Smirnoff Sound Collective

first_imgThe makers of SMIRNOFF™ Vodka announced today that Smirnoff Sound Collective™, the brand’s international music platform committed to becoming the biggest contributor to the inclusive electronic music culture, have partnered with Toronto Artists – Zeds Dead on a new documentary titled, “LEAP” which will be released on October 3rd, 2016.Dylan Mamid (aka DC) and Zachary Rapp-Rovan (aka Hooks) formed Zeds Dead in 2009. LEAP chronicles the ambitious rise of Zeds Dead from their early Toronto beginnings in the electronic music scene, to becoming a respected staple of the international touring circuit. “When you talk about a group like Zeds Dead, you hear the bass lines, you hear the drum and bass and the breakbeats that exploded here in the 90’s, the huge ragga influence, UK funky and the whole UK bounce stuff, you hear… Toronto” explains author and nightlife historian Denise Benson in LEAP. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement The latest musical contributors who are bringing Toronto’s legacy to the global stage, Zeds Dead are also celebrating their recent launch of their newest entrepreneurial platform – their own music label, Deadbeats – and the upcoming release of their new album Northern Lights on October 14, 2016. Featuring collaborations with Diplo, Rivers Cuomo, Twin Shadow, Pusha T and fellow Canadian singer Martina Sorbara (Dragonette), the new album shows off the depth of their success.“Toronto’s music scene is no longer our best kept secret. The Smirnoff Sound Collective™ has been committed to collaborating and supporting the inspiring work of Zeds Dead since early 2014. We’re thrilled that we can continue to support Dylan and Zack on this exciting next phase of their growing career.” said Amber Zwolak, Brand Manager, SMIRNOFF Canada.“Supporting the long-term goals and passions of unparalleled talents like Zeds Dead, is the vision behind the Smirnoff Sound Collective™. The release of the film – LEAP – is a continuation of our global goal to become the biggest contributor to electronic music culture. We believe this type of collaborative brand support is an important step in our continued commitment toward telling the diverse stories of artists like Zeds Dead.” said Justin Medcraft, SMIRNOFF Global Senior Brand Manager.Launched in 2014, Smirnoff Sound Collective™ brought their initiative to North America in March 2016 in Miami by transforming a South Beach Hotel and filling it with world famous line-up of exceptional electronic DJ’s including Zeds Dead, Gorgon City, What So Not, MK, Claptone, Tokimonsta and many others. Smirnoff Sound Collective™ celebrated International Womens’ Day by launching a documentary called “Tribes: Discwoman” which highlighted female DJ’s worldwide.  In June, they live-streamed and hosted a same-sex couple’s wedding during Insomniac’s EDC Las Vegas weekend, further promoting the inclusiveness of the electronic music genre.For more information, check out our Smirnoff Sound Collective™ social media channels including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.Smirnoff Sound Collective™ wants to remind music fans that whether you’re mixing music or cocktails, to be sure and do so responsibly.About Smirnoff Sound Collective™ The Smirnoff Sound Collective™  is SMIRNOFF™ brand’s international music platform that aims to become the biggest contributor to the inclusive electronic music culture. The Smirnoff Sound Collective™  will achieve this through the development of short-form and long-form content pieces that share inclusive stories told through music, artist collaborations and by hosting unique experiences that bring artists and fans together. The Smirnoff Sound Collective™  is also a sponsor of Mixmag Labs across the world in cities including New York, Los Angeles and Sydney.About SMIRNOFFThe SMIRNOFF brand that boasts the world’s number-one selling premium spirit and the top-selling flavored vodka in North America, traces its heritage back to 19th century Russia. As the most awarded vodka brand in the world, SMIRNOFF has always been known for quality and is enjoyed responsibly in 130 countries around the world. For more information, log on to www.smirnoff.com.About DiageoDiageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan’s whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.Diageo is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com. Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS THE TELEFILM CANADA FEATURE COMEDY EXCHANGE

