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AA profits fall into a pothole as roadside repair firm blames Beast from the East

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryHouse CoastPregnant Beggar Was Asking for Help, But Then One Woman Followed HerHouse Coastmoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutCleverstTattoo Fails : No One Makes It Past No. 6 Without LaughingCleverstZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldPost FunDiana’s Butler Explains Why Harry Is With MeghanPost FunRest Wow68 Hollywood Stars Who Look Unrecognizable NowRest Wow whatsapp Joe Curtis Pre-tax profits fell 64 per cent year on year to £28m, with revenue growing just two per cent to £480m, fuelled by the AA’s roadside and insurance businesses.The Beast from the East caused more crashes among members, the AA said, leaving engineers with their work cut out for them.Earnings per share fell accordingly, down from 10.5p per share for the first half of last year to 3.8p for the six months ending July.However, the car insurer said its financial performance was in line with expectations, seeing cash conversion at £168m while it remains on track to achieve its full-year capex guidance of £105m.It also slashed its pension deficit by £154m to improve its balance sheet.Why it’s interesting Wednesday 26 September 2018 7:51 am Share  “In terms of its balance sheet, the refinancing which it has organised and the notable reduction in the pension deficit are positive, although net debt remains stubbornly high at some £2.7bn,” he said.”Another casualty of the recovery plan has been the dividend reduction which, whilst prudent, removes the incentive for investors who are not being paid to wait as the transformation unfolds.”As AA returns to profit, the difficult decisions which are currently being undertaken could well bear fruit. In the meantime, the stock remains one which for the moment provides more questions than answers.” AA profits fall into a pothole as roadside repair firm blames Beast from the East What analysts saidRichard Hunter, head of markets at Interactive Investor, said the results were proof of “slow but steady progress”.center_img More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com whatsapp The first half of the fiscal year has seen exceptional weather conditions, from extreme cold and snow in February and March to the hottest summer in recent memory, with the severe winter also creating a pothole epidemic on the UK’s roads.All this led to a 15 year high in the number of breakdowns we serviced. Against this backdrop, I am extremely proud of our achievements and to be reporting results in line with our guidance as we continue to build resilience throughout the business.We are making good operational progress across our roadside and insurance businesses and firmly believe that we have the people and strategy in place to unlock the full potential of the AA and crystallise long term value for our shareholders.   Bad weather sent AA profits crashing in the first half of 2018, the roadside recovery firm said today, sending its share price down over four per cent.The figures This year’s harsh winter left AA contending with plenty of potholes, leading to a 15-year high in the number of breakdowns it attended.But the business has struggled to grow at the same rate RAC has enjoyed, which upped revenue by £22m in the first half of the year compared to AA’s £9m.With roadside business retention down one per cent, and membership down two per cent, AA managed to hike up income from business customers by five per cent, renewing key customers like Jaguar Land Rover and Volkswagen and winning a three-year contract with Arval.Its insurance arm fared better, with motor policies growing seven per cent to 659,000, and the firm believes it will return to growth in the next financial year.What AA saidChief executive Simon Breakwell said: Tags: AA Companylast_img read more

Gardentalk – Beginner’s start-up guide

first_imgGardentalk | JuneauGardentalk – Beginner’s start-up guideApril 21, 2017 by Matt Miller, KTOO Share:Seed packets can be purchased in local stores or online. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)In this week’s edition of Gardentalk that airs every Thursday morning during KTOO’s Morning Edition, Master Gardener Ed Buyarski explains how to pick a location for your garden or garden box.Sunshine, soil and availability of moisture are the three basic things that any gardener should consider when deciding on a garden site. He recommends that new gardeners start small with a 4-foot-by-8-foot garden box in a place that has good sun and good drainage.Before building the box, you can lay down cardboard that will prevent weeds or grass from coming up. Horse manure, seaweed or compost should be layered on the bottom of the garden box or garden. Soil should be at least 10 to 12 inches deep. Sand can be mixed into the soil if you think you might have problems with drainage.Hoops of clear plastic placed over the garden will help warm up the soil before planting.And, don’t forget to fertilize your garden this summer! Listen to the April 20th edition of Gardentalk:Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2017/04/garden042017final.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Share this story:last_img read more

