Outgoing U.S. cancer chief reflects on his record, what’s next

first_imgLate yesterday afternoon, as Washington, D.C., was readying to shut down for a snowstorm, National Cancer Institute (NCI) chief and Nobel Prize–winning cancer biologist Harold Varmus announced that he is stepping down at the end of this month. Although few even on his own staff were expecting the news, it was not a big surprise coming less than 2 years before the end of the Obama administration, when many presidential appointees leave for their next job.In a resignation letter to the research community, Varmus decried the harsh budget climate he has faced and pointed to a list of accomplishments, from creating an NCI center for global health to launching a project to find drugs targeting RAS, an important cell signaling pathway in cancer. “I think he’s done a wonderful job under difficult circumstances,” says cancer biologist Tyler Jacks of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and chair of NCI’s main advisory board. “He brought tremendous scientific credibility to the position. And he managed to do some new and creative things.” NCI Deputy Director Douglas Lowy will serve as acting director.In a phone interview this morning as the first snowflakes began to fall, Varmus reflected on his time at NCI and what he will do when he returns full time to New York City. (He has been commuting from his home there to NCI in Bethesda, Maryland.) He will run a “modestly sized” lab at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, Varmus wrote in his letter, as well as serve as an adviser to its dean, and work with the New York Genome Center.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(*)Varmus told ScienceInsider he expected all along to stay at NCI about 5 years, which he would have reached in July. The recent announcement of President Barack Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative, which includes a $70 million cancer genomics and clinical trials effort at NCI, gave him a “sense of completion.” He takes pride not only in starting new initiatives, but also “keeping spirits up” in the extramural community by holding NCI grant numbers stable and being “transparent” about how the institute made funding decisions. “I think we did a pretty good job during this 5 years of fiscal stagnation and loss of keeping things going,” he says.Varmus also pushed for controversial changes he sees as necessary to help the research workforce “adjust” to budgets that aren’t expected to grow. Instead of having investigators sum up their record with a list of papers in their biosketch, he introduced a new section, a narrative describing one’s key accomplishments. That format has long been used by the biomedical research nonprofit Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The revised biosketch is now being phased in across NIH, despite howls of protest that it burdens grant reviewers and lets scientists inflate the importance of their work. Another effort copied from HHMI is a new 7-year NCI award based on an investigator’s track record rather than a particular project. That has brought criticism that it will favor older researchers.In his resignation letter, Varmus introduces a new award for staff scientists. He says the idea is to offer salary support and independence to scientists who hold less high-profile but essential jobs, such as managing a core facility or doing informatics within a principal investigator’s lab. Some research leaders have suggested that labs should rely more on staff scientists and less on the cheap labor of graduate students and postdocs. But Varmus says the award should start at a “small scale” because it is hard to anticipate how it will “change the structure” of a lab and its workforce. “Fixing the system is not simple. There are so many moving parts,” he says.Varmus says NCI is still “discussing” another possible new award that would allow senior scientists to wind down their labs. When the NIH director’s office recently floated the idea of such an “emeritus” award, it drew a slew of harsh comments; some called it an entitlement for aging scientists, and others viewed it as age discrimination.Giving some scientists “an incentive to finish up would be a good thing,” Varmus says. But the problem is not so much investigators over 65 or 70, but the dearth of those with independent labs in their 30s, he says. Moreover, NIH “can’t require people to quit,” he notes.His own situation illustrates why it doesn’t make sense to push older scientists out of the lab en masse, he adds. At 75, he plans to move his small lung cancer biology lab at NIH to New York City and expand its staff. Although Cornell is giving him startup funds, he expects to apply for grants. At NIH, his lab “just got reviewed and I did well,” Varmus says. “I don’t believe in making arithmetic judgments,” he adds. “I should be judged by what I do.” And in the future, he adds, “If things aren’t going well, I’ll quit.”*Correction, 6 March, 12:32 p.m.: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Varmus introduced the NIH biosketch; instead he proposed a new section within the existing biosketch.last_img read more

Three killed as Maoists blow up oil tanker with IED in Bastar

first_imgThree people were killed as Maoists blew up an oil truck at a construction site using an improvised explosive device (IED) in Kanker district of the Bastar region on Tuesday, said the police.“At 10 a.m., Maoists struck at an oil tanker at a site where railway tracks are being laid, 2 km away from Tumapal village under the Tadoki police station limits. Three civilians were killed in the attack,” said P. Sundarraj, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Anti-Naxal Operations).Those killed in the attack, a day after the byelection to the Dantewada Assembly seat in the Bastar region, were identified as Rakesh Kodopi, Duneshwar Singh and Ajay Kumar, he added.last_img read more

