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The logging of old-growth rainforest in the tropics—often to create cattle pastures—is a major blow to the climate. Cutting down the forests releases lots of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere—and of course, the trees aren’t absorbing it anymore. But that’s not the end of the story. When pastures are abandoned (often after a few years), trees start to come back, forming second-growth forests. These forests might lack the massive trees and rich biodiversity of an old-growth forest, but they can still play an important role in helping regulate climate. Robin Chazdon, an ecologist at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and the International Institute of Sustainability in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, (who was profiled last August in Science), and a team of 60 researchers first estimated the extent of second-growth forests across 43 regions of Latin America, and then built a model to estimate their ability to store carbon. It turned out that second-growth forests made up a sizeable fraction: In 2008, 17% of forest was 20 years old or younger, and another 11% was between 20 and 60 years old (above). If all this forest continues to grow for the next 4 decades, their model showed, it would store 8.5 petagrams of carbon, 71% of that in Brazil alone, as the team reports today in Science Advances. That’s equivalent to the carbon emissions from all fossil fuels throughout Latin America and the Caribbean from 1993 to 2014. The results suggest that second growth forests—along with halting deforestation—can provide major help for meeting climate goals.
National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he has “a hard time seeing many examples” where germline gene editing would be justifiable: “Most of them are pretty far out there.” By Jon CohenNov. 30, 2018 , 11:50 AM An ‘epic scientific misadventure’: NIH head Francis Collins ponders fallout from CRISPR baby study Stephen Voss In 1975, at the behest of its then-director, NIH set up just such a strict independent oversight process for another revolutionary technology that caused equal measures of great promise and deep concern: genetic engineering. The Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC) initially regulated test tube experiments with bacteria and viruses; its role became particularly important with the advent of gene therapy trials in the 1980s, for which RAC weighed the risks and benefits. Its importance waned as gene therapies—which often use harmless viruses to shuttle healthy genes into cells to override mutated ones—became commonplace and institutional review boards, institutional biosafety commissions, and the Food and Drug Administration began to provide more oversight. Recently, RAC has evaluated so few proposals that some have called for severely limiting its scope.With the international furor about the CRISPR babies, NIH—and its director—may once again have to take a leading role in the oversight of a fraught new technology. ScienceInsider spoke with Collins yesterday. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.Q: What should “independent strict oversight” for germline editing intended for reproduction look like?A: How do we have an enterprise that is not just one country at a time, but actually has the opportunity to develop and then enforce some kind of international consensus about where the boundaries should be? Frankly that’s something we’ve never had in bioethics. Is every country going to have to come up its own framework? At the moment that’s sort of what we’ve got. Maybe this is the moment to try to discuss whether there could be a more effective international oversight umbrella, but nobody seems to quite know what that would look like.Q: Should NIH set up a RAC-like oversight for this type of germline editing?A: NIH does embrace the role that we may need to play there, and we are not going to step into the wings and wait for somebody else. We have been restructuring the RAC in a fashion that is trying to make it more suited for the current era. Maybe what we need is a new version of the RAC that allows a public, intense, scientific debate about areas of some scientific potential where there are many unknowns. This would certainly be one of them.Q: Are you concerned, as many people were back in the recombinant engineering days, that if you don’t do something at a federal level, Congress will become more aggressive about policing science?A: I wouldn’t necessarily blame Congress if members felt there was a vacuum and there were serious risks of rogue scientists carrying out experiments that the rest of the world thinks are unethical. Maybe Congress would find it necessary to step in and say, “Oh no you don’t.” In certain ways they already have in this particular area of genome germline editing. There’s a statute that currently prohibits the Food and Drug Administration from even looking at an application that includes human germline modification of an embryo with the intention to reimplant and make a baby. So Congress already has spoken.Q: Do you think there will be a proposal in the near future to do germline editing with embryo implantation in the United States?A: Not while it’s illegal. It would be pretty crazy for someone to propose something at the present time that would be immediately seen as cause for criminal prosecution. Are there examples that could be imagined at some future point where this kind of germline intervention with intention to reimplant would somehow be justifiable on the basis of pressing medical need? I have a hard time seeing many examples of that, and most of them are pretty far out there. But that kind of conversation needs to happen.Q: Science recently published a CRISPR experiment in a dog model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. It was done after they were born, so these were somatic, not germline, edits. But germline editing is possible.A: I’d love to see that pursued by somatic gene editing and I don’t think that presents ethical dilemmas. Let’s talk about the germline approach. You’d have to have a circumstance where you knew you had a family at risk. So you’re worried about having an affected boy. How would you go about doing gene editing? Well, you’d have to do in vitro fertilization [IVF], you’d have to do preimplantation genetic diagnosis [PGD] to identify an embryo that has the mutation. You’ll have at that point multiple embryos and there will be amongst them plenty that are unaffected. Why don’t we just reimplant those and you’re done? You have to do PGD in order to get to the point of being able to do germline gene editing, so it’s PGD alone or it’s PGD plus some highly risky procedure.Q: But what if you have a situation where there aren’t any healthy embryos to implant? (As a 2017 U.S. report on human gene editing noted, this can happen if both parents only carry the mutant gene, which is possible with β-thalassemia, or if inheriting only one mutant gene can cause a disease, as happens with adult-onset Huntington disease.)A: Remember, I said there might be some