The most controversial patents in biotechnology—covering breast cancer genes BRCA1 and BRCA2—were declared invalid yesterday by a U.S. district court. Judge Robert Sweet, of the federal court in New York City, rejected the BRCA patents in a 156-page opinion that sides with advocacy groups and medical organizations that sought to have the patents tossed out. Among other points, the opponents argued that human genes are a product of nature, and for that reason cannot be patented. The judge didn’t buy all of the logic, but did agree to scrap the patents. The company that lost the case, Myriad Genetics of Salt Lake City, immediately declared that it will appeal the judge’s decision. Myriad, which licensed the BRCA genes from the University of Utah and others who discovered them, runs a testing service to check for mutations that convey a risk for breast cancer. If the New York ruling is upheld on appeal, experts say, hundreds or even thousands of human gene patents could be put in limbo. Not so, says Myriad CEO and President Peter Meldrum. In a statement, Meldrum described the New York decision as affecting only “certain claims in seven of the 23 patents” covering the company’s BRACAnalysis cancer testing service. “We are very confident that [the courts] will reverse this decision and uphold the patent claims,” he added. The groups opposing Myriad-the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) of New York-called the decision historic. “Today’s ruling is a victory for the free flow of ideas in scientific research,” ACLU lawyer Chris Hansen said in a press release.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(*) “The court correctly saw that companies should not be able to own the rights to a piece of the human genome,” added PUBPAT’s Daniel Ravicher. They argued that patenting human genes is legally indefensible and ethically wrong because it inhibits the sharing of basic scientific data and restricts access to medical information. The Biotechnology Industry Association of Washington, D.C., which supported Myriad, denies that gene patents impede the flow of information. In a statement, BIO President and CEO James Greenwood notes that Judge Sweet’s decision “explicitly excluded” the ACLU-PUBPAT argument that gene patents harm research and medicine. Robert Cook-Deegan, an ethicist, historian, and expert on gene patenting at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, says that the New York ruling on the BRCA patents is a “bombshell.” It could undercut certain gene patents that seek to claim DNA sequences themselves as an invention rather than as part of a process. He adds, however, that “it will take a while to figure out what it means.” He notes that the judge’s decision directly attacks part of the subtle legal reasoning behind such patents—the notion that intellectual property attaches only to “isolated” DNA sequence, which is a human invention, and not to the DNA in genes that’s considered a product of nature (even though the sequences are identical). ” I don’t think this decision is necessarily going to become a dagger through the heart” of inventions that claim DNA sequences as part of a multi-component diagnostic test, said Cook-Deegan, although it seems likely to limit the scope of future claims.
Cristiano Ronaldo ‘I warned you about Ronaldo!’ – Zidane hails Ballon d’Or winner after Real rout Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 03:34 12/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(25) Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Real Madrid v Sevilla Sevilla Primera División Zinédine Zidane Gareth Bale The Blancos boss is feeling vindicated after seeing his Portuguese forward inspire a crushing 5-0 La Liga victory over Sevilla at Santiago Bernabeu Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane feels his faith in Cristiano Ronaldo was repaid in Saturday’s 5-0 thrashing of Sevilla.The Portugal star, who won his fifth Ballon d’Or this week to draw level with Lionel Messi in the all-time standings, was inspirational to his side’s demolition of the visitors in the first half at the Santiago Bernabeu.Ronaldo scored twice and was otherwise a menace to Eduardo Berizzo’s side as Madrid scored all five goals before half-time, with Nacho Fernandez, Toni Kroos and Achraf Hakimi also on the scoresheet. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Zidane has defended Ronaldo’s performances this season during a relative goal drought in La Liga, and he believes the 32-year-old’s showing vindicated his support.”It could be this is his perfect week and I hope he continues in this rhythm,” he told a news conference.”I already said – I didn’t say it for nothing – because I know him and I know his ambition every day in training, I knew he was going to score. “Sometimes he doesn’t and nobody is happy, but you always have to be careful with him.” #CRI5TIANO@Cristiano showcased his fifth Ballon d’Or to the Bernabéu ahead of kick-off! pic.twitter.com/ZcHpf7zaaz— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) December 9, 2017Zidane hopes to see Madrid keep up this standard of performance as they prepare for the Club World Cup and the Clasico on December 23, although he is not convinced their first-half showing on Saturday was their best of the season.”Hopefully we can keep on scoring, that’s two games and eight goals and we have to continue like this,” he said, with Madrid having also beaten Dortmund 3-2 in the Champions League this week.”We’re growing in every aspect. We’re happy, we did really well and it was important to help us prepare for the game on Wednesday. There’s no easy match but it’s better to travel with this result.”I don’t think it was our best 45 minutes but, with goals, yes it was. On a playing level, I think we’ve had some good games, against Real [Sociedad] and Dortmund in the Champions League, for example.”It’s a good feeling; we scored five goals against a team it’s not easy to play. To keep a clean sheet and score five, we’re happy, but it’s not the best.”The European champions now turn their attention to the semi-final of the Club World Cup next week, with a match against Al-Jazira to come on Wednesday.Zidane offered some good news ahead of the game in Abu Dhabi, suggesting Raphael Varane and Gareth Bale could both be fit enough to play a part.”They’re going to travel with us. It’s day-to-day out there,” he added. “On Tuesday, I think they’ll train normally and we’ll see what we can do with them.”