Shirley Manson Talks 20 Years of Garbage and the Advice She’d…

first_imgMusicUncategorizedShirley Manson Talks 20 Years of Garbage and the Advice She’d Give Her Younger SelfThe iconic ’90s band plays the Greek Theatre on October 8By Sonya Singh and Puneet Singh – October 7, 20151226ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItIt’s hard to believe, but some of the most beloved records from the ’90s are all grown up and turning 20. For Garbage, the Midwest group fronted by the iconic Shirley Manson and helmed by legendary producer Butch Vig (Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana), the sentiment is not lost on them. Last week, the group released a 20th anniversary reissue of their groundbreaking eponymous debut, and they’re supporting it with a tour titled “20 Years Queer,” in which they’ll play the record in its entirety.Ubiquitous singles like “Only Happy When it Rains,” “Vow,” “Queer,” and “Stupid Girl” catapulted the alternative rockers to the top of the charts and made them darlings of the MTV generation while simultaneously garnering critical acclaim worldwide. Garbage pushed the envelope of what it meant to be a rock act in an era dominated by angst-ridden grunge. Their sound was often difficult to categorize: buzzsaw guitars drone under irresistible pop hooks, while electronic sampling and controversial lyrics created a rich sonic tapestry from which people from every walk of life could find a thread. Twenty years later, the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated album is just as prescient, vital, and refreshingly original as it ever was. We spoke with Manson as she reflects on two decades of Garbage.You have been at the forefront of controversial issues, with this record especially. Twenty years later it seems we’re moving toward more acceptance and equality. In some ways, it seems you were ahead of your time.I think you’re probably right. With “Queer,” it wasn’t fashionable back then as it seems to be right now, which is wonderful. But back in 1995 when we brought “Queer” out—which is kind of an anthem, if you’d like, to the whole LGBT community—it was considered quite bold. I feel a real affinity, still, towards that song, and I’m happy that it’s in our arsenal. It’s so wonderful to see how much change has occurred since then. With “As Heaven is Wide,” we took the Catholic church to task over what was going on amongst a select group of pedophile priests. We spoke out about that. Having come out of the Midwest, a lot of that abuse was pretty prevalent. I think we’re all still outraged by what occurs and has occurred. I feel as a band we spoke out about issues that, especially back then, were incredibly taboo.That considered, it seems very appropriate to be touring and reissuing this record now.Thank you, I feel the same way. For the last decade or so I really have despaired about how our culture has allegedly evolved (laughs). A lot of the time it has felt like there has been a lot of “devolution” as opposed to “evolution.” I feel a change in the air right now, and it does feel like a wonderful time for us to be celebrating our 20th anniversary.In preparing for this tour, have a lot of memories been coming back to you?Oh my God, it’s been a crazy experience of remembering, and there’s been a lot of hilarious moments as we’ve had to revisit old photographs, old movies, and movie clips. So we’ve really had a great laugh at our own expense.What are some things you’ve rediscovered—or even discovered for the first time—about this record?For the first time ever I’ve been able to look at something I have been involved in and really experience a feeling of pride and pleasure in the work. I tend to downplay everything or feel negative toward anything I’ve ever been involved in, and so now there’s something incredibly pleasurable about being able to be completely objective about the record and realize what a good job we did with it (laughs).As a female performer in a musical realm largely dominated by men, what challenges did you face?I’ve had challenges for sure, but I’ve always felt like if you want to play with the boys, you’re going to have to up your game in order to be in the game without getting your feelings hurt. I believe women are able to do that. I’ve always felt—and it was the way I was raised—that I’m as good as the next man, literally. So I try not to think of challenges I encounter from a gender standpoint. I tend to think of it as, “Oh, here I am, I’m up against an asshole.” And that asshole could be female or male. I’ve had so many men support me in my career. There’s been as many men as women.What horizons do you still want to reach, personally and artistically?As I’ve gotten older I have to confess that I’m becoming, I’m convinced, quite militant in my desire to become involved in some kind of environmental cause. I want to put my energies into the World Wildlife Federation or something like that. That’s my dream, actually. Artistically, I feel like I’ve still got so much to learn. I want to try to age with an open mind. I don’t want my brain to shrink. I want it to open up and expand so that I can continue to learn and get better and better at what I do. That’s what I’d like for myself.If you could give advice to a younger Shirley Manson, what would that be?I would have said to my young self, “Listen, you have everything you need, and you are enough to go forward into life to get what’s yours.”Garbage will play their first album in full at the Greek Theatre on Thursday, October 8th. TAGSGarbageShirley MansonThe Greek TheatrePrevious articleL.A.’s Top Literary Events in OctoberNext articleCityDig: How L.A. Went from Sleepy Pueblo to Urban CenterSonya Singh RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORSteve Martin and Martin Short Have No Desire to Kill One AnotherWith Cal Jam, the Foo Fighters Are Keeping Rock Festivals AliveMy LA to Z: Corey Fogelmanislast_img read more

