first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter San Francisco Police Department officers will not be using Tasers, at least not for another year. The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee on Thursday agreed to remove the $1 million set-aside for Tasers in Mayor London Breed’s budget proposal, effectively stalling the implementation of the electroshock weapons until funding is proposed in future budget seasons.“I think all five of us were willing to sweep that money because of the four Taser-related deaths in San Mateo in a year and a half,” Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer told Mission Local following the decision. Three unarmed men with a history of mental illness did, indeed, die after being shocked with the stun guns last year, and one man was shot and killed last December after a Taser failed to subdue him. Fewer, who chairs the committee, also attributed the board’s decision to the overwhelming 2018 defeat of Proposition H, which asked voters to approve the police department’s use of Tasers, but would have limited how they would be regulated. The defeat “showed that San Franciscans really think that we should be going in a different direction than Tasers,” she said. The Police Commission, which sets the police department’s policy, approved Tasers in November 2017 in a contentious 4-3 vote following an emotional six-hour meeting.  Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer.Per the terms of the approval, the SFPD was set to arm its officers one year later. But the Budget and Finance Committee, taking Fewer’s lead, last year blocked the department’s $3 million funding request, putting a damper on the department’s plans.A similar action occurred at the committee on Thursday, with the $1 million yanked from Tasers now slated to be swept into the board’s so-called “add-back” fund — $30 million or more for additional requests originally excluded from the budget. Police Commission President Bob Hirsch, who voted in favor of Tasers in 2017, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But he likely isn’t happy about Thursday’s outcome. “We did a tremendous amount of work leading up to that vote,” he told Mission Local in an email on Monday. “If the elected officials did not want Tasers, why put us all through this protracted and contentious exercise?”  The San Francisco Police Department did not immediately respond to questions about the outcome. But Chief Bill Scott said during the hearing that, “We want to move forward with electronic control weapons [Tasers].” He noted that the department’s use of the weapons was among the 272 reform recommendations from the U.S. Department of Justice and reiterated that the Police Commission had approved their use. During a May 8 Police Commission meeting, Scott said that the department was far along in setting up the “infrastructure” to implement Tasers, such as establishing a review board and physical places to store the weapons at district stations. Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who also sits on the Budget and Finance Committee, told Scott during the hearing that she believes the department is making progress in other areas, such as lowering its use-of-force by some 30 percent, reducing police shootings, and using “time and distance” to deal with subjects in crisis. Given the progress, she said, “I believe that introducing a new weapon that’s increasingly problematic … is dangerous and would set a tremendous gain that you have made backward.” center_img Email Addresslast_img read more

first_imgRUGBY League fans will be able to watch some of the best players in the world clash at Wembley stadium for only £10 after the RFL today announced ticket details for the highly anticipated Gillette Four Nations double-header on Saturday November 5.The Wembley double-header will see Wales take on New Zealand at 1pm before England face up to fierce rivals Australia at 3.30pm in the national stadium.To celebrate the return of International Rugby League to Wembley, the RFL have introduced a special promotional offer, giving fans the chance to purchase a £25 ticket for only £10 if they book before Friday July 22 by quoting promotional code ‘4NWEM01′.England coach Steve McNamara is hoping the fans will show out in force to support England against their arch enemy.He said: “I think going to Wembley is huge for our sport, I think it’s a huge thing for the players, the staff and the Rugby League supporters. To play for the national team in the national stadium is a superb thing for everyone involved.“We ask a lot of our fans and I think this is a fantastic opportunity that the RFL are giving to fans with the pricing structure they’ve used. I think it’s important that we make the games as affordable as we possibly can in the current climate and we’re hoping that the fans will get down there and support the England team.“Wembley is a fantastic venue for everyone involved. Traditionally going down to London is a great day out for Rugby League fans and I can’t think of anything better than getting behind England against Australia, our arch enemy, in the national stadium, so certainly for us as England, to get as many people there as possible is very, very important.”Supporters can take advantage of this special 2011 Gillette Four Nations Wembley double-header ticket offer by calling 0844 856 1113 or by visiting and quoting promotional code ‘4NWEM01′.The Wembley double-header will come one week after the Four Nations officially begins when Australia face defending Four Nations champions New Zealand at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, on Friday October 28 (8.00pm) in the opening fixture of the competition. Ticket details for the clash between these two sides will be released on Monday July 11.On Saturday October 29, England kick-off their campaign when they take on Wales at Leigh Sports Village (2.30pm) with tickets priced at only £10 Adults and £5 concessions.England’s remaining game against New Zealand will be played at the KC Stadium in Hull on Saturday November 12 (6.00pm) and tickets are priced from £20 Adult and £10 concession.Wales will play Australia in their final group fixture at The Racecourse Ground in Wrexham on Sunday November 13 and fans will be able to attend the game for £10 Adult and £5 concessions.The 2011 Gillette Four Nations final will be played at Elland Road in Leeds on Saturday November 19 (6.00pm) and tickets are priced from £20 Adult and £10 concession.Tickets for the 2011 Gillette Four Nations can be purchased by calling 0844 856 1113 or by visiting read more

