Record number of monkeys being used in U.S. research

first_img 100,000 AP Photo/Brennan Linsley Number of nonhuman primates Monkeys Cats Dogs Guinea pigs Rabbits That forecast frustrates Hartung, who says NIH should launch a review of the need for monkeys, similar to the one that led it to end its support for chimpanzee research. He challenges the idea, for instance, that nonhuman primates are more useful for drug testing than rats or mice. Nonhuman primates are more genetically variable than rodents, he argues, and researchers typically use relatively few monkeys for studies of drug efficacy and safety. As a result, those experiments could yield skewed data on how the drugs will act in humans. Scientists embracing monkey experiments, he says, are at risk of “repeating the mistakes of the past.”Other animal advocates hope the new statistics will move members of Congress to put greater pressure on U.S. agencies to reduce nonhuman primate use. “I think when Congress sees these numbers, things are going to come to a head,” says Mike Ryan, director of policy and government affairs at the New England Anti-Vivisection Society in Boston. This week, Representative Brendan Boyle (D–PA)—reacting to an investigation into the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by the Washington, D.C.–based animal activist White Coat Waste Project—sent a bipartisan letter to FDA asking it to review all studies involving the more than 300 nonhuman primates it oversees. “Painful primate testing is shameful, and it has no place in the 21st century,” Boyle tells Science. “It’s clear that federal agencies are still not doing enough to curb this appalling practice.”In the meantime, Rappaport says nonhuman primate facilities like his are simply struggling to meet the demand. Some scientists are reporting that they have delayed studies by at least 6 months because they can’t obtain animals, the NIH report notes. The growing demand could sharpen the tensions surrounding animal research. “The public wants more cures, but fewer animals,” says Cindy Buckmaster, board chair of the Washington, D.C.–based Americans for Medical Progress, which supports animal studies. “They can’t have it both ways.” By David GrimmNov. 2, 2018 , 9:00 AM J. YOU/SCIENCE Monkeys on the rise Trends in the use of various research animals as a percentage change over their 2008 numbers The figures have surprised and disappointed groups seeking to reduce the use of lab animals. The biomedical community has said it is committed to reducing the use of research animals by finding replacements and using these animals more selectively, says Thomas Hartung, director of Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing in Baltimore, Maryland. But the new numbers suggest “people are just blindly running toward the monkey model without critically evaluating how valuable it really is.”Nonhuman primate research has faced intensifying scrutiny. Harvard University closed its national primate research center—one of only eight in the country—in 2015, after a federal investigation into the deaths of four of its animals. That same year, NIH ended its support of all invasive chimpanzee studies, citing a report that found these animals were no longer essential to biomedical research. And in 2016, Congress directed NIH to hold a workshop on the utility and ethics of monkey research. -40 -30 -20 -10 0 10 20 50,000 Public opposition to animal research has been rising—with a recent Pew Research Center poll finding that a record 52% of Americans oppose such studies. And importing monkeys to the United States has become increasingly difficult as almost all commercial air carriers now refuse to fly the animals.Yet according to the new USDA figures, scientists used 75,825 nonhuman primates for research last year, up 22% since 2015 and 6% since 2008. In contrast, the number of cats, dogs, rabbits, and other animals recorded by USDA are all being used at lower numbers than they were a decade ago. (Nonhuman primates constitute just 0.5% of all animals used in U.S. biomedical research; about 95% are rats and mice, which are not reported by USDA.) The total number of monkeys in labs—which also includes those bred in colonies and those not currently being used in research—has remained fairly steady for the past decade, with about 110,000 recorded last year (see second graph, below).The uptick in monkey research “represents both the state of the science and the importance of nonhuman primates,” NIH said in a statement. Nearly two-thirds of the nonhuman primates the agency supports are rhesus macaques, with cynomolgus macaques (15%), baboons (6%), and a dozen other monkey species making up the remainder. The rising demand for rhesus macaques appears to be driven by researchers studying HIV/AIDS, the brain, Alzheimer’s disease, and addiction, according to an NIH report released in September. The rise might also reflect the agency’s expanding investment in these studies. NIH gave 249 grants in 2017 that supported nonhuman primate research, up from 171 in 2013. And the agency expects the number of nonhuman primates it supports to continue to grow in coming years. 2008 Percent 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Bred and housed 150,000 J. YOU/SCIENCE The number of monkeys used in U.S. biomedical research reached an all-time high last year, according to data released in late September by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).The uptick (see graph below)—to nearly 76,000 nonhuman primates in 2017—appears to reflect growing demand from scientists who believe nonhuman primates are more useful than other animals, such as mice or dogs, for testing drugs and studying diseases that also strike humans.“I think the numbers are trending up because these animals give us better data. … We need them more than ever,” says Jay Rappaport, director of the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Covington, Louisiana, which houses about 5000 monkeys. 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Growing demand The total number of monkeys in research labs has not changed much in the past few years, but more are being used in studies. Experimented 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 0last_img read more

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Jeremy Mathieu looking at Barcelona exit: Reports

first_imgBarcelona French defender Jeremy Mathieu is looking to leave the Catalan football club because he fears that he will miss his place next season, according to Sport newspaper on Wednesday.Sport said that Mathieu did not take part in many encounters last season and was more like a substitute player, who featured in only 34 games.It is not clear yet if coach Luis Enrique will use Mathieu next season or not, especially with Samuel Umtiti joining the Catalan club, reports Efe.Mathieu sustained an injury last season and had to undergo surgery that prevented him from joining the French national team during the European championship.last_img