Labour leadership contest: Jeremy Corbyn makes it onto Labour leader ballot in 11th-hour victory: Who are the MPs that endorsed him?

first_img Catherine Neilan Labour leadership contest: Jeremy Corbyn makes it onto Labour leader ballot in 11th-hour victory: Who are the MPs that endorsed him? Monday 15 June 2015 7:40 am by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorBlood Pressure For LifeWhy Doctors May No Longer Prescribe Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure For Life Show Comments ▼ Sharecenter_img whatsapp Tags: Jeremy Corbyn Labour leadership race People Jeremy Corbyn has made it onto the ballot for Labour’s leadership contest with less than an hour to go before the deadline.  It was confirmed that the Islington MP, who is seen as more left-wing than many of his competitors, received the required 35 nominations just moments before the midday closing point. It was widely seen as a grassroots campaign, backed by many anti-austerity voters and MPs who sit on the left. He received a swathe of last minute support from people who had backed Mary Creagh, who dropped out on Friday.  Corbyn said: “I’m on the ballot as a result of a massive campaign by Labour supporters across the country, urging MPs to vote for democracy.” It would be a huge swing to the left if Corbyn became the next Labour leader: he has actively protested against the austerity measures, appearing at several demonstrations and is often compared to the likes of Tony Benn.  But who backed him – and why?  The full list of MPs to endorse Jeremy Corbyn is:  Here’s who backed Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leaderNameConstituencyWho did they back last time?Jon Trickett   HemsworthEd BallsClive LewisNorwich SouthNot an MP in 2010John McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonDiane AbbottMichael MeacherOldham WestEd MilibandRonnie CampbellBlyth ValleyAndy BurnhamDiane AbbottHackney North Diane AbbottKelvin HopkinsLuton NorthDiane AbbottRichard BurgonLeeds EastNot an MP in 2010Dennis SkinnerBelsoverDavid MilibandGrahame MorrisEasingtonEd MilibandFrank FieldBirkenheadEd MilibandKate OsamorEdmontonNot an MP in 2010Cat SmithLancaster and FleetwoodNot an MP in 2010Dawn ButlerBrent CentralNot an MP in 2010Chi OnwurahNewcastle Upon TyneEd MilibandJeremy CorbynIslington NorthDiane AbbottCatherine WestHornsey and Wood GreenNot an MP in 2010Emily ThornberryIslington South Ed MilibandSadiq KhanTootingEd MilibandHuw Irranca-DaviesOgmoreDavid MilibandJo CoxBatley and SpenNot an MP in 2010Louise HaighSheffield HeeleyNot an MP in 2010David LammyTottenhamDavid MilibandImran HussainBradford EastNot an MP in 2010Rebecca Long-BaileySalford and EcclesNot an MP in 2010Tulip SiddiqHampstead and KilburnNot an MP in 2010Jon CruddasDagenham and RainhamDavid MilibandMargaret BeckettDerby SouthEd MilibandGareth ThomasHarrow WestDavid MilibandRushanara AliBethnal Green and BowDavid MilibandNeil CoyleBermondsey and Old SouthwarkNot an MP in 2010Andrew SmithOxford EastEd BallsSarah ChampionRotherhamNot an MP in 2010Ian MurrayEdinburgh SouthDavid MilibandGordon MarsdenBlackpool SouthEd Miliband Here’s what some of the MPs said:https://twitter.com/jon_trickett/status/609432316016992256  https://twitter.com/labourlewis/status/610402259072077826  https://twitter.com/johnmcdonnellMP/status/608236087136423936 https://twitter.com/michaelmeacher/status/608284217676398592 https://twitter.com/HackneyAbbott/status/609798156059058176  More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com whatsapplast_img read more