Nithyananda has fled India: Gujarat Police

first_imgDaughters ‘illegally confined’ at Nithyananda’s ashram in Ahmedabad, alleges Bengaluru couple After the arrest of two disciples on charges of kidnapping, wrongful confinement and using children to collect donations from followers, controversial self-styled godman Swamy Nithyananda has fled the country, Gujarat Police said on Thursday.“We have learnt that Swamy Nithyananda has escaped from the country after a rape case was registered against him in Karnataka,” said Ahmedabad (Rural) Superintendent of Police (SP) R.V. Asari. He said the State police would go through the proper channel to seek his custody in connection with the case filed here. Since he was a key accused in the case, he would be arrested on his return to the country, he said.Also Read  Two children aged 9 and 10 years enrolled at the ashram had told the police they were tortured, made to work and kept in illegal confinement at a flat in the city for over ten days. Similar allegations were made by two other children rescued from the ashram in a complaint filed by their parents.On Thursday, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) sought a report from the Gujarat Education department explaining how the school’s land was leased out to Nithyananda’s ashram in Ahmedabad without its permission. DPS is affiliated to the CBSE. His disciples Pranpriya and Priyatatva were arrested on Tuesday and sent to five days’ police remand by a rural court here the next day. They were being questioned.Meanwhile, police on Thursday also arrested the Principal of the Delhi Public School near Ahmedabad where Nithyananda set up his ashram. According to police officials, Hitesh Puri violated government norms while leasing out land for the ashram. He was later released on bail.“School authorities failed to produce documents informing the police about leasing out the land,” said K.T. Kamaria, senior police official probing the sensational case.Also Read School land leased out to Nithyananda’s ashram: CBSE seeks report from Gujarat last_img read more

Sandhya wins silver and helps lift the gloom

first_imgFull credit to Sandhyarani Devi Wangkhem for ensuring India won at least one medal on Wednesday as the Manipur girl clinched a silver in wushu.This edition of the Asian Games has been one of huge disappointments and surprises for India. If the shooters and weightlifters have performed miserably, swimming, gymnastics and now a Chinese martial art have partially lifted the gloom.Having sustained an injury in the semi-finals, Sandhyarani fought bravely against her Iranian rival Khadijeh Azadpour in the final before losing on points. As the defending champion, Khadijeh used her experience to good effect against the Indian at the Nansha Gymnasium where the number of Indians present in the hall was indeed surprising.To be sure, Sandhyarani has never seen this kind of support for her, though from a medal point of view, her feat needs to be lauded. That she was not fully fit could be gauged from the fact that the Indian could not kick well. Khadijeh apparently knew her rival’s injury and knew where to attack. “I was trying to use my arms but that did not work,” Sandhyarani said.From the start, Khadijeh was aggressive as she twice pushed the Indian out of the zone on the floor. The tall Iranian was indeed quick on her feet and used her height to good advantage.As the contest progressed, Sandhyarani, who is a CRPF officer, tried using defensive tactics, but it did not work. “I am sad not to have won gold. I was hoping for the best but my calf injury prevented me from giving my best,” said Sandhyarani.advertisementAnother problem for the Indian was that she had to change her weight category. “I compete in the 56kg category. Since that category was not listed in the competition I entered in the 60kg,” said the Indian. Her bodyweight now is 59kg at a height of five feet four inches. “If only I had won gold it would have been very good,” lamented Sandhyarani.Wushu was introduced as a medal sport at the Asian Games in Beijing in 1990. There are many forms of this martial art which has its roots in China. The forms comprise basic movements like stances, kicks, punches, jumps, sweeps and throws.In the Asian Games, ‘sanshou’ is the name given to the form of wushu where speed, alertness and reflexes matter. However, for an Indian to win silver in the event is indeed a welcome surprise.last_img read more

It’s an absolute joke: Tomic’s underarm serve vs Kyrgios leaves spectators fuming

first_imgBernard Tomic secured a controversial-yet-comical victory in an exhibition match against compatriot Nick Kyrgios at the Kooyong Classic on Wednesday when the Australian hit an ace on match point with an underarm serve from behind his legs.Serving for the contest in the second set, world number 85 Tomic moved into his service stance before chipping one ball over the net while still bouncing another, catching Kyrgios, the umpire and spectators completely off guard.Kyrgios was left laughing and shaking his head in disbelief as the umpire announced “game, set and match” with a 6-3, 6-4 scoreline after a few moments of deliberation in the Australian Open warmup encounter.”I don’t think there’s ever been a player like BT (Tomic),” Kyrgios, another of Australia’s more mercurial talents, told reporters.I have never seen a serve like this. Bernard Tomic, behave! pic.twitter.com/UY7e8h5HRcMark Farrelly (@MarkFarrelly131) January 9, 2019Tomic has slipped down the world rankings from a career high number 17 in recent seasons, but has improved recently and won his first title in three years at the Chengdu Open in September.”It is great to see him back out here as I know he was going through some rough times,” world number 51 Kyrgios, who himself has struggled for consistency, added.”He won a title last year and it looks like he is carrying a bit of momentum which is good to see… he looks happy, he looks healthy. That’s the main thing… you never want to see a talent like that go down and keep being down.”advertisementWhile Kyrgios saw the bright side of Tomic’s sneaky service winner, Australian Olympic hockey player Georgie Parker, who was watching in the stands, was less than impressed and took to Twitter to express her dismay.”It’s an absolute joke. I’m paying money to be here and the two idiots aren’t giving two shits,” she wrote.”It’s an exhibition match but you can still bet on it… How this isn’t match fixing is beyond me? Get these two off the circuit.”Tomic and Kyrgios will both feature at the Australian Open in Melbourne next week.Also Read | Australian Open: Federer, Serena favourites to win 2019’s 1st Grand Slam tournamentAlso Read | World No.1 Simona Halep and her coach Darren Cahill part wayslast_img read more

