Google develops AI to identify patients at high risk of blindness

first_img STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. What is it? Adobe About the Author Reprints By Casey Ross May 18, 2020 Reprints GET STARTED National Technology Correspondent Casey covers the use of artificial intelligence in medicine and its underlying questions of safety, fairness, and privacy. He is the co-author of the newsletter STAT Health Tech. Casey Ross [email protected] Google develops AI to identify patients at high risk of blindness center_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Log In | Learn More Health Tech Artificial intelligence has shown an increasing ability to detect and diagnose eye diseases by analyzing medical images. Now a new system developed by Google and British doctors takes a significant leap forward by predicting which patients with a common condition are most likely to lose their sight.The new AI, described in a paper published Monday in the journal Nature, is designed to predict imminent risk of total vision loss in patients with age-related macular degeneration, the most common cause of blindness in the developed world. The paper reports that the computer outperformed most eye specialists in determining which patients were most likely to lose sight in both eyes. What’s included? @caseymross Tags Artificial IntelligenceSTAT+visionlast_img read more

What’s in a name? Spark Therapeutics sues Bluebird Bio over the use of the word ‘spark’

first_img What is it? By Ed Silverman May 19, 2021 Reprints What’s included? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. GET STARTED Pharmalot [email protected] Ed Silverman About the Author Reprints Ruby Wallau for STATcenter_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. What’s in a name? Spark Therapeutics sues Bluebird Bio over the use of the word ‘spark’ Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. @Pharmalot Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Log In | Learn More A promotional campaign has sparked a legal dispute between Spark Therapeutics and Bluebird Bio (BLUE) over the use of a single word: spark.As Bluebird works toward winning U.S. regulatory approval for a gene therapy to combat sickle cell disease, the company created a website and videos designed to provide greater awareness of the illness. And its effort uses such slogans as “Let’s Spark Change in Sickle Cell” and “Be the Spark.” The company is also seeking four trademarks for “I AM THE SPARK” and “SPARK CHANGE,” among other phrases. Tags gene therapylegalSTAT+last_img read more

16,000 Tonnes of Cement Available this Week from CCCL

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Approximately 16,000 tonnes of cement will be available for distribution this week by the Caribbean Cement Company Limited (CCCL).This is the word from the Ministry of Industry, Technology, Energy and Commerce (MITEC), in conjunction with the Incorporated Master Builders Association, the Hardware Merchants Association, and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce.At a joint meeting at the Ministry today (September 18), the entities reported that last week, the CCCL sold 17,342 tonnes of cement with 3,624 being bulk, 1,239 in jumbo bags and the remaining 12,479 tonnes being regular bagged cement.The entities disclosed that year-to-date sales amounted to 704,000 tonnes, compared with 633,447 tonnes for the similar period last year. Of this amount, 79,994 tonnes were made available from imports by private companies, while the remaining 624,006 tonnes were from the Cement Company.The entities also informed that an additional 44,300 tonnes of cement should soon be made available from two shipments which have been received by private companies, Mainland and ARC Systems.Last week Mainland received 42,000 tonnes of cement while ARC Systems got 2,300 tonnes.Meanwhile, it was confirmed that Buying House’s shipment of 30,000 tonnes of cement is expected to arrive by September 20. 16,000 Tonnes of Cement Available this Week from CCCL UncategorizedSeptember 18, 2006 Related16,000 Tonnes of Cement Available this Week from CCCL Related16,000 Tonnes of Cement Available this Week from CCCLcenter_img Related16,000 Tonnes of Cement Available this Week from CCCL Advertisementslast_img read more