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment ELIGIBILITY & APPLICATION Facebook PROGRAM OBJECTIVES & DESIGNThis program seeks to support Canadian feature comedies and teams with varying viewpoints, such as those of female filmmakers and culturally diverse filmmakers.This exchange is a part-time, individually-tailored initiative for three teams and their projects per year. It provides producers, writers and their creative teams with expert support, elevates a project’s creative and marketplace potential, and builds momentum across borders and within the international marketplace.CORE COMPONENTS OVERVIEWThe Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange is a high-level cross-border project and business accelerator for producers and their feature comedy properties. This initiative builds traction for comedy projects by offering producers, writers and their creative teams access to respected creative counsel as well as financing and packaging expertise from key decision-makers and comedy experts.IMPORTANT DATESApplications are now open.Application Deadline: October 16, 20172017/2018 Comedy Exchange: Late November 2017 to June 2018 (on a part-time basis) The Comedy Exchange is designed to:Deliver targeted one-on-one access to key comedy expertsAdvance the development and packaging of projectsProvide tailored marketing and promotional strategiesBroker countless creative and business opportunitiesHelp catalyze interest and investment in projectsIncrease audience engagement and distribution potential Login/Register With: ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACTThe CFC is committed to providing accessible practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation at any stage of the application process or have any questions regarding appropriate accommodations please contact Deborah Fallows, CHRO, at: dfallows@cfccreates.com. Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN.Eligibility requirements:.PRODUCERS.We are looking for producers who ideally meet the eligibility requirements outlined in Section 1 of the 2017 Telefilm Canada Development Program Guidelines:https://telefilm.ca/wp-content/uploads/guidelines-development-current.pdf.WRITERS.Writers must have demonstrated experience working as a professional writer, which includes credits for a produced screenplay, play, published novel; or who have episodes of produced work in TV and/or webseries: or who have secured development funding for prior film, TV or web based projects..DIRECTORS.Directors must have a minimum of 90 minutes of produced work that has either been commercially distributed, broadcast, or featured on the web as a webseries with a significant following..PROJECTS.Preference is given to projects that have received development support, whether it’s portfolio Telefilm funding or funding from another recognizable source. For example, if your project did not receive Telefilm funding but has received funding from another source, you are still eligible to apply..For any questions concerning the Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange, please email Nafisa Murji at nmurji@cfccreates.com..last_img read more

Nova Scotia government accused of meddling in wording of land acknowledgements

first_imgJustin Brake APTN News The Halifax Regional School Board became the third in Canada last year to make land acknowledgements in school mandatory.But APTN News has been told the Nova Scotia government may have been meddling in the wording of acknowledgements.They’re missing the word “unceded”, a term used by most Mi’kmaq to describe the land they never gave away.“It was the office of Aboriginal Affairs that directed us away from it, to start out anyway. And, as well as our lawyers. They told us there wouldn’t be any legal implications, but just because the word is so heavy and without the education a lot of people don’t understand what the word is,” said Jessica Rose, the school board’s Mi’kmaw representative.But some are pushing for the term’s inclusion, such as Rebecca Moore.“With the knowledge that is it unceded Mi’kmaq territory, because that’s something that’s still being challenged by the greater population of Canada, they will know the facts. And it’s a great educational opportunity, and that’s really what this is about,” said Moore.One school principal said it’s important for students to know the truth of where they live and learn.“Unceded lands of Indigenous Peoples — the more they hear that, I’m hopeful that the more they will appreciate our history and what has happened to the Indigenous Peoples of Canada,” said Robert MacMillan, principal of Halifax Central Junior High.MacMillan said he intends to bring his concern of omitting unceded to the school board.“Because it’s an important part of the whole reconciliation process,” he said. “The lands do belong to Indigenous people, and…we haven’t taken it from them — they still own it. We need to acknowledge that.”jbrake@aptn.calast_img read more

Cong has lies in its DNA Adityanath

first_imgLakhimpur Kheri (UP): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Tuesday charged that the Congress has “lies” in its DNA and asked how it will give “Nyay” when it has always done injustice. He also said there is no “dalali” in the BJP government and if funds are given under any scheme, they go straight to beneficiaries. Speaking at an election meeting, Adityanath said, “Congress has lies in its DNA. They say they will give NYAY (justice) …we ask you have always done injustice with the people here. How will you give NYAY now”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Adityanath was referring to the “Ab hoga nyay” election tagline of the Congress. The chief minister said if five years of the BJP government are compared with 55 years of the Congress and if two years of the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh with 17 years of SP-BSP governments then the BJP will prove to be much better. He also said that during Congress governments, Pakistani terrorists used to behead jawans but now when soldiers are martyred, it is avenged by going inside Pakistan.last_img read more

