Sta. Lucia eyes title in PSL debut

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town READ: College rivals boost new squad Cocolife Cocolife will battle Generika in the opening match at 3 pm, while Foton squares off with Cignal at 5 pm. Petron clashes with Sta. Lucia in the third match of the day.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“We have been partners in sports especia,ly in basketball, boxing and football, and volleyball is a growing sport here in the country and we would like to be part of the experience,” said SLR team manager Michelle Robles-De Castro.Sta. Lucia will be led by setter Djanel Cheng and Ria Sante who helped Arellano win the NCAA title recently. China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Inquirer 7 top UAAP women’s volleyball players: Week 4 The head coaches and team captains of the participating teams in the 2017 Belo-Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference Grand Prix are presented during the media conference yesterday at the Centrestage at the MOA Arena. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOTwo teams, Cocolife and Sta. Lucia, will spice up the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference which starts Saturday at FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan City.The Realtors, led by owners Michael Robles, said they will aim for no less than the title on their first foray into volleyball.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitecenter_img Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident MOST READ READ: Cocolife joins PSL with returnee Gumabao in tow The top three teams after the eliminations will advance to the semifinals, joining Japanese club Kobe Xinhua.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Cleansing of the ‘Temple of Democracy’

first_imgDear Editor,Allow me to express my disappointment at the politicians who have proved that they are no worthier to be called leaders of the people of Guyana. They have further caused a rift among themselves when they are supposed to build bridges between people and work for unity and love. It is disheartening to see how power and money can cause the downfall of any leadership. However, one thing is obvious that people are now aware and are tired of political gimmicks to achieve politicians’ own goals of power and money. People of Guyana have given up discussing politics, because it is always divisive and not helpful for the nation. If it is not helpful, it must be trampled underfoot because salt has lost its taste. Mind you, I am not pointing to any political party.Allow me to speak about my Leader Jesus Christ. For Jesus, the Temple of Jerusalem was the sacred space for every people of the nations. When it was defiled by the evil doers, Jesus makes a whip out of some cord and drives out every sort of evil from the temple. Hence, he allows its purpose to be fulfilled, and its purpose is to allow the space for everyone to have an encounter with God. We believe that the Parliament is the Temple of Democracy and a temple of the nation where every people of this nation is represented. Do we believe in this? If we believe in this, why our Temple of Democracy has been defiled? If it is defiled, who will be able to cleanse it? Certainly, we need someone like Jesus who can make a whip and cleanse it so that its sole purpose is fulfilled. I would like the politicians to do a ‘retrospect’ because each of you is the servant of the people and not bosses of the people. I would like you to enter that Temple of Democracy with people at the heart of your discussion. Do remember that if you keep people’s interest before your own, you will be the best leaders a nation can dream. Please do not defile our Temple of the nation. Treat it with respect and dignity. If you respect the Parliament, you would respect the people for it is people who elected and sent you to this temple so that you decide and dedicate your life to the people of the nation.Sincerely,Kevin Williamslast_img read more

