’s most secure intelligence network to help protect North America through Norad.Industry sources have quietly worried that could provide a pretext for the U.S. to block Canada from purchasing either the Eurofighter Typhoon or the Saab Gripen, both of which are made by European companies and are competing against two American-made planes.Those fears are especially acute at the moment given the Trump administration’s focus on selling U.S. products to foreign countries.While unable to rule out that risk entirely, Finn says certification will be years down the road and that U.S. officials have said they are open to Canada’s buying a non-American jet.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Court No new offshore drilling work during federal shutdown

first_imgCOLUMBIA, S.C. — A federal judge in South Carolina has turned back the Trump administration’s attempt to continue preparatory work for offshore drilling during the federal government’s partial shutdown.U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel issued an order Friday halting federal entities “from taking action to promulgate permits, otherwise approve, or take any other official action” for permits to conduct testing that’s needed before drilling work can begin.Earlier this week, President Donald Trump recalled workers at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management so they could continue to process testing permits for possible drilling off the Atlantic coastline.Gergel is overseeing a federal lawsuit opposing the Trump administration’s plans to conduct offshore drilling tests. Earlier this month, South Carolina joined the action filed by environmental groups and municipalities along the state’s coast.___For AP’s complete coverage of the U.S. government shutdown: https://apnews.com/GovernmentShutdownMeg Kinnard, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Older workers are taking parttime jobs pushing up youth unemployment report

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – A new report suggests that a growing number of older workers are taking on part-time jobs, which in turn is pushing up the unemployment rate among teenaged students.The CIBC World Markets report says the unemployment rate for students aged 15 to 18 who are seeking part-time work has climbed to a record high of more than 20 per cent.The report also notes that employment among those in the 15-18 age group has fallen by 22 per cent since 2007 even though the overall population in that age group has declined by only four per cent.Although Canada’s unemployment rate has recovered from its peak during the recession, the report says the number of manufacturing and government jobs has been shrinking.This decline in the availability of quality jobs is forcing many older Canadians to take work in the retail and food service sectors — jobs that traditionally would have been reserved for students.The report notes that employment in kitchen help, retail sales and cashier positions has plummeted among those under 19, but soared for other age groups, including those 25 and over.CIBC’s chief economist Avery Shenfeld says this can pose a challenge for youth from lower income households, who may need the cash from part-time work to save for their post-secondary education.“Some might dismiss the absence of student jobs as no big deal,” said Shenfeld.“True, there’s less foregone income than in the loss of full-time adult positions. But student jobs are not just about being able to splurge for designer jeans. For lower income, single-parent households, those extra dollars can be material.” Older workers are taking part-time jobs, pushing up youth unemployment: report by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 5, 2013 11:08 am MDT read more

UN report paints mixed picture of global responses to declining air quality

Air pollution kills seven million people each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), with more than 80 per cent of people living in urban areas exposed to air quality levels that exceed WHO limits.Actions on Air Quality, released today at the second United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) under way in Nairobi, Kenya, found that there is a growing momentum for change, such as improved access to cleaner cooking fuels and stoves, renewables, fuel sulphur content and public transport.However, action in other areas is less impressive and will not halt the increase in air pollution that is threatening to claim many more lives, the report warned.“The current global response to pervasive poor air quality is inadequate,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “Despite this lack of a holistic response, numerous countries and regions are coming up with effective – and cost-effective – measures to improve air quality. The Sustainable Development Goals provide an opportunity to replicate those best practices globally, and bring about cleaner air, and social and economic benefits worldwide.”While policies and standards on clean fuels and vehicles could reduce emissions by 90 per cent, only 29 per cent of countries worldwide have adopted ‘Euro 4’ vehicles emissions standards or above. Meanwhile, less than 20 per cent of countries regulate open waste burning, which is a leading cause of air pollution.On the positive side, 97 countries have increased the percentage of households that have access to cleaner burning fuels to more than 85 per cent – a key move to tackle indoor air pollution, which claims over half of the seven million lives. Indoor airpolution. Graph: UNEP Air Quality Laws/ Regulations. Graph: UNEP At least 82 countries out of 193 analysed have incentives that promote investment in renewable energy production, cleaner production, energy efficiency and/or pollution control equipment. Last year, for the first time, renewables accounted for a majority of the new electricity-generating capacity added around the world, at an investment of $286 billion, according to research by UNEP, Bloomberg and the Frankfurt School.A Review of Air Pollution Control in Beijing: 1998-2013, which was also released today, analyzed measures implemented since Beijing began launching air pollution control programmes, which saw a steady downward trend in the concentrations of many harmful pollutants.“Even though the air pollution control programmes in Beijing have made substantial progress, the environment quality is far from satisfactory,” said Chen Tian, Director General of the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau. “We will continue to explore approaches that could work effectively for improving the environment in this region.” read more

