Controversial Pentagon DNA Analysis Contest Names Champion

first_imgA DNA analysis challenge posed by the U.S. Department of Defense proved more difficult than many contestants expected, but a winner has emerged. The agency announced this week that Team Huson—a latecomer to the competition that became an immediate front-runner—will take the $1 million prize for their speedy DNA analysis computer program. Earlier this year, the design and scoring of the contest drew heavy criticism from some top contenders after just three of 103 entrants made it into the final round.One of those finalists, Daniel Huson, a bioinformaticist at the University of Tübingen in Germany, says that he and his teammates “had a pretty good feeling” they might take the top prize. They were thrilled to discover earlier this month that their intuition was sound.The contest, officially known as the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA’s) Algorithm Challenge, sought a better way to identify organisms and genes in a DNA sample to identify possible bioterror threats. The challenge was open to anyone, and participants submitted their work using the online contest host InnoCentive. Huson says that he relished the frantic, round-the-clock work needed to win: “The only other time I ever had this much fun was when I was working on the human genome at Celera genomics.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)To qualify for the evaluation round, participants needed to earn a passing accuracy score on nine sets of genetic data. Several expressed frustration over DTRA’s opaque scoring algorithm and felt they had to reverse-engineer their programs to satisfy a set of unclear requirements.The task proved so challenging that DTRA had to extend the deadline and relax the requirements. That’s when Huson and two colleagues—bioinformaticist Xie Chao of the Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering and Benjamin Buchfink, a computer science graduate student at the University of Tübingen—teamed up and entered the game.“The scoring scheme was delicate,” Huson admits. “There were things that did raise some eyebrows.” But he says his team was able to make steady progress by trying many alternate approaches.Christian Whitchurch, the project manager, told ScienceInsider in July that a full report on the contest design and scoring would be released once the challenge was over.last_img read more

Nico Rosberg wins Russian Grand Prix to make it seven in a row

first_imgNico Rosberg cruised to victory in the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday as his title rival and teammate Lewis Hamilton dodged crashes and battled through the pack for second.Rosberg has won all four of this season’s races – seven in a row including victories from last season – and has a hefty 43-point lead over Hamilton in the title race.”It’s been an awesome weekend, the car has been fantastic. Very, very happy, thanks to everybody,” Rosberg said.Pole position and the unbeatable pace of the Mercedes meant Rosberg faced little competition as he won by 25 seconds from Hamilton, who had to fight through the field after starting 10th due to a technical failure in qualifying.Already up to fifth after an incident-packed first lap in which Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel crashed out, Hamilton passed both Williams cars and the other Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen to take and hold second.Hamilton had been closing in on Rosberg in the second half of the race, but backed off after the team warned him of a water-pressure problem. Whether he could have caught Rosberg was doubtful the German demonstrated he could produce blistering pace when needed with a fast lap just before the end.”The car felt good. At that time, I was lapping a little quicker than Nico, I was chewing away at (his lead),” said Hamilton, adding he had no idea how serious the problem with his car was. “At that point was when I had to back off and I was a second slower.”advertisementRaikkonen was third, 6.9 seconds behind Hamilton. Following another race in which Ferrari was far behind Mercedes, the Finn said the result was “not exactly what we want, we want to win races.” Raikkonen is third in the standings, 57 points behind Rosberg.After the chaotic first lap that featured three retirements, the safety car came out and at the restart on lap 5, Hamilton jumped the Williams of Felipe Massa for fourth and then blasted past Raikkonen’s Ferrari three laps later to take third.Rosberg took full advantage of Mercedes’ untouchable pace this weekend in Russia, quickly building a solid lead.After the race’s only round of stops, Hamilton remained stuck behind Valtteri Bottas’ Williams, but passed him swiftly. However, he remained 13 seconds behind Rosberg at the halfway point.Mercedes had flown in a fuel system part by private jet ahead of the race in the rush to repair Hamilton’s car following a power unit failure in qualifying. The water pressure problem raised the specter of a repeat failure and ended the battle for the lead.Rosberg became the first driver other than Hamilton to win in Sochi since the Russian race was added to the calendar in 2014, and received his trophy from President Vladimir Putin.Fourth went to Bottas, ahead of Massa and Fernando Alonso, who achieved McLaren’s best finish of the season with sixth place. Renault’s Kevin Magnussen was seventh, with eighth for Romain Grosjean of Haas, followed by Force India’s Sergio Perez and the second McLaren of Jenson Button.Vettel’s second non-finish of the season leaves him 67 points behind Rosberg and it will likely be extremely hard for anyone else to challenge Mercedes, whose cars are hugely dominant for the third season in a row.Vettel, who had already been dropped to seventh on the grid by a penalty, saw his race ended on the first lap after he was knocked into the wall.Daniil Kvyat of Red Bull, who had also collided with Vettel at the last race in China, struck the Ferrari driver twice on the first lap, the second time punting him into the wall. Vettel vented his anger at the poor driving. “Honestly, what are we doing here?” he lamented in an expletive-filled rant over team radio.Kvyat was given a stop-go penalty that ended his hopes for points and finished a disappointing 15th at his home race, a result unlikely to curb speculation that Red Bull could be eyeing Max Verstappen to take over the Russian’s seat. His teammate Daniel Ricciardo was also damaged in the first-lap chaos and finished 11th.At the back of the field, Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Manor’s Rio Haryanto both retired on the first lap in a tangle caused by Esteban Gutierrez of Haas.Verstappen was running strongly in sixth for Toro Rosso but his race ended on lap 35 with an engine failure.last_img read more