First Nation asks court to stop National Energy Boards review of Trans

by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 27, 2015 11:21 am MDT Last Updated Oct 27, 2015 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email First Nation asks court to stop National Energy Board’s review of Trans Mountain VANCOUVER – A First Nation in North Vancouver has mounted a legal challenge that it says could send the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion “back to the drawing board” if successful.Lawyers for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation are asking the Federal Court of Appeal to stop the National Energy Board’s review of the $5.4-billion project, which they say began without their client being consulted by the federal government.“What we’ve asked the court to do is to recognize the flaws in the starting of the process, the process itself, the legal errors that the NEB has made and, really, to stop the process and send it back to the drawing board,” said Eugene Kung, staff counsel with West Coast Environmental Law.The Trans Mountain pipeline currently ships 300,000 barrels a day of petroleum products from Alberta to the West Coast. Its owner, Kinder Morgan, aims to nearly triple its capacity, enabling oilsands crude to be shipped by tanker to Asia.The Tsleil-Waututh are among various groups opposed to the project, citing environmental and public health risks and little benefit to the economy.Rueben George, project manager with the Tsleil-Waututh’s Sacred Trust Initiative, said the outgoing Conservative government created a “catastrophic mess” with changes it made to environmental oversight and he’s optimistic things will change under the new Liberal majority government.Many critics have slammed the regulatory review process for being skewed in favour of industry and for not taking into account the pipeline’s role in enabling more oilsands development — and the increased carbon emissions that would result.The NEB postponed hearings in August after striking economic evidence prepared by a consultant who was to begin working for the regulator starting this month. Steven Kelly won’t be involved in the Trans Mountain assessment, but the NEB nonetheless said it wanted to ensure no questions were raised about the review’s integrity.Kinder Morgan has said the project underwent “unprecedented” scrutiny inside and outside the formal review process and would add $18 billion to Canada’s gross domestic product over 20 years.“Trans Mountain deeply respects aboriginal rights and title in Canada and we acknowledge the Crown’s responsibility to consult with representatives of the First Nations. For more than three years we have been engaging in meaningful consultation and to date Trans Mountain has consulted with approximately 133 Aboriginal and First Nations Groups,” the company said in a statement.“Like the Tsleil-Waututh, Trans Mountain appreciates the need for a healthy Salish Sea, and we are committed to safe and environmentally responsible operations. As always Trans Mountain stands by our commitment to engage with First Nations and invites Tsleil-Waututh Nation to come to the table and engage in clear productive conversation.”George said what’s needed is nation-to-nation consultation.“Kinder Morgan’s a company. Who should consult with us is Canada. They have no business talking to us. It’s Canada that has to talk with us,” he said.NEB spokeswoman Tara O’Donovan declined to comment on the specifics of the court case.“Our decisions are subject to independent and impartial judicial oversight. That’s usually either through the Federal Court of Appeal or the Supreme Court of Canada. We are bound to act in accordance with the court’s decisions,” she said.The Tsleil-Waututh was granted leave to appeal in July, so that’s already been factored into the review’s hearing schedule, said O’Donovan.The panel will hear Trans Mountain’s oral summary arguments in Calgary on Dec. 17, with interveners having their turn in the new year.— By Lauren Krugel in CalgaryFollow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter. read more

VIDEO NBA in Banja Luka Jankovic beat buzzer from 28 meters

seha gazprom leagueSEHA leagueStefan Jankovic ← Previous Story BYE BYE DOHA: Siarhei Rutenka is free agent! Next Story → Siarhei Rutenka focused on Belarus: New club in January 9.Spartak Vojput11218280 : 3587 8.Borac m:tel11218275 : 3507 4.MVM Veszprem7610241 : 14719 5.Vardar9612293 : 24919 6.Nexe10406267 : 27412 2.PPD Zagreb9801289 : 21124 7.Vojvodina12228304 : 3958 10.Maks Strumica10028214 : 3232 3.Meshkov Brest10703313 : 25121 PHOTO: RK Borac, VIDEO: recproduction.net Bosnian champions RK Borac Banja Luka beat SEHA GAZPROM league leader HC Tatran Prešov 24:23 (10:14) in front of home fans in “Borik” hall with spectacular finish. Slovakians had a chance to score winning goal, but they lost the ball. Last chance had Borac’s playmaker Stefan Janković, who scored a spectacular goal from 28 meters shot.NBA finish in Banja Luka…RK Vojvodina beat RK Spartak 28:25 in the Serbian derby in regional competition.STANDINGS: 1.Tatran Prešov11902362 : 28027 read more

