With how lopsided many of these first-round NBA playoff series have been, it would have been understandable to want the Thunder-Blazers matchup to continue beyond Tuesday, both because of its star power and because of the sheer back-and-forth competitiveness it displayed.But if the series had to end quickly, at least it went out with a bang: with Damian Lillard finishing not only with 50 points, but also with one of the greatest, most cold-blooded buzzer-beaters in NBA history — perhaps the most difficult one to ever end a playoff series, all things considered.This wasn’t Lillard’s first game-winner to end a series. He hit a more conventional one, coming off a screen for a lightning-quick catch-and-shoot opportunity, to knock out the Houston Rockets in 2014.But with Tuesday’s dagger, the Portland star finished off former MVP Russell Westbrook and his Oklahoma City club, literally waving goodbye to the visiting Thunder after nailing a shot just to the right of the Blazers’ half-court logo, a full 37 feet away from the basket. A shot from that distance would be difficult enough to knock down wide-open, let alone with an All-NBA defender like 6-foot-9 Paul George contesting it.“That’s a bad shot, I don’t care what anybody says. That’s a bad shot,” a defiant George told reporters after Oklahoma City fell, 118-115, putting an end to the five-game gentleman’s sweep.But in a way, that’s what made it such a spectacular one. Lillard wanted to take that shot. He had more than 10 seconds to make something else happen — to drive to the hoop for a closer look, or to potentially call a teammate over for a screen to get more space — and chose not to. Instead, he opted to let the clock run down to the final two seconds, took a side-step to his right and let it fly from 37. Ballgame.And despite George’s proclamation, that Lillard’s game-winner was a “bad shot” that went down anyway, consider this: Lillard had been doing stuff like this all series long. In fact, the buzzer-beater made Lillard an unthinkable 9-of-15 for the series from 30 feet and beyond, according to Second Spectrum. It’s part of the reason Lillard has been the most valuable player this postseason thus far.We’ve been critical of the Blazers and their roster construction at times in the past. A team built mostly around Lillard and CJ McCollum seems flawed, both because of the tough shots the guards rely on (especially when playing longer-wing defenders like Jrue Holiday last year) and because of the duo’s shortcomings on D. There have been some redeeming qualities present in their teamwide defense — the Blazers have been elite for years at limiting quality looks on that end of the floor. Still, the club’s calculus figured to get a lot tougher without starting center Jusuf Nurkic, who somehow had avoided serious injury in the past but then succumbed to a season-ending one just weeks before the playoffs began. And it didn’t help that the club entered this postseason having lost 10 playoff games in a row.Yet if Lillard can play anywhere close to this level going forward, it requires at least a brief reevaluation of everything. He had 34 points in the first half alone on Tuesday and hit three of his four attempts from 30-plus feet, including the one that sent the Thunder packing.Lillard’s ability to sink those shots — paired with Oklahoma City’s surprise that he’d even have the audacity to try them in some cases — was one of the key reasons Portland ran away with the series 4-1. The Thunder allowed him too much cushion, largely because defenders haven’t adjusted to the realization that Lillard, with nearly limitless range on his off-dribble jumpers, has arguably become the closest thing we have to Golden State’s Stephen Curry.Curry, Lillard and Atlanta rookie Trae Young were the only three players in the NBA to take more than 40 3-point attempts from 30 feet and beyond this past regular season, according to Basketball-Reference.com’s Play Index. Curry shot an impressive 31.1 percent, while Lillard hit 30.6 percent of his tries from that distance. (Young, promisingly, made 34.6 percent of his.)After the game, Lillard told reporters that his trainer, Phil Beckner, had him work on longer-than-usual 3-point attempts — closer to half-court — while working out in Oklahoma City earlier in the series. “I’m telling you, you’re gonna hit one of these,” he recalled Beckner saying.And unfortunately for the Thunder, that one — which might have been a bad shot for just about anybody other than Lillard — was enough to end their season in the most brutal way possible.
