New Delhi: State-owned miner NMDC Tuesday reported an over 31 per cent rise in standalone net profit at Rs 1,453.77 crore for quarter ended March 2019. The company had posted a standalone profit of Rs 1,105.85 crore in the year-ago quarter, NMDC said in a filing to the BSE. Total income during the March quarter declined to Rs 3,839.40 crore from Rs 4,053.16 crore in January-March 2018, the statement said. Total expenses for the latest quarter also fell to Rs 1,641.65 crore from Rs 2,059.84 crore in the year-ago period. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsThe company’s production of iron ore during the fourth quarter is 10.59 million tonne, a decrease of 7 per cent over the corresponding period last year (CPLY) while sales were at 10.17 MT which was about 3 per cent less than that of CPLY, NMDC said. In a press briefing, NMDC chairman N Baijendra Kumar said “there was a decrease in output because of issues at Donimalai where the production is stalled at present”. Last year, NMDC had suspended iron ore-mining at the Donimalai mine in Karnataka following the state government’s decision to impose 80 per cent premium on the iron ore sales from the mine. On Nagarnar steel plant in Chhattisgarh, the chairman said the company has planned Rs 2,200 crore capex for the current fiscal. “Till now Rs 15,300 crore has already been spent on construction of Nagarnar steel plant,” he said. NMDC is country’s single largest iron ore producer, presently producing about 30 million tonnes of iron ore from three fully mechanised mines, according to its website.
New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Saturday took charge as the 30th Union Home Minister at a time when the country is facing terrorism, secessionism and Maoist insurgency challenges. The 55-year-old BJP leader assumed charge a day after he was assigned the crucial Home portfolio, succeeding Rajnath Singh, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government returned for a second term. The leadership change in the high-profile ministry is expected to usher in a certain decisiveness and an iron-handed approach to terror, insurgency and secessionism. However, former Home Minister Rajnath Singh had given a free hand to security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, leading to heavy casualties among terrorists, Shah is expected to be more proactive and lead from the front. He was welcomed by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and IB chief Rajiv Jain soon after he reached his North Block office
The Elders this week welcomed Germany’s engagement and efforts on refugee and migration issues, and called for greater European and global responsibility-sharing as part of a wider, comprehensive approach.Kofi Annan, Martti Ahtisaari and Lakhdar Brahimi made their call following meetings with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal President Joachim Gauck, business leaders, civil society groups and refugees themselves during the two-day visit to Berlin – the first official visit to Germany by The Elders.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said: “We applaud Germany’s leadership on refugees and migration, and the bold decisions taken by Chancellor Merkel, Foreign Minister Steinmeier and the coalition government. These are complex, long-term issues that require far-sighted, compassionate leadership. The answer can never be to erect walls, or to claim that militarised borders or detention of migrants will stem the flow of desperate people.“We have been heartened by our meetings with political and business leaders, and especially with refugees themselves and the volunteers from all sections of German society who have made such selfless efforts to help people in need.”The Elders also launched a new report on refugees and migration during their visit, setting out four key principles that should govern the world’s approach to these complex issues. They believe that: 1. Response mechanisms to large flows of people must be developed and properly coordinated, both regionally and internationally.2. Assistance to major refugee-hosting countries must be enhanced.3. Resettlement opportunities must be increased, along with additional pathways for admission.4. Human rights and refugee protection must be upheld and strengthened.The Elders will continue to advocate these positions at a global level, including at the United Nations General Assembly and Refugee Summit next week in New York, and seek to ensure that the voices of refugees and migrants themselves are heard and respected as part of a truly compassionate, comprehensive policy approach.
It said the government must strive and expedite the construction of remaining houses in a time-bound manner.The report also said the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) University is yet to have its own campus, hostel and a standardized curriculum in place, library and books for issuance to students and urged the ministry to expeditiously work upon the construction so that the university can shift to its own campus. However the committee said it has been asking the ministry that all proposed projects including building of 50,000 houses should be completed within a specific timeline. “The Committee, however, has observed that no timeline is being followed in any of the proposed projects perhaps due to bureaucratic delays and lack of cooperation.” An Indian parliamentary panel has criticized the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) over its “slow progress” in the resettlement work in Sri Lanka.The Standing Committee on External Affairs, which presented its report on demands for grants of the ministry for 2012-13 in parliament on Tuesday, observed that the Indian government was spending a substantial amount on rehabilitation of internally displaced persons in Sri Lanka by way of constructing houses, schools, hospitals, roads etc. It recommended more funds for Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and expressed concern over “poor planning and slow progress” of the Nalanda University project.