First LabGrown Steak Gives Foodies a Taste of the Future

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Arby’s doesn’t have “the meats” anymore: A startup just unveiled its new lab-grown steak, which it claims is the world’s first ever cell-grown beef product.On Wednesday, Aleph Farms announced that it developed cell-grown minute steak, a new product that’s generated from growing different types of natural beef cells, extracting them painlessly from cows, and nourishing the cells into a full 3D structure that replicates regular meat, according to an Aleph Farms press release.This “meat” innovation isn’t your typical knockoff sirloin: Aleph Farms said the lab-grown steak’s appearance, shape, and texture are similar to conventional beef cuts. The lab-grown steak could be a milestone in cell-cultured meat technology, because it requires less resources than the current beef industry.Aleph Farms’ lab-grown steak is slaughter-free, antibiotic-free, and it doesn’t need land, water, feed, and other factors to raise cattle for meat. Cell-grown meat comes from a few living cow cells, and unlike other beef raising processes, these cells are gently harvested until they grow into a complex that’s similar to beef muscle tissue.However, creating lab-grown steak can be a challenging task. A major barrier with lab-grown steak is getting various cell types to engage with each other and build a complete tissue structure as they would inside a real cow. The right nutrients would also have to be present, because their combination would enable the multicellular matrix to stay strong and not break.Photo Credit: Aleph Farms/YouTubeThankfully though, Aleph Farms is working with the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology on a bio-engineering platform to efficiently make lab-grown steak. The company is combining six technologies that allow it to cut down the meat’s production costs, leverage an animal-free growth medium for the cells, and use bioreactors, also known as tanks, to help the cells grow.On a culinary scale, lab-grown steak could be an eco-friendlier cooking option for global eateries. Considering that it has the same look and taste of beef without the negative environmental effects, it could make its way to kitchens worldwide in the future.“For me, it’s a great experience to eat meat that has the look and feel of beef but has been grown without antibiotics and causes no harm to animals or the environment,” Amir Ilan, an Israeli chef, said in the press release. “Aleph Farms meat has high culinary potential – it can be readily incorporated into top-shelf preparations or served in premium-casual restaurants, trendy cafes, bistros, or other eateries.”More on Geek.com:WTF? Wednesday: ‘Yuck’ Becomes ‘Yum’ at the Disgusting Food MuseumScientists Shine Light on Bacteria That Causes Food PoisoningStudy: College Students Choose Smartphones Over Food Stay on targetlast_img read more

A Fourth of July Message from ASA President Ron Moore

first_imgNext week, barbecues, fireworks and parades will mark the celebration of our great nation’s independence.While we live in the finest country in the world, we can always strive for improvements–and here at ASA we are hard at work and continue to stand for America’s soy growers—who help feed, clothe and fuel our nation and the rest of the world.We will continue to press forward for policies that promote positive trade relations, working with the Administration and Congress to ensure our roads and waterways are a priority and that U.S. farmers have the tools and technology we need to remain competitive and successful.As fireworks light the sky next week and you gather with family and friends—I hope you’ll be proud not only to be an American, but to be an American soy grower. Remember what we have accomplished so far this year, but don’t ever stop advocating and helping to push the American agriculture industry to be the very best in the world.Happy Fourth of July and God Bless!-ASA President Ron Moorelast_img read more

TS is conducive for BJP growth

first_imgHanamkonda (Warangal-U): The political ambience in Telangana State is more conducive for strengthening of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), its national secretary N Indrasena Reddy said. Speaking to party cadre here on Wednesday, he said that it’s time to bolster the party from grass root level. He said that there is an imperative need to focus on inducting booth level activists who play a major role in driving the electorate to the polling booths. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us “Based on number of votes the party secured in the Parliamentary and Assembly elections, the seniors and the second rung leaders have a distinct role to play in strengthening the party base. The seniors need to focus on segments where the party is weak and struggling to make inroads. The other leaders have to try to address the shortcoming in segments where patronage to party is average and substantial,” Reddy said. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us He told the cadre to give impetus on youth and women during the membership drive. This apart, the leaders have to sensitise the people of welfare schemes introduced by the BJP government at the Centre besides exposing the failures of TRS Government, he said. Warangal urban district party president Rao Padma Reddy, senior leaders Chada Srinivas Reddy, ravula Kishan, G Yadagiri Raio, Rao Amarender Reddy, K Santhosh Reddy, S Jagadeeshwar and Pasikanti Rajendraprasad were among others present.last_img read more

Accenture plans to offer 1 lakh jobs in FY16 invest 1 billion

first_imgBringing cheer to thousands of job seekers, global software giant Accenture said on Wednesday that would recruit nearly 100,000 people in its current financial year ending August 2016.The company also plans to spend about $1 billion on acquisitions, as it focuses on new technologies to boost its revenues.”Last year we hired roughly 100,000 people. Though the number isn’t set for this year, we expect to hire roughly in the same range,” The Economic Times quoted David Rowland, chief financial officer at Accenture, as saying. The scale of hiring outlined by Accenture is far above the jobs offers planned by the Indian IT companies for the fiscal year ending March 2016. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the country’s biggest IT firm, plans to hire about 65,000 people in FY16.Besides, the estimated amount to be spent by Accenture on acquisitions is a massive figure compared to that of domestic IT majors. It spent nearly $850 million on acquisitions in FY15.In January, India’s second largest IT firm, Infosys, had increased the size of its start-up fund by five times to $500 million, but it still remains well short of Accenture’s spend on acquisitions.Further, Accenture said that it would put more focus on three ‘new’ technologies — digital, cloud and cyber security. These technologies account for $10 billion or a third of its total revenue.The company earned a revenue of $7 billion from the digital segment in its financial year ending August 2015.Accenture’s headcount in digital space has now increased to 36,000 people, said its CEO Pierre Nanterme.”I would say that in our digital and operations business, we are the market makers. I spend a lot of my time looking at the competition, but there I would say we make the market. Our competition in digital is very fragmented and isn’t doing what we are doing,” said Nanterme.Analysts have said that Indian IT companies could remain laggards in the digital space due to “Accenture’s aggressive moves” in the segment.last_img read more