Chinas coalbed methane annual output to reach 30 billion cubic metres in

first_imgThe National Energy Administration (NEA) stated recently that China’s coal-bed methane output will reach 30 billion cubic metres in 2015. The country aims to add 1 trillion cubic metres of coal-bed methane to its reserves over the next four years and build methane production bases in Qinshui Basin in Shanxi province and Ordos Basin in Inner Mongolia autonomous region, according to a coal-bed methane development program published by the NEA. China will invest 116.6 billion yuan in coal-bed methane production over the next four years, and establish 13 pipelines with a capacity of 12 billion cubic metres, according to the program.China has stepped up its efforts to boost development of renewable and unconventional energy resources in recent years to reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment. The country plans to increase the coal-bed methane production subsidy to 0.4 to 0.5 yuan per cubic metre from 0.3 yuan per cubic metre, said Wei Pengyuan, deputy head of the NEA’s coal department. The country’s methane resources are estimated at 37 trillion cubic metres, ranking third in the world. Meanwhile, China is targeting at least a 40% reduction in coal mine gas leak accidents and their death tolls by 2015, according to the program.last_img read more

McGrath fights for Ireland spot while Ruddock and Leavy have injury frustrations

first_img Tuesday 19 Feb 2019, 8:30 AM By Murray Kinsella https://the42.ie/4499898 Share1 Tweet Email2 McGrath fights for Ireland spot while Ruddock and Leavy have injury frustrations Leinster’s loosehead has had to watch on as Dave Kilcoyne has moved up the pecking order. Short URL 9 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article AS EVER, THE Six Nations has seen a raft of Leinster players heavily involved but there have been frustrations for others so far in this championship.Rhys Ruddock is the latest man to be ruled out through injury – a hamstring issue he sustained in training last week meaning he is now sidelined – while his fellow back row Dan Leavy remains short of full fitness. Dan Leavy last played on 22 December against Connacht. Source: James Crombie/INPHOJack McGrath, meanwhile, has had to cope with losing his place in Ireland’s matchday 23 to Munster’s in-form loosehead Dave Kilcoyne.Ruddock was due to get game time for Leinster last Saturday against Zebre, teeing himself up for possible involvement for Ireland against Italy this weekend, but will now have to deal with the frustration of picking up a hamstring issue.“I don’t think it’s something that’s going to be a number of weeks,” said Leinster assistant coach John Fogarty yesterday. “It was quite minor, he was back and was preparing to play for us and he picked up something quite minor in his hamstring.“So it’s frustrating for him, he’s now at this stage trying to get himself right and we’ll give him the time he needs. He wants to put together performances, he wants to push… not being able to do that and being in rehab isn’t where he wants to be, but he’ll get himself back.”Leavy’s ongoing calf complaint – which has kept him out since before Christmas – is something of a mystery, with Leinster unwilling to put a timeline on when he is expected back.Ireland boss Joe Schmidt had hoped that Leavy would come into the Ireland mix during this Six Nations but with the openside flanker unavailable for Leinster again this Friday against the Kings, that seems increasingly unlikely.“I’m hearing that he is making good progress,” said Fogarty of Leavy, who helped Ireland to their Grand Slam last year. “That’s about all. He needs to get physically better in certain parts and they [Leinster’s S&C staff] are busy with him at the moment.“He’s focusing massively on getting himself back. Initially, when there is an injury at this time of year, there is a disappointment part. Now he has consumed himself with getting his body right so that he can stay fit when he comes back.“That’s what he is doing at the moment, I think the frustration part is gone. He’s now immersed in all he needs to do to get himself physically right so that he can be back and stay back. There’s a lot of rugby to be played.” Loosehead prop Jack McGrath has missed out on playing in the Six Nations so far. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOLoosehead prop McGrath is fit and available for Leinster – he started in last weekend’s win over Zebre – but the 29-year-old has had to deal with the frustration of watching Kilcoyne move above him in Ireland’s pecking order.With Cian Healy the clear first-choice, McGrath is concentrating on getting back to his best. “I think he’s clear in his head what he has to do,” said Fogarty. “That’s the first point. Sometimes we bring players back, medically get them back really, really well but fitness levels probably haven’t been achieved. Feb 18th 2019, 3:52 PM Subscribe 19,158 Views “Jack was medically really good to come back and play but probably wasn’t at the top of his physical level part. I think that’s what his focus is now – to get himself really, really good.“In terms of leadership in the squad for us and what he can do at the set-piece, we’re  happy with the way he is moving along and he’s working very, very hard with S&C team to get himself physically good.“He needs to focus on himself, focus on developing 80 minutes of play, develop his performance, getting his edge in here.“I don’t think he needs to be distracted by who is first, who is second, where he is sitting  – he just needs to get on with what he’s getting on with. That’s what we are helping him out with here.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here:last_img read more

Liverpool produce seismic victory against Tottenham thanks to 90thminute Alderweireld own goal

first_img Mohamed Salah celebrates Liverpool’s late winner at Anfield. Image: Martin Rickett Share28 Tweet Email Liverpool produce seismic victory against Tottenham thanks to 90th-minute Alderweireld own goal The Reds secured a dramatic late win at Anfield thanks to a last-minute own goal by Toby Alderweireld. LIVERPOOL WERE GIVEN a gift in the Premier League title race when a mistake from Hugo Lloris handed them a dramatic 2-1 win over Tottenham at Anfield on Sunday.Lucas Moura’s second-half goal cancelled out Roberto Firmino’s opener to leave the Reds behind Manchester City on goal difference, only for Toby Alderweireld to turn the ball into his own net in the 90th minute when Lloris failed to hold a Mohamed Salah header.With City beating Fulham comfortably on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp’s side were in need of a positive result to keep the pressure on the champions, who play again at home to Cardiff City on Wednesday.It looked as though Lucas’ first league goal of 2019 would be enough to secure the visitors a valuable point in their top-four chase and give City the boost they wanted, only for Lloris to throw away the result.The only shot on target of the first half proved the difference at the interval, with Firmino running into the space between Spurs’ centre-back trio to head in Andrew Robertson’s precise cross. Mar 31st 2019, 6:28 PM Subscribe Image: Martin Rickett Jurgen Klopp punches the air after full-time on Sunday. Source: Martin RickettSpurs did threaten, though, even if Alisson’s goal was untroubled, with Lucas Moura and Dele Alli each coming close with efforts from the edge of the box.Alisson had to parry a Harry Kane strike before Christian Eriksen’s follow-up was blocked by Robertson, as Spurs stepped up the pressure after the break.Salah then wasted a good chance on the break for Liverpool, and Spurs punished their hosts 70 minutes in, when Eriksen’s scuffed effort from Kieran Trippier’s cut-back was fired beyond Alisson by the arriving Lucas.The visitors should have won it themselves inside the final five minutes, but Moussa Sissoko blasted over the crossbar after being sent clear by Son Heung-min’s smart lay-off.And Liverpool made them pay as the game ticked towards injury time, when Salah headed Trent Alexander-Arnold’s looping cross goalwards and Lloris could only push the ball off Alderweireld and over the line.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Sunday 31 Mar 2019, 8:00 PM 43,347 Views By The42 Team https://the42.ie/4569790 118 Comments Short URL Mohamed Salah celebrates Liverpool’s late winner at Anfield.last_img read more

