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Myriad Wins First Round in Cancer Gene Testing Battle

first_imgAfter the U.S. Supreme Court last year invalidated human gene patents held by Utah-based Myriad Genetics, the firm’s competitors launched an array of products aimed at cracking Myriad’s stranglehold on the breast cancer gene testing market. Myriad, however, promptly filed a bevy of lawsuits against its challengers, arguing that the high court decision didn’t apply to related patents it held on testing for the BRCA gene mutations linked to cancer risk.Now, Myriad has won the first round of that fight. Last week, a Houston, Texas, company called Gene by Gene (GBG) retreated from its Myriad challenge, agreeing to stop selling test kits in North America. In return, Myriad and its allies have dropped a lawsuit against GBG that accused the upstart of violating patent law.Myriad announced the agreement on 7 February on behalf of all involved, including partners who own shares of the BRCA genetic discoveries. These allies include the University of Utah Research Foundation, HSC Research and Development Limited Partnership, Endorecherche Inc., and the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. 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In addition, according to GBG’s Chief Scientific Officer David Mittelman, GBG will continue to offer North American clients other genetic information such as personal exome sequencing results that contain data on any BRCA mutations. GBG will do so without providing clients direct access to an interpretation of such results; clients will have to consult a medical professional for that, in compliance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration rules. GBG is one of many companies entangled in BRCA-related lawsuits with Myriad; the other cases remain unresolved. The companies include: Ambry Genetics of Aliso Viejo, California; Counsyl Inc. of South San Francisco, California; GeneDx of Gaithersburg, Maryland; Invitae of San Francisco, California; LabCorp of Burlington, North Carolina; and Quest Diagnostics of Madison, New Jersey.last_img read more

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Christian Standhardinger enters 2017 PBA Draft

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding A relative unknown earlier in the year, Standhardinger burst into the scene after coach Chot Reyes enlisted him in the Gilas Pilipinas pool. He made his national team debut in the 2017 Jones Cup.The Fil-German averaged 16.0 points and 5.7 rebounds in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, before being a more well-rounded performer in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, netting 13.8 markers, 11.0 boards, and 1.4 assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDrafting him, though, comes with a risk as the 28-year-old had earlier signed with the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions for the upcoming 2017-2018 ASEAN Basketball League season.Still, the mother ballclub who decides to pick Standhardinger can field the big man as early as next season’s Commissioner’s Cup, granting he secures a release from his ABL team. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZChristian Standhardinger has thrown his name into the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft pool.Sources close to the situation confirmed that the 6-foot-7 forward beat the deadline for Fil-foreign applicants on Monday, as his entry boosted the stock for what could be a loaded draft class.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80center_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Also declaring for this year’s draft are Cignal HD standouts Jason Perkins of La Salle, Davon Potts of San Beda, and Andreas Cahilig of EARIST.Scorer Robbie Herndon, forward Julian Sargent, bruiser Felix Apreku, and sniper Zach Nicholls have also submitted their applications for the draft. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more

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Ambohot ready to fill the gap for the Knights

first_imgCardona takes another step in rebuilding his life as he returns to basketball Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Jeo Ambohot vs Sidney Onwubere. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter missing the Final Four last year, Letran coach Jeff Napa has stressed that this time the load could not be carried by the veterans alone.That’s why he was satisfied when role players like Jeo Ambohot produced huge contributions on Tuesday when the Knights fended off Emilio Aguinaldo College, 83-80, and lock down their first win of NCAA Season 93.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a given that all of my players will step up. It’s really just a matter of time on when they can compliment, especially that Rey (Nambatac) is being guarded heavily,” the mentor said.Showing that he’s an able finisher for Nambatac’s pick-and-roll plays, Ambohot impressed in the game as he fired a team-best 15 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks in the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMore importantly, the 6-foot-5 big man limited the Generals’ towering Hamadou Laminou to just seven points in the tiff, negating the latter’s presence down low.But the 20-year-old center deflected the credit. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “It’s due to our teamwork. We worked on our defense (on Laminou). They helped me and I helped them, and that’s the reason why we limited him in his points,” the Compostela Valley native said in Filipino.Ambohot acknowledges that expectations are bound to get higher after he churned this standout performance but he’s taking the challenge of defending the paint for the Knights against bigger and stronger foes head on.“I have to fill the losses with the graduations of Jom Sollano and Felix Apreku. We know we really have to step up, and though we’re undersized, we know that we can’t do anything but to fight,” he said.Letran springs back to action on Friday against JRU.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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Ronaldinho paid hefty amount for friendly matches in Pakistan

