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Agriculture Minister Says Idle Lands Must Be Utilised

first_img Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says idle lands can be used to produce crops, particularly for processing, to satisfy local and export demands. The Minister points out that this activity will contribute to the country’s food security and create employment for many young persons. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says idle lands can be used to produce crops, particularly for processing, to satisfy local and export demands.The Minister points out that this activity will contribute to the country’s food security and create employment for many young persons.“This can be part of our path towards wealth creation,” he said, at the Jamaica 4-H Clubs’ 2018 National Achievement Expo, held at the Denbigh Agricultural Showground in Clarendon, on April 27.The Minister informed that many large companies, such as Red Stripe and the Caribbean Broilers Group, are seeking to establish contractual arrangements with small and medium-sized farmers under a mother farm concept to grow certain crops.He cited the Caribbean Broilers Group’s requirement of 2,000 acres of land to grow sweet corn, onion, red peas, scotch bonnet peppers and sea-island cotton.“These companies have money, they have access to technology, they have access to markets, both in Jamaica and abroad, and the companies will guarantee access to these markets once the (crops) are produced at the standards that have been established,” he said.Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw hailed the Jamaica 4-H Movement for its physical growth within the last three years.The movement, which began more than 75 years ago, has seen an increase in its membership by approximately 17 per cent, which has made the country’s local 4-H Movement the second largest in the world.“I want to congratulate all the staff for all the wonderful work you have been doing. You have over 1,100 clubs, 183 community-based clubs and you have 104,000 members in your clubs. I am very impressed with these figures,” the Minister said.Meanwhile, Executive Director of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, Ronald Blake, informed that the organisation has been putting to good use the $242 million investment made by the Government yearly.He said the organisation has established 465 school gardens across the island and trained more than 2,000 Jamaicans this year over the age of 17 at the mastery level, which means they can venture into jobs or craft their own employment opportunities.Dr. Blake also informed that last year, 427 unattached youth were trained in areas that will allow them to create their own employment.“The 4-H club is very much relevant and we want to be less dependent on the public purse,” he said.For his part, one of the Board Directors, Collin Virgo, noted that the Jamaica 4-H Clubs Head Office on Old Hope Road in Kingston will undergo significant expansion.Mr. Virgo expressed gratitude to the volunteers and staff of the Movement, who went beyond the call of duty to enable the staging of the 2018 National Achievement Expo.Held under the theme, ‘Promoting Agri-Business’, the Expo saw Shanique Dawkins of Clarendon being selected as the 4-H Girl of the Year and Rovani Scott of Hanover as the 4-H Boy of the Year.They were awarded the main prize of $1 million each, courtesy of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries.The money is expected to go towards continuing their education as well as the pursuit of specific projects.The awards presentation was followed by the Minister’s tour of various parish booths. “This can be part of our path towards wealth creation,” he said, at the Jamaica 4-H Clubs’ 2018 National Achievement Expo, held at the Denbigh Agricultural Showground in Clarendon, on April 27. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Queens County

first_img -30- QUEENS COUNTY: Highway 103 Due to a serious motor vehicle accident, Highway 103 is closed between Exit 17A and Exit 18. Eastbound traffic is being detoured at Exit 18 onto Trunk 3 at Brooklyn to Eastern Shore Road and to Port Medway Road. Westbound traffic is detoured to Port Medway Road, Eastern Shore Road to Trunk 3 at Brooklyn. Highway 103 will remain closed for an indefinite period of time. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686last_img

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Candidates plan to bid for Liberal party leadership a healthy thing Wynne

first_imgTORONTO – Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne says it’s “a healthy thing” that one of her candidates is planning a bid for her job as party leader if elected.Wynne admitted over the weekend that she would not be premier after Thursday’s election but declined to say whether she would resign as Liberal leader.But David Henderson, the party’s candidate in Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, told supporters he would vie for the job if he wins in his riding.In a clip posted to his Facebook on Monday, Henderson said Wynne’s weekend announcement means she has “effectively” stepped down as Liberal party leader following the election.Henderson says he would put his name forward for the leadership in order to help rebuild the party, which polls suggest could lose significant ground in the election.“Tradition has it…that means a leadership change post-election,” the Brockville, Ont., mayor told The Canadian Press on Tuesday.Though he has not yet held political office at the provincial level — and is running in a Tory stronghold — Henderson said he believes he is qualified to succeed Wynne.“I’ve owned my own manufacturing company for 20 years and I’ve built it up,” he said. “I’ve been 12 years as a mayor of a city…I’ve been on just about every board.”“I have to think if you stack that up against the credentials of Doug Ford, who’s the current leader of the Conservatives, I’d say I come out OK in that comparison,” he said.Ford, a former Toronto city councillor and businessman, has repeatedly touted his experience running the family company in painting himself as the only leader capable of cutting waste at the legislature.Wynne’s weekend plea appears to be resonating with some voters, Henderson said.“We had been getting resistance about some of this antagonism towards the premier and now there’s a little bit of confusion and that confusion is starting to recognize that, OK, if that’s not a concern then the big concern is Doug Ford,” he said.“And if our riding, which is a traditionally Conservative riding, which will never elect an NDP candidate, wants to stop Doug Ford then it has to be a Liberal vote. And that message is starting to form,” he said.When asked Tuesday about the Liberal candidate’s comments, Wynne said she encouraged ambition in her ranks.“I think that it is healthy in a democratic system to have people who aspire to lead, people who aspire to higher office, I think that’s a healthy thing,” she said.“And I hope there are other Liberals in the province who, somewhere in the back of their mind, are thinking, ‘One day I might want to be the leader as well.’”last_img read more

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Bob Barker Challenges Seaquarium To Free Orca In The New Year

first_imgA new PETA video from television icon Bob Barker issues a 2018 challenge to the Miami Seaquarium: Allow Lolita, the lone orca at the park, to be released into a seaside sanctuary where she could feel ocean currents and communicate with her family.Video: Bob Barker Has the Perfect New Year’s Resolution for the Miami Seaquarium“Lolita was torn away from her family decades ago and has lived in captivity for more than 47 lonely years,” Barker says in the video, which will air during The Price Is Right in Los Angeles this month. “At Miami Seaquarium, her barren, concrete, and chemically treated enclosure is the smallest orca tank in the world.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” — notes that Lolita has had no orca companionship since 1980, when her tankmate, Hugo, died from injuries sustained when he rammed his head into the tiny tank’s concrete wall. For 37 years, she hasn’t had contact with any other member of her species. At a sanctuary in her home waters, she could interact with her family pod, including the orca believed to be her mother, who is still thriving in her 80s.“[E]nough is enough,” Barker concludes. “Miami Seaquarium, please, make your New Year’s resolution to release Lolita to a seaside sanctuary in 2018. Do not let her spend one more year in captivity.”last_img read more