Tottenham’s move into their new White Hart Lane stadium has been further delayed until March at the earliest.Spurs were originally meant to move into the new ground in September but construction delays and additional safety testing have forced the north London side to push back their grand opening.The club’s latest update from the building contractors states that several issues have been rectified but that more testing is required before an opening date can be released. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? As such, the club confirmed that Premier League matches against Watford, Newcastle and Leicester, along with a Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund, will all take place at Wembley.In addition, should Tottenham progress in the FA Cup and be drawn at home, that will also be played at England’s home of football.Spurs have no other home clashes in the month of February, but it remains to be seen whether fans will be able to see their club turn out at their new digs in March.Chairman Daniel Levy said: “I should like to apologise to our fans and thank you for your continued patience.”The response from those who attended the familiarisation event was great to hear and reinforced our commitment to deliver an exceptional matchday experience for everyone.”We shall now seek clarity in respect of building test schedules and test event dates and provide further information on these in the next two to three weeks.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
zoom The European Parliament has passed a resolution calling for a protected area around the North Pole which could ban oil companies and industrial fishing fleets from the region.The text echoes the demands of an international campaign which has attracted the support of over five million people including Sir Paul McCartney and US oceanographer Sylvia Earle.The move represents a clear break from the current positions of ‘Arctic Council’ members such as Norway, Denmark, Canada and Russia who have resisted calls for permanent protection of the Arctic region. In contrast, Finland, another Arctic state, recently adopted the sanctuary proposal as official policy.The European Parliament also stressed the need for a binding agreement on pollution prevention at the Arctic Council – an international forum criticised by environmentalists for its closeness to the oil industry. According to Greenpeace, previous voluntary agreements on oil spill readiness have lacked teeth.The resolution is expected to push the Arctic more firmly onto the agenda of EU foreign ministers and EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, who have so far been reluctant to speak out against the rapid industrialisation of the region by international oil companies including Shell, BP and Russia’s state owned energy giant Gazprom. March 14, 2014
Arland Bruce III won’t be having his day in court.The Supreme Court of Canada said Thursday it won’t hear Bruce’s concussion lawsuit against the CFL and former commissioner Mark Cohon. The decision came after two B.C. courts — the Supreme Court of British Columbia and British Columbia Court of Appeal — dismissed the suit, saying the Supreme Court previously ruled unionized employees must use labour arbitration and not the courts to resolve disputes that arise from their collective agreement.Bruce’s lawyers argued the CFL’s collective agreement is unusual because athletes individually negotiate their pay, have no long-term disability insurance plan, are excluded from occupational health and safety regulations and aren’t entitled to workers compensation.As usual in decisions on leaves to appeal, the Supreme Court gave no reasons for refusing to hear the case.“I’d by lying if I said I wasn’t saddened and surprised,” said Robyn Wishart, Bruce’s lawyer. “I’m surprised because I thought (Supreme Court of Canada) would hear it.“You don’t get any reasons for it . . . you can’t answer the ‘Why?’ And that’s hard for me because so many families were waiting for this and obviously that’s the first question they have, but this isn’t over.”Wishart said she’ll take Bruce’s case to arbitration.“We’ll file Monday and have his injuries looked at through arbitration,” she said. “That’s obviously a process that isn’t necessarily to his advantage . . . but we’ll run with arbitration and see how it goes.”Predictably, the CFL was happy with the ruling.“The CFL is very pleased with the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision,” it said in a statement. “We hope that this decision brings finality to any proceedings in the courts with respect to concussion litigation against the CFL.”Bruce, 40, had originally named neuroscientist Dr. Charles Tator, the Krembil Neuroscience Centre of Toronto, the Canadian Football League Alumni Association and its executive director, Leo Ezerins, in his suit. But action was discontinued against them as they weren’t bound by collective agreement.Bruce played 14 seasons in the CFL (2001-2014) with Winnipeg, Toronto, Hamilton, B.C. and Montreal, winning Grey Cups with the Argonauts (2004) and Lions (2011). Bruce filed his lawsuit in 2014.In court documents, Bruce says he sustained “permanent and disabling” repetitive head trauma as a player and continues to suffer post-concussive symptoms, including depression, paranoia, delusions and other medical issues.“All I can say is we took on a fight many people thought we shouldn’t start in the first place.” Wishart said. “Our definition of a win has always been the public needs to know so if we look at it from the definition of what our goal was, to have people understand what’s happening, we win.“Do we win in the world of law? Not right now. But do we win in the world of life? I can’t tell you how much we’ve changed people.”Wishart said Bruce continues to get his post-football life in order.“If you were to look at where Arland Bruce III is now in comparison to when I met him, he is a productive member of B.C.,” she said. “He’s now got his permanent resident card, he’s up to date and working on his child support, he’s getting constant and regular medical treatment and support.“He’s happy and functioning so we win. But do we want to get the players compensation so they can live better lives? Absolutely.”And that’s why Wishart said a class-action claim for concussion-related damages involving over 200 former CFL players remains active. It was filed in Ontario in 2015 but had been on hold during Bruce’s legal proceedings.“This is the law in British Columbia, it’s not the law in Ontario,” Wishart said. “In some small way not knowing why keeps the door open for us to keep this fight alive in Ontario and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.“Pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and get ready to argue in the Ontario courts that the players have a right to their day in court. It’s a totally different argument, it’s players who’ve been out of the collective bargaining agreement for decades.”