Les ours cicatrisent miraculeusement durant leur hibernation

first_imgLes ours cicatrisent ‘miraculeusement’ durant leur hibernationEn menant une étude au long cours sur les ours noirs du nord de leur pays, des chercheurs américains ont constaté que les blessures de ces animaux ont tendance à guérir toutes seules durant l’hibernation. Un phénomène qui intéresse la médecine, qui peine à soigner les blessures et infections des personnes au métabolisme défectueux.Depuis 25 ans, des scientifiques des universités du Wyoming et du Minnesota, ainsi que du Département des ressources naturelles du Minnesota, ont suivi, grâce à des colliers émetteurs, 1.000 ours noirs de cet État, afin de surveiller leur santé et leur comportement. Ils ont constaté que, durant l’hibernation – période où le métabolisme des plantigrades est pourtant extrêmement ralenti –, les blessures occasionnées par les balles des chasseurs, les crocs et les griffes de congénères ou ceux d’autres prédateurs, avaient tendance à guérir spontanément, ne laissant que de rares cicatrices.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”Ces blessures, considérées comme ayant été infligées un certain temps avant que les ours n’hibernent, étaient souvent infectées ou enflammées … en début d’hiver. Pourtant, généralement, quand on revisitait [les ours] dans leur tanière quelques mois plus tard, la plupart des blessures avaient complètement guéri, que nous les ayons ou non suturées et administré des antibiotiques”, soulignent les auteurs dans leur rapport publié dans la revue Integrative Zoology.Les scientifiques espèrent, à terme, savoir exactement comment les ours guérissent alors que leur température corporelle, leur rythme cardiaque et leur métabolisme sont réduits. Cet aspect revêt une importance particulière pour les chercheurs en médecine, qui ont collaboré avec les zoologistes pour cette étude, et espèrent améliorer la lente guérison des plaies cutanées à risque d’infection chez les patients âgés, souffrant de malnutrition, d’hypothermie ou de diabète, dont le métabolisme est lui aussi ‘en sommeil’.Le 25 mars 2012 à 15:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Derek McInnes says Craig Levein is childish disappointed in him

first_imgAberdeen manager Derek McInnes has called Craig Levein childish after the Hearts boss directed his rant at him, accusing him of hypocrisy over referee’s criticism.He adds that experience thought him one doesn’t achieve anything meaningful from criticizing refs.“I have been in the game a long time and I find the reaction to what I said about Hearts strange,” said McInnes, according to Evening Times.“I find it irrational and childish. Is the language strange? I think people can make their own opinions on that.”“I find it really disappointing from someone who has done so much in the game and who I have the highest of regard for.”“Craig has intimated that I phoned him and is trying to cast aspersions.”“Let’s be clear about this – he phoned me.”“He said I was crying my eyes out but who made the call? He was the one complaining and he hasn’t stopped moaning since.”News: Pereira has gone on loan from United to Hearts George Patchias – August 13, 2019 The young Portuguese goalkeeper has secured a loan deal for the remainder of the season to Hearts of the Scottish Premier League.According to a…“We played Rangers and then next day I was on the school run when the phone rang and it was Craig.”“I was still so pleased with my team from winning the game. It was a private phone call and he has put it into the public domain. There is more I could say about that call but I won’t.”“He said to me ‘what are we going to do about these referees’ and my reaction to that was you carry on your crusade but for me over 11 years as a manager, you don’t get any benefit from criticising refs.”“The call came from Craig, which I found surprising because he’s not someone I normally speak to. There was distortion of what happened. Why would I call Craig to complain about referees? You need to ask him why he phoned me to complain about refs?”“It’s disappointing, I want to concentrate on my team but he decided to create this by putting a private conversation into the public domain.”“I felt it was even from the last game at Tynecastle, where they got two penalties but he wanted four or five that day. Last Saturday I felt we were hands-down the better team but the first question I was asked was about Craig saying he felt they should have had a couple of penalties.”last_img read more