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Literacy Society hosting annual Spelling Bee this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Literacy Society is set to hold its annual Spelling Bee this Saturday.The Spelling Bee will be divided into four categories: students in Grade One will compete first, followed by Grades Two and Three, then Grades four and five, and finally those in Grades Six and Seven.After the third age group competes, there will be a media challenge where at least six members of the local media will compete in their own spelling bee for fun. Employees from Moose FM, Bell Media, and the Alaska Highway News will all be representing their respective media outlets. “I’m really hoping for the kids to have fun and enjoy themselves. Realize that literacy and learning is important for development. it is okay to make mistakes, they’re not gonna be the only ones who are going to make mistakes when it comes to learning to spell. I want them to just enjoy themselves and have something to look forward to in the coming years.”  said Taylor Mills, the Program Coordinator for the Fort St. John Literacy Society.68 children registered for the event this year, which is 53 more than last year.The children will be competing for trophies and cash prizes. The event starts with a hot dog luncheon at 12:15 p.m. and concludes with the final age group at 4:00 p.m.last_img read more

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General Assembly President meets Ecuadorian leader on final leg of trip

30 June 2010The global efforts to achieve the social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were at the centre of talks today between General Assembly President Ali Treki and Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa. The global efforts to achieve the social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were at the centre of talks today between General Assembly President Ali Treki and Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa.Mr. Treki and Mr. Correa discussed the high-level meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York in mid-September that will review progress made so far towards the MDGs, which have a target date of 2015. The Goals include the slashing of poverty, improvements to maternal health, overcoming environmental degradation and boosting school enrolment rates.During today’s talks, held in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city, Mr. Treki stressed the importance of developing countries participating at the September gathering, which will also consider where resources and attention should be devoted in the next five years to try to attain the MDGs.Mr. Treki and Mr. Correa also discussed UN reform, the conflict in the Middle East and ongoing issues regarding international peace and security, according to Mr. Treki’s spokesperson Jean-Victor Nkolo. The General Assembly President also met with Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño Aroca and other senior Government officials while visiting the Andean country. On this trip Mr. Treki has already visited Venezuela and Cuba. read more

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List of candidates for top UN development post released

The six named were chosen for their diplomatic, management and resource mobilization skills and their knowledge of development issues, according to a UN spokesman.The nominees include Kaoru Ishikawa of Japan, Director-General, Economic Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and G8 Summit Foreign Affairs Sous Sherpa; Fawzi al-Sultan of Kuwait, a former President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); and Ad Melkert of the Netherlands, formerly Minister of Social Affairs and Dutch Executive Director at the World Bank.Also listed are Norwegian Minister for Internal Development Hilde F. Johnson, former World Bank Vice President Kemal Derwis of Turkey and Baroness Valerie Amos, leader of the House of Lords in the United Kingdom and former Secretary of State for the UK Department for International Development (DFID).One of them will succeed Mark Malloch Brown, who became Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Chief of Staff on 19 January while temporarily retaining the UNDP Administrator position. Mr. Annan and his Deputy, Louise Fréchette, will conduct interviews with the finalists. Mr. Annan will consult UNDP’s Executive Board on his choice before sending the name to the General Assembly. read more

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Canadian company working on topical cream containing medical marijuana

by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 20, 2017 10:22 am MDT Last Updated Apr 20, 2017 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canadian medical marijuana patients could soon find themselves ditching the pipe, bong or vaporizer for a topical cream or an oral spray that contains the active ingredients of cannabis, according to the CEO of biotechnology company Delivra Corp.There are a number of problems with the current methods of ingesting marijuana says Delivra’s Joseph Gabriele.Smoking it can be bad for the lungs, while edibles can take an hour or even longer to take effect, says Gabriele.That’s why Delivra decided to start looking into using their existing transdermal drug delivery system, which allows drugs to be absorbed through the skin, for medical cannabis.The company has partnered with ARA-Avanti Rx Analytics Inc. and Dosecann Inc. to develop the product and is aiming to launch it in the fourth quarter of 2017.Gabriele first founded Delivra a decade ago when his wife had suffered nerve damage after having a bone tumour removed from her cheek area.“The doctors were putting her on OxyContin, the opioid, and it was making her sick,” says Gabriele.“So the doctor that we were working with said, ‘Maybe you can come up with a transdermal — something through the skin that can bypass the stomach to relieve all of those bad side effects.’”Gabriele teamed up with a formulation chemist to develop a transdermal drug delivery system and, shortly after, quit his job as an assistant professor of psychiatry at McMaster University to create Delivra.The company went public on the TSX Venture Exchange about a year ago, and last month announced the partnership with Dosecann and Avanti to develop a cannabis product.Dosecann founder Greg Boone says he’s in talks with about half a dozen licensed medical marijuana producers and applicants who are interested in the topical.The product, which will be for medical and not for recreational use, aims to address the desires of doctors for a product that provides a predictable outcome, said Boone.“After speaking to various stakeholders, it became very evident very early that one thing that clinicians were looking for was to have product being dispensed like they would dispense any other controlled substance, which is in a dose format,” says Boone.The topical could be used to treat a host of medical conditions including sleep, anxiety and pain.Gabriele says it could provide a less addictive alternative to opioids.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. Canadian company working on topical cream containing medical marijuana Cured flowers of cannabis intended for the medical marijuana market are seen at a licensed producer facility in Moncton, N.B., on April 14, 2016. Canadian medical marijuana patients could soon find themselves ditching the pipe, bong or vaporizer for a topical cream or an oral spray that contains the active ingredients of cannabis, according to the CEO of biotechnology company Delivra Corp. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ron Ward read more

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Coach Meyer doesnt see Buckeyes as inexperienced any more

OSU coach Urban Meyer studies his opponent before the Buckeyes game against the Oklahoma Sooners on Sept. 17 at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes won 45-24. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorWhen the Buckeyes boarded their flight from Columbus to Norman, Oklahoma, for a Saturday showdown with the Oklahoma Sooners, coach Urban Meyer was taken back a bit by his team’s youth. As if he hadn’t realized it since the summer, Meyer noticed the quantity of players that lacked road experience.Following OSU’s 45-24 beatdown of coach Bob Stoops’ Sooners, the Buckeyes instilled confidence in Meyer concerning their ability to perform in the spotlight.“They’re no longer inexperienced,” Meyer said. “I saw (Oklahoma’s) record, and it is one of the top 5 hardest places to play. This was the coming-of-age game.”Meyer added that he was impressed with his team, specifically mentioning the running game. Oklahoma’s defensive line was touted as one of the top units in the country leading up to the matchup. Houston defeated the Sooners through the air, but Meyer stuck with his gut and ran the ball, trying to overpower the opposition.The Buckeyes ran for 291 yards on the ground, by far the most allowed by Oklahoma this season (89 yards to Houston). Redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber totaled 123 yards on 18 carries, junior H-back Curtis Samuel had 98 yards on 11 rushes and redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett added 74 yards to the total. The Buckeyes averaged 6.1 yards on the ground as a team.“I feel like we had a lot of confidence coming into this game. I don’t think a lot of people would call us young anymore,” Weber said. “We’re playing really well.”Oklahoma was supposed to be the test before Big Ten play that would define OSU’s place along the college football landscape. It was meant to serve as a statement game for coach Meyer’s team to be ranked among the elite. For many players like Weber, it was their first true road game as a prominent contributor for the Scarlet and Gray. Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown planted his flag through the heart of the Oklahoma defense in his first action on the road. The 6-foot-2 Brown tied a school record for four receiving touchdowns in one game. Meyer said that he has his captains to thank for the leadership in a hostile environment.“The maturity of the old guys is outstanding right now,” Meyer said. “J.T. Barrett, (redshirt senior center) Pat Elflein, (redshirt junior right guard) Billy Price up front, and then (junior linebacker) Raekwon McMillan and (redshirt junior cornerback) Gareon Conley … really good leaders on this team right now.”On the defensive side, younger players continue to make game-changing plays as well.Redshirt sophomore Marshon Lattimore added another interception to his stat line on Saturday, nearly having another in the second half. Sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker took a pass from Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield to the endzone in the first quarter, putting OSU up by double digits.Redshirt sophomore Malik Hooker, who is tied for the NCAA interceptions lead with Lattimore at three, said that continuing to turn the ball over – make “money plays” – solidifies the no-longer inexperienced defense, despite them still having room to grow.“It definitely makes us feel like we’re some type of good. We don’t want to get too big-headed,” Hooker said. “We got to get in there in the bye week and correct the things we messed up on, and once we get that, I feel like we’re going to be 20 times better.”As OSU is now on its bye week, sitting at 3-0 and ranked No. 2 in the nation behind Alabama, Meyer has to be pleased with his team proving its talent when their numbers are called.“We’ve always been loaded,” Weber said. “Last year, we were good enough to play. We just had to wait our turn this year. We’re developing and getting better.” read more