first_imgKarachi, Jul 8 (PTI) A deluge of former international football stars including Brazilians Ronaldinho, Roberto Carlos along with Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs are being paid hefty amounts between USD 300,000 to USD 600,000 to play a couple of exhibition matches in Pakistan. Along with them, some of the other big stars, who will be joining are Nicolas Anelka, Robert Pires, David James, George Boateng and Luis Boa Morte. The players arrived in Karachi early Saturday morning on a private jet manned by the Pakistan military. The two exhibition matches will be held in Karachi and Lahore under the auspices of the Leisure Leagues and World Group who claim they want to promote the sport in Pakistan. According to a report in the “News International”, the leisure league is paying Ronaldinho around USD 600,000 for the short visit while the other players are getting paid between USD 300,000 and USD 400,000. Interestingly, the Pakistani players who will play alongside the international stars of the exhibition games, have complained that they have not been promised any payments from the organizers for the matches. The organizers are selling tickets for the exhibition matches priced between 2000 and 30,000 Pakistani rupees. Due to the devastating effects of terrorist attacks in Pakistan for the last one-decade, international teams and players have refrained from coming to Pakistan due to security concerns. PTI KHS KHSlast_img read more

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India’s sixth seam bowling option for South Africa tour has its own significance

first_imgIt’s quite possible the eighth bowler in India’s seventeen member squad to South Africa may not bowl a ball during the Test series.But unlike the past, his selection certainly wasn’t a quota berth this time. India’s No. 2 limited-overs seam specialist Jasprit Bumrah is the man in question who gets his first opportunity with the India whites.Bumrah’s selection as the sixth fast bowler in a squad that also includes seaming all-rounder Hardik Pandya serves two purposes. Apart from being an able reserve should need arise, his selection is also a statement of sorts that this time India believe seam and swing are their primary weapon, not spin.That could be a way to discourage the hosts from risking prepare absolute green tops at Cape Town, Wanderers or Pretoria. If South Africa is compelled to mull over leaving too much grass with a fear it could be counter productive, that may ease India’s batting challenge just a bit even before the first ball is delivered.That’s not to suggest, South Africa may be fooled just by the numerical strength of fast bowlers in the Indian squad. But with an improved and experienced version of Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav, the ever improving swing and seam of Bhuveneshwar Kumar, the tireless Mohammed Shami and young and fast-learning Hardik Pandya in the mix, India do have a pace attack to reckon with this time around.Add white ball specialist Bumrah to the list, also given his proven red ball track record in domestic cricket, this is the most exciting pace battery India has carried to the South African shores.advertisementBumrah’s Test cricket potential has been advocated by cricket legends Ricky Pointing and Shane Bond while working with him closely as coaching staff during IPL.Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly also sees merit in India choosing an additional fast bowler as opposed to a reserve spinner. “Pick Kuldeep only if the captain believes he can play in the eleven. If Virat thinks his spinners are Ashwin, Jadeja then Kuldeep, might as well pick an additional fast bowler. You are not going to play two spinners in the eleven,” he told India Today.Clearly Virat may not have seen Kuldeep playing unless Ashwin and Jadeja’s options are exhausted and things may not come to such a pass in a three Test series.Former chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar did tell India Today he would go for Kuldeep Yadav as the third spinner for his mystery streak but clearly Virat for the moment keeps faith in Jadeja’s left-arm spin in Test cricket.Bumrah has had to wait long for a Test opportunity but if he is destined to do it in South Africa, with a bit of fortune, don’t rule out a Test debut with a crack at Hashim Amla and Co. in helpful conditions. If not, his mere presence in the Indian touring party, still has its value.last_img read more

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Cheteshwar Pujara: Different feeling to see my daughter around in the evenings