Victims of sex offenders join together to have their voices heard

first_img Posted: March 21, 2019 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 SettingsRelated stories:“Bolder than Most” rapist Alvin Quarles in courtState funding in sex offender treatment programs not guaranteeing results KUSI Newsroom 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 SettingsLINDA VISTA (KUSI) – Members of Your Voice Has Power, a group that opposes the release of sexually violent predators in Eastern San Diego County, hosted a community event in opposition to the potential release of Alan Earl James, who was convicted of multiple sex crimes in 1986 and sentenced to 28 years in prison.A court hearing regarding James’ potential release is slated for Friday morning. 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 Settings Victims of sex offenders join together to have their voices heardcenter_img March 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 10:23 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Mount Marathon Race officials offer deferral due to wildfires smoke

first_imgAdditional information on the smoke advisory can be found at the National Weather Service web page. Normally, runners can defer only under very special circumstances. But this year marathon officials are granting all runners an option to defer their registration to 2020 due to the wildfire smoke expected to remain in the area. Four-time runner Amber McDonough said that doesn’t settle the matter for her just yet. She’ll be traveling to Seward with her husband to see just how thick the smoke is before deciding. “You take being sick and then you add in really hot temperatures like what we had last year and then you add the potential of not clean air and this just doesn’t sound fun,” said Quinn, lamenting not being able to attend and cheer on other runners. Approximately 1,000 runners participate in the mountain race annually. But others, like five-time marathon runner Najeeby Quinn, said it’s time to throw in the towel with this air. Runners prepare to start the 2014 Mount Marathon race in Seward. (Photo by Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Seward)center_img According to a statement from the Seward Chamber of Commerce the two non-junior races are expected to proceed as scheduled on July 4. However, the junior race may be canceled depending on smoke conditions. Runners have until an hour before the race to decide whether or not to defer. “The course changes every year and you have to be prepared for different variables but something like smoke is just something that no one intentionally trains for,” McDonough said. Every year on the 4th of July, mountain runners from Alaska and across the world gather to run in Seward’s Mount Marathon Race. It’s a grueling uphill run that participants register for through a lottery, auction, or invitation process before being allowed to earn their spot in the race by finishing among the top runners in their category.last_img read more