Abeywardena said that the President had also noted he will not make United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe Prime Minister again. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena has rejected the fresh vote on the no-confidence motion on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, which was passed in Parliament today.Parliamentarian Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena told reporters the President had noted this evening that the vote was not conducted in the right manner.
by The Associated Press Posted Oct 2, 2013 8:43 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil rises on pipeline expansion news; market ignores supply data, govt shutdown NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil rose the most in two weeks Wednesday on the prospect of more oil being shipped between a key Midwest hub and the U.S. Gulf Coast.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery rose $2.06, or two per cent, to close at US$104.10 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Reports said that TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) is close to completing work on the southern portion of its Keystone pipeline expansion. That could mean as much as 700,000 barrels a day moving out of Cushing, Okla., the pricing point for U.S. benchmark oil. The additional demand is seen as positive for oil prices.The market shrugged off a report from the U.S. Energy Department showing bigger than expected increases in U.S. oil and gasoline supplies. It also ignored, at least for a day, the partial shutdown of the U.S. government.Demand for oil in the U.S. could weaken if the shutdown curbs economic growth and continues to stop 800,000 federal workers from commuting. The workers were furloughed after U.S. lawmakers failed to agree on a budget measure to fund government operations after the fiscal year ended Monday.Brent crude, a benchmark used to price imported crude used by many U.S. refineries, gained $1.25 to US$109.19 in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline rose two cents to US$2.63 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil rose four cents to US$2.99 a gallon and natural gas dropped seven cents to US$3.54 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE)
Floyd Mayweather wants to end any questions few had about him after last May’s majority-decision win against Marcos Maidana, in a world title 147-pound rematch on Sept. 13.“The rematch with Mayweather is the only fight that really motivates me,” Maidana said in the release. “I feel I earned it in the ring and Floyd owed it to me. I’ve already proved that I don’t care if the man I have in front of me is the best pound-for-pound champion. I was close to ending his reign last time. On Sept. 13, he will not get away undefeated.”Mayweather won a majority decision — 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114 — to unify 147-pound world titles in a competitive fight, one of the most competitive and entertaining of his career.“Marcos Maidana is a tough customer and he gave me a fight that had me work for the victory,” Mayweather said in a news release. “His style is difficult at best, but with experience comes a way and will to win. I’m not one to give second chances in the ring, but I want to give the fans what they want to see. I will be as prepared as I always am when I step in the ring on Sept. 13. I only see the outcome one way and that’s another successful night for me and my team.”Although most thought Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs), 37, did enough to win, Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs), 30, of Argentina, disputed the decision and had given Mayweather his most difficult fight in years.Mayweather also probably picked Maidana because he is essentially out of established opponents to face since a showdown with fellow champion Manny Pacquiao — the one fight the public has demanded for years — is not even up for discussion, given their different promotional and network alliances. And that’s even before an argument over the financial split, drug testing and numerous other issues.“It was such a great fight in May and I know everywhere I’ve been going the fans have been saying that and that Floyd should fight him in a rematch,” Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe told ESPN.com. “So why not? Maidana thought he won the fight. Floyd knows he won the fight. It was a tremendous fight.”Ellerbe said they considered other potential opponents, but he declined to name names.“I don’t want to get into the names. It comes down to that the first fight was a great fight, and this is a fight that fans wanted to see again,” Ellerbe said.The fight will be promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, which has promoted all of Mayweather’s fights since 2007. That is noteworthy is because last month, in the wake of the resignation of Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer, who is very close to Mayweather, Ellerbe told ESPN.com that they would no longer work with Golden Boy.
