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first_imgResearchers have increased the size of mouse brains by giving the rodents a piece of human DNA that controls gene activity. The work provides some of the strongest genetic evidence yet for how the human intellect surpassed those of all other apes.”[The DNA] could easily be a huge component in how the human brain expanded,” says Mary Ann Raghanti, a biological anthropologist at Kent State University in Ohio, who was not involved with the work. “It opens up a whole world of possibilities about brain evolution.”For centuries, biologists have wondered what made humans human. Once the human and chimp genomes were deciphered about a decade ago, they realized they could now begin to pinpoint the molecular underpinnings of our big brain, bipedalism, varied diet, and other traits that have made our species so successful. By 2008, almost two dozen computerized comparisons of human and ape genomes had come up with hundreds of pieces of DNA that might be important. But rarely have researchers taken the next steps to try to prove that a piece of DNA really made a difference in human evolution. “You could imagine [their roles], but they were just sort of ‘just so’ stories,” says Greg Wray, an evolutionary biologist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.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(*)Wray is particularly interested in DNA segments called enhancers, which control the activity of genes nearby. He and Duke graduate student Lomax Boyd scanned the genomic databases and combed the scientific literature for enhancers that were different between humans and chimps and that were near genes that play a role in the brain. Out of more than 100 candidates, they and Duke developmental neurobiologist Debra Silver tested a half-dozen. They first inserted each enhancer into embryonic mice to learn whether it really did turn genes on. Then for HARE5, the most active enhancer in an area of the brain called the cortex, they made minigenes containing either the chimp or human version of the enhancer linked to a “reporter” gene that caused the developing mouse embryo to turn blue wherever the enhancer turned the gene on. Embryos’ developing brains turned blue sooner and over a broader expanse if they carried the human version of the enhancer, Silver, Wray, and their colleagues report online today in Current Biology.The researchers determined that HARE5 likely controls a gene called Frizzled 8, which is part of a molecular pathway important in brain development. Their further studies showed that the human version of the enhancer causes cells that are destined to become nerve cells to divide more frequently, thereby providing a larger of pool of cells that become part of the cortex. As a result, the embryos carrying human HARE5 have brains that are 12% larger than the brains of mice carrying the chimp version of the enhancer. Silver and Wray plan to test these mice to see if the bigger brains made them any smarter.”They have found a smoking gun in the human genome that connects a regulatory element with a proposed pathway for increasing brain size,” says Todd Preuss, a neuroanatomist at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta, who was not involved with the work.But he; geneticist Evan Eichler of the University of Washington, Seattle; and others point out that there’s more to be done. Several researchers worry that more extensive studies are needed to nail down that the HARE5 effects are not by chance. They’d like to see Silver and her colleagues replace the mouse HARE5 with the human and chimp HARE5—a feat the Duke group has yet to succeed in doing.Even so, Eichler is pleased with just how much the Duke team has learned so far. And, Wray says, given the growing ability of researchers to study enhancers and other DNA in mice, “my guess is there are probably other stories like this in the works.”last_img read more

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first_imgA proposal for establishment of the Odisha Maritime Board for administration, control and management of non-major ports and non-nationalised inland waterways was approved by the State Cabinet here on Friday.The Cabinet meeting, presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, decided that the Board will function as a single window facilitator for the overall maritime development of the State.Earlier a Bill was passed in 2011 for constitution of the Board but was withdrawn because some more issues were to be added, according to official sources.Odisha is endowed with a vast coastline of 480 km, having rich, unique and natural port locations and perennial rivers.14 non-major portsOut of the 14 sites identified for development of 14 non-major ports, two at Gopalpur and Dhamra are operational and two at Astarang and Subarnarekha are in the pipeline.According to the proposal, the Board will provide policy, guidelines and directions for the integrated development of ports and inland water transport keeping in view of the country’s security and defence related concerns.The salient features of the Board will be to provide construction, maintenance and operation of all non-major ports in the State directly or through PPP mode.The Board will be constituted with 12 members, the Chief Secretary as the chairperson along with representatives of stakeholders departments as well as representatives of the Central government.Among other proposals, the Cabinet also gave its approval for financial restructuring of the Odisha State Road Transport Corporation by which old dues of the Corporation and the State government will be settled forever.OSRTC’s lossesAs per the decision, OSRTC’s accumulated losses of ₹189.99 crore will be taken up against