‘Inside-out abaya’: Saudi women struggle for equality

first_imgWomen in Saudi have started a protest against the mandatory rule of following a certain dress code enforced by the police.Women are posting pictures on social media wearing a body-shrouding robe inside out.About the protestIn the conservative petro-state, it is necessary for the women to wear the conservative all-black garment in public.The Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has supported the protest saying it is not a mandatory rule in Islam for women to wear abaya, but no official actions have been taken so far.Dozens of women have posted pictures of flipped robes in a rare protest against the strict dress code. Using the hashtag “inside-out abaya”.The crown prince said that the rule says, women must dress decently and respectfully like men but the colour choice of the abaya can be of their own choice, it is not necessary to wear a black abaya only.Other protests by Saudi women Saudi women also stood for their driving rights in June 2018 and succeed to overturn the world’s only ban on female motorists.For the first time in the history of Saudi Arabia, women were also allowed to participate in Saudi Arabia’s National Day celebrations.Women have also been permitted to enter a sports stadium recently that was supposedly a male-only area. This has visibly increased the number of female participation in workforces.But in tandem with the reforms, the kingdom has seen a wave of arrests of women activists in recent months as it steps up a crackdown on dissent.The country also faces criticism over its male guardianship system, which allows men to exercise arbitrary authority to make decisions on behalf of their female relatives.advertisementList of things forbidden for women in Saudi ArabiaAlthough the conservative kingdom has seen many revolutions in the past few months, women are still not allowed to do many things without the permission of men in their family.Applying for a passportTraveling abroadOpening a bank accountGetting elective surgeryLeading prisonGetting married.Also read: Know about Alugue Padamsee, the Advertisement Man of the CenturyRead: Union minister inaugurates the Global Cooling Prize Innovation summit: Know all about the competitionInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Yamal LNG Simultaneously Transferred in Zeebrugge

first_imgLiquefied natural gas from Sabetta on the Siberian peninsula Yamal was for the first time transhipped simultaneously in Zeebrugge from an ice class vessel (ARC7) into a conventional LNG carrier for further transport to Asia on May 1.The Russian ice class vessel Eduard Toll transfered simutaneously LNG into the LNG tanker Pskov via shore pipes.The operation took place at quays 615 and 616 of the Fluxys terminal in the outer port.Fluxys was selected as transhipment hub for liquefied Siberian natural gas from the Yamal gasfield in 2015.The contract constitutes for Zeebrugge an annual transhipment of 107 LNG loads from ice class vessels to conventional LNG vessels or 214 vessel movements in the port.In winter time, when the northern sea routes are frozen in Siberia, the ice class LNG vessels will shuttle from Sabetta to Zeebrugge.Image Courtesy: Port of Zeebruggelast_img read more