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara is back in form and he is a happy man. His patient 72 and 113-run partnership with Virat Kohli helped India set England a daunting 521-run target in the third Test at Trent Bridge.England now have two days to either bat for a draw or clinch a historic victory. But a win seems unlikely on a pitch that Pujara described has now started showing signs of variable bounce. After failing in tough conditions at Lord’s and playing an uncharacteristic shot in the first innings at Trent Bridge, Pujara was thrilled to contribute to India’s dominant position.There was also another reason for his wide smile at the end of the day – Pujara’s wife Puja and daughter Aditi are present in England cheering him on. Pujara and Puja became proud parents in February this year.England vs India, 3rd Test, day 4: Live UpdatesHowever, as happy as he is to see them, Cheteshwar Pujara has had to take a separate room so he can get some sleep at night during a high-pressure Test series.”I am sleeping in another room so that I can get some sleep at night but I have started changing the diapers and it’s always good to have my wife Puja around and even Aditi.. I feel blessed to see her around and when I see her in the evenings, it’s a different feeling altogether,” Pujara told bcci.tv. Not just Puja, Virat Kohli’s wife Anushka Sharma has also been present in England to cheer for the Indian captain. On Monday, when Kohli brought up his second hundred of the series, he blew kisses to Anushka who stood up and applauded from the stands.advertisementPujara, meanwhile, realised he missed out on a hundred at Trent Bridge but he was happy to be back among the runs.Great to watch Virat Kohli bat from the other end: Cheteshwar PujaraIt wasn’t easy not scoring runs in the first couple of Tests (he did not play at Edgbaston). I was batting well and I was very confident. The shot in the first innings wasn’t on the cards but the way I was timing the ball I thought I could play the shot.. but I got out, I accepted that and I moved on,” Pujara said. “Because the way I had been batting in the last couple of months I thought I was a big innings away. I missed out on a hundred but at the same time, I am happy I scored a valuable 72 for the team.”Pujara said the pitch has quickened up as the Test match has progressed with some variable bounce in it. He reckoned India have a good chance of winning the Test at Trent Bridge.”We have got a good chance.. there are enough dents on the pitch… there’s variable bounce. Ashwin got a little bit of spin as well (on Day 3). Our bowlers need to bowl in the same areas,” he said.last_img read more

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BJP opposes burqa ban demand by Shiv Sena

first_imgAn MP and national spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), GVL Narsimha Roa, on Wednesday opposed the demand to ban burqa in public places across the country called by the Shiv Sena, saying there’s “no need for India to ban” burqa.Union Minister Ramdas Athawale, an ally of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), also differed with the Sena’s demand saying not all burqa-clad women are terrorists.”Not all women who wear burqa are terrorists, if they are terrorists their burqa should be removed. It’s a tradition and they have the right to wear it, there shouldn’t be a ban on burqa in India,” Athawale said.However, BJP leader Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur agreed with the Sena’s demand and said that such decisions have to be taken for national interest.”Some decisions like these have to be taken for national interest. We have to follow the rules during checking at the airport,” she said.The Sena in its mouthpiece Saamna, asked Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi to follow Sri Lanka’s footsteps and ban burqa in public places across India as it poses a threat to national security.It said that the ban – something similar which the party has proposed in the past — “has already come in Ravana’s (Sri) Lanka, when will it be implemented in Ram’s Ayodhya — this is our question to (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi.””This restriction has been recommended as an emergency measure to ensure the security forces do not encounter difficulties in identifying anybody. People wearing face-masks or burqas could pose a threat to national security,” the Sena said in its editorial.advertisementThe Sena also said “no Mahatma Phules or Shahu Maharajs” were born among the Muslims nor were allowed to become, which has worked to the advantage of whimsical elements like Shahabuddin, Azam Khan, Owaisi brothers and Abu Asim Azmi.Shia Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizvi also opposed the demand saying, “This is an irresponsible and unconstitutional demand . It’s up to the Muslim women whether they want to wear Burqa or not.””This work will require as much daring as a ‘surgical strike.’ The Sri Lankan President had done it by overnight banning burqa or veils or face-covers of any types in all public places. This is a work of great courage and restraint exhibited by (Sri Lanka) President Maithripala Sirisena,” lauded the Sena.It accused that many Muslims have not understood the true meaning of their religion (Islam) and they have confused it with traditions and customs like burqa, polygamy, triple talaq and resistance to family planning, the edit added.”When any voice is raised against these practices, immediately there are cries of ‘Islam is in danger’, and it seems religion takes precedence over nationalism among Muslims. Muslim women have been sporting burqas/veils under the wrong impression that it is a Quranic tenet,” the Sena said.It pointed out that there have been bans on both burqas for women and beards for men even in Muslim countries like Turkey in the past, especially when Kamal Pasha suspected that these were being misused for carrying out anti-national activities, “proving (burqa-beard) are basically not linked with Islam”.The Sena said the country (Sri Lanka) which has just been liberated from the LTTE’s terror is now in the grip of Islamic terror like India, and others like the UK, France, New Zealand.But it lamented that the kind of tough measures being adopted by other countries were still lacking here especially since areas like Jammu and Kashmir were being destroyed by the same Islamic terrorists.(With inputs from Nelanshu Shukla and IANS)READ | Shiv Sena asks PM Modi to ban burqa in IndiaALSO READ | Hindu Sena wants Home Ministry to ban burqa, nikab to prevent terror attacksALSO WATCH | Modi in Ayodhya, Smriti Irani jibe at Priyanka Gandhi, morelast_img read more