the share capital in a phased manner. Once the losses are adjusted, the OSRTC will have the option to approach the financial institutions for taking up commercially viable projects for better passenger amenities.last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement(Photo Courtesy: Times Of India)Indian cricket team’s limited overs opener Rohit Sharma who is regarded as one of the most explosive batsmen in the format has said that he would be ready to open the batting in tests if an option on that s considered in the future.The Indian team is currently facing an uphill task of saving the test series after losing the first two tests vs England. The Indian opening trio of Murali Vijay, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan haven’t fared well so far in the English conditions.Murali Vijay who is regarded as the safest option while opening the innings overseas couldn’t opening his account in the second match, falling for a duck in both innings. KL Rahul who was given the nod ahead of Pujara in the first match too hasn’t justified his position in the starting eleven after failing in both the matches. Shikhar Dhawan was dropped from the starting eleven after flopping in the first match.With all the 3 openers putting up a disappointing show, Rohit Sharma was posed a question on whether he would open the innings if needed.“Look, I have never been offered (to open the innings in Tests) yet but I am open to anything as in whatever the team management wants. I never thought I will be an opener in ODIs when I started playing or when I was playing for India. But it happened along the way, so I (want to) keep my options open. No option is shut for me, so if the opportunity comes, I will take it,” Rohit said.“I want to be part of the (Test) team, but it is not in my hands. I have to wait for the opportunity, whenever it comes, I have to be ready for it. To be ready, I am doing everything, training, doing as much as possible to give myself the best chance when the opportunity comes there,” he added.Also coming to the defence of the team, Rohit Sharma added that all was not lost and a comeback is still possible.“Yes of course, we have to believe that we can do it. It’s not going to be that easy. We have done it in South Africa we lost the first two Test matches and then we bounced back in Johannesburg and won that Test match,” said Rohit.“I think we can do it, it’s not that we can’t and we won the Test match. We have won Test matches in England before, we just need to get in that mindset, how we won the Test matches in England on previous tours and we have to play like that. There are still three Test matches to go, and I think it can turn around if we have the belief that we can do it,” he said.Also Read:India’s predicted XI for the third test. Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns a shot against John Millman of Australia during a final of Japan Open tennis championships in Tokyo, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)TOKYO — Novak Djokovic couldn’t have asked for a better tournament debut in Tokyo.Playing in the Japanese capital for the first time, Djokovic beat Australian qualifier John Millman 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the Japan Open on Sunday, marking the 10th time the Serbian has lifted a trophy on his main draw debut at a tour-level event.ADVERTISEMENT Djokovic now stands alone in third place on the ATP Tour this year with 46 tour-level wins, breaking a tie with Roger Federer. The only players ahead of him are Daniil Medvedev (54) and Rafael Nadal (48). The second set was even more dominant as Djokovic broke his opponent twice to go up 3-0 then held serve the rest of the way.Djokovic lost only four first-serve points and hit six aces.Djokovic retired with a left-shoulder injury during his fourth-round match against Stan Wawrinka at the U.S. Open but has shown no lingering effects in Tokyo.“I didn’t know until one week before the start of this tournament that I would be here,” Djokovic said. “That’s when I made a decision with my team that I was ready to play.”The 32-year-old Serb is making a push to finish as year-end No. 1 for the sixth time, which would tie the mark held by Pete Sampras.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Tokong ‘no pressure’ carrying PH bid in Siargao International Surfing Cup Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ The top-ranked Serb did not drop a set in his five matches at Ariake Colosseum with the closest set, 7-5, coming against home favorite Go Soeda in the second round. In his final three matches, against fifth-seeded Lucas Pouille, third-seeded David Goffin and Millman — all of whom have made a Grand Slam quarterfinal — Djokovic lost a total of 15 games.“I didn’t drop a set all week so I played fantastic tennis,” said Djokovic who will next play in Shanghai. “There are not many negatives here that I can point out so I’m going to Shanghai with great confidence and hope I can finish the year in style.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manSunday’s final followed a familiar pattern to his previous matches here with Djokovic breaking Millman to go up 3-1 in the first set with a perfectly placed forehand volley to the corner.“Obviously the key was to try to fight off the resistance early in the match because he didn’t have much to lose playing finals from qualifications,” Djokovic said. “He came out and played pretty well but I made that crucial break and I was serving very well which allowed me to get a set advantage.” Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerslast_img read more