Trudie Styler And Sting To Host Rhythm And Reds To Benefit Mill

first_imgIt’s not every day you see the words “music” and “Deafness” paired together in such harmony. Actually, it may sound downright out of place for those who aren’t familiar with Deaf, hard of hearing or special needs populations.Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf has witnessed the astounding effects of music therapy and improved literacy first-hand – and they’re personally inviting you into their world.On Wednesday, June 22, from 6 – 8PM, the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, along with actress and director Trudie Styler and Sting, is hosting an exclusive evening called “Rhythm and Reds,” a wine tasting featuring vintages from their Tuscan estate, Il Palagio, and food pairing event to benefit the Mill Neck Manor Music Endowment Fund for children and adults who are Deaf and have other special needs.Guests will have opportunities to bid on silent auction items, including a Fender Precision Bass Guitar autographed by Sting; dinner for 10; the evening’s featured wines; an autographed selection of Sting’s albums and much more. While the event is sold out, online auction bidding begins on May 16 at 10 a.m. at upcoming event will be held at the historic Mill Neck Manor House, a circa 1923, Tudor Revival mansion at 40 Frost Mill Road in Mill Neck. Attendees will partake in a special wine tasting of four vintage red wines: “When We Dance,” “Message in a Bottle,” “Casino delle Vie” and “Sister Moon,” all produced at Il Palagio – Trudie and Sting’s sprawling 865-acre Tuscan estate. The April 2016 issue of Wine Spectator features Trudie and Sting on its cover and a 9-page story on their award-winning wines and beautiful Italian home. Guests will also enjoy a variety of delectable hors d’oeuvres created by celebrated Long Island chef/restaurateur Tom Schaudel.When it comes to literacy, Deaf children have the odds stacked against them from the time they are born. Deaf infants begin life in a soundless world with the unimaginable task of trying to make sense of what is happening around them. By school age, most Deaf children’s language skills are significantly behind their hearing peers and the gap tends to widen as time goes by. Mill Neck was pleased to find studies that show music can act as a powerful tool to positively affect oral language development and increase other literacy skills.“Rhythm and Reds” was launched to foster awareness of the significant connection between music and literacy skills and create continued support of this important educational endeavour. And this remarkable connection extends beyond just the Deaf population. Mill Neck’s Early Childhood Center, which consists of 3- and 4-year-old children who have intense communication issues, such as speech/language delays and disorders, cognitive and motor deficits and autism-related disorders, are also profoundly affected by the influence of music and literacy.last_img read more

Seven Northern Strikers to compete at BC Summer Games

first_imgThe B.C. Summer games are set for July 19th-22nd. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Northern Strikers will be well-represented at this year’s B.C. Summer Games after seven of the association’s player were selected to compete.Early this afternoon the U-15 Boys soccer team was announced with Lee West, Harrison Sewell, Liam McGarvey, and Sam Hafner all making the Zone 8 team. Dylan Buziak was also named to the team as an alternate player.The boys will be joining Kenzie Beech and Isabella Ziebart who were named to the U-15 Girls team last week.last_img read more

Angola UN agency helping noncamp based refugees return from DR of Congo

Until now, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) had been assisting the repatriation of only camp-based Angolan refugees in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), helping more than 42,000 to return to Angola since 2003. But the 250 who inaugurated this new phase of the programme were part of a group of almost 2,000 non-camp based refugees settled in Kasangulu, south of the capital, Kinshasa. According to UNHCR, some have been waiting for more than 20 years for the chance to return to their home areas – mainly in Bengo province near the Angolan capital, Luanda. Some of them had sought asylum in the DRC during Angola’s war of independence in 1972. Others fled Angola in 1975, when fighting flared up again after the country’s independence. This morning, the first 250 refugees left Kasangulu in a convoy of 10 trucks, as well as a bus for vulnerable refugees in need of special attention. Accompanied by an ambulance and a UNHCR escort, the convoy headed for the border point at Lufu, where UNHCR Angola and the Angolan authorities took over. The returnees will stay for three days in Angola’s Kiowa transit centre of Mbanza Congo. They will receive a return package of food rations, construction kits, kitchen sets, plastic sheets, blankets, mats and jerry cans, before being assisted back to their home areas. Like the Angolan refugees formerly hosted in southern DRC’s Katanga province, whose repatriation was completed in May, the refugees in Kasangulu are eager to go back to Angola after two decades of asylum. The younger refugees, who grew up in exile, know little about daily life in their home country, but they are excited about what to expect back in Angola, UNHCR says. The next return convoy from Kasangulu is scheduled for Friday. Through twice-weekly convoys, UNHCR expects to complete within four to five weeks the repatriation of the 2,000 who wish to return from the area. Some 22,000 Angolan refugees remain based in camps and settlements in the DRC, assisted by humanitarian aid from UNHCR, the World Food Programme and implementing partners. Bas Congo province also hosts a number of spontaneously-settled Angolan refugees who are not living in camps or settlements. read more