EXPLORE: How Yemen’s cholera outbreak spread to a half-million people

first_img Talia Bronshtein/STAT Source: WHO Yemen situation reports 2017 The Yemen case count has been declining since early July, the World Health Organization said Monday, with transmission slowing in previously hard-hit areas. Still, transmission continues in newly affected areas, and it’s estimated 5,000 new people are being infected daily.advertisement By Helen Branswell and Talia Bronshtein Aug. 15, 2017 Reprints The numbers are mind-boggling: Over the past four months, half a million people are suspected of having contracted cholera in Yemen and 2,000 have died from the diarrheal disease.The outbreak took off in earnest in late April, sweeping through this country of 27 million people on the Arabian Peninsula. Yemen has been engulfed in political strife for years, a factor that has greatly exacerbated the scale of this epidemic.Cholera is caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae, which attacks the intestine. Most infections are mild, or even symptomless. But as many as 10 percent of infected people develop severe illness — vomiting and profuse, watery diarrhea that lead to a rapid loss of body fluids, which, in turn, can induce dehydration, shock and death.advertisement A Yemeni woman suspected of being infected with cholera receives treatment at a hospital in Sanaa. MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images Suspected cholera deaths in Yemen5/22/176/4/176/12/176/17/176/20/176/23/176/26/176/29/177/2/177/5/177/10/177/13/177/16/177/19/177/22/177/25/177/28/177/31/178/6/170500100015002000Number of cholera deathsDateDeaths5/22/173615/27/174715/30/175326/4/176816/7/177946/10/179236/12/179426/13/179746/14/179896/17/171,1006/18/171,1466/19/171,1706/20/171,2056/21/171,2336/22/171,2656/23/171,3106/24/171,3446/25/171,3686/26/171,4006/27/171,4166/28/171,4396/29/171,4756/30/171,5177/1/171,5607/2/171,5877/3/171,6147/4/171,6347/5/171,6577/6/171,6787/7/171,7067/10/171,7327/11/171,7427/12/171,7437/13/171,7597/14/171,7707/15/171,7847/16/171,7907/17/171,8027/18/171,8177/19/171,8287/20/171,8377/21/171,8477/22/171,8587/23/171,8647/24/171,8697/25/171,8807/26/171,8857/27/171,8897/28/171,8927/29/171,8957/30/171,9037/31/171,9158/1/171,9218/3/171,9308/6/171,953Suspected cholera deaths in Yemen HealthEXPLORE: How Yemen’s cholera outbreak spread to a half-million people About the Authors Reprints 5/225/276/46/106/186/257/27/77/167/237/308/658k57k50k49k37k35k32k29k29k27k16k14k14k9k8k5k5k3k2k826496 Talia Bronshtein/STAT Source: WHO Yemen situation reports 2017center_img Talia Bronshtein/STAT Source: WHO Yemen situation reports 2017 The already under-resourced health care system is collapsing under the weight of the outbreak, the WHO said. Millions of people in the country don’t have sources of safe, clean water, and waste collection efforts have ceased in major cities, the agency said.Meanwhile, 30,000 health care workers haven’t been paid for a nearly year — a situation denounced by the new WHO director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.— Text by Helen Branswell Helen Branswell Yemen cholera outbreak 2017, by governoratePress play or drag the timeline handle to see the number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen. Hover over the map for details.Report dateAug 6 This cholera outbreak is the largest currently underway in the world. Annually, between 3 million and 5 million people are infected with cholera and the infection claims an estimated 100,000 lives every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. @HelenBranswell Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. Tags infectious diseasepublic healthlast_img read more