Kamal Fakhrul join Armed Forces Day reception

first_imgKamal Hossain and Mirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirJatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain and BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir joined the reception at Senakunja of Dhaka Cantonment on the occasion of the Armed Forces Day 2018 on Wednesday.BNP standing committee and former army chief lieutenant general Mahbubur Rahman also joined the reception.Talking to UNB, Mahbub said some BNP leaders, including Fakhrul and Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain, took part in the reception hosted by prime minister Sheikh Hasina.PM’s security affairs adviser retired general Tarique Ahmed Siddique, chief of army staff general Aziz Ahmed, chief of naval staff admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed and chief of air staff air chief marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat were present on the occasion.After addressing the audience, the prime minister exchanged pleasantries with the army officials and their family members, diplomats and other guests.The Armed Forces Day was observed across the country on Wednesday with due solemnity and enthusiasm marking the establishment of Bangladesh military during the Liberation War.On this day in 1971, Bangladesh Armed Forces comprising army, navy and air force, came into being and launched an all-out attack on the Pakistani occupation forces.Since the country’s independence, the day is observed as the Armed Forces Day every year.last_img read more

Genome study indicates peacock eyespots likely developed to impress females

first_img Anyone who happens upon a grown male peacock notices right away the striking eyespots on its feathers—most noticeable when spread wide in an impressive stance. Such plumage is an example of an extreme evolutionary trait—peacocks for example, have difficulty moving around because of their elaborate train. Scientists have speculated on the eyespots for many years, but proof of the root of their purpose has remained elusive. In this new effort, the researchers sought to learn more about the eyespots to see if they could come closer to an answer.Over the years, some scientists have suggested that birds of different species that have eyespots are likely related, and most have assumed that development of such eyespots has been a onetime trait. To find out if either is true, the researchers collected DNA samples from 15 bird groups, including three that have eyespots—sequencing almost 2,000 segments in all. The team then used what they’d found to construct a likely partial genealogy for the birds. In so doing, they found that birds of different species that have eyespots are not necessarily related. They also found that many species had developed eyespots, lost them, and then redeveloped them again. Adding what they found with prior research regarding behavior of the birds, the team concludes that the most likely reason for eyespots in males, is to attract females. If that is indeed, the case, it would explain the huge outlay of energy in maintaining such large, ornamental plumage—competition with other males. Those that don’t measure up risk not having their DNA passed on. It would also prove Darwin right—he suggested as much when encountering the birds during his travels. So impressed was he with the birds, that he commented on them specifically in his famous books. (Phys.org) —A team of researchers with members from several universities in the U.S. and one in China has found evidence that suggests that ocelli (areas on feathers that look like eyes) on male peafowl are likely a result of a preference by female birds. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, the team describes the genome study they undertook and what they found as a result. A Peafowl flaring his feathers. Credit: Wikipedia. Explore further More information: The evolution of peafowl and other taxa with ocelli (eyespots): a phylogenomic approach, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published 16 July 2014 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0823AbstractThe most striking feature of peafowl (Pavo) is the males’ elaborate train, which exhibits ocelli (ornamental eyespots) that are under sexual selection. Two additional genera within the Phasianidae (Polyplectron and Argusianus) exhibit ocelli, but the appearance and location of these ornamental eyespots exhibit substantial variation among these genera, raising the question of whether ocelli are homologous. Within Polyplectron, ocelli are ancestral, suggesting ocelli may have evolved even earlier, prior to the divergence among genera. However, it remains unclear whether Pavo, Polyplectron and Argusianus form a monophyletic clade in which ocelli evolved once. We estimated the phylogeny of the ocellated species using sequences from 1966 ultraconserved elements (UCEs) and three mitochondrial regions. The three ocellated genera did form a strongly supported clade, but each ocellated genus was sister to at least one genus without ocelli. Indeed, Polyplectron and Galloperdix, a genus not previously suggested to be related to any ocellated taxon, were sister genera. The close relationship between taxa with and without ocelli suggests multiple gains or losses. Independent gains, possibly reflecting a pre-existing bias for eye-like structures among females and/or the existence of a simple mutational pathway for the origin of ocelli, appears to be the most likely explanation. Citation: Genome study indicates peacock eyespots likely developed to impress females (2014, July 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-07-genome-peacock-eyespots-females.htmlcenter_img For peacocks, the eyespots don’t lie © 2014 Phys.org Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Shopping a la Deutschland