Governments at UN forum agree on legallybinding treaty to curb mercury pollution

The Minamata Convention on Mercury – named after a city in Japan where serious health damage occurred as a result of mercury pollution in the mid-20th Century – provides controls and reductions across a range of products, processes and industries where mercury is used, released or emitted.These range from medical equipment such as thermometers and energy-saving light bulbs to the mining, cement and coal-fired power sectors, according to a news release issued today by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which convened the negotiations.“After complex and often all-night sessions here in Geneva, nations have today laid the foundations for a global response to a pollutant whose notoriety has been recognized for well over a century,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “Everyone in the world stands to benefit from the decisions taken this week in Geneva, in particular the workers and families of small-scale gold miners, the peoples of the Arctic and this generation of mothers and babies and the generations to come. I look forward to swift ratification of the Minamata Convention so that it comes into force as soon as possible,” he added. The treaty, which has been four years in negotiation and which will be open for signature at a special meeting in Japan in October, also addresses the direct mining of mercury, export and import of the metal and safe storage of waste mercury. Pinpointing populations at risk, boosting medical care and better training of health care professionals in identifying and treating mercury-related effects will also form part of the new agreement. UNEP noted that mercury and its various compounds have a range of serious health impacts, including brain and neurological damage especially among the young. Others include kidney damage and damage to the digestive system. Victims can suffer memory loss and language impairment alongside many other well documented problems. Among the provisions of the treaty, governments have agreed on a range of mercury-containing products whose production, export and import will be banned by 2020. These include batteries, except for ‘button cell’ batteries used in implantable medical devices; switches and relays; certain types of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs); mercury in cold cathode fluorescent lamps and external electrode fluorescent lamps; and soaps and cosmetics. Certain kinds of non-electronic medical devices such as thermometers and blood pressure devices are also included for phase-out by 2020. Governments also approved exceptions for some large measuring devices where currently there are no mercury-free alternatives. In addition, vaccines where mercury is used as a preservative have been excluded from the treaty as have products used in religious or traditional activities. read more

Niger After 4day visit senior UN aid official calls for greater global

In Diffa, Niger, a family uprooted from Malam Fatouri, Nigeria, by Boko Haram shelter at a site for displaced civilians on 18 August 2016. Photo: UNICEF/Sam Phelps “Despite difficult living conditions, lack of sustainable income and basic means of daily subsistence, thousands of families continue to care for those who have even less,” said the Assistant-Secretary-General and the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Toby Lanzer, in a press release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). “People in the Lake Chad region provide us an example of humanity that should be an inspiration for us all,” he added.According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria has mutated into a vast regional humanitarian crisis involving its three Lake Chad Basin neighbours – Chad, Cameroon and Niger. Insecurity has driven more than 187,000 Nigerians across the border, but incursions by Boko Haram into the surrounding countries have also generated growing numbers of internally displaced people. Mr. Lanzer visited the Diffa region of Niger, where violence at the hands of Boko Haram has pushed hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, disrupted trade and livelihoods and heightened malnutrition and food insecurity. He was accompanied by Niger’s Minister in charge of humanitarian action, Laouan Magagi. Over 280,000 people have been forced from their homes in Nigeria and within the Diffa region of Niger due to Boko Haram raids and attacks on villages, the press release said. Two of every three displaced people have had to move more than once, each time testing their resilience and further deepening their suffering. Furthermore, the press release said, entire villages have been emptied of their residents; a large proportion of fields have not been tilled; and, access to basic social services such as water, health and education has been further restricted. Some 400,000 people need emergency food assistance. Malnutrition is at an extremely high level, with the Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rate, at 17 per cent, exceeding the emergency threshold. Humanitarian organizations have scaled up their operations during the lean season which stretches from June to September. Food assistance reached more than 65 per cent of the 400,000 people targeted, up from 41 per cent in May.OCHA said, however, that insecurity and lack of funding are limiting humanitarian teams’ ability to reach the most in need. The humanitarian response in Diffa is only 38 per cent funded, with $28 million of $73 million secured. About 50 per cent of food needs for the rest of the year will not be covered if additional funding is not received. “[Some] $44 million are needed to respond to an overwhelming situation and deep suffering,” the Humanitarian Coordinator in Niger, Fodé Ndiaye, said, citing an event to be held on 23 September in New York in the margins of the General Assembly.He hoped that this event will mobilize the attention of the international community and pave the way to ending violence and misery across the region. “This requires creating youth and women’s employment, creating socio-economic opportunities, and strengthening social cohesion,” he said. read more