Coronavirus pandemic forces some research labs to shut down, with uncertain futures for scientific projects

first_img Hospital workers across the U.S. present sharply different pictures of their preparedness for the coronavirus About the Author Reprints [email protected] Related: Tags BostonCoronavirusresearch @DrewQJoseph But researchers at other universities, even in places where there is not confirmed community spread of the coronavirus, say they are anticipating having to adjust as the outbreak evolves, and have started preparing should they need to close.Researchers said that any widespread and lengthy shutdown could have tremendous implications for the pace of scientific discovery. They said that public health and the safety of their lab members were paramount, but that they still worried that being away from their labs for weeks or months would mean having to restart certain projects or abandon experiments. That not only translated into wasted time and resources, but postponing and even forfeiting the new discoveries and insights that emerge when students, postdoctoral fellows, and senior scientists toil away in their labs.If supplies and experiments cannot be sustained, “we’re going to lose a lot of science,” said Holden Thorp, the editor-in-chief of the Science journals. Related: By Andrew Joseph March 14, 2020 Reprints HealthCoronavirus pandemic forces some research labs to shut down, with uncertain futures for scientific projects Harvard told its Arts and Sciences faculty this week that it was also ending most research on its campus for an expected “at least six to eight weeks,” though labs at some of the institution’s other schools remain running. Tufts University has told researchers “to ramp down research in physical laboratories on our campuses for 2 weeks effective immediately, after which the University will evaluate if additional time is warranted,” Tufts spokesman Patrick Collins said Saturday. MIT is instituting a similar plan as well.We want to hear from you: Are you a health care worker affected by the coronavirus outbreak? Please tell us about your experience.These announcements this week went further than most institutions across the country have gone thus far. Some other university labs in the Boston area, where a growing number of cases have been detected, remain open.advertisement Researchers rush to test coronavirus vaccine in people without knowing how well it works in animals center_img General Assignment Reporter Andrew covers a range of topics, from addiction to public health to genetics. Please enter a valid email address. Even labs that are conducting coronavirus research are expecting possible interruptions.“So far we are staying open but the situation is very fluid,” said Arturo Casadevall, chair of molecular microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who is researching how blood from people who survive Covid-19 (the disease caused by the virus) could be used as a treatment for those fighting the infection.And at the University of Iowa, longtime coronavirus researcher Stanley Perlman said undergraduates are no longer allowed to work in labs, and graduate students have some restrictions. That limits the number of people together at any one time and reduces the chance of someone passing on the virus, which is called SARS-CoV-2.“We’re hoping that by the end of April we’ll be back to normal,” Perlman said.In addition to not wanting to serve as a transmission ground for the virus, researchers said they were conscious of not competing with the public health response for resources. One aspect of the testing debacle in the United States has been the shortage of RNA extraction kits that are used to isolate the virus’ genetic material so it can be tested. But the tool is also commonly used in basic research.“I know, for example, hospitals in this country are actually writing to their research laboratories at the same universities asking the laboratories to please send any extra kits that they might have to do the RNA extraction,” said Michael Mina, an epidemiologist at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “So that’s an extraordinary move for hospitals, making announcements to academic departments asking to please set their experiments on hold and send any available kits to the hospital labs.” Leave this field empty if you’re human: Researchers said they were also worried about what such a pause could do to their trainees, who are under intense pressure to publish studies as they try to launch academic careers. Already, some labs have told undergraduate researchers to stay home and given graduate students the same option if they do not feel comfortable coming into work. Group meetings have been moved online.Biomedical research is not the type of job that can be done from kitchen tables and living room couches. It requires special equipment. Some experiments have to be conducted while wearing protective gear or under powerful ventilation systems. Cell lines have to be fed. Mice do not live all that long. Lab animals are not the type you can buy at a pet store; many have been bred to have particular patterns of mutations. (Researchers said that staff members who take care of animals are typically considered essential personnel and will continue their work, even if no research with the animals will go forward.)“Unfortunately, it means shutting down some long-term experiments,” said Richard Lee, a Harvard researcher focused on diseases of aging. He said his lab was working on some mouse experiments that take four to six months. “Stopping those experiments hurts because we lose that amount of time. But everyone has to do their part.”Another project that his lab closed down: a study of age-related DNA damage in a human immune cell called a lymphocyte. Its aim was to help explain why older people have weaker immune systems.In the way that many companies have moved to an open-office plan in recent years, some newly constructed research labs have been built as shared spaces. That way, depending on the funding and size of a project, a team can scale up or down the number of seats at a lab bench it needs. But it also means that more people are exposed to each other in their daily work. Privacy Policy Scientists who study coronaviruses or design antiviral therapies are grinding away at their research like never before. But some of their counterparts in other academic laboratories are winding their work down, as the coronavirus pandemic leads to institutional shuttering and people avoiding working in close contact.“Our goal is to minimize the number of people in our facilities at any one time, while allowing science that is absolutely essential to continue on-site,” Eric Lander, president of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, wrote in an email to staff Saturday morning announcing that “non-critical” work at the institute had to wrap up by this coming Wednesday.“We don’t know when these non-critical lab activities will resume, but we anticipate that the pause in lab activities will last at least a few weeks,” Lander wrote.advertisement Biomedical engineer Catherine Klapperich’s lab at Boston University remains open for now, but researchers there have been advised not to have lab meetings with more than 10 people, “which is basically every lab meeting,” she said. Three weeks ago, her lab made a rule that scientists could not run an unsupervised experiment overnight, in case one day they were not allowed back into the building.Klapperich said one of her graduate students on Friday was about to start an experiment that would take a week and a half, but that he didn’t want to if it was going to get scuttled along the way. Together, they decided he could do the first step and then freeze the materials if needed.“They have to stop their work if they can’t go to the lab,” Klapperich said about graduate students. “It’s gotta be incredibly frustrating because they don’t know how long it’s going to be.”In their messages to researchers, institution leaders have acknowledged that while being kept from the lab bench was a massive disruption, scientists could still run analyses and perform computational modeling from outside their labs, or write grant proposals and draft study manuscripts — suggesting that work should continue.Klapperich said that a scientist she knows whose lab was being shut down joked that in six months, there were going to be a bunch of new review articles published by the lab.Sharon Begley and Helen Branswell contributed reporting. Andrew Joseph Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. The Broad Institute in Cambridge, Mass., has announced that “non-critical” work at the institute had to wrap up by this coming Wednesday. Matthew Orr/STATlast_img read more