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After bye week Ohio State mens hockey looks for second win at

OSU junior forward Nick Schilkey (7) during a game against Brock on Oct. 3 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Kaley Rentz / Asst. Sports DirectorComing off of its bye week, the Ohio State men’s hockey team (1-7) is looking for consecutive wins for the first time this season after notching win No. 1 its last time out against Mercyhurst on Oct. 31. Standing in its way is Canisius College (2-5, 2-2 Atlantic Hockey Association), currently on a two-game losing streak. After losing the first game in their series against Mercyhurst in close fashion, the Buckeyes came out stronger and hungrier in Game 2, a mentality that senior captain Anthony Greco said he hopes will continue this weekend.“I think we had a good effort that Saturday night,” Greco said. “I think it’s just important to repeat that. We’ve shown up and had a good couple days of practice. It’s just bringing that same attitude.”A round of shotsThe Scarlet and Gray are coming off of a game against Mercyhurst in which they scored a season-high five goals.During that weekend, OSU put up 92 shots on the Lakers over the two games, a trend that coach Steve Rohlik wants to continue.“You can’t score goals unless you put pucks to the net and unless you get traffic at the net,” Rohlik said. “Those are things that we’ve been harping on for a couple of weeks. Our guys understand it and it’s up to them to go out and do it.”Both the Buckeyes and the Golden Griffins are struggling in the goals department this season, as OSU is averaging 2.1 goals per game while Canisius is ranked 56th (out of 60 teams) in the country in goal production with 1.8.The amount of shots that OSU wants to generate this weekend theoretically leads to more lamp-lighting.“We want to get pucks to the net,” Greco said. “That’s the only way that you’re going to score and we need to score goals to win games. We’ve had a couple games now where we’ve only scored one or no goals at all so we need to shoot the puck as much as possible.”The Scarlet and Gray have scored three goals or more three times this season while the Golden Griffins have done it twice, with both of those games resulting in wins.On the defensive end of things, OSU players are relatively pleased. The 3.1 goals per game that OSU is allowing is not great, but it has been keeping the team in games to this point.“We’ve been pretty solid,” junior defenseman Drew Brevig said. “Our whole group has been playing pretty well back there. Our forwards have been helping out and our goalies are playing well.”Bye week benefitsRohlik and his staff are now finally able to say something that they haven’t said in a long time: They are healthy.  Not only does this mean that Rohlik has depth lineup-wise, but it also provides an added level of competition for playing time when the weekend rolls around.“We’ve got everyone available except for (freshman defenseman) Tyler Nanne right now,” Rohlik said. “We haven’t been able to say that a lot. That’s been a good thing. I think that’s translated into competition in practice. Anytime you’ve got to compete in practice, you’re going to make guys better.”The bye week was beneficial on the player side of things too.“It was actually kind of nice,” Greco said. “From my standpoint, I think it was nice to get a little bit of a break. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs already so it was nice to get that win on Saturday and have a break as long as we show up this weekend and bring it again.”A “Golden” history and bon voyageThe Buckeyes and Golden Griffins are meeting for the third straight year.OSU is 3-0-1 all-time against Canisius with the series dating back to Nov. 15, 2013.These are the final home games for OSU until Jan. 15 against No. 12 Michigan.Puck drop between the Buckeyes and the Golden Griffins is set for 7 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Bopha le typhon le plus violent de lannée sapproche des Philippines

first_imgBopha, le typhon le plus violent de l’année s’approche des PhilippinesUn typhon avec des vents soufflant à 210 km/h approche des Philippines. Des dizaines de milliers d’habitants ont d’ores et déjà été évacués.Les Philippines sont en état d’alerte à l’approche du “super typhon” baptisé Bopha. Considéré comme étant le plus puissant de l’année, le phénomène doit en effet atteindre les côtes dans la journée de lundi avec des vents soufflant à 210 km/h. Selon les prévisionnistes, l’île de Mindanao, au sud de l’archipel fera partie des premiers touchés et notamment Hinatuan, un port de pêche de 39.000 habitants. Face au risque, le maire de la ville a ainsi ordonné l’évacuation de nombreuses personnes vivant sur la côte qui sont allées se réfugier dans des abris publics. Les personnes vivant plus à l’intérieur des terres mais dans les zones basses, se sont elles vu demander de rester vigilantes et de se tenir prêtes à évacuer. “Il ne pleut pas encore mais cela pourrait commencer ce soir. Ce sera le plus fort typhon de l’année”, a prévenu Edgardo Ollet, directeur de la sécurité civile à Manille cité par Belga. D’après l’agence météorologique, Bopha devrait apporter “des pluies importantes à abondantes” sur Hinatuan et sa région, ainsi que sur les îles centrales de l’archipel : il pourrait tomber jusqu’à 500 mm sur les zones de relief, rapporte Meteoconsult.fr.De sérieuses inondations ainsi que de gros dégâts sont ainsi à prévoir. Olive Luces, directeur de la défense civile régionale a demandé aux autorités locales de ne pas prendre ce typhon à la légère. “La météo est bonne pour l’instant mais nous continuons d’avertir les gouvernements locaux de ne pas être complaisants, parce que c’est sur le point de s’aggraver”, a t-il expliqué. Il a cependant indiqué qu’il n’était pas sûr que les habitants suivent bien les ordres d’évacuations des autorités. Bopha, 16e typhon de l’année À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En prévision, ces dernières ont déjà constitué des réserves alimentaires et stocké des équipements de secours. L’armée et les gardes-côtes se tiennent également prêts à intervenir dans les zones les plus exposées aux glissements de terrain et aux inondations. En vérité, l’archipel des Philippines est coutumier de ces phénomènes météorologiques extrêmes. Bopha est ainsi le 16ème typhon (ou tempête) de l’année qui déferle dans la région. En août, une série de tempêtes ayant entrainé des inondations avaient déjà fait près d’une centaine de victimes et plus d’un million de réfugiés. Face à la violence annoncée de Bopha, les autorités tentent donc d’éviter le pire. En 2011, 29 typhons avaient ravagé les îles et causé la mort de 1.500 personnes, selon le gouvernement philippin.(crédits photo : National Weather Service, NOAA) Le 3 décembre 2012 à 12:52 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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MiamiDade Police officers gather to remember fallen officer