Boys Basketball Extravaganza: Notes on all Clark County 4A, 3A, 2A, and 1A teams

first_img guestLabel Name*Email*Website guestLabel Boys Basketball Extravaganza: Notes on all Clark County 4A, 3A, 2A, and 1A teamsPosted by Paul ValenciaDate: Thursday, January 9, 2020in: Sportsshare 0 Union remains undefeated but plays in a tough league It’s that time of year again. League play is here, everywhere in Clark County, as basketball gets into its stretch run.Tanner Toolson is one of the reasons the Union Titans are undefeated through 13 games this season. Photo by Kris CavinTanner Toolson is one of the reasons the Union Titans are undefeated through 13 games this season. Photo by Kris CavinToday, we focus on the boys basketball programs. The mission was to get notes from every squad from Clark County in Classes 4A, 3A, 2A, and 1A. We asked coaches what they have learned so far and what has been their favorite moment with the team, on or off the court. We look to get to the girls basketball teams soon.Let’s start with the 4A GSHL. (Alphabetical order)BATTLE GROUND (6-6, 0-0)Not afraid of a tough schedule, one could argue it was Battle Ground’s toughest non-league schedule of all time, playing in the prestigious Les Schwab Invitational.blank“We started off 6-2 and looking to bounce back after going 0-4 at the LSI,” coach Manny Melo said. “We have made some adjustments, and guys are really stepping up at practice as we head into league play.”Favorite moment: Having dinner at Rocky’s Pizza with the whole program. Numbers: Kaden Perry is averaging 21.8 points and 13.9 rebounds per game. Still tough to think he is only a junior. Oh, and he already picked his college: Top-ranked Gonzaga.  Cole Billingsley is leading the team in assists at close to four per game. CAMAS (4-8, 0-1)Speaking of tough schedules, how about Camas’ journey to the 4A GSHL? The Papermakers have played two top-five teams in Washington, then three top-10 teams in Oregon. blank“We have been trying to develop chemistry with a roster that was only finalized in mid-December,” coach Ryan Josephson said.(Camas basketball has several who played on the state championship football squad that competed into December.)“We have had to learn that no victory is going to be easily handed to us and that we will have to carry an underdog mindset through the entire season,” the coach added. “The team is steadily improving under the belief that we will have to outwork our opponents, execute with little margin for error, and most importantly, play together.” Oh, and do that in one of the toughest leagues in the state. (Union and Skyview are on fire, and Battle Ground has one of the best players in the Northwest.)Favorite moment: Cameron Miller came off the bench and hit six 3-pointers and played tough defense against Madras. “His teammates were going crazy with excitement as he had some terrific minutes on the court.”Numbers: Christian Lenard is leading the team at 11.4 points per game. Jackson Clemmer is leading the squad in rebounds at 6.8, plus he is second in scoring. Charlie Bump is averaging three assists a game. HERITAGE (6-6, 0-1)“What I’ve really liked is we’ve been awfully competitive,” Brian Childs said of his team. “We played a pretty tough non-league schedule. We’re feeling good about the way we have been able to compete.”blankFor example, a year ago, the Timberwolves got run over by Capital. This year, it was a one-possession game in the final minute. Even in the first league game, Heritage played Skyview tough until the Storm stretched it out to a 10-point victory earlier this week. The Timberwolves are doing this with an inexperienced group, too, and had to endure a few injuries.Favorite moment: Childs said the entire trip to Coeur d’alene, Idaho, for a tournament was special. He got to see some old friends and family. The team was treated to a “first-class operation,” the coach said. The Timberwolves stayed at the Coeur d’alene Resort. “To go to something like that, to try to give our kids a meaningful experience, that was great,” Childs said. “They treated our kids like gold. When it was time to go home, none of the kids wanted to leave.”Numbers: Conner Childs leads the team in scoring at 17 points per game. Capone Johnson is doing just about everything, averaging 15 points, seven rebounds, and six assists a game. Eastyn Culp is also in double figures, averaging 10 points per game. SKYVIEW (11-2, 