Nandlall accuses Govt of stashing $305M

first_imgEstimate for AG’s ChambersGovernment has been accused of stashing under the line item ‘other’ a staggering sum of $305 million, which is listed in the estimates and expenditure for the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Legal Affairs Ministry.Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Anil Nandlall claims that the term ‘other’ appears on the budgetary programme of every budget agency in the chart of accounts of the national estimates.“As the term suggests, under this rubric, monies are budgeted for expenditures which canFormer Attorney General Anil Nandallbe classified as miscellaneous. Under this head of the Ministry of Legal Affairs’ budget, Attorney-General Basil Williams stashes the staggering sum of $305 million. This is unprecedented,” he opined.Nandall, a former Attorney General, questioned the minister as to what these monies would be used for, and was told that the sum is set aside to pay legal fees for lawyers and prosecutors the AG intends to retain.The services of these legal professionals, the AG said, are to allow him the support as he functions as Chairman of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF). The money would also be used to subsidise the economic costs of students at the Hugh Wooding Law School.The Opposition MP described this as a slush fund, stating that he is compelled to let taxpayers know that the AG has at the Chambers a staff of lawyers under his supervisionAttorney General Basil Williamswho are already paid by the State.“Unlike any other AG in the history of Guyana, he has three former justices and two professors as his advisers. While AGs in the past retained external counsel, this was done in exceptional cases or when there are shortages of staff at the AG Chambers. The staff at present appear to be at its full complement, or close to it,” he explained.Nandlall further stated that prosecution of criminal matters is the sole and exclusive responsibility of the Director of Public Prosecutions, or those authorised by her by virtue of the Constitution. He also noted that the AG has no role in the prosecution of criminal offences, and the DPP’s budget is merely $274 million.According to the former AG, the Chairmanship of CFATF is a rotational post shared among member states. “It is simply Guyana’s turn now. The expenses in relation to this post are fully paid for by the permanent secretariat of this organization, located in Port of Spain,”And the $18 million which is said to be used to subsidize Guyanese students at the Hugh Wooding Law School appears to be the only justifiable expenditure under the AG’s head.“Having regard to the foregoing, the question which must be asked is if we have to spend such humongous sums of money to pay external counsel, why don’t we close down the AG and the DPP Chambers?”Nandall said it is therefore clear that these offices are both considered useless by the AG, and possibly the Government.Nandlall said, “The truth is that most of this $305 million would become a reservoir for corruption, nepotism and persecution. It is nothing but slush fund for the AG.”last_img read more

Ceasar Okhuti out as Onduparaka visit Mbarara City

first_img Tags: Ceaser Ochutimbarara city fconduparaka fcUganda Premier League Onduparaka defeated Kyetume 7-1 in their last league fixture. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Uganda Premier League Mbarara City FC vs Onduparaka FC Kakyeka Stadium, Mbarara Tuesday, 12-11-2019 @4pmWest Nile side Onduparaka make a long trip to Western Uganda to take on Mbarara City at Kakyeka Stadium on Tuesday.The Caterpillars, fresh from demolishing league debutants Kyetume 7-1 are hoping to inflict more damage on their hosts who haven’t won a game in six, by securing their eighth win of the season, but they’ll have to do that without the services of last season’s hero at Kakyeka, Ceasar Okhuti.Okhuti is one name the Mbarara City faithful can’t forget. How can they ? The former KCCA forward inspired his side to a 2-1 victory last term. The Ankole Lions led in that game through club captain Hillary Mukundane, but defender Rashid Toha, now at Vipers grabbed the equalizer before Okhuti snatching all the three points, ending Mbarara’s unbeaten run at home.That loss was one of the contributors to Livingston Mbabazi’s (then at Mbarara) partying ways with the club as fans started questioning his loyalty saying he’d done very little to stop his former side. Well, Mbabazi has since returned to the Greenlight.Good news for the home side though, Okhuti didn’t travel with team as he’s battling an illness. The former Cranes forward was substituted at halftime during that comprehensive victory on Friday.Prior that victory, Onduparaka who won five in six at the start of the campaign had gone two games without victory, losing to Bright Stars and drawing with Bul. The side hopes Friday was the start of another excellent run therefore maximum points will be needed tomorrow.The hosts enter Tuesday’s game without a coach after Paul Nkata was relieved of his duties following a series of awful results. Mbarara’s last victory was at the start of October. They’ve since lost four including Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Bul that put the final nail in the coffin for Nkata.Nkata’s replacement is rumored to be Mbabazi. Mind games? We wait to see.Mbarara are placed 13th in the table standings with four points while Onduparaka sit 4th with 23.Comments last_img read more