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Officers from the Miami-Dade Police Department gathered to remember officers killed in the line of duty.The department remembered Officer Jermaine Thomas Brown, Wednesday.Throughout the month of May, the officers will visit the memorial sites of fallen officers.According to police, in the history of Miami-Dade County, a total of 147 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty.Brown died in December after an ATV accident in Southwest Miami-Dade.He was with the force 15 years.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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The best DNA testing kits available now

first_imgHome DNA testing has gone from a niche pursuit to a simple way to map out your family tree. A DNA testing kit can be used to research ancestry or familial origin and determine paternity. And over the past few years, they’ve become quite affordable, with a wide range of DNA testing companies selling DNA test kits — from trailblazers such as Ancestry and 23andMe to upstarts including LivingDNA.  Read: What AncestryDNA taught me about DNA, privacy and the complex world of genetic testing You can learn a lot from DNA testing. In addition to deepening your understanding of ancestry, some services will introduce you to living relatives around the world or shed light on your predisposition to specific health issues and diseases. Others will even give you insight into your dog’s health and breed makeup. Here we present to you our roundup of the nine best DNA test kits and services — what they offer, how they work and how much they cost.  LivingDNA Starts at $99 No longer available See at Full Genomes See at African Ancestry Starts at $79 AncestryDNA African Ancestry Starts at $79 See at FamilyTreeDNA See at MyHeritage See at AncestryDNA Starts at $79 We’ll update this story in the coming weeks as we continue our in-depth testing of these services. In the meantime, the ones included here are the most popular DNA testing services as determined by Google keyword search rankings.   Looking for more in-depth info on DNA testing services in general? Jump to our explainer. CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the services featured on this page.     23andMe 23andMe Price: $99 or $199 with health info (plus $9.95 shipping) Tests: Autosomal (see what autosomal testing means), Y-DNA, mtDNA, Health Match Database: 8 million Autosomal SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) tested: 650,000 Named for the 23 chromosomes found in human cells, 23andMe offers a battery of tests, including some that analyze health risks like Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. (It was these tests that attracted attention from the FDA.) 23andMe earns points for the depth of its medical tests, as well as the size of its match database. Purchasers of this testing kit should note that the basic DNA test is $99 but that medical results cost another $99. The added expense may be worth the money; the additional information includes genetic health risk information, wellness reports, trait reports, and carrier status reports, which indicate whether a particular DNA profile may be a genetic carrier of a disease or disability. Your DNA information is gathered using a saliva sample, which, once analyzed, is stored forever on 23andMe’s servers. The service also provides for a chromosome browser and comparison, as long as any possible matches approve your access. The service’s matrilineal and patrilineal line testing can geolocate your ancestry DNA in more than 1,000 regions.  (Appropriate for a genomics company, 23andMe’s executive ranks contain some interesting familial relationships: CEO and co-founder Anne Wojcicki is the former wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin and sister of YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki.) Explore 23andMe DNA Test Kits and Dealsimages Ancestry DNA Ancestry DNA Price: $99 (plus $9.95 shipping) Tests: Autosomal Match Database: 15 million Autosomal SNPs tested: 650,000 Ancestry DNA has a vibrant genealogical community and offers a wide range of databases, research resources and family matching features. The company’s analysis segments your DNA results and traces its origins to 500 geographic regions throughout Europe, Africa and Asia — the most detailed of any of the services we’ve profiled. AncestryDNA also says that it can help you learn about up to 26 traits and attributes you’ve inherited from your ancestors.Read more: What Ancestry DNA taught me about DNA, privacy and the complex world of genetic testingAncestry maintains a free family tree search tool, and you can add your specific results to that database. You can also download your full DNA profile and import that data into another tool — but Ancestry doesn’t offer a chromosome browser, so you can’t do DNA segment comparisons. Ancestry DNA stores results forever. Explore Ancestry DNA Kits and Dealsfamilytree Family Tree DNA Family Tree DNA Price: $79 (plus $12.95 shipping) Tests: Autosomal (other tests, such as mitochondrial DNA testing, sold separately) Match Database: 850,000 Autosomal SNPs tested: 700,000 Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) is operated by Houston-based genetic testing lab Gene-by-Gene. Gene-by-Gene also operates the Genomics Research Center for National Geographics’ Genographic Project, which is also profiled in this roundup. FTDNA offers a wide range of tests. The basic autosomal test costs $79 (plus shipping) and is conducted with a cheek swab. You can add sequences and markers, and your father’s line and mother’s line tests, but that will step up the price considerably.  If you are interested in doing in-depth analysis, the FTDNA offers a chromosome browser, allows raw data to be uploaded, provides support for setting different segment matching thresholds, and allows up to five comparisons to be done at once. FTDNA allows trial transfers from 23andMe and Ancestry DNA into its DNA match database; additional transfers of various datasets is available for a fee. FTDNA promises to keep data for 25 years. Explore Family Tree DNA Kits and Dealsmh-dna-logo-cmyk MyHeritage MyHeritage Price: $79  Tests: Autosomal (other tests sold separately) Match Database: 102 million Autosomal SNPs tested: 710,000 Offering DNA test kits and a range of online subscription services, MyHeritage says that its database includes more ethnicities — that’s 42 — than any other major testing service. The free 14-day trial will let you poke around the company’s massive online DNA database which includes 3.5 billion profiles in addition to information about over 100 million subscribers and their collective 46 million family trees.  Starting at $79, the company’s DNA test kit is competitively priced and covers the basics: A simple cheek swab will give you an analysis of your ethnic origins and the identification of relatives who share your DNA. In addition to MyHeritage’s free basic subscription, which will let you assemble a family tree up to 250 people, there are other packages that accommodate larger trees, advanced DNA features, and more robust research tools. The company allows you to upload test data from other DNA testing companies. MyHeritage says that it has also sold more than one million DNA testing kits — but its enormous database is largely powered by Geni.com, a genealogy social media site, that has assembled “the world’s largest, scientifically vetted family tree,” according to the New York Times. (MyHeritage is Geni.com’s parent company.)  See it at MyHeritagehomedna-logo-250x300 HomeDNA HomeDNA Price: $59 (more in-depth tests additional) Tests: Autosomal, Y-DNA Match Database: None Autosomal SNPs tested: 850,000 HomeDNA is kind of like the Walmart of DNA testing, which is somewhat appropriate given that the company’s testing kits are sold at Walmart stores in addition to CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens pharmacies. HomeDNA offers a range of DNA ancestry testing services priced between $69 to $199. Though the jury is still out about the effectiveness of specialty tests, HomeDNA also sells test kits to determine food and pet sensitivity ($99), diet and exercise strategies based on your genetic makeup ($119), paternity ($164), and even skin care ($99). Dog owners can buy a dog DNA test to help you determine your dog’s breed history for $125. You can also buy a $125 health screening for your dog or cat that includes a series of tests for genetic diseases and traits. (If you’re interested in a canine DNA test for less, https://www.amazon.com/Wisdom-Identification-Canine-Genetic-Ancestry/dp/B01EHX2BH0 offers a dog DNA test kit for under $80.)Testing is done with a mouth swab. Shipping is free. And results are kept for 25 years. See it at HomeDNAgenographic National Geographic National Geographic Geno DNA Kit Note: This service is no longer available Tests: Autosomal, Y-DNA, mtDNA Match