APTN National NewsA bill that’s been under fire by critics across the country passed through the Senate Tuesday.The Harper government’s so-called anti-terror bill will soon become law.APTN’s Annette Francis has the story.
Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe characterized the agreement, which he signed with SADC Executive-Secretary Tomáz Augusto Salomão, as “the first step towards a very valuable partnership.”The Framework for Cooperation aims to strengthen and draw upon both organizations’ capacities, including SADC’s knowledge and understanding of the region and the mediation, peacemaking and peacebuilding experience of the Department of Political Affairs (DPA).It will include a two-way exchange of experiences with mediation and the provision of training and support in mediation, as well as DPA support to strengthen SADC’s electoral capacity.The agreement underlines the important links between elections and peace, with the two organizations seeking ultimately to “jointly contribute to the promotion and consolidation of peace and security in the Southern Africa sub-region.”DPA has deployed a team to SADC’s headquarters in Gaborone, Botswana, to implement the agreement.In a related development, General Assembly President Joseph Deiss is meeting with a delegation from the SADC today on the margins of the UN summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), being held at UN Headquarters in New York. 21 September 2010The United Nations and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) signed an agreement today to work together on issues vital to peace and security: conflict prevention, mediation and elections.
Burlington friends are still in shock after their vacation to Greece. The flight from Athens to Pearson had to make an emergency landing right after take off. SkyGreece Airlines paid for all 33 passengers to fly home on Air Transat.
“I must, once again, in the strongest possible terms, repeat my condemnation of all such acts of violence,” Mr. Annan said at the outset of an address to UN celebrity envoys and advocates at UN headquarters in New York. “My sorrow could not be deeper for all the families touched by this tragedy.””No cause can justify the taking of innocent lives,” Mr. Annan stressed, adding that this tragedy was one more reason to work harder for peace in the Middle East. Meanwhile, the UN’s senior envoy to the Middle East today said he was “appalled” by the latest suicide bombing in Jerusalem and declared that such attacks could not be endured and must stop.In a statement issued from Gaza, Terje Roed-Larsen, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, reiterated his long-standing condemnation of terrorist attacks, and stressed that such attacks against civilians “were morally repugnant and a clear violation of international law.”Terrorist attacks from any quarter were “completely unacceptable” and could not be tolerated by the international community, Mr. Roed-Larsen said.
With the numbers of women and children coerced into smugglers’ networks reaching into the hundreds of thousands per year, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights has voted to appoint a Special Rapporteur on trafficking in human beings to focus on protecting the rights of actual and potential victims. During the three-year assignment, the Special Rapporteur would present an annual report to the Commission, starting with its next session in 2005, the panel said yesterday as it approved measures on economic, social and cultural rights. A protocol preventing, suppressing and punishing global trafficking in human beings entered into force on 25 December 2003, as a supplement to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). “Traffickers recruit victims through fake advertisements, mail-order-bride catalogues and casual acquaintances,” UNODC noted. “Upon arrival at their destinations, victims are placed in conditions controlled by traffickers while they are exploited to earn illicit revenues.” The Geneva-based Commission, in a separate resolution, called on governments to criminalize human trafficking, wherever that was still necessary, and offer victims of such exploitation the possibility of recovering damages for their suffering. Legal systems should not prosecute victims for illegally entering and living in the countries where the smugglers had left them, however, it said. “Economic and sexual slavery is a highly lucrative global industry controlled by powerful criminal organizations, such as the Yakuza, the Triads and the Mafia,” UNODC said. “These groups amass an estimated $7 billion a year while making use of electronic technology to expand their networks in both developed and developing nations.” The Commission said Governments should take steps to prevent human trafficking by encouraging the private sector, especially tourism industries and Internet providers, to develop codes of good conduct and strengthen self-regulation. In this regard, it said, Governments should also actively “combat use of the Internet to facilitate trafficking in persons” and address the root causes of trafficking of human beings, especially of women and children.