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Should You Always Take A Recruiter’s Advice?

first_imgWhen working with recruiters, they can be tremendous advocates to job searching candidates, but at the end of the day, THEIR client is the company, and they are serving the COMPANY’S desires/requests. So, if candidates’ fixate all of their attention on recruiters’ preferences, it can become a disadvantage to their overall job-search. Here’s the thing:  in my conversations with recruiters, some of the resume ‘rules’ they espouse (including page-length limitations, bullet-only, plainer formats, font preferences and the like) are crafted more as a rule of thumb because candidates are unfamiliar and/or untrained in developing well-written, strategically designed resumes. A client of mine (we’ll call her Caroline) whose newly designed and compelling resume had attracted multiple, focused interviews at target companies and garnered various compliments for its impressiveness, received a call from a recruiter.The recruiter requested she make formatting changes to standardize the resume to fit her recruitment needs in how she submits all candidates to her clients (i.e., her clients being defined as ‘the companies’). This strictly bulleted and non-design savvy format dulled the resume and made it less likely to set Caroline apart in other, non-recruiter-focused scenarios.Caroline asked me later: “Why do recruiters have rules that would make a cool resume look just like everyone else’s?”Explaining that recruiters often have client-focused (i.e., company-focused) rules they follow when submitting to their clients, complying with these resume formatting requests are opportunities to maintain the relationship with the recruiter and facilitate smooth processes. As such, adjusting the resume can support both your and the recruiter’s goals.However, you should not strictly write for recruiters’ eyes.That said, and I make this clear with new clients before delving into the resume process, I do not advise writing your resume strictly for recruiters’ eyes as you may limit your overall results.  Here’s why:Often, recruiters’ niche needs for plain-vanilla, bulleted format preferences do NOT provide an advantage to job seekers to distinguish and market themselves. In fact, it often makes it easier for the recruiters/their client companies to minimize the risk of hiring and thus eliminate candidates, versus maximize the candidate’s opportunities. Put another way, Master Resume Writer (and former recruiter), Dawn Bugni, The Write Solution, says, “First, I tell clients, if you’re working with a recruiter, do what they tell you to do. They are your best advocate and greatest resource during the process. Work with them, honestly.” Job search marketing is akin to product marketing. Start with a methodical, strategic approach to sell your relevant competencies and transferable talent in the language of future performance, then prove what, how and WHY you did what you did, as well as why it mattered to the company.In other words, shine a beam of light on your assets, include personal promise sound bites, benefits of employing you and chunked-up illustrations of the core competencies within which you have had rich and performance-centered experience. Relate all of this directly to the target reader’s needs. (This means taking time to really research your target audience).All of this usually means deploying non-traditional formatting and design strategies to lead the reader and to make the resume glimpseable and understandable in a non-linear world. Interestingly, a recent blog from career expert and fellow Glassdoor blogger John Sumser asserted that the odds of a conversation with a recruiter landing you a job are .0035%, further reinforcing my advice that you not develop a resume focused purely on recruiters’ preferences.A richly designed, non-traditional resume is an advantage.Use of charts or graphs and inclusion of value propositions, personal promises, pull-out quotes and testimonials often result in non-recruiter-focused, non-traditional resumes. Or do they? In other words, recruiters’ advice often is based on the number of poorly written resumes they receive, and a desire to fit a square-peg, square-hole need as efficiently and quickly as possible. In my experience shepherding candidates through job-search success by writing and designing resumes with flair, and resumes that entice with richly woven stories, I am adamant that job seekers must market themselves innovatively, courting the reader, enticing them to want to know more, and not boxing themselves in with job-search derailing, homogeneous resumes.Job search is marketing! “However, I go on to say, recruiters are focused on a specific target. They build relationships with hiring authorities in their industry and get to know preferences. What works for them and that specific client job order may not benefit you or interest your next target. Do your research and ensure you’re putting your best foot forward.”last_img read more

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The Kilbeggan Tailgater’s Toddy

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour How to Make a Cuban Sandwich, According to Chefs The Best Hats for Men to Fit Every Occasion It’s hard to believe, but autumn is staring us right in the face. And it seems like just yesterday that we at The Manual were telling you the right thing to throw on your grill for Labor Day. Now, the nights and mornings are getting cooler, the first sweaters of the season are being pulled on, and we’re already two weeks deep into football season!Because football season is getting into full gear that means at some point you’ll be attending a tailgate party for your favorite team. You and your buddy may be tailgating with tickets in your pockets; you and a group of friends might be sitting in the stadium parking lot with camping chairs and a cooler; or, you could be sitting in your driveway, miles away from the game and pretending you’re there—either way, you are going to need something to drink.That’s why we have to recommend the Kilbeggan Tailgater’s Toddy. As the weather gets colder, and you’re standing outside in your replica jersey and jeans, you won’t always want to reach for a beer; that’s where the Toddy comes in. Made with Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey (Ireland’s oldest distillery), a touch of DeKuyper Buttershots (one of the standards in butterscotch liqueur), some hot water, and a stick or two of cloves, this drink will warm you up and fill you with the team spirit you need to have a superior tailgating experience.All you need to do is bring the water to a boil, mix in the whiskey and the butterscotch liqueur, throw in the cloves, and you are all set. You can bring this hot cocktail with you to the game, or concoct it in the parking lot when you’re grilling with your friends. Either way, it’ll be a crowd pleaser.Now, with drink in hand, welcome the fall and enjoy your football.KILBEGGAN® TAILGATER’S TODDY INGREDIENTS:2 parts Kilbeggan® Irish Whiskey1 part DeKuyper ButtershotsHot waterMETHOD:Build all ingredients into a pre-heated coffee mug.last_img read more