Database: 230,000 Autosomal SNPs tested: 700,000 National Geographic ended the public participation phase of its genographic research project on May 31, 2019. Its Geno 2.0 DNA Ancestry kits are no longer available for purchase. According to the company’s website: “If you have already purchased a kit, you may still send it in for processing in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of sale.” National Geographic plans to maintain the database where customers can access their results online, until the end of 2020. You can learn more about the project on National Geographic’s website. africanancesty African Ancestry African Ancestry Price: $299 each for matri- and patrilineal Tests: Y-DNA, mtDNA Match Database: 33,000 Autosomal SNPs tested: NA African Ancestry can’t compete on price or the size of its match database, but it does offer deep regional analysis. It’s a worthy specialized service for individuals looking at exploring African ancestry. Rather than a match database of individuals, African Ancestry has the world’s largest database of African lineages. The company can trace your ancestry back to a region in Africa and then pinpoint its location today. It can also dive deep into history and help find original ethnic groups that may date back as long as 500 years ago. But the tests can get quite expensive. The company sells a maternal test kit and a paternal test kit for $299 each (shipping is free). If you want to trace your family back both through male and female ancestors, it’ll cost you about $600. Still, for African family histories, the depth of analysis is unique among the services we profiled. Explore African Ancestry DNA Kits and Dealsfullgenome Full Genomes Full Genomes Price: $645 (more in-depth tests additional) Tests: Autosomal, Y-DNA, mtDNA Match Database: None Autosomal SNPs tested: 71,000 The Full Genomes service is so expensive, it offers a payment plan. But the service offers the largest library of Y-chromosome SNPs around. So if you want to explore your patrilineal background, this is the most comprehensive option on the market. There’s no family match database, however.  Testing is done with a cheek swab. The company charges $25 for shipping. Explore Full Genomes DNA Kits and Dealslivingdna Living DNA Living DNA Price: $79 Tests: Autosomal, Y-DNA, mtDNA Match Database: Just getting started Autosomal SNPs tested: 638,000 Living DNA is a UK-based genomics firm that offers autosomal DNA data, as well as a breakdown of matrilineal and patrilineal lines. DNA data is gathered through a mouth swab.  Living DNA has a very limited family match database, so if you’re looking for a service that can match you to relatives around the world, this is not the one for you. But Living DNA’s test is quite comprehensive: it tests 638,000 autosomal SNPs, 22,500 Y chromosome SNPs and 17,800 X chromosome SNPs, along with 4,700 mitochondrial SNPs. And the service tracks DNA to 80 geographic regions. Those with a UK family history will see a map of where ancestors lived on the islands. Though we didn’t test it first hand, Living DNA says its tools allow you to upload DNA data from other services to predict relationship matches. Explore Living DNA Kits and Deals DNA testing: What you need to know If you’re using a home DNA testing service, you’re likely looking for one of three things: Ancestry and family history: The first big draw of a full DNA test is that you’ll get a detailed breakdown on ancestry and ethnicity, and the migration patterns of your common ancestors. Spoiler alert: Your ethnic background may be radically different than you think it is. You’ll also find out what a haplogroup is.Relative identification: With your permission, some DNA services will let you connect with relatives you never knew you had — other folks with matching DNA who have used the service and likewise given their permission to connect to possible relations.   Health and disease info: DNA testing can also indicate which conditions for which you may have a preponderance. It’s a controversial feature, to be sure. Knowing that you have a genetic predisposition to a certain form of cancer may make you more vigilant for testing, but it may also lead to increased stress — worrying about a potential health condition that may never develop, even if you’re “genetically susceptible” to it. The possibility of false positives and false negatives abound — any such information should be discussed with your doctor before you act upon it. How DNA tests work Afraid of needles and drawing blood? Good news: That’s not an issue with these tests. All you need to do is spit into a vial or rub a swab in your mouth — all the genetic data needed for these tests is present in your saliva — and ship the DNA sample to the company for analysis.  The reason that a saliva sample works as well as blood (or hair follicles or skin samples) is that your DNA — which is short for deoxyribonucleic acid — is present in all of them. It’s the basic genetic code present in all of your cells that makes up your key attributes, from the color of your eyes to the shape of your ears to how susceptible you are to cholesterol. The key terms you need to know when comparing DNA testing services are: SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism): Genotyping is done by measuring genetic variation. One of the more common is SNP genotyping, which measures the variations of a single nucleotide polymorphism. In our service summaries below, we discuss the number of SNPs. That’s because the more a company measures, the more granular the variations analyzed. Autosomal DNA testing: An autosomal test can be administered to both men and women, and traces lineage back through both the maternal and paternal bloodlines. Y-DNA: The Y-DNA test can only be administered to men, and traces DNA back through the patrilineal ancestry (basically from father to grandfather to great grandfather). mtDNA: The mtDNA is matrilineal and lets you trace your ancestry back through your mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  Autosomal tests can get you quality genetic information going back about four or five generations. Because the Y-DNA and mtDNA tests are more focused on one side of the line, you can get information going back farther, but with less data about family structure.  Four important caveats Before you use any of the services we’ve highlighted below, keep these important factors in mind. Match database size: If you’re looking for family relations, this is important. Simply put, the bigger the pool of available data, the better the chance you’ll have of finding a match. Privacy concerns: Nothing is more private than your health data, which is why you should make sure a prospective DNA testing site follows the same best-practice online security protocols you’d expect from your bank or email provider. You’ll want to look for two-factor authentication, an encrypted password database and so on. But for DNA testing providers, you should also investigate how they’re sharing your genetic data — even if anonymously — and how long they keep the data. It’s not just academic: Authorities recently identified a suspect in the Golden State Killer murders thanks to an open-source DNA and genealogy service known as GEDmatch (not profiled here).  If you’re creeped out by how much information Facebook, Google and Amazon have on you based on your online browsing habits, just remember that these DNA testing services are getting what is effectively your medical history. Make sure of their policies before turning over that valuable data. Also, even if you don’t share your DNA with a service, your familial DNA data may be available if a relative shared their genetic material. The privacy issues can get very complex. Don’t expect perfect accuracy. Testing kits can give you indications, but taking a DNA test won’t magically produce a history book of your family’s background. Consult a doctor on any health data: Cancer. Leukemia. Heart disease. Alzheimer’s disease. There are a lot of scary afflictions out there, and your DNA testing may well indicate which ones to which you are genetically predispositioned. But the data from DNA testing kits exists in isolation. You should consult your doctor to explore the data from any of these tests. They’ll help you determine how to implement any lifestyle changes or followup testing as a result, if it’s worth doing so. Originally published in July 2018.Update, July 30, 2019: Adds new company information about AncestryDNA.Read More: The Best Meal Kit Delivery Services The Best Identity Theft Services The Best Live TV streaming Services CNET’s Justin Jaffe contributed to this story. Starts at $99 9 See at LivingDNA Wellness Tags Starts at $59 Starts at $299 FamilyTreeDNA HomeDNA Starts at $645 Comments MyHeritage Full Genomes National Geographic Geno DNA Kit 23andMe See at National Geographic Share your voice DNA tests, compared See at HomeDNA See at 23andMelast_img read more