Commentary Johnny Manziel penalty too lenient

Courtesy of MCTThen-redshirt-freshman quarterback for Texas A&M Johnny Manziel runs the ball during a game against Oklahoma on Jan. 4, at Cowboys Stadium. A&M won, 41-31.Texas A&M redshirt-sophomore quarterback Johnny Manziel, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, has been suspended for allegedly being involved in the signing and sale of merchandise.Was he suspended for half the season? No. For the non-conference season? Nope. The entire first game? Negative.Manziel has been suspended for a whopping one half of the team’s first game (which will likely be an easy victory against an overmatched Rice team).Allegedly, Manziel received tens of thousands of dollars to sign autographs throughout multiple signing sessions. On Thursday the NCAA released a statement saying, essentially, there was no evidence that Manziel received payment for autographs. It did say, however, Manziel was found guilty of a separate (and lesser) NCAA violation.From the point of view of the Buckeye faithful, it’s hard to believe that Johnny Football would have received such a pointless penalty had he chosen to play ball in Columbus.The now infamous “Tattoo-Gate” (which supposedly dealt with less money than the Manziel situation) led to former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor leaving the university for the NFL, the forced end of Jim Tressel’s coaching career and multiple suspensions for various players. On top of that, the team received multiple sanctions, including a self-inflicted bowl game ban for 2012-13.While the two situations are certainly different, I just do not see how the NCAA justifies their decisions at this point.In one case, the NCAA nearly ruined one of the most successful football programs in history, in another they slapped their new poster boy on the wrist.I understand that Manziel was not found guilty of the greater violation, but from everything that has been reported, it seems like the NCAA must not have put forth much effort into finding evidence.Would I say the NCAA favors him? Yes, I would, and I truly believe a greater suspension would have been handed down if he played for OSU, regardless of the evidence that came up.They want to be known as the tough kid on the block, but today the NCAA proved that they are hiding out with their tails between their legs.The media have a field day when OSU gets in trouble, and the NCAA is proud to hand the Buckeyes tougher sanctions than any other school (save one or two), but when the great hero Johnny Football leaps over the line, they simply move it further away. read more

Blaze at Grade IIlisted church in Salford treated as arson police say

first_img“Initially it wasn’t that bad but all of a sudden it was engulfed in flames and the roof started falling through.”There was a lot of ash and smoke from the roof going on the people standing very close.”Liam said he ushered away children and elderly people and checked they were not hurt using first aid knowledge learned at the City of Salford Squadron Air Cadets.The fire brigade said no one was injured in the blaze, which was brought under control in the early hours. The fast food restaurant worker said: “Initially I have seen a flash of orange light when I went to the bathroom.”I ran outside realising it was really close and then I have seen it’s my local church. A fire that engulfed an historic church in Salford is being treated as arson, police said on Monday.Firefighters battled the blaze as it destroyed the roof of the Grade II listed Church of the Ascension, which was built in 1869. Update -Church of Ascension, down to 3 fire engines & 1 aerial platform. #teamGMFRS will be out in the local area today offering reassurance— Manchester Fire (@manchesterfire) February 13, 2017 Fire guts The Church of the Ascension in Broughton, Salford Awful fire at the Ascension Church in New Broughton Village in Salford😞— Jenn Newell (@jenntweets88) February 12, 2017 @GranadaReports asscention church in lower Broughton, salford on fire around 11pm Sunday evening— Sarah Malak (@sarahmalak2016) February 13, 2017 Liam Cole, 17, rushed to the church after seeing flames from his nearby home. A spokesman for the Diocese of Manchester said: “We are shocked and deeply saddened that the beautiful church building of The Ascension in Salford has been gutted by fire.”The church was a visible sign of God’s presence in the community and has been a place of worship for generations. More recently it had undergone restoration work to equip it for modern use and meet the needs of the local community.”We would like to thank the emergency services for their swift action in tending to the fire, and the Mayor’s Office for offers of practical help.” Church on fire in new broughton Salford— Sally Hutson (@SallyPlimmer) February 12, 2017 Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said six engines were sent to the scene in Ascension Road after being called shortly before 11.10pm on Sunday.Greater Manchester Police have confirmed they are now treating the blaze at the Church of Ascension as arson. 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. Fire guts The Church of the Ascension in Broughton, SalfordCredit:Joel Goodman/LNPlast_img read more