Terry stripped of England captaincy

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, February 3- John Terry was stripped of the England captaincy for the second time in two years on Friday after mounting concern his ongoing racism court case had made his position untenable.The English Football Association confirmed in a statement that chairman David Bernstein had contacted Terry to inform him of the body’s decision to remove him as captain until the racism allegations were “resolved.” Bernstein had canvassed opinion amongst members of the FA board on Thursday to discuss the best course action for Terry, who is accused of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a match last year.Terry, 31, strongly denies the charges and has vowed to clear his name. However the decision this week to delay his court case until July 9 left FA chiefs with the prospect of the saga overshadowing England’s Euro 2012 campaign.“Following the decision to adjourn the court case against John Terry to July, the Football Association confirm he will not captain the England team until the allegations against him are resolved,” the FA statement said.“This decision has been taken due to the higher profile nature of the England captaincy, on and off the pitch, and the additional demands and requirements expected of the captain leading into and during a tournament.”However the FA statement stressed Terry could still represent England in Poland and the Ukraine this summer.“The FA Board can confirm that he has not been excluded from the squad and that Fabio Capello is free to select him for the Holland fixture on 29 February and the European Championship,” the statement said.The FA said Bernstein had explained the decision to Terry and Capello, who had reportedly been in favour of keeping the centre-half as captain.“Fabio Capello has not been involved in the FA Board discussions which reached this conclusion, but understands the FA Board has authority to make this decision,” the statement said.Terry did not immediately make any comment on the decision but was reportedly mulling retirement from international football, “angry and disillusioned” over his treatment according to The Daily Mirror.Friday’s developments marked the latest twist to Terry’s chequered England career following the decision to sack him as captain over allegations about his private life in the build-up to the 2010 World Cup.The FA’s latest ruling was applauded by Britain’s sports minister Hugh Robertson.“I completely support the FA’s decision,” Robertson said. “It would have been impossible for John Terry to have continued as captain with this charge over his head.”Politicians and anti-racism campaigners had warned of a “toxic” atmosphere in England’s multi-racial dressing room if Terry was kept on as captain.Piara Powar, the executive director of European football’s anti-discrimination body – Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) also said Terry should be replaced.“Innocent until proven guilty,” he Tweeted. “But should John Terry remain as England capt through the Euros? I can’t see how he can.”Reading striker and radio pundit Jason Roberts Tweeted: “Believe me…the Dressing room at the Euros will be TOXIC unless the correct decision is made..!!!Meanwhile Anton Ferdinand’s older brother Rio, an England team-mate of Terry, said he had no interest in seeking the captaincy.Rio Ferdinand had previously accepted the armband when Terry was sacked as skipper two years ago, but was unhappy at the manner in which he lost the captaincy last year.“I don’t want to be England captain after the last episode, just want to concentrate on playin for Utd&if I make the squad then as ever I’ll be delighted,” Ferdinand announced on Twitter.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Heartbreak hotel for teddy

first_imgA guard dog has ripped apart a collection of rare teddy bears, including one once owned by Elvis Presley, during a rampage at a London children’s museum. “He just went berserk,” said Daniel Medley, general manager of the Wookey Hole Caves near Wells, England, where hundreds of bears were chewed up Tuesday night by the 6-year-old Doberman pinscher named Barney. Barney ripped the head off a brown stuffed bear once owned by the young Presley during the attack, leaving fluffy stuffing and bits of bears’ limbs and heads on the museum floor. The bear, named Mabel, was made in 1909 by the German manufacturer Steiff. The bear with Elvis connections was owned by English aristocrat Benjamin Slade, who bought it at an Elvis memorabilia auction in Memphis, Tenn., and had loaned it to the museum. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“I’ve spoken to the bear’s owner and he is not very pleased at all,” Medley said. A security guard at the museum said he spent several minutes chasing Barney before wrestling the dog to the ground. – Associated Presslast_img read more

Spurs ace was ‘fuming’ at being dropped by Pochettino for Premier League opener

first_img Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 2 “We have more than 25 players and everyone needs to understand we have plenty of good players in every position”.Pochettino may be ready to unleash new loan signing Giovani Lo Celso against City on the weekend, but Ryan Sessegnon will have to wait before making his debut.The left-back, who arrived for £25million from Fulham, is still recovering from a hamstring problem. Getty Images LATEST Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta deals Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ New job Liverpool vs Chelsea (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTHuddersfield Town vs Fulham (Friday, 7.45pm) – talkSPORT 2Arsenal vs Burnley (Saturday, 12.30pm) – talkSPORTSunderland vs Portsmouth (Saturday, 12.30pm) – talkSPORT 2Norwich City vs Newcastle United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday, 5.30pm) – talkSPORTReading vs Cardiff City (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 After the match Pochettino claimed he was simply rotating his defenders, playing down any speculation of a fall out between him and his player.However, the Daily Mail report the manager was actually unhappy with Vertonghen’s fitness and left him out as a result.The report suggests Vertonghen was ‘fuming’ by the decision and the rest of the squad were even ‘surprised’ he turned up to support the team from the stands at White Hart Lane. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers OFF Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS FAREWELL Spurs return to action against champions Manchester City on Saturday but it not yet clear whether Vertonghen will return to the first-team for the match.Following the victory against Villa, Pochettino said: “With all the players fit you struggle to find a starting XI.“This is my sixth season, I think everyone knows me. I am going to play the players who I believe deserve to play.“There is not any issue, only my decision was to play with Toby [Alderweireld] and Davinson [Sanchez]. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen was reportedly ‘fuming’ with Mauricio Pochettino at being dropped against Aston Villa on Saturday.The 32-year-old was a shock omission from the Spurs squad that overcame the Premier League newcomers 3-1, with centre-backs Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez preferred at the back. Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship LIVE on talkSPORT talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up this week… Vertonghen watched the Villa game from the stands rookie error on target 2 Pochettino dropped Vertonghen due to his fitness What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Getty Images – Getty stalemate Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action. We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever.last_img read more