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AK Knowing the unknown

first_imgSince Russian priests began establishing missions at the end of the 18th century, the Orthodox Church has become part of the landscape of Alaska. What’s less visible today than Orthodox crosses and golden cupolas are the Alaska Native belief systems that existed before European contact. KDLG’s Hannah Colton has this story about one Dena’ina man who came to embrace his traditional spirituality, and why he’s choosing now to speak up about it.  Listen nowLary Hill (Photo by Hannah Colton, KDLG – Dillingham)Lary Hill hesitates to call himself a “shaman.” But he’s open about the fact that he inexplicably knows things that seem unknowable.  We’ll get back to that. For now, Hill is on the shore of Lake Clark speaking to a dozen kids from Nondalton. He pulls a flat, polished rock from his pocket. “Today, what I’d like you to do is find yourself a couple of stones,” Hill said. “Here’s an example…” We’re at a Dena’ina culture camp – Hill is one of a handful of elders here to share their knowledge with the youth. This afternoon’s lesson is on “worry stones.” “Some of you may have heard that word before, there’s a Dena’ina word for it and I don’t know what it is. I learned it from my grandmother,” Hill explained.The idea, Hill explains, is that you can “program” the stone with happy, positive thoughts, and then it can help when you’re stressed or sad. It’s based on the Dena’ina belief that everything in nature has some kind of energy. “Now it’s your choice whether you want to believe what I’m saying or not, that’s up to you,” Hill said. “Some people look upon this as superstition, but to me it’s very real.” The kids fan out across the beach to pick their own stones.Now, this idea – that all things are connected through their energies – Hill learned it from his grandmother as a young boy in the village of Nondalton. Back then, he says, he didn’t really understand any of the spiritual stuff. But already, he had a unique ability to know and see things that other people couldn’t. “When you’re five years old and you can touch a person’s hand and see what they did for the last three days, and you tell them about it… man, that’s scary to them,” Hill said.It was not scary to Hill’s immediate family. Their family lore counts shamans and seers going back generations – on both his mother’s Dena’ina side and his father’s side in Finland.  Lary Hill lifts his rifle after shooting a celebratory three shots into the air, a Lake Clark area tradition when welcoming relatives and friends to a potluck. (Photo by Hannah Colton, KDLG – Dillingham)But other people, they were freaked out.   “And in the village I got picked on and beat up,” Hill said.So, like many kids who don’t fit in, Hill learned to hide who he was. He grew up shy, and by the time he was 20 was spending a lot of time by himself, up in the hills.Then he was drafted into the army. Overseas in Korea, he was pushed into leadership roles, and gained confidence in himself.He also experienced things in the army that he doesn’t like to talk about now. After he got out, he says, he started drinking, both to cope with bad memories and to drown out the voices in his head.When he eventually sobered up, the voices were still there. So, he stopped fighting it them. “About 20 years ago, there was a death in an unnamed village, and that night I received a message from that person,” Hill said. “And I could not rest until I delivered that message. I didn’t know what the message was going to be until I saw that person, and they asked me one question. And I had the answer.” In that case, and many others, Hill says his message brought comfort to the bereaved. But occasionally, he was met with disbelief or anger. He’s even been physically assaulted.  And he’s faced pushback from the Russian Orthodox community. Hill considers himself a believer; he was baptized in the Church. But some of the local ministers, he says, do not like him bringing people these messages.“They’ve told me that I’m promoting evil and contact with the devil,” Hill said. “But I always ask, when I get this compulsion, if it comes from God.”HC: “How does that make you feel when there’s a preist saying ‘this is coming from the devil’ or something?”“If I don’t feel that it is, I’ll just say, no, I know where it comes from, I’m sorry you don’t believe me, but I feel compelled to do this, and the message is right,” Hill said. “Some of these priests were family friends and they haven’t spoken to me since, on one occasion. But again, I accept that. I know that that’s part of it.”Hill has accepted the messiness that comes with living out his beliefs … but these kids at camp, they’re just starting out. It’s a lot to swallow.“The worry rock? Yeah, I kinda believe in it.,” Nolan Schaeffer said. Schaeffer is Hill’s grandson. He’s sixteen, smart, and serious, and he’s spoken with his grandpa about the spiritual connection that seems to run in the family. “If that happened to me I’d feel really weirded out, but I’d love it, because having a vision of something good or bad it’d be pretty cool to actually have,” Schaeffer said.The worry stone is just one little piece of Dena’ina spirituality – one that Schaeffer and the other kids can hold in their hands. It’s a tiny window into a worldview that they’re not being taught in school or at church. And Lary Hill hopes they’ll understand someday, when they’re old enough to need it.last_img read more

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Oil climbs 1 after surprise US crude stock draw

first_imgOil prices rose around 1 percent on Thursday, extending gains from the previous session after a surprise third consecutive weekly U.S. crude inventory draw tightened the market.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures CLc1 were trading at $45.81 per barrel at 0301 GMT (11:01 p.m. EDT), up 47 cents, or 1 percent, from their previous close. The contract had already gained as much as 3 percent the day before.Prices jumped after a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) showed a 6.2 million-barrel drop in crude oil inventories last week to 504.6 million barrels. Forecasters in a Reuters poll had expected a 3.4 million-barrel build.”Oil prices rose after EIA data showed U.S. crude inventories declined to the lowest level since February,” ANZ bank said in a note on Thursday.International benchmark Brent crude futures LCOc1 were also up, gaining 48 cents, or 1 percent, from their last close to $47.31 per barrel.Brent was lifted by an oil workers’ strike in Norway, which threatened to cut North Sea crude output.A weaker dollar after the Federal Reserve left U.S. interest rates unchanged also supported oil prices as it makes dollar-traded fuel imports cheaper for countries using other currencies.Analysts, however, said they expect oil prices to remain range-bound at relatively low levels with global output near record highs and surpassing consumption, adding that producer talks in Algeria next week were likely to change little.The United Arab Emirates, a participating producer, said on Wednesday that the talks were aimed at consultations rather than deciding production restraint or even cuts.”In a world of continued (U.S.) shale productivity gains that cause other oil producing regions around the world to become highly focused on cost competitiveness, we believe investors and companies should prepare for an environment of rangebound oil prices,” Goldman Sachs said in a note to investors published late on Wednesday.In a clear illustration of the impact on the ground of an the oil market downturn, the waters around Singapore have become the dumping ground for hundreds of drilling and offshore oil support vessels that have become surplus to requirement in the current era of cheap crude.last_img read more