Video showing Pope Francis trying to avoid having his ring kissed goes

first_img 68 Comments Tuesday 26 Mar 2019, 10:56 PM By Cormac Fitzgerald Video showing Pope Francis trying to avoid having his ring kissed goes viral Francis’ apparent reluctance to have his ring kissed has sparked a debate online, where the video has gone viral. 58,111 Views Source: Guardian News/YouTubeA VIDEO OF Pope Francis pulling his hands away as people make attempts to kiss his ring has gone viral online. The video is from a visit the Pope took to the Holy House in Loreto, Italy, yesterday. It shows the pontiff pulling away his hands as people bend down to kiss his ring.Kissing the papal ring is traditionally seen as a sign of respect for the office.Francis’ apparent reluctance to have his ring kissed has sparked a debate online, where the video has gone viral.Pope Francis has been criticised repeatedly by conservative Catholics, who accuse him of straying too far from traditional church doctrine. They saw the video as a further attempt by Francis to eschew tradition. He was defended on Twitter by his biographer Austen Ivereigh, who tweeted that Francis was greeting people “warmly, as human beings”.“He’s making sure that they engage with him, not treat him like a sacred relic. He’s the Vicar of Christ, not a Roman emperor,” he said.According to The BBC, a full video of the Pope from Official Vatican TV shows him standing in a receiving line for around 13 minutes.In that time, he received about 113 people in total. The video shows people either shaking hands with the Pope or bowing to kiss his ring.The section of the video widely shared on the video – in which he pulls away his hand – only showed a small section of the overall receiving line. Share55 Tweet Email4 Mar 26th 2019, 10:56 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Adelaide shooting an accident

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Adelaide man, Nicolas Tsiplakidis, has pleaded not guilty to one count of attempting to murder his former partner, Valentina Petrenko, instead claiming the fatal shot fired was an accident. Lawyers for Mr Tsiplakidis said the elderly man had no intention to kill and the shooting was out of error. Marie Shaw, QC, for Tsiplakidis, said the court must prove intent, not convict him of murder if it was an accident. “The critical element is that it must be proven he had an intention to kill,” Ms Shaw said. “That means this is not a charge about handling a firearm recklessly, nor about doing an act that endangered life. “The specific charge of attempted murder means the prosecution must prove an intention to kill … (but) this was an accident.” Mr Tsiplakidis has also pleaded not guilty to aggravated counts of threatening harm to the couple’s daughter, Lydia Lyco, and intentionally causing harm to their son-in-law, Edward Lyco. Last week, prosecutors alleged Tsiplakidis shot Ms Petrenko, 87, at close range in the home they once shared in July last year. They claimed he was motivated by anger because Ms Petrenko and Ms Lyco had asked him to sign over his title to the house. They further alleged Tsiplakidis pointed a loaded rifle at Ms Lyco, and stabbed Mr Lyco in the stomach when they struggled over the weapon. Ms Shaw said her client had stabbed Mr Lyco, but only after the younger man had “pinned him to the wall”. “There was a relatively small stab wound, some 2-3cm,” she said. “Clearly, that type of injury is not indicative of someone trying to cause harm.” The trial, before Justice David Peek, continues. Source: Adelaide Now.last_img read more

Blind Burrowing Amphibian Named After Donald Trump

first_imgStay on target Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutResearchers Transform CO2 Into Liquid Fuel A newly discovered amphibian, with a propensity for burrowing its head in the ground, is to be officially named Dermophis donaldtrumpi, after Donald Trump and his stance on climate change.The name was chosen by UK sustainable building materials company, EnviroBuild, after it won naming rights at an auction held to raise money for Rainforest Trust.The creature, discovered in Panama, is a caecilian — a legless, burrowing amphibian. It also has rudimentary eyes which can only detect light or dark. “Capable of seeing the world only in black and white, Donald Trump has claimed that climate change is a hoax by the Chinese,” said EnviroBuild co-founder Adrian Bell in a statement.The amphibians also live almost entirely underground, believed to have lost their limbs at least 60 million years ago, as an adaptation to burrowing. This same behavior, according to EnviroBuild, also “helps Donald Trump when avoiding scientific consensus on anthropogenic climate change.”“As demorphis donaldtrumpi is an amphibian, it is particularly susceptible to the impacts of climate change and is therefore in danger of becoming extinct as a direct result of its namesake’s climate policies,” Bell said.Trump has long been known to be skeptical of climate change. “Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax,” he tweeted in 2013.In November, he dismissed a study produced by his own administration warning of the potentially catastrophic impact of climate change.  “I don’t believe it,” he had told reporters, CNN reported.EnviroBuild paid $25,000 for the naming rights at the auction, and according to Bell, the opportunity to name a species, which is usually reserved for biologists who spend often painstaking years in the field, was too good an opportunity to miss.“The name will still have to undergo peer review, something that biologists EnviroBuild have spoken to had stressed the importance of, but multiple species are named after Presidents, and this amphibian will soon join the vulnerable list,” he said.More on to Study Whale Poo’s Impact on BiodiversityDead Fish Parts to Power Norwegian Cruise Ships By 2021‘Himalayan Viagra’ Under Threat From Climate Changelast_img read more