extremely rare, and difficult outlier kind of arguments. And that’s going to drive a decision about doing something that alters the very essence of humanity? I’m sorry, that’s not very compelling. It’s hard to see how reasonable people would say, “Sure, let’s just break down all the barriers that we thought were pretty impenetrable in the name of this thing that might happen three times in the world.”Q: You can’t imagine anything right now where germline gene editing makes any sense?A: I can’t go so far as to say I can’t imagine any, but right now I can’t see it.Q: But at the Hong Kong meeting, George Daley, dean of Harvard Medical School in Boston, explicitly said we need to keep the door open here. And the meeting’s organizing panel, of which he was a member, called for a “translational pathway” for clinical trials of germline engineering.A: I don’t agree with George. I thought what was put forward there, which was kind of ironic given the circumstance, was a subtle shift from, “We don’t believe that the arguments exist to do this right now” to “OK, let’s identify a translational pathway so we can.” I don’t think George is reflecting the consensus of a lot of other people and he took some criticism.Q: Do you think there should be a moratorium on this type of research, given that Daley and others think there could potentially be valid reasons to do it?A: I think effectively we have one. Certainly, in the U.S. it’s not just a moratorium, it’s illegal. That’s the strongest form of a moratorium. And we won’t fund it. [The Dickey-Wicker Amendment forbids NIH from funding this research.] In other countries, especially after this eruption, including in China, it sounds like they’re declaring a moratorium.Q: IVF clinics often don’t receive NIH funding, and they have done all sorts of things that people look askance at. Are you at all concerned about what they might do, given that they’re central to any of this happening?A: It’s a good point. IVF clinics have had a bit of a reputation of being cowboys, and it’s certainly possible that if this kind of rogue behavior was going to happen in the U.S., it would have to involve IVF and therefore those clinics might be significant players. If they chose to go down this road, they’d be bringing on a world of pain in terms of the consequences. I’d hope they wouldn’t be so ignorant not to realize that.Q: Do you think the legal consequences for He should include criminal prosecution?A: I’m hard pressed to say that without knowing more about exactly how he conducted his research, how many people did know about it, and was there a possible wink and a nod from authorities saying, “Well, you probably shouldn’t, but it would be really cool if you did.” I think he did a really bad thing. I think he had a bit of messiah complex that he could save these families from a terrible tragedy of stigma from HIV. But the logic he used to justify [the experiment] in these two little girls is so twisted that it’s really hard to understand.Q: Do you think what he did will have an impact on using gene editing in therapies that alter somatic cells, but not the germ line?A: I do hope that this very visible misadventure does not cause a cloud over the entire area of gene editing for therapeutic benefit. When it comes to somatic applications, I’m extremely excited about the potential to come up with not just treatments, but cures for hundreds and maybe thousands of diseases that currently have no available treatment—and this could be the best hope. If for any reason the noise about this misadventure would result in reduced enthusiasm, including politically or financially, to press forward on those very promising frontiers, that would be a terrible outcome. A “profoundly unfortunate,” “ill-considered,” “epic scientific misadventure” that “flout[ed] international ethical norms” and was “largely carried out in secret” with “utterly unconvincing” justifications. Those are the words in a statement issued by Francis Collins, head of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, in response to the claim by He Jiankui of the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China, that he used CRISPR to genetically modify two embryos, resulting in the recent birth of twin girls.The scathing condemnation from the typically measured NIH chief, who has done landmark genetic research himself, came hours after He first described his work at the second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong, China, on Wednesday. “The need for development of binding international consensus on setting limits for this kind of research, now being debated in Hong Kong, has never been more apparent,” Collins wrote.The next day, the meeting’s prominent organizing committee—convened by academies of science and medicine from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong—issued its own statement about what it called He’s “deeply disturbing claim.” It concluded that the risks were still “too great to permit clinical trials of germline gene editing at this time,” but it didn’t call for a moratorium; instead it suggested a responsible way forward to clinical trials of the technique, provided there is “strict independent oversight.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
Even as suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi battles the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Headlines Today has got its hands on a series of e-mails that shows he has also been engaged in a war of words with Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra.Kundra, along with the actress wife Shilpa Shetty, owns a stake in the IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals. Based on the e-mails Headlines Today has accessed, it was clear that Kundra met with the Australian and UAE cricket boards in April this year to discuss the possibility of cricket leagues similar to the IPL.In an April 8 mail, addressed to Rajasthan Royals major stakeholder Manoj Badale and Kundra, Modi wrote that one of the shareholders was promoting unauthorised cricket. Modi wrote that he has already repeatedly warned Kundra against doing so, but the latter was not heeding to it. Modi went on to say that he would take any action necessary to protect the interest of the IPL and all its stakeholders.Kundra’s initial reply to this accusatory email was an incredulous one. He wrote back almost immediately, asking Modi to define unauthorised cricket. He also wrote that he would certainly look at and listen to any lucrative offers and investment opportunity.But as the war of words got uglier, Badale had to step in. He wrote to Modi that Kundra did indeed attend a meeting in Dubai but that there would be no involvement in unauthorised cricket and that Modi would be kept in the loop at all times.advertisementIt is interesting however, that these emails have leaked out at a time when the suspended IPL commissioner has been trying to prove his allegiance to the IPL and his supposed tough stance on unauthorised cricket. The BCCI’s second show cause notice issued to Modi had accused him of trying to start a rebel league in England.
Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Friday unveiled the victory medallions for the Commonwealth Games and hoped that Indian athletes would lay their hands on most of them during the October 3-14 multi-sporting event in New Delhi.”I hope that majority of these wonderful medals would be bagged by the Indian athletes during the Games. I think our athletes may get up to 70 medals this year,” Kalmadi said after unveiling the medals.”Prime Minister has given Rs 700 crore for training of athletes and I am very confident that will reflect in India’s medal tally,” said Kalmadi.The 1408 medals – 272 gold, as many silver and 282 bronze – at a cost of Rs 81,08,566 have been made by the government of India mint in Kolkata and the design has been approved by the Commonwealth Games Federation.The mint was entrusted with the design, development and manufacture of the medals, for which initially four designs were recommended.The front of the medal has the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi logo and the dates, while the reverse side bears emblem of the CGF. The lanyard of the medals carry all the six Games colours – pink, purple, green, red, yellow and blue – blending into each other.The cost of production of each gold medal was Rs 5,539, while every silver and bronze medal would be procured for Rs 4,818 and Rs 4,529 respectively, said OC Secretary General Lalit Bhanot, who was also present.Every medal is six millimeter thick with a diameter of 63.5 millimeter. The signature element’s starting fin is raised by one millimeter and it rises up to three millimeter on the last fin. The embossed logo and date is raised by a millimeter.advertisementManufacture of the medals was in full swing.Kalmadi informed that the first hearing on the suspension of M Jaychandran, who was the OC Joint Director General (Accounts and Finance) at the time Queen’s Baton Relay in October last year, was held at OC headquarters here.”Yes, the first hearing of Mr Jaychandran took place today. But the result would not be known so soon, the process would take some time,” said Kalmadi, also the President of the Indian Olympic Association.Jaychandran was among the three tainted high-ranked officers suspended by the OC’s all-powerful Executive Board yesterday following allegations of financial irregularities during the QBR in London.Meanwhile, Bhanot said that the OC has already taken over 11 venues and hoped most of the stadiums would be under their control by the weekend.”So far we have taken over 11 stadiums under some terms and conditions. I hope we would get most of the stadiums by the weekend,” Bhanot said.Kalmadi reiterated that all the venues of the Games would be world-class.”I am sure that all the venues would be in good condition. If there is any problem in any section of the venues, we will send a written notice to those who are responsible for the construction,” said Kalmadi.”I assure you all that all the clearances will be taken and the venues would be tip-top during the Games,” he added.
Share on WhatsApp US sports Donald Trump … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. How the Philadelphia Eagles became the NFL’s wokest team Support The Guardian Topics Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Super Bowl Share on Pinterest Read more Share on Facebook Super Bowl LII Reuse this content Already three Eagles players – safety Malcolm Jenkins, defensive end Chris Long and receiver Torrey Smith – have said they won’t attend a White House celebration. That the three would refuse to meet Trump is hardly a surprise, they make up three-quarters of a group that openly supported Kaepernick last season and forced the NFL to contribute close to $100m to social causes. Long skipped the White House trip last year after winning the Super Bowl with the New England Patriots as did his current Eagles team-mate LaGarrette Blount, who said at the time: “I don’t feel welcome in that house, I’m just gonna leave it at that.”At what point does an Eagles boycott become so large that it’s not worth the team going to the White House? Is it five players? Ten? Twenty? There is a number and reaching it would be an enormous statement by a franchise in a league that hates such controversies. Football has always had a kinship with the American military. Key pieces of the game’s terminology are war metaphors including phrases like “bomb”, “field general” and “blitz”. Players often speak of “going to war,” when they take the field. And the NFL has always pushed itself as the patriotic league with giant flags brought out for the national anthem followed by flyovers by fighter jets – even when the stadium has a roof and the planes are not visible to players and fans. Even with several Eagles players saying they will skip the White House, it’s impossible to imagine the whole team refusing to show. Until Kaepernick, NFL players rarely seemed political and there are far more Trump supporters in NFL locker rooms than in the NBA. Football team owners, front office executives and coaches tend to be conservative and their discomfort with Kaepernick’s actions make a statement as extreme as a team boycott of Trump unlikely. League leaders have spent weeks trying to mend the damage they believe they absorbed in September when Trump said any player who protested was a “son of a bitch”. The NFL wrapped Sunday’s Super Bowl in patriotism like they have so many others and must have been thrilled when players on both teams stood for the anthem. Just as commissioner Roger Goodell tried to pacify both angry players and owners irate with the protests, Goodell likely would search for a public relations solution to a potential Eagles White House boycott. Though White House visits have been non-political in the years before Trump came to power the tradition has been a positive photo opportunity for presidents. The first Super Bowl winner to visit the White House, the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1980, visited Jimmy Carter along with baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates, who had won the World Series a few months before. Their trip came at the end of February 1980, a precarious time for Carter who was embroiled in the Iran Hostage crisis and was facing a robust Democratic primary challenge from Ted Kennedy. The Steelers visit gave Carter a positive news day in a state with a key primary just weeks away. Carter filled his remarks that day with references to “Western Pennsylvania” as if pleading for votes.His successor, Ronald Reagan, always a master of optics, must have seen the value in celebrating a winning team and kept rolling Super Bowl champions through the White House as did every president since. Trump’s divisiveness brings a different challenge, one the Philadelphia Eagles – who