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first_imgShare on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Boxing Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Topics And so Mayweather said he never agreed to the fight, a strange claim given less than 72 hours earlier he’d sat through the hour-long press conference in Roppongi Hills announcing it, posed for photos and shook hands with Nasukawa and calmly fielded questions from the mostly Japanese press.The truth is Al Haymon, architect of the unorthodox financial model that’s made Mayweather the world’s highest-earning athlete, has guided the boxer’s lucrative career to what it is and the reclusive Harvard-educated lawyer was not involved in this decision. Clearly. The only member of Mayweather’s team besides the boxer himself to appear on stage at Monday’s press conference was Brent Johnson, the chief executive of something called One Entertainment and a relatively new face in Mayweather’s tightly knit inner circle. Johnson, who is primarily charged with organizing Mayweather’s international appearances, has not answered multiple phone calls, emails and direct messages for this story, no doubt preoccupied licking his wounds.And so Mayweather comes away with a bit of egg on his face, a regrettable minor episode but nothing bigger than a footnote in the annals of his career. Still, it puts a fine point on a broader concern. Mayweather, who turns 42 next month, needs to find something fulfilling to do with his life. At some point you have to ask yourself: What is the point? How much money do you need?For a while it seemed Mayweather was bound to follow in the footsteps of Oscar De La Hoya and leverage his popularity into a second career in promoting boxers, but aside from a few almost accidental successes (like Gervonta Davis and Badou Jack), his fledgling Mayweather Promotions company has consistently struggled to make an impact. It’s entirely possible Mayweather believed a partnership with a Japanese promoter would help him bypass the American market altogether and secure a global platform for his middling stable, but it didn’t take long for the concept to be exposed as half-baked.I am not Mayweather’s accountant but I firmly believe the rumblings about the boxer’s financial insolvency are wildly overblown. One of the reasons Haymon is so popular among fighters is he helps them invest their money wisely. Haymon has helped Mayweather make smart investments in personal and commercial real estate since the first partnered more than a decade ago, enriching him with more money than he’ll ever be able to spend.Where this is all leading, it seems, is a rematch with Manny Pacquiao sometime next year, which might not do the record-shattering business of their poorly received 2015 blockbuster, but will no doubt be a money-spinning affair and another nine-figure payday for both men. Pacquiao, who won a secondary welterweight title belt earlier this year, signed with Haymon last month and is expected to announce a mid-January fight with Adrien Broner next week. Should the Filipino senator make it through unscathed, a rematch that nobody asked for will likely be announced for May or June.Mayweather, as this week clearly showed, still wants to fight. He’s spent more than two decades hacking the sport not because he was brash or cocksure, but because he worked harder than anybody else, from his impossibly rigorous training sessions to those famous 4am runs. Unlike so many of his fellow boxers who balloon up and down in weight between fights, Mayweather stayed in fighting shape all year round and could probably make the welterweight limit next week if he needed to.It’s hard to switch that off. Mayweather’s has always been a deceptively monastic, substance-free way of being, one in contrast with the anarchic The Money Team lifestyle he sells on TV, but the man is, like other prizefighting greats before him, an addict: to the light, to the heat, to the drug of competition. He looks at the Pacquiao fight as one that he can’t lose based on being in the ring with him already and another easy payday, but money is only an excuse. What he really needs is something to do.The Pacquiao fight, which feels even more inevitable after last week’s Japanese debacle than a week ago, is only a band-aid for the larger issue facing Mayweather: where does it all end? Sadly, the richest sportsman of his generation is finding that the Big Boy Mansion is his Xanadu and that no fleet of Bugattis and Maybachs is enough to compensate for what money can’t buy. He spent more than two decades atop his sport, climbed every mountain top and amassed enough fortune and glory for several lifetimes, but for Mayweather finding a sense of purpose in retirement has proven far more elusive. Share on LinkedIn Read morecenter_img Sportblog Share on Facebook US sports Floyd Mayweather Share via Email All told it could have been worse for Floyd Mayweather.On Wednesday, the five-division boxing champion backed out of a planned New Year’s Eve fight with the Japanese kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa less than three days after he appeared at a downtown Tokyo press conference announcing the bout, claiming he was “blindsided” by the promoter regarding the magnitude of the event.Mayweather said in an Instagram post that he had agreed to a three-round exhibition with the Rizin Fighting Federation, a Japanese mixed martial arts company, that was “purely for entertainment purposes with no intentions of being represented as an official fight card” and was “completely derailed by the new direction this event was going”.That the fight was scuppered came as little surprise. Yes, there’s a surprising volume of money in Japanese combat sports at the moment, but how did Mayweather expect to generate even a fraction of the nine-figure payday he’s come to expect without the US pay-per-view revenue that type of windfall requires? At least last year’s circus with Conor McGregor involved an established combat sports star in the United States. Nasukawa may be a bright young talent, with perfect records of 27-0 as a kickboxer and 4-0 in mixed martial arts, but most Western sports fans had never heard his name until Sunday night’s shock announcement. Never mind that he campaigns five weight classes below where Mayweather last fought or that it was scheduled to take place on Monday morning in the United States. Somehow we were meant to believe the most calculated figure in the history of boxing would agree to a bout where the contracted weight, number of rounds, type of gloves and, crucially, the rule set under which the bout would take place were left unannounced? 