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NovaGold’s Donlin Creek project is one of the world’s largest undeveloped gold deposits, in a joint venture with Barrick Gold (NovaGold 70%, Barrick 30%). As current manager of the project, Barrick has budgeted $87 million for the project for 2007, which includes a 70,000 m in-fill drill program and further development work. Barrick has indicated it plans to complete a first feasibility study for the project, which would be the basis for converting the Measured and Indicated resources to Proven and Probable Reserves. Barrick also plans to complete the work necessary to submit a draft Environmental Impact document next year to start the environmental assessment process. NovaGold says it continues to believe that Barrick cannot meet the back-in milestones required to earn an additional 40% interest in the Donlin Creek project. “By November 13, 2007, Barrick must complete a final, bankable feasibility study and make a Board decision to construct a mine producing not less than 600,000 oz of gold annually. NovaGold believes Barrick cannot deliver a meaningful construction decision, plan or budget without completing the environmental assessment process. NovaGold’s lawsuit against Barrick on Breach of Contractual Obligations and Breach of Fiduciary Responsibility is currently before US Federal Court in Alaska.
Alexco Resource Corp’s wholly-owned US subsidiary, Alexco Water and Environment (AWE) has entered into a Master Services Agreement (MSA) with Colorado Legacy Land LLC (CLL) to become the Operator of Responsible Charge for the Schwartzwalder mine and the former Cañon City uranium mill reclamation and clean-up projects located approximately 45 miles northwest and 115 miles south of Denver, respectively. The two projects comprise a total of approximately 3,300 acres of freehold land which are subject to a mine reclamation permit and radiation materials licenses.As part of the MSA, AWE, on a fee-for-service basis, will be responsible for all work to complete the reclamation obligations assumed by CLL associated with the regulatory closure, environmental compliance, investigation and clean-up for the Schwartzwalder and Cañon City properties. The scope of services to be performed by AWE will be jointly developed by CLL and AWE through annual work plans to meet regulatory and clean-up requirements under the Schwartzwalder mining reclamation permit and radiation materials licenses, and the clean-up plan that is being developed under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) process for the former Canon City mill site. AWE will be responsible for the implementation and execution of all the components within those work plans.Paul Newman, Managing Director of CLL, commented “Alexco’s experience in mine closure, water treatment, radiation management and clean-up services, and brownfields remediation provides CLL with a partner that can achieve the best remediation outcomes for these sites, and support the best possible reuses that will benefit our neighbouring communities. We are pleased to have this expertise to energize these clean-up and reuse projects.”Clynt Nauman, Alexco CEO and Chairman commented, “We are very pleased to be working with CLL to actively clean up these long standing and relatively high profile contaminated areas. This long-term agreement is expected to take more than ten years to complete and generate revenue in excess of $20 million for AWE while underpinning the ongoing growth of our US environmental group. We remain committed to growing our environmental business by providing a range and quality of services to clients across North America, which is complementary to our mining business and clean up of legacy environmental issues at our Keno Hill Silver District in Yukon, Canada.”With ongoing growth in both its environmental and mine-related business units, Alexco has strengthened its management structure through the appointment of James Harrington to the position of President of Alexco Environmental Group (AEG) where he will be responsible for executive, strategic and technical leadership of AEG and its various subsidiaries. In a related management change, Linda Broughton, currently Vice President, Projects for AEG, will be appointed Vice President, Technical Services for Alexco in support of mining operations at the Keno Hill Silver District. Ms. Broughton will also be appointed to the position of President of Alexco’s subsidiary, Elsa Reclamation and Development Company, where she will lead the implementation of the reclamation and closure plan for the legacy environmental liabilities in the Keno Hill Silver District.
