“READERS FORUM” FEBRUARY 20, 2018

first_imgWe hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel its time for the Evansville City Council to adopt an ordinance to have the Ford Center management put under the direction of a “Board Of Control”?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Sequencing Ebola’s secrets

first_imgLast June, in the early days of the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa, a team of researchers sequenced the genome of the deadly virus at unprecedented scale and speed. Their findings revealed a number of critical facts as the outbreak was unfolding, including that the virus was being transmitted only by person-to-person contact and that it was mutating through its many transmissions.While public health officials are confident that the worst of the epidemic is past, it is not yet over, and questions raised by the previous work still await answers to what it was that happened — and could happen again.To provide some answers, a global team from Harvard University, the Broad Institute, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (part of the National Institutes of Health), and many other institutions sequenced more than 200 additional genomes from Ebola virus samples to capture the fullest picture yet of how the virus is transmitted and how it changed over the long outbreak. In an effort to enhance the global response to the disease, the team made their data publicly available as it was produced throughout last year.“One of the most rewarding aspects of working in this outbreak response is the connections we have made with so many extraordinary individuals through open data sharing,” said senior author Pardis Sabeti. The global team that assembled as a result has now described its analysis in a June 18 paper published in the journal Cell.“Our early work tracked the virus’s movements over just three weeks as the outbreak emerged in Sierra Leone,” said Sabeti. “Now, with a view of the virus over seven months, we can understand how it has been moving and changing over the long term.”“One insight we gained from this high-resolution sequence data is that later in the outbreak, there was very little cross-border exchange of the virus,” said lead author Daniel Park of the Broad Institute. “That’s important, because the three main affected countries — Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea — are often described as having ‘porous borders,’ which allowed people to travel back and forth.”While cross-border contact helped fuel the early days of the outbreak, Park said it’s now clear that, once on the move, the virus didn’t migrate in the ways many analysts had predicted. “This is very reassuring to know that measures to contain the outbreak at borders can work,” he said. “[It] allows attention to be focused on within-country movement.”The new sequencing also provides insight into viral evolution over the sustained outbreak. Early in the epidemic, as the virus spread rapidly, it accumulated many mutations, a disproportionate share of which could affect protein function. Last August, the researchers noted that most of these were likely to be damaging to the virus, but that the outbreak hadn’t gone on long enough for natural selection to weed them out.The team observed that many of the mutations did not persist very long, and that the rate of change in the viral genome became more in line with what was expected over the longer term. “Ebola has never been exposed to humans for so long. And through so many transmissions, it has begun to weed out mutations that do not benefit it,” Park said.The team also identified other changes to the virus that are expected long-term. For example, in some patients, the team saw evidence of human enzymes editing the viral genome. This had never been seen for Ebola, and previously had been seen only with viruses that had longstanding interactions with humans.“The many mutations we saw early in the outbreak and the evolution we saw over the long term have been observed for other viruses before, and the genomic data only helps illuminate known evolutionary phenomena.” Sabeti said. “The data just remind us what we have always known, that we must get this viral lineage to zero.”The work was funded primarily by grants from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Key institutions in this collaborative team included the Broad Institute, Harvard University, the Centers for Disease Control, Tulane University, University of Edinburgh, Kenema Government Hospital, Scripps Research Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, DNAnexus, Médecins Sans Frontières, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Redeemers University, University of Sierra Leone, the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation, University of Sydney, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.last_img read more