first_imgThe incident occurred in the 77th minute of the match and saw the prop forward and the Centurions’ Eloi Pélissier sinbinned.Adam has an Early Guilty Plea available.last_img

first_img00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not found spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – The mass shooting in Las Vegas is affecting thousands of people across the US. Wilmington is not out of that reach.On Monday night, we talked with a local man who was next to the concert zone when the gunman opened fire.- Advertisement – David Green went to Las Vegas over the weekend to enjoy a concert and see his favorite music artists like those people at the Route 91 country music festival that was targeted.“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” Green said.It all happened in a matter of minutes for Green. He was in Sin City for a couple of concerts and even got a chance to meet rocker John Fogerty. He was finishing his last night with one more walk down the Vegas Strip when gunfire erupted.Related Article: 1 injured in shooting on Carolina Beach Road“They [police] didn’t know if he was in the crowd or on the strip or where he was,” Green said.Just steps away from the country music festival, where one by one concert attendees were being gunned down, police told him to get out of the area. Not before Green saw first hand festival visitors hitting the ground.“You think back about it, what you saw, people dying, you didn’t know it at the time and you just go, ‘God that could happen here,’” Green said.He says seeing it all unfold was surreal. That feeling continued as daylight broke on the Strip.“I talked to a police man this morning afterwards, and I asked, ‘Well what did you see? Because you were down there.’ And he said, ‘Man, it was horrific.’ He said people were falling left and right,” Green said.What started as a spontaneous trip for fun leaves a sight of fear Green will always remember.“This is something I’ll never forget,” he said.Green says what happened in Las Vegas should change how much security and police presence is for outdoor events like the Route 91 festival.last_img read more