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first_imgHeld at the Port Adelaide Football Club, the TFSA Awards Dinner was an opportunity for the Touch Football community to come together and celebrate the achievements and dedication of members and to enjoy each other’s company. Importantly, it also provided an opportunity for TFSA to say thanks to its members.There were six awards handed out throughout the night and a total of 17 candidates vying for this year’s awards. TFSA congratulates the following members who were rewarded for their outstanding contributions to Touch Football in South Australia:Kildare Reick Elite Scholarship Winners (for services and assistance to TFSA staff)Kelly Rowe and Ciaran BuckleySA Coach of the YearMick GraySA Referee of the YearDamien CarlsonAdministrator/Competition Coordinator of the YearBelinda Gibson (AUTC)Affiliate of the YearMt Gambier Touch AssociationTFSA Volunteer of the YearMark JonesThe evening also provided the opportunity to preview the current state league series and introduce each regions player’s to the community. The SA Heat National Touch League teams were also formally announced on the evening.last_img read more

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd match Inter Milan offer to Godin and Atletico Madridby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have made a move for Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin.Inter Milan, reports TMW, made a contract offer worth €2.5m-a-year plus a bid of €4m to Atletico.However, United have now matched Inter’s offer – just six months after Godin rejected a proposal from the English giants.Both proposals are for two years.A week after rejecting United in August, Godin explained: “I feel great pride, happiness and responsibility in being the captain of Atletico. I want to continue to help the team and my teammates as much as possible.”I have not renewed. I had many offers, but I decided to stay for personal reasons, even though I have not yet extended my contract. I saw the news came out, but I do not know from where. Now I’m thinking only about the final.” last_img read more

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first_imgOhio State players running onto the field before a game.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes leads his team on the field prior to the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ohio State’s basic defense didn’t turn out to be so basic after all.Leading up to Saturday night’s contest between Ohio State and Oklahoma, Sooners backup quarterback Austin Kendall put his foot in his mouth live on camera, suggesting that the Buckeyes played a “basic defense” – and furthermore, that starter Baker Mayfield would “light up” OSU. Obviously, that didn’t happen.Mayfield finished 17-of-32 for 226 yards, two touchdowns and two picks – one of which was returned for a touchdown by the Buckeyes. After the contest, Ohio State junior defensive end Jalyn Holmes had a bit of fun with the whole situation. In the video below, you can see Holmes parading around the field with a fan-made sign that reads “basic defense.” He poses for a photo at the end of the clip, too.Jayln Holmes will have NONE of that basic defense. pic.twitter.com/v49qvu4ydT— Jerod Smalley (@JerodNBC4) September 18, 2016We’re sure that Kendall learned his lesson here – but if not, Holmes drove the point home a little harder.Ohio State looks like a real national title contender – both on offense and defense.last_img read more

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first_imgWillie Taggart on the sidelines.MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 06: Head coach Willie Taggart of the Florida State Seminoles coaching in the second half against the Miami Hurricanes at Hard Rock Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)Of the major coaching hires from last off-season, Florida State’s Willie Taggart seems to be facing the most pressure.The Seminoles were incredibly disappointing last year.In Taggart’s first season after coming over from Oregon, Florida State went 5-7, and just 3-5 in ACC play.While the team is always a big recruiting draw, this cycle was a down one for Taggart’s program as well.In the 247Sports composite rankings, Florida State is at No. 16 in the country. Rivals has the team one spot higher, at No. 15.247 has that as the worst class FSU has finished with since 2007.After National Signing Day on Wednesday, Rivals identified Willie Taggart as one of the major coaches that needs to bounce back.From the site’s Rob Cassidy:The Seminoles’ 2019 class has its high points. In fact, a lot of schools would kill for Florida State’s haul. That doesn’t mean it’s good enough to meet the lofty expectations that exist in Tallahassee, however. In fact, Taggart’s 15th-place finish is FSU’s worst in a decade. For every recruiting victory (Akeem Dent, Brendan Gant, Nick Cross, etc.), there was a frustrating loss. Even with impressive tackle Donte Lucas signed, this class is