Welcome back to Geek.com’s Origin of the Species. Each time out we’ll take a look at one of our favorite fantasy, science fiction or horror races or species, going in-depth exploring their origins in fiction, mythology and etymology. Check out our previous installments on the history of orcs, zombies, and robots!Thanks to Game of Thrones, we are currently in the midst of what is, quite possibly, the most dragon-saturated period in pop culture history. Not that we’re complaining though! As even the youngest children can tell you, dragons absolutely rule. They’re like big, magical, fire-breathing dinosaurs. What’s not to like? But while you may very well be familiar with the Targaryens’ pets, devious old Smaug from the Hobbit, or even the difference between metallic and chromatic dragons in the worlds of Dungeons & Dragons… we’re guessing you might not be as familiar with the creatures’ deeper origins.When discussing dragons and their place in pop culture, literature, and mythology, the first thing you need to understand is that there are two competing dragon traditions. Though they have, in more recent years, heavily impacted one another, cross-pollinating many different ideas about the beasties. They are an example of parallel evolution, arising, as best we can tell, completely independently of one another. Though the terms aren’t entirely, unimpeachably accurate, for the ease of discussion, we’ll be referring to these as European and Chinese dragons.The European dragon is, understandably given the Euro-centric focus that America has had for most of its history, the more popular of the two, at least on this continent. European dragons are generally seen as big winged lizards, typically capable of breathing fire and, more often than not, in possession of a horde of gold or other treasure. They have not only four legs, but also a completely separate set of wings sprouting out of their back. Big lizard monsters with two legs and a pair of wings? Those would be wyverns, which might be a shocking revelation to those who mostly know of dragons from Game of Thrones.But the most important facet of the European dragon, the thing that separates it most distinctly from its Chinese cousin, is the fact that they are, traditionally, and typically evil. While more recent fictional explorations of dragons depict the creatures having a variety of alignments (in Dungeons & Dragons, chromatic dragons are generally evil, while metallic ones are good), going all the way back into antiquity, the European dragon has been seen as a terrible threat, one to be overcome and vanquished by a brave hero. It’s the knight/dragon dynamic that should be familiar to anyone who’s ever heard a fairy tale or two.But it’s the origins of this dynamic, however, that make the European dragon so fascinating. While we refer to the beast as European, once examining where the concept came from, we learn that it’s a bit of a misnomer, as this particular interpretation of the dragon has its origins in the Ancient Near East. Canaanite, Hittite, and Mesopotamian mythologies all feature an important clash between a hero, representing the forces of order, and a dragon-like creature, representing those of chaos. This is a foundational bit of human myth-building, and it spread like wildfire not only through the Middle East, but in Europe and Northern Africa as well.This trope, referred to by the German name Chaoskampf, meaning “struggle against chaos,” can be seen in Thor’s fight against the Midgard Serpent, Zeus vs Typhon, the Egyptian chaos god Apep and, perhaps most notably, numerous times within the Judeo-Christian tradition. While dragons today are most frequently depicted as giant lizards, originally they were more serpentine in nature. Understanding this fact will lead you to see dragons practically everywhere in the Bible and Christian tradition, including Adam’s run-in with the devil in the Garden of Eden, the archangel Michael’s fight against a dragon in the Book of Revelation, and even Saint George’s legendary slaying of a draconic beast. These stories were all influenced and inspired by this much older mythological trope, and they, in turn, went on to inspire countless stories of European dragons as vicious, cruel antagonists.This depiction is contrasted sharply with that of the Chinese dragon. While it is also serpentine in nature, perhaps even more so as it has resisted the evolution that the European dragon has and typically does not even possess wings, the Chinese tradition sees the dragon as a benevolent creature. They are normally depicted as wise and capable of human speech, with some traditions even crediting them with teaching language to humanity.The Chinese dragon, like Chinese characters and that culture’s take on Buddhism, spread throughout East Asia, most notably in Japan and Korea, where the predominant view of the creature is in keeping with that of their neighbors. The dragon is seen as a sign of good luck, and is closely connected with the Chinese emperor, with multiple myths, tales, and even proverbs and expressions prominently featuring the creature in a warm fashion.The Chinese term for a dragon, long, should be familiar to anyone who is a fan of the Dragon Ball series, which prominently features Shenlong, a take on a specific dragon from Chinese mythology. This difference in depiction explains why the Shenlong is so far removed in both aspect, behavior, and motivation from most dragons in the European tradition.Which form of dragon do you prefer? Do you have favorite dragons from pop culture, fiction or mythology? Make sure to tell us about them in the comments below.Aubrey Sitterson is the creator of the ongoing sword & sorcery serial podcast SKALD, available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, & Podomatic. There are no dragons in there as of yet, but you never know… Find Aubrey on Twitter or check out his website for more information.