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Partit LaburistaPartit Laburista Partit Laburista leader Joseph Muscat said that nowadays it is the foreign nationals in Malta who are asking for jobs and not the Maltese, contrary to what happened historically.Referring to a song in the Maltese rock opera Ġensa, Muscat said that the lyrics in this particular song portray the Maltese as begging to be given employment and also refers to those who have emigrated to other countries looking for employment. This, Muscat said, contrasted with the current situation, as foreign workers are migrating to Malta looking for employment due to the favorable economic conditions.Muscat was speaking at a party activity held at Mtarfa Civic Centre on Sunday. Muscat also spoke of how one should be proud as a Maltese citizen of the country’s historical past which are marked on national public holidays.Speaking about the recent arrival of asylum seekers on board the merchant vessel ship El Hiblu 1, the Labour Party leader praised the work of the Armed Forces of Malta who escorted the vessel to Malta after it was allegedly hijacked. Three youth were arraigned in court on Saturday in relation to the case.Muscat said that he had received various commented positively on the way Malta had handled the case. Describing the work of the AFM, Muscat said that this incident showed that the Armed Forces where capable of “planning and responsible”.The Labour leader decried the racist comments passed by many on social media as the incident unfolds, as well as comments targeting migrants in general.‘Quota system will not affect the electoral system’Speaking about the proposed system to address the lack of women MPs in parliament, Muscat described the proposal as “simple and clear” saying that it would not affect the electoral system. He explained that the seats were shared equally and would see women’s representation in parliament increase to at least 40%.‘Muscat defends an economic model without a plan’ – Partit NazzjonalistaThe Nationalist Party replied to Muscat’s claims on the economy, saying that he continues to defend an economic model based on economic growth without an infrastructural plan and which is dependent on foreign employees. Partit Nazzjonalista said that this led to new challenges such as keeping the basic wage low. The Party reminded that the PL should listen to the observations and recommendations made by international and European institutions which have warned against the economic model adopted describing it as unsustainable in the long run and the lack of political will to fight corruption.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> A man that had been waiting for twenty years to face accusations that he supplied the heroin to his wife, on which she overdosed has started separate procedures as he is stating that he has been denied due judicial process within reasonable time limits.The case goes back to 1999 when the man had been accused of heroin possession, and that allegedly had also supplied a fatal dose to a 25-year-old woman. The woman’s corpse was found along the Delimara shoreline. The body was tied at the wrists and ankles with blue nylon.In 2004, Civil Court had declared that courts delays were a breach of the accused rights of a just hearing in a reasonable time, and had ordered the Court of Magistrates to expedite the case. The accused had been sentenced to six years in jail. He was also ordered to pay €10,000 in 2013.Meanwhile, the accused had appealed to the sentence which was annulled as it was discovered that the Court of Magistrates had used the wrong legal provisions.20 years on, the accused is still facing criminal accusations related to the 1999 case. He filed a constitutional recourse claiming that he had been denied a just hearing.The Court of Criminal Appeal presided by Judge Edwina Grima noted that the 2004 order was not respected. The Court concluded that the accused has the right to forward his recourse and referred him to the adequate constitutional forum.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrint Partit Nazzjonalista has called for an investigation into the Planning Authority following the recent court ruling by which the planning permit granted to db Group in order to develop the former ITS site in Pembroke was revoked.READ: Court cites ‘conflict of interest’ and revokes DB Group permitIn a statement, the PN said that the decision has placed the Planning Authority and its operations under a lens. Citing the recent ruling, the PN said that the court has found that one of the sitting board members, referring to Matthew Pace, had a direct conflict of interest when voting on the project.The Nationalist Party decried the Government’s lassiez-faire attiude saying that appointed members of the board failed from declaring their conflict of interest.In its statement on Thursday, the PN said that recent court decision raised questions about the Planning Authority’s modus operandi. The Nationalist Party also reminded that on the day the vote was taken, board member Jacqueline Gili was flown in a private jet for the hearing to be able to vote, a story which was revealed by NGOs file judicial protest against Lands Authority over db Group developmentREAD: Lawsuits filed over db Group planning tribunal and permitThe Local Councils of Pembroke, St Julian’s, and Swieqi, along with non-governmental organisations Moviment Graffitti, Friends of the Earth Malta, Żminijietna – Voice of the Left, Din l-Art Ħelwa, and Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar, as well as residents Alison Pullicino, Sonya Tanti, Rita Zammit, Norman Zammit, Mario Sultana, Adrian Grima, Josef Buttigieg, Stephanie and Arnold Cassola took the matter to court and appealed the decision by EPRT.READ: db Group denies excavations on bunker’s site; says Graffitti statements ‘absolutely untrue’READ: 1930s engine room omitted from DB Group assessment reportWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgThe number of students that have failed their SEC exams has increased this year. The most failed subjects were Maltese, English, English literature and Physics. The increase in the percentage of absent candidates was also mostly prominent in the same subjects with a total rate of absenteeism of 8.6%, and considerable increase from the 5.3% of the past year.5,478 candidates have registered to sit for their SEC examinations this year. 3,672 of the registered students were born in 2003 and 1,742 of them managed to gain the entry requirements to move on to the Sixth Form in the coming academic year. A higher percentage of female students managed to gain the necessary requirements to continue their formal studies at 47.9%.Furthermore, female candidates are more likely to opt for the three science subjects and to sit for one, two or three foreign language examinations. Male candidates were more likely to register for vocational subjects.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

first_imgCompanies like Apple and Google have attempted to move security into a post-password world with features like fingerprint or iris recognition. Image Credit: NightLionSecurity Advertisement You’d like to think that we humans are getting progressively better at using these computer things as the years pass. But a quick scan through 2015′s list of most commonly used passwords will smash and set fire to that bit of optimistic thinking.For a fifth straight year, the secure phrases “123456” and “password” were the most-used and second most-used passwords by Interneters in North America and Western Europe, according to SplashData’s annual “Worst Passwords” ranking.The company, which develops password management software, uses aggregations of leaked passwords as samples sizes to determine the most popular security phrases in circulation. Though “123456” and “password” have been the most abundant among the millions of leaked passwords analyzed yearly by SplashData since 2011, security expert and author Mike Burkett (who’s collaborated with the company on its annual lists) has since 2005 had the passphrases marked as one and two on his “Worst Passwords of All Time” list. – Advertisement – Other return “Worst Passwords” on SplashData’s latest list were “qwerty,” “football,” “dragon,” and “111111.”If your password is on the list above, do yourself a favor and change it now!Read the entire 2015 ranking below:If your password is on the list above, do yourself a favor and change it now! Image Credit: SplashData[YahooTech]last_img read more