unlikely to completely a fix a broken offensive line. Question marks continue to surround the Seminoles’ thin quarterback room going forward, as the program failed to sign a quarterback for the second-straight year. Point is, Willie Taggart needs to upgrade the talent on his roster if he hopes to challenge Clemson at the top of the ACC standings. Another relatively mediocre recruiting cycle in 2020 will turn up the anxiety level among an already restless fan base. It’s not time to panic by any means, but the sweat could start dripping at this time next year.There is already speculation that Taggart could be on the hot seat in 2019, in just his second season in Tallahassee. This recruiting class definitely isn’t bad, but it wasn’t the star-studded group that would’ve gotten many of the fans back on his sign.Other coaches included on the list are UCLA’s Chip Kelly, Missouri’s Barry Odom, and Louisville’s Scott Satterfield.All three of those coaches are dealing with varied circumstances. Kelly’s is the closest to Taggart after a rough first year in Westwood, but the Bruins’ fan base is much more relaxed. The Bruins class underwhelmed though, finishing No. 44 at 247.Odom had a decent season, but now deals with NCAA sanctions, and finished with the second-to-last class in the SEC and No. 36 overall.Louisville was a trainwreck this season, and he couldn’t immediately revamp a class that finished No. 73. He’ll have much more rope than the rest of this list though, cleaning up after a disaster of a final season under Bobby Petrino.[Rivals]last_img read more

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first_imgThe Government is looking to implement a formal system for the presentation of incentives and awards to the nation’s athletes.“We believe, moving forward, the Government must institute a transparent and objective set of criteria for the awarding of incentives and awards to our athletes. We know that incentives and rewards are important in motivating individuals to achieve at their highest levels of performance,” said Minister with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley.She was making her contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate on Wednesday, June 5, in the House of Representatives.“There is no doubt that our athletes deserve this special attention. They are role models, they give back enormous amounts to charity, to their communities, and to the nation at large,” the Minister noted.She cited Veronica Campbell-Brown, Asafa Powell, Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Courtney Walsh and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce “as among our celebrated athletes, who have established foundations, which have done remarkable work. Many other sportswomen and sportsmen give back quietly on a daily basis with no PR (public relations).”“We need to be mindful that any one of our athletes could choose to live overseas and represent another country at the highest level. They choose to remain sport ambassadors of Jamaica and we recognize that they have options,” she said, noting that they also help to raise the profile of Brand Jamaica on the world stage.Contact: Chris Pattersonlast_img read more

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first_imgFive stories in the news for Tuesday, July 30———COMMUNITY ON EDGE AS SEARCH CONTINUES: CHIEFDoors were locked, roads were empty and people were on edge, said a chief in northeastern Manitoba as armed police officers searched the area for two suspects in killings in British Columbia. RCMP received a tip Sunday just before 5 p.m. that two men matching the descriptions of Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, were spotted near a dump in York Landing, a small community along the Nelson River. The duo are charged with second-degree murder in the death of University of British Columbia professor Leonard Dyck. They are also suspects in the fatal shootings of Australian Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese, whose bodies were found on the Alaska Highway in northern B.C.———MAN CHARGED AFTER POLICE FIND 4 DEAD IN MARKHAMA 23-year-old man is facing multiple murder charges in an alleged quadruple homicide north of Toronto, police said Monday. York Regional Police revealed few details about the four people found dead inside a home in Markham, Ont., on Sunday afternoon, nor did they disclose any relationships between the victims or the accused. But Const. Andy Pattenden said police are not seeking any additional suspects after arresting Markham resident Menhaz Zaman — who lived at the home — and charging him with four counts of first-degree murder. Media reports said Monday that Zaman had posted details of his alleged crimes in a private message exchange with a fellow player of an online video game.———TRUDEAU SAYS B.C. REALLY GETS IT, BEFORE ELECTIONPrime Minister Justin Trudeau says British Columbia will play an important role in the upcoming federal race as a province led by a progressive government when so many others have swung to the right. Trudeau told a crowd of supporters at a Liberal fundraiser in Monday night that conservative politicians have been elected to provincial legislatures from the Rockies to the Bay of Fundy on plans to do less for the environment and roll back progressive initiatives. “In provincial capitals across the country, there are steps backward. This is going to be a really, really important election, my friends,” he said. British Columbians understand the importance of investing in the environment in order to grow the economy and recognize the opportunities involved in partnering with Indigenous communities in the spirit of true reconciliation, he said.