The best GIFs from OSU-Kansas State

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! And the only two other things worth talking about — Emmanuel Ogbah’s sack and Ramon Richards’ pick-six. There wasn’t a lot to get excited about on Saturday but we do have that first drive.Here are the last seven plays from it:Tyreek is one of the few players OSU has that can overcome a bad offensive line.More of this. A lot more.I like this play even though I don’t like it to the short side of the field. Sort of reminiscent of the old Les Miles-Tatum Bell pitch play where Josh Fields would fake the inside handoff and go outside to Bell.Tyreek and the seam — a romantic novel.This is not a bad play — I don’t understand going away from it.center_img Oh, and this.last_img read more

LICJ to Make Submission for Geospatial Legislation

first_img The move, he said, will reposition the country and bring it on par with other Caribbean territories such as The Bahamas, which already has such statute in place. “Advancing geospatial information management and the creation of spatial data infrastructures will assist to alleviate global issues such as poverty, food security and natural disasters,” he contended. Chairman of the Land Information Council of Jamaica (LICJ), Alexander Williams, says that body will shortly be submitting a proposal to the Government regarding the crafting of legislation to govern the country’s geospatial and land information management framework.He said the Council has reviewed the policy guidelines, “and we are about to make recommendations to the Cabinet to put in place a basic legislative framework”.The move, he said, will reposition the country and bring it on par with other Caribbean territories such as The Bahamas, which already has such statute in place.Mr. Williams was speaking at the opening of the inaugural two-day Jamaica Geographic Information System (GIS) User Conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday, October 10.The LICJ Chairman noted that Jamaica has been a pioneer in the English-speaking Caribbean in the use of geospatial technology and land information management.He said this dates back to 1992, when the LICJ was established to coordinate the implementation of the National Land Information Policy and Strategy as well as develop a national GIS network.He pointed out, however, that “we have not been a pioneer… with the (creation of) a legislative framework”.The LICJ Chairman said many countries have recognised the value of using geospatial information and tools to plan, develop policies, make decisions and manage their physical and natural resources in order to address challenges and improve the lives of citizens.“Advancing geospatial information management and the creation of spatial data infrastructures will assist to alleviate global issues such as poverty, food security and natural disasters,” he contended.Against this background, Mr. Williams said the GIS Enterprise Licence Agreement (ELA) signed between the Government and American technology firm, Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) in 2015, represents a major investment in national development.The four-year ELA provides ministries, departments and agencies with unlimited access to Esri’s suite of GIS technology software, which has served to boost their operations in areas of land administration and management; planning, hazard mitigation and emergency management; environmental science; national security; and utilities and infrastructure.“By getting the ELA established in Jamaica, the Government has provided the platform to ministries, departments and agencies to use, so that they can exploit the layers of geospatial data and information and (related) data in diverse locations for planning and making strategic decisions,” Mr. Williams added.The two-day conference, which concluded on Wednesday, October 11, was jointly staged by the LICJ and National Spatial Data Management Division under the theme ‘Geospatial Technologies: Mapping Our Way to Secure Communities’.It formed part of the activities marking the LICJ’s 25th anniversary. Story Highlights Chairman of the Land Information Council of Jamaica (LICJ), Alexander Williams, says that body will shortly be submitting a proposal to the Government regarding the crafting of legislation to govern the country’s geospatial and land information management framework.last_img read more