1-0 4A GSHL)“I learned that our team can compete with some of the best in the state. Wins over Federal Way and Wilson show that when we are at our best, we can do some good things,” coach Matt Gruhler said. “I have been impressed by the way we have shared the ball and have committed to getting better on the defensive side of the ball.”blankFavorite moment: Spending time with the team in Phoenix at the Cactus Jam, the coach said. “We were able to spend some great quality time together, and I know those times will  be the things that the team will remember years from now.”Numbers: Kyle Gruhler is averaging 21.3 points per game. Jace Chatman coming in at 14.4. And Squeeky Johnson is averaging 13.2. Gruhler leads the team at 9.1 boards per outing. Cody McKinney is just a shade under five rebounds. Johnson leads the team with four assists per game.UNION (13-0, 1-0 4A GSHL)The Titans beat the two-time defending champs. They beat another final four team. They went to California in search of more competition and beat them all. blank“I have learned that we have very tough kids who are hungry to win and play well with each other,” coach Blake Conley said. “We have given our players a lot of freedom to use their basketball IQ, and they have proven that they can use that freedom to win games. I have learned that our team is not satisfied with a good start, and they want to be good beyond November and December.”Favorite moment: Coach did not list one, but let’s go with Brad Lackey’s 40-point game that included 11 3-pointers. Both are school records. Numbers: Tanner Toolson leads three players in double-digit scoring. He’s at 21.5 points per game. Lackey is at 15.5 and Kaden Horn is at 14.8. Toolson also is tops in rebounding at 8.5. Josh Reznick is averaging 3.3 assists. 3A GSHL EVERGREEN (9-2, 1-0)“There is a lot to be proud of from the first half of the season but also a lot we need to clean up in order to achieve our end-of-season goals,” coach Brett Henry said. “We ran into the Union buzzsaw, and it helped us address some of our deficiencies. Later that week, our fifth game in seven days, we ran into a very good Oregon City team that gave us a few other things to address heading into our league season.blank“By design, we have played a very difficult schedule and feel like we are now prepared to compete for a league championship.”Favorite moment: Coach, his wife, and their two sons had the players over to their house for a team dinner. Numbers: Jaden Stanley is leading Evergreen at 15.1 points, 3.0 assists, and 2.1 steals per game. Mario Herring is averaging a double-double at 10.7 points and 10 rebounds per night. FORT VANCOUVER (5-6, 1-0)The Trappers feel they are better than their overall record, and they expect to compete in the 3A GSHL. blank“We learned that we just need to put it all together,” coach James Ensley said. “We also learned that defense and rebounding will be keys to our success.”No game in the league will be easy, the coach added, but at the same time, no other team will be overlooking the Trappers this season.Favorite moment: Coach did not list one, but c’mon, it’s easy. Kahlil Singleton scored 55 points in a game, breaking the school record. Singleton’s 55 might be the best all-time for a Clark County high school basketball player.Numbers: Singleton is averaging 23.6 points per game. Tre Cannon is second on the team at 10.7. Keyontae Cage is at 8.0 points per game. Tyrique Cargilie is doing a little bit of everything, with 5.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 steals per game.  HUDSON’S BAY (3-8, 0-0)The Eagles are in a rebuild mode so they will look to just keep improving.blank“A new team,” Hudson’s Bay coach Theo Mikaele said. “So much needed.”He is hoping his players will learn to better identify their roles.Favorite moment: Some teams stay around the Northwest. Others head south for some sun in California or Arizona. The Eagles? They went north. Way, way north. Played four games in Alaska. Coach said the entire trip was memorable.Numbers: Tony King is averaging 16 points and eight rebounds per game. Isaiah Davis is averaging 12 points per game. MOUNTAIN VIEW (1-9, 0-1)The Thunder coaches say they have learned a lot about their players. Head coach JC Alexander said he appreciates their ability to move on to the next play, or game, and not let things get them down. The scoreboard has been a struggle, but not the attitudes of the players.  