Stay on target Jetpack racing will soon be a thing. After 12 months test flying to determine whether its jetpacks can be flown safely in close proximity to each other, JetPack Aviation (JPA) has announced the launch of its racing league for 2019.In a video released last week, JetPack Aviation had two of its pilots fly together in formation. It’s the first time in history two jetpacks have flown together.“We are all really excited about this, it is the first time in history that two jetpacks have flown together, we’ve done a huge amount of testing and now it’s time to get racing,” JPA CEO and chief pilot David Mayman said in a press release.JPA will invite qualified teams to participate in trials during 2019. The JPA jetpacks used in the racing league are capable of flying at over 200 mph, according to the company.“We are also in discussions with inventors of other VTOL aircraft to determine whether their aircraft are appropriate for the league,” said Mayman. “We love turbine VTOL technology and want to see the league become a place where other companies can also demonstrate their contribution to the future of transportation.”Mayman told New Atlas that the races would “initially be held over water for safety’s sake, with a plan to go over land within a couple of years.”Teams will need at least three jetpacks – or similar devices – to participate in the racing league, said Mayman. They will need to either buy or lease the equipment from JPA if they don’t have their own gear. JPA in that case would provide pilot training and maintenance of the jetpacks.JPA expects the sport of jetpack racing to grow rapidly.“It’s possible for trained and skilled pilots to fly within inches of each other while doing incredible speeds,” said JPA Operations Manager and JetPack pilot Boris Jarry. “It’s an extraordinary thrill for the pilot and the audience will love the sight and sound – we sound like a group of fighter jets going past.”More on Geek.com:$150,000 Hoverbike Now Available for PreordersThis 21-Year-Old 3D Printed a Working Underwater JetpackWatch a Tesla Model 3 Get Assembled from Start to Finish You Can Now Preorder the World’s First Flying Motorcycle for $380,000This 21-Year-Old 3D Printed a Working Underwater Jetpack
There is an official statement from Udinese that the Brazilian international playing for them, Samir Caetano de Souza Santos has extended his contract with the club until 2023.Samir, the Brazilian center-back had joined Udeinese from Flamengo, and has since become a significant feature for the club after he had spent a period of loan at Verona an also Italian club. He has supported the defense of Udinese after he picked up a steady role from them after his return from being loaned to Verona.“Samir and Udinese go forward together,” a statement on the club website stated, according to Football Italia.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“General manager Franco Collavino and technical director Daniele Pradè announced the extension of the Brazilian defender Samir, who has reached 56 appearances with the Bianconeri.”This means that Samir’s contract has moved on to 2023. He will stay on with Udinese until the time to contribute his ability to their side in the Serie A.