Ohio FFA Convention photo gallery

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Danielle Hannan from Liberty Union entertained the crowd with her performance. Ohio’s top chapters were recognized Lamarr Wobble inspired the crowd/ Maggie Hovermale, VP at large Honorary State Degree recipients were recognized Clinton Liming, Felicity-Franklin, is the Star in Agricultural Placement; Hayden Davis, Ridgewood, is the Star in Agribusiness; Jacob Dennis, Pettisville, is the Star in Agriscience; and Nole Gerfen, Ridgemont, is the Star Farmer. Chase Cummings from the Waynesfield Goshen entertained the crowd with Ryan Matthews, VP at large Keynote speaker Matt Rush talked about the viability of U.S. agriculture. Sentinel Johnathon Cottingham Meredith Oglesby The Ohio FFA raised nearly $70,000 for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Evan Smith, State Treasurer Sarah Hoog, Tessa Bowling and Emily Kanney were recognized as scholarship winners State Secretary Josie Montoney President Mary Buehler prepares to announce the new officer candidates Amberley Snyder was the keynote speaker. She shared about her experiences in a wheelchair. Milan Pozderac, from Fredericktown, volunteered onstage to complete an obstacle course in a wheelchair. Sammy Hawkins from the National Trail-MVCTC FFA performed a song for the crowd. The new officer candidates were announced. The new officer candidates were announced. A volunteer plays “What’s in the bag?” A volunteer plays, “What’s in the bag?” after drawing a pink scarf. Ridgemont students prepare for their proficiency interviews. Ryan Matthews The top reporters in the state were recognized. The top treasurers in the state were recognized.. The top secretaries in the state were recognized. Johnathon Cottingim CDE winners were recognized Student reporter Kolt Buchenroth is ready for Session 5! Agriscience Fair winners were recognized Agriscience Fair winners were recognized National FFA Secretary Victoria Harris Josie Montoney thanks her parents Ryan Matthews Mary Buehler’s sibling introduced her prior to her retiring address. Throughout convention Mary Buehler had FFA members hand out these cards, starting with just a few, but eventually they reached most of the crowd in attendance. Mary Buehler Mary Buehler talked about the inner “like” button. It was emotional time for the retiring state officers. Macey Butchko from Firelands wowed the crowd with her vocal performance. Danielle Hannan from Liberty Union sang for the crowd. More than 900 Ohio FFA members got their State Degrees. More than 900 Ohio FFA members got their State Degrees. More than 900 Ohio FFA members got their State Degrees. More than 900 Ohio FFA members got their State Degrees. More than 900 Ohio FFA members got their State Degrees.last_img read more

Is The World Ready For Consumer Mobile Technology In Emergency Services?