are perhaps the NFL’s most socially conscious team – must weigh. Visiting is always a political statement even if it doesn’t appear to be one. Already three have said they will break an old tradition. Will their team-mates follow? Philadelphia Eagles There is nothing that says the Philadelphia Eagles must visit the White House this year. Just because they carried the Vince Lombardi trophy through a blizzard of confetti in Minneapolis doesn’t mean they are required to drag it into the Rose Garden and hold it aloft for Donald Trump.The presidential celebration for a major American sports champion is a tradition replayed for nearly four decades. It is not a requirement. It is not a mandate. The Golden State Warriors set a precedent after winning the NBA championship last year when they expressed so little interest in continuing the practice that Trump refused to invite them. Instead, the Warriors plan to use the days surrounding their 28 February game at the Washington Wizards to “celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion.”Somehow it makes sense the Warriors would protest Trump: the NBA has been open in encouraging their players in a league that is around 75% black to speak against racial inequality. 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When the Chiefs win with a high-school coach at QB, we know they are for real On Sunday night, a Browns spokesperson told ESPN that Whitehead’s comments were “totally unacceptable and highly inappropriate”. On Monday morning they waived him.The 26-year-old was in his second season with the Browns. He previously played for the Green Bay Packers, who released him after he was ejected for slapping an opponent. The incident was another bump in a disappointing season for the Browns. They were widely tipped to contend in the AFC North after missing the playoffs for the previous 16 seasons. Instead, the loss to the Broncos left the team with a 2-6 record and little hope of reaching the postseason. Reuse this content The Cleveland Browns have released safety Jermaine Whitehead after he directed a threatening, expletive-laced post at an analyst on the team’s radio network.Dustin Fox, a former NFL player who now works for Browns radio, called Whitehead’s tackling during the team’s loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday a “joke”. Whitehead was also the subject of criticism from fans on Twitter.Whitehead used a racial slur in response to Fox’s comments on Twitter. “I’m out there with a broke hand.. don’t get smoked fuck ass cracker,” he wrote. He also threatened another user on Twitter, writing: “Imma kill you bitch”. Whitehead’s account was suspended shortly afterwards but he continued to vent his anger on Instagram, threatening another user. Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. US sports Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Cleveland Browns Read more Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Share on Messenger news Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Topics NFL
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Touch Football Australia (TFA) Queensland Branch hosted the three-day National Game Development Officer (GDO) conference at the Queensland Sports & Athletic Centre in Brisbane from 9-11 October 2006. 18 Game Development Officers from all over Australia attended the National GDO Conference. TFA Queensland Branch GDO Coordinator, Brent Chambers organized the conference, which was well received by the participants. “It was excellent. Even though there was a lot of work to get through, with a lot of information being delivered in every session, we focused well and everyone took a lot of new knowledge back to their States and affiliates. The presenters were very good and it was a very worthwhile exercise in professional development for all who attended the conference” Brent said.The Conference was principally organised by the Game Development Officers with guest speakers from various sporting and community organizations imparting their wisdom in areas of interest requested by the assembled GDO fraternity in the lead-up to the conference.Session topics included: Mentor and support networks, Induction, Retention & Development Strategies for staff, Affiliate business management, Working with Children, Indigenous Awareness, Marketing tools & Media, Communication, and Accountability and Reporting.GDO’s from the various States hosted segments and provided in-services to their colleagues in pertinent development areas such as Sportsware Training, AusTouch, and skill development.The opportunity to cross pollinate ideas and share various development strategies and practices implemented across the Country by different personnel provided many positives forthe GDO’s.Rebecca Houston, a fledgling GDO from the Northern Territory believes the conference was a great benefit to all.“It was great for me, a really good induction process and clarification of my role and my focus on affiliates. The really good thing was developing support networks with the other GDO’s around Australia and I’m looking forward to keeping the lines of communication going – it was good to get everyone together and learn from each other.” Rebecca said. TFA Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Thompson addressed the GDO’s on the topic of TFA’s Strategic Plan, Marketing, and the Evolution of the organization. TFA Game Development Manager Colm Maguire presented sessions on Career Progression and Innovation, whilst TFA’s Queensland Branch Manager Jeremy Sorensen covered Constitutional Governance with the group.TFA Member Services Coordinator Nathan Holman also attended the conference to build the connection between Member Services initiatives and Game Development outcomes for the sport.Despite the long days and heavy workload for all, there was the opportunity for the GDO’s to unwind after providing a skill session for the Caboolture Touch Association Juniors.Caboolture Administrator Ross Best hosted a Barbeque for the weary GDO’s who enjoyed the local hospitality before returning to Brisbane to continue the conference.The GDO’s also managed to squeeze in a game of Touch in their down time (surprise, surprise) with “The Cowboy” from Queensland, GDO Terry Mc Sweeney being crowned the new ‘King Wally’ of the Touch world with a dominant display in the scratch match. ACT GDO Chris ‘Tarlo’ Tarlinton displayed some great footwork, and Matt Kenny would have been happy with any footwork at all, when he fell over with no one in sight and the score line at his mercy.Music and Trivia quizzes kept the GDO’s minds sharp between sessions with New South Wales GDO Riley Sohier proving he was smarter than the average ‘Blue’, whilst fellow New South Welshman Phil Jarrett kept the friendly rivalry alive by