Student senate requests information on sexual assault

first_imgStudent senate gathered Wednesday night to discuss and approve a resolution requesting the publication of a quarterly report detailing instances of sexual violence on campus.The resolution was proposed by Keenan Hall senator, sophomore Wilson Barrett, and Cavanaugh Hall senator, sophomore Kathleen Rocks.Rocks said because the student body does not receive a crime alert in response to every act of sexual violence reported on campus, students receive a false impression of how many instances of sexual violence are reported each year.“The point of having these quarterly reports is so that students can understand the gravity and extent of this problem and hopefully be spurred to act on it,” she said. “We find it very important for students to be aware of what’s going on … When you go by the emails you think there’s only three, four, five [incidents]. It’s terrible to get those emails, but you don’t realize the extent of the problem.”Barrett said he and Rocks hope this resolution helps students realize sexual violence is a community issue.“It’s all public [information], so theoretically every student could do this, but this just makes students more aware and gets the information out there,” Barrett said.Additionally, the group discussed and approved a proposal to amend the constitution of the undergraduate student body regarding the composition of the Club Coordination Council (CCC).CCC president, senior Marisa Thompson, said the amendment would allow members of the CCC to hold a position on the Student Union, which was previously banned due to a perceived conflict of interest.“Right now, as it stands, anyone who is on the Club Coordination Council cannot hold any other position within the Student Union,” Thompson said. “We didn’t think [this] was necessarily within the spirit of delineating those members within the constitution because we didn’t see there to be a conflict of interest in having those members explicitly defined in the constitution itself.”Judicial Council president, senior Zach Waterson, said the amendment gives students more freedom to join clubs that interest them.“The real crux of [the] amendment is whether or not they’re representing a body to the rest of the Student Union,” he said. “As the CCC reps represent a club to the CCC, it was Marisa’s judgment that holding that position isn’t going to put you in a conflict of interest because we don’t keep people in the Student Union from joining clubs.”The senate also approved an amendment to the constitution of the undergraduate student body regarding the procedure for amendment.Waterson, who proposed the amendment, said it states that before an amendment is proposed to Senate, the Judicial Council president and the director of the Department of Internal Affairs must be consulted about it, “specifically how consistent it is with the constitution.”“Over the last year I have continued to … [move] Judicial Council to a collaborative role and as a resource for the other Student Union organizations, and collaborating especially in efforts pertaining to the Student Union constitution,” he said. “[This] also ensures that we don’t pass amendments that perhaps haven’t been fully considered or introduce further inconsistencies into the constitution.”The Senate also voted to approve junior Paulina Eberts as next year’s CCC president. Thompson said in a letter that Eberts’ enthusiasm shows through her work with the CCC.“[Eberts] has actively made an effort to engage in a wide variety of enriching extracurriculars as a member of the Notre Dame student body,” the letter said. “Her dedication to the CCC and its efforts on campus makes her well-equipped to serve as its president.”Because this was the final senate meeting for the Ricketts-Ruelas administration, student body president Bryan Ricketts gave his State of the Student Union speech to the senate. Ricketts said over the course of the past year, he has learned what it means to be a student leader.“It’s someone who actually has a desire to do something,” he said. “They believe in the ability of students to collectively make a difference. They believe in the value of engaging with difficult issues and that a commitment to change means that students can and should be partners in that change.”Ricketts said he has also repeatedly asked himself, and challenged the members of senate to ask themselves, “Where were you when it happened?”“As this term comes to a close, I’m happy with my answer to that question,” he said. “I hope you are too.”Tags: Bryan Ricketts, Ricketts-Ruelas, Student government, student senatelast_img read more

