Manchester United Man United’s Young gets three-game ban for elbowing Tadic Joe Wright 03:39 1/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Watford v Swansea City Swansea City Watford Everton v Manchester United Everton The absences are piling up for Jose Mourinho, as the suspended Young joins the likes of injured duo Lukaku and Zlatan in missing the next matches Manchester United’s Ashley Young has been given a three-match ban by the Football Association (FA) after he accepted a charge of violent conduct.Young appeared to elbow the Southampton’s Dusan Tadic in the stomach as they jostled at a corner during the second half of the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford on Saturday.The 32-year-old accepted the charge, but his argument that the length of the suspension was excessive was rejected by an FA regulatory commission. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Ashley Young will be suspended for Manchester United’s next three matches,” the FA confirmed in a statement. “He accepted a violent conduct charge following an off-the-ball incident during yesterday’s game against Southampton, but argued the suspension was excessive. This was rejected by a Regulatory Commission.”Ashley Young will be suspended for Manchester United’s next three matches. He accepted a violent conduct charge following an off-the-ball incident during yesterday’s game against Southampton, but argued the suspension was excessive. This was rejected by a Regulatory Commission.— FA Spokesperson (@FAspokesperson) December 31, 2017The FA has also issued a three-game ban to Swansea City’s Kyle Naughton after he was seen apparently stamping on Watford striker Stefano Okaka in their 2-1 win at Vicarage Road.The news on Young is another blow for United manager Jose Mourinho, who is already without full-back Antonio Valencia, club captain Michael Carrick, Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly, Marouane Fellaini, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Romelu Lukaku due to injury.United face Everton on Monday before they host Derby County in the FA Cup next Friday. They then meet Stoke City on January 15. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Emmanuel Ogbah was notably left off the Rotary Lombardi Award recently, but he is still garnering attention nationally for his big year.The Walter Camp Foundation announced 15 semifinalists on Wednesday to watch for as Player of the Year, including Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah.Ogbah is one of only two defensive players on the list, along with Iowa defensive back Desmond King. Here’s a full list of the semifinalists below. You can read the full press release here. AdChoices广告
VANCOUVER — Assessed values of some single family homes in Metro Vancouver’s once red hot housing market dropped between five and 10 per cent in the latest assessments used to determine property taxes in British Columbia.Meanwhile, BC Assessment says some property owners in the rest of the province have seen five to 15 per cent increases in their property values.The agency forecasts condominium values will increase by up to 20 per cent across B.C. this year.Commercial and industrial properties saw an increase of between 10 and 20 per cent across most of the province, with some markets around Metro Vancouver increasing up to 30 per cent. BC Assessment collects, monitors and analyzes property data.Its assessments are based on the estimate of a property’s market value on July 1 of each year and its physical condition on Oct. 31.Deputy assessor Keith MacLean-Talbot says increases in property assessments do not automatically translate into a corresponding increase in property taxes. The Canadian Press
A company logo is seen outside the Tata steelworks near Rotherham in Britain, March 30, 2016 [Representational Image].Reuters FileIndia’s Tata Steel and German major Thyssenkrupp AG have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Wednesday to build Europe’s ssecond largest steel enterprises, Tata Steel said in a filing in Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).”The proposed joint venture—Thyssenkrupp Tata Steel—would be focused on quality and technology leadership, and the supply of premium and differentiated products to customers, with annual shipments of about 21 million tonnes of flat steel products, ” the companies said in a statement.With this agreement, Tata’s plants in the Netherlands and UK will be combined with Thyssenkrupp’s German assets and would be managed through the entity’s headquarters in Amsterdam.”The joint venture would have a pro forma turnover of about €15 billion per annum (Rs1,15,000 crore). It currently employs about 48,000 people spread across locations and would be headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands,” the release said.Commenting on the deal, Tata Steel chairman N Chandrasekaran said, “The Tata Group and Thyssenkrupp have a strong heritage in the global steel industry and share similar culture and values. The strategic logic of the proposed joint venture in Europe is based on very strong fundamentals and I am confident that Thyssenkrupp Tata Steel will have a great future.” N Chandrasekaran takes home Rs 30 crore in FY 2017Reuters”This business combination creates a strong number 2 and is thus much better positioned to cope with the structural challenges in the European steel industry. With Tata Steel, we have found a partner with a very good strategic and cultural fit. Beyond a clear per performance driven orientation, we also share the same philosophy of corporate responsibility towards employees and society,” said Heinrich Hiesinger chairman, executive board, Thyssenkrupp.The proposed combination of businesses would be formed through a non-cash transaction framework, based on fair valuation where both shareholders would contribute debt and liabilities to achieve an equal shareholding in the venture, Tata Steel said in the release.Thyssenkrupp in a press statement added the negotiating parties will give each other access to confidential business to the extent permissible between competitors. “It is envisaged to sign a contract in early 2018,” the company added.