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 17 OctoberRACING2.55 NewmarketIvawood 4/5 > 4/63.15 CheltenhamSybarite 10/1 > 15/24.00 NewmarketSmuggler’s Cove 4/1 > 3/14.35 NewmarketBreton Rock 11/2 > 4/19.20 WolverhamptonTarquin 25/1 > 16/1What’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

first_img[dropcap]B[/dropcap]ack to football on Saturday after the Gloucestershire extravaganza this week and we are back to the Premier League – but make the most of it as there’s a dreaded ‘international break’ looming.Arsenal had a good win against Everton in the early kick-off which at least gives them a chance if Leicester or Spurs slip up but in the case of Leicester we’ve been saying that since before Christmas.Spurs look, on paper, to have the easier task this weekend with a home tie against Bournemouth tomorrow with Leicester currently in action (and leading 1-0 at the time of writing) away to Crystal Palace.A great derby day double header tomorrow with the crucial bottom of the table clash between Newcastle and Sunderland and Man City taking on Man U at the Etihad.Less exciting fare for the 5.30pm kick off with Swansea taking on Aston Villa who are playing as if already doomed with five straight league losses on the bounce. Incredibly, their season started with a 1-0 away win over Bournemouth which remains their only away League victory of the season (and they’ve only had two home wins).Swansea are by no means out of it themselves but get the chance to pull 11 points clear of the drop zone if taking all three points at the Liberty.The Swans won the reverse fixture 2-1 in October and have a strong recent record over Villa. Head coach Francesco Guidolin said: “It will not be easy. I know this situation because I have many matches behind me and know how difficult a match like this is. My team has to play well with concentration and intensity, as if it is a final.”Swansea City v Aston VillaPremier League17:30 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Oct 2015 PREMIER Aston Villa 1-2 SwanseaMar 2015 PREMIER Aston Villa 0-1 SwanseaDec 2014 PREMIER Swansea 1-0 Aston VillaApr 2014 PREMIER Swansea 4-1 Aston VillaDec 2013 PREMIER Aston Villa 1-1 SwanseaJan 2013 PREMIER Swansea 2-2 Aston VillaSep 2012 PREMIER Aston Villa 2-0 SwanseaJan 2012 PREMIER Aston Villa 0-2 SwanseaNov 2011 PREMIER Swansea 0-0 Aston VillaMay 1983 DIV 1 (OLD) Swansea 2-1 Aston VillaIn short, I can’t see any other outcome but more misery for Villa and am backing the hosts to be in front at both half-time and full-time at around 13/8 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK SWANSEA HT/FT for 12 points at 13/8 with Star SportsFriday -18.20 pointsWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

first_imgBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s officially a semi-final tonight but it’s as good as the final for my money as I can’t see Portugal troubling either France or Germany on Sunday night.Despite all the excitement ahead of Portugal v Wales last night it proved to be a real damp squib of a game.The markets are really struggling to split the pair tonight and it’s the first serious test for the host nation after enjoying a relatively easy run through to the last four with games against Iceland, Ireland, Romania, Albania and Switzerland.Germany are without equal at this stage of major tournaments but even for them the loss of suspended defender Mats Hummels and the injured pair of Sami Khedira and Mario Gomez is a big blow. Whilst Germany (as usual) won a penalty shootout to get here against Italy the usual clinical finishing was missing and the penalties were more the stuff of tin pan alley.France have never kept a clean sheet in their four meetings with Germany at major tournaments and I expect goals again tonight. Even though it’s a tight game on paper I’m not sure it will be a case of the teams cancelling each other out and I am expecting goals at both ends.Germany v FranceUEFA EURO 2016 Semi-Final20:00 BBC One / BBC One HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Nov 2015 INTERNATIONAL France 2-0 GermanyJul 2014 WORLD CUP France 0-1 GermanyFeb 2013 INTERNATIONAL France 1-2 GermanyFeb 2012 INTERNATIONAL Germany 1-2 FranceNov 2005 INTERNATIONAL France 0-0 GermanyNov 2003 INTERNATIONAL Germany 0-3 FranceFeb 2001 INTERNATIONAL France 1-0 GermanyJun 1996 INTERNATIONAL Germany 0-1 FranceMar 1937 INTERNATIONAL Germany 4-0 FranceMar 1935 INTERNATIONAL France 1-3 GermanyBoth teams to score at evens and over 2.5 goals at 5/4 are my Star Sports plays.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE 75 points at evens with Star SportsBACK OVER 2.5 GOALS 75 points at 5/4 with Star SportsEuro 2016 Profit/Loss: -59 pointslast_img read more