http://jrnl.ie/3061269 Source: Berlaymonster/Twitter Thursday 3 Nov 2016, 8:30 PM As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: 23,384 Views – Long-term economic prospects -While short-term economic data is encouraging, Carney announced that growth forecasts had been downgraded for 2018, when business investment and uncertainty are expected to bite.The court case is “an example of the uncertainty that will characterise this process”, he warned.Critics point out that Britain is at least two and a half years away from actually leaving the EU, when any new trade, immigration and other arrangements would come into force.- © AFP 2016More: High Court says UK parliament must have vote on starting Brexit – An early election? -May could decide to call an early general election and expose pro-EU MPs – many of whom lead constituencies that voted for Brexit – to public opinion.Bookmakers slashed the odds of a 2017 general election to 2/1. Share41 Tweet Email3 Nov 3rd 2016, 8:30 PM A HIGH COURT ruling that the British government cannot begin divorce proceedings from the European Union without parliamentary approval has added further confusion to the bewildering implications of Brexit.Here are key things known about the Brexit process, and the issues that remain shrouded in doubt.What we know- Britain will leave the EU – Source: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA WirePrime Minister Theresa May’s office reacted to the court’s decision by stressing the “government is determined to respect the result of the referendum” while opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he “respects the decision of the British people”, despite nearly all his parliamentary party members being against Brexit.The ruling allows lawmakers, technically, to delay indefinitely the triggering of Article 50, which starts the break-up process, but such a move would be highly unlikely given the weight of public opinion.- UK plans immigration curbs – Young migrants get off a bus as they arrive at Lunar House, which houses the headquarters of UK Visas and Immigration in Croydon, south London, Source: Matt DunhamMay last month insisted that Britain would no longer accept the free movement of people to and from the EU on Brussels’ terms, and also pledged to repatriate legal powers.“We are not leaving the European Union only to give up control of immigration again and we are not leaving only to return to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice,” she told her Conservative Party’s conference.- Economy defies expectations – Source: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA WireConfounding economists, Britain’s economy has grown solidly since the June referendum, household spending has grown faster than expected, while the housing market has remained resilient.“For households, the signs of an economic slowdown are notable by their absence,” Bank of England chief Mark Carney said today while announcing an upward revision of growth predictions for next year.What we don’t know- Parliament not sure to vote -The government immediately announced it would challenge the High Court ruling, taking the case to the Supreme Court early next month. If successful, the government will be able to trigger Article 50 as planned, without a parliamentary vote.- Timing of Article 50 -May has said she wants to trigger Article 50 between the New Year and the end of March, but the High Court ruling opens the possibility of lengthy parliamentary debates and complications in enacting legislation.However, May insisted that the government remained committed to its deadline, despite the ruling.- ‘Soft’ or ‘hard’ Brexit -May has revealed little about what Britain will ask for during Brexit negotiations, but her vow to curb immigration and repatriate legal powers suggested she favoured a “hard Brexit”, which would mean Britain leaving the EU’s single market.Japanese carmaker Nissan’s recent announcement that it would continue to invest in its British plant – due to government assurances – led to speculation that the government was seeking an industrial sector-by-sector trade deal.Pro-EU politicians have demanded that they get a say on the negotiating terms, and could use the High Court ruling as a basis for demanding more information on the government’s strategy and a softer stance in return for approving Article 50.- Result of a parliamentary vote -Ahead of the referendum, pro-EU lawmakers outnumbered pro-Brexit counterparts by more than three to one, and they could easily frustrate the government’s plans to trigger Article 50.But it remains to be seen whether enough MPs will be prepared to defy the will of their constituents and vote against the government. High court says parliament must vote on triggering article 50 https://t.co/bPRK4JmxHr pic.twitter.com/qSAOF3orcv— Slugger O’Toole (@SluggerOToole) November 3, 2016 By AFP If UK MPs vote along constituency lines, it’s an an even bigger leave vote… pic.twitter.com/XpsnVzWHOs— Berlaymonster (@Berlaymonster) November 3, 2016 Will Brexit happen? Here’s what we know after today’s High Court ruling Today, the High Court said Britain can’t leave the EU until parliament votes for it to be so. Source: Slugger O’Toole/Twitter Short URL 57 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Man found guilty on 92 counts of sexually assaulting and raping his stepdaughter He was taken into custody and will be sentenced on 15 May. 20,676 Views Monday 13 Mar 2017, 2:51 PM No Comments Short URL Mar 13th 2017, 2:51 PM http://jrnl.ie/3284914 Share Tweet Email Image: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie Image: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie A CORK MAN accused of repeatedly raping his stepdaughter over a seven-year period has been found guilty of all 92 