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Finance Ministry Addressing Staff Retention at STATIN

first_img Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says steps are being taken to ensure that the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is able to retain its highly qualified staff, so that the agency can continue to effectively carry out its mandate as the country’s principal statistics agency.He pointed out that STATIN’s employees are being heavily recruited overseas, particularly by Caribbean territories that are developing national statistics databases and platforms.“Our professionals are often seen as well trained and attractive candidates… suitable for acquisition,” Dr. Clarke pointed out at a recent STATIN media sensitisation seminar at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew.“STATIN’s employees are held [in high regard] for their professionalism and knowledge… and for their technical expertise, by other countries. So we are going to look at job descriptions and commit to evaluating them… to see if we can use that method to solve the particular problem that they are under,” he added.He further emphasised that “[we] have to respond to make sure that we are competitive here, in Jamaica [in this regard]”.STATIN has a mandate to produce and publish official statistics on the activities and condition of the people of Jamaica.Government ministries, departments and agencies; corporations; households, and the general public are required by law to provide access to information and/or submit same for this purpose.The seminar, which was held under the theme ‘Statistics and the Media –Why Understanding Official Data Matters’, was aimed at assisting media practitioners to understand, interpret and present official data accurately.It focused on the gross domestic product (GDP) and consumer price index (CPI). Story Highlights Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says steps are being taken to ensure that the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is able to retain its highly qualified staff, so that the agency can continue to effectively carry out its mandate as the country’s principal statistics agency. “Our professionals are often seen as well trained and attractive candidates… suitable for acquisition,” Dr. Clarke pointed out at a recent STATIN media sensitisation seminar at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew. He pointed out that STATIN’s employees are being heavily recruited overseas, particularly by Caribbean territories that are developing national statistics databases and platforms.last_img read more

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Star Closes $814m Financing for 2nd Newbuild

first_imgzoom With a loan of over EUR 600 million, KfW IPEX-Bank is financing the construction of a second cruise ship for Star Cruises at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.The signing ceremony of the corresponding contracts was held in Hong Kong today. This second new vessel is scheduled for delivery during the fourth quarter of 2017.KfW IPEX-Bank closed the financing for Star Cruises’ first new vessel (a sister ship) in April this year.KfW IPEX-Bank has taken on the structuring of the overall financing and is providing the entire loan amount together with Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank and the Singapore branch of DNB Bank ASA.The financing is backed by export credit insurance provided by Germany (Euler Hermes cover) and encompasses the Commercial Interest Reference Rate (CIRR) for ships, which is set by the OECD.Just like its sister ship, this second new vessel boasts a gross tonnage of about 150,000. With more than 1,600 passenger cabins and a length of approximately 330 metres, both of Star Cruises’ two new cruise ships will be among the biggest of their kind in Asia.Adding this second new vessel, Star Cruises is expanding its fleet to nine ships, thus catering to the growing demand for cruise holidays in the Asian market. June 5, 2014last_img read more

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Surprise Ryan Reynolds Kissed Andrew Garfield After Losing Golden Globe to Ryan

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Are you guys paying attention, because we’re willing to bet that you missed something absolutely amazing right now. Don’t worry, though, that’s why we’re here.Just a few seconds before everybody started to swoon over Ryan Gosling‘s beautiful speech, where he thanked Eva Mendes for holding down the fort while he shot La La Land, there was a very OMG-worthy embrace going on in the background, and if you blinked, you missed it.Fellow Best Actor nominees Ryan Reynolds and Andrew Garfield decided to share a kiss on the lips to make up for losing the award to the other Ryan, and while we bet it stung, it seems that smooch made it all better. Just try to take your eyes off of Gosling’s rugged handsomeness, and veer over to the left, you’ll see it all go down. Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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400000 SQFT TV FILM FACILITY ANNOUNCED FOR MARKHAM AT TIFF

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement The lot will be large enough to accommodate productions on the scale of the most recent Star Trek and James Bond films.Scarpitti added Markham’s diversity of talent, culture and high-tech industries make the city the “right place” for the new studio.In this edition of #MayorsMinute we’re taking you to the movies! #FirstStudioCity announced they will build a world-class movie studio in Markham Centre, creating hundreds of jobs. Markham has the diversity of talent for large-scale tv, film productions. #ChooseMarkham #TIFF18 pic.twitter.com/A4FJsPvSsb— Mayor Frank Scarpitti (@frankscarpitti) September 7, 2018by Heidi Riedner | York Region News First Studio City is building a 400,000-square-foot film studio in the City of Markham, Mayor Frank Scarpitti announced Sept. 7.Markham Movieland, which will be the largest studio in Canada and will include 20 sound stages, is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2020, Scarpitti said in a video he tweeted from the heart of Toronto International Film Festival celebrations.The studio will feature a 70,000-sq.-ft. sound stage, which will be the largest single-purpose sound stage in North America, Scarpitti said. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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RCMP sorry for ignoring plea for help

first_imgAPTN National NewsSASKATOON–The RCMP is apologizing to the family of a First Nations woman from northern Saskatchewan.Last April, the car she was travelling in with three others became stuck in the mud on an isolated logging road.They called 911 for help, but it was never sent.She died trying to find assistance for her cousin and two young sons.last_img