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Government#mobile christina ortiz Related Posts center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces If you spot your local boys in blue chatting on a smart phone don’t worry – they’re probably not just chatting with their spouses. It turns out that giving emergency services access to consumer-style mobile devices like tablets and smart phones is a shift many government agencies are making to boost cost-effectiveness and improve responsiveness. The future of emergency services is headed in a very mobile and digital direction, even the fed is starting to notice. The Department of Homeland Security asked a team of futurists from the agency’s Science and Technology Directorate to brainstorm future technological needs of emergency workers and first responders. The prognosticators came up with a ton of scenarios where existing technologies could help police, firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians do their jobs. Most of them were super-technical, like cops using Google Glasses to scope out suspects from a distance, but the overall message was clear: Accessibility and interconnectivity is key in making emergency services work faster and more efficiently. The Mobile Future Is NowMaking these changes seems daunting and expensive, but it’s already happening in significant ways. For example, the Chatham-Kent police force in Ontario, Canada, is participating in a pilot project using a Blackberry Playbook (remember, it’s Canada)  to control squad cars. The tablet is used to record evidence and look up information at crime scenes and can connected with smartphones, PCs and on-board printers through Bluetooth. It even controls the siren and lights of the vehicle. Microsoft has displayed a similar application through its Modularis prototype that runs on Windows 8. Paramedics at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minnesota use the SafetyPad tablet to file reports previously done on paper. The tablet serves as a one stop spot for information on current emergencies by displaying location information from 911 operators. It also keeps track of patient vitals and provides key questions for the EMTs to get the best treatment options for the situation. The hospital receives messages from the tablet to better prepare for the patient’s arrival in the Emergency Room.  All of this data is stored in a database that can be accessed at any hospital and is also used for charting medical trends and billing purposes. Mobile Helps Them Help You So how does all of this benefit the average citizen? Mostly by saving precious time. Instead of a cop having to go back to the station to look up information, she can access it on site and spend more time in communities and on the streets. (It might also make it easier and faster for the Highway Patrol to write you a ticket, sorry.)For EMTs and hospitals, saving time could mean more lives saved. Time travelled from the scene of an accident to the hospital is vital for collecting information, and there are big advantages in disseminating it that information on the fly. Wait times at the ER could potentially be shorter because the information staff needs is already available, not hanging out on a sheet of paper in a clipboard. Money Is Always An IssueCost-effectiveness is also an issue, of course, though it’s conveniently left pretty vague in reports. The DHS told the Science and Technology Directorate  think tank that it should forget about the fiscal constraints of our current economy and imagine a “a ‘blue sky’ scenario, where anything might be possible.” The study released by Blackberry about the Chatham project mentions only that the Playbook system is a “cost-effective method of putting information in the officer’s hands.”Still, relying on relatively inexpensive consumer technology should sae money, and industry after industry have already learned that going mobile means less paper, fewer expensive man-hours and overall greater efficiency.Still, with all that’s on the line, expect emergency services organizations to be cautious about embracing consumer mobile technology before it has fully proven its value and reliability. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. last_img read more

Free Anamorphic Template for After Effects

first_imgApply an anamorphic effect to your video footage with this free template for Adobe After Effects.What if you could give your project an anamorphic look without expense lenses or adaptors? That’s the goal behind VashiVisuals free After Effects plugin, VashiMorphic40. You can now recreate the unique anamorphic look (a look recently popularized by Wes Anderson – see below), entirely in post production.From the VashiVisuals site:The VashiMorphic40 After Effects project was designed so that every filmmaker, on any budget, can capture the aesthetics and visual style of the Anamorphic lens. The plugins used in this project are included in After Effects or are free to download. I focused on matching the curvature and look of the 40mm Panavision Primo Anamorphic lens.The project settings allow for realistic anamorphic lens curvature, without any resizing or blowing up of the footage (preserving image sharpness). Additionally, there’s built-in settings for obtaining an even more vintage or stylized look with customizable vignette and blurred corners. Many thanks to Vashi Nedomansky for creating and sharing this FREE After Effects plugin![maxbutton id=”3″]Wes Anderson screengrabs from VashiVisuals (click for larger view):last_img read more