JENGTEN AWARDED $13,000 IN LABOUR DISPUTE Employment Ministry launches consultation for new Employment laws Related Items:belonger, josephine connelly, labour tribunal, nicola jentgen Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Oct 2014 – The Labour Tribunal will likely set an important precedent when it reveals its ruling in the case of Tropical Auto and Nicola Jentgen; a high profile labour matter as it involves the country’s Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, Josephine Connolly. Jentgen, who is from Jamaica told Manetic Media she did not file the complaint to get her job back… she wants to paid compensation of seven month’s salary and accrued vacation after a sudden termination in January which she believes was motivated by something other than denial of a worker’s permit. In a final submission, attorney for Tropical Auto, Joe Connolly explained that what Jentgen was asking of his company would have been in contravention to the law, and actually exposes that the Immigration Ordinance and the Labour Ordinance clash. While Miss Jentgen, who represented herself, is under the strong impression that her labour clearance also meant she had legal status in the country, when I checked in at the Labour Department it was explained that a labour clearance does not do that… in fact, I was shown documentation that employers are in writing informed: “You are advised that the issue of a Labour Clearance does not in any way constitute approval to commence employment.” Mr Connolly said Tropical Auto was instructed to find a Belonger to fill the post and with the denial of Jentgen’s work permit, that is what they did. Nicola had been working at Tropical Auto eight years. Presentations on the matter concluded yesterday at the Tribunal. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Art Forbes continues as Labour court judge Recommended for you
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Feb 2016 – MIAMI, FL, February 22, 2016 – C&W Business, part of Cable & Wireless Communications, Plc (CWC), today announces it has been recognized as a Fortinet Platinum Partner. To receive Platinum status, C&W Business demonstrated that it had successfully achieved all Fortinet certification requirements and training programmes needed to deliver the highest levels of partnership, performance and commitment. As a certified Platinum partner, C&W Business are experts in delivering Fortinet’s superior, next generation multi-threat security solutions to their customers across the Caribbean and Latin American region. C&W Business has a proven track record of delivering managed security services over a vast range of advanced security technologies, such as Web Application Firewall, Email Security, DDOS protection, Advanced Persistent Threat protection, among others. C&W Business offers unparalleled skills in the region, with local resources across 26 countries and experts with the highest certification levels across the board. C&W Business has successfully deployed complex security solutions, using Fortinet’s technology, in large and medium companies from a number of different sectors –including Banking, Retail, Government and BPO.“This recognition as a Platinum Partner highlights our dedication to be the most complete ICT Solutions provider in the Caribbean and Latin American region. Security is a topic that is high in CIO’s minds and we take that very seriously,” said Daniel Peiretti, SVP Product Development, C&W Business. “We have focused in hiring and certifying security experts and giving them the tools necessary to ensure our customers enjoy peace of mind with their network”, added Peiretti. Security threats are on the rise so corporations and government agencies alike must do everything to protect their networks and their data. C&W Business employs security experts in their Security Operation Centers (SOC) throughout the region to monitor their network 24X7X365.“We are excited to recognize C&W Business as a Platinum Partner, based on their strong commitment to delivering innovative solutions that drive customer success,” said Pedro Paixao, General Manager, Latin America, at Fortinet. “C&W Business plays an important role in transforming customers, across multiple industries, into more agile, connected and secure companies that can rest assured their most important assets and the assets of their end-users are protected.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:cable & wireless communications, Platinum Partner
COCONUT CREEK, FLA. (WSVN) – A collision between two cars left two people injured in Coconut Creek, Sunday.The Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Department responded to the scene at Sample and Lyons Road, at around 5 a.m. Upon arrival, crews found two victims with minor injuries and one vehicle on fire.Crews extinguished the fire while paramedics treated the victims.The two patients were transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.The cause of the accident remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Some adorable creatures are calling a new South Florida sanctuary home sweet home.The River Otter Breed and Release Program officially opened its new North American habitat in Flamingo Gardens, Saturday. The new North American River Otter Habitat officially opens tomorrow, Saturday, December 3, 2016. Stop by the new… https://t.co/AR6xFdlPXn— Flamingo Gardens (@FlamingoGardens) December 2, 2016Thirty-nine pups have been born in the sanctuary since 1989, one of the most successful programs in the world. “We’re actually one of the most prolific breeders of river otters in the nation,” said Michael Ruggieri, Director of Wildlife for Flamingo Gardens. “Right now we house about eight river otters, and we’ve been raising money for the last 10 years to build this new exhibit. We’re all really excited about the otters getting a new home, and they seem like they love it.”The new habitat is twice as large as the old one, with an underwater viewing area, larger pond, several areas to build dens and a unique cypress tree slide.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