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UN agencies join rescue and relief efforts after deadly earthquake hits Pakistan

29 October 2008United Nations agencies are taking part in emergency relief efforts in south-west Pakistan, where a powerful earthquake struck early this morning, killing and injuring hundreds of people and leaving many more homeless. The quake registered 6.4 on the Richter scale – its epicentre was located in a mountainous area northeast of Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan – when it struck shortly after 4 a.m. local time. Aftershocks have also been reported.Scores of people remain trapped under the rubble of their collapsed homes, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which said UN agencies are now working closely with national authorities and other aid groups to bring relief.Survivors’ immediate needs include food, shelter, emergency medical care and safe drinking water. Rescue efforts have been complicated by many landslides that followed the quake.The World Health Organization (WHO) is sending emergency health and trauma kits to Quetta, and staff from the agency are part of a UN assessment mission to Ziarat and Pishin districts, which are among the hardest-hit areas. The agency estimates that at least 20,000 people have been displaced from their homes.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working with authorities in Pakistan to coordinate relief efforts and is also preparing to mobilize contingency stocks.A spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today issued a statement in which the UN chief voiced deep sadness and offered his condolences to the families of the quake victims.“The United Nations has been in contact with Pakistani officials and is assessing the situation in collaboration with them,” the statement noted.“The United Nations stands ready to lend its assistance to efforts to respond to humanitarian needs created by the disaster, including by using existing resources and providing grants from emergency funds, and to mobilize international support for that response, if required.” read more

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In Middle East Ban hails heroism and quiet courage of Gazans

21 March 2010Visiting Gaza today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his solidarity with the people of the area, just over one year after the end of the deadly conflict. “Every day they show heroism and quiet courage and this is an inspiration,” Mr. Ban said while visiting the Khan Younis section of Gaza. The people of the area, he said, “are striving to provide for their families amid unacceptable, unsustainable conditions.” For nearly three years, the United Nations housing project in Khan Younis has been stalled, but the Israeli Government recently approved the world body’s request to continue work on the humanitarian project and erect 150 housing units. Also set to be built are a flour mill and sewage treatment plant, while classes for schools and aluminum for windows will also be brought into the area. “While I believe that this is a positive welcome step, I believe again we need far, far, much more,” the Secretary-General stressed. “This is like a drop in a bucket of water.” He reiterated that Israel’s policy of closure is “not sustainable and it is wrong.” Mr. Ban, who is on his first visit to Gaza in over a year, said that the closure “causes unacceptable suffering of human beings,” with half of the area’s population, which is under the age of 18, suffering the most. “The policy is also counter-productive,” he emphasized. “It prevents legitimate commerce and encourages smuggling. It undercuts moderates and empowers extremists.” Operation Cast Lead, the three-week Israeli military offensive starting at the end of 2008, had the stated aim of ending rocket attacks by militants operating in the area. The fighting left more than 1,400 people dead, injured 5,000 others and reduced homes, schools, hospitals and marketplaces to rubble. The Secretary-General said that the UN stands with the people of Gaza, and agencies such as the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) will continue to provide humanitarian aid and help with the rebuilding process. “I urge all Gazans to choose the path of non-violence, Palestinian unity, and international legitimacy,” he said, also calling for a prisoner exchange so that both Palestinian prisoners and Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit can be released. Following his stop in Gaza, the Secretary-General returned to Jerusalem for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Mr. Ban told reporters after talks with the Israeli leader that his visit is taking place at a “crucially important juncture,” coming just before the start of proximity talks between the country and Palestinians. The Secretary-General arrived in the Middle East from Moscow, where he attended a meeting on Friday of the diplomatic Quartet comprising the UN, Russia, the European Union (EU) and the United States. The body urged the Israeli and Palestinian sides to resume talks as soon as possible with the aim of reaching a settlement within two years. “These negotiations should lead to a settlement, negotiated between the parties within 24 months, that ends the occupation which began in 1967 and results in the emergence of an independent, democratic and viable Palestinian State living side by side in peace and security with Israel and its neighbours,” the Quartet said in a joint statement at the end of their meeting in the Russian capital. At a press encounter with Mr. Netanyahu today, Mr. Ban thanked Israel for its humanitarian efforts in Haiti after January’s devastating earthquake which claimed more than 200,000 lives. “You demonstrated great humanity and it was widely respected and appreciated,” he said. Earlier in the day, the Secretary-General also met with Israeli Deputy Minister Daniel Ayalon, Mashav (Israel’s National Agency for International Development) and members of the Israeli Government”s medical team dispatched to Haiti. read more

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Plastic waste already building up in UK following Chinas ban