blankFavorite moment: The Thunder went to Arizona for a tournament, then watched a Pac-12 women’s battle between Arizona and Arizona State. Numbers: Austin Lee, a junior, is leading the team in scoring at 15 points a game. He also is grabbing six rebounds. Senior Colby Smith leads the team in rebounds at seven per game. PRAIRIE (5-6, 0-1)The Falcons are working hard under difficult circumstances. Their head coach, Kyle Brooks, is in the hospital and will not return to the sideline in this, his 20th season with the Falcons. His wife, Jane, said he will make a full recovery but it will be a long process.blankIn the meantime, the Falcons are playing under assistant coach Jimmy Tuominen.  “They have a lot of mental toughness and do a really good job of handling adversity,” Tuominen said. “We’re still working on becoming better as a team. Hope we can continue to make progress throughout the league portion of our season.”Strong moment: “Just seeing how the kids responded after hearing the news about Coach Brooks,” Tuominen said. “They have come to practice focused and ready to prepare and be better.”Numbers: Aidan Fraly is averaging close to 18 points per game. AJ Dixson and Zeke Dixson are second and third in scoring. Reece Walling leads in rebounding. 2A GSHLCOLUMBIA RIVER (6-2, 3-0)Here they are again, atop the standings three games into league playDifferent year, same result.blankThe Chieftains do not rebuild. They just get it done with the next wave of talent, year after year.Of course, it helps to have a few savvy veterans back. A year ago, the Chieftains earned a No. 2 seed going into the state regional round. They were upset, but rebounded in the next game to make it to Yakima, for the final 12.Nate Snook was a huge part of that team’s success, and he’s back this season, leading a balanced attack. Dylan Valdez has stepped up his game. And Alex Miller had a 34-point game earlier this season. “A really balanced group. No egos,” coach David Long said, noting five different players have led the team in scoring this season.Favorite moment: The 34-point game from Miller. Not just for Miller, but for the whole team, the coach said. “That was a pretty special night. Everybody was feeding him,” Long said. And everybody was celebrating with Miller as he just couldn’t miss. HOCKINSON (3-6, 0-1)“We learned that we can’t take anything for granted,” coach Jonathan Warner said. “We can compete at a high level when we are committed on the defensive end, hold our opponents to one shot by rebounding well, and control the pace of the game.”blankThe Hawks are without one of the top players in the region again. Peyton Brammer suffered an injury in football.“Our league is shaping up to be very competitive, and we need to play a complete game against every league opponent to be successful,” the coach said.Favorite moment: Coach did not list one, but let’s go with back-to-back wins over Class 3A competition. Numbers: Micah Paulsen is averaging 13 points and three assists per game. Jeremiah Faulstick is a double-double machine at 10 points and 10 rebounds, plus he is dishing out three assists a game. RIDGEFIELD (7-4, 1-2) “We have the potential to be really good. We have the potential to be average. It’s a talented team we have. Just have to figure out how to get it going in the right direction,” coach Jason Buffum said. blankThe Spudders beat a quality team, then lost the next game, then came back to beat another strong team, then had a tough performance on offense the next. “It’s game to game,” Buffum said. “When you’re not used to winning a lot, it can be hard to have the hammer down all the time. We’re trying to figure that out. We have a lot of nice pieces.”Favorite moment: Buffum said this is a very quiet, introverted team. So it was a blast to see the players go a little crazy during their off day at the San Diego tournament. “They had a blast riding scooters” on the beach, the coach said. “Now, if you could talk that much on defense,” he joked. Numbers: Josh Mansur is averaging around 20 points per game, the coach said. Carson Knight leads the team in rebounds. Brandon Kent is the assists leader.WASHOUGAL (7-3, 3-0)A physically intimidating team with a lot of talent. Every member of the starting lineup is more than 200 pounds. blank“They usually show up ready to play,” coach AJ LaBree said. “A little bit goofy at practice. They’re having fun out there. As long as they keep playing hard and we’re getting results, we’ll embrace that and we’re going to run with it.” There are four seniors on the team, and they all played football. Washougal football had its best season in decades.