Wreckage from the USS Lexington, a US aircraft carrier which sank during World War II, has been found in the Coral Sea, a search team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen on 5 March. Photo: AFPWreckage from the USS Lexington, a US aircraft carrier which sank during World War II, has been discovered in the Coral Sea, a search team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen announced Monday.The wreckage was found Sunday by the team’s research vessel, the R/V Petrel, some 3,000 meters (two miles) below the surface more than 500 miles (800 kilometres) off the eastern coast of Australia.The search team released pictures and video of the Lexington, one of the first ever US aircraft carriers, and some of the planes which went down with the ship.Remarkably preserved aircraft could be seen on the seabed bearing the five-pointed star insignia of the US Army Air Forces on their wings and fuselage.On one aircraft, an emblem of the cartoon character Felix the Cat can be seen along with four miniature Japanese flags presumably depicting “kills.”The search team also released pictures and video of parts of the ship, including a name-plate, and anti-aircraft guns covered in decades of slime.The USS Lexington and another US aircraft carrier, the USS Yorktown, fought against three Japanese aircraft carriers from May 4-8, 1942 in the Battle of the Coral Sea, the first ever between carriers.The badly damaged Lexington, nicknamed “Lady Lex,” was deliberately sunk by another US warship at the conclusion of the battle.More than 200 members of the crew died in the battle but most were rescued by other US vessels before the Lexington sank.Admiral Harry Harris, who heads up the US military’s Pacific Command (PACOM) — and whose father was one of the sailors evacuated — paid tribute to the successful research effort.”As the son of a survivor of the USS Lexington, I offer my congratulations to Paul Allen and the expedition crew of Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel for locating the ‘Lady Lex,’ sunk nearly 76 years ago at the Battle of Coral Sea,” Harris said in a statement.”We honor the valor and sacrifice of the ‘Lady Lex’s’ Sailors — and all those Americans who fought in World War II — by continuing to secure the freedoms they won for all of us,” he said.The USS Lexington was carrying 35 aircraft when it went down.The search team said that 11 planes had been found including Douglas TBD-1 Devastators, Douglas SBD-3 Dauntlesses and Grumman F4F-3 Wildcats.”Lexington was on our priority list because she was one of the capital ships that was lost during WWII,” said Robert Kraft, director of subsea operations for Allen.”Based on geography, time of year and other factors, I work with Paul Allen to determine what missions to pursue. We’ve been planning to locate the Lexington for about six months and it came together nicely,” Kraft said in a statement.Search teams led by Allen have discovered the wreckage of a number of historic warships including the USS Indianapolis, a US heavy cruiser which sank in the Philippine Sea in July 1945 after being torpedoed by a Japanese submarine.