———GRASSY NARROWS CHIEF TO RUN FOR FEDERAL NDPWith a federal election campaign just weeks away, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh scored a blow against Justin Trudeau’s Indigenous bona fides Monday as he introduced a prominent First Nation chief as one of his party’s candidates in northern Ontario. Grassy Narrows Chief Rudy Turtle joined Singh on the lawn of Parliament Hill under a scorching July sun, promising to hold the prime minister’s feet to the fire on his signature pledge to reset Ottawa’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples. The situation in Grassy Narrows, which has been tormented by mercury poisoning for more than a generation, speaks to the disconnect between Trudeau’s words and the actions of his government, said Singh, who assailed the Liberals for failing to make good on a promise to develop a treatment facility in the community.———CHOKING DEATHS PROMPT SCRUTINY OF GRILLED CHEESEHealth officials in Quebec confirmed Monday they are revisiting the place of the grilled cheese sandwich on menus in care facilities following the choking deaths of at least two elderly residents in recent years. A coroner concluded earlier this year that the sandwich appears to pose a particular choking risk to the elderly after two residents of the same St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., care home died in similar circumstances, three years apart. Coroner Andre-H. Dandavino recommended that both the local health authority and the provincial Health Department review the risks associated with grilled cheese sandwiches following the deaths of Clemence Thibodeau in 2015 and Monique Leboeuf in 2012.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Green Leader Elizabeth May speaks at the Muskrat Falls inquiry.— City Council will discuss the proposal for an arena that will be home to the Calgary Flames.— Trial for RCMP Staff Sgt. Jason Keays on sexual assault charges. Two of his female colleagues allege they were touched inappropriately at a Christmas party.— Trial for Wayne Jubb on charges of theft, trafficking stolen property and uttering forged documents after a woman’s two horses were stolen and taken to slaughter. He has pleaded not guilty.— People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier will speak at a rally in Regina.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgThe Ball was an evening of dinner and dance as well as a live and silent auction and raffles.The funds raised will go to supporting local people through the Fire Fighters Charitable Society’s Medical Travel Program and burn survivors in B.C. and the Yukon. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society held their 11th Annual Fireman’s Charity Ball on Saturday at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre.According to Brent Morgan, of the Charitable Society, the Ball was a great event, raising just over $70,000 from sponsors and attendees.“It went over great once again, we’ve always got a great community sponsor and support behind us for this. It was sold out within three weeks before the Ball. There were about 320 people that attended the event and we raised just over $70,000.”last_img read more

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says trade talks with China are “moving along very nicely.”Trump made the comment hours before he was scheduled to meet Thursday afternoon with China’s top trade negotiator, Vice Premier Liu He. The two countries are working to end a standoff that has shaken financial markets and darkened the outlook for the world economy.Despite his upbeat assessment, Trump cautioned that “if it’s not a great deal, we’re not doing it.”U.S. and Chinese negotiators on Wednesday began their ninth round of talks to resolve a dispute over American allegations that Beijing is using predatory tactics, including cybertheft, in a campaign to challenge U.S. technological dominance.Trump has slapped tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese products. In retaliation, China has targeted $110 billion in American imports.Darlene Superville And Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press read more

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CHICAGO (AP) _ United Continental Holdings Inc. (UAL) on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $1.05 billion.The Chicago-based company said it had net income of $4.02 per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to $4.21 per share.The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 16 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $4.07 per share.The airline posted revenue of $11.4 billion in the period, also exceeding Street forecasts. Eighteen analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $11.36 billion.United expects full-year earnings in the range of $10.50 to $12 per share.United shares have climbed 12% since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Tuesday, shares hit $93.92, a rise of 30% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on UAL at https://www.zacks.com/ap/UALThe Associated Press read more

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TORONTO — Scotiabank has joined its Big Five banking peers in raising its benchmark fixed-rate mortgage rate.Canada’s third-biggest lender raised the posted rate for a five-year fixed-rate mortgage from 5.14 per cent to 5.34 per cent, effective Tuesday, while also increasing the posted rates for other terms.Late last month, TD Bank was the first of the Big Five lenders to raise the benchmark rate, increasing it to 5.59 per cent, due to factors including the competitive landscape, the cost of lending and management of risk.Royal Bank later raised its benchmark rate to 5.34 per cent, followed by CIBC which raised its posted rate for five-year fixed term mortgages from 4.99 per cent to 5.14.The Bank of Montreal earlier this month upped the benchmark rate slightly to 5.19 per cent.The mortgage rate increases from Canada’s biggest lenders come as government bond yields rise, signalling higher borrowing costs for corporations. read more