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. China will accept virtually no more imported waste plasticCredit:Thomas Dooley/Moment Editorial Mr Ellin said many UK recycling businesses stopped shipping plastic to China in the autumn because of fears it might not arrive before the deadline.“We have relied on exporting plastic recycling to China for 20 years and now people do not know what is going to happen,” he told the Guardian.“A lot of (our members) are now sitting back and seeing what comes out of the woodwork, but people are very worried.”He warned that the ban could have severe consequences for council recycling in the UK in the short term.“If it no longer pays for our members to take this waste and sort it once it has been collected by councils then that might stop,” he added.“That might mean that councils no longer collect recycling in the same way. It could be chaos, it really could.”In 2016, China processed 7.3 million tons of plastic waste – half the world’s recycled plastics. UK recycling firms are now having to look to Malaysia and Vietnam for their exports.However, these are unlikely to have the capacity to make up for the lost Chinese market.Recoup, an organisation which recycles plastics, said the ban could lead to the stockpiling of plastic waste and a move towards incineration and landfill. China will accept virtually no more imported waste plasticcenter_img Britain ships around two thirds of its used plastics there for recycling – about 500,000 tons – each year.The ban, imposed as part of a drive towards self sufficiency and in order to prevent environmental contamination, means councils will have to send much of its waste for incineration or landfill unless an alternative market is found. China’s ban on importing millions of tonnes of plastic waste is already causing a build up of rubbish at recycling plants around the UK, experts have warned.The decision, which means that half a million tons of the toxic substance could be burned in Britain rather than exported is predicted to bring chaos for councils in the weeks ahead.Simon Ellin, chief executive of the UK Recycling Association, said his members had already seen lower grade plastics piling up and warned urgent action was needed.“You can already see the impact if you walk round some of our members’ yards,” he said.“Plastic is building up and if you were to go around those yards in a couple of months’ time the situation would be even worse.”The leaders of the UK’s recycling industry admitted that they have “no idea” how to cope as China’s policy came into force on January 1.last_img read more

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NASA denies report that Voyager left solar system

first_imgWe’re in a new region. And everything we’re measuring is different and exciting. THE US SPACE agency NASA has denied a claim made in a scientific study that its Voyager 1 spacecraft had left the solar system, describing the report as “premature.”Scientists are eagerly awaiting signs that the craft, which was launched in 1977 on a mission to study planets, has become the first man-made object to leave the boundaries of our solar system.A scientific paper that purported to describe this departure appeared on the American Geophysical Union’s web site.It said Voyager 1 “appears to have traveled beyond the influence of the Sun and exited the heliosphere,” or the magnetic bubble of charged particles that surround the solar system.Matter of debateResearcher Bill Webber, one of the article’s authors, acknowledged that the actual location of the spacecraft — whether in interstellar space or just an unknown region beyond the solar system — remained a matter of debate.“It’s outside the normal heliosphere, I would say that,” said Webber, professor emeritus of astronomy at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, according to the AGU’s web site. Shortly after the study appeared, NASA spokesman Dwayne Brown told AFP the report was “premature and incorrect.”The Voyager science team reported in December 2012 the craft was in a new region called the “magnetic highway,” but changes in the magnetic field to show a departure from the solar system have not yet been observed, NASA said.“The Voyager team is aware of reports today that NASA’s Voyager 1 has left the solar system,” said Edward Stone, Voyager project scientist based at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California.“It is the consensus of the Voyager science team that Voyager 1 has not yet left the solar system or reached interstellar space,” he said.A change in the direction of the magnetic field is the last critical indicator of reaching interstellar space and that change of direction has not yet been observed.Voyager 1 and its companion Voyager 2 set off in 1977 on a mission to study planets. They have both kept going, and both are on track to leave the solar system, NASA has said.For months, experts have been closely watching for hints that Voyager 1 has left the solar system and most have estimated that this will happen in the next year or two.- © AFP, 2013Read: Tycoon wants to send couple on Mars mission>last_img read more

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Amazing comeback by Guardiolas City

first_imgThe Citizens were able to turn their luck around and after being down 2-1 against Schalke, with one player sent off, they won 3-2 in the UCL.Pep Guardiola and Manchester City had a fantastic comeback tonight in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.The English Premier League club was down 2-1 in the second half while Nicolas Otamendi was sent off leaving them with one less player.But the Citizens showed a lot of confidence and were able to get the victory in the first leg of the series at Veltins Arena.You put us through it tonight, boys.But we love you for it! 💙#mancity pic.twitter.com/4n52xezWv4— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 20, 2019City had a great start, thanks to a magnificent goal by Sergio Aguero in the 18th minute thanks to an assist by David Silva.At the 33rd minute, Nicolas Otamendi handballed the ball in his own area and after the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) Technology was used, Schalke was awarded a penalty kick.Nabil Bentaleb converted the goal to tie things 1-1.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…And two minutes before the end of the first half, Fernandinho fouled Salif Sane in the area to give the Germans another penalty kick chance.Bentaleb converted from the spot once again to put things 2-1.In the second half things didn’t look good for Pep Guardiola and company, as Nicolas Otamendi received his second yellow card of the day and was sent off, leaving the Citizens with 10 men.Schalke didn’t take this opportunity to attack, wasting the few opportunities they had in front of the Manchester goal.But Leroy Sane scored in the 85th minute, while Raheem Sterling did the same five minutes later, to give the Citizens the 3-2 win in a fantastic night.FULL-TIME | A bonkers game! 😅We can only guess what the second leg will bring after that!🔵 2-3 💙#s04vcity ⚽️ #mancity pic.twitter.com/D3buqVBGdb— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 20, 2019last_img read more