counts against him.The 40-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, went on trial in the Central Criminal Court accused of sexually abusing the girl between May 2008 and November 2015, when she was aged between nine and 16 years old.He had pleaded not guilty to 26 counts of sexual assault, two counts of attempted rape and 64 counts of raping the girl. Almost all of the offences took place in the family home in Cork.The jury of seven men and five women took just under four hours to return the guilty verdicts. The man was taken into custody and will be sentenced on 15 May.The three-week trial heard that the girl’s mother met the man when she was around six years old, and the abuse started when she was aged around eight or nine.AbuseThe victim, who turned 18 during the trial, gave extensive evidence over a number of days via video link. The court heard she felt the man was “like a dad” to her. She described how the abuse started with her stepfather tickling her and then putting his hands down her pants.It progressed to the man regularly forcing his stepdaughter to masturbate him, often when they were in his bedroom watching television. The girl told the court that this usually happened when she needed money for the cinema or to go swimming.Her mother was out with her younger siblings or at bingo when the abuse occurred, the court heard.HolidayDuring a family holiday, the court heard the man forced the girl onto a hotel bed and tried to rape her. About a month later, she said he raped her when they were in his bedroom watching television.She said he raped her up to three times a week from then on, mostly in the bedroom he shared with her mother. He ejaculated on her stomach and would reward her afterwards with money or by releasing her from being grounded.At one point the victim confided in her mother about the abuse after they watched a scene from Eastenders together in which a stepfather was abusing his stepdaughter. But she backtracked shortly afterwards and said she was only joking.The abuse ended in November 2015 when the girl packed a bag and went to her aunt’s house. She then confided in her mother and they went to gardaí the next day. Semen swabs taken from the girl’s stomach tested positive for her stepfather’s DNA.There was a less than one in 1,000 million chance of the DNA profile being unrelated to the accused, prosecuting counsel, Marjorie Farrelly SC, told the jury.Defence barrister, Sean Guerin SC, told the jury the girl’s credibility was a “great source of concern”. He submitted that the semen found on the girls tummy could have come from when she was lying in her parents bed the morning after they had sex.Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy thanked the jury for their service. By Isabel Hayes Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Développement durable : Puma lance son sac à chaussures écologiqueAllemagne – Le groupe Puma, spécialisé dans les vêtements et chaussures de sport, a décidé de se débarrasser de ses boîtes à chaussures pour les remplacer par des sacs écologiques.Soucieuse de protéger l’environnement, la marque Puma va remplacer ses boîtes classiques par un sac plus écologique, conçu par le designer industriel Yves Béha. Afin de réduire son empreinte carbone, le groupe allemand a remplacé les boîtes polluantes par une pochette en polymère thermoplastique recyclé. Ce sac contient une boîte en carton, mais qui n’est pas recouverte de film plastique comme c’est habituellement le cas.À lire aussiVoilà pourquoi les entreprises de recyclage sont contre la consigne des bouteilles en plastiqueGrâce à ce concept, Puma devrait réduire sa consommation de papier de 65%, diminuer ses émissions de carbone de 10 tonnes et économiser 275 tonnes de plastique par an. Ce sont également 1 million de litres de carburant et autant de litres d’eau qui seront économisés. “Moins d’emballage signifie moins de matières premières, une consommation et une production d’eau et d’énergie réduites, moins de poids à envoyer et par conséquent, moins de matériaux à éliminer” se félicite la marque.Les nouvelles boîtes remplaceront les anciennes dès le second semestre 2011. Par ailleurs, Puma prévoit également de choisir des matériaux durables pour emballer ses nouvelles collections de vêtements. Ces emballages viendront remplacer les sacs en polyéthylène et ce sont ainsi 720 tonnes de sacs de moins qui seront utilisées chaque année. Le 18 avril 2010 à 18:26 • Emmanuel Perrin
Recommended for you Luxury events for Chicago’s leading travel and media professionals hosted by #TeamTCI Fish ‘n’ Grits was a hit in Singapore; TCI Culinary Ambassadors return from Singapore Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNew York City was great for the Turks and Caicos – for business and for pleasure.The Invest Turks and Caicos Agency debuted on the international scene last night, in a penthouse suite at the Gansevoort on Park Avenue with potential investors hosted by John Rutherford and Angela Musgrove of the recently, rebooted investment arm.At Le District, there was a true buzz as travel agents met with the TeamTCI delegation for the presentation which featured the famous Caya Hico Media video, remarks by the Premier & Tourism Minister and vacation giveaways led by Nikheel Advani of Grace Bay Resorts.Mark Durliat, CEO of Grace Bay Resorts was also a part of the investment unit function held just one hour before the tourism meeting.A special appearance came at The District when internationally renowned Middle Caicos conceived, South Caicos born, sculpture and painter, Bradley Theodore was well received… he too endorsed the Turks and Caicos as a luxury escape with intrinsic beauties and life’s simplicities still intact.At the event, Global Traveler Magazine presented Tourism Minister, Chairman and Director and Premier Rufus Ewing with yet another ‘Best of’ prize… Grace Bay Beach was again named top in the world by the Five Star publication. Related Items:newyorkcity, nyc, Tci, teamtci Turks and Caicos named Caribbean’s Leading Beach Destination at World Travel Awards Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