Laois U-20 Leinster football league and championship fixtures confirmed

first_imgHome Sport GAA Laois U-20 Leinster football league and championship fixtures confirmed SportGAAGaelic Football By Alan Hartnett – 10th December 2019 GAA Laois U-20 Leinster football league and championship fixtures confirmed Twitter Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA Previous articleFormer Laois footballer set to take over Park-RatheniskaNext articleJOB VACANCY: Enva looking to hire drivers for roles based in Portlaoise Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Laois then went on to reach the Leinster final where they were beaten by Dublin but they have been moved up the ranks considerably as a result.They are now in the John Kerins Cup which has Dublin, Kildare, Meath, Galway, Cork and Kerry – so it is certainly the top tier.Laois are in Group 1 alongside the other three Leinster teams who they will play in the first three weeks of January.If they top the group they will go straight through to the final which takes place on Saturday January 25.That run of games will lead them nicely through to the Leinster championship which gets underway in February. Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Pinterest 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin TAGSLaois U-20 footballers Facebook Laois have received a bye through Round 1 and will instead face Westmeath in a quarter final on the weekend on February 14/15.John Kerins Cup Saturday Januray 4 Round 1 Group 1 Kildare v LaoisDublin v MeathGroup 2 Kerry v CorkGalway byeSaturday January 11 Round 2Group 1 Laois v MeathKildare v DublinGroup 2 Cork v GalwayKerry byeSaturday January 18 Round 3 Group 1 Meath v KildareDublin v LaoisGroup 2 Galway v KerryCork ByeSaturday January 25Final 1st Placed Team Group 1 v 1st Placed Team Group 2Play-Off*2nd Placed Team Group 2 v 3rd Placed Team Group 2 (To give all teams three games)Leinster Football Championship Leinster U-20 Round 1Wicklow v DublinCarlow v WexfordLouth v OffalyLeinster U-20 Quarter Final Winners of Wicklow/Dublin v LongfordWinners of Carlow/Wexford v MeathWinners of Louth/Offaly v KildareLaois v WestmeathSee Also: Laois group needs your vote to help it win funding support See Also: The Laois Today store is now open for all your Christmas goodies  The Laois U-20 footballers will once again take part in a league in 2020.Last year under Billy O’Loughlin, the U-20s were placed in the Andrew Corden Cup alongside Carlow, Wexford, Tipperary and Waterford.This was about the fourth tier of the competition and Laois proved far too strong – winning all of the games comfortably and going on to be crowned champions.  Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA Facebooklast_img read more