Mahrez is happy after Citys victory

first_imgRiyad Mahrez and Manchester City defeated Newport County 4-1 in the FA Cup Fifth Round tonight, advancing to the Quarterfinals.After Manchester City defeated Newport County 4-1 in the FA Cup Fifth Round, the Citizens have now advanced to the Quarterfinals.But the Welsh side was not easy to beat, as they gave the Citizens a difficult time before the second half goals came in.And Riyad Mahrez scored the fourth and last goal at the end of the match, helping his team to get the win.“The result is the most important thing in these types of games – if you can add a good performance then it’s perfect,” Mahrez told the club’s official website.“We played good and controlled the game. We are professionals and have to adapt to anything.”“Everyone is very happy to be through to the quarter-finals,” he commented.“They didn’t have a lot of chances – we controlled the game and we are happy to go through to the quarter-finals.”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…“We have to forget the FA Cup now and focus on the Champions League,” he said.Manchester City is now preparing to take on German Bundesliga club Schalke in the UEFA Champions League.“We are taking it game by game, it is not good to project yourself too far forward,” he concluded.The Citizens have a very difficult agenda, playing in four different tournaments at the same time: the English Premier League, the FA Cup, the Football League Final, and the UEFA Champions League.Tough game today but pleased with the result & the goal 🙌🏼 On to the next round 🔜 #KeepBelieving @ManCity— Riyad Mahrez (@Mahrez22) February 16, 2019last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 7 Wilmington Students Named To Deans List At Bridgewater State University

first_imgBRIDGEWATER, MA — Bridgewater State University is proud to announce the names of students who earned a spot on the Spring 2018 Dean’s List.Congratulations to the following Wilmington students:Michaela ClarkeKathryn GoodwinKatherine McKennaMaria PatroneMichaela RodenhiserAmy ScottSophie SernaThe Dean’s List is published at the end of each fall and spring semester to honor the academic achievement of full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students.A 3.3 GPA for the semester is required with a minimum of 12 credits earned and no grades of “incomplete” (IN/INC/IN.).(NOTE: The above announcement is from Bridgewater State University.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Bridgewater State UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Graduate From Bridgewater State UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Bridgewater State UniversityIn “Education”last_img read more

Delhi government postpones remedial lessons for class 10 12

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi government on Wednesday postponed remedial classes for students of class 10 and 12 until further notice, due to the hot weather in the city. The direction came after the Directorate of Education extended till July 7 the summer break for students up to class 8. Delhi Education Minister said the step was taken “keeping in mind the extreme heat wave in Delhi”. “I have directed the DoE to postpone remedial classes for Grade 10 and 12 until further notice. We care about the health of all our students as well as our teachers,” Sisodia tweeted with the notice.last_img read more

Agenda discussed for CMs meeting in Nizamabad

first_imgNizamabad: District Collector M Rammohan Rao said that Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has decided to take up administrative reforms with field-level experience.He held a review meeting with the officials of Panchayati Raj, Revenue and Municipal departments at his chamber in Nizamabad Collectorate on Monday. Rao spoke about the agenda of the upcoming meeting with Chief Minister KCR on August 21 and 22 and asked the officials for a report on the new policy, manpower and legal procedure. Advice for better administration should come from the field-level, he said and added that the State government is planning a 60-day plan.Joint Collector M Venkateshwar, DRO R Anjaiah, DPO Sunil, City Commissioner John Samson, ZP SE Govind, DPO Jayasudha, Collectorate Administrative Officer Sridhar and others were present.last_img read more