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 2 September RACING MOVERS4.50 MusselburghEquity 3/1 > 2/14.55 AscotTakatul 2/1 > 5/45.30 HaydockMichael’s Mount 6/1 > 4/1SATURDAY LIVE FOOTBALLLeague One12:15 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD5/6 Peterborough United 7/2 Swindon Town 12/5 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img

first_imgBET NOW WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]E[/dropcap]ngland look plenty short enough to beat Scotland tonight in the home nations World Cup Qualifier at Wembley.144 years of history in the world’s oldest fixture but whether we are in for a classic is highly unlikely.Both teams are a long way from their best and although England top Group F – Scotland get the chance to join them on seven points if they can win and anything other than a win for England could see them overtaken by Slovenia who are long odds-on to beat Malta.Caretaker boss Gareth Southgate has announced the return of Wayne Rooney who will captain the side tonight having been dropped for the 0-0 draw in Slovenia last month.Southgate said: “He’s in a better place than for the last get-together in terms of sharpness and confidence.“He’s an experienced player for a game like this and there is no hesitation to be playing him.”Southgate is likely to stay loyal to Daniel Sturridge despite the Liverpool striker not scoring in the Premier League this season.Scotland’s manager Gordon Strachan said: “It’s important not to get caught up in the emotion of the match and to use your passion to run faster than you’ve ever run before, jump higher then you’ve ever jumped and concentrate harder than you ever have.“If you get too emotional you can lose focus so we’ve got to use that emotion and passion to play better than we ever have before.“The atmosphere could focus us but it might spook a few people too. Our focus has been tremendous and the squad are oblivious to anything else but this game of football,” added Strachan.England v ScotlandFIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier19:45 ITV / ITV HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Nov 2014 INTERNATIONAL Scotland 1-3 EnglandAug 2013 INTERNATIONAL England 3-2 ScotlandNov 1999 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS England 0-1 ScotlandNov 1999 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS Scotland 0-2 EnglandJun 1996 EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS England 2-0 ScotlandMay 1989 INTERNATIONAL Scotland 0-2 EnglandMay 1988 INTERNATIONAL England 1-0 ScotlandMay 1987 INTERNATIONAL Scotland 0-0 EnglandApr 1986 INTERNATIONAL England 2-1 ScotlandMay 1985 INTERNATIONAL Scotland 1-0 EnglandThe DRAW at 100/30 with Star Sports appeals most.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK DRAW 5 points at 100/30 with Star SportsPROFIT/LOSS SINCE EUROS: +77.23 pointslast_img read more

first_imgBack to Punchestown on Friday for three rides on day four. Clerk of the course Brendan Sheridan was planning to water the track on Thursday evening to keep the ground as it’s basically been for the first three days, on the slow side, good to yielding and yielding in places. I’ve three rides on Friday’s card.FRIDAYPUNCHESTOWN FESTIVALMILL QUEST (4:55 Hanlon Concrete Irish EBF Glencarraig Lady Francis Flood Mares Handicap Chase (Grade B))The mare is in foal and makes quite a quick reappearance after winning nicely for me the last day at Fairyhouse in what looked quite a nice field. However, she is up 9lb today which is going to make life a little more difficult for us in what is a more competitive race. The ground and distance should be spot on for her though.5:30 BETDAQ Punchestown Champion Hurdle (Grade 1)No ride for me here but it looks a belter of a renewal with the last two winners Supasundae and Wicklow Brave mixing it with Apple’s Jade and Buveur D’Air who are both looking to bounce back to top form. It’s so tough but I’d narrowly favour Buveur D’Air to give Nicky Henderson another winner here this week and reverse Aintree form with Supasundae.SAMS PROFILE (6:05 Alanna Homes Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1))Is a lovely horse who is still very much improving. He ran a big race at Cheltenham when fifth in the Ballymore but the problem today is the winner of that race City Island is also back for more – so we have something to find on the form book. I think the form is solid though and will hopefully mean we can get a piece of the action.DUNVEGAN (7:10 SalesSense International Novice Hurdle)I’ve never ridden this fella before but he’s shown plenty of ability – notably at Fairyhouse in December when I finished a fair way second to him. He’s struggled in two Grade 1’s since at Leopardstown (when found to be clinically abnormal) and was pulled up in the Ballymore.  He obviously needs to bounce back  but if he does should be able to get a little bit more competitive in this company. It does look competitive though with Willie Mullins having three strong contenders and Joseph’s (O’Brien) Gardens Of Babylon very consistent.Good LuckDAVYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at and we’ll try and include in the next blog…last_img read more