Bryant set to bring KO punch to UFC with BodyArmour

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Bryant, the third-leading scorer in NBA history, called his first year of retirement “lovely.”“I started thinking about what comes next when I was 21 years old,” Bryant said. “When you retire, how do you grow, how do you mature? And also, how do you understand the market?”Bryant has more than business interests to keep him busy in retirement. He wrote an ode to basketball titled, “Dear Basketball,” that he recited in September alongside “Jaws” film composer John Williams and his orchestra in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl. He wants to become a mentor to athletes, in the corporate world or anyone who wants to pick the brain of the five-time NBA champion.“How can I take the knowledge that I’ve learned in my profession and help them,” Bryant asked. “I’ve had that in my life. I’ve had guys like John Williams, who is a composer, who seemingly has nothing to do with what I do but has everything to do with it in terms of how you manage a team, how you focus on details.”BodyArmour unveiled its new flavor “Knockout Punch,” specfically for UFC. BodyArmour says it’s the fastest growing sports drink in its category, and boasts 110 percent increase in sales from last year.BodyArmour wants to usher in a new generation of sports greats as the undisputed sports drink champ.“It’s the boxing of sports drinks. That’s what Gatorade is,” BodyArmour founder Mike Repole said.It’s the kind of trash talk Bryant could support. And it’s just a small reason why Bryant has invested in the company.ADVERTISEMENT “I was obsessive about every little detail,” Bryant said. “From footwear to what I wear to recovery. If I feel like I could gain any type of advantage whatsoever, I obsessed over that detail. So yeah, this is something I wish I would have had.”The Lakers will retire Bryant’s No. 8 and No. 24 in a ceremony Dec. 18 during their game against Golden State. Bryant is an 18-time All-Star and the Lakers’ franchise leader in points (33,643), games played (1,346), 3-pointers (1,827), steals (1,944) and free throws (8,378). QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Meb to run last NYC Marathon, retire where he began in 2002 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Former NBA star Kobe Bryant gestures as he speaks to invited guests during an event to inaugurate new Basketball play ground in Paris, France, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Kobe Bryant said to Sports News Television that he wouldn’t go to the White House if President Donald Trump invited him. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)NEW YORK — Kobe Bryant is set to enter the UFC octagon — at least, with a sports drink.The retired Los Angeles Lakers great is an investor with BodyArmor, the first official sports drink of UFC, and hit New York on Thursday to promote the partnership.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He could have used something stiff to ease the sting of the Dodgers’ loss to Houston in the World Series.“Heartbreaker, man,” he said. “I’m happy for Houston and they derserve it. But being in LA all these years, my heart breaks for them.”Bryant was flanked by UFC President Dana White and fighters Cody Garbrandt, Francis Ngannou and Cythia Calvillo just a left hook away from Madison Square Garden. Garbrandt defends the 135-pound title against T.J. Dillashaw on the UFC 218 card Saturday night at the Garden.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBryant, who gave an informal backstage pep talk to the fighters, can’t stick around for the card. He said he was in a rush to get home to his three daughters, the oldest of which, Gianna, has flashed some of the same basketball skills as her dad. Bryant has said he has no interest in a Lakers’ front office role and is content to keep his scouting reports within the family.“I coach my daughter’s sixth grade team. That’s the extent of it all,” Bryant said. “She’s a beast. She’s tough. She’s a little firecracker, man.”last_img read more