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State preK slated for elimination in governors budget plan

first_imgStudents at St. Mary’s preschool prepare to go outside. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)The governor’s proposed budget calls for the elimination of a $2 million pre-kindergarten program, which serves six school districts in Anchorage, Juneau, and Western Alaska.Download AudioAlaska was one of just 12 states in the U.S. without state-funded pre-kindergarten when it started a pilot program in 2009.The pre-K program is free to qualifying low-income families and, according to Deputy Education Commissioner Les Morse, has seen considerable success in its six-year run.“There is solid data around its success,” Morse said. “We specifically looked at various different assessments on students in terms of their’ performance as well as the delivery by districts. It’s really been very successful. The largest problem with the program is that we really haven’t been able to grow it. So it really continues to serve the same number of students and the same dollar amount that it did during its pilot phase.”Morse says the original plan was to pilot the program, and then expand it after a few years. But according to the National Institute for Early Education Research, the program never reached more than 3 percent of four-year-olds in the state.About 40 of those toddlers are in the Lower Kuskokwim School District, where Early Childhood Coordinator April Blevins says the pilot program is the most accessible of the early education programs offered to low-income families in the district.“There are other programs,” Blevins said. “But they’re grant-funded programs that the parents have to apply with these huge applications, and it usually discourages people from going that route. Whereas applying for the pilot program is very simple.”The pre-K program is also in high demand; it serves 28 children in Bethel, five in Tununak, and nine in Akiuk. Blevins has another 30 kids on a waiting list.And besides providing education with certified teachers, Blevins says the pre-K program fills another need in communities where reliable childcare can be nearly impossible to find.“For 6.5 hours a day, people can go to work knowing their kid is safe and receiving some education,” Blevins said. “I’ve had parents cry, because it’s the first time they’ve been able to go back to work because they’ve been watching their child, because there is no childcare. So I think sometimes there’s underlying emotions … people don’t realize how the program affects their daily life.”In 2014, nearly five times as many 4-year-olds in the state were enrolled in Headstart programs as the pre-K program, according to NIEER.Three-quarters of all four-year-olds were not served by Headstart or pre-K.Governor Walker’s proposed education budget would also delete $820,000 in grants for other early childhood programs, and it would reduce funding for the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program by $385,000.last_img read more

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Drone deployed as joint raid resumes at Narsingdi militant den

first_imgDeputy inspector general (DIG) of Dhaka Range Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun was also present there.The operation was codenamed ‘Gordian Knot’. Drone deployed as joint raid resumes at Narsingdi ‘militant den’. Photo: Prothom AloOn the second day of the ‘Gordian Knot’ operation, law enforcers on Wednesday deployed a drone to observe the situation at the second ‘militant den’ at Gangpar in Madhabdi municipality of Narsingdi, reports UNB.Briefing reporters in the morning, Monirul Islam, chief of the members of Counter Terrorism and Transnational (CTTC) unit of DMP, said, “The existence of two militants inside this house is sure …there might be more. They might have assembled explosives in the house.”The law enforcers have asked them several times over loudspeakers to surrender, but they did not respond to their so far, he added.“The team has deployed a drone to observe the situation inside the building,” said Monirul Islam, adding, “If they do not surrender within two hours, we’ll start an operation at the seven-storey building. A special team from Dhaka is on their way.”CTTC members in association with the local police surrounded the building of owned by Afzal Haji since Monday night.The law enforcers conducted a drive at this five-storey building on 16 October, Sheikher Char, Narsingdi. Photo: Prothom AloBesides, members of CTTC unit and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) conducted an operation at a ‘militant den’ in a five-story building at Bhogiratpur on Tuesday afternoon and recovered the bodies of two suspected militants.last_img read more

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Vidcon Attracts More Traditional Media as Online Video Matures Becomes More Lucrative