RBC sees strengthening economic growth in Canada, but loonie falling further The Canadian dollar is pictured in Vancouver, B.C. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The Royal Bank (TSX:RY) is predicting relatively strong economic growth for Canada this year and next, although it says the loonie is about to fall even further.The big bank says in a new forecast that economic growth should hit 2.5 per cent this year, despite a stuttering start to 2014 caused by the winter deep freeze, with growth picking up to 2.7 per cent in 2015.That’s slightly stronger than the Bank of Canada’s call for 2.5 per cent growth in both years and above many other private sector forecasts, which predict an even softer 2014.As for the currency, RBC says the loonie hasn’t ended its descent and expects it will trade at about 87 cents US by the end of this year and dip to 85 cents by the end of 2015.RBC chief economist Craig Wright says he believes Canadian exporters will begin benefiting from a stronger U.S. economy this year and get an added boost from the weaker loonie.A weak currency makes Canadian exports less expensive in foreign markets and imports more costly to Canadians.The loonie closed at 89.79 cents US on Tuesday and was down about four-tenths of a cent in early trading Wednesday.According to the Bank of Canada, the dollar’s low so far this year was 89.09 cents US, in late January. The loonie last closed above parity with the greenback in early February 2013. by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 18, 2014 10:01 pm MDT
TransCanada reports $400-mil profit for third quarter by Tanya Blakney Posted Nov 3, 2015 7:48 am MDT Last Updated Nov 3, 2015 at 7:57 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Just one day after putting the pursuit of the Keystone XL pipeline on hold, TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) released its third quarter earnings.The company is reporting $402-million dollars in profit, down from $457-million in the same quarter, last year.On the year, the major energy company is reporting a small shortfall. So far in 2015, the company reports a profit of $1.2-billion, down from $1.3-billion, last year.Monday, the company asked the U.S. government to temporarily suspend its application for the controversy-plagued Keystone XL Pipeline, adding a new wrinkle to one of the biggest Canada-U.S. political irritants of recent years.The request to suspend plans for the Alberta-Texas pipeline was sent in a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.If heeded, that request could potentially have two major implications. First, it could spare the company a potential rejection from U.S. President Barack Obama. Second, it could punt the issue beyond the 2016 U.S. election, making it a campaign issue and placing the file in the hands of a future administration. Summary TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) reports $402-million profit for third quarter.$1.2-billion dollar profit so far in 2015.
Klay Thompson, the star shooting guard for the Golden State Warriors, unambiguously took a knee to the face in the team’s Wednesday night game against the Houston Rockets. After that, everything got a little muddled — not only for Thompson, but also for the doctors who are being asked to explain why their test didn’t keep him out of the game.The team’s doctors gave Thompson a concussion evaluation after the injury and cleared him to return to the game. Thompson didn’t get to play (he was still bleeding and wasn’t allowed on the court), and now that looks like a lucky break. In a postgame interview, Thompson said he was “feeling a little dizzy,” and the team confirmed that after the game, he had concussion-like symptoms and will need to be retested before he can play in future games.The NBA concussion protocol requires any player who is suspected of having a concussion to have an immediate neurological evaluation. The NBA uses both a modified version of the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT) and the Cogstate Computerized Cognitive Assessment Tool (CCAT). And according to their clinical trials, both tests do pretty well at detecting concussions accurately.The SCAT combines the results of tests of balance, cognitive function and other concussion indicators into a single score. According to a 2015 study, the SCAT has a sensitivity (successfully detecting concussions in people who really have concussions) of 96 percent. The NBA’s modified SCAT is probably somewhere in the same ballpark, but it’s hard to know for sure because the league hasn’t made public its modifications to the test. The study used a threshold of a 3.5-point drop from an earlier, baseline SCAT score to identify a concussion. If the NBA uses a different figure or focuses on a SCAT subscore instead of the overall figure, the accuracy of the test might change.The CCAT is a computerized test (you can try out a practice version here) that gives players four tasks (sort cards by color, remembering which cards you’ve already seen, etc.) and checks to see if they do badly on at least two of the challenges. According to a 2014 study, the CCAT successfully flags 96 percent of players who really have concussions.So, if the tests are pretty accurate, why wasn’t Thompson identified as possibly concussed until after the game?It’s hard to say, especially without information on the NBA-specific protocols, but sometimes tests are less accurate in real life than they are in a trial. Or a concussed player could just be unlucky; 5 percent or so pass a screening test in error.If Thompson hadn’t mentioned that he felt ill, questions might not have been raised about whether the test failed. Players are a check on the test, but they may not feel free to speak up if they’re passed in error.What happened to Thompson is a reminder for the NBA to audit its methods to make sure that the assessments it is giving players are working as well as they did in the clinical trials. That way, players can trust their doctors, and the fans can trust the league.Update (3:25 p.m., Friday, May 29): On Friday afternoon, the Warriors said Thompson had suffered a concussion, and would not return to the court until he is symptom-free and cleared under the NBA’s concussion protocol guidelines.