The Anchorage School Board decided how to spend their unexpected fund balance during a lengthy Monday night meeting. Most will be saved to make up for next year’s anticipated deficit. Some charter schools will also get some help.Download AudioThe board is putting aside $17 million to soften the anticipated budget deficit for the 2015-2016 school year. ASD CFO Mark Foster said during a work session that this will mean the district should not have to lay off any teachers or instruction support staff next year. Superintendent Ed Graff told the board the money will help teacher and student morale so they can focus on the classroom.“We are trying to make sure that we do what’s right by not having to go through this churning of staff and employees and decision-making unnecessarily.”The board also narrowly voted in favor of advancing $2 million to the German-immersion charter school for building a new facility. Some board members questioned the merits of using a large chunk of money to help a small percentage of ASD students. Others wondered about the school’s financial transparency and the apparent opposition within the school community to the building project.Senator Bettye Davis voted against giving Rilke Schule the money in this fiscal climate, though she does support the school.“At this point I can’t see me even making a loan just to give this particular charter just to build a building when they can’t agree if they need it or not.”The board set aside another $1 million for a charter school facility fund that will sunset in 2016.That left nearly $4 million to use during the second semester of this year. The district will spend more money toward hiring teacher’s assistants, paying substitute teachers more, and providing summer school. They will also try to recruit more special ed teachers. Graff says these measures will help with classroom crowding.
IRVINGTON, N.Y. (AP) — The New York estate built a century ago by a daughter of slaves who made her fortune selling hair care products for Black women has been purchased by an organization founded by the owner of Essence magazine.The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced Thursday that Madam C.J. Walker’s century-old Italianate villa-style mansion in New York City’s northern suburbs was recently bought by the New Voices Foundation, started by Richelieu Dennis, founder of a skin and hair care products company. A purchase price wasn’t released.This Oct. 19, 1998 file photo shows the Villa Lewaro, century-old Italianate-style mansion that was the home of Madam C.J. Walker, a black entrepreneur considered to be the nation’s first self-made female millionaire, in Irvington, N.Y. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey, File)Walker was born Sarah Breedlove in Louisiana in 1867 to former slaves. After marrying St. Louis newspaperman Charles Joseph Walker, she changed her name to Madam C.J. Walker and began selling her own hair care and beauty products made for Black women, a venture that made her wealthy as her name became known across the U.S., Central America and the Caribbean.Walker is considered the first self-made female millionaire in the United States.She followed her daughter, Lelia Walker Robinson, to Harlem in 1916. Two years later Walker built Villa Lewaro in Irvington, on the Hudson River in Westchester County. By the time she died of a kidney ailment there in 1919, her 34-room mansion had become a gathering place for leaders of the Harlem Renaissance, including W.E.B. Du Bois and Langston Hughes.Dennis, a Liberian immigrant, started Sundial brands in 1992 with his mother, making products based on African healing traditions passed down by his grandmother. He acquired the Walker brand in 2013 and relaunched it in 2016 as Sephora, and purchased Essence from Time Inc. earlier this year.Dennis’ New Voices Foundation, an organization that aids women of color entrepreneurs, will renovate and operate the former Walker estate, he said.“It is a place where — against all odds — dreams were formed, visions were realized and entrepreneurs were born, and we look forward to returning its use to support that mission,” Dennis said in a statement.Dennis’ foundation bought the property in mid-September.Villa Lewaro’s name was taken from the first two letters of each word in Walker’s daughter’s name. The home was designed by Vertner Woodson Tandy, the first licensed Black architect in New York state. Built on the heights overlooking the Hudson’s east bank, the mansion stood out even in an area dotted with estates owned by such wealthy whites as the Rockefellers.Walker’s daughter, who changed her name to A’Lelia, left the estate to the NAACP after she died 1931. The organization, struggling financially during the early years of the Great Depression, sold the property immediately after acquiring it. It had several owners over the next few decades before investment banker Harold E. Doley Jr. and his wife, Helena, bought the property in 1993.The home was named a National Treasure by the Washington, D.C.-based National Trust in 2014. It’s now among a growing number of historically Black properties being protected as part of the organization’s Cultural Heritage Action Fund, started last year to help ensure historical sites important to African-American history are no longer endangered.___This story has been corrected to fix estate ownership to organization founded by magazine owner instead of magazine owner and his family.