Is Iowa’s New Signature Food a Grilled Cheese Sandwich That Uses Pop-Tarts As the Bread?

first_imgIowa isn’t necessarily known for any signature food.  A sophomore at Iowa State University named Chris Jorgensen just tried to change that. He made himself a grilled cheese sandwich last week, but instead of bread, he put the slice of American cheese between two POP-TARTS.  And he tweeted, quote, “You ain’t from Iowa if you never had one of these.” Now . . . lots of other people from Iowa have chimed in and said they’ve never heard of this sandwich before.  But Chris’s tweet is going viral . . . so maybe one day, we’ll look back at this moment as when Iowa’s signature dish was created.last_img read more

Breaking News in the Industry: January 23, 2018

first_imgA large bowie knife laying on the wooden table used for hunting or camping.LP associate almost stabbed during alleged shopliftingThree people from Chattanooga, Tennessee, were arrested this past week after they allegedly shoplifted at the Sweetwater Walmart and tried to stab an employee. Sweetwater Officer Brandon Cansler said he was told two people had pushed a buggy full of merchandise out of the store without paying and as an employee tried to stop them, one pulled out a pair of scissors and tried to stab the employee Monday night around 9:30 p.m. Cansler said he was given the description of a dark gray Nissan Altima with tinted windows to look for and he soon found it on New Highway 68 near Cleveland Road. He stopped the car and found the driver to be Quwana Young, the front seat passenger Jeremiah Woods, and in the backseat was Delicia Brown, all from Chattanooga. Cansler said he could see blue jeans with tags still on them in the backseat along with two food saver machines. Cansler said he talked to Officer Suzanne Ward, who was at the Walmart, and Brown and Woods matched the description of the two people who had allegedly left the store with an unpaid buggy of items. Ward said Woods matched the description of the person who had attempted to stab the employee. Woods had also been banned from all Walmart stores for a previous transgression. Cansler had everybody in the car get out and said he found a pair of scissors in the backseat. A further search of the car turned up a large air mattress still in its box in the trunk of the car. Cansler said all the items had a total value of $1,138.06. Woods, 20, was charged with criminal trespassing, theft over $1,000 and aggravated assault. Brown, 20,and Young, 22, were both charged with theft over $1,000.  [Source: The Advocate & Democrat]Connecticut man sent to prison for running $4M shoplifting operationA Connecticut man has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for running a large-scale fencing operation. Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Matthew Harwood, of Stratford, will report to prison March 19 after being sentenced Thursday to 18 months in prison. Hardwood pleaded guilty in 2016 to interstate transport of stolen property and conspiracy to commit the interstate transport of stolen property. Prosecutors say Harwood ran a ring of shoplifters who stole from Petco, Staples, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond and other retailers. Harwood and another man, Andrew Sacco, then sold the stolen items on eBay, Amazon and other online sites. Prosecutors estimate the scheme cost retailers nearly $4 million.  [Source: CTpost]Amazon Go opens to the publicMore than a year after launching the pilot, Amazon has opened its highly anticipated Amazon Go store in Seattle to the public, open 7 a.m. — 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. The 1,800 square foot store is “conveniently compact,” according to the company. Shoppers there need an Amazon account, the free Amazon Go app and a recent-generation iPhone or Android smartphone. Once the app is open and the shopper is scanned, the phone can be put away. Customers simply walk out with products, which have been automatically deposited to their Amazon baskets and paid for with the form of payment registered to their account. While the store reportedly suffered bugs over the past year, including how to deal with multiple shoppers (including kids) on one account, they have apparently been smoothed out, according to IHL Group Vice President of Technology Jerry Sheldon, who shared his own visit there in recent weeks with Retail Dive. “It’s absolutely fascinating — it really operated smoothly,” he said in an interview. “There were no glitches. The system functioned flawlessly, with no limitations placed upon any items I selected.” [Source: Retail Dive]- Sponsor – Off-duty police officer arrested for shopliftingAccording to police, officers responded to the shoplifting call around 3:45 p.m. Thursday and discovered that the arrested individual was off-duty San Antonio Police Officer Stephanie Solis. Solis, a nine-year veteran, was seen concealing merchandise in her purse before walking out of the store without paying, police said. Loss prevention associates detained Solis until SAPD arrived. Solis was taken into custody and booked for Theft $100-750, a Class B misdemeanor.  “The San Antonio Police Department issued the following statement on the incident: “Officer Stephanie Solis is a nine year veteran of the San Antonio Police Department. She will be placed on administrative leave pending further investigation. The theft case will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review and an Internal Affairs investigation into this incident is already underway.”  [Source: KSAT12 News]Identity thieves behind bars after victim tracks down transactionsRedding, California, police said they arrested a pair of professional identity thieves after the victim who had her wallet stolen began following the shopping transactions and alerted officers. Police arrested Camila Fernandez, 25, and Julietta Smith, 29, both of Los Angeles, as the culprits who stole a wallet from Elisa Bearden, of Redding, charging nearly $10,000 on her credit cards within a two-hour period. Bearden told police she was shopping at T.J. Maxx Friday evening when she noticed her wallet was stolen. Within an hour, she received notifications that her card was being used in multiple locations in Redding. Bearden went to each of the businesses where her credit cards were used, only to miss Smith and Fernandez by minutes, police said. She drove to the Mt. Shasta Mall after she learned that her credit card was being used at Macy’s, and worked with the loss prevention associate there to find the suspects on video surveillance and contacted police. A Redding police officer, assisted by a loss prevention associates from Macy’s and Mt. Shasta Mall security, found the pair at Foot Locker. The officer ended up detaining Smith and Fernandez in handcuffs because they didn’t cooperate with the officers.After searching their belongings, an officer discovered items that had been stolen from Bearden. They also found a “booster bag,” which is a purse lined with aluminum foil to thwart electronic security devices and contains false compartments. The purse also contained a powerful magnet, which is used by thieves to deactivate electronic security devices, police said.  Fernandez initially falsely identified herself with a fake ID from Puerto Rico before she was identified through her fingerprints. Officers also found that Fernandez had a felony warrant out of Oregon Smith also provided identification from Puerto Rico, but despite getting her fingerprints, police said they could not immediately confirm her identity. Officers learned the pair had already created a fake Nevada identification card using Bearden’s name, but with a picture of Camila Fernandez, which is how they were allowed to use Bearden’s credit cards at multiple stores. In addition to charging $10,000 on Bearden’s card, they stole approximately $6,000 in cash from Bearden’s wallet of which police recovered $1,200. Aside from the missing cash and wallet, officers were able to recover all of the Bearden’s property.  An officer searched the pair’s car and found items that are used to create fake identifications and a large amount of property that was recently purchased from nearby stores. Officers said Smith and Fernandez appear to be professional identity thieves and have no contacts in Redding. Both women were booked on suspicion of a number of charges relating to identity theft and conspiracy.  [Source: Record Searchlight]Wyoming shoplifter who claimed kleptomania research pleadsA 24-year-old Wyoming woman who claimed she shoplifted from Walmart as part of her research for a college term paper on kleptomania has pleaded guilty to two counts of felony shoplifting. Lydia Marie Cormaney also pleaded guilty Jan. 3 in District Court to two counts of misdemeanor shoplifting. As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend she serve suspended three- to six-year sentences on the felonies with three years of supervised probation and suspended 180-day jail sentences on the misdemeanors with six months of probation, all concurrent. The Gillette News Record reports that she also must pay restitution on all the counts. Sentencing is set for June 4. [Source: US News] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