Protesters opposing a right wing group clash with Quebec City police

first_imgMONTREAL – Tensions boiled over in Quebec City on Sunday, as police were pelted by beer bottles and smoke bombs set off in garbage cans in an ugly end to a weekend of pro and anti-immigrant rallies.The Quebec group La Meute, which is associated with the far right, called for a rally Sunday to protest the federal and provincial government’s handling of the border crossers, but ended up having its members pinned inside a garage while counter-protesters demonstrated outside.Once the counter-protesters turned violent, the Quebec City police declared the protest illegal. Clashes ensued and at least one protester was arrested as officers tried to block access to the building where some of the La Meute protesters had taken refuge.By 6 p.m. the counter-protesters had dispersed and the members of La Meute, many of them carrying flags featuring the group’s wolf-paw logo, emerged from the building to begin their protest.Television footage showed them marching in silence near Quebec City’s legislature.The protests in the Quebec capital were far more tense than a demonstration a day earlier in Vancouver where thousands of people peacefully demonstrated in an anti-racism rally in response to reports earlier in the week that an anti-Muslim protest was planned. That latter rally didn’t materialize.The rallies sprung up in the wake of last week’s deadly events in Charlottesville, Va. in which one person was killed and others injured when a vehicle plowed through a crowd of anti-racism protesters.The Quebec events were largely spurred by the unprecedented number of people walking across the border to seek asylum.Almost 6,800 people showed up at an unofficial crossing from the U.S. into Quebec since Canada Day to claim asylum. By comparison, only 2,920 claims were filed in Quebec in all of 2015.When asked Sunday if the unprecedented number of border crossers was stoking anti-immigrant sentiments in the country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned “intolerant, racist demonstrations.” He said he stood with millions of Canadians “who reject the hateful, harmful, heinous ideologies” that have sprouted across the country.“The small minority, angry, frustrated group of racists don’t get to define who we are as a country, don’t get to tell others who we are and don’t get to change the nature of the open, accepting values that make us who we are,” Trudeau said in Montreal hours before the Quebec City demonstration.Federal authorities have said more than 3,800 people walked over the border into Quebec through the first two weeks of August, compared to the 2,996 who similarly crossed the border throughout all of July. Many are being housed in temporary shelters, including tents along the Quebec-New York border and inside Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, while officials handle the sudden surge in asylum claims.Haitian nationals form the bulk of recent arrivals, believed to be driven by a change in U.S. policy that many fear would result in mass deportations. Canada lifted the temporary restriction on deporting Haitians last year, set up in the wake of the 2010 earthquake, and many were sent back to the island nation, Trudeau said.Trudeau urged Canadians to maintain trust in the immigration system and the officials who he believed were managing the situation. He said none of those walking across the U.S. border would receive any special advantages in their quest to come to Canada, stressing to Canadians and would-be refugees alike that border hoppers must go through the usual security checks and immigration evaluations.Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard tweeted about the violence in the provincial capital Sunday, saying that people have the right to demonstrate peacefully with zero tolerance for violence.“We condemn violence and intimidation. We live in a democracy where respect must be the norm and not the exception.”last_img read more

Iraq millions in Government grant allows UN to feed thousands of nations

15 January 2009Thanks largely to a multi-million dollar donation from the Iraqi Government, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is able to complete its operation feeding hundreds of thousands of people uprooted by the violence in the strife-ridden country. Thanks largely to a multi-million dollar donation from the Iraqi Government, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is able to complete its operation feeding hundreds of thousands of people uprooted by the violence in the strife-ridden country. The $40 million backing from Iraq has provided WFP with sufficient funds to sustain its efforts in allotting food assistance to around 750,000 vulnerable internally displaced persons (IDPs) until the programme is scheduled to end in March. “It was this contribution, more than anything else, that ensured that the poorest among the displaced, who have lost access to the Iraqi Public Distribution System (PDS), are still receiving food rations,” said WFP Iraq Country Director Edward Kallon. The WFP operation targets the IDPs who are unable to register for the safety net of the Government-run PDS rations – which all 29 million Iraqis are eligible to receive – because they have left their original place of residence. The Government funding, which was confirmed in May, has been used to purchase more than 31,000 metric tons of wheat flour, 2,600 tons of oil and 2,250 tons of beans for distribution to vulnerable IDPs in all of Iraq’s 18 governorates. Today’s WFP announcement came two months after the publication of a detailed report by the Iraqi Government and WFP on food security in Iraq, which found that the numbers of people suffering from food insecurity was slashed from around four million in 2005 to 930,000 last year. Mr. Kallon attributed the improvement in access to food to increased economic activity across the country, stimulated by a marked improvement in security and the humanitarian efforts of the international community, while noting that the situation remained volatile and any upsurge in violence could undermine the whole process. At the same time, the report, the Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis, warned that a further 6.4 million people were in danger of sliding into food insecurity if it were not for safety nets such as the PDS, which provides Iraqis with a monthly food basket. The report recommended continued food assistance to the most vulnerable in collaboration with the Government’s efforts to reform the PDS, as well as support for initiatives aimed at improving mother and child caring practices and providing food for education in the poorest areas, with particular emphasis on girls’ enrolment and attendance. Mr. Kallon said that WFP stood ready to assist in these areas, particularly with a view to providing technical expertise and helping build capacity, should the Government of Iraq request it. Meanwhile, Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, met today with leaders of Iraq’s political blocs to brief them on the state of readiness and technical preparations for the upcoming provincial elections, and to outline the special measures being put in place to tackle fraud.He said that the technical preparations are well on track to have elections on 31 January, with over 20 million ballot papers to be delivered during the coming week. Mr. de Mistura emphasized that special security features will be used to make it extremely difficult to duplicate the ballots. Additional procedures have also been put in place to ensure that multiple voting and attempts to manipulate the polling are minimized.The UN is assisting Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC), which is responsible for preparing and conducting elections – beginning with the provincial polls slated for 31 January and culminating with parliamentary elections in 2009-2010. read more