Explore further The researchers were able to identify additional PRE-1 elements using a ‘BLAST’ search of similar sequences. They also were able to predict the secondary assembled structure of PRE-1 RNA using RNAstructure Webservers ( rna.urmc.rochester.edu/RNAstru … edict1/Predict1.html ). The upshot of all this work, in the author’s own words, is that the ‘genomic performance of PRE-1 in terms of 7SL RNA-derived SINEs seemed convincing enough to classify the suidae into a family mainly inhabited by primates’.It has not escaped our attention that many readers of physorg who may have availed themselves of our previous coverage of the human hybrid origins theory, and a later follow up report, might come to premature conclusions here. With that in mind, I talked the creator of the hybrid origins theory, Eugene McCarthy, to get his take on this new research. He had this to say:”People have been congratulating me on this SINE study as if it somehow proved the hybrid theory of human origins. That’s nice of them, but it’s just one run in a nine-inning game. True, it does show that pigs are more closely related to primates than has generally been thought, which in turn suggests that a hybrid cross between pig and chimpanzee is more feasible than many have supposed. But to establish whether we’re actually descendants of an ancient cross between pig and chimpanzee, will require a detailed search of the human genome, not just a study of SINEs. I’ve explained the relevant issues in a recent rebuttal of some of the most common criticisms of the hybrid theory. It’s not as simple as some people like to think.” © 2015 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: biorxiv.org/content/biorxiv/ea … 8/31/025791.full.pdf Who and exactly what were these generously-named beasts you might be asking yourself? The Laurasiatheria are the placental mammals believed to have hailed from the northern supercontinent of Laurasia after it split from Gondwana when Pangaea broke up. Their sister group, the Euarchontoglires, are the Supraprimates. These consensus classifications were made using the larger family of retrotransposons of which SINEs, and longer related LINEs, are themselves members of.In the pig genetics business, the preferred classification term for the family is ‘suidae’. Suidae PRE elements have been known since their original discovery back in 1987. The researchers identified the PRE1 element as a polymorphic insertion in the 5′-flanking region (about 686~985 bp upstream from the transcription initiator ATG codon) of the insulin growth factor binding protein (IGFBP7). Postulating that this 300 base pair insert sequence might be related to Alu inserts, they compared it with representative primate Alu sequences selected from the AF-1 database (software.iiar.res.in/af1/index.html). Incidentally, we should note that pig geneticists don’t have a monopoly on the term PRF-1. In related areas of pursuit, like drosophila genetics for example, a search for ‘PRE-1’ might be just as likely to return ‘photoreceptor regulatory element 1’. (Phys.org)—In the past, geneticists focused primarily on the evolution of genes in order to trace the relationships between species. More recently, genetic elements called SINEs (short interspersed elements) have emerged as a much better way to trace mammalian phylogeny, at least in the time since its massive radiation some 60 million years ago. That’s because the prolific SINE family evolved differently in every lineage to become widespread throughout the entire genome of each. But SINEs are more than just highly mobile markers, they have specific functions—functions which researchers are now decoding to understand not just how, but why they move about like they do. Credit: overlay by Eugene McCarthy Secondary structure of ALU RNAs. Credit: rna.berkeley.edu/translation.html In humans, the most familiar and abundant SINE is the Alu transposable element. Originally derived from a small cytoplasmic signal recognition conglomerate known as the 7SL RNA, Alu inserts have since propagated themselves to generate an extended family over a million strong representing 11% of our entire genome. With the exception of the Alu inserts in the primate superfamily (and one seemingly anomalous occurrence of the ‘B1’ SINE the rat) all other SINEs were believed to have been derived from tRNAs rather than the 7SL RNA.A recent paper published in the bioRxiv now suggests that another species—the pig—has a unique family of SINEs whose evolution has closely paralleled ours. This collaboration between researchers from China, and Firefly Bioworks Inc. here in the US, reports that the swine SINE known as PRE-1 (for porcine repeat element), also likely derives from 7SL RNA. This work potentially pushes back the divergence time of 7SL RNA products to 80-100 million years ago—a re-adjustment that would presumably ground the 7SL RNA diversification or hybridization events to a place before the so-called boreoeutherians diversified into Laurasiatheria and Euarchontoglires. Citation: The hidden evolutionary relationship between pigs and primates revealed by genome-wide study of transposable elements (2015, September 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-hidden-evolutionary-relationship-pigs-primates.html Orangutans harbor ancient primate Alu