reminding all that NSW won the Touch Origin Series and proposing that the Southern Suns franchise was the best permit in Australia.Queensland’s Greg Jones countered by reminding all present of the Gold Coast Sharks domination of the 2006 NTL.Meanwhile, Victorian Game Development Officers, Ali Taui and Carly Goodrich reckoned plain and simple that the Melbourne Storm were ‘robbed’ in the NRL grand final. Strangely, the Brisbane based GDO’s seemed unsympathetic on that one!Despite the friendly by play, all Game Development Officer’s appreciated the opportunity to compare notes and there is the existence of a very healthy respect level amongst the group.The GDO fraternity is now in the process of developing more tangible communication, mentoring, and support networks to deal with development issues in a more uniform and collective manner. In the past, the shelf life of a Game Development Officer has typically been short in the majority of cases. The weekend and night work, the constant travel, and the multi-layered demands of the role eventually seems to take it’s toll, even on the most committed and professional of employees.Game Development Officer retention rates around Australia have never reached any great heights in the past, but Queensland Branch Game Development Officer Coordinator Brent Chambers believes TFA are moving in a positive direction as far as this issue is concerned.“There is a new professionalism and level of expectation around everyone and all that we do. It’s great that we know there is a pathway there for career progression and reward if we achieve results for our affiliates. It’s all about delivering on the objectives now and we all feel a little more focused, equipped, and supported so we can deal with the work that is in front of us to make things happen for the sport.” Brent said.
Print Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 zoom Siemens Drive Technologies Division is to supply an integrated drive and power generation solution for a multipurpose offshore construction vessel (MOCV) currently being built by Hyundai Heavy Industries Ltd. (HHI) for Toisa Ltd. and will be managed by Sealion Shipping Ltd, a global shipping and support services company.MOCV will be used to perform a variety of offshore duties including underwater installations to a maximum depth of 3,500 meters. The integrated Siship solutions from Siemens help to improve the reliability and flexibility of the vessel and to reduce its fuel consumption and therefore the overall running costs.With this new offshore construction vessel, Toisa will set new standards in terms of flexibility and capacity. For example, the vessel is designed for a wide range of offshore duties, including ultra-deepwater installations and constructions for the oil and gas industry, the laying of undersea pipes and cables or the control of remotely operated vehicles (ROV).Consequently, the demands on the flexibility, efficiency and reliability of the vessel are very high. For this reason, Siemens is providing integrated solutions both for marine propulsion (Siship Drive LV) as well as for on-board power generation (Siship Power MV).Siship Drive LV is a diesel-electric drive solution featuring components that are optimally tailored to the design of the vessel. For example, the azimuth thrusters, the retractable thrusters and the bow thruster are powered by five 3.4 megawatt and two 2.5 megawatt motors combined with seven marine-type Siship frequency converters. The converters are specially designed for harsh operating conditions in terms of the temperatures, vibrations and humidity levels prevalent on offshore vessels. The optimum interaction of motors and converters contributes to a rapid reaction capability of the different drives, thus increasing the flexibility of the vessel and enabling precise maneuvering. Thanks to the integrated drive system, a high level of motor performance and, consequently, a high degree of efficiency are achieved.The on-board power supply system is fed by six diesel generators, each with an output of four megawatts. As the generator output is continuously adapted to the actual energy demand, a significant reduction in fuel consumption is achieved, especially considering the fluctuating operation profile of a multipurpose offshore construction vessel. The power management system also supplied by Siemens ensures a stable generation of electricity so that the necessary power can be made available everywhere and anytime. As additional safety solutions, power protection functions are integrated in the switchgear. They detect critical operating states and protect or isolate the relevant generator from the supply system before any damage can occur. The power management system also enables electrical power generation to be resumed automatically after any failures. The main switch panels for the primary distribution network also originate from Siemens.In addition to delivering the drive and power generation system, Siemens is also responsible for the project management, the engineering and the commissioning of the entire diesel-electric drive system. All systems and components used are part of the Siemens “Siship” solution platform. Siemens, March 13, 2014; Image:
JAKARTA, Indonesia – A mezzanine floor inside the Jakarta Stock Exchange tower collapsed on Monday, injuring nearly 80 people and forcing a chaotic evacuation.Security camera footage circulated online showed the collapse, with a group of people plunging several meters (feet) to the ground as the structure gave way beneath them.People fled the building through a lobby strewn with debris. Emergency personnel tended to the injured on the grass and pavement outside the tower.National police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said most of the injured were college students from Palembang in Sumatra who were visiting the stock exchange as part of a study tour.Wasisto ruled out terrorism as a cause of the collapse.“There is no bomb element in the incident,” he said.Figures released by five hospitals showed 77 people were injured.A spokeswoman for Jakarta’s Siloam Hospital said it had received more than two dozen victims.A college student from Palembang said she felt a tremor just before the floor collapsed.“The structure suddenly collapsed, causing chaos,” the student, identified as Ade, told MetroTV.She said some of her friends were hit by debris and suffered head wounds and broken bones.The stock exchange remained open for its afternoon trading session and its general manager, Tito Sulistio, asserted no one had been killed.“I guarantee that there were no fatalities,” he said. “I helped evacuate the victims to the park and as far as I know, the worst injuries are fractures.”He said the exchange will pay the students’ medical costs.