5 Things You Need To Know About Xiaomi

first_imgTags:#Apple#China#Galaxy Note 4#iPhone#mobile#Samsung#smartphone#Xiaomi Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Related Posts adriana lee Four years ago, consumer electronics company Xiaomi didn’t even have a smartphone product. Now the former startup is worth $45 billion and has become one of the three top phone makers in the world.If you keep up with the job-hopping antics of tech execs, then you might have come across Xiaomi when Google VP Hugo Barra left his comfy American gig a year and a half ago to join the Chinese tech titan. Now a smartphone maker often described as China’s Apple, Xiaomi unveiled new devices Thursday in Beijing, including new Mi Note phablets whose high-end specs (but lower prices) seem to take aim at the iPhone 6 Plus. Xiaomi’s meteoric rise in its home country pits it against Apple, which finds the Chinese market of intense interest. The contender has been largely ignoring the U.S., but that doesn’t mean it won’t become our own tech overlord one day. In fact, plans may already be in the works for an American tech invasion. So if you’re not already familiar, here’s a basic primer on the company that could fuel all of our digital lives before long.How To Pronounce “Xiaomi”According to Barra, it sounds similar to “show me,” but the first part doesn’t take the longer “o” sound. Think “shout me,” minus the “t.” There’s an even finer distinction that the well-tuned Chinese ear could pick up, but for non-native speakers, this is good enough to get you by.What “Xiaomi” MeansThe name means “little rice” in Chinese, which is adorable and belies the big deal the company is actually becoming. How The Company GrewThe company makes smartphones for China, Taiwan, Singapore and other South East Asian countries, but with low overhead—its devices are sold exclusively online—so it can offer bargain prices. It also uses components from an array of outside vendors instead of trying to make its own parts (or pretending to), so it doesn’t have to compromise on hardware specifications—like bigger tech companies often do. Xiaomi’s fans also consider it a cool local brand. The company’s product announcements come off like rock concerts, and it’s very active on social media. Yet, it also manages to convey an image of humility and care for the customer experience. That helped it overcome a potential nightmare recently: When it came to light that it collected addressbook contacts without users’ permission, Xiaomi didn’t equivocate, but apologized and changed the default setting. Taiwan investigated the matter and wound up dismissing it.A more cynical view of its business: Xiaomi succeeds because it rips off other people’s products. (See below.) Why It’s Considered China’s AppleThough Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun hates the comparison, it exists because there are some striking similarities between products from the iPhone maker and Xiaomi devices. Superficially, the latter’s Mi Pad tablet was a dead ringer for the iPad mini, and some say its latest Mi Note phablets take cues from Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, not to mention some rather iOS-like software, complete with bright colors and flat design. For all that hand-wringing, though, what’s less clear is that consumers actually care. For far less than what Apple or its rival Samsung charges for flagship devices—full price, the base model iPhone 6 Plus costs close to $1,000 U.S. dollars in China—customers will be able to pick up the new Mi Note for about $370 (base model) and $520 (pro version).The 5.7-inch phablet measures 6.95mm in thickness and comes with a 3200 mAh battery, curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3, and high-megapixel cameras in the front (4 MP) and rear (13 MP), with wide aperture and optical; image stabilization. Users can pick from a choice of Snapdragon processors, 3GB or 4GB of RAM, 16GB or 64GB of storage, and a 1080p or 1440p display.The pro model just might be the best smartphone to hit the market yet. Its hardware specifications look even better than the iPhone 6 Plus, with photo-taking abilities as good as the HTC One and other coveted features—such as high fidelity audio quality, super-fast LTE support and dual 4G-SIM support, in a nano SIM and a micro SIM, to cover more networks. Why You Won’t See The Mi Note In The U.S.The Mi Note launches in Taiwan in the next quarter; after that, it’s off to other non-U.S. markets. However, Xiaomi does want to reach American consumers, and this year, it will begin work on devices and dealing with the LTE bands in use here for a product roll-out later. Xiaomi faces some significant challenges in doing so, though. Not the least of these is the fact that smartphone components and designs are heavily patented—and Xiaomi doesn’t hold many such patents itself. That means it would need to spend huge sums on licensing before it can sell in the U.S. or Western Europe. For a company that mostly sells its products close to cost, that’s a big hurdle.Smartphones, however, look like just one piece of Xiaomi’s larger puzzle. The company has big ambitions and the underpinnings of a broader smart home play already in place. The company sells connected electronics through its website, and it all links up by Xiaomi’s software, a variation on Android called Miui, notes Stratechery’s Ben Thompson, a Taiwan-based technology consultant and writer. … you could argue that Xiaomi is actually the first “Internet of Things” company: unlike Google (Nest), Apple (HomeKit), or even Samsung (SmartThings), all of whom are offering some sort of open SDK to tie everything together … Xiaomi is integrating everything itself and selling everything one needs on to a fan base primed to outfit their homes for the very first time. It’s absolutely a vertical strategy—the company is like Apple after all—it’s just that the product offering is far broader than anything even Gene Munster could imagine. Those products have limited reach, though, since they live only in Xiaomi’s existing Asian markets (where patent law is somewhat less strict). For now, anyway. Images courtesy of Xiaomilast_img read more