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OTTAWA — The country’s largest oil-and-gas lobby group is urging political parties to ensure their campaign platforms include support for major pipeline and LNG projects and a regulatory regime that would allow projects to be completed faster.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers released its election wish list on Monday, outlining the issues facing the industry and ways the federal government can create better conditions for growth in the sector.CEO Tim McMillan said Canada has lost its competitive edge as a result of regulatory and policy changes that have scared investors away. Enbridge’s Line 3 environmental assessment ruled inadequate by Minnesota court Canada’s oilpatch has the most cash in five years — and nothing to spend it on This goofy clause in Bill C-69 will ensure resource development in Canada stops cold He said it should be a priority for government to ensure major pipeline projects like Trans Mountain are completed to allow oil producers to sell to global markets where energy demand is growing.“With global demand at an all-time high and with global demand increasing at near-record rates and global investment following, it is incumbent on the next government to create conditions necessary for Canada’s oil and natural gas industry to succeed and play a key role on the world stage,” McMillan said at a morning press conference.The current regulatory system has too much duplication and is inefficient, McMillan said. Regulations for energy projects should not act as barriers to development, he added.When it comes to Indigenous consultation on oil and gas projects, the lobby group believes clear guidelines and consultation goals should be established, including “appropriate boundaries on scope and timelines related to major projects.”In its platform document, the association stresses that broad reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous peoples is a federal responsibility that “cannot be addressed on a project basis.”The group also joined Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters and the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors in calling for the House of Commons to adopt the nearly 200 amendments the Senate has made to the Liberals’ new environmental-assessment legislation.Without the Senate’s proposed changes, the groups said Bill C-69 would make it too difficult to get energy projects built in Canada.“Cutting or bolting-on new amendments at this point would be very problematic,” McMillan said.“If this bill isn’t workable for the Canadian economy, I think that would be unacceptable to Canadians. So we’re trying to support the senators that have done the work to this point and encourage the federal government to pass it as its presented.”The large package of proposed amendments approved by a Senate committee could dramatically alter much of the bill, including moves to reduce cabinet discretion to intervene in the environmental assessment process, to make it harder for anyone to challenge a project approval — or denial — in court, and to change how climate-change impacts are considered.Many of the changes are word-for-word what was asked for by energy lobby groups, including the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. read more

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by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 9, 2015 9:45 am MDT Last Updated Jul 10, 2015 at 2:41 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – A new study says there was a dramatic rise in pay for Canadians in the top one per cent of incomes in the past 25 years, and it wasn’t clearly tied to talent or performance.The study by the Institute for Research on Public Policy found the top one per cent of wage earners in Canada saw a 73 per cent rise in incomes between 1981 and 2006 compared with a 12 per cent rise in incomes overall.Of that overall income growth, the top 10 per cent saw most of it, while the rest had “negligible” income growth, the study said.“Before you get to the top 10 per cent there is essentially a complete stagnation,” said Thomas Lemieux, who co-authored the study with W. Craig Riddell.Close to 80 per cent of the so-called one percenters were men, likely over 35, and usually in senior management positions, the study said. The top earners also worked on average 49 hours a week compared to 39 hours for all workers, and more than half of top earners worked more than 50 hours a week.Looking at census data, the two University of British Columbia professors found that executives and those in the financial and business services sectors saw the biggest climbs in pay. But they concluded that the increases weren’t just the result of a competitive market for talent.Instead, the study said executives and financial workers have seen their pay rise because the system allows them to take in more earnings than their skills or performance.Factors beyond a CEO’s control, or simply “luck,” can result in compensation increases, the study said, citing as an example oil executives who see their pay rise when crude prices soar.On the financial services side, the researchers credit the investment of other people’s money as a significant source of their increased earnings.“Deregulation and lack of oversight have created opportunities for finance professionals to earn extraordinarily large incomes by taking substantial risks with other people’s money,” the study said.It also found that people with medical degrees had actually seen their income growth slow in comparison, and it pointed to greater regulation around health sector pay as a factor.Lemieux and Riddell say their overall research looked at the top one per cent of incomes between 1981 and 2011, but because of changes to the Census, they stopped comparing some data after 2006.To be part of the one per cent in 2011 you would have had to make at least $160,000. Income growth for so-called one percenters not tied to talent, performance:study A new study says there was a dramatic rise in pay for Canadians in the top one per cent of incomes in the past 25 years, and it wasn’t clearly tied to talent or performance. Businessmen cast their shadows as they walk in Toronto’s financial district on February 27, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette read more