“They really set an example,” the coach said. “They learned it there, and it’s carrying over to basketball.”Favorite moment: The Panthers won at Mark Morris. The coach said he is not sure if that has ever happened. “Just good to get that monkey off our back, to get a win over an excellent program,” LaBree said. The best part for him? His players did not overreact. They expected to win. “They acted like it was business as usual.”WOODLAND (6-4, 1-1)“They are tough, resilient, and together,” new coach Jesse Buck said of the Beavers. “I’m very proud of our team and excited for league play.”blankFavorite moment: The Beavers had lost their first two games of the season, then had three players out due to illness for the third game but still got the victory.“We played a great game,” Buck said. “After the game, I went into the locker room to address the team, and they were gone. I thought maybe they had left to talk to their parents or something. All of a sudden, they come around the corner and mobbed me, celebrating my first career win. I’ll always remember that night.”Numbers: Isaiah Flanagan is averaging 16 points per game. Trey Hanson is at 10 points per game. Isaac Hall is the top rebounder and seven. Brady Burns is averaging four assists and four steals a game. TRICO LEAGUEKING’S WAY CHRISTIAN (6-4, 1-0)“There is a significant difference between the desire to win and the willingness to do the small things required to win,” coach Daven Harmeling said. blankThe Knights, who made it to the state championship game a year ago, are going to have to start doing those little things in order to make another huge run this season.Favorite moment: The Knights got some sun, playing in a tournament in San Diego. Numbers: Bryson Metz and Brady Mets are both averaging 14.1 points per game. Bryson Metz also is dishing out six assists per outing. Kobi Cason is the team leader with 5.5 rebounds a game. LA CENTER (7-3, 1-0)“We’ve got a lot of leadership and experience on this team,” coach Jeremy Ecklund said.blankOh, and the team is hungry, too. Five senior starters, and they are all still bummed about the winter of 2019. La Center reached the state’s final four. “The boys were disappointed being so close to the state title game. They definitely have a bad taste in their mouth from being so close,” the coach said. “They definitely want to get there again.”Not just the final four, but beyond.Favorite moment: On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the Wildcats skip out on basketball practice for an evening and hang out … all night. They have a sleepover at the La Center gym. They played a wild game of volleyball. They watched a movie. Oh, and the coach takes their phones away. Just a time to enjoy one another’s company. Then they practiced at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Numbers: Hunter Ecklund is leading the team in the Big Three categories of scoring, rebounding, and assists. He is averaging 22 points per game. Evan Norris, who had 35 points in Wednesday’s game, is averaging close to 15 a game. Cedric Hubler is second on the team in rebounding. The Ball twins, Parker and Hunter, are making significant contributions. Parker Ball is the team’s best 3-point shooter. SETON CATHOLIC (5-6, 0-1)“They have a lot of heart. These guys don’t give up,” coach Kris Small said. “They get frustrated at times, just like everybody else, but they have a lot of heart. Just really good kids.”blankFavorite moment: Seton Catholic played in the SunDome Shootout in Yakima and got a couple of wins there over quality competition. Off the court was even a better experience. “We got to take them to the world famous Miner’s Restaurant,” Small said. “For some of them, it was their first time. Huge burgers, great food. Just a great time hanging out with the guys. A really good moment, a really good weekend.”Numbers: Gabe Anderson is leading the team in scoring at 14 points per game, and he’s the team leader in assists. Xavian Rushing is averaging 10.9 points per game and is the team’s top rebounder. Kellen Ball is averaging 10.9 points. 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Earth Day and Wine Country’s Regeneration