first_imgVidcon’s first full day on Thursday kicked off in Anaheim, bringing together more than 20,000 attendees to meet their favorite digital stars, network with other creators and pitching potential business deals with brands and advertisers.The gathering at the Anaheim Convention Center is the ninth iteration of the annual confab which brings together online video industry leaders, content creators and fans. Thousands spread out over the convention center campus, walking through the convention hall where brands like Nickelodeon, Lego, Gushers candy and others had elaborate, interactive booths. Facebook Watch’s booth featured various rooms for social-media friendly photos.The massive presence of exhibitors and others mark an evolution for Vidcon from its early days when roughly 1,400 people attending the first convention in a hotel ballroom in Century City. Macro, the three-year-old company, is figuring out how to approach digital media, particularly as the company looks for future projects featuring people of color. It’s already found success with one digital series, “Gente-fied,” which is in development with Netflix after an initial successful launch online.“Young voices are coming from digital,” King said. “there’s just so much unique voices and talent out there. this is a place where we can discover, cultivate and mentor those voices, particularly those who have less access.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Vidcon’s maturation is evident in other ways this year. Viacom acquired the conference in early February, and a number of Viacom brands like MTV have an increased presence this year. Other traditional broadcast and cable networks are also attending, a reflection of how lucrative the online video world has become.Adam Wescott, co-founder of Select Management Group, who counts among clients digital stars like Gigi Gorgeous, said this year’s Vidcon has the largest brand and advertiser presence he has seen over the seven conventions he’s attended.Fresh from a speed-dating style meeting between brands and digital talent, Wescott said Vidcon has become like Comic-Con. “You’re premiering stuff, you’re releasing trailers,” he said. “There’s more business than ever.”The growing proliferation of traditional media at Vidcon lends credibility to the online video space, Wescott said. “We went through the Wild West period,” he said. “We’ve helped shape an industry that’s now very lucrative, and that’s a primary reason they’re moving into it and they see where the eyeballs are going.”Platforms like Instagram and Snapchat this week debuted new features dedicated to longer-form video, shifting into a new era of online video as the industry grows up.Snapchat Inc.’s head of original content Sean Mills said Thursday that the company has expanded from solely being an app focused on users’ relationships with their friends. The next phase of Snapchat’s growth brought in “credible and authoritative media companies” that would provide video of live events around the world.Now, Snapchat has expanded its focus on its content creators, said Lauren Gallo, head of talent partnerships for the company. “I’d say this is just the beginning,” Gallo during a panel that featured video of an upcoming series. “We’re so excited about the creator community… we’re incredibly close with all of our creators that are on the platform.”Among speakers Thursday was super-agent-turned-media-entrepreneur Charles D. King, founder and CEO of Macro, the media company behind films like “Fences,” “Mudbound” and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”last_img read more

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Ancient fish hooks found on Okinawa suggest earlier maritime migration than thought

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Researchers have been excavating at the Sakitari cave site since 2009 and have now found what they believe to be evidence of people finding a way to survive on the resource-limited island—fish hooks that would allow them catch live protein-laden prey. Prior research has suggested that humans have been visiting the island for approximately 50,000 years, but until now, there was little evidence of people staying on the island for long periods of time—at least until the modern era. But this new evidence suggests that people may have been living on the island continuously for the past 23,000 years—back to the time when the fish hooks (which were fashioned out of sea snail shells) were being used.In addition to the fish hooks, the researchers also found evidence of other food that had been eaten by the early humans such as frogs, birds, small mammals and even eels—much of it had been charred, suggesting humans had cooked them first. Prior to this latest report, researchers working in the cave had found human skeletal remains, beads crafted by the early people living there and what some believe might have been a grindstone. Interestingly, archaeologists have also found the remains of cooked lobster appearing to be of the size that would have been taken in the fall—the prime time for lobster fishing, as that is when they taste the best.The fish hooks represent an advancement in maritime technology, one that was necessary for the spread of people across the islands that dot the world’s oceans—they suggest that people were able to spread to a much wider geographical zone earlier than has been thought. The team also reports that they have found some other artifacts that might suggest people have been living on Okinawa going back as much as 35,000 years. (Phys.org)—A large team of Japanese researchers affiliated with multiple institutions working at a dig site on the south side of the island of Okinawa has found what are believed to be the oldest examples of fishing hooks ever unearthed. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes the fish hooks, other artifacts they found and why they believe their findings are challenging conventional views of maritime adaptations. Gone fishing? We have for 42,000 years Citation: Ancient fish hooks found on Okinawa suggest earlier maritime migration than thought (2016, September 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-09-ancient-fish-okinawa-earlier-maritime.html Explore furthercenter_img © 2016 Phys.org Pieces of finished (Upper) and unfinished (Lower) fishhooks from Sakitari Cave. Credit: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1607857113 More information: Masaki Fujita et al. Advanced maritime adaptation in the western Pacific coastal region extends back to 35,000–30,000 years before present, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1607857113AbstractMaritime adaptation was one of the essential factors that enabled modern humans to disperse all over the world. However, geographic distribution of early maritime technology during the Late Pleistocene remains unclear. At this time, the Indonesian Archipelago and eastern New Guinea stand as the sole, well-recognized area for secure Pleistocene evidence of repeated ocean crossings and advanced fishing technology. The incomplete archeological records also make it difficult to know whether modern humans could sustain their life on a resource-poor, small oceanic island for extended periods with Paleolithic technology. We here report evidence from a limestone cave site on Okinawa Island, Japan, of successive occupation that extends back to 35,000−30,000 y ago. Well-stratified strata at the Sakitari Cave site yielded a rich assemblage of seashell artifacts, including formally shaped tools, beads, and the world’s oldest fishhooks. These are accompanied by seasonally exploited food residue. The persistent occupation on this relatively small, geographically isolated island, as well as the appearance of Paleolithic sites on nearby islands by 30,000 y ago, suggest wider distribution of successful maritime adaptations than previously recognized, spanning the lower to midlatitude areas in the western Pacific coastal region. 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.last_img read more