first_imgSummer is set to roll in and spring will get a warm farewell, the German way. Indo German Chamber of Commerce brings the carnival ‘The German Spring Fest’, the second of its edition to the city at the German House, Chanakyapuri on 30 March.The event gives an opportunity for all age groups from children to grown ups, to celebrate spring in style with fun, frolic and shopping, with an exclusive palate of lifestyle products, children’s goodies, fashion wears, designer home products, garden accessories and delectable food items.Live performance of a music band along with multi cuisine food and German ale would add to the evening’s experience. The event is expected to be attended by expat and business communities.DETAILDate: 30 MarchTime: 12 pm onwardsPlace: Indo German Chamber of Commerce, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapurilast_img read more

South of state hit hardest by forest fires this year

first_imgRiviera Maya, Q.R. — Forest fires continue to devour areas across the state with the south being hardest hit this year. Photo: la Comisión Nacional Forestal He added that so far, fires have been registered in Othón P Blanco, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, José María Morelos, Solidaridad, Isla Mujeres and Bacalar.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Sánchez Cabrera said that although some rain has been reported around the state, it’s been of little help since most of the fires are started by the hand of man. center_img According to la Comisión Nacional Forestal, the municipality of Othon P. Blanco is the most affected by forest fires this season having already lost 3,400 hectares to fires. Tomás Sánchez Cabrera of la Comisión Nacional Forestal said that fighting fires this year has been complicated since the rate of fires continues to increase due to the lack of rain. He explained that there are three fires active around the state of which two are located in Othón P Blanco in the Botes of Mahahual and the other on the outskirts of Cancun, noting that fire had little impact, burning approximately 10 hectares.last_img read more