How Fabregas scuppered Carrick’s dream Arsenal move

first_imgMichael Carrick has revealed that Cesc Fabregas scuppered his dream move to Arsenal.The former Manchester United midfielder is currently an assistant coach at Old Trafford, and spent a total of 12 years at the club.However, his career could have panned out remarkably differently, had a move to the Gunners gone through. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Then at West Ham, Carrick was put up for sale by the east London club, who were desperate to raise funds and were languishing in the Championship.With a number of interested parties vying for the midfielder’s signature, Carrick had met with Harry Redknapp over the possibility of joining Portsmouth, only for a meeting to be arranged between him, his agent and Arsene Wenger ahead of a potential move to north London.Writing in his autobiography, he recalls: “Then, on the way home, we got another call. Arsenal again, asking us to meet Arsene. As it happened we were driving past his home in north London, so we arranged to call in on the way. Within an hour I was sitting in the front room of Arsene Wenger’s house, pinching myself. Could this really be happening? Arsenal! Could I really be on the verge of signing for the Invincibles who’d just gone through the season unbeaten?”We talked for almost an hour about football. Wenger had the Community Shield at the weekend but was spending an hour with me, so surely he had to be interested in signing me? ‘Let’s get Cardiff out the way, and we’ll see you Monday,’ Wenger said as we left. Things were moving so fast I needed a few minutes to put it all into perspective. That night, I sat at the bottom of my bed and talked it through with Lisa, just running all the possibilities through my mind. It came from nowhere. My head was spinning. Arsenal were finishing either first or second in the Premiership.”Carrick FabregasHowever, the performance of Cesc Fabregas, who emerged as Patrick Vieira’s successor at Highbury, alerted fans and management to his ability during the Community Shield, and thus nixed the possibility of Carrick moving to the club.”On the Sunday, I settled down at home in Theydon Bois, Epping, to watch Arsenal, my team to be, in the Community Shield against Manchester United,” he adds.”I saw that a kid, Cesc Fabregas, only 17, started in Vieira’s place. Fabregas played a blinder but I didn’t think too much about the significance. I sat at home on Sunday night waiting for the call to arrange details of the next day. Arsenal! I couldn’t wait.”But I waited, and waited, and that call never came. The next day, I had to go into training at West Ham instead and, on the way, David [Gold] phoned to say he’d had a call from [David] Dein. David relayed the gist of his message, like, ‘I’m sorry, the manager says we don’t need Michael. Fabregas is coming through like he is. Sorry, the deal’s off.’ Fabregas’ performance changed Wenger’s mind about needing me.”I was totally devastated as I had my heart set on Arsenal and playing with all that talent. My head was gone. Arsenal had swayed me and I didn’t have a clue what I’d do now.”Of course, Carrick ended up joining Tottenham, where he spent two years between 2004 and 2006 before his move to United.Carrick explains: “Out of nowhere, Spurs’s sporting director, Frank Arnesen, called. ‘We’re bringing in good young British players, and we want you, Michael.’ I knew Paul Robinson and Sean Davis had arrived. Spurs were on the up and it was a good time to join. Arsenal’s rivals wanted me!”I looked at Spurs’s playing style and thought, ‘This is going to suit me.’ I’d been thrown a lifeline. I rang Lisa and then Mam and Dad, who were on holiday with Lisa’s parents. “Oh, by the way, we’re going to Tottenham!” I told them.”last_img read more