THE TOPIC OF tax will be on the agenda when the Taoiseach speaks to the European Council today.Enda Kenny is journeying to Brussels for the European Council meeting, where the agenda will focus on energy in the context of the EU’s efforts to promote competitiveness, growth and jobs.The leaders will also discuss tax policy, with a particular focus on how to improve the efficiency of tax collection and how best to tackle tax evasion and fraud.In a statement, Kenny said:Quite simply put, this is an issue of fairness – we cannot on the one hand be cutting expenditure and consolidating our fiscal positions, while at the same time seeing some engaged in tax evasion and fraud.He said he shares the perspective of President Van Rompuy “that it is important that we now seize the current political momentum – at EU and international levels – to improve the efficiency of our tax policies”.Kenny said that retaining the right of EU member states to decide taxation rules and levels “allows them to take account of their differing positions in the economic and business cycle”.He added that there is a great deal that can and ought to be done about combating tax evasion and fraud.Tax havenThe meeting comes a day after technology giant apple was accused of using Ireland as a tax haven by a US Senate subcommittee.Previously, the UK parliament’s Public Accounts Committee accused Google of ‘devious’ use of Ireland’s corporate tax regulations in order to reduce its tax bill in Britain.Apple negotiated a special two per cent tax rate – less than the State’s rate of 12.5 per cent for companies – in Ireland, according to the Senate investigation.The company is not accused of doing anything illegal, and a statement denied using ‘tax gimmicks’.The Revenue and Finance Department also denied a special tax deal was negotiated with Apple.Read: US Senate: Irish tax havens are leaving US children without education>Read: Ireland is Apple’s ‘Holy Grail of tax avoidance’>
Tortues : des indigènes renoncent à leurs coutumes pour les protégerHabitués depuis toujours à manger des tortues, base de nombreux plats que consommaient déjà leurs ancêtres, des indigènes du nord de la Colombie ont décidé de ne plus pêcher l’animal menacé de disparition.Six des sept espèces de tortues marines recensées sont aujourd’hui en danger d’extinction. Face à cette situation alarmante, que leurs filets de pêche leur ont laissé observer, des indigènes colombiens ont décidé de renoncer à une coutume ancestrale. Ils ont en effet fait le choix de ne plus capturer et manger l’animal, pourtant à la base de leurs plats préférés.À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vous”C’est une lutte contre la culture de mes ancêtres. J’ai grandi en mangeant de la tortue et j’ai élevé mes enfants avec l’argent que j’obtenais en les chassant. Désormais, elles se font de plus en plus rares. Les filets reviennent vides. Il est temps de les sauvegarder pour nous sauver aussi”, a expliqué à l’AFP Olegario Choles, l’un des dirigeants de l’ethnie wayuu. Présente au Venezuela et en Colombie, celle-ci est composée de pêcheurs et de bergers.Il y a quelques jours, une vingtaine de jeunes ont célébré la libération de quelque 220 tortues de l’espèce Cayama, ou Carretta. De longs mois de concertation ont été nécessaires pour convaincre les restaurateurs, cuisiniers et chasseurs de la région, de ne plus s’attaquer aux tortues. Pour Lina Báez, spécialiste de l’environnement au sein de l’entreprise minière Cerrejón, qui sponsorise cette campagne, “les Wayuu se nourrissent avec les animaux de leur région, et changer leurs coutumes est une mission qui relève presque de l’impossible”. La firme a alors proposé aux chasseurs de leur verser la moitié de la somme qu’ils auraient gagnée en vendant à des restaurants la viande et les oeufs des reptiles, dont la consommation est en principe interdite par les conventions internationales.Pour convaincre les indigènes de renoncer à leurs coutumes en faveur de la biodiversité, ce sont en priorité les enfants qui sont ciblés par les campagnes de sensibilisation. Prenant conscience des menaces qui pèsent sur l’espèce, les jeunes encouragent les anciens à agir à leurs côtés. Ainsi “les anciens chasseurs et leurs enfants s’occupent d’assurer des endroits sûrs aux tortues pour la ponte, de protéger leurs oeufs et de libérer les nouveau-nés dans la mer”, assure Maria Claudia Diazgranados, coordinatrice du programme marin de Conservation internationale, l’une des ONG impliquées dans le projet.Le 11 novembre 2010 à 09:07 • Emmanuel Perrin
Facebook American Airlines Mechanic Charged With Sabotaging Plane To Get Overtime Pay Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 WWE sent out the following:WrestleMania 32 tickets on sale Friday, Nov. 6STAMFORD, Conn. — WWE announced today that tickets to the pop-culture extravaganza, WrestleMania 32,will go on sale Friday, Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. ET/9 a.m. CT. WrestleMania 32 will take place Sunday, April 3, 2016, at AT&T Stadium in Dallas and will be broadcast live around the world on WWE Network.Ticket prices range from $18-$1,180 (taxes included). There will also be a limited number of “Gold Circle” VIP Packages available for $2,360 (taxes included). The Gold Circle packages include seating in the first eight rows ringside, a Gold Circle VIP Stadium Entrance, and a commemorative WrestleMania 32 take-home folding chair. Tickets can be purchased through all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000, or at the AT&T Stadium Ticket Office. All tickets are subject to service charges and facility fees.Over the past seven years, WrestleMania has generated more than half a billion dollars in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event. WrestleMania is more than just a one-day event; it is a week-long celebration as WWE will take over the Dallas region during WrestleMania Week. In addition to WrestleMania 32, other activities will include: WrestleMania Axxess – WWE’s four-day, interactive fan festival at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center; WWE NXT at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Arena; the 2016 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at American Airlines Center; Monday Night Raw at American Airlines Center; and more than a dozen activities designed to give back to the host community, including Be a STAR anti-bullying rallies, hospital visits and Make-A-Wish events. Additional information on these events will be announced in the future at www.wrestlemania.com.