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first_img News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more This image, acquired on Siemens’ Biograph PET/CT, shows intracerebral metastases. News | Radiation Therapy | May 31, 2019 RefleXion Opens New Manufacturing Facility for Biology-guided Radiotherapy Platform RefleXion Medical recently announced the opening of its new manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Hayward,… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | June 05, 2019 BGN Technologies Introduces Novel Medical Imaging Radioisotope Production Method BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University (BGU), introduced a novel method for… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more This image, acquired on Siemens’ Biograph PET/CT, shows intracerebral metastases. This image, acquired on Siemens’ Biograph PET/CT, shows intracerebral metastases. News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more Feature | June 09, 2008 | Amy Ballard, M.Ed., director of research, Arkansas Urology PET Drives Early Detection Molecular diagnostics, genomics and proteomics identify high-risk patients earlier and categorize them forspecialized treatments. News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more center_img Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. This image, acquired on Siemens’ Biograph PET/CT, shows intracerebral metastases. X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. This image, acquired on Siemens’ Biograph PET/CT, shows intracerebral metastases. Could the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease one day become as routine as treating high cholesterol? Instead of a simple blood test to determine whether a patient should take Lipitor to lower his cholesterol, an early diagnostic-PET scan would tell you if you need treatment to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s. These are the types of treatments that at one point in time may have seemed far-fetched, but with advances in nuclear medicine they are fast becoming a reality.Advances in hybrid imaging tools involving positron emission tomography (PET) have enabled visualization of chemical markers for disease, which in turn results in better diagnosis, differential diagnosis and discovering disease at earlier stages. The end result may even mean the development of drugs to prevent disease altogether if one shows a pattern of predisposition at a molecular level.“Nothing compares to PET and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in terms of being able to detect the smallest concentrations of a material within the body.” said Sandi Kwee, M.D., assistant professor at the University of Hawaii and nuclear medicine physician at Hamamatsu/Queen’s PET Imaging Center, The Queen’s Medical Center, in Honolulu. “Radioactive tracers can be detected at sub-nanomolar concentrations within the body, while current magnetic resonance-based methods of tracer detection require much higher concentrations. Furthermore, several engineering obstacles must be overcome to allow PET instrumentation to function properly in the presence of a high-magnetic field gradient.”Imaging agent vs. imagerIn nuclear medicine, visualizing radioactive and chemical activity greatly depends on the specificity imparted by the chemical agent or tracer. “[The early detection of disease] certainly is about the specificity of the equipment, but it is really more about the specificity of the agent,” explained Gene Saragnese, vice president of molecular imaging and computed tomography (CT) for GE Healthcare.Still, the imaging tools must deliver exceptional image quality, fast processing speeds and accurate data in order to interpret molecular interaction. To this end, Saragnese touted GE’s most advanced hybrid-imaging instrument. “Discovery VCT is the highest specificity in the industry and most advanced CT in the industry,” said Saragnese. The system combines the functional capabilities of PET with the speed and resolution of volume CT. “That combination gives you the platform and will let you look at those things earlier than any other system in the industry. In the area of the PET system, it really is about specificity. It is about acquiring information from the body very rapidly and very accurately. It has the highest resolution, lowest dose we have out there today, and it has the capabilities to do advanced applications beyond those of other CTs.”New tracers light upWhether early diagnostics relies more on imaging equipment or on biomarkers for diagnostics is yet unclear. But what is certain is that nuclear medicine is driving new developments in both the chemical tracers and the equipment that visualize them. The end result equates to significant improvements in healthcare thanks to early detectionof disease. This has been most evident in the fields of neurologyand oncology.Dr. Kwee has explored a new investigational imaging agent for cancer using Philip’s Gemini TF 64 PET/CT system. The Gemini TF 64 has “TruFlight” PET technology, which is Time-of-Flight reconstruction for short scan times and high image quality. Dr. Kwee explained, “We have had experience with fluorine-18 fluorocholine, which is an investigational tracer at the moment. While the jury is still out for the tracer, it does seem better than fluorodeoxyglucose for detecting some cancers, particularly prostate cancer. One nice thing about this tracer is that it is taken up by tissues faster than fluorodeoxyglucose, which means imaging can be performed right after injection. With fluorodeoxyglucose, patients have to wait at least one hour after tracer injection before the actual PET/CT scan is performed.”Unraveling the mystery of Alzheimer’sIntense research has recently focused on discovering better diagnostics and treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, which today affects 5 million Americans, is the seventh-leading cause of death in the U.S. and will proliferate as the nation’s population ages.In a study at Stanford University under the direction of Christopher Contag, Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics, microbiology and immunology, researchers found a short protein that sticks to colon cells in the early stages of cancer. Using a miniature microscope called the Cellvizio GI, which was developed by Mauna Kea Technologies, the researchers were able to visualize a fluorescent patch created by short proteins. These proteins attach to colon cells in the early stages of cancer after being sprayed into the colon via a fluorescent beam. Initial studies detected 82 percent of the polyps that were considered cancerous. Looking at additional proteins in conjunction with the one discovered, Contag believes that this technique will become highly accurate.Similar leaps in early detection and differential diagnosis have been made in the field of neurology. Researchers involved in a large multi-institutional study1 used PET imaging with fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) and were able to classify different types of dementia by measuring the cerebral metabolic rate of glucose (CMRglc) in various areas of the brain. The area of the brain where a decrease in metabolic rate occurred indicated different types of dementia. Those examined included Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies, and, more than 94 percent of the time, the disease type was correctly classified using this technique.Gary Small, M.D., professor of psychiatry and aging at UCLA Femel Institute, has also contributed to new developments in the early detection of Alzheimer’s.2 He employed Siemen’s ECAT HR and EXACT HR tomography, reportedly one of the most widely used PET systems in the world, in his research on Alzheimer’s. Based on the past discovery that certain abnormal protein deposits called amyloid senile plaques and tau neurofibrillary tangles are hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease, he used a new tracer, FDDNP, (2-(1-6-[(2-[F-18] fluoroethyl)(methyl)amino]-2-naphthylethylidene) malonitrile, to visualize the pattern of radioactivity within the brain using FDDNP-PET scanning.“What has been predicted and what is remarkable in terms of this strategy has been people with mild cognitive impairment won’t get Alzheimer’s disease for years because we can see a pattern of deposition,” said Dr. Small. “And in our initial follow-up studies, we find that the disease gets worse as people get more forgetful. We see more of the protein marker on the PET scan. Those are the kind of characteristics that you would watch for in a surrogate marker or biological marker that would tag the disease. The next step will be to try a treatment to see if we can slow down the progression of the disease and also have an impact on the marker.”Interestingly, a new report3 released in late April of this year highlighted the findings of an investigational pill, tarenflurbil (Flurizan) that led to slower declines in global function and in the ability to engage in normal daily activities compared with placebo. However, beginning use of the drug in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease was crucial to its effectiveness in slowing down the progression of the disease. Tarenflurbil inhibits the gamma-secretase enzyme that produces beta-amyloid protein, thereby blocking the production of the AB42 species of beta-amyloid that forms fibrillary plaques in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. As a result, the drug prevents deposits of amyloid plaques, but does not appear to destroy existing plaques.The developments in preventive medication, better diagnosis and early detection also mean improvements in the cost of healthcare. Saragnese noted, “When you look at the healthcare industry today, we have demographics that show that we have more people who are aging and living longer. And the cost of healthcare continues to escalate. And it’s really important that manufacturers and providers of care look at the efficacy of healthcare. So, molecular diagnostics, or genomics and proteomics, I think will allow the identification and categorization of patients in such a way that we can identify high-risk patients and watch them more closely.”Through nuclear medicine, researchers are finding that diagnosis and treatment of dementia, cancer and other diseases is possible at an earlier, more treatable stage and could one day become as manageable as treating high cholesterol. read more