One of the Governor’s other key priorities this year is to permanently change the way work is done in the Capitol by enacting his proposed budgetary reforms and transparency measures – including his legislation that would enact pay freezes if they ever push the state to the brink of a government shutdown again. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Bill Walker, gave his fourth State of the State Address, on Thursday evening. During the address Governor Walker called on lawmakers to enable Alaska to control its own destiny by resolving our fiscal challenges during the legislative session that is now currently under way. Walker: “We make nothing on oil discovered but left in the ground. Access and production are key. We are now working to develop toll roads so exploration can take place 12 months a year rather than just in the winter months.” This year, the state saw the highest dollar bids on North Slope lease sales in over 20 years. Governor Walker also highlighted some highlights for the upcoming year including the AK LNG project. The State leads the project for the first time, and the Joint Development Agreement – signed with the presidents of the U.S. and China at the table – puts the project the closest to reality it’s ever been. Governor Walker: “Even with the challenges ahead, I remain the eternal optimist, and there is good reason for optimism. We have all the tools to control our own destiny and build a safer, smarter, stronger Alaska.” According to Walker one key primary focus of the legislature this year is to provide the infrastructure to develop our resources. “This is the customary role of government.” Governor Walker: “Passing a budget on time is not complicated. Other states do it on time. So can we.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-State-of-the-state.mp3VmJennifer-on-State-of-the-state.mp300:00RPd
Peter Kafka at All Things D adds that the deal was done with equity, not cash.When SpinMedia bought Spin, then-CEO Tyler Goldman was initially circumspect about the print magazine’s future, but this time around Steve Hansen, who replaced Goldman as CEO in late 2012, says Vibe the print magazine will likely be shut down by the end of the year.Vibe, launched in 1993 by Quincy Jones, was most recently owned by The Yucaipa Johnson Fund, a partnership between Ron Burkle and Magic Johnson. In early 2012 Vibe and Uptown brands were merged with BlackBook Media. SpinMedia, a network of music and pop culture sites, has purchased Vibe magazine and reports are indicating that the brand will get the digital-only treatment Spin magazine received shortly after SpinMedia, then called BuzzMedia, bought it in mid-2012.According to The New York Times, SpinMedia has acquired the rights to the print magazine,Vibe.com and Vibevixen.com. More on this topic Vibe Kills Its Magazine (Again) Uptown, InterMedia Partners Acquire Vibe Say Media’s Troy Young Jumps to Hearst As New Digital Media Head Vibe Enlists Eminem to Boost Traffic, Users National Magazines Enter Local Content Market with Tech Platform Quincy Jones Wants Vibe BackJust In PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the MovePowered by
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) is nearing its selection of a buyer for 7,000 acres of undeveloped land at the former Seneca Army Depot in New York’s Finger Lakes District.A nine-member working group consisting of members of the IDA and the county Board of Supervisors is considering 16 bids covering a range of end uses that were submitted prior to a February deadline.“It’s getting closer,” Steve Brusso, chairman of the Depot Bid Review Workgroup, said last week before the panel began to meet in executive session. “If all goes well, we could have a decision in June.”Only one bidder’s identity has become public as the IDA has decided to deliberate behind closed doors. On Tuesday, the Fingers Lakes Times reported that its request for a list of bidders and bid amounts was denied by the agency.An IDA spokeswoman told the paper that revealing the names of the bidders could harm the integrity of the selection process.“For example, simply releasing the names of the bidders would give interested parties, particularly the other bidders, the ability to discern the relative viability of the bids and, as such, undermine the agency’s negotiating position,” Kelly Kline told the paper.The one publicly announced bid is a partnership between a conservation group and the town of Varick seeking to preserve the depot’s herd of rare white deer. That proposal calls for converting the property into an ecotourism center focused on wildlife conservation.The IDA decided to sell the remaining acreage at the depot, which was shuttered in 2000, now that the Army’s caretaker responsibilities are winding down. The agency does not have the resources to adequately keep and maintain the property, and wants to return it to the tax rolls to increase the county’s tax base and provide an economic asset to the region.