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2015 Watch Guide: Week 1

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.AdChoices广告 I love midweek games for one reason and one reason only. We get to enjoy the weekend stress-free. Here’s this weekend’s schedule courtesy of Ryan Hartwig.Weekend Watch Guide – Week 1last_img read more

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Bayern Munich ease past Besiktas to extend Jupp Heynckes’ winning run

first_imgBayern Munich moved into the Champions League quarter-finals after beating Besiktas in Istanbul on Wednesday to complete an 8-1 aggregate victory against the Turkish side.It was a record 11th successive victory in the competition for their coach, Jupp Heynckes, who had led Bayern to the title in 2013 before retiring and returning this season. Bayern Munich Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger The Bundesliga champions went ahead through Thiago Alcântara in the 18th minute to kill off any lingering hopes of an improbable recovery by the hosts after Bayern had hammered them 5-0 in the first leg in Munich. However, the Spaniard was taken off with a suspected ankle problem a little later, having only recently returned from an injury break.Bayern, who could secure their sixth consecutive Bundesliga title at the weekend, went 2-0 up seconds after the second-half restart when Gokhan Gonul volleyed a Rafinha cross into his own net.Besiktas, who were missing their entire central defence, offered little resistance despite controlling possession. They did manage to pull a goal back through Vágner Love’s effort in the 58th minute which breathed some brief life into the hosts.But the Bayern substitute Sandro Wagner chested in a David Alaba cross with six minutes remaining to confirm Bayern’s victory. Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on WhatsApp European club football Share on LinkedIncenter_img match reports Besiktas Share on Facebook Champions League Topics Lionel Messi seals Barcelona’s defeat of Chelsea with double dose of sorcery Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Alabama Football: Here’s Video Of Nick Saban’s Daughter Dancing As The Alabama Mascot At Her Wedding

first_imgA closeup of Nick Saban on the Alabama sideline.TUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Saturday night, Nick Saban’s daughter, Kristen, got married at Bryant-Denny Stadium, which, of course, is the ultimate dream for any Crimson Tide fan. The wedding was complete with a rendition of ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and a number of other Alabama-themed activities for guests. But one takes the cake.Kristen Saban and her new husband, Adam Setas, danced with Alabama mascot heads. Yep, Saban danced with the Big Al headpiece on at her wedding. There was more than one, too. Check it out:Weird? A little. But if you’re going to go full Alabama at your wedding, this is how to do it.last_img read more

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Man arrested after womans body found in burnedout bar in Quebec

first_imgMONTREAL – Police have arrested a man in connection with the death of a 22-year-old woman whose body was found in a burned-out bar in Quebec’s Lanaudiere region.The suspect was arrested early Monday at a residence in Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon, some 110 kilometres northeast of Montreal.He is being questioned by police and investigators say he is likely to face murder charges.Chloe Bellehumeur-Lemay’s lifeless body was found Sunday afternoon following a fire at the bar where she worked.Police orginally believed she died in the fire but later found signs of violence on her body.Authorities now believe the fire was deliberately set to cover Bellehumeur-Lemay’s murder.last_img

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More Big Names Join Global Citizen Festival