Selling Sunset’s Amanza Smith Shuts Down Chrishell, Gleb Rumors

first_img– Advertisement – Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! The realtor, for her part, shared her condolences for the end of her DWTS partner’s marriage. The Kentucky native recently struggled through her own split after her husband of two years, Justin Hartley, filed for divorce in November 2019.Selling Sunset Amanza Smith Thinks Chrishell Stause Is Pissed Off About Gleb Savchenko Cheating RumorsChrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko ABC/Eric McCandless“I am so saddened about the news of Gleb and Elena’s split,” Stause wrote in an Instagram Story after Savchenko made headlines. “It is unfortunate that this has caused rumors to swirl about my personal life. Having gone through a public split myself, I would not wish this on anyone.”She added: “As you can imagine, the countless hours of training and dance rehearsals has created a strong supportive friendship, but nothing more. I wish nothing but the best for both Gleb and Elena during this unfortunate time.”- Advertisement – “Poor Chrishell,” the interior designer said during an interview on FUBAR Radio on Thursday, November 12. “She was like, ‘I went through a very public divorce. Like, the last thing she would ever do is add to somebody’s infidelity if that’s what was going on.’ But that’s just how it goes when you are in the spotlight, but I think she’s pretty pissed off about it. … It sounds like maybe the wife is using this as, like, a cheap PR stunt.”Selling Sunset Amanza Smith Thinks Chrishell Stause Is Pissed Off About Gleb Savchenko Cheating RumorsAmanza Smith, Chrishell Stause, and Gleb Savchenko Shutterstock (3)Savchenko and the So You Think You Can Dance choreographer, 36, tied the knot in July 2006 and share two daughters, Olivia, 10, and Zlata, 3. Following the news of their split, Samodanova came forward with allegations of her estranged husband’s “ongoing infidelity” — and cited a “recent inappropriate relationship.” Savchenko later denied the claims, telling Us Weekly that he and Stause kept things “strictly platonic.”“Our friendship during our season on DWTS was not the reason for our split. Elena and I have had longstanding issues in our marriage. This has been an ongoing situation between Elena and I paired with poor timing,” Savchenko continued. “It was my deepest hope to keep our private life just that: private. I am saddened and disappointed to see that Elena has chosen not to do the same.”- Advertisement – Shutting it down. Amanza Smith isn’t here for the rumors about Selling Sunset costar Chrishell Stause and her Dancing With the Stars partner, Gleb Savchenko.The Russian dancer, 37, split from wife Elena Samodanova earlier this month — and instantly sparked speculation of an affair with the former soap opera star, 39. Both Stause and Savchenko have denied that they were more than just friends on the ABC ballroom dance competition, and amid the drama, Smith, 43, is coming to her friend’s defense.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Welcoming the New Year and Celebrating our Accomplishments

first_img By: Governor Tom Wolf Welcoming the New Year and Celebrating our Accomplishments December 31, 2016 2016 In Review,  The Blog,  Videos,  Year in Review center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Today as we close out 2016, I’d like to wish you all a very happy new year’s day and look back at what we’ve achieved in the past 12 months.I’ve traveled to every corner of Pennsylvania to listen to you and your neighbors about how state government can get back on track and make real progress for working class families. I have heard your voices loud and clear: We need to reform state government, make schools better for our kids, and create good-paying jobs that support our families.So that’s what I did.We’re all tired of Harrisburg ignoring the working and middle class —which is why I’ve fought to increase wages and make investments in programs and projects that will create good, family-sustaining jobs.I’ve secured an additional $640 million in funding for education to restore the cuts made in the previous administration and implemented a fair funding formula to make sure all of our children are getting the education they deserve, no matter what their zip code is.I’ve also expanded health care access for nearly 700,000 Pennsylvanians and secured funding and bipartisan legislative reforms to fight the opioid and heroin crisis.We’ve legalized medical marijuana and ride-sharing across Pennsylvania. We’ve reformed our liquor system for the first time since Prohibition – making wine available in your grocery stores and six-packs available at your local gas station to increase customer convenience.So today, I’d like to wish all Pennsylvanians a very happy New Year’s Day and let you know that in 2017 and beyond, you can count on me to fight for you.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Dutch pensions industry voices concern over delay of APF vehicle

first_imgShe warned that full clarity about the new vehicle might come too late, as many contracts – for insured pension plans, for example – expired at year-end.Obdam said she hoped Parliament moved quickly to address the APF Bill in its current form, and suggested contentious issues that might delay passage of the legislation – such as accommodating mandatory industry-wide schemes – be addressed at a later stage.According to Obdam, the only important question to be answered at the present moment is the level of capital requirements for the new vehicle.However, Sako Zeverijn, a professional trustee at several pension funds, said he preferred the APF to be “hammered out properly”.His view was echoed by John Smolenaers, a partner at Deloitte, who said on Twitter that the postponement offered the market more potential for a “proper business case”.The €188bn asset manager and pensions provider PGGM said it was prepared for the quick introduction of the APF, while Jeroen de Munnik, head of institutional business, pointed out that many small pension funds were looking for an alternative to their current pension plans.Meanwhile, Cor Zeeman, chairman of the Dutch pension fund of Alcatel-Lucent, said feared the APF would come too late as the potentially favoured alternative for his scheme.The pension fund is currently facing liquidation, as the employer terminated the implementation contract with the scheme after it reported a funding shortfall. The Dutch pensions industry has met the government’s recent decision to postpone the introduction of the new pensions vehicle APF by six months with dismay, according to IPE sister publication PensioenPro.Opinions varied, however, on the necessity of the delay and its potential benefits.The Dutch Pensions Federation, which called on the government to expedite the APF a year ago, said the delay might serve as an opportunity to open the vehicle to mandatory industry-wide pension funds.But, in the opinion of Nicolette Opdam, a pensions lawyer at law firm Holland van Gijzen, the biggest impact of the postponement is that it narrows the options of a large number of pension funds considering liquidation.last_img read more