Case Keenum finds comfort level in Denvers offence

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Case Keenum has a simple answer for why none of his passes were picked off in November after throwing interceptions in each of his first eight games as the Denver Broncos’ new quarterback.“I’m throwing it to our guys, not throwing it to the other team,” Keenum said. “Who knew?”It’s actually more than just Keenum taking care of the football.“I just think he’s getting comfortable with the system,” receiver Emmanuel Sanders said.Denver’s makeshift offensive line, with two tackles playing guard and a guard at centre, deserves some credit. So does offensive co-ordinator Bill Musgrave, who’s navigated through a turnstile at tight end, the loss of leader Demaryius Thomas and youthful mistakes at receiver to refine his play calls for Keenum.Left tackle Garett Bolles has started to settle into his job as Keenum’s blindside protector and rookie running back Phillip Lindsay’s remarkable season has helped highlight the play-action passes that Keenum favours.Keenum took a lot longer to adjust to his new role, new team and new offence than the Broncos (5-6) hoped.He threw three interceptions in his Denver debut and then strung together seven more games with an interception, an alarming string given that he had just seven interceptions in leading the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC championship game last year after Sam Bradford got hurt.Keenum said he’s “just being smarter with the ball. It’s something I do. That’s why early on in the season I was frustrated. It’s tough. That’s something I pride myself on as a quarterback, giving our team a chance to win and not being the reason that we aren’t winning. Turnovers in this league is probably the biggest stat that really matters.”The Broncos, who visit the Bengals (5-6) next, allowed a whopping 1,006 yards the last two weeks but they ended six-game winning streaks by the Chargers and Steelers because they collected seven takeaways and had zero turnovers.While Von Miller and Chris Harris Jr. and Shelby Harris were getting all the accolades for their interceptions, Keenum was quietly taking care of the football.Ball security, Keenum said, is “something I think about every day. Every decision I make, I know the ball is the most important thing on the field. I’ve got it in my hands every play, so I know every decision I make is that important.“That’s why I grind, that’s why I work, and we’ve gotten better across the board — offensive line, running backs and receivers,” Keenum said. “We’re all on the same page, getting better, working each week and communicating. We feel better with the offence and it’s just a lot of different things, a lot of factors.”Keenum said the learning curve at quarterback in the NFL is infinite.“Do I feel a lot better than I did at training camp? Heck, yeah,” Keenum said. “I think we’re light years ahead of where we were then. But at the same time, I still feel like we have a long way to go.”And Keenum has an ever-changing supporting cast, too:ROOKIE RECEIVERSThe trade of Thomas to Houston may have opened more opportunities for the Broncos’ young pass catchers but it also robbed rookie receivers Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton of their best on-field tutor.Since Thomas’ departure, Sutton has started three games and caught seven passes for 149 yards and no touchdowns. But some of his grabs came in clutch moments.“I think he’s doing great,” Keenum said. “He’s continuing to work, continuing to grind and continuing to not be a rookie. I see him as a vet that I can count on to play and make big plays when I need him to.”Sutton hasn’t caught more than three passes in a game, however, and his last touchdown came Oct. 28.Hamilton was inactive against Houston in Thomas’ hasty homecoming game, then caught one pass for 4 yards against the Chargers and one pass for 13 yards against Pittsburgh. He has yet to score a touchdown.TIGHT END TURNSTILETargeting tight ends has long been a big part of Keenum’s repertoire. But Jeff Heuerman broke three ribs and bruised a lung last week and joined Jake Butt (knee) and Troy Fumagalli (sports hernia) on IR.That leaves Denver with three unproven tight ends:—Matt LaCosse, a fourth-year pro who scored his first NFL touchdown last week.—Brian Parker, a third-year pro who has one career catch in 17 games with the Chiefs, Jets and Broncos.—Temarrick Hemingway, a third-year pro who had no receptions in eight games in 2016 with the Rams, where Keenum was his teammate.“I’m the product of a next-man-up mentality,” Keenum said. “That’s when I got my opportunity, was an injury. One person’s unfortunate incident and having a guy go down might be the start of somebody’s great career.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLArnie Stapleton, The Associated Press read more