first_imgHome Wine Business Editorial Opinion Earth Day and Wine Country’s RegenerationWine Business EditorialOpinionEarth Day and Wine Country’s RegenerationBy Expert Editorial – April 22, 2021 184 0 TAGSEarth DayIgor SillLetters to the Editor Advertisement ReddIt Twitter Share Facebookcenter_img Pinterest AdvertisementBy Igor SillApril 22, 2021 – Almost four years after the devastating California firestorms, which started in Napa’s Atlas Peak wine country area, we witness our planet’s regeneration without our interference. Coinciding with Earth Day, Atlas Peak’s mountain landscape has recovered and the once blackened oaks have returned to life on their own and spawned new saplings, essentially a natural re-birth.Many vineyard oaks survived the wildfires because they are a hearty, native hardwood species which have adapted to survive droughts and wildfires that have swept over Napa’s terrain for thousands of years.The fires brought us an unpredictable but welcomed outcome. Today, Napa County has the greatest density of oak trees of any county in California. These oaks when combined with the beauty of vineyards are one of the defining features of Napa‘s scenery.With the spring’s warmth, these reinvigorated oaks have thrown off pounds of acorns, showing their resiliency, adaptation and recovery to fire. Here at least, there will be no need to bring in new trees sprouted from acorns not native to this biota.  They endured and have spawned new life with dozens of saplings per mature oaks.It’s been proven that fire directly promotes the establishment of oak seedlings by reducing competing understory vegetation, releasing needed soil nutrients and reducing numerous pathogens. Wildfire can also increase the regeneration of fire-adapted native species in the understory of oak woodlands while reducing the parasitic oak mistletoe.Interestingly, Native Americans are thought to have set frequent fires in oak woodlands up until the 1800s so as to rejuvenate the land. We lost 27 oaks due to the fires on our Atlas Peak property. Today, I’ve counted well over 400 newly established oak shoots flourishing throughout the property, essentially “re-oaking” of the property. A new, better post-fire era for Napa oak forests.From a factual statistics point, forests are not being eliminated within Napa County. According to David Morrison, Napa’s Director of Planning, Building & Environmental Services, nearly 42 percent of the county (or 213,000 acres) consists of oak woodlands, riparian forest, or conifer forests.In comparison, only 13 percent of the county is used for farmland, and 6 percent is developed with urban uses. Trees cover more than twice as much land in Napa as agriculture and cities combined. The Conservation Regulations already require stream buffers and tree retention. Setbacks of 35 to 150 feet are mandated for vineyards, depending on the surrounding slopes.Setbacks may also be applied to vineyard replanting and previously disturbed areas may be required to be re-vegetated. A minimum 60 percent of all tree canopy must be retained on any parcel where a vineyard is proposed. When biological studies are also applied, 90 percent of on-site trees are protected.So, oaks in general are incredibly important, both ecologically and economically. Nature has been lending us Napans a hand.We all recognize that our Napa agriculture has a unique heritage. The 1968 agricultural preserve was passed by Napa’s then Board of Supervisors and later strengthened by a majority of voters to preserve, promote and protect agricultural land in Napa Valley for future generations. The ordinance established agriculture as the “best use” of these lands and kept Napa from being overdeveloped. This was long before Napa County’s future as a prosperous wine country was assured, when many felt Napa Valley might go the way of urbanized Silicon Valley.Napa County’s Ag Preserve was a visionary land-zoning ordinance, the first of its kind in the USA and, our farming legacy thrives today because of it, having become one of the most productive counties in the entire nation.If governmental growth projections are correct, Napa Valley will remain a regional oasis of agriculture 50 years from now. With it, Napa’s vineyards have become the most regulated agricultural industry in California. The cost of compliance results in significant additional expense and time for us farmers, property owners as well as the County.All farmers that I know in Napa, especially those in Atlas Peak, are tremendously diligent, responsible, eco-conscientious, practice sustainable farming and are concerned about always doing the right thing with their farms and surrounding lands.It has become obvious that certifications of National Wildlife Federation, Fish Friendly Farming, CCOF and NapaGreen have become abundant and virtually posted everywhere, just note the number of vineyard signs attesting to organically farmed, prevention of water pollution, limited or total non-use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides to protect our surrounding waterbodies, wild life, air quality and our oaks.This is a voluntary, conscientious movement by Napa farmers to continue to “do the right thing” for Napa’s oaks, land and community, without the need for further excessive governmental bureaucratic involvement. Napa vintners wish to protect the continued presence of trees, plants, wildlife and their habitats.Napa is well known for its outsized share of activists that have alarmed the community with deceptive and erroneous reporting of false information surrounding Napa’s long-term strategic plan. Let’s consider the science-based facts, and not alter, change or add restrictions to an already restrictive and functioning policy.Stay safe, stay sequestered, stay healthy and appreciate our wonderful lands from inside our homes until this health crisis finally passes and heals us all.Editor’s Note: Igor Sill precision farms a volcanic mountain vineyard on Atlas Peak Mountain in Napa. He’s a passionate wine lover, winemaker, writer, Court of Master Sommeliers, attended UC Davis’ winemaking program, member of the Napa Valley Wine Technical Group, Judge for the International Wine Challenge, London; and holds his master’s from Oxford University. He thanks John Szabo, Michel Rolland and Spencer Christian for their much appreciated assistance, insights and contributions to this article. sillfamilyvineyards.com Linkedin Email Previous articleAgriculture’s First Climate Adaptation Pilot Program Completed by Sonoma County Winegrowers with Impressive ResultsNext articleAfternoon Brief, April 22nd Expert Editoriallast_img read more