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: (713) 348-6778EMAIL: jadeboyd@rice.eduSTUDIES PROBE RAPID EVOLUTION OF CHINESE TALLOW TREESUSDA and NSF Fund Search for Genetic, Environmental Clues to Invaders’ SuccessThe evolution of species is usually thought to be long and arduous, with the culling of bad mutations and the natural selection of good ones taking tens of thousands, if not millions, of years. But throughout the southern coastal regions of the United States, the process may be unfolding at a dramatic pace — on the order of decades — thanks to something Benjamin Franklin did in 1772.Franklin, then in Europe, sent Chinese tallow tree seedlings to an associate in Georgia. Known for its heart-shaped leaves and white fruits, the Chinese tallow tree originated in Asia. The U.S. government brought it to the Houston area around 1900 in hope of using its wax-covered seeds as an agricultural crop. Rice University biologists Evan Siemann and William Rogers have discovered surprising evidence that the trees in Texas are genetically different from their Asian forebears.With two new grants from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), Siemann, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and Rogers, Faculty Fellow, plan a detailed comparison of Chinese tallow trees from the U.S. Gulf Coast, Hawaii and China. In field studies and lab experiments, Siemann, Rogers and colleagues will chart the genetic differences between the regional varieties of tallow trees, and they’ll study how well the trees from each region survive when they are transplanted to other regions. Ultimately, they hope to find out whether the genetic changes they have already documented are occurring as a result of natural selection.“This is the single best example of post-introduction genetic change by any plant species,” said Siemann. “What we don’t know is whether those genetic changes are important for the Chinese tallow trees’ success as an invader.”On the coastal plains of the U.S., Chinese tallow trees are a scourge. In a scant 30 years, they can reduce an ecologically diverse prairie to a single-species forest. Recent studies, in areas including the Big Thicket National Preserve, indicate the invading tallow trees are just as successful at taking over native forests.One reason the trees thrive in Texas is that they’re ignored by the local insect population. Siemann and Rogers have shown that Texas trees produce lower amounts of chemicals that deter insects, which allows them to grow faster than Asian varieties.“It could be these chemicals are produced in lower quantities because they aren’t needed, which allows the trees to put more energy into rapid growth,” said Siemann. “It could also be that the genetic differences we’ve documented don’t reflect changes that have taken place in North America but are due to the fact that trees came from different parts of China.”To study this, Siemann and Rogers this month received a $390,000 grant from the NSF to compare the genetic traits of tallow trees in China and the United States. The study will include trees from Texas, Hawaii and 10 provinces of China.“One reason we’re including Hawaii in our NSF research program is that tallow tree cultivation failed miserably there, largely because the Chinese rose beetle got to the islands long before the trees did,” said Siemann. “During the ’70s energy crisis, a privately funded group tried to grow Chinese tallow trees in Hawaii as a source of biomass for fuel, but the introduced Asian beetles just decimated the trees, especially those which were brought from Texas.”Reuniting Texas varieties of Chinese tallow tree and its native herbivores in China may help researchers understand its success in the U.S. If the combination of low defenses, fast growth and low insect attack is the secret to Chinese tallow tree’s success in Texas, varieties collected in Texas and grown in China should exhibit lowered insect defenses and be easy prey for insects. But, when protected from insects, the invasive North American varieties should outperform the Asian varieties.Next month, Siemann’s group will be awarded a three-year $195,000 grant from the USDA for a comparative analysis of tallow trees on the U.S. mainland. This study in Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Georgia will examine the trees’ tendency to let down their defenses against insects.In contrast to Texas, some data suggests that Chinese tallow trees in Georgia are targeted by indigenous insects. Siemann and Rogers think this may indicate the trees are going through a cycle where they are initially ignored by local insects, let down their defenses and consequently become easy targets. Such a process of evolution — lower resistance by alien plants in the absence of appreciable natural enemies followed by rapid colonization by native insects — may play an important role in plant invasions and their eventual integration into the local flora.To test this theory, Siemann, Rogers, and Saara DeWalt, the Huxley Instructor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, are growing seedlings from seeds collected from states across the southern U.S. Working with a large group of graduate and undergraduate students, they’ll mount a half-dozen road trips to Georgia each year. Along the way, they’ll stop at test sites in each state to plant seedlings from all regions. If the theory is correct, the trees from Texas should have the least insect defenses and therefore be targeted more often by insects in every region. Trees from each region should suffer higher damage in Georgia where local insects have had more time to develop a taste for Chinese tallow trees. If confirmed, their results could have profound implications for the field of biological control. They may change the underlying assumptions that are used to predict future invaders and aid in the development of new control strategies for existing invaders. # # #  AddThislast_img read more