N. Korean military takes further steps to establish discipline in the…

first_imgNorth Korea’s military has taken further steps to establish discipline within the ranks and has even warned that military commanders will be “jointly responsible” for infractions committed by soldiers under their command, Daily NK has learned. On June 11, Daily NK learned from a source inside the country that a North Korean communist party committee focused on military affairs adopted a “resolution” that was then sent to the political offices of each branch of the military on June 1.The resolution appears to have its origins in a comment made by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at an expanded meeting of the Central Military Committee on May 23. During that event, he spoke about resolving a “spate of deviance within military and political activities.” HARSH WORDSThe committee’s resolution stressed that the “key” to making the military “invincible” is “strengthening discipline in military affairs.” The resolution went on to state that “no matter how well we may be prepared to carry out [military] operations, units with poor discipline are no better than a herd of sheep without a shepherd and will lose every battle in a war.”  The committee also noted that the military follows the orders of the “Supreme Leader” and that there is a need to “cultivate exemplary military units” by strengthening internal discipline. “All commanders and soldiers should keep in mind the noble ideology and intentions of the party in designating June the ‘month for establishing military discipline,’ and take a keen interest to see that this is done without even the slightest of errors,” the committee’s resolution further stated. The resolution also emphasized that military leaders take various measures against incidents or accidents of any description that cause disorder in the ranks, including rule-breaking, drinking, beatings, desertion and accidental shootings.“The leadership hammered home the point that anyone involved in misbehavior would be held legally responsible, including being sent to a forced labor camp,” the source added. “The leadership has also emphasized that unit commanders and even the military’s political officers will be held jointly responsible [for incidents that occur under their command].” The leadership appears intent at creating an atmosphere of fear among soldiers and their commanders toward committing infractions.“The military is working hard to convey orders to subordinates through political education sessions and during time set aside during the mornings for readings [focused on party-related policies and contemporary issues],” the source explained. “The goal appears to be to establish complete discipline within the military prior to the beginning of the year’s second military training period [summer military training], which is set to start in July [and usually lasts until Oct. 20],” he added. JUNE: A KEY MONTH FOR THE MILITARYKim Jong Un reportedly designated June as the country’s “month for establishing military discipline.” “The Supreme Leader issued an initiative called the ‘June 12 Measure to Establish Military Discipline’ after he noticed soldiers wearing their uniforms in a disorderly manner in the streets while inspecting military units stationed in North Hwanghae Province on June 12,” the source told Daily NK. Kim has long been deemed an expert in military affairs, ever since he was referred to as the “Young General” in 2007.Please direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] in Korean North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55% AvatarJeong Tae JooJeong Tae Joo is one of Daily NK’s full-time journalists. He focuses on North Korean military matters. Please direct any questions about his articles to [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSsoldiersmilitary discipline SHARE News Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store center_img North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News News Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