Novel agent shown to have dual mechanism of action to eliminate cancer

first_imgRelated StoriesLiving with advanced breast cancerCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerAfter several years’ research and validating LIF’s promise as a therapeutic target in preclinical and experimental models, Joan founded Mosaic Biomedicals, a VHIO-born spin-off that launched to identify, develop, potentiate and translate novel therapies into benefits for patients at the bedside as quickly as possible. Mosaic has since brought the first-in-class MSC-1 LIF inhibitor closer to the clinic. This promising agent is currently being assessed in clinical trials for further development.Manipulating Mother Nature’s love for LIFLIF protects cancer in the same way a mother protects her embryo. Throughout evolution LIF has emerged as a solver of a serious issue among mammals: the fact that a living being exists inside another. The embryo has antigens from the father, so why then, is it not rejected by the mother’s immune system? LIF protects the embryo and induces the proliferation of embryonic stem cells, resulting in its ‘safe’ development.This present study exposes the parallels between embryogenesis and cancer. Joan’s team have now shown that LIF assumes a crucial role in embryogenesis by protecting the embryo from the mother’s immune system.Cancer seizes on this molecular mechanism induced by LIF and uses it for its own gain. LIF is aberrantly expressed in some tumors when it shouldn’t be, and shields tumors from the patient’s own immune system; in the same way that it protects the embryo. Similarly, instead of embryonic stem cells, found in cancer, LIF promotes the proliferation of tumor stem cells.This new therapeutic window is not open to all tumor types. It only shows promise for the treatment of tumors expressing high levels of LIF. The preselection of patients identified with high LIF levels detected in their tumors is critical in more precisely matching this novel therapy to those patients who would be most likely to benefit.”Tumor types with typically high LIF levels include glioblastoma, pancreatic, ovarian, lung, and prostate cancers. Importantly, we have also observed that these cancers are also more aggressive and indicative of a poor prognosis,” adds Joan.He concludes, “These findings are the fruit of a major body of work, mainly fueled by the Spanish Association against Cancer (AECC) and the European Research Council (ERC). We are equally grateful to the FERO Foundation, and the BBVA Foundation’s Comprehensive Program of Cancer Immunotherapy and Immunology (CAIMI), for their backing and belief in this research project.”Source:Vall d’Hebron Institute of OncologyJournal reference:Pascual-García, M. et al. (2019) LIF regulates CXCL9 in tumor-associated macrophages and prevents CD8+ T cell tumor-infiltration impairing anti-PD1 therapy. Nature Communications. doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-10369-9. Once the T cells infiltrate the tumors, they are activated by anti-PD1 immunotherapy. In animal models the pairing of both agents not only halted tumor growth but also, in some cases, made tumors disappear. In these cases, the immune memory is activated and the system ‘remembers’ the tumor and that particular does not reappear even when more tumor cells emerge.”Monica Pascual-García and Ester Bonfill, co-first authors and Post-Doctoral Fellows of VHIO’s Gene Expression and Cancer Group directed by Joan Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 11 2019Results from a study spearhead by researchers at the Vall d´Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO), show that the blockade of the multi-functional cytokine LIF induces tumor-infiltrating T Cells to hone in on and eliminate cancer. Reported today in Nature Communications, this research was led by corresponding and co-first author Joan Seoane, Co-Program Director of Preclinical and Translational Research at VHIO, and ICREA Research Professor, and has now culminated in a Phase I clinical trial currently assessing the safety and efficacy of LIF inhibitors in patients across three sites: the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital (HUVH), Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC – New York, USA), and the Princess Margaret Cancer Center (Toronto, Canada).Developed by VHIO, novel agent MSC-1 inhibits LIF and has now been shown to have a dual mechanism of action. First, in tumors expressing high levels of LIF, this protein promotes the proliferation of cancer stem cells. LIF blockade eliminates these tumor-initiating stem cells, putting the brakes on metastatic cell spread and cancer recurrence.Additionally, elevated LIF expression disables the anti-tumor alarm system and stops the immune system from thwarting cancer’s plans. Blocking LIF reactivates the alarm to call an anti-tumoral immune response.Pioneer of previous LIF studies, Joan Seoane and his team were the first to establish a link between this multi-functional protein and cancer as well as show that LIF blockade eliminates cancer stem cells and prevents disease progression and recurrence. In this present paper, they have now revealed its implication in the immune system’s anti-cancer response.When foreign bodies or alterations in healthy cells are detected, a biological alarm alerts the immune system to act against these ‘dealers’ of damage. “We have discovered that LIF silences this alarm which enables cancer to dodge the immune system’s innate response. It´s just like a bank robber deactivating an alarm to escape detection by the police,” explains Joan Seoane.More specifically, the researchers have shown that LIF inhibits the CXCL9 gene, which acts as a signal to lure immune system T cells. LIF blockade induces these immune system soldiers to invade, attack and destroy tumors. “We have observed that LIF inhibition in tumors expressing high levels of this protein reactivates the signal to T cells to target and destroy cancer,” says Joan.This study also shows that combining LIF inhibition with anti-PD1 therapy powerful blows against cancer.last_img read more