Tiny Australian town abuzz with Daft Punk fever

first_imgWEE WAA, Australia – A tiny Australian town better known for cotton-picking than culture was relishing the limelight Friday as thousands of electro-pop fans descended for French group Daft Punk’s album launch.Though “Random Access Memories” has been available online for several days and the French duo will not be present, thousands of fans flocked to remote Wee Waa, a far-flung town of just 1,653, for the album’s official launch.The cotton town’s population will more than double for the event – being billed as an “official album playback” – with 4,000 tickets sold and police expecting crowds of up to 6,000.“The main street’s just chock-a-block, the transformation is just out of sight, it’s amazing,” said local Mayor Conrad Bolton. “We’re infamous around here, but today I think we’re famous.”Wee Waa, known as the “Cotton Capital of Australia”, has thrown itself into the spirit, with the local butchery crafting Daft Pork Sausages and Random Access Rissoles – an Australian meatball.The bakery, open all night specially for fans seeking a post-party snack, is selling Punk Pies and Techno Treats, and the local pub has ordered five times the usual number of kegs and rostered on 10 staff instead of its usual two.There are robot masks – a nod to Daft Punk’s trademark headgear – on every street corner, with the town recording a series of online videos “Road to Wee Waa” showing local farmers, cotton threshers and schoolkids in costume.Staff at the radio astronomy observatory, reported by Rolling Stone to be the reason Daft Punk chose Wee Waa to launch its futuristic album, recorded time-lapse footage of the telescopes dancing to the track “Get Lucky.”Sony chartered a jet to fly journalists out to cover the event and has repeatedly quashed rumours that the pair of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter would put in a surprise appearance at the party.But that hasn’t stopped a wave of so-called spottings as far afield as Ballarat in neighbouring Victoria state Friday.The Daft Punk party is just one part of Wee Waa’s 79th annual agricultural show which features the usual fare of a pet show, wood-chopping contest, dog-jumping, a truck muster and talent quest.Speaking to Australian radio ahead of the launch event, Daft Punk said Australia was the last place they had toured back in December 2007 and returning here with their first album in eight years felt like a natural fit.“Each time we went to Australia it was a great experience. It feels like Australia understands our music and we’re excited to present the music there,” the duo said.Of Wee Waa they added: “It could be anywhere – that’s what this music is made for. Anywhere and everywhere.” Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Fannie Mae Appoints New Chief Audit Executive

first_img June 15, 2016 585 Views Doug WattFannie Mae has appointed J. Douglas Watt as SVP and chief audit executive effective July 11, according to an announcement from Fannie Mae earlier this week.Watt’s 35 years of audit experience include most recently serving as a member of GE Capital’s senior audit leadership team and a member of several key GE Capital Americas management committees, including Operational Risk Management, Enterprise Risk Management, Credit Risk, and Compliance. At GE Capital, Watt was responsible for overseeing the internal auditing of GE Capital’s North American Commercial Lending and Leading businesses and helping with leading the audit function’s critical regulatory initiatives.“Doug has significant audit experience and he will be a great addition to our leadership team. Doug joins us at a time of important change for the company and his experience will be highly valuable as we continue to improve our company and create a strong, sustainable housing finance system,” said Timothy J. Mayopoulos, president and CEO at Fannie Mae.Watt’s positions prior to GE Capital include serving as VP of corporate audit services at Capital One Financial (leading retail bank and commercial bank audit programs); partner in the banking and capital markets with Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP.“Doug’s deep background in internal audit, audit risk assessment, and regulatory reform matters will contribute greatly to Fannie Mae’s strong culture of corporate governance and rigorous internal controls,” said Egbert L.J. Perry, chairman of the Board at Fannie Mae.According to Watt, “Fannie Mae is a critically important company that plays an essential role in ensuring that eligible borrowers have access to good mortgage financing so they can buy or rent a home. Fannie Mae is at the center of the housing finance system and I am thrilled to join this great company. I look forward to working with the Board of Directors and the management team to ensure a safe and sustainable housing finance system in this country.” in Featured, News Fannie Mae Appoints New Chief Audit Executivecenter_img Fannie Mae 2016-06-15 Seth Welborn Sharelast_img read more

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