SYLVAN LAKE, A.B. – The Alberta Energy Regulator has ordered a company to suspend fracking operations at a well site linked to an earthquake that was felt in the communities of Red Deer and Sylvan Lake.Natural Resources Canada says the 4.6 magnitude earthquake occurred in central Alberta around 5:55 a.m. on Monday.The regulator says Vesta Energy Ltd. must suspend hydraulic fracturing operations at the site. It says Calgary-based company must submit a report of all seismic activity in the area since April and specific fracturing data for the well site from Jan. 29 to Monday.The regulator has also ordered Vesta to file a plan to eliminate or reduce future seismic activity from fracturing.Hydraulic fracturing involves pumping chemicals and sand underground to break up rocks to help get oil and natural gas flowing.“A Vesta representative contacted the AER through the 24-hour emergency response number at 06:20 a.m. on March 4, 2019, and informed the AER that seismic activity of magnitude 4.32 was detected due to Vesta’s fracturing at the site, and that Vesta had shut down the fracturing operation,” the regulator said in a release Tuesday.“All operations at the site are suspended immediately unless otherwise directed in writing by the director.”There were no immediate reports of damage but the community of Sylvan Lake said the power went out in most of the town Monday morning. Natural Resources Canada’s website says the tremor was classified as a light earthquake.
Nancy Doubleday (BSc ’76)Have you ever asked yourself “what if”?What if I had made a different choice? What if the situation ended differently? What if something else had happened?When we ask ourselves these questions, we are often interpreting a situation negatively.On Saturday Sept. 17 during Brock Days Alumni Weekend, Nancy Doubleday (BSc ’76) will lead a discussion on how we can change the way we ask ourselves “what if”.Doubleday’s presentation, “The Power of If”, will explore the concept of “reframing” — in other words, the act of looking at, presenting or thinking of beliefs, ideas, situations, etc. in a different way.“Often in our lives, small things have unforeseeable and significant impacts”, said Doubleday. “We actually can choose our responses, but are sometimes unaware that indeed we are making choices in the process. All too often we react instead.“Reframing is a way of altering our view of our circumstances, past and present, that allows for learning rather than reactivity, through story telling.”Doubleday will share a few stories that are encouraging and uplifting, and will also encourage audience members to share their own stories of struggle, and talk about how they could have been reframed.“To move beyond adverse situations and redirect our lives, we can learn to use ‘if’ as a means of reshaping experience to carry us toward other outcomes in the future.”Doubleday is the Hope Chair in Peace and Health at McMaster University. In addition to an honours degree from Brock in biological sciences, Doubleday also has a PhD in biology from Queen’s University and a law degree from Osgoode Hall.Doubleday’s “The Power of If” presentation takes place at 1:30 p.m. on. Sept. 17 in Academic South 216, part of Brock Days Alumni Weekend’s new mini-conference format.Featuring several professional development and personal interest breakout sessions, the alumni “Learners and Leaders” presentations are an engaging experience in which Brock graduates will share innovative and creative ideas or personal pursuits in 20 minutes or less.In addition to Doubleday’s presentation, four other alumni will take the stage during sessions at 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., all in Academic South 216. Topics include “Life-long learning”, “Yoga creates leaders”, “The science of happiness” and “From local to international success”.For more information and to register for presentations, visit brocku.ca/brock-days
The Bank of Canada marker is pictured in Ottawa on September 6, 2011. The Bank of Canada will release its latest monetary policy report this morning — a document expected to explore the economic damage inflicted by falling oil prices. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick The Bank of Canada has kept its key interest rate target on hold, but hinted that rate hikes could be coming.The central bank held its target for the overnight rate at 1.25 per cent.It says while housing resale activity has remained soft, Canada’s exports of goods have been more robust than forecast and solid labour income growth supports the expectation that activity will pick up.The rate is a a key financial benchmark that influences the prime lending rates at the country’s big banks.