Eighth Circuit suspends jury trials for the week of January 4

first_img Dec 29, 2020 Top Stories Eighth Circuit suspends jury trials for the week of January 4 Due to COVID concerns, Eighth Circuit Chief Judge Mark W. Moseley has suspended jury trials for the week of January 4.Jurors summoned for that week in Alachua (criminal) and Levy (civil) counties do not have to report. All court proceedings which do not involve jurors in the Eighth Circuit will remain as scheduled.Earlier this month, 11th Circuit Chief Judge Bertila Soto suspended jury trials through January 31 in order to protect the health and safety of the community and court staff during the COVID-19 pandemic and Sixth Circuit Chief Judge Anthony Rondolino temporarily suspended all jury trials in Pasco County until at least January 4 due to a recent spike there in positive COVID-19 tests, among other factors.last_img

AT&T steps up 5G trials ahead of 2018 goal

first_img Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Previous ArticleSmartphone shipments tipped to reach 1.7B in 2021Next ArticleAxiata bullish on full year after Q2 profit doubles Home AT&T steps up 5G trials ahead of 2018 goal AT&T will expand 5G trials to three additional US cities by the end of the year, as the US operator ramps up efforts to launch the technology by late 2018.In a statement, AT&T said it would conduct fixed wireless 5G trials in Waco, Texas; Kalamazoo, Michigan; and South Bend, Indiana later this year, following the launch of its second fixed wireless trial in Austin, Texas with local businesses.The company said it had gained “new insights” into millimetre wave (mmWave) performance and propagation since the tests in Austin, while seeing speeds of up to 1Gb/s and latency rates well under 10 milliseconds.Broader areaAT&T will now use the additional trials to increase the number of participants and expand the physical footprint for the technology, with the tests reaching universities, hospitals, churches, restaurants and other small businesses.It will also use the tests to determine whether mmWave spectrum can travel through foliage, building materials, device placement, surrounding environment, and assess whether weather impacts the signal and system in a real world environment.Similar to the trials in Texas, participants in the three additional cities will also be able to stream premium live TV via DirecTV Now, as well as access “faster broadband services, all over a 5G internet connection”.AT&T added knowledge gleaned from the next 5G trials will help “speed up standards based deployment as early as late 2018”.“Taking our fixed wireless 5G trials out of the lab and into the real world helps us learn important factors about mmWave and 5G,” said Marachel Knight, SVP, wireless network architecture and design at AT&T.AT&T is conducting the trials in collaboration with Ericsson, Samsung, Nokia and Intel.The US operator added it is: “aggressively deploying equipment, investing in the right mix of spectrum and technology, and laying the foundation for our evolution to 5G while 5G standards are being finalised”.AT&T first said in March it was targeting late 2018 for early commercial launches of standards-based 5G deployments.Major rival Verizon is also aiming for a 2018 launch, and is currently conducting pre-commercial trials for fixed wireless 5G in 11 cities.It’s important to note that these early 5G efforts are focused on fixed wireless services, not true mobile services (which won’t be available until after official 3GPP specs are defined for 5G). Mobile Mix: Buzzing for Barcelona Telkomsel turns on 5G in major cities Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 30 AUG 2017 center_img Related Author Amazon reels in MGM Asia Kavit Majithia 5GAT&Tlast_img read more

“Double whammy” as Government hires from Jobbridge to install water meters

first_img By News Highland – November 5, 2013 Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook A Donegal Councillor says he is disgusted at what he says is the Government trying to have water meters installed through cheap labour.Jack Murray was responding to a jobbridge advert which is aiming to recruit a water meter installer in Donegal.He says while he is absolutely opposed to the taxing of public water as a matter of principle, those installing metres to facilitate it should not be from the jobbridge scheme.Councillor Murray says the government is continuing to exploit the un-employed:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/jack530WATER.mp3[/podcast] Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre “Double whammy” as Government hires from Jobbridge to install water meters Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleGardaí release photo of unidentified girl found in DublinNext articleDeputy Pearse Doherty says party are fully behind Gerry Adams after ‘Disappeared’ documentary News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North News Facebook LUH still not ready to restore IT systems Twitterlast_img read more