Courtesy of OHSUThe first sign of successful in vitro fertilization, after co-injection of a gene-correcting enzyme and sperm from a donor with a genetic mutation known to cause hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.Scientists have been tinkering with the DNA in humans and other living things for decades. But one thing has long been considered off-limits: Modifying human DNA in any way that could be passed down for generations.Now, an international team of scientists reports they have successfully figured out a way to edit the DNA in human embryos — without introducing the harmful mutations that were a problem in previous attempts elsewhere. The work was published online Wednesday in the journal Nature.“It’s a pretty exciting piece of science,” says George Daley, dean of the Harvard Medical School, who was not involved in the research. “It’s a technical tour-de-force. It’s really remarkable.”The research is ultimately aimed at helping families plagued by genetic diseases. The new experiment used a powerful new gene-editing technique to correct a genetic defect behind a heart disorder that can cause seemingly healthy young people to suddenly die from heart failure.The experiment corrected the defect in nearly two-thirds of several dozen embryos, without causing potentially dangerous mutations elsewhere in the DNA.None of the embryos were used to try to create a baby. But if future experiments confirm the techniques are safe and effective, the scientists say the same approach could be used to prevent a long list of inheritable diseases.“Potentially, we’re talking about thousands of genes and thousands of patients,” says Paula Amato, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. She was a member of the scientific team from the U.S., China and South Korea.Other diseases that might ultimately benefit from such an approach include Huntington’s disease, Cystic fibrosis, perhaps an inherited form of Alzheimer’s disease and cases of breast and ovarian cancer caused by mutations in the BRCA genes.Nonetheless, the work is setting off alarm bells among critics around the world.“I think it’s extraordinarily disturbing,” says Marcy Darnovsky, who directs the Center for Genetics and Society, a genetics watchdog group in Berkeley, Calif. “It’s a flagrant disregard of calls for a broad societal consensus in decisions about a really momentous technology that could be used good, but in this case is being used in preparation for an extraordinarily risky application.”“If irresponsible scientists are not stopped, the world may soon be presented with a fait accompli of the first [genetically modified] baby,” says David King, who heads the U.K-based group Human Genetics Alert. “We call on governments and international organizations to wake up and pass an immediate global ban on creating cloned or GM babies, before it is too late.”Amato and others stress that their work is aimed at preventing terrible diseases, not creating genetically enhanced people. And they note that much more research is needed to confirm the technique is safe and effective before anyone tries to make a baby this way.But scientists hoping to continue the work in the U.S. face many regulatory obstacles. The National Institutes of Health will not fund any research involving human embryos (the new work was funded by Oregon Health & Science University). And the Food and Drug Administration is prohibited by Congress from considering any experiments that involve genetically modified human embryos.Nevertheless, the researchers say they’re hopeful about continuing the work, perhaps in Britain. The United Kingdom has permitted genetic experiments involving human embryos forbidden in the United States.“If other countries would be interested, we would be happy to work with their regulatory bodies,” says Shoukhrat Mitalipov, director of the Oregon Health & Science University’s Center for Embryonic Cell and Gene Therapy.One major concern is safety to a developing embryo — whether genetically modified human embryos would indeed produce healthy babies. But on a broader level, any changes made in the DNA of an embryo would be passed down for generations. That raises fears that any mistakes in the editing that inadvertently caused new diseases could become a permanent part of that family’s genetic blueprint.Darnovsky and others also worry that modifying human DNA in an embryo could give rise to “designer babies.” That’s when parents pick and choose the traits of their children to try to make them smarter, taller, stronger or have other traits that make them seem superior. That’s not yet technically possible. But critics fear scientists are already moving in that direction.“The scenario is that you would have fertility clinics advertising to people who wanted to engineer their future children so that they could be presented as ‘enhanced’ — as biologically better than everyone else,” Darnovsky says. “It’s not a world we want to build. It’s not a world we want to live in.”Unscrupulous researchers could also rush the technology into fertility clinics to try to start creating babies they can bill as genetically enhanced before the technology has even been proved safe, and before a societal consensus has been reached about what applications should be permitted.“This is a strong statement that we can do genome editing,” says Harvard’s Daley. “The question that remains is: ‘Should we?’ We need a deeper public discourse around the ethical implications of this technology.”Darnovsky and some scientists argue that many couples who carry genetic diseases already have safer alternatives to this sort of gene editing. Couples carrying genetic diseases can go through in vitro fertilization (IVF) and have their embryos tested before being implanted in the woman’s womb.“I will admit to experiencing a sense of puzzlement,” says Fyodor Urnov, an associate director at the Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences, a nonprofit research institute in Seattle.