Buffett says stocks remain best investment option for most

© 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, left, talks as he plays bridge with Bill Gates, right, outside Berkshire-owned Borsheims jewelry store in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, May 6, 2018. On Saturday, tens of thousands of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders attended the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) Billionaire Warren Buffett recommends that investors stick with simple stock index funds—not bonds and especially not bitcoins. Citation: Buffett says stocks remain best investment option for most (2018, May 7) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-buffett-stocks-investment-option.html Buffett said most of Berkshire’s businesses are hiring, and several of them are having trouble finding workers. For instance, carpet installers and certain construction workers are especially hard to find.Buffett said he believes Wells Fargo is cleaning up its operation after being mired in scandals for more than a year. Berkshire owns 10 percent of the bank’s shares.Buffett said Wells Fargo clearly had the wrong incentives in place and didn’t act quickly enough when bank employees opened as many as 2 million accounts without getting customers’ permission to meet aggressive sales targets.But Buffett defended Wells Fargo as an investment.”Some of our greatest opportunities came from similar situations,” Buffett said. Two long-term Berkshire investments in American Express and Geico came after scandals at those companies.Roughly 40,000 people attended Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting on Saturday.Berkshire Hathaway Inc. owns more than 90 companies, including railroad, clothing, furniture and jewelry firms. Its insurance and utility businesses typically account for more than half of the company’s net income. The company also has major investments in such companies as American Express, IBM and Wells Fargo & Co. Buffett discussed a variety of topics during an interview on CNBC Monday after he spent Saturday answering questions before thousands of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders.Buffett said he doesn’t think the stock market is overpriced compared with other options even though he’s had trouble finding entire businesses to buy at reasonable prices.”It wouldn’t take me a nanosecond to decide to go into stocks,” Buffett said.Buffett said cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are nonproductive assets similar to gold. So Buffett says anyone buying bitcoin is betting that someone else will pay more for it later.Berkshire Vice Chairman Charlie Munger said buying bitcoin with the hope that someone else will outbid you later is a bad business.”I think it’s a scumbag activity,” Munger said.Buffett reiterated his standard advice that buying an index fund, such as the S&P 500 fund, regularly over time is the best option for most people.Buffett said the reports he gets from Berkshire’s more than 90 businesses tell him that the economy remains strong and has been improving lately. Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, drinks Cherry Coke while playing bridge outside Berkshire-owned Borsheims jewelry store in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, May 6, 2018. On Saturday, tens of thousands of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders attended the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) Buffett’s firm buys 75 million more Apple shares in 1Q Explore further 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. read more