————-The following travel package information is courtesy of WWE.com:Get WrestleMania 32 Travel Packages on Tuesday, Oct. 13Take part in the biggest week in WWE history by getting a WrestleMania 32 Travel Package! Travel Packages will be available starting Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 12 noon ET on WWE.com.The Showcase of the Immortals takes over AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, on April 3, 2016, and there is no better way to enjoy all the activities of WrestleMania Week than by scoring an official WrestleMania Travel Package. Don’t miss out on the ultimate WWE fan experience!WrestleMania 32 Texas Star Travel PackageTEXAS STAR: $5,875 – $6,625WrestleMania 32 TicketAT&T StadiumSeating – Ringside Rows 1-4 (Section, Row and Seat assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier. Section and Row will be provided within one business day from purchase.)Collectible ChairSunday, April 3, 2016WrestleMania Axxess TicketsKay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center DallasAttend One Premium VIP and One VIP SessionFriday, April 1, 2016 – Sunday, April 3, 2016 (Sessions selected in January 2016)NXT TicketKay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Arena DallasSeating – Ringside Rows 1-3 (Section, Row and Seat assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Friday, April 1, 2016Exclusive Reception with WWE SuperstarsReception prior to WWE Hall of Fame Induction CeremonySaturday, April 2, 2016WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony TicketAmerican Airlines CenterSeating – Floor (Section, Row and Seat assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Saturday, April 2, 2016Monday Night RAWAmerican Airlines CenterSeating – Ringside Rows 1-3 (Section, Row and Seat assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Monday, April 4, 2016Dude Ranch ExperienceJoin WWE Legends during a fun-filled day at a Dallas ranch! Fans will get the opportunity to horseback ride, take roping lessons and receive line dancing lessons. This experience includes lunch and transportationMonday, April 4, 2016Round-Trip Coach Transportation from downtown Dallas hotel to WrestleMania 32Sunday, April 3, 2016Downtown Dallas Hotel4-Night Hotel AccommodationsCheck-in Friday, April 1, 2016Check-out Tuesday, April 5, 2016Each person in this group will share one standard room*Accessible seating is available for all WrestleMania 32 Travel Packages. Be sure to denote accessible seating requests when making your purchase.WrestleMania 32 VIP Travel PackageVIP PACKAGE: $3,775 – $4,700WrestleMania 32 TicketAT&T StadiumSeating – Rows 5-8 (Section, Row and Seat assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Collectible ChairSunday, April 3, 2016WrestleMania Axxess TicketsKay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center DallasAttend Two VIP SessionsFriday, April 1, 2016 – Sunday, April 3, 2016 (Sessions selected in January 2016)NXT TicketKay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Arena DallasSeating – Premium 100 Level (Section, Row and Seat assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Friday, April 1, 2016WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony TicketAmerican Airlines CenterSeating – Premium 100 Level (Section, Row and Seat assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Saturday, April 2, 2016Monday Night RAW**American Airlines CenterSeating – Premium 100 Level (Section, Row and Seat assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Monday, April 4, 2016Round-Trip Coach Transportation from downtown Dallas hotel to WrestleMania 32Sunday, April 3, 2016Downtown Dallas Hotel3-Night Hotel AccommodationsCheck-in Friday, April 1, 2016Check-out Monday, April 4, 20164-Night Hotel AccommodationsCheck-in Friday, April 1, 2016Check-out Tuesday, April 5, 2016Each person in this group will share one standard room*Accessible seating is available for all WrestleMania 32 Travel Packages. Be sure to denote accessible seating requests when making your purchase.**Only included with 4-night hotel accomodations.WrestleMania 32 Platinum Travel PackagePLATINUM PACKAGE: $1,950 – $2,875WrestleMania 32 TicketAT&T StadiumSeating – Premium Central Risers or Entrance Ramp (Section, Row and Seat assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Collectible ChairSunday, April 3, 2016WrestleMania Axxess TicketsKay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center DallasAttend Two General Admission SessionsFriday, April 1, 2016 – Sunday, April 3, 2016 (Sessions selected in January 2016)NXT TicketKay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Arena DallasSeating – Premium 100 Level (Section, Row and Seat assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Friday, April 1, 2016WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony TicketAmerican Airlines CenterSeating – Premium 100 Level (Section, Row and Seat assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Saturday, April 2, 2016Monday Night RAW**American Airlines CenterSeating – Premium 100 Level (Section, Row and Seat assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Monday, April 4, 2016Round-Trip Coach Transportation from downtown Dallas hotel to WrestleMania 32Sunday, April 3, 2016Downtown Dallas Hotel3-Night Hotel AccommodationsCheck-in Friday, April 1, 2016Check-out Monday, April 4, 20164-Night Hotel AccommodationsCheck-in Friday, April 1, 2016Check-out Tuesday, April 5, 2016Each person in this group will share one standard room*Accessible seating is available for all WrestleMania 32 Travel Packages. Be sure to denote accessible seating requests when making your purchase.**Only included with 4-night hotel accomodations.WrestleMania 32 Gold Travel PackageGOLD PACKAGE: $1,225 – $2,350WrestleMania 32 TicketAT&T StadiumSeating – Central Risers (Section, Row and Seat assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Sunday, April 3, 2016WrestleMania Axxess TicketsKay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center DallasAttend Two General Admission SessionsFriday, April 1, 2016 – Sunday, April 3, 2016 (Sessions selected in January 2016)NXT TicketKay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Arena DallasSeating – 100 Level End Zone (Section, Row and Seat assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Friday, April 1, 2016WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony TicketAmerican Airlines CenterSeating – 100 Level (Section, Row and Seat assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Saturday, April 2, 2016Monday Night RAW**American Airlines CenterSeating – 100 Level (Section, Row and Seat assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Monday, April 4, 2016Round-Trip Coach Transportation from downtown Dallas hotel to WrestleMania 32Sunday, April 3, 2016Downtown Dallas Hotel3-Night Hotel AccommodationsCheck-in Friday, April 1, 2016Check-out Monday, April 4, 20164-Night Hotel AccommodationsCheck-in Friday, April 1, 2016Check-out Tuesday, April 5, 2016Each person in this group will share one standard room*Accessible seating is available for all WrestleMania 32 Travel Packages. Be sure to denote accessible seating requests when making your purchase.