Remove or Keep a Statue South Africa Debates Painful Legacy

first_imgBy CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) — A hulking statue of a late 19th century white leader, with a cane and top hat, has been a flashpoint for cultural conflict in South Africa for years. Black protesters threw paint on it. White supporters rallied around it. Authorities surrounded the statue with barbed wire and then ringed it with a more permanent fence.Nearly 25 years after the end of white minority rule, the statue of Paul Kruger still looms in Church Square in the center of Pretoria, South Africa’s capital. The tussle over its fate goes to the heart of a discussion over whether relics of white domination should be scrapped or kept as reminders of a harsh past. It is also a test of Nelson Mandela’s dictum that the black majority’s former oppressors should be embraced, not punished — an approach viewed as too generous by some South Africans.A statue of the late Paul Kruger, top, in Church Square, Pretoria, South Africa, looms over one of four statues of men with rifles, Thursday Dec. 13, 2018. Nearly 25-years after the end of white minority rule, the statue of Paul Kruger stands testament to South Africa’s harsh past, but also stirs deep divisions about whether the statue should remain or be scrapped. (AP Photo)The arguments echo similar ones in the United States, where some monuments to the U.S. Civil War-era Confederacy have been removed after protests and vandalism.“The removal of a statue isn’t the end of the conversation” about legacies of the past, said Nicole Maurantonio, an academic at the University of Richmond in Virginia who is working on a book about how the Confederacy is remembered today. She spoke on the sidelines of a forum titled “Falling Monuments, Reluctant Ruins,” held last month at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.Maurantonio questioned the rapid clean-up of vandalized monuments such as a Richmond statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that in August was smeared with red paint and the letters “BLM,” a reference to the Black Lives Matter movement. By quickly removing the protest graffiti, the city had engaged in a “strategic forgetting” of its past of white domination as well as ongoing racial problems, she said.During 2015 protests in South Africa, excrement was thrown on a University of Cape Town statue of British imperialist Cecil John Rhodes that was eventually removed. However, another Rhodes statue still stands in Company’s Garden, a city park. A South African foundation named after both Mandela and Rhodes announced 2019 scholarships last month, reflecting how uneven the effort to erase symbols of a nuanced past can be.Rhodes, who died in 1902, was a segregationist who made a fortune in mining and grabbed land from the local population but was also associated with education and philanthropy. Kruger, who died in 1904, represented the Boers, who were mainly descended from Dutch settlers, at war with the British. The Kruger statue in Pretoria was unveiled in 1954 by D.F. Malan, a prime minister who championed apartheid, the institutionalized system of racial repression“What do we do with the detritus of apartheid, which has been a preoccupation of the last more than 20 years?” said Cynthia Kros, a heritage expert at the University of the Witwatersrand. After white minority rule, she said, “there was not really an idea to destroy that, but to try and right the balance, to add the kinds of heritage that acknowledge other people in South Africa as well.”In its last annual report, South Africa’s state heritage agency said it was focusing efforts on sites relevant to previously marginalized people, including the wreck off Cape Town of a Portuguese ship that was carrying slaves when it sank in bad weather in 1794. Many of the more than 400 Africans on board died.Some of South Africa’s more painful reminders of racial repression have been removed. In 1997, John Vorster Square, where apartheid-era police abused and tortured suspects, was renamed Johannesburg Central Police Station and a bust of Vorster, a former white leader, was removed.South Africa’s biggest wildlife park, though, is named after Kruger and his statue survived a recent refurbishment of Church Square. At an October ceremony, Solly Msimanga, mayor of the Tshwane metropolitan area that includes Pretoria, said authorities might add sculptures commemorating the fight against white domination.He noted that there are statues of both Mandela and Louis Botha, a white South African leader in the early 20th century, at Pretoria’s hilltop Union Buildings, home to the South African president’s offices.“You can actually have perpetual discussion around them and that’s part of what is happening here at Church Square,” Msimanga said, according to the Pretoria News newspaper.Sunday marks the fifth anniversary of the Dec. 16, 2013 unveiling of a statue of Mandela at the Union Buildings, an occasion ending 10 days of mourning after his death. It replaced a much smaller statue of Barry Hertzog, prime minister of the white South African government before World War II.Hertzog’s statue was moved to another spot at the Union Buildings after an “exhaustive consultation process,” said Jacob Zuma, the South African president at the time.At the Johannesburg university forum in November, researcher Temba Middelmann said there are sometimes political and commercial factors, as well as an element of “arbitrariness,” behind the erection and location of statues. He recalled Indian support for the unveiling of a Johannesburg statue of Mahatma Gandhi, which was vandalized in 2015 after a protest alleging the Indian independence leader had been racist toward Africans.There is an argument that statues of individuals are “not the way forward in terms of monuments,” Middelmann said. “But they continue to go up.”___Follow Christopher Torchia on Twitter at www.twitter.com/torchiachris___Follow Africa news at https://twitter.com/AP_Africalast_img read more