Minova relaunches its international website

first_imgGround support and consolidation products are the specialities of Minova International, which has just relaunched its international website aiming to “to improve usability and value for the customer,” it says. “The new website is going live with a new look and feel as well as improved navigation.”It also shows a map of Minova locations as an overview of all major facilities including links to all the regional websites. This is only the first step to improve the service and value of the website for customers.The site will go live in English and other language options will follow in a second phase, as well as more detailed product information later this year.Minova has been growing significantly over the past few years, covering new geographic areas as well as expanding business areas. The new website www.minovainternational.com will be built up to serve as a single point of communication to customers and prospects with more relevant news, product information and case studies.“Minova is continuously working on meeting the customer needs. We want to help our customers in ensuring a safe and efficient work environment,” says Jan Cappelen, Global Marketing Manager. “Easy access to information via the new website is part of a renewed focus.last_img read more

Murder inquiry begins in the North after body of 29yearold found

first_img Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3281331 Murder inquiry begins in the North after body of 29-year-old found Two men and a woman, all aged in their 30s, remain in police custody. File photo 7,446 Views Share Tweet Email Friday 10 Mar 2017, 4:46 PM No Comments center_img File photo Image: Paul Faith A Archive/PA Images Mar 10th 2017, 4:46 PM Image: Paul Faith A Archive/PA Images POLICE IN THE North have begun a murder investigation after the body of Paul Gerard Curran was found in Armagh yesterday.The 29-year-old was discovered at a house in Manor Drive in Lurgan shortly after 2.50pm yesterday afternoon.In a statement, detective chief inspector Eamonn Corrigan said that a post-mortem would now be carried out to determine the cause of death.He added: “Two men and a woman, all aged in their 30s, remain in police custody at this time in relation to the investigation”.Local DUP MLA Carla Lockhart said that Curran’s death was “shocking” and a “cause of concern to the wider community of Lurgan”.She said: “I understand the PSNI has now launched a murder investigation and I would urge anyone with any more details to help in assisting the police with their investigation.”Corrigan urged anyone with information to contact detectives in Lurgan on 101, quoting reference number 639 09/03/17.Read: ‘Dangerous’ prisoner on the run after being released by mistakeRead: Man arrested on suspicion of rape in Belfast last night By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Meals on Wheels Firstenburg dining room to close

first_imgMeals on Wheels People will close its Firstenburg dining room and delivery services at the end of June because not enough people show up for lunch.The number of people age 60 and older dining at the Firstenburg Community Center in the Fircrest neighborhood has dwindled over the last few years, said Julie Piper-Finley, the nonprofit’s director of marketing. The dining room at 700 N.E. 136th Ave., averages 14 to 15 clients each weekday, and about 140 people get meals delivered from that location. It costs $317,751 annually.“It just didn’t make financial sense to do that,” Piper-Finley said. “We weren’t being good stewards of our donors’ money by keeping that location open.”By comparison, hundreds of people get lunch every weekday at the Luepke Community Center location, a hub for senior services. Clients disrupted by the closure will have the option of dining at Luepke, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., or getting home-delivered meals that are made in the Luepke kitchen. There are also five other Clark County sites.The closure will be discussed during a meeting at noon Monday at the Firstenburg Community Center.Some of the drop in attendance could be attributed to parking issues at the community center. Meals on Wheels services began before the neighboring Cascade Park Community Library was constructed.last_img read more

Mattis expected to send hundreds of troops to border

first_img AP, Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News Mattis expected to send hundreds of troops to border AP FacebookTwittercenter_img WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to sign an order as early as Thursday sending 800 or more troops to the southern border to support the Border Patrol, a U.S. official said.Mattis is responding to a request from President Donald Trump, who says he’s “bringing out the military” to address what he’s calling a national emergency at the border.The U.S. official was not authorized to speak publicly because not all details of the military arrangement had been worked out, and so spoke on condition of anonymity.The additional troops are to provide what one official described as logistical support to the Border Patrol. This would include a variety of things such as vehicles, tents and equipment, and perhaps medical support. It was not immediately clear how many, if any, of the extra troops would be armed. Because they would not be performing law enforcement duties they would not be in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits the federal government from using the armed forces in a domestic police role.There already are about 2,000 National Guard troops assisting at the border under a previous Pentagon arrangement.A small group of Honduran migrants trying to reach the U.S. border walk along train tracks in Trancas Viejas, Veracruz state, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. As a caravan of thousands of Central Americans renewed their slow march toward the U.S. on Wednesday, others chose to travel in smaller groups following routes well-worn by decades of migrants fleeing poverty and violence.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) October 25, 2018 Posted: October 25, 2018last_img read more