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Conservative TV Host Resigns After Tweet Threatening Parkland Survivor

first_img Share Jonathan Ernst/ReutersDavid Hogg, a student and shooting survivor from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, addresses the conclusion of the “March for Our Lives” event demanding gun control after recent school shootings at a rally in Washington, U.S., March 24, 2018.A conservative commentator who sent a tweet saying he would use “a hot poker” to sexually assault an outspoken 17-year-old survivor of the Florida high school shooting has resigned from a St. Louis TV station and been taken off the radio after several advertisers withdrew from his shows.KDNL-TV accepted Jamie Allman’s resignation and canceled “The Allman Report,” according to a brief statement from Ronn Torossian, a spokesman for the Sinclair Broadcast Group, which operates the TV station. Before the show’s launch in January 2015, KDNL-TV touted it as a nontraditional newscast with a conservative spin.Allman’s radio show on KFTK-FM has been taken off the air while the company “looks into the matter,” said Esther-Mireya Tejeda, a spokeswoman for Entercom, which began operating the station last month.Allman hasn’t responded to messages from the Associated Press seeking comment.Several businesses pulled advertising from Allman’s shows after he sent the March 26 tweet targeting David Hogg, who has strongly advocated for stricter gun control since 17 people were killed in the Feb. 14 mass shooting at his school in Parkland, Florida.Sinclair confirms that Jamie Allman, who has a nightly show on St. Louis’ @KDNLABC30, has resigned after his tweet about sexually assaulting David Hogg with a hot poker sparked backlash and an advertiser boycottSpox: “Yes his show is canceled and he is off the air immediately” pic.twitter.com/sPQfozh6ec— Brianna Sacks (@bri_sacks) April 10, 2018Allman’s Twitter account was “locked” shortly after he sent the tweet, restricting access to his account, but a screenshot of it has been widely circulated on social media.Hogg’s willingness to take on the gun-control cause has made him a target for some conservatives. Fox News Channel’s Laura Ingraham took a week’s leave after apologizing via social media for her tweet that Hogg had “whined” about not getting in to some colleges.Ingraham hasn’t discussed that episode specifically but promised upcoming stories about conservatives who she says are fighting attempts to silence them. Hogg, meanwhile, said it’s “time to love thy neighbor, not mudsling at children.” Their social media spat came to symbolize the debate over how youthful advocates for gun safety should be treated by political opponents. Another student, Emma Gonzalez, has been falsely depicted in a doctored photo tearing up the Constitution.In Missouri, state Rep. Stacey Newman, a Democrat from Richmond Heights, led calls for a boycott by Allman’s sponsors after he sent his tweet.“We’ve had people all over Missouri (and) all over the country weighing in on this … it’s heartwarming to know that tons of people throughout the state understand this is not acceptable,” Newman told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Monday. “Even though we hadn’t asked for his removal or resignation, (Sinclair) took it upon themselves. People know where the line is.”Sinclair is a conservative-leaning company that owns nearly 200 local TV stations, making it one of the largest such companies in the U.S.President Donald Trump last week defended the company after a video showing dozens of Sinclair news anchors reading a script expressing concern about “fake stories” and “one-sided news stories plaguing the country” appeared on TV news reports and circulated online. Trump said rival TV stations were merely “worried about the competition and quality of Sinclair Broadcast.”Sinclair also has pushed for regulation of the broadcast industry to be eased and is trying to buy Tribune Media in a move that would dramatically increase the company’s reach.Allman also served a six-month stint in 2004 and 2005 as chief spokesman for then-St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke and executive director of communications for the archdiocese. Archdiocese spokesman Gabe Jones didn’t immediately respond to a phone call and email message seeking comment.last_img read more

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Brain MRIs of Children with Tourettes Offer Clues About Disorder