Anchorage bar owner Bernie Souphanavong submitted thousands of signatures today to run for Congress. Souphanavong is running as an independent for Alaska’s only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He gathered some of the signatures at his bar, Bernie’s Bungalow, in downtown Anchorage. If the Division of Elections validates his petition, Souphanavong will appear on the November ballot.Listen nowAlaska’s incumbent congressman, Republican Don Young, is trying to get on the General Election ballot by winning tomorrow’s Republican Primary. Young faces three other Republicans: Gerald Heikes, Jesse Tingley and Stephen Wright, all from the Mat-Su. Democrat Steve Lindbeck of Anchorage faces two other Democrats in tomorrow’s Primary: Lynette Moreno Hinz of Anchorage and Bill Hibler, of Fairbanks. Two Libertarians from Fairbanks are also running: Jim McDermott and Jon Watts. Among all the candidates running for U.S. House, only two have raised more than a token amount of campaign cash: Young and Lindbeck.
© 2019 Science X Network Explore further Prior research has shown that animals, including humans, are more successful from a genetic perspective when they mate with a partner that is genetically dissimilar in key ways. One of those differences is the makeup of their MHC—a cluster of genes that plays an important role in immune function. When two people with dissimilar clusters mate, their offspring gain the benefits of both parents. In recent years, medical researchers have suspected that people are able to “sense” the makeup of a potential mate’s MHC, and that people tend to find those with dissimilarities more attractive. It was assumed that if this were the case, that the olfactory system was responsible. The researchers with this new effort note that several studies have been conducted that were designed to determine if such theories were correct, but the results have varied widely. To find out once and for all, they conducted a larger, more thorough study.The work involved analyzing data from the Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes managed by NIH. The researchers report that they were able to use genome-wide data from over 800 couples living in Europe and the Middle East (Israel)—more specifically, they were able to see how similar their MHCs were.The researchers report that on average, the MHCs between couples in Europe were dissimilar—more so than could be accounted for by randomness. They also noted that such differences were the most pronounced in couples living in the Netherlands. But they also report that they found no such degree of dissimilarity for couples living in Israel.The researchers suggest their findings provide strong evidence of a human ability to smell MHC in other humans and to prefer mates with dissimilarities. They suggest such a preference can be overridden by cultural practices, however, such as those found in Israel, where mate choice is limited due to social standing or family practices. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Credit: CC0 Public Domain Opposites attract — how genetics influences humans to choose their mates A team of researchers at Université Paris Diderot has found evidence that suggests humans are able to detect via smell which partners are genetically preferable. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the group describes their study of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) in people, and the ability to detect it via smell. More information: Claire Dandine-Roulland et al. Genomic evidence for MHC disassortative mating in humans, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2019). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2018.2664 Citation: Evidence that humans prefer genetically dissimilar partners based on scent (2019, March 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-evidence-humans-genetically-dissimilar-partners.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
South Asia’s largest food and hospitality show AAHAR, now in its 32nd edition, will run from March 7–11 at Pragati Maidan. Aahar has become a well known and globally acclaimed brand over the years. The show is organised by India Trade Promotion Organisation with the active support of Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India and the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), along with leading trade associations. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAAHAR 2017 will be inaugurated by the Hon’ble Minister for Food Processing Industries, Government of India, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, today at 10am. For the first time, three foreign Ministers will grace the occasion of the inaugural ceremony. These include: HE Lawrence MacAulay, Canadian Federal Agriculture Minister, HE Edgar Vasquez, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Trade, Government of Peru, and HE Ewa Lech, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Republic of Poland. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOver 900 exhibitors are taking part in the fair covering an area of 60000 sq mtrs (Approx.), spread over 14 halls. Aahar has a significant foreign participation. As many as 72 foreign companies are participating in the fair – includeing USA, China, Canada, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, Poland, Turkey, Bulgaria, Spain, Oman, Korea, Sweden, Thailand, UAE, Peru and Lebanon. ITPO has made a special provision in Aahar for promoting ‘New and Young Entrepreneurs’ by offering them space at 50 per cent of the normal tariff. The focus on new and young entrepreneurs will invigorate the youth to set up fresh innovative businesses. Around 60,000 trade visitors are expected to visit the fair. Around 300 renowned Chefs will participate in the Culinary Art Competition with live demonstrations.ITPO has begun work on its ambitious project of the redevelopment of Pragati Maidan as a world class Integrated Exhibition- cum-Convention Centre (IECC), to cater to the growing needs of the global exhibition and convention fraternity. AAHAR is a B2B show. Visiting hours are 10 am – 6 pm on all days. Visitor registration is required at site or online on the Mobile App.