“The question I have is: ‘Why did you folks bother, given that there is a safe, effective, approved and ethical way to attain exactly the goal you have set out to do without any of the significant logical and ethic hurdles of having to edit a human embryo?” Urnov says.Amato and the other scientists on the international team say their approach could offer an alternative for couples for whom those standard options won’t work or are less desirable. But they agree the work should only move forward with careful regulatory oversight to prevent abuse.“Anytime there’s a new technology there’s a potential for misuse. We have to acknowledge that,” Amato says. “Personally I don’t feel that’s a reason not to pursue the research if you think there’s a potential benefit that outweighs that risk. And I think if you can prevent serious disease in future generations, that makes it worthwhile to pursue this.”The advance was first reported last week in Technology Review, a magazine published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But the details were withheld and the researchers did not elaborate until the scientific paper had finished being vetted by other scientists for publication in Nature.For their experiments, the scientists obtained sperm from a donor carrying a mutation for the heart disorder cardiomyopathy. They then used that sperm to fertilize dozens of eggs obtained from healthy women.At the same time as fertilization, the researchers injected a powerful, microscopic gene-editing tool known as CRISPR-Cas9. The new technique makes it much easier than previous approaches to make very precise changes in DNA.Several scientists likened the approach to doing surgery on fetuses when they are in the womb. But this takes that idea much further, and involves repairing damaged DNA at a molecular level in the womb.“This is nano-surgery,” says George Church, a prominent Harvard geneticist who also was not involved in the research. “You’re doing it with the finest possible scalpel.”The editing tool very accurately cut into a mutated gene known known as MYBPC3, which causes cardiomyopathy. To the researchers’ surprise, the cut triggered the embryos to repair the defective gene on their own. This is a process that had previously been unknown, the scientists say.“The most exciting moment was when we realized the mechanism of repair,” Amato says. “It was fixing itself.”The researchers then let the embryos develop for several days so they could analyze them to see how well the experiments worked. In one part of the experiments involving 58 embryos, the approach corrected the mutation in more than 70 percent of the embryos, the researchers reported.“The gene defect was corrected with high efficiency,” Amato says.In addition, a detailed genetic analysis of the embryos concluded that the gene editing had not caused safety problems.“I think this is a significant advance,” Church says. “This is important.”In 2015, Chinese scientists reported trying to edit the DNA of embryos for the first time, also using CRISPR-Cas9. But that experiment involved embryos that could never develop normally. And while those researchers did succeed in editing the targeted defect, it also produced unintended defects elsewhere in the embryos’ DNA.The scientists who conducted the new experiments say they think they avoided those problems by injecting CRISPR at the same time the eggs were being fertilized by sperm.“That was key,” Mitalipov says.Alta Charo, a bioethicist at the University of Wisconsin, dismissed concerns about the work leading to designer babies.“This is not the dawn of the era of the designer baby,” says Charo, who co-chaired a committee formed by the National Academies of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine to determine whether such experiments should be permissible. The committee concluded earlier this year that gene-editing of human embryos could be allowed in rare cases when no other options are available — but only to treat diseases.“I do not think that the constant drum beat about the fear of designer baby is warranted, Charo says. “What this is, is a possible step toward being able to edit the DNA in human embryos that’s reliable and precise.”In the meantime, scientists in Britain have won approval to use CRISPR to edit the DNA in healthy human embryos to learn more about normal human development. A team in Sweden has started similar experiments.“I think this needs to be tightly regulated,” says Fredrik Lanner, a geneticist at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm who is conducting those experiments. “This is very exciting. But it also could be a double-edged sword. So I think we really have to be extra cautious with this technology.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
After avowed White supremacist and Confederate zealot Dylan Roof murdered nine Black parishioners of the Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina during a prayer service on June 17, 2015, the debate over the Confederate flag and other Confederate imagery was re-ignited.Sean YoesShortly after the massacre of the Charleston Nine, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake assembled the Special Commission to Review Baltimore’s Public Confederate Monuments. The group held its first meeting September 17, 2015, 90 days after the Charleston tragedy.After months of consideration, public hearings, which included testimony from history scholars, the Commission came up with this conclusion: “One hundred years ago, the City of Baltimore was one of the many jurisdictions that adopted laws and policies that re-established white supremacy and racial segregation. This racist vision was implemented innumerable ways…The monuments studied by this Commission were yet another tool used to glorify white supremacy and that vision is indefensible today,” the group stated in its final report.The Commission recommended two of the statues be removed; the Lee-Jackson monument