Police recover training grenade found in Pembroke Pines dump

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have recovered a training grenade that caused a scare at a Waste Management facility in Pembroke Pines.Pembroke Pines Police responded to the facility in the area of Southwest 208th Avenue and Pembroke Road just after 10:30 a.m., Monday. UPDATE: The @browardsheriff Bomb Unit was able to retrieve the item, and determined that it was a training grenade and not a live grenade. The area is being cleared. https://t.co/DW4ImOhA9r— Pembroke Pines PD (@PPinesPD) September 9, 2019 Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img The potentially-explosive item was found tucked under a canteen bottle inside of a box during a garbage sorting.Broward Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad unit retrieved the item and determined that it was a training grenade and not live.last_img read more

Texas Dispensaries Unfazed By Sessions Rescinding Directive On Legalized Marijuana

first_img Share WIKI COMMONSU.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is taking aim at policies that keep federal law enforcement officials away from businesses selling pot in states that have legalized its use.Sessions has rescinded Obama-era directives that discouraged enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that had legalized the substance. This comes as marijuana businesses in Texas prepare to sell a non-psychoactive cannabis oil approved by the state.CREDIT RYAN POPPE / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOMorris Denton, CEO of Compassionate CultivationMorris Denton, CEO of Compassionate Cultivation, one of three marijuana dispensaries approved by Texas under the state’s Compassionate Use Act, doesn’t see his business becoming a target.“I don’t believe that Texas is going to fall anywhere near the ‘high-end of the priority list,’ ” Denton said. “I think the focus on this action is on states that have very broad and very open legal recreational market, and that’s not us. The cannabis that we grow is very low in THC.”THC is the psychoactive component that produces a “marijuana high.”Compassionate CultivationSessions’ directive doesn’t go into specifics about which states it will target or when.Heather Fazio, executive director for Texas’ Marijuana Policy Project, is calling on Gov. Greg Abbott to stand up and defend Texas’ Compassionate Use Act, the 2015 bill he signed into law.“The states are going to have to defend the policies they’ve put in place. Even though our program — the Compassionate Use program — is unreasonably restrictive, it is in violation of federal law,” Fazio said.Calls to the governor’s office and the state’s attorney general on whether or not they would defend the state’s law against federal prosecutions were not immediately returned.last_img read more

DC Excited About Possible Amazon 2nd Headquarters

first_imgThe prospect of Amazon placing its second headquarters in the District of Columbia has city residents enthusiastic about its potential economic and psychological impacts.On Jan. 18, Amazon officials released 20 cities that are on its list for the facility. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) said she is proud the District made the cut out of over 200 cities nationally and internationally.One of the areas Washington, D.C. put forward as possible location for Amazon’s HQ2 was Capitol Hill East. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)“As Washington, D.C. continues to grow and we continue to focus on creating pathways to the middle class for more Washingtonians, it would be a win for residents and the region to bring 50,000 high-paying jobs to the city,” Bowser said in a statement. “Making this list reaffirms what we already knew going into the bidding process – Washington, D.C. is no longer a one-company town, we are a leader in innovation and tech, brimming with top talent and endless opportunity.”In addition to the jobs, Amazon will invest $5 billion in development in the winning city.The company’s criteria for consideration include: more than one million residents, proximity to an international airport, manageable commutes, diverse demographics, connectivity and the quality of local schools for churning out potential employees.Amazon is headquartered in Seattle. It was founded on July 5, 1994 as an electronic commerce and computer clouding company by Jeff Bezos, who is among the world’s wealthiest individuals with an estimated value of $110 billion according to Forbes magazine.In the District, Bezos owns {The Washington Post} and its publications and one of the city’s most expensive mansions.Competing with the District are Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Newark, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, N.C. and Toronto. Montgomery County, Md. and Northern Virginia are local competitors for the second headquarters.Prince George’s County and Baltimore both put forth bids that weren’t selected. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III (D) endorsed Montgomery County’s bid adding that Amazon’s decision to have the three Washington-area sites “clearly recognizes the strength of the region.”The District’s bid has named four sites for the possible headquarters: Anacostia Riverfront, Capitol Hill East, NoMa-Union Station and Shaw-Howard University. It has been reported that the city will offer Amazon a corporate tax rate freeze and other tax credits and exemptions.Vincent Orange, a former D.C. Council member, is the president and CEO of the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Orange said in a statement to the AFRO that Amazon should pick the District. “Growth, jobs, opportunity, and prosperity awaits Amazon HQ2 in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.,” he said. “Our global city with vibrant, livable, walkable, and creative neighborhoods, excellent higher educational institutions, an extremely thriving tech sector, a growing and expanding business community, and a talented workforce awaits Amazon with open arms including an outstanding incentive package.”Marie Johns, former deputy administrator for the Small Business Administration during Obama’s presidency, told the AFRO that Amazon could be a good corporate partner in the city. “This is a beautiful city,” she said. “We have a talented workforce, a thriving business community, and the capacity to grow.”Johns said African Americans should be excited about Amazon’s possible presence. “There will be economic benefits in terms of jobs and contracting opportunities for small businesses,” she said. Johns said the company will also bring tax dollars to the city.Amazon is expected to announce its choice sometime this year.last_img read more