first_imgOver a dozen world leaders and prominent activists have announced their on-stage participation in the 2015 Global Citizen Festival.Among the names are Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Malala Fund co-founder, Malala Yousafzai; UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change, Leonardo DiCaprio; U2 lead singer and cofounder of ONE, Bono; Sir Richard Branson; UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon; Bill and Melinda Gates; World Bank Group President, Dr Jim Yong Kim; Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg; Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven; Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel; the Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat; U.S. Senator Chris Coons; and U.S. Representative Charlie Dent.From the private sector, leading advocates, including: Facebook Chairman and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg; Unilever CEO, Paul Polman; CEO of Gucci, Marco Bizzarri; H&M Conscious Foundation Acting Global Manager, Maria Bystedt; Caterpillar Foundation President, Michele Sullivan; Stephen Bird, CEO of Global Consumer Banking, Citi, Ericsson Group President and CEO, Hans Vestberg; Wikipedia Founder and Wikia Co-Founder, Jimmy Wales; AOL Inc. CEO, Tim Armstrong; TED Curator, Chris Anderson; CEO of WPP plc, Sir Martin Sorrell; Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore; Ooredoo Group CEO, Dr. Nasser Marafih; former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of the Global Partnership for Education, Julia Gillard; Executive Director of the Earth Institute, Professor Jeffrey Sachs; Telenor Group Vice President and Deputy Head of Corporate Affairs, Ragnhild Mathisen; and special guest Big Bird of Sesame Street will also take the stage, asking the world not to be bystanders but to take action to ensure the Global Goals are not just known globally, but are achieved.The 2015 Global Citizen Festival will also feature on-stage video messages and commitments from Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi; President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos; and Vice President of Malawi, Saulos Chilima. The First Daughter of Rwanda, Ange Kagame; her father President Paul Kagame; South African WASH Minister, Nomvula Mokonyane; USAID Acting Administrator Ambassador Alfonso E. Lenhardt, and the President of Malawi, His Excellency Pro. Arthur Peter Mutharika will also appear during the Festival.This year’s Festival will also feature the Global Citizen Festival Honorary Congressional Host Committee, comprised of leading members from the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. The committee will include: Senator Robert P. Casey Jr. (PA), Senator Thad Cochran (MS), Senator Bob Corker (TN), Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (MD) and Senator Chris Murphy (CT), Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3), Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-2), Congressman Richard L. Hanna (NY-22), Congressman Raul Grijalva (AZ-3), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), Congressman John Lewis (GA-5), Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (NY-17), Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-4), Congressman James McGovern (MA-2), Congressman Ted Poe (TX-2), Congressman Adam Schiff (CA-28), Congressman Paul D. Tonko (NY-20), and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23).They join a star-studded lineup of musicians and celebrity hosts including Stephen Colbert, Deborra-lee Furness and Hugh Jackman, Salma Hayek Pinault, Kerry Washington, and Olivia Wilde, alongside 60,000 global citizens on the Great Lawn of New York City’s Central Park on September 26, 2015. The free-ticketed concert will feature headlining performances from Pearl Jam, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay.“I’m proud to go to Central Park to support this great initiative and show Sweden’s unwavering commitment to fight inequality, together with the global community. We are ready to be part of a new push for the eradication of poverty, especially through granting access to water, sanitation and hygiene around the world. It’s a huge task we have in front of us – so let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work,” stated Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven.“2015 is an unprecedented moment for global action. This extraordinary group of leaders, activists and advocates have the power to help realize the ambitious Global Goals, changing the lives of billions. I have never been more proud to be a part of the Global Citizen movement!”, said Hugh Evans, CEO, The Global Poverty Project.Proud core partners of the 2015 Global Citizen Festival include: presenting partner Gucci and the CHIME FOR CHANGE campaign, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Citi, Unilever, YouTube, TIDAL, Google, iHeartRadio, Clear Channel Outdoor, msnbc, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, H&M, and T- Mobile. Supporting partners are BBC Worldwide, Universal Music Group Distribution, Pratt Foundation, Waislitz Foundation, The Huffington Post, Milk Studios, RYOT and Riot House.The 2015 Global Citizen Festival will air live from Central Park on MSNBC and MSNBC.com from 3-10 p.m. ET. YouTube will also livestream the Festival on youtube.com/globalcitizen, presented by T-Mobile, and an audio feed of the concert will also be simulcast live on the “Global Citizen Radio” digital station on iHeartRadio, and digitally streamed on the innovative music and entertainment platform, TIDAL. The Festival will be produced by Emmy Award-winning producer, Ken Ehrlich (Grammy Awards).For more information about the Festival, visit: www.globalcitizenfestival.com.last_img read more

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Eau de Buble Vancouver singer Michael Buble preps new fragrance video

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement The perfume has not been officially named yet, although Buble did give a sneak peek at the packaging for the fragrance a few days ago via Twitter.A sneak peak of the gorgeous package for Michael’s new fragrance – the name’s still a secret! #MichaelBublePerfume pic.twitter.com/9gkMNKrYJ9— Michael Bublé (@michaelbuble) August 5, 2016Buble will debut the fragrance on the Home Shopping Network on Aug. 26.The singer recently underwent vocal cord surgery, forcing him to cancel two important performances: one honouring him at the Canadian Governor General Performance Arts Award Gala (June 11) and a tribute to Marvin Gaye at the Kennedy Center (June 5). Login/Register With: Burnaby-bred pop crooner Michael Buble is getting his funk on — the classy kind of funk, that is.Buble is currently developing a new fragrance for women that will bear his name. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Someone needs to take ownership of MMIWG inquiry NWAC

first_imgTodd Lamirande APTN NewsThe fallout from another resignation at the missing and murdered Indigenous women’s inquiry continued Friday.“We’re not quite two weeks into the New Year and to hear about this resignation, the (executive director) has only been there for less than three months,” said Francyne Joe, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.Debbie Reid resigned for personal reasons.She courted controversy during her short time with one former employee blaming her for creating a toxic work environment.For Joe, it doesn’t matter why she left, only that the inquiry gets strong leadership.“What we would like to see is a strong leader come in, preferably an Indigenous woman because we have many experienced women across this country who could do the job,” she said.“We need someone to take ownership of this national inquiry.”tlamirande@aptn.calast_img read more