first_img Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Related Content Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified areas in the brains of children with Tourette’s syndrome that appear markedly different from the same areas in brains of children who don’t have the disorder. Above, in a scan of a child with Tourette’s, yellow indicates an area with less white matter than in the same brain region in kids who don’t have the disorder. The scans also revealed areas in the brains of kids with Tourette’s that have more gray matter than in children without the condition. Credit: Washington University School of MedicineNovember 1, 2016 — Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified areas in the brains of children with Tourette’s syndrome that appear markedly different from the same areas in the brains of children who don’t have the neuropsychiatric disorder.The findings are available online Oct. 25 in the journal Molecular Psychiatry.Tourette’s syndrome is defined by tics — involuntary, repetitive movements and vocalizations. Scientists estimate that the condition affects roughly one to 10 kids out of every 1,000 children.”In this study, we found changes primarily in brain regions connected to sensation and sensory processing,” said co-principal investigator Kevin J. Black, M.D., a professor of psychiatry.Differences in those brain regions make sense, Black said, because many people with Tourette’s explain that their tics occur mainly as a response to unusual sensations. The feeling that a part of the body doesn’t seem right, for example, prompts an involuntary sigh, vocalization, cough or twitch.”Just as you or I might cough or sneeze due to a cold, a person with Tourette’s frequently will have a feeling that something is wrong, and the tic makes it feel better,” Black said. “A young man who frequently clears his throat may report that doing so is a reaction to a tickle or some other unusual sensation in his throat. Or a young woman will move her shoulder when it feels strange, and the movement, which is a tic, will make the shoulder feel better.”In the largest study of its kind, the researchers conducted MRI scans at four U.S. sites to study the brains of 103 children with Tourette’s and compared them with scans of another 103 kids of the same age and sex but without the disorder. The scans of the children with Tourette’s revealed significantly more gray matter in the thalamus, the hypothalamus and the midbrain than in those without the disorder.The gray matter is where the brain processes information. It’s made up mainly of cells such as neurons, glial cells and dendrites, as well as axons that extend from neurons to carry signals.In kids with Tourette’s, the researchers also found less white matter around the orbital prefrontal cortex, just above the eyes, and in the medial prefrontal cortex, also near the front, than in kids without the condition.White matter acts like the brain’s wiring. It consists of axons that — unlike the axons in gray matter — are coated with myelin and transmit signals to the gray matter. Less white matter could mean less efficient transmission of sensations, whereas extra gray matter could mean nerve cells are sending extra signals.Black said it’s not possible to know yet whether the extra gray matter is transmitting information that somehow contributes to tics or whether reduced amounts of white matter elsewhere in the brains of kids with Tourette’s may somehow influence the movements and vocalizations that characterize the disorder. But he said that discovering these changes in the brain could give scientists new targets to better understand and treat Tourette’s.”This doesn’t tell us what happened to make the brain look this way,” Black explained. “Are there missing cells in certain places, or are the cells just smaller? And are these regions changing as the brain tries to resist tics? Or are the differences we observed contributing to problems with tics? We simply don’t know the answers yet.”Black said the researchers will aim to replicate these findings in additional patients and determine if and how the brain regions they identified may contribute to Tourette’s syndrome, with a goal of developing more effective therapies.For more information: www.nature.com/mp FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. 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first_img California-headquartered fruit breeder, grower and marketer Sun World is enjoying strong growth worldwide, with its table grape varietal brands increasing in volume from key production countries and penetrating further into the North American, European and Asian markets.Two of the company’s newer table grape releases that are driving some of the highest growth at the moment are Autumn Crisp, a late-season seedless green grape, and Adora Seedless, a late-season black grape.”We have high hopes for those two new releases and continue to be encouraged by how they perform, not only in Southern Hemisphere countries but in the Northern Hemisphere as well,” David Marguleas, president of Sun World Innovations, told FreshFruitPortal.com.”Right now the biggest drivers in the Sun World portfolio – and, it appears that the varieties that are making the biggest difference in many growers’ lives around the world – would be the varieties that we market under the Autumn Crisp brand as well as the Adora Seedless brand.”The two varietal brands are in greater supply this current season from South Africa – which enjoys the largest concentration of Sun World table grape varieties in the Southern Hemisphere – as well as Chile, Peru, Brazil and Australia.”Those two varieties are leading the way in the Sun World portfolio and we think they’ll set the stage for a number of our newer introductions over the course of the next two or three years,” Marguleas said.He also noted that one of the company’s more senior varietal brands, Sable Seedless, continues to see strong interest from retailers and producers, and is now “firmly established” at retail in the U.K., Australia, the U.S. and Canada.Sun World now has 1,500 licensed table grape growers and 60 licensed marketers from 12 countries, which Marguleas said is a huge benefit to retailers as they collectively ensure a year-round supply of branded varieties. This continuous supply helps to create good momentum, which is especially useful for penetrating newer markets like Asia, where consumer acceptance of new and seedless varieties is growing rapidly.”There is strong growth coming from Asia, with the exception of course during our Northern Hemisphere season in light of the trade spat with China – grape exports were off considerably, as you would expect,” he said. “But aside from what we hope was an anomaly in 2018, we’ve seen strong growth in the Asian markets for Sun World varieties from a number of different growing regions.””We’ve certainly seen tremendous growth in Southeast Asia, we continue to see growth on the continent in Europe, and of course the North American market continues to be hugely important – not only for our own American production but also from our South American growing regions, Peru, Chile, to some degree Brazil, and more recently South Africa.”New varieties in the pipelineSun World has a number of new early and late ripening white, red and black table grapes in the pipeline, Marguleas said. They are all seedless, many with neutral flavor profiles and some with new fruity flavors as well.He explained that Sun World was aiming to provide growers with varieties that would not be harvested during countries’ heaviest volume periods.”We think that there’s more opportunity to provide producers with varieties that fill gaps in the market place, and likewise to help retailers source grapes during the shoulders of the season when the majority of supply occurs in the middle,” he said. You might also be interested in Sun World sells its farming operations … Sun World unveils “Make It A Grape Two Weeks” … February 25 , 2019 Sun World licenses importers to market proprietary … “But of course the new growing regions of the world are starting to change that formula. Production of grapes in countries like Colombia, Peru and Brazil and parts of Mexico are enabling production at times that were previously not available.”Asked what the future may hold for publicly available varieties, in an industry seeing rapidly rising volumes of proprietary varieties, Marguleas said they would always have a place in the market.”There are today more than 90 seedless table grape varieties available to growers and retailers, many of them are public and many of them are from proprietary breeding programs,” he said.”I think whether they’re public or private is really not the material way to view this. There are some important public varieties that have wonderful flavor profiles, terrific post-harvest qualities and can be grown very efficiently, so we’re very appreciative of the many public varieties that have been in production for many decades.”But increasingly I think the consumer is looking for new eating experiences and the opportunity to find and enjoy varieties from a number of different growing locations that have the kind of shelf life and texture and eating qualities that they appreciate. And more often than not, some of the newer private varieties meet those needs than some of the traditional public varieties have.”The rising number and prevalence of newer varieties that better fit many consumers’ preferences also means that consumers will increasingly start to look for different varietal brands at retail, he said, particularly in regions of the world where varietal branding has become more popular.”There are still some traditional retailers that refer to grapes as white grapes and black and red, and we think that there is an opportunity for the supermarket industry to help consumers identify varieties that they enjoy,” he said.Upcoming Global Grape Summit in JuneA broad array of important topics such as these will be discussed later this year at the inaugural Global Grape Summit, where a diverse range of industry players, including breeders, growers, buyers and retailers from the world’s top production and import countries, will meet.The commercially focused event is co-organized by Yentzen Group and Produce Business magazine and will take place on June 5, on the first day of the London Produce Show and Conference, which is the largest event in the U.K. for the fresh fruit and vegetable sector.  “The new Global Grape Summit, produced in tandem with the popular London Produce Show and an event Sun World is proud to support, is long overdue and promises to be another fantastic produce showcase,” Marguleas said.”Moreover, the Global Grape Summit is a fitting way to recognize the increasingly international aspect of the grape industry as well as the importance of seamless supply, novel growing regions that are altering supply calendars and availability, and of course the dramatic change that variety development brings to building grape demand and sales.”It will be a ‘must-attend’ for anyone engaged in the global grape supply chain.”For more information on the Global Grape Summit, please visit www.globalgrapesummit.com or write to grapesummit@yc.cl.last_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact There is no secret that the Arizona Cardinals offense was historically bad last season.They ranked last in the NFL in total offensive yards, points per game, rushing yards and passing yards as a team.Although the lack of talent and experience at the skill positions played a factor, much of the blame could be placed on a maligned offensive line, which had 11 individuals accumulate more than 100 snaps throughout the season, according to Pro Football Reference. Arizona Cardinals offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) sets to block against the Minnesota Vikings during an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Vikings won 27-17. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini) Revamping the offensive line was the top offseason priority identified by Bill Barnwell of ESPN that the Cardinals need to address.By the end of 2018, rookie quarterback Josh Rosen was playing behind a line of five backups. Imagine if your first student driving lesson involved merging onto the track at Talladega.Related LinksKeim: ‘A number of players’ on film worthy of Cardinals’ top pickOffensive line is the Cardinals’ biggest need this offseason, PFF saysWarner: Cardinals’ offensive line inconsistency keying offensive woesWho’s on Kliff Kingsbury’s Arizona Cardinals coaching staff?The sentiment for an improved offensive line was echoed by Pro Football Focus, NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner and even general manager Steve Keim.“There’s no doubt that we have to get that offensive line fixed to make sure that we can not only run the ball effectively but protect as well,” Keim said on 98.7 FM Arizona Sports Station Wednesday on the Doug & Wolf show.The Cardinals new coaching staff includes offensive line coach Sean Kugler who coached with the Denver Broncos last season.As such, the Cardinals have been linked to free agent center Matt Pradis, who spent last season with the Broncos.We mentioned this on the show Friday we expect them to have interest in Saffold, Levitte and some of the Broncos OL who are unrestricted— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) February 17, 2019Also tasked to help fix the front five as an assistant offensive line coach is Brian Natkin, who coached under Kugler from 2013-17 at UTEP. 43 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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