**Only included with 4-night hotel accomodations.WrestleMania 32 Silver Travel PackageSILVER PACKAGE: $1,075 – $1,975WrestleMania 32 TicketAT&T StadiumSeating – 100 Level (Section, Row and Seat assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Sunday, April 3, 2016WrestleMania Axxess TicketsKay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center DallasAttend Two General Admission SessionsFriday, April 1, 2016 – Sunday, April 3, 2016 (Sessions selected in January 2016)NXT TicketKay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Arena DallasSeating – 100 Level End Zone (Section, Row and Seat assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Friday, April 1, 2016WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony TicketAmerican Airlines CenterSeating – 100 Level (Section, Row and Seat assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Saturday, April 2, 2016Monday Night RAW**American Airlines CenterSeating – 100 Level (Section, Row and Seat assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Monday, April 4, 2016Round-Trip Coach Transportation from downtown Dallas hotel to WrestleMania 32Sunday, April 3, 2016Downtown Dallas Hotel3-Night Hotel AccommodationsCheck-in Friday, April 1, 2016Check-out Monday, April 4, 20164-Night Hotel AccommodationsCheck-in Friday, April 1, 2016Check-out Tuesday, April 5, 2016Each person in this group will share one standard room*Accessible seating is available for all WrestleMania 32 Travel Packages. Be sure to denote accessible seating requests when making your purchase.**Only included with 4-night hotel accomodations.WrestleMania 32 Bronze Travel PackageBRONZE PACKAGE: $575 – $1,125WrestleMania 32 TicketAT&T StadiumSeating – 400 Level Loge (Section, Row and Seat assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Sunday, April 3, 2016WrestleMania Axxess TicketKay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center DallasAttend One General Admission SessionFriday, April 1, 2016 – Sunday, April 3, 2016 (Session selected in January 2016)NXT TicketKay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Arena DallasSeating – 100 Level End Zone (Section, Row and Seat assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by Travel Package Tier)Friday, April 1, 2016Round-Trip Coach Transportation from downtown Dallas hotel to WrestleMania 32Sunday, April 3, 2016Downtown Dallas Hotel3-Night Hotel AccommodationsCheck-in Friday, April 1, 2016Check-out Monday, April 4, 2016Each person in this group will share one standard room*Accessible seating is available for all WrestleMania 32 Travel Packages. 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Information provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers and ranchers affected by the recent floods in North and South Carolina that USDA has programs to assist with their recovery efforts. State and county staff in USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Risk Management Agency (RMA) stand ready to help.“The catastrophic flooding in the Carolinas has caused unimaginable hardship for many producers, including farmers who are waiting for fields to dry so they can assess the damage and harvest what is salvageable of their crops,” said FSA Administrator Val Dolcini. “I encourage producers who experienced losses to take advantage of available disaster assistance programs and loans to alleviate part of the financial burden caused by devastating floods.”Dolcini adds that farmers and ranchers should contact their FSA office to set an appointment during this busy season. He said it is important to learn what documents can help the local office expedite assistance, such as farm records, receipts and pictures of damages or losses.FSA administers a suite of safety-net programs to help producers recover from eligible losses, including the Livestock Indemnity Program, the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program, Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) and the Tree Assistance Program. Additionally, the FSA Emergency Conservation Program provides funding and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters. Producers located in counties that received a primary or contiguous disaster designation are eligible for low-interest emergency loans to help them recover from production and physical losses. Compensation is also available to producers who purchased coverage through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, which protects non-insurable crops against natural disasters that result in lower yields, crop losses or prevented planting.Producers should use form FSA-576, Notice of Loss, to report prevented planting and failed acres in order to establish or retain FSA program eligibility. Prevented planting acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after the final planting date as established by FSA and RMA. Producers must file a Notice of Loss for failed acres on all crops including grasses in a timely fashion, often within 15 days of the occurrence or when the losses become apparent. Producers of hand-harvested crops must notify FSA of damage or loss within 72 hours of when the date of damage or loss first becomes apparent.USDA’s NRCS can also help producers with damaged agricultural lands caused by natural disasters such as floods. The NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides financial assistance to repair and prevent excessive soil erosion that can result from high rainfall events and flooding. Conservation practices supported through EQIP protect the land and aid in recovery, can build the natural resource base, and may help mitigate loss in future events. For declared natural disasters that lead to imminent threats to life and property, such as those declared this week in South Carolina, NRCS can assist local government sponsors with the cost of implementing recovery efforts like debris removal and streambank stabilization to address natural resource concerns and hazards through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program.“The flood event taking place in North and South Carolina is of historic proportions. As the flood waters recede, we may begin seeing land damage such as erosion that happened not only during the rainfall events, but was caused by the receding waters,” said NRCS Chief Jason Weller. “It is critical that farmers, ranchers and forestland owners have financial and technical resources available to protect their natural resources and operations now and as recovery from these disasters begins.”Producers with coverage through the RMA administered federal crop insurance program should contact their crop insurance agent. Those who purchased crop insurance will be paid for covered losses.“No one knows if or when situations like the floods that have devastated the Carolinas may happen. Federal crop insurance provides an effective farm safety net to help farmers recover,” said RMA Administrator Brandon Willis.Producers should report crop damage within 72 hours of damage discovery and follow up in writing within 15 days. They should have Farm Service Agency documents that provide the number of acres and locations of insured crops ready to show the adjuster.Questions?Visit http://go.usa.gov/3eDeF to learn more about USDA disaster preparedness and response. For more information on USDA disaster assistance programs, please contact your local USDA Service Center. To find your local USDA Service Center go to http://offices.usda.gov.