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Turkey recounts Istanbul votes after Erdogans party appeals loss

first_imgIstanbul: Turkish electoral authorities on Wednesday recounted votes in more than a dozen Istanbul districts after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AKP challenged results giving the opposition a narrow victory in a weekend election. The AKP won most votes nationwide in Sunday’s municipal ballot, but tallies also showed the party lost the capital Ankara and the country’s economic hub Istanbul in one of its worst setbacks in a decade and a half in power. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAKP officials on Tuesday filed a challenge with electoral authorities saying they had found irregularities in ballots in both Ankara and Istanbul. “The district branches of the electoral board in Istanbul decided to recount the ballots in eight districts after the appeals yesterday,” Supreme Election Board chief Sadi Guven told reporters. Anadolu state news agency later said officials were recounting votes in 18 Istanbul districts, including in three where every vote was being verified. In the other districts, officials were checking only nullified ballots. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAKP officials had said there was a huge discrepancy between ballots cast at polling stations and data sent to election authorities. Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, was a key election prize for Erdogan and he presented former premier and loyalist Binali Yildirim to run as the party candidate for mayor. Erdogan, himself a former Istanbul mayor, had campaigned hard in the city. But the ruling party was stung by the economy with Turkey in recession for the first time in a decade and inflation in double digits. Istanbul was a tight race and both Yildirim and the opposition CHP candidate Ekrem Imamoglu declared victory when tallies showed them in a dead heat. Electoral authorities on Monday said Imamoglu was ahead by 28,000 votes with nearly all ballot boxes tallied, prompting AKP officials to challenge the result. “The world is watching us, watching the results of our city’s election,” Imamoglu told reporters on Wednesday, asking that he be handed his mandate as soon as possible. “I say clearly: Don’t let Turkey’s credibility be destroyed by 3 or 4 people acting like they are kids who had their toys taken away from them.” But the AKP was fighting back. Deputy chairman Ali Ihsan Yavuz claimed the difference had now slipped to fewer than 20,000 votes between Imamoglu and Yildirim. Imamoglu had 48.79 per cent of the votes while Yildirim had 48.52 percent, Anadolu news agency reported on Tuesday, citing preliminary results. It reported close to 300,000 votes had been annulled in Istanbul voting on election day. A loss in Istanbul would be especially sensitive for Erdogan, who grew up in the city’s working-class Kasimpasa neighbourhood and liked to tell AKP rank-and-file that victory in the city was like winning all of Turkey. Asked about the AKP’s challenge on Tuesday, a US State Department spokesman urged parties to accept election results. “I would say that free and fair elections are essential to any democracy and this means acceptance of legitimate election results are essential. And we expect nothing less from Turkey,” deputy spokesman Robert Palladino said in a briefing. Turkey’s presidential communications director Fahrettin Altun responded, urging “all parties, including foreign governments, to respect the legal process and refrain from taking any steps that may be construed as meddling in Turkey’s internal affairs,” Anadolu reported. Ties between NATO allies United States and Turkey have been frayed recently by several differences, including Ankara’s purchase of a Russian missile system, a deal for US-made F-35 fighters and disagreements over US support for Kurdish fighters in Syria’s war. Some pro-government newspapers on Wednesday branded the Istanbul defeat an as electoral “coup” similar to the failed coup Erdogan survived in 2016. That bid was blamed by Turkish officials on a US-based Muslim preacher, Fethullah Gulen.last_img read more

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King Mohammed VI Invites Moroccan Pilgrims to Honor Morocco

Rabat – King Mohammed VI has urged Moroccan citizens set to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage in 2018 to represent their country properly and to “avoid all forms of selfishness and provocation.”The King’s message was read by Minister of Islamic Affairs Ahmed Taoufik in conjunction with the departure of the first group of Moroccan pilgrims at the Rabat-Salé airport on Thursday.“As you, the first group of pilgrims, are about to leave for the Holy Land, it gives me great pleasure, in my capacity as Commander of the Faithful and protector of the faith, who is entrusted with guaranteeing the performance of the rites of Islam in this country safely, to send this message to you and all those will be performing the Hajj rituals this year,” said the King. The King also expressed how the preservation of religious tenets is important to him and called on his citizens to represent their country well.“I urge you to avoid all forms of selfishness and provocation, and to embody the ideals of tolerance, solidarity, and cooperation through your endeavours to uphold righteousness and piety.”As the King congratulated Moroccans performing Hajj, he also called on them to comply with the instructions introduced by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.According to the King, the instruction were provided to make citizens comfortable throughout their stay “and to enable you to perform Hajj in the best conditions possible.”The King added that the ministry has mobilized staff to accompany citizens on the entire pilgrimage.“They include male and female experts in Islamic affairs, doctors, nurses, healthcare providers, and administrators working around the clock to offer  whatever services our pilgrims may need.”The monarch then urged pilgrims to comply with the ministry’s arrangements “in an orderly fashion.”He also called on citizens to comply with orders issued by Saudi Arabia’s authorities.“I therefore want you to serve as ambassadors for your country, conveying a fine image of its cultural heritage,” added the King.Thousands of Moroccan pilgrims perform Hajj, an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, every year.In 2017, more than 2 million Muslims landed in Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj rituals. read more