Microsoft pioneer invests big, again, in bioscience

first_imgAwardees such as Doudna, who helped to invent the revolutionary gene-editing tool CRISPR, are already well-funded by public and private grantors such as the National Institutes of Health and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. But Skalak says Allen intends to fund such established scientists’ work in “wholly new” areas: Doudna, for example, will explore a new mechanism to edit cellular function by targeting RNA. “It’s a bet on a proven artist [to fund] their next masterpiece,” Skalak says.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(*) It’s a bet on a proven artist [to fund] their next masterpiece.Tom Skalak Paul G. Allen, who built a fortune as co-founder of Microsoft, is showering science once more with his money. The philanthropist behind the 13-year-old Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, Washington, and several other science efforts today announced the creation of a new bioscience research initiative funded with an initial investment of $100 million over the next 10 years.The newly created Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group has selected four initial researchers—Jennifer Doudna of the University of California (UC), Berkeley, Ethan Bier of UC San Diego, James Collins of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, and Bassem Hassan of the Brain and Spine Institute in Paris—to receive $1.5 million each to study topics ranging from novel techniques for gene editing, how shapes and forms arise over the course of evolution, and how synthetic biology can create microbes that trap and kill dangerous bacteria. Allen will also fund two new $30 million research centers at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and Tufts University in Boston; Stanford researchers will model how bacteria interact with immune cells, whereas the Tufts group will seek to crack the biological code that determines how tissues are created. To determine which investigators would receive the Frontier Group’s first grants, “we asked everyone the same question: What is the dark matter of bioscience?” says its executive director, biomedical engineer Tom Skalak in Seattle. That includes fundamental questions about organisms’ growth, development, and regeneration, such as how the epigenetic code works to control tissue function, he says.center_img Expect more such bets to be placed by the group in the coming years. The program is a departure from Allen’s previous approach to science funding, which has largely focused on amassing large, descriptive data sets, such as the Mouse Brain Atlas at the Allen Institute. The “new vision,” Skalak says, is to identify areas in bioscience that are ripe for a major breakthrough, then fund specific investigators to pursue advances in areas ranging from heart disease to food production and agriculture. “Our plan is to keep listening and remain agile, because the boundaries of knowledge keep getting pushed out and reshaped.”last_img read more


first_imgThe preceding womens final between Thai shuttler The preceding womens final between Thai shuttler Pornpawee and Malaysian top seed Jing drew better response from the crowd at the Cricket Club of India. Thailand no. 5 Pornpawee dropped the first game 16-21 before exhibiting excellent court-craft with her drops and flicks to the base to catch her opponent on the wrong foot often to win the next two 21-11 21-15 to win her second international singles title at the senior level.”I had beaten her in the Australian Grand Prix,” said the rising Thai shuttler based in Bangkok, adding she had won her first international title at the Australian international challenge five months ago.There was a huge upset in the mixed doubles contested by two Indian pairs when the unheralded duo of Satwolsairaj Rankireddy and K Manisha overcame their second-seeded rivals, Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan 21-13 21-16 in the final. The results (all finals): Womens singles: 2-Pornpawee Chochuwong (Thai) bt 1-Jing Yi Tee (Mas) 16-21 21-11 21-15. Mens singles: 3-Sameer Verma (Ind) bt Sourabh Verma (Ind) 21-11 21-18. Mixed doubles: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/K Maneesha (Ind) bt Arun Vishnu/Aparna Balan (Ind) 21-13 21-16. Womens doubles: 1-Chaladchalam Chayanit/Phataimas Muenwong (Tha) bt K Maneesha/N Sikki Reddy (Ind) 21-11 15-21 21-13. Mens doubles: Wannawat Ampunsuwan/Tinn Irsiyante (Thai) bt Pranaav Jerry Chopra/Akshay Dewalkar 21-14 21-9. PTI SSR NRB CM CM BASlast_img read more