English for Heritage Language Speakers Scholarships, US citizens

first_img April 7, 2011 Published by Site Default Participate at the Euro-Arab Youth Forum in Strasbourg LinkedIn 0 Pocket English for Heritage Language Speakers Scholarships, US citizens Reddit ← The Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography IDEA MENA looks for Project Coordinator Sofja Kovalevskaja Award for Junior Researchers →center_img Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Deadline: 18 July 2011Open to: US citizens and native speakers of Arabic, Balochi, Dari, Hausa, Hindi, Igbo, Mandarin Chinese, Pashto, Persian Farsi, Punjabi, Somali, Swahili, Turkish, or UrduScholarships: tuition and fees for the eight months of the program, and also include a modest living stipend and health insurance during the intensive portionEnglish for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS) is an intensive program of English language study for adults who already possess high levels of proficiency in another language. In the EHLS program, participants develop the English language skills and cultural awareness that they need to succeed in professional positions in U.S. government, business, and industry.The university-based program has the following features:* Intensive study of English: Participants devote 30 hours per week for 24 weeks to the development of advanced English language skills, and follow up with ongoing part-time work on writing and speaking skills* Individualized instruction: Small group tutorials and one-on-one interaction are available to address each participant’s specific areas of need* Extensive use of technology: Use of Internet-based resources provides exposure to a broad variety of relevant materials and learning opportunities* Targeted assessment: Ongoing feedback from instructors and peers, as well as self-assessment, allows participants to measure progress, build on strengths, and address areas of needMore about program here. ScholarshipsFor 2012, each applicant who is admitted to the program will receive a scholarship. Scholarships cover all tuition and fees for the eight months of the program, and also include a modest living stipend and health insurance during the intensive portion (first six months).EligibilityTo be eligible for an EHLS scholarship, an applicant must meet the following criteria:* Be a United States citizen.* Be a native speaker of Arabic, Balochi, Dari, Hausa, Hindi, Igbo, Mandarin Chinese, Pashto, Persian Farsi, Punjabi, Somali, Swahili, Turkish, or Urdu.* Agree to fulfill a one-year service commitment with the U.S. government. Note that all award recipients must agree to fulfill this commitment. See the section on the service requirement below. NSEP will assist award recipients with job placement, but does not guarantee employment. Award recipients must seek out appropriate job openings and follow the regular application process for federal employment.* Meet the eligibility criteria for admission to the EHLS programApplicationThe scholarship application is part of the program application. All applications are managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE), which also disburses scholarship funds. Submit completed scholarship applications to IIE via the Online Application or mail to the following address:Institute of International EducationEnglish for Heritage Language Speakers Program1400 K Street NW, Suite 650Washington, DC 20005-2403Tel: (866) 831 – 3012Email: [email protected] do not send your application to CAL or to Georgetown University. If you do not send your application directly to IIE, it will not be processed.Application Deadline: July 18, 2011The official webpage. +1 Journalist for Radio Free Iraq Similar Stories Tweet Share 0last_img read more

Postdoctoral Position on Joint Inflammation at Ghent University

first_img Similar Stories Postdoctoral Position on Joint Inflammation at Ghent University +1 Tweet LinkedIn 0 August 28, 2017 Published by Ivona EU RESOURCE MOBILISATION COORDINATOR THE “DOC NOMADS” JOINT MASTER DEGREE IN DOCUMENTARY FILM DIRECTING Redditcenter_img Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Pocket Apply for the Ernest Solvay Fund 2021 Deadline: 31 October 2017Open to: international studentsBenefits: exciting and supportive working environmentDescriptionThe Ghent University of accepting applications for Postdoctoral Position on Joint Inflammation in Belgium. This research team focuses on molecular mechanisms of joint inflammation and associated tissue damage. International students are eligible to apply for this position.The goal of the project is to study the molecular determinants of joint inflammation using genomics and functional genomics approaches.Ghent University is a top 100 university and one of the major universities in Belgium. Our 11 faculties offer a wide range of courses and conduct in-depth research within a wide range of scientific domains.EligibilityThe following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:The candidate should have obtained a Ph.D. degree in biomedical sciences, medicine or molecular biology or biotechnology;The candidate should have a strong publication record in peer-reviewed international journals;You have excellent communication skills in spoken and written English;The candidate should be able to work independently, and willing to contribute to the supervision of master students;The candidate has strong practical experience with molecular biology techniques and data mining (including arrays), cellular immunology, ideally also in osteoclast biology and good knowledge on inflammation and joint inflammation and inflammation induced bone loss;The candidate has practical experience with mouse models, ideally in the field of arthritic disease;BenefitsUniversity offers:An exciting and supportive working environment with several high-end core facilities (microscopy, flow cytometry, transgenesis, cell culture, recombinant protein technology);Expert international research groups actively collaborating within and outside the center;interactions with biotech companies;Plenty training possibilities (science, coaching, skills, career guidance,…).How to Apply?In order to apply fill the application form.For more information please visit the official website. ← Full Tuition International Scholarships at University of Toronto Share 0 YICCA 2017 – International Contest of Contemporary Art →last_img read more