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Colins Herd Hierarchy after NFL Week 8

first_img Advertisement 8. Kansas City Chiefs – The Chiefs defense has been a problem, which is why they’ve dropped to 8 after holding the top spot for several weeks earlier in the year. They’re 30th in the NFL in yards per play allowed, and have given up 29 or more points in 4 of the last 5 weeks.Offensively, K.C. leads the NFL in yards per play (6.26), and Alex Smith has 16 touchdowns and 0 INT’s through 8 weeks, but they’ve been held under 100 yards rushing in their last 3 games after rushing for more than 100 in their first 5. They need to get their defense figured out and the biggest question is if they can get it done in the playoffs. 4. Dallas Cowboys – Colin still has the Cowboys at 4, despite the apparent loss of Ezekiel Elliott for 6 weeks because he loves their offensive and defensive line play. Dallas ranks 2nd in rushing offense (150.6 YPG), 5th in scoring (28.3 PPG), but will need a running back by committee to replace Elliott, who is tied for 1st in rushing touchdowns (6), and 3rd in total scrimmage yards per game (128.6). Colin thinks they can still get production from Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris behind their mashing o-line until Zeke returns.Demarcus Lawrence leads the NFL with 10.5 sacks, and as a team Dallas ranks 5th in the NFL with 25 sacks. The Dallas D has been one of the most surprising units in the NFL. Dak will need to step up with the absence of Elliott. 2. Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles picked up Jay Ajayi, which gives them a scary downhill running back combo, along with LeGarrette Blount. Carson Wentz is tied for the NFL lead with 19 touchdown passes, and as a team they rank 1st in the NFL in time of possession (33:57), scoring differential (+76), and are scoring touchdowns on 68% of their red zone trips.They lead the NFL in rushing defense, allowing just 70.4 yards per game, and are only allowing opponents to convert 31% on third downs. Philly is a contender. 9. L.A.  Rams – The Rams are still good enough to make the Top 10, but they can’t seriously contend because Jared Goff isn’t there quite yet. In his last four games, Goff is completing just 53.9% of his passes, with 4 TD’s, 3 INT’s, and a passer rating of just 74.2.Colin loves their pass rush, run game and they may have the best special teams in the NFL, but they aren’t ready to make a deep playoff run this year. Seattle Seahawks – The Seahawks are coming off an impressive win over a tough Houston team, and just bolstered their below average o-line by picking up All-Pro tackle Duane Brown from them in a trade.Since Week 3, Seattle ranks 1st in passing offense (318.6 YPG), 2nd in total offense (411.0 YPG), and 3rd in scoring (30.8 PPG). Russell Wilson is 2nd in the NFL with 286.9 passing yards per game. Seattle has the pieces to get it done and win it all. Colin moves them up to 1 this week.The Seahawks are the best team in the NFLRT if you agree with @ColinCowherd pic.twitter.com/JO7axtBpFL— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) October 31, 2017 5. Pittsburgh Steelers – The Steelers have turned it around after a slow start because they’re pounding Le’Veon Bell. During their 3-game win streak, Bell is averaging 30.7 rushes per game and 129.7 yards per game, and in his career, Pittsburgh is 19-0 when he gets 23 or more carries in a game.Defensively, Pittsburgh is 1 of 2 teams to have multiple sacks in all 8 games, and has the 3rd best scoring defense in the league (16.4 PPG). 3. New England Patriots – This New England offense may be the deepest, personnel wise, they’ve had in the Belichick era. They’re 1st in total offense (411.1 YPG), 1st in passing offense (302.1 YPG), and Tom Brady leads the NFL in passing yards per game (317.6), and is 2nd in passer rating (106.5).They’re still terrible defensively, ranking 32nd in yards per play allowed (6.59), total defense (417 YPG), and passing defense (295.5 YPG Allowed). Colin still thinks Brady and Belichick can get it done in the playoffs if they can just get the defense to average. 7. New Orleans Saints – New Orleans is the one of the surprise teams in the NFL because they’re playing real defense and running the ball.The Saints have 11 takeaways during their current 5-game win streak with at least 1 turnover in each of those games, and are only allowing 4.67 yards per play over that span. They’re also averaging 138 rush yards per game during the streak, with 7 TD’s on the ground. Drew Brees and Sean Payton have turned it around thanks to their new found balance. Every Tuesday during the NFL season, Colin puts out his Herd Hierarchy NFL power rankings, and there’s movement after Week 8. This week, the Rams drop, the Vikings are back in, and there’s a new #1.Here are his Top 10 teams after Week 8:10. Minnesota Vikings – Colin likes the Vikings, even with backup Case Keenum under center, and it’s mostly because they have one of the best defenses in the league. The Minnesota D is ranked 3rd in total defense (282.1 net YPG), 4th in rushing defense (81.4 YPG), scoring defense (16.9 PPG), and elite pass-rusher Everon Griffen is tied for 2nd in the NFL with 10 sacks.The Vikings offense may not be spectacular, but because they rank 5th in the league in time of possession (31:27),  it gives them a chance to win. They’d be higher if they had an above average quarterback. 6. Houston Texans – Houston and Deshaun Watson have been impressive, but the loss of All-Pro tackle Duane Brown in a trade with Seattle hurts. They’ve allowed a QB pressure on 43.2% of dropbacks, which is the worst in the NFL. Brown would have helped shore up the protection, but now he’s gone.Since Will Fuller returned in Week 4, Watson is averaging 9.44 yards per pass, with 16 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, and a passer rating of 116.0. Colin likes the roster, weapons and Watson has exceeded all reasonable expectations.last_img read more

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