first_img Last Updated May 22, 2019 by Matthew KormanFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Northwestern Kellogg Reveals New MBA Deadlines Hopeful applicants to the next MBA class at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management have a new batch of deadlines to keep tabs on.New Northwestern MBA DeadlinesRound OneApplication Deadline: Sep. 18, 2019Decision Deadline: Dec. 11, 2019 Round TwoApplication Deadline: Jan. 8, 2020Decision Deadline: March 25, 2020Round ThreeApplication Deadline: April 8, 2020Decision Deadline: May 13, 2020Learn more about the Northwestern Univeristy full-time MBA program here. regions: Chicagocenter_img About the AuthorMatthew KormanMatthew Korman is the Managing Editor of MetroMBA. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked as a music industry writer and promoter, a data analyst, and with numerous academic institutions. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.View more posts by Matthew Korman RelatedU. Michigan MBA Deadlines UpdatedHopeful applicants to the next full-time MBA class at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan  have some new deadlines to remember. New Michigan MBA Deadlines Round One Application Deadline: Sep. 30, 2019 Decision Deadline: Dec. 18, 2019 Round Two Application Deadline: Jan. 6, 2020 Decision Deadline:…June 5, 2019In “Advice”The Wharton School Debuts New Full-Time MBA DeadlinesHopeful applicants to the full-time MBA Class of 2022 at the Wharton School have some new deadlines to remember. In addition, the school revealed its next rounds of MBA/MA–Lauder and JD/MBA deadlines. Wharton Full-Time MBA Deadlines Round One Application Deadline: Sep. 17, 2019 Interview Decision: Oct. 27, 2019 Decision Release: Dec.…May 27, 2019In “Featured Home”Northwestern Kellogg Announces New MBA DeadlinesThe newest batch of Northwestern MBA deadline dates have been announced for the Kellogg School of Management, going in to the 2018-19 academic season. Round One Deadlines: September 19, 2018 Notifications: December 12, 2018 Round Two Deadlines: January 9, 2019 Notifications: March 27, 2019 Round Three Deadlines: April 10, 2019…June 13, 2018In “Advice”last_img read more

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share George H.W. Bush, Wife Barbara, Recovering From Illnesses By The Associated Press January 21, 2017 Updated: January 21, 2017 Show Discussion Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, continued to improve Saturday as they recover from illnesses at Houston Methodist Hospital, a family spokesman said.“President Bush is breathing well without any mechanical assistance, his spirits are high, and he is looking forward to getting back to a regular schedule,” spokesman Jim McGrath said.Bush, 92, entered the hospital a week ago after experiencing breathing difficulties that doctors determined were related to pneumonia. Physicians on Wednesday inserted a breathing tube, a ventilator was employed to assist his breathing and he was moved into intensive care. The tube was removed Friday.“President Bush will be remaining in the ICU for observation for a few more days,” McGrath said. “He is looking forward to getting back to a regular schedule.”The nation’s 41st president felt well enough to call his office Friday evening to check in with his staff, according to McGrath.Former first lady Barbara Bush, 91, entered the hospital Wednesday after feeling run down and coughing for the past few weeks. Doctors determined she had bronchitis, prescribed antibiotics and by the following day she reported feeling much better. She’s been kept in the hospital for observation and rest but could be discharged on Sunday, McGrath said.The Bushes’ 72-year marriage is the longest of any presidential couple in American history. center_img Share this article US In this May 3, 2006 photo, former President George H.W. Bush embraces former first lady Barbara Bush after she introduced him at the Genesis Women’s Shelter Mother’s Day Luncheon in Dallas. The Bushes, who have had the longest marriage of any presidential couple in American history, were both hospitalized this week in Houston, where the former president is being treated for pneumonia and his wife for bronchitis. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) last_img read more