RBC iShares launches 4 sustainable ETFs

first_img BMO to launch six new mutual funds RBC iShares has released four new multi-asset ETFs that are environmental, social and governance–focused, the firm said in a release on Wednesday.The funds, which have annual management fees of 0.22%, are: the iShares ESG Conservative Balanced ETF Portfolio, the iShares ESG Balanced ETF Portfolio, the iShares ESG Growth ETF Portfolio and the iShares ESG Equity ETF Portfolio. BMO InvestorLine launches commission-free trading for ETFs The funds join the RBC iShares suite of sustainable ETFs and complement the iShares Core ETF Portfolios, the release said. They’ll be managed by BlackRock, Inc. subsidiary BlackRock Asset Management Canada Ltd.The launch of the new funds follows growing investor interest in sustainable products.“We’re excited to make sustainability more accessible,” managing director Pat Chiefalo said in the release. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords ESG,  Responsible investing,  ETFsCompanies RBC Global Asset Management, BlackRock Canada IE Staff Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media 51103421 - a hand painting symbols of alternative energy sources in green. green background. concept of clean environment. 123RF ESG interest on the rise, but so is fear of greenwashinglast_img read more

Fed signals readiness to do more for economy as virus rages

first_imgFederal Reserve building in Washington DC, US. Close up of a top part of the building with eagle statue. avmedved/123RF Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Fed’s Powell: Public should understand risks of Bitcoin Several Fed officials have expressed concern that Congress has failed so far to provide further aid for struggling individuals and businesses. But the Fed’s policy statement, issued after a two-day meeting, made no mention of lawmakers’ failure to act.A multi-trillion-dollar stimulus, enacted in the spring, had helped sustain jobless Americans and ailing businesses but has since expired. The failure of lawmakers to agree on any new rescue package has clouded the future for the unemployed, for small businesses and for the economy as a whole. There is some hope, though, that a logjam can be broken and more economic relief can be enacted during a post-election “lame-duck” session of Congress between now and early January.“The outlook for the economy is extraordinarily uncertain,” Chair Jerome Powell said at a news conference.The central bank has been buying Treasury and mortgage bonds to hold down long-term borrowing rates to encourage spending. And it has kept its key short-term rate, which influences many corporate and individual loans, near zero. Some economists think the policymakers’ next move will be to expand its bond buying effort, which is intended to boost the economy by lowering longer-term borrowing rates.The Fed’s latest policy meeting coincided with an anxiety-ridden election week and an escalation of the virus across the country. Most economists warn that the economy cannot make a sustained recovery until the pandemic is brought under control and most Americans are confident enough to return to their normal habits of shopping, travelling, dining and congregating in groups.“The recent rise in Covid-19 cases both here and abroad is particularly concerning,” Powell said at the news conference. “All of us have a role to play, to keep appropriate social distance and to wear masks in public.”The central bank’s policy statement Thursday was approved on a 10-0 vote. Robert Kaplan, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, who had dissented at the previous meeting, voted with the majority this time. Another dissenter in September, Neel Kashkari, head of the Minneapolis Fed, was absent, with his alternate, Mary Daly of the San Francisco Fed, approving the statement.The statement was nearly identical to the one the Fed issued in September. At that meeting, it adopted a policy goal change it had made in August to keep rates low for some period of time even after inflation hits its 2% annual target. The reason was to allow the Fed to supply a longer boost to the economy and for unemployment to fall further before the policymakers begin to worry about inflation. Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Premature retraction of government supports poses risks Fed keeps key rate near zero, sees inflation as ‘transitory’ Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Monetary policyCompanies Federal Reserve Board The Federal Reserve kept its benchmark interest rate at a record low near zero Thursday and signalled its readiness to do more if needed to support an economy under threat from a worsening coronavirus pandemic.The Fed announced no new actions after its latest policy meeting but left the door open to provide further assistance in the coming months. The central bank again pledged to use its “full range of tools to support the U.S. economy in this challenging time.” The economy in recent weeks has weakened after mounting a tentative recovery from the deep pandemic recession in early spring. last_img read more

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