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first_img Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more May 6, 2009 – Physicians should review a patient’s CT imaging history and cumulative radiation dose when considering whether to perform another CT exam, according to researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, and Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.The study included 130 patients who had at least three emergency department visits within one year in which they had a CT scan of the neck, chest, abdomen or pelvis. “We gathered the recent CT exam histories for each of these patients and found that half had undergone ten or more CT scans in the previous eight years, up to a maximum of 70 CT scans,” said Aaron Sodickson, M.D., PhD. “Using typical dose values and standard risk estimation methods, we calculated that half of our group had accrued additional radiation-induced cancer risks above baseline greater than 1 in 110, up to a maximum of 1 in 17.””A patient’s cumulative risk of radiation-induced cancers is believed to increase with increasing cumulative radiation dose. The level of risk is further increased for patients scanned at young ages and is in general greater for women than for men. There is no absolute threshold, however, and the potential risks of radiation induced cancer must be balanced against the expected clinical benefits of the CT scan for the patient’s particular scenario,” he said.”CT is a tremendously valuable clinical tool in a wide variety of settings and disease processes, and as a result CT utilization has grown rapidly in recent years. Continued attention will be needed to keep radiation risks in check through a combination of technological advances, optimized imaging techniques, appropriateness criteria and patient-specific risk/benefit assessments,” said Dr. Sodickson.This study appears in the April issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.For more information: www.arrs.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more last_img read more

ACTA restructures to focus more on advocacy and member support

first_img Travelweek Group Share Tags: ACTA Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Tuesday, February 21, 2017 ACTA restructures to focus more on advocacy and member support TORONTO — ACTA President Wendy Paradis has announced a “new organizational structure” that she says will better serve members across the country and simplify roles and responsibilities.“Since my arrival as President last May and with the support of the ACTA Board of Directors, I took the time to review the current organizational structure and evaluate whether it puts ACTA in the best position to tackle the opportunities and challenges that face today’s travel agencies. As a result of that review, we are announcing a new organizational structure of the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies,” she said.As per the new structure, Heather Craig-Peddie has been named Vice President, Advocacy and Member Relations, while Christine Chilton is now Director, Education and Certification. Marco Pozzobon’s new title is Director, Marketing, Communication, Partnerships. A new position – Director, Membership – has yet to be filled.According to Paradis, the appointment of a Vice President of Advocacy and Member Relations will allocate more resources to the association’s advocacy efforts. This change will place a stronger emphasis on ACTA’s role as the leading advocate for Canadian travel agencies, and will better position ACTA to respond to national and provincial issues that affect its members.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsThe Director of Membership will play an integral role in the management of ACTA’s larger national and group accounts, enabling ACTA’s membership managers to focus on supporting their members in their territory through advocacy and education. The new territories are Western Canada, Quebec and Eastern Canada, and will be staffed by full-time employees. Membership managers will also lead the regional councils within their respective territories.These organizational changes will have no impact on the Provincial Regional Councils or the makeup of ACTA’s Board of Directors.last_img read more

Karl Hudson Marriott International area vice pres

first_imgKarl Hudson, Marriott International area vice president for Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Myanmar has announced the appointment of Julian Lowry as general manager of Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort. He replaces Rudolf Borgesius, who is taking a well-deserved retirement after 36 years of service with Le Méridien brand, including 16 years with Le Méridien Phuket.Prior to his appointment, Lowry was the executive assistant manager of the resort from October 2015. He joined Le Méridien Phuket in December 2008 as director of food & beverage.Julian’s career began with the Sheraton Heathrow Hotel in 1987 where he was 1st commis chef. From there he worked in diverse locations including Germany, France, Qatar, Nigeria, Saint Martin, Georgia and Bahrain. An accomplished chef, he led multinational culinary teams in state banquets for several world leaders, often personally crafting signature dishes at high-profile events. appointmentMarriottlast_img read more