Americans slain by captors on hijacked yacht; pirates killed, arrested

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share 29 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share News Americans slain by captors on hijacked yacht; pirates killed, arrested by: – February 22, 2011 CNN News(CNN) — Four hostages on board a yacht hijacked by pirates last week were killed by their captors, U.S. Central Command said in a statement Tuesday.The vessel, named the Quest, was being shadowed by the military after being captured by pirates off the coast of Oman on Friday. Officials had said earlier Tuesday it was less than two days from the Somali coast.Americans Jean and Scott Adam — the owners of the ship — along with Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle had been traveling with yachts participating in the Blue Water Rally since their departure from Phuket, Thailand, rally organizers said Sunday in a statement on the event’s website. The group, which organizes long-distance group cruises, said the Quest broke off on February 15 after leaving Mumbai, India, to take a different route.As negotiations were ongoing with the pirates for the hostages’ release, gunfire was heard at about 1 a.m. ET Tuesday, U.S. Central Command said. “As (U.S. forces) responded to the gunfire, reaching and boarding the Quest, the forces discovered all four hostages had been shot by their captors,” the statement said. “Despite immediate steps to provide life-saving care, all four hostages ultimately died of their wounds.”The pirates engaged the U.S. forces on board, officials said. Two pirates were killed in the skirmish and 13 were captured and detained. Two others were already in U.S. forces custody, the statement said, and the remains of two pirates were found on board. “In total, it is believed 19 pirates were involved in the hijacking” of the vessel, Central Command said.Forces had been monitoring the Quest for three days, officials said. Four U.S. Navy warships were involved in the response force — an aircraft carrier, a guided-missile cruiser and two guided-missile destroyers, according to the statement.A senior military official said on Monday the military was trailing the yacht. U.S. officials have not identified the people on board the ship, but confirmed that four U.S. citizens were involved.Another U.S. official, who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the situation, had said previously that the United States was determining what military assets were in the region and the capabilities of the personnel on board.The Adams were experienced boaters and started a world sailing tour in 2004, Scott Stolnitz, who said he was a longtime friend of the couple, said previously.They were very conscious of the threat posed by pirates, Stolnitz said, adding that Scott Adam had said weeks before that he was concerned about pirate activity in the area, a region he had never visited. But, he said, Adam was determined to sail the world himself rather than ship his boat, as some other yacht owners have done.The Adams’ website chronicles their worldwide voyage, which included trips to New Zealand, China, Cambodia and Panama.One aspect of their travels, according to the site, “is friendship evangelism — that is, finding homes for thousands of Bibles, which have been donated through grants and gifts, as we travel from place to place.” They also say their mission is to “allow the power of the Word to transform lives.”But, Stolnitz said, vigorous evangelism wasn’t a major emphasis for the couple. “They use the Bible as an ice breaker,” he said.Their travel plans for the Blue Water Rally included a refueling stop in Djibouti, according to the couple’s website. “Djibouti is a big refueling stop,” it said. “I have no idea what will happen in these ports, but perhaps we’ll do some local touring.”However, Stolnitz said the couple had expressed some unease in an e-mail sent several days before the hijacking.Piracy has flourished off the coast of Somalia, which has not had an effective government for two decades. In April 2009, pirates seized the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama, leading to a standoff in the Indian Ocean.U.S. forces moved to rescue American Capt. Richard Phillips after seeing a pirate aiming a weapon on his back, officials said at the time.Three pirates were killed and one was arrested. The Somali man arrested was convicted of acts related to high-seas piracy and was sentenced last week in New York to more than 30 years in prison by a federal court.CNN’s Mike Pearson contributed to this report.last_img read more