Microsoft adds gamer features to UWP by Martin Brinkmann on May 10, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: May 11, 2016 – 1 commentMicrosoft announced two changes today that will improve the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) experience for gamers on Windows 10.The company rolled out a number of features in the past to make Windows 10 the platform for gamers.One of those features was to make DirectX 12 a Windows 10 exclusive which may remind you of a similar stunt Microsoft did when Windows Vista was released.To establish Windows 10 as the gaming platform, and to improve the appeal of the company’s Windows Store and Universal Windows Platform it even sacrificed the exclusivity of games by bringing games to its gaming console Xbox One and Windows 10.While major game releases are far and few between, more and more games are starting to be released as regular PC versions and special UWP versions, especially with the introduction of Project Centennial which improves the porting process significantly.Current games released for the platform suffer from missing features such as no modding support, no overlays, SLI or CrossFire support, or always on Vsync which locks the frame rate.While some gamers may not mind these limitations, they are deal breakers for others.Windows 10: New game featuresMicrosoft plans to release an update today that improves Universal Windows Platform gaming in two significant ways:Games and applications on the Universal Windows Platform are no longer forced to play games with a locked frame rate.The Universal Windows Platform supports AMD Freesync and Nvidia’s G-Sync technology.The update will be released today as part of the company’s monthly Patch Day. Developers need to implement these new features in their games or applications however before they can be experienced by users.Once applications take advantage of these new features, you will be able to play your UWP games with unlocked frame rates. We expect Gears of War: UE and Forza Motorsport 6: Apex to lead the way by adding this support in the very near future.These updates to UWP join the already great support for unlocked frame rate and AMD and NVIDIA’s technologies in Windows 10 for classic Windows (Win32) apps.Microsoft’s own games, Forza Motorsport 6: Apex and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will be among the first to receive updates that unlock frame rates and add support for Freesync and G-Sync for a smoother game play and no tearing effects.At least some PC developers have criticized the Windows Store ecosystem for being a closed system.Gamers on the other hand seem to love Windows 10. Recent Steam surveys show that gamers are using devices with Windows 10 to a far higher percentage. Most gamers on Windows 10 however seem to be running Win32 games and not Windows Store games right now.SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft adds gamer features to UWP DescriptionMicrosoft announced two changes today that will improve the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) experience for gamers.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Associated PressTOKYO (AP) – The United Nations should move quickly to assist rebel forces in Syria with arms and funding, and should support a no-fly zone to protect civilians caught in the middle of the country’s escalating civil war, Qatar’s foreign minister said in an interview Friday.Khalid Bin Mohammad al-Attiyah said Qatar is providing rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces with food, medicine and clothes. But he denied reports his country is funneling arms to the rebels, and said getting them the heavy arms they need to fight Assad’s well-equipped military would require unity from the international community that has not yet materialized. “If we leave Syria further, we will aggravate the situation more and more,” he said. “Fanatics will emerge. … We should not leave it until a stage where, God forbid, somebody calls for jihad, and then we cannot stop people coming from all directions.”Qatar and Saudi Arabia have led Arab calls for an international effort to arm and assist the rebels. Both are key regional players and are believed to have channels through which they could funnel weapons to the rebels. But al-Attiyah said Qatar is not doing so, directly or indirectly.“This we cannot do unless we have the blessing of the United Nations or our allies _ the U.S.A. or European allies,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press during a visit to Tokyo on Friday.Unified support from the international community has been elusive because fears that more arms thrown into the mix could push Assad to launch even more desperate attacks against his people, or that the weapons could fall into the hands of terrorists. Further, U.N. Security Council members Russia and China oppose intervention, while the United States has been cautious to take risks ahead of next month’s presidential election. Al-Attiyah said that while the rebel forces remain fractious _ his country is set to host a meeting of the Syrian National Council opposition leaders next week _ there is enough intelligence to determine which groups should be bolstered.