first_imgFrom Share this article US Kansas Woman Disqualified From National Contest for Pro-Trump Instagram Post By NTD Television July 24, 2017 Updated: July 31, 2017 A Kansas woman was disqualified from a national contest because she supported the Trump campaign.Gyspy Freeman, a local makeup artist, won a national contest sponsored by Kat Von D Beauty, however, a pro-Trump Instagram post disqualified from the national competition sponsored by Kat Von D, reports The Eagle.The contest winner of the Saint + Sinner Contest would fly out to Los Angeles to attend the launch party of a new makeup line from Kat Vot D, they would also receive a $500 gift card to Sephora, reports the newspaper. Share The day she won the competition, people found her post supporting Trump. Kat Von D personally messaged and told her that she had “drawn a personal line in the sand between myself and anyone who supports that man,” according to screenshots. Freeman replied with “I won’t be upset with you if you can’t have us there for these reasons, and I wish you the best. We would love to be there, of course, but I sincerely do understand if you decide to replace us with someone who supports the candidate.”  The parent company of Kat Von D Beauty, Kendo Holdings did not respond to The Eagle’s multiple calls and messages. The contest’s existence has also been removed from the brand’s Instagram account and website. According to the cached version of the website, the rules state that any legal U.S. resident 18 or older are eligible to win and could enter by submitting a “Saint and Sinner inspired” makeup look.  It’s “really unfortunate” that politics was brought into an art contest, Freeman told The Wichita Eagle, “where I never brought it into the art contest.”“It’s definitely bigotry-it’s everything that they’re calling us, they’re doing. It’s a huge case of hypocrisy.”“Part of the great thing about this country is having the freedom of speech.” The photographer of Freeman’s submission, Jenn Bischof, went to the launch party in Freeman’s stead, shows Bischof’s Instagram. Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Kat Von D attends the Kat Von D Beauty Fragrance Launch Press Party #SAINTANDSINNER on June 20, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for KAT VON D BEAUTY) last_img read more

first_img Share “The father had a problem,” said a neighbor. “People knew. I was surprised Carlos was involved. He was a good son.”“That building was always fine until recently,” another resident told the Post. “We’ve never had anything like this before, but lately there’s been a lot of men, drinking, getting drunk outside, late into the night.”It’s unclear what kind of drug the two men used, but according to a recent New York Times report, “drug overdoses are expected to remain the leading cause of death for Americans under 50, as synthetic opioids — primarily fentanyl and its analogues — continue to push the death count higher.”Fatal drug overdoses involving fentanyl are up 540 percent in three years.A 1 kilogram brick of fentanyl (L) and fentanyl pills (R). (Drug Enforcement Agency Media Library) A 1 kilogram brick of fentanyl (L) and fentanyl pills (R). (Drug Enforcement Agency Media Library)According to the New York City Department of Health, fentanyl was involved in 44 percent of overdose deaths in 2016 in the city.“The number of overdose deaths continues to skyrocket, leaving our families and our communities reeling,” said Manhattan Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal in the June report. US News Father, Son Die of Apparent Drug Overdoses After Birthday Party By Jack Phillips October 29, 2017 Updated: October 30, 2017 Share this article A father and son both allegedly overdosed and died after a Brooklyn birthday party, police told the New York Post.Carlos Andrade, a father-of-two, went to Brooklyn to celebrate a family birthday. He was discovered alongside his dad, Joseph Andrade, in apparent double opioid overdose, police said.Carlos’ girlfriend, Jasmin, found the two after 3 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, in Greenwood.“Jasmin found Carlos dying,” a cousin, Sonia Santos, told the Post. “She screamed and tried to help him. She said he was turning blue.” Carlos Andrade (Facebook)Joseph was found just feet away from his son, police stated. After the party, the two excused themselves to have a cigarette. But, according to police, they never came back.“He was very close with his oldest son,” Santos said of Carlos, who had two children, aged 1 and 4. “I don’t know what they are going to do without him.”Officers responding to the scene administered Narcan, which can reverse the effects of a drug overdose. It was too late, however.While Carlos was described