Representative Sarah Vance: “There’s many of us in the House minority, the House Republicans, who believe we can accomplish the work now. The operating budget could have been completed before the 120 days expired, but because people were holding out for what they want they did not move it. There was not any new things done this week that could not have been done prior.” KSRM News spoke with each of our local legislators on Tuesday, and none of them seemed optimistic that the Legislature will be able to find agreement prior to the end of the first special session on Friday. Representative Gary Knopp: “A second special session to address the capital budget and the PFD is really what I think needs to happen. We’re just out of time. We can’t pass a capital budget now and expect the Senate to rubber stamp it and concur, and no time to conference it. That is my belief. Unless something strange happens, I think that’s what needs to happen. We are simply out of time.” The Senate unanimously passed the Fiscal Year 2020 operating budget during a floor session on Monday. The Alaska House of Representatives passed the same operating budget on Sunday which does not include a PFD. Representative Ben Carpenter: “It is a possibility if the House Majority fails to act in the next three days on a capital budget then we would have to go into a second special session in order to have a capital budget. We are at the mercy of people who are not thinking logically. I do not understand why we can’t do the job the state has asked us to do in a timely manner.” Senator Peter Micciche: “We unfortunately clearly need another special session to settle the PFD issue. Although half of us, including me, in the Senate voted for a $3,000 PFD and tried to get it back into the budget yesterday we couldn’t get an 11th vote. At this time the House has not made any kind of a definitive statement on a dividend. A legislative session should be over in 90 days, 110 at the most, unfortunately the House was late to organize. We had to pass a budget and send it to the governor so that the process can continue on an operating budget, and so he has opportunity to veto what he believes is right.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Lawmakers won’t be packing their bags anytime soon amid a looming second special session, where they’re expected to reach a compromise on two major issues… the PFD and a capital budget. House and Senate leaders expect the budget bill, HB 39, to be ready for Governor Mike Dunleavy’s review within three days. The vote averts a government shutdown and allows state services to continue with the next fiscal year beginning July 1.
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Kolkata: Two students featuring on the merit list of 137 candidates in the Higher Secondary Examination stand out as they managed to make it to the top 10 pursuing Commerce. Komal Singh of National High School in Kolkata and Kamal Shaw of Gyan Bharati Vidyapith (Boys) have both come first in Commerce and have bagged the tenth spot on the merit list by securing 486 out of 500.”I want to make a career as a Chartered Accountant (CA) and would prefer to do my higher studies in Kolkata. Last minute mugging up of lessons Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamatado not help. I studied from the very beginning of the session,” said Komal Singh. A resident of Jote Shibrampur in Maheshtala, Komal is a die-hard fan of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and loves to play Badminton. “I had training in Kathak dance but had to stop it from Class XI to concentrate more on my studies. I did not follow any specific hours for study but studied regularly. My parents and my teachers have been very supportive and I dedicate my success to them,” she added. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateKomal had secured 89 percent in Madhyamik and has managed to increase her percentage to 97.2 in HS Examination. Economics teacher of National High School Aditi Bagchi said the school has been performing well particularly in the Commerce stream for the last few years, but it is for the first time when someone has made it to the merit list. “She is a very good student and we had not been able to put any red mark in her exercise books,” she added. Kamal Shaw of Gyan Bharati Vidyapith (Boys) in North Kolkata said that following classes in school on a regular basis has been the key behind his success. Shaw, who has drastically improved his marks, had secured 78 percent in Madhyamik. “I want to become a CA and would love to work in Bengaluru. I feel there is more scope there than in Kolkata. I am indebted to my parents who have been very supportive,” he said. Another die-hard fan of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kamal will not be missing a single match of India in the ensuing World Cup.