5 Strange Cool Things Weve Recently Learned About the Moon

first_img 2. There’s an enormous, dense blob of metal below the surface of the moon’s south pole. Deep below the moon’s South Pole-Aitken basin (the largest preserved impact crater anywhere in the solar system), researchers have detected a gargantuan “anomaly” of heavy metal lodged in the mantle that is apparently altering the moon’s gravitational field. According to a study of the mysterious blob, published April 5 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, the anomaly likely weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 2.4 quadrillion tons (2.18 quintillion kilograms). The researchers aren’t sure how this giant blob of metal got itself trapped below the lunar surface. Simulations suggest it could be the heavy remnants of the iron-nickel asteroid that crashed into the far side of the moon and created the giant South Pole-Aitken crater some 4 billion years ago. [Read more about the massive blob beneath the moon.] 1. There is water on the moon, and it jumps around. In 2009, data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) led to the discovery of water on the moon locked up in ice. A recent upgrade to the orbiter, called the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP), has allowed scientists to take a closer look at the water on the lunar surface. LAMP has revealed that water molecules move around the moon as the lunar surface warms and cools throughout the day. Water remains stuck on the moon’s surface until the lunar midday, when some of the water melts and heats up enough to lift into the moon’s delicate atmosphere. The water floats around a bit until it reaches an area cool enough to make it settle back down to the surface.Advertisement Water on other planetary bodies could be a valuable resource for human explorers to not only drink but also to serve as fuel for future robotic exploration, since water can be split to form rocket fuel, saving missions from having to carry that fuel from Earth. [Read more about how water hops around the moon.] Find Apollo 11 Landing Site While Skywatching The MoonFor the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first steps on the lunar surface, learn 5 facts about our moon and where to find the Apollo 11 landing site while viewing it in the night sky. 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Credit: Allyn Wallace/BBC America Gallery: The Fantastic Full Moon Photos: Mysterious Objects on the Moon It’s been almost 50 years since a human first set foot on the moon. Since then, our knowledge about Earth’s closest neighbor has improved by leaps and bounds, and our obsession with it has never waned. Witness some of the most amazing images of the moon ever recorded and be reminded of the significant influence of our moon in BBC America’s new documentary “Wonders of the Moon,” premiering Friday, July 19 at 10 p.m. EDT/9 p.m. CDT. As the world begins its commemoration of the awe-inspiring first walk on the lunar surface, let’s review five of the most recent and fascinating scientific findings about the moon.center_img 4. You won’t strike it rich on the moon. Gold, platinum and other metals known as highly siderophile (“iron-loving”) elements are far more abundant in Earth’s crust than they are in its natural satellite. That may seem odd, given the two worlds’ shared history. About 4.5 billion years ago, a Mars-size planet dubbed Theia slammed into the proto-Earth, blasting huge amounts of material from both bodies into space. Some of this liberated stuff was incorporated into the bruised and battered Earth, and some coalesced to form the moon. But highly siderophile elements (HSEs) appear to have been left out of the mix. These metals were likely delivered by later asteroid strikes — but why does Earth have so much more than the moon? The researchers suspect that the moon’s weaker gravitational pull means material delivered via impact isn’t as likely to have stayed on the moon as it did on Earth — lots of stuff that hits the moon returns to space. The small concentration of HSEs retained on the moon likely arrived before the moon’s magma ocean cooled and solidified, so the material became incorporated into the moon’s core. [Read more about why Earth has way more gold than the moon.] The International Space Station’s incredible view of the moon. Credit: Luca Parmitano/BBC America A burnt-orange moon hangs over London. Although scientists have unraveled many of the moon’s mysteries in the 50 years since Apollo 11, mankind’s enchantment with our nearest neighbor has never dimmed. Credit: James Burns/BBC America 5. The moon is two-faced (probably because of a massive asteroid). Ours is a moon with two faces: the nearside boasts a thinner and smoother crust, while the farside crust is thicker and dotted by impact craters left nearly undisturbed by lava flows. The discrepancies have vexed scientists for decades, and in a new paper, researchers use models to explore what may be possible explanations for the stark differences. They argue that those distinctive sides could be the result of a giant impactor slamming into the moon and leaving a massive crater across the entire nearside. [Read more about what created the moon’s two faces.] Discover more fascinating facts about the moon with BBC America’s “Wonders of the Moon,” premiering Friday, July 19 at 10 p.m. EDT/9 p.m. CDT. See Spectacular Lunar Mission Images in 3D (Photos) 3. The moon is shrinking and quaking. The moon is shrinking. And as the crust of our lone satellite contracts, it tugs on cliff-like cracks on the surface, leading to lots of moonquakes, researchers have discovered. Scientists revisited moonquake data gathered from 1969 to 1977 by seismic equipment on the Apollo lunar missions. They mapped the seismic data to satellite images of thrust faults, or scarps — stairstep cliffs on the lunar surface. These formations stand dozens of feet high and extend for miles, and they are visible in images captured by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The researchers discovered that around 25% of the moonquakes were likely generated by released energy from these faults, rather than by asteroid impacts or activity deep inside the moon. Scarps are spread across the face of the moon in a vast, global network, and are estimated to be no more than 50 million years old, the researchers wrote. The age and distribution of the scarps hint that they appeared as the moon’s interior cooled down, causing its crust to contract. [Read more about the moonquakes]last_img read more