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Child refugees from Libyan crisis in Norway for UN resettlement process

17 January 2012A group of 33 unaccompanied children who spent months in a refugee camp in Tunisia after fleeing last year’s turmoil in Libya have arrived in Norway for a resettlement process spearheaded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The children, who left for Norway on Sunday, were among 90 youngsters who arrived in Tunisia from Libya unaccompanied, with some having lost their parents or were separated during their flight from the chaos that engulfed Libya during the military campaign to oust the regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi.Most of the children are originally from Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia or Eritrea, UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva.They have been staying in Tunisia’s Choucha camp, which is home to 3,400 refugees. The children had relied on help from friends and relatives, as well as local and international aid workers. In total, 39 of the 90 children have now been resettled – mostly in Norway, Sweden and Denmark.“As they had formed strong bonds among each other, the departure has been painful for many of them – not least those still awaiting resettlement,” said Mr. Edwards. “Life at Choucha camp remains difficult, with windswept conditions and bitter cold. UNHCR and its partners hope that solutions can quickly be found for the unaccompanied children who remain there – as well as for the other refugees who await solutions.”UNHCR is providing assistance at Choucha and works with the children and their communities to establish the best interests of each child. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) provides child-friendly orientation and arranges transportation to new homes. It arranged the weekend flight to Norway.Mr. Edwards stressed that UNHCR considers resettlement to be the only viable option for the majority of recognized refugees who fled Libya to Tunisia and Egypt last year. UNHCR and IOM have urged States, especially European countries, to offer more resettlement places for the refugees still remaining at the borders of Egypt and Tunisia.The UN agency has completed refugee status determination for all 2,500 applicants in Choucha camp and 2,200 have been recognized as refugees. When an additional 800 people who were recognized as refugees in Libya before the unrest are included, the total number of refugees in need of resettlement rises to more than 3,000.Meanwhile, at Egypt’s Saloum border crossing from Libya, around 1,400 of the 1,830 refugees there have also sought resettlement.Resettlement referrals for both residents of Choucha and Saloum have been submitted and accepted by Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and the United States. Most recently, Germany, New Zealand and Spain have joined the resettlement effort by planning to send selection missions to the two camps. read more

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Bateman Beijing Axis – a Chinafocused global procurement house

first_imgBateman Engineering and The Beijing Axis China Sourcing Unit have formalised the Bateman Beijing Axis, a  procurement business that will assist firms on a global basis benefit from the optimised cost-effectiveness, delivery times and quality available when sourcing from China for capital projects, equipment and commodities. At the same time, the company also supports Chinese firms that are looking at global sourcing. The Bateman Beijing Axis, established as an equity joint venture (JV) between the two parties, provides services in three areas:Procurement from China for Bateman Engineering’s projects across the globe;Procurement for independent external clients across the globe and predominantly in the mining and resources; industrial, manufacturing and engineering; and power and infrastructure sectorsBulk commodity procurement, marketing and trading on behalf of both bulk commodity producers and users.Services are supplied across the supply chain – from procurement needs analysis; supplier identification, evaluation, pre-qualification, selection and negotiation; contract management; QA/QC; expediting and logistics.  In addition, services are available for the sourcing of standard off-the-shelf equipment right through to procurement that may require intricate project management, complex, technical design and engineering, and product development and testing.“Bateman Beijing Axis brings together the complementary skills and knowledge of both entities to create a unique source of expertise available to clients on a global basis”, says Chief Executive Kobus van der Wath. Executive Chairman of Bateman Engineering, John Ferreira commented: “The combination of Bateman Engineering’s project management, leading process engineering and overall technical capability with The Beijing Axis’s extensive China sourcing experience and knowledge, is further enhanced by both entities’ established networks, supplier databases and execution track record.”Both have been independently providing China sourcing services for the past eight years, resulting in a comprehensive and tested sourcing capacity. Since its inception in early 2009, Bateman Beijing Axis has already developed a significant procurement project track record in its own right in the areas of large complex capital projects, equipment and consumables, strategic raw materials, components, finished goods and services.Bateman Beijing Axis has a multinational management and staff contingent, made up of qualified engineers, senior sourcing consultants and mining specialists – all with recognised China knowledge and sourcing experience.  The firm works with international clients from its offices worldwide in China, India, Australia, Russia and South Africa. The Executive Chairman of Bateman Engineering, John Ferreira, serves as the Chairman of Bateman Beijing Axis, while the Founder and Group Managing Director of The Beijing Axis, Kobus van der Wath, is the Chief Executive of the JV company.The Beijing Axis is a cross-border business bridge to/from China in three principal areas: Strategy, Sourcing and Investment. Since its establishment in 2002, the company has successfully worked with many international and Chinese MNCs across various sectors and industries, with a core focus on the Chinese mining and resources sector and on China’s burgeoning industrial and engineering sector. Its work is always cross-border – supporting international firms as they act in unfamiliar territory in China, or supporting Chinese firms as they venture out and ‘go global’. It is organised along three synergistic cross-border China businesses: the China Strategy Group, the China Sourcing Unit and China Capital Advisors. TBA China Sourcing Unit is the entity involved in the JV, whereas TBA China Strategy Group and TBA China Capital Advisors will continue as before.last_img read more