Bhushan Steel ex MD Neeraj Singhal arrested for siphoning funds worth Rs

first_imgNeeraj SinghalANIThe Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) on Thursday arrested Neeraj Singhal, former Promoter and Managing Director of Bhushan Steel Limited (BSL), and sent him to judicial custody till August 14.”This arrest was made as part of the investigation into the affairs of BSL and its several group companies by SFIO,” Ministry of Corporate Affairs said in a statement.The ministry had assigned the probe to SFIO based on complaints received.SFIO, the government’s arm that handles complex financial fraud cases, made the arrest based on material in its possession that revealed Singhal is guilty of indulging in serious corporate fraud punishable under the Companies Act, 2013.The team, in its ongoing probe, found BSL erstwhile promoters used a multitude of complex, fraudulent manoeuvres to divert funds amounting to thousands of crores raised from public sector banks using its several associate companies. Some reports suggest he siphoned funds worth Rs. 2,000 crore.”This has led to wrongful losses to the banks and other investors in these companies,” the statement said.The ministry further stated that the erstwhile promoters and directors of BSL have not been cooperating. Apart from failing to appear, material facts were also concealed.After insolvency resolution, the ownership and control over BSL has been transferred to the Tata Group.last_img read more

Microsofts Bing Search Engine Blocked in China

first_img Popular on Variety The Financial Times cited two anonymous sources as saying the block comes on government orders, and notes that the type of IP address retrieval error that occurs when visiting is consistent with the type frequently used by Chinese authorities to block websites. The Cyberspace Administration of China did not respond to a request for comment.Bing is the latest big U.S. tech service to be blocked in China since the Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging service was cut off in 2017. Google pulled out of search services in the country in 2010, in part over concerns about censorship and hacking. It seems that the only English-language search engines now left available to Chinese users are extremely obscure ones such as Gibiru or Russia’s Yandex.Bing’s troubles bode ill for foreign tech companies’ prospects in the Middle Kingdom, showing that even bending over backwards for years to operate on Beijing’s terms may not be rewarded with market access. Last year, it was reported that Google was developing a new search engine for China, but the notion of complying with Chinese censorship appeared to be too much for some of Google’s own staff, who appear to have killed off the project for now.The apparent suspension of Bing also comes at a time when Chinese leaders are at the World Economic Forum in Davos promoting China as pro-trade and open for business, in contrast to the increasingly protectionist policies adopted by Donald Trump’s administration. Bing’s problems may now sound an alarm for companies like Apple that have increased their reliance on the burgeoning China market.Beijing has increased government control over the Internet within China to unprecedented levels in the past year, scrubbing the web of any content deemed threatening to the ruling Communist Party. Authorities deleted about 6 million online posts and 26,000 “illegal websites” in 2018, the official Xinhua news agency said earlier this month.Microsoft has tried its best to toe Beijing’s line. A search for “Tiananmen Square” on Bing’s regular website yields information about the 1989 student-led democracy protests that took place there as the top results, yet the same search on the Chinese platform brings up only state media articles about the square’s touristic value or propaganda events that took place there. Searches on Bing for “Dalai Lama” within China lead to official articles calling him a dangerous separatist; abroad, the search links to his Twitter or homepage. Microsoft’s Bing search engine appears to have been blocked in China. The move leaves the world’s largest population of Internet users without access to any well-known foreign search engines.Bing was only allowed to operate in China because it chose to comply with the stringent demands of Chinese censors, who run one of the most restrictive censorship regimes on the planet. But on Wednesday, users began to report that they were unable to access the site.“We’ve confirmed that Bing is currently inaccessible in China and are engaged to determine next steps,” a Microsoft spokesman in Beijing and Hong Kong told Variety, without providing further details. Bing was still inconsistently available for certain users Thursday, and there has not yet been a formal announcement as to whether the block is permanent or government-initiated. Bing was never very popular with Chinese users, with its 2% market share as of December dwarfed by the Chinese Baidu search engine’s 70%, the Financial Times said, citing data from website traffic monitor StatCounter. But many in China are dissatisfied with Baidu, which has in recent years come under fire for overuse of paid search results and ads for dodgy medical practices.Baidu’s NASDAQ-traded shares lost 4.1% to close at $160.39 per ADR on Wednesday after analysts at Citigroup cut their profit forecast for the company, and following publication of a highly critical article, “Baidu Has Died as a Search Engine,” by well-known blogger Fang Kecheng. Pre-market trading on Thursday pointed to Baidu shares recovering more than 1.5%.Microsoft maintains a research branch in Beijing and plans to open its biggest AI lab in Shanghai. It also owns LinkedIn, which censors content as well in order to operate in China. ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more