in Wyman Park and the Roger B. Taney monument in Mt. Vernon (The Taney monument is not specifically a Confederate monument, but Taney, who was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1836-1864, was the architect of the Dred Scott decision, which affirmed the racist view of Blacks as less than human and reinforced the rationalization of the institution of slavery). And they believe the other two monuments, the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors monument and the Confederate Women’s Monument need to provide historical context.According to University of Maryland law professor Larry S. Gibson, a member of the commission, the group’s findings were delivered to the mayor in January of 2016. However, City Hall has not made a decision on the recommendations…yet (more on that later).The Commission’s findings go into fascinating detail about the lengths to which Confederate sympathizers attempted to re-imagine the Civil War narrative and the events (including the institution of slavery) that led up to it. Notably, the participation of Union troops in Maryland outnumbered Confederate soldiers almost three to one, yet, there is only one Union monument in Baltimore City compared to four Confederate monuments. And those who led the effort to erect those monuments in Baltimore seemed hell bent (literally) on perpetuating the fallacy of White supremacy.Speaking of White supremacy…Last November in this column, I wrote about a statue of a pregnant Black woman, with her golden fist raised to the sky, which was erected in front of the Lee-Jackson monument in protest of the 21st century perpetuation of White supremacy symbolized by the Confederate monuments dispersed around this majority Black city. After she was placed in front of Lee-Jackson, last November I wrote:Less than a day later she was unceremoniously removed by Baltimore police and Baltimore City park rangers and relocated to an out of the way storage facility in Druid Hill Park. And less than a day after that, she was taken to the Copycat Building, an artist enclave near Midtown.That’s when the White supremacist attitudes for which she was crafted to confront manifested in the actions of someone who scrawled, “nigger,” and “white power,” on her Black body.Almost a year since that protest statue was defaced with racist graffiti, to my knowledge the person who did it hasn’t been caught and nobody has been charged with what amounts to a hate crime.I’m not quite sure why Mayor Rawlings-Blake hasn’t acted upon the recommendations of the Commission she charged to come up with a plan for Baltimore’s Confederate monuments. But, Gibson suggested I, “shouldn’t be so hard on the mayor,” during the First Edition radio show September 19. Gibson said that although the Commission’s recommendations were delivered to City Hall in January, the Mayor’s office was not in “official” receipt of them until months later.Beyond the decision of the Commission he was a part of, to remove two monuments and keep the other two, I asked Gibson what he would do if the decision was solely his. His reply was succinct.“I would get rid of all four of them.”Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on WEAA 88.9.
On the occasion of World Honey Bee Day, when Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena was distributing 1,000 bee-boxes among 100 Mishing Asamese tribe in the Kaziranga forest area, very few people actually knew that KVIC was creating a new sort of world record of distributing maximum number of bee-boxes in a single day – beating the record by Israel.From the very moment Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a call for ‘Sweet Revolution’, the KVIC became active with its enthusiastic ‘Honey Mission’. The mission aims to meet the target of distributing 1, 30,000 bee-boxes before November 2018 across the nation – right from Narmada valley area of Gujarat to Kaziranga forest in Assam and hilly Pampore area of Jammu and Kashmir to dense forests of Mysuru. And, till the date, KVIC had distributed as many as 27,000 bee-boxes, which had happened for the very first time in India Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe KVIC had not only distributed bee-boxes, rather it has aimed to create jobs for youths giving them, an adroit pair of hands. At Kaziranga, practical training was also imparted to those 100 beneficiaries in the examination of honeybee colonies, acquaintance with apicultural equipments, identification and management of bee enemies and diseases, honey extraction and wax purification, and management of bee colonies in spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter seasons. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBesides giving them certificates of trained bee-keepers, the KVIC experts also delved upon honey bee species, colony organization, the division of labor and life cycle of honey bees; management of honey bee colonies during different seasons. The KVIC also distributed 200 gms honey bottles to 500 school kids of Sankar Dev Sishu Niketan there at Kohera village in Kaziranga. As a whole, altogether 25,000 honey bottles were distributed across the country by KVIC on May 21. KVIC Chairman V K Saxena, who himself monitors the progress of ‘Honey Mission’ round-the-clock said that besides the production of 30,000 kilograms of high-quality honey from these bee-boxes in the zero-pollution Kaziranga area, bee-keeping would open many job avenues for the unemployed youths and aspiring young entrepreneurs. “Being the nodal agency of Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), the KVIC would provide loans for setting up units of processing, packaging and labelling units for the honey,” he said, adding, “The development initiatives taken by KVIC in Assam have given a ray of hope for tribal people here and they are willing to be the part of development. The bee-keeping will also enhance the rich flora and fauna of the Kaziranga forest area through cross-pollination.”