Southern Gold Ltd has completed the first phase of systematic underground channel sampling at its Deokon gold project in the central-southwest of South Korea under its strategy to commence work quickly on newly acquired tenure. Access discussions with the land-owner were approved and risk assessments conducted within three-weeks of tenement Jeonju 70 being granted. Underground sampling involved a total of 79 channel samples taken across 22 sample lines from two historical drives on the lower 224 Level of the historic Shin adit Au-Ag mine.Channel samples taken from within the small-scale historical Shin adit gold-silver mineSignificant intercepts include 0.35 m @ 12.6 g/t Au and 509 g/t Ag, 0.25 m @ 12.3 g/t Auand 1,290 g/t Ag, and 0.4 m @ 9.26 g/t Au and 1,165 g/t AgWith the tenor of historical results confirmed, Deokon is classified as a “walk-up” drill target to be tested shortly.Southern Gold Managing Director, Simon Mitchell: “Deokon has the potential to advance quickly with Southern Gold having obtained site access, the commencement of field work and turning around results, all within six weeks. While much more work remains to be done, planning has commenced on drilling proposals with the focus on using suitable drilling equipment capable of drilling within the historical underground workings.“The Shin adit at Deokon is a very small part of a much larger mineralised system but these high-grade results have clearly replicated the tenor of historical results which bodes well for confirming additional high grade gold and silver across the project area.”The Shin adit mine was historically worked starting sometime between 1958 and 1980, with the latest phase occurring between 1997 and 2010. Only the lower 224 level is currently accessible and comprises a 160-m-long horizontal 2 by 2 m drive with two cross-cuts following lode zones. The first cross-cut from the portal is 60 m in length, and the second 59 m in length. Internal raises and stopes are present extending to higher, yet to be assessed mine levels. No production figures are available for the historical mining which appears to have occurred on two vein/lode zones over 75 vertical m and 60 horizontal m. Mineralisation has not been tested at depth, and inadequately tested along strike.
ACTING GARDA COMMISSIONER Nóirín O’Sullivan has said that she will ensure allegations of harassment against Sergeant Maurice McCabe are fully investigated.O’Sullivan said that she had asked the acting Garda confidential recipient, retired judge Patrick McMahon, to contact McCabe’s solicitor to find out the exact details of the alleged intimidation.She made the comments at a meeting of the Oireachtas Justice Committee this afternoon about the effectiveness of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 in relation to oversight of the force.When Sinn Féin TD Pádraig MacLochlainn said he was “deeply alarmed” about claims that McCabe was being regularly intimiated by colleagues, O’Sullivan said that she would not accept “bullying, harassment or intimidation of any kind of any of our members”.She added that “senior Garda management are very supportive of Garda McCabe and in contact with him on a daily basis”, noting he had been “forwarded every support that is there”.Deputy Finian McGrath questioned this, saying he had been made aware that no member of the force had contacted McCabe about the issue.O’Sullivan said that this “wasn’t [her] understanding of the issue”.McGrath asked if she had ever ordered that McCabe be banned from using the PULSE system. She denied this, noting she had in fact restored his access.O’Sullivan added that every member of the force was “on a learning curve … in terms of whistleblowers and how they need to be treated”.She said that she welcomed gardaí raising issues of concern about conduct within the force, describing this as “a catalyst for change”.‘A defining moment’O’Sullivan said that the recent controversies that have engulfed the force provide “an unique opportunity” for reform.This is a defining moment in the history of our policing service. She said that in the ten years since the Garda Síochána Act was introduced, Irish society and public expectations of the force have changed.O’Sullivan admitted that trust in the entire administration of justice and policing in Ireland had been shaken in recent months, but said that the force were “working very, very hard and tirelessly … to restore public confidence”.She said that the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) played a vital part in maintaining trust in policing, but warned: “Gardaí should not investigate gardaí”.However, she noted that retired gardaí could be hired by GSOC.O’Sullivan added that all serious allegations against members of the gardaí should be investigated by GSOC, instead of the current scenario where they are referred back to the gardaí.The acting commissioner added that filling her role permanently should be done through a process of “open competition” to ensure best international practice.‘Open to criticism’O’Sullivan said that the force “must be open to internal and external criticism”, reiterating previous comments where she said “dissent is not disloyalty”.She noted that gardaí need to “learn to listen” and suggested there is a need for public attitude surveys in this regard.O’Sullivan said that three main areas needed to be looked at to achieve what is both “good for community and good for policing”:1. Accountability and transparency in delivery of local policing2. Investigation of complaints3. Effective use of resources, ensuring best policing practiceNuala O’Loan, who was the first Police Ombudsman in Northern Ireland from 1999-2007, told the committee that the Act needs to “enhance and refine the law and make [GSOC] more independent”.There has to be a complete separation between GSOC and the State.Ms O’Loan reiterated O’Sullivan’s stance that no serving member of the force should be part of GSOC, adding that the body would work more effectively if it was able to investigate the Garda Commissioner.Ronan Brady, a lecturer in Journalism at Griffith College Dublin, said that if the force was under the remit of the Freedom of Information Act recent controversies would have been “less likely” to happen.Brady added that journalists have told him that the Garda Press Office is a “bulwark against openness”. He said more transparency would aid the force, not damage it.Read: ‘Dissent is not disloyalty’: Commissioner reacts to new whisteblower allegationsRead: Mick Wallace wants to strengthen GSOC and set up a new garda watchdog