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Agnico Eagle Amaruqs Whale Tail Zone expands and infills

first_imgAgnico Eagle Mines has reported additional results from the 2015 Phase 1 exploration program at the Amaruq gold project in Nunavut, northern Canada.  The company last reported results from this project in its news release dated April 30, 2015. Drilling at Amaruq has filled in the gap under Whale Lake with significant gold grades and good widths – Drilling at Whale Tail under Whale Lake continued to intersect high-grade gold over significant widths, including 19.8 g/t Au (capped) over 5.0 m at 130 m depth (hole AMQ15-187), and 15.9 g/t Au (capped) over 14.6 m at 126 m depth (hole AMQ15-181)A newly-found gold structure has been confirmed north of Whale Tail deposit at Amaruq – new mineralised structure approximately 100 m north of the Whale Tail deposit, including 6.1 g/t Au (capped) over 4.0 m at 284 m depth and 9.7 g/t Au (capped) over 3.8 m at 306 m depth (hole AMQ15-177).Sean Boyd, Chief Executive Officer:  “At Amaruq, the drilling shows good potential to infill and expand the current resource at Whale Tail, and we continue to encounter new zones of mineralisation which may increase the resource over time.”Agnico Eagle has a 100% interest in the Amaruq project.  The large property consists of 114,761 ha of Inuit-owned and Federal crown land, some 50 km northwest of the Meadowbank mine – Nunavut’s only gold mine.  In February 2015, the company announced an initial Inferred Mineral Resource containing 1.5 Moz of gold (6.6 Mt at 7.07 g/t Au) at the project.More than 102 holes (27,750 m) of the first phase 2015 Amaruq drill program were completed as of May 31, 2015, when seven drill rigs were in operation on the project, with another three expected to be added by the end of June. Most of this drilling has been to fill the former gap in the Whale Tail deposit (under Whale Lake), which is now successfully completed to a depth of 200 m.  There has also been initial reconnaissance drilling at Mammoth Lake and the area between the R zone and Whale Tail.The most recent results continue to yield high-grade gold intercepts over substantial estimated true widths in the Whale Tail deposit.  To date the Whale Tail deposit has been defined over at least 1.2 km of strike length and extends from surface to more than 370 m depth.  It remains open at depth and to the southwest.last_img read more

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Stojance Stoilov to miss first three months of the season

← Previous Story TOP 100 handball transfers 18/19: DKB Bundesliga still far away from Lidl Starligue Next Story → SEHA: Steaua win opener, Vojvodina perfect in Serbian derby The Macedonian champions RK Vardar Skopje will be without team’s captain Stojance Stoilov for a long period at the start of the season.The 31-years old line-player get injured in match against Paris Saint Germain in Strasbourg. Broken hand will keep him out of the court between two and three months, announced RK Vardar coach Garcia Parrondo at Press conference before the first match of the season against local rival RK Metalurg Skopje on Wednesday.It is still unknown, whether Stoilov will go “under the knife”, but it is clear that he will miss about half of the matches of EHF Champions League preliminary round.RK Vardar have on the same position Brazilian giant Moraes and Russian line-player Gleb Kalarash. RK VardarStojance Stoilov read more

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