Dog found dead inside car stolen in Hallandale Beach

first_imgBroward County Crime Stoppers is seeking help from the public to find the person who stole a 2014 black Ford Escape with a small dog named Bootsie inside. The thief later ditched the car that lead to the death of the pup.Officials are offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person.The vehicle was reported stolen from the Big Easy Casino. Police say Bootsie’s owner was inside the casino and left the pup inside the car, which was running, when it was stolen.The car was later recovered, but the dog was dead.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.last_img

Lukas Podolski calls Ali Karimi best ever Iranian football player

first_imgTehran: Former Bayern Munich and Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has said that Ali Karimi is the best ever football player in Iran’s history, the Tehran Times daily reported on Monday.”My first year at Bayern, it was a pleasure to play with this legend Ali Karimi. He is the best ever from Iran,” said Lukas Podolski, who played for Bayern Munich from 2006 to 2009, reports Xinhua news agency.Karimi joined Bayern Munich in 2005 as a midfielder and scored three goals in 33 matches for the German giants.He became the third Iranian after Ali Daei and Vahid Hashemian to try his luck with Bayern.Karimi is arguably one of Asia’s greatest players, and is often listed as one of the greatest Iranian players of all time. IANSAlso Read: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers put memorabilia from 2016 IPL on auction to raise fundsAlso Watch: SEBA will declare Results of HSLC-High Madrasa within 30 days from repeal of lockdownlast_img read more

Jumbo Pay for Super Eagles if They AFCON 2019

first_img*Each player to pocket $95,000 as champions of Egypt 2019Femi SolajaIn a bid to motivate the Super Eagles players to win the African Cup of Nations in Egypt, a massive $95,000 bonus each awaits the players from the group stage matches up till the final match if they lift the cup on the 19th of July at the 80,000 capacity Cairo International Stadium.The massive pay is way higher that what the winning team to the last appearance of Nigeria at the edition in South Africa where the Late Stephen Keshi tutored side won the cup for the third time. Super Eagles Already the players are guaranteed $10,000 for their 1-0 win over Burundi last Saturday in Alexandria and the same pay await the team should they beat Syli Stars of Guinea tomorrow afternoon at the same venue and could get a total of $30,000 should they maintain a perfect score in the last group match next week at same venue.A top official of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) informed ThisdaySport yesterday evening that it was an agreement the board had reached with the players before it left Asaba training camp before the departure to Ismailia for final preparations.“At the last World Cup finals in Russia, we never had any problem over payments because everything was stated in black and white. Although the team didn’t make it to the knock out phase, the take away from the Mundial was that absolute peace reigned all through our stay in Russia,” the official said last night .Although the football federation has been in the news for wrong reasons over payment to it teams that have participated in global tournaments lately, the gesture bestowed on the senior national team may have been to thread with caution knowing fully well that the tournament in Egypt is a good image laundry to the country.Should the team win its Round of 16 match early next month, each of the players will pocket $12,500 and the quarter final win will reward the players with $15,000 each and semi final progress will lift each player to $17,500 and a in the final match will give the player a whooping $20,000 each as match bonus.Aside the players’ jumbo pay, the Technical crew are not left behind in the largess. The team Head Coach will collect double of the players rewards while his assistants namely goalkeepers trainer and assistant coach Alloy Agu and Imama Amapakabo will collect 75% of coach’s reward.The Backroom Staff which included the team’s Media Officer, Curator, Secretary are all guaranteed of 75% of what the players received in the progression scale.Should Nigeria win the cup for the fourth time, the conversion rate will reward each of the players with N34.2 million while Head coach will collect N68.4 million.Aside the match bonuses, the players are also entitled to $100 per day as camp allowance and all through to the final match next month would amount to six weeks in camp.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more