CARPHONE WAREHOUSE WILL become the next mobile phone operator in Ireland.The move was confirmed in a brief statement this morning by the company, which has traditionally sold contracts and hardware for the mobile service providers already operating in the country.A spokesperson told TheJournal.ie that more details will be announced shortly, with the deal set to be completed “soon”.The retailer reportedly finalised an agreement last week with Hutchison Whampoa, which bought up the 02 network in Ireland earlier this year after securing approval for the deal from the EU’s competition authority.Concerns had been raised over the market share the deal would give to Hong Kong-based giant Hutchison Whampoa, which already controls the Three Mobile network here.Europe insisted that Three make efforts to aid smaller competitors as a condition of approving the deal.Competitor Vodafone has raised a red flag over the merger, and is thought to be contemplating legal action to block the deal, which it argues will distort the market in Ireland.The British operator is not alone in its stance, with the Irish domestic competition watchdog also raising concerns about the market dominance of one player after the takeover.In a statement released last month ComReg said: ComReg remains of the strong view that that the behavioural commitments are insufficient to address the structural competition deficit identified as likely to result from the proposed acquisition.ComReg could not be reached for comment this morning.Read: EU approves Three takeover of 02, but ComReg is concerned>Read: The briefcase: This was the week in business>
The 5 at 5: Thursday 5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock… Thursday 23 Mar 2017, 4:55 PM Short URL Mar 23rd 2017, 4:55 PM No Comments http://jrnl.ie/3303375 Image: Shutterstock/DigitalPen Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Gráinne Ní Aodha EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #BUS STRIKE: An all-out Bus Éireann strike is to begin tonight, the National Bus and Rail Union confirmed.2. #MARTIN MCGUINNESS: The funeral of former Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister has been taking place this afternoon.3. #WESTMINSTER: The UK parliament attacker has been named as 52-year-old Khalid Masood, says Scotland Yard.4. #US NAVY: A US sailor was arrested by gardaí yesterday morning in Dublin on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman.5. #MISCOUNTED: An Garda Síochána overestimated the number of breath tests carried out by gardaí over the past five years by almost one million. Share Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/DigitalPen 5,937 Views
The International Space Station is about to receive some company: a Russian Soyuz rocket and new crew successfully traveled to space on Monday.At 6:31 a.m. EST, the Soyuz rocket launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It carried three new crew members, including NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, reported Space.com.LIFTOFF! Shooting into the sky at 6:31am ET, the Soyuz rocket carrying @AstroAnnimal, @Astro_DavidS and Oleg Kononenko leaves Earth on six-hour journey to their new home on @Space_Station. Watch: https://t.co/i3hRugl4X4 pic.twitter.com/xrgYvSg8UQ— NASA (@NASA) December 3, 2018The Soyuz rocket’s journey to the International Space Station took approximately six hours, and it docked at 12:40 p.m. EST. According to NASA’s Twitter, the crew has officially arrived at the International Space Station and they’re completing some safety measures, including putting hooks in place and checking for leaks before going inside their new home.With the docking of their space capsule, @AstroAnnimal, @Astro_DavidS and Oleg Kononenko have arrived at the @Space_Station. They will now put hooks in place and check for leaks before opening the hatches to their new home. Live coverage continues: https://t.co/mzKW5uDsTi pic.twitter.com/BCJDlx36JU— NASA (@NASA) December 3, 2018Monday marks two important milestones for the Soyuz rocket. It’s the first time a crewed Soyuz rocket successfully made it to space following an aborted mission on Oct. 11, where two space travelers were forced to perform an emergency landing after a deformed sensor caused issues. Plus, it’s the first time a Canadian astronaut (Saint-Jacques) is headed to space since Chris Hadfield, who lead the International Space Station five years ago and was known for his publicity success.Three space travelers, @AstroAnnimal, @Astro_DavidS and Oleg Kononenko, are on their way to their new orbiting home. They are set to dock at @Space_Station soon. Live coverage begins at 11:45am ET. Watch: https://t.co/mzKW5uV4hS pic.twitter.com/sWa6tAYDtZ— NASA (@NASA) December 3, 2018Follow NASA’s website for live updates on the Soyuz rocket mission and Expedition 58 crew.More on Geek.com:InSight Lander Sets ‘Off-World’ Record on First DaySpaceX Delays Launch of First Falcon 9 Rocket to Fly Three Times35 Incredible Images of Earth’s Mountains and Volcanoes From Space Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on target