“I think if the international community, led by the United States, decided that they will supply means of self-defense to the Syrian people, I think with their advanced intelligence, they know who is who by now,” he said.To further protect Syrian civilians, al-Attiyah said, Qatar supports the creation of a buffer or no-fly zone, another idea that has stalled because of fears that the foreign countries called on to enforce it could be drawn into a broader war that would add to regional instability.In the meantime, he said, arms are already flowing into Syria to prop up Assad.On Thursday, Turkey said a Syrian passenger jet it forced to land en route from Moscow to Damascus was carrying Russian ammunition and military equipment destined for the Syrian Defense Ministry.Russia and Syria deny anything illegal was aboard the Airbus A320 intercepted over Turkish airspace late Wednesday.“The whole world sees who is supplying Syria with weapons,” al-Attiyah said. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day ___Associated Press writer Brian Murphy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Check your body, save your life Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments Share Top Stories Parents, stop beating yourself up Sponsored Stories
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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington entered Sunday’s game against St. Louis running well, having totaled 254 yards on 68 carries over the previous three games.In his team’s 31-14 win over the Rams, however, he mustered just 23 yards on 18 carries. The team, as a whole, gained just 28 yards on 22 rushing attempts.St. Louis entered the game allowing an average of 136.3 rushing yards per game. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “We got our ass whipped. It was simple,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said when asked why his team struggled in the run game. “We couldn’t block people. This game came down in the first half to simple blocking and tackling. We weren’t tackling and we damn sure weren’t blocking.”“I think they were determined to keep us from running the ball,” center Lyle Sendlein said. “Just with the run stunts and extra guys in the box. That’s something we’re going to have to work on, to be able to handle the extra, eighth guy in the box to be able to get success in the run game.”The Rams did make it a point to try and slow Ellington down.“It was just rallying to the ball,” defensive tackle Michael Brockers said. “We know that he was really focused on bouncing to the edge. The secondary did a great job of cracking plays and just filling in that lane.“We just did a great job of corralling him as a team, as a defense.”The longest run Ellington had all afternoon was for just five yards. Though he did reach the end zone for his third rushing touchdown of the season, it was far from a banner day from the second-year pro around whom the offense has been built. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “It was a little tough, but I kind of understand that that’s going to be week in, week out. A lot of teams are going to try to stop our run game,” he said. “But my job is just to not get frustrated. Stay calm, stay poised and just execute the plays.”Following the game, Arizona’s offense ranks 29th in the NFL in rushing, a standing that is surely not where the team would like to be.However, the team is still 8-1, and you’d have to think better days are ahead for Ellington and the rest of the run game. It will help not playing the Rams again for a bit.“St. Louis is a bear,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald added. “In my humble opinion, they are the most physical, gritty team that you play. I’m so sore. Every time I wake up after St. Louis, you know you were in a fight. You might have won the fight, but you have a black eye and a bloody nose, though.” – / 39 Top Stories
by The Associated Press Posted Nov 19, 2018 8:02 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Plans to expand Detroit’s Motown Museum get $500,000 boost DETROIT — The Motown Museum’s expansion plans are getting a $500,000 boost.The grant from the DTE Energy Foundation was announced Monday by Robin Terry, CEO and chairwoman of the museum . The money will help support the development of an education and community engagement space at the museum for young artists that also will house the museum’s summer camp programs.The $50 million expansion will be built around the existing museum, which includes the original studio and famed “Hitsville U.S.A.” sign.The museum is located where company founder Berry Gordy — a former auto plant worker — launched his music empire. The label started in 1959 and scores of stars and hits were created before Motown relocated to California in 1972. The label marks its 60th anniversary early next year .The Associated Press