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Marilyn Rose created her own blog to help graduate students with career planningGraduate students live in something of a pressure cooker. While working in academic areas they love with professors they admire can be very rewarding, many experience high levels of anxiety.Their greatest fear is successfully finishing the degree, especially that major research project on which most will rise or fall.But then there’s putting the degree to use and finding employment, especially given the few academic jobs that are likely to be available in the present economic climate.grad launch, a blog by Brock English professor and former Graduate Studies dean Marilyn Rose, is designed to address this second fear, which research tells us lurks in the psyche and haunts students even as their work – and debts – pile up.What if I can’t find a job in my field? A well-paying job? A job that makes me happy? What if I can’t find any job at all to begin with?grad launch has twice-weekly posts that speak to professional development and career planning. Rose initiated the blog to raise awareness among graduate students of the importance of beginning to design a career trajectory while engaged in master’s or PhD studies.Twice a week, ‘grad launch’ offers posts of tips, advice and encouragement.She chose the blog format for its ease of use, its attractiveness to graduate students given their expertise with social media, and its potential for linking students to resources of particular use to them as individuals with special interests.Rose says there is so much information available to students, when it comes to graduate studies and career development, that it’s potentially overwhelming.“I think of grad launch as a portal designed to save graduate students time in searching for information and to direct them to sources they may not otherwise know about,” she says.Since launching last July, grad launch has developed a healthy mix of posts – tips, advice and encouragement from career professionals and graduate students themselves. Rose says she bases posts on an eclectic list of sources, such as newspapers, academic publications, online publications and the websites of career coaches.“It’s a kind of detective work. Basically I comb the internet daily for things I think may interest graduate students. I use my Twitter account to pull in all sorts of leads, and use my research skills to follow whatever lines of investigation come to light. You never know what will turn up. Almost every day interesting bits and pieces come my way.”Rose hopes the blog will support the Faculty of Graduate Studies and recent investments it has made to provide programming to Brock graduate students through Vitae Essential Skills. FGS Dean Mike Plyley welcomes the independent effort, and says it’s like a blogger in residence for Vitae.“Many of the posts touch on the career competencies that Vitae is basing its workshops and activities on,” says Plyley.“It’s good to have many voices supporting our message about the importance of professional development. The more that graduate students hear that message, the more interested they are in attending our programming and building their skills. We are making the investment in Vitae to support the future success of our students in academic and non-academic careers. read more

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first_imgThe Raspberry Pi has been one of the most open pieces of hardware since the day it launched, but not all the drivers it used were open source. That changed today and the Raspberry Pi has become the first ARM multimedia system-on-a-chip (SoC) to have fully open source drivers.Open source drivers are important on any platform because it allows for easier software development and porting, and just as importantly, software development that can take full advantage of the hardware being targeted. In the case of the Raspberry Pi, the one area where open source drivers didn’t exist was for Broadcom’s GPU used as part of the SoC.With a lot of hard work on Broadcom‘s part, and no doubt a lot of nagging from the Foundation, the VideoCore driver code has been released under a 3-Clause BSD license. It is available as part of the ARM source code repository on GitHub (linked to below), which contains all the libraries the Raspberry Pi uses.The switch to fully open source means the growing number of Raspberry Pi-focused projects can now take better advantage of the hardware. That includes such things as alternative operating systems, desktop environments, and any applications that really benefits from use of the GPU.Supply issues aside, the Raspberry Pi continues to be a desirable platform for developers and as a first computer for anyone. With the recent introduction of a 512MB model at no extra cost, now is a great time to invest $35 and pick one up.More at Raspberry Pi and GitHublast_img read more