GAYSTARNEWS- Pride Istanbul: Confined, but going ahead. Photo: Andrew Gardner, Amnesty IntlThe Turkish capital’s planned Pride march was banned by the city’s governor’s office, late last week, citing security concerns.Andrew Gardner of Amnesty International in Turkey told Gay Star News that the organizers of the event had received last minute permission from the police, but only for the crowd to remain in the one street where they had gathered.Gardner tweeted pictures of crowds gathered in Mis Sokak, a street popular with LGBTI people in Istanbul near the main Taksim Square.Riot police presence could spell trouble laterAlthough corralled into one street, the sizeable crowd were loud and noisy and in good spirits. However, the event has only just started and there is a heavy police presence in place. Several people have posted comments on Twitter about minor ‘interventions’ with some marchers and riot police. Pride Istanbul: Confined, but going ahead. Photo: Andrew Gardner, Amnesty Intl Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/istanbul-pride-march-goes-ahead-but-confined-to-one-street/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) A banned LGBTI Pride march in Istanbul has been granted permission to go ahead by police, as long as marchers remain confined to just one street. German politician and MEP, Terry Reintke, posted a video clip on Twitter saying ‘Despite the tension the atmosphere is amazing. #IstanbulPride.’Despite the tension the atmosphere is amazing.#IstanbulPride pic.twitter.com/1NhivqgRsJ— Terry Reintke (@TerryReintke) July 1, 2018Last week it issued a statement saying that the ban that the move was discriminatory and illegitimate.“This march is organized in order to fight against the violence and discrimination fueled by that governorship decision,” the organizer said.“We would like to inform the press and the public that we will go ahead with our prideful march with the same ambition as we had before.”Gay pride parades have been banned in Istanbul for the last three years.Homosexuality is not a crime in Turkey, but there is widespread hostility to it across Turkish society.Civil liberties in the mostly muslim country have been tightly controlled by the government following an attempted military coup in July 2016.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…
A Bulgarian journalist who reported on an investigation into alleged corruption involving European Union funds has been murdered in the Danube town of Ruse, authorities said on Sunday.Prosecutors in the Balkan country said that the body of 30-year-old Viktoria Marinova was found in a park in Ruse on Saturday. They identified her only by her initials.“It is about rape and murder,” Interior Minister Mladen Marinov told reporters. He said there was no evidence to suggest the murder was related to Marinova’s work and there was no information that she had been threatened.Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov told reporters: “I am convinced it is a matter of time before the murder would be revealed. The best criminologists were sent to Ruse, let’s not press them. A large amount of DNA had been obtained.”Police are expected to disclose more details on Monday.“Her death was caused by blows to the head and suffocation, and her mobile phone, car keys, glasses and some of her clothing were missing,” Ruse regional prosecutor Georgy Georgiev said.Marinova, who was a board member of the Ruse-based TV station TVN – one of the most popular TV channels in northeastern Bulgaria – is the third journalist to have been murdered in the European Union in a year. Local media reported that Marinova had recently been involved in covering an investigation by a group of Bulgarian journalists into companies involved in EU-funded infrastructure projects administered by local authorities.Last October Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta’s best-known investigative journalist, was killed when a powerful bomb blew up her car and Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak was shot dead in February.“With great pain and insurmountable grief the TVN’s team is experiencing the loss of our beloved colleague Victoria Marinova and we pray for sympathy to the sorrow of her relatives and colleagues,” TVN said in a short statement.Bulgaria ranked 111 out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders world press freedom index this year, lower than any other EU member and also lower than other countries in the western Balkans, some of which are candidates for EU membership.In October 2017 hundreds of Bulgarian journalists protested in downtown Sofia downtown against threats from Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov against the country’s biggest broadcasters. He accused the mainstream media of leading a “massive smear campaign” against him.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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