SisQo Says I Do

first_imgBaltimore native SisQo marries longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Pham, in an intimate ceremony in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He and fellow Dru Hill members serenaded the new bride with a special rendition of their classic hit, “Beauty,” at the newlyweds’ reception.(Photo by Justin Ross of Ross Multimedia Group)last_img

2nd Sumatran elephant found poisoned in Indonesia

first_imgAn 18-year-old female died in Aceh after being poisoned in late April.As forests disappear, elephants stray into inhabited areas in search of food.Fewer than 3,000 Sumatran elephants are left in the wild and environmentalists warn that they could be extinct within three decades unless steps are taken to protect them.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Parents, stop beating yourself up Comments   Share   Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) – An official says a second endangered Sumatran elephant has been poisoned in western Indonesia, apparently by villagers trying to protect their crops.Forestry Ministry official Harmidi says the carcass of the 20-year-old male elephant was discovered Wednesday near a plantation in Aceh province.Harmidi, who uses only one name, says a group of elephants had been wandering in the area in recent days, roaring and destroying crops. Sponsored Stories last_img read more

ESPNNFL dajohnson7 A Really Good Running Back —

first_img@ESPNNFL @dajohnson7 A Really Good Running Back— Faithful™ Tommy Boy (@tommy_litch) October 18, 2016 ESPN’s NFL Twitter account attempted something that Arizona Cardinals fans in the Valley might have already tried, and likely failed, to do.What nickname could stick with Cardinals running back David Johnson?It’s a challenge as easy to tackle as the subject himself. That’s not more apparent when reading over the submissions given to ESPN’s Twitter query.We need a nickname for @dajohnson7. Submit them below. We look forward to reading them.The results were poor. Some were funny in a cringe-worthy way, while some were flat-out bad. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires @ESPNNFL @dajohnson7 Choo Choo Johnson— Mufasa2⃣0⃣ (@Nick_Nardone05) October 18, 2016 @ESPNNFL @dajohnson7 …David Real Name…No Gimmicks….Johnson— Martin Lutha Da King (@RoemelloScuggs) October 18, 2016 @ESPNNFL @dajohnson7 Or The Combine— Vaibhav Srikaran (@vaibhav430) October 18, 2016@ESPNNFL @dajohnson7 the lawnmower, because he’s always clearing yards— Brian (@schutteb76) October 18, 2016 @ESPNNFL @dajohnson7 DJ Big Play— broseidon (@broseidon1992) October 18, 2016 @ESPNNFL @dajohnson7 Dtrain!!!— Mike Tagatac (@mikemhiko) October 18, 2016 @ESPNNFL @dajohnson7 tricep— walt (@walterthesteed) October 18, 2016 @ESPNNFL @dajohnson7 Ace. Best Card on the table— craig meyers (@craigmeyers) October 18, 2016 @ESPNNFL @dajohnson7David “The Goliath ” Johnson— Rell (@The_Real_Rell_) October 18, 2016 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact @ESPNNFL @dajohnson7 Dave— Ben Martin (@BenMahtin) October 18, 2016 @ESPNNFL @dajohnson7 D-Back— Thomas Kueser (@tnkueser) October 18, 2016 Others just might stick if Johnson accepts and embraces his humble personality and Midwest roots.Below is a list of notable nickname submissions for Johnson. Here’s to betting none of them will stick.@ESPNNFL @dajohnson7 As someone from Iowa, The Tractor seems appropriate— Vaibhav Srikaran (@vaibhav430) October 18, 2016 @ESPNNFL @dajohnson7 Runny McRunnerface— Rocky (@rockstallion) October 18, 2016 – / 33 @ESPNNFL @dajohnson7 DJ2K— Brian (@schutteb76) October 18, 2016 Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) celebrates after an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 38-8. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) @ESPNNFL @dajohnson7 Employee #31— Tim Robertson© (@TRobertson80) October 18, 2016 Top Stories @ESPNNFL @dajohnson7 Craig.— Cody Stolz (@CodyStolz) October 18, 2016 @ESPNNFL @dajohnson7 TDJ— Taylor McDowell ™ (@McTweett) October 18, 2016 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling @ESPNNFL @dajohnson7 The Humble Rumble #nickname #31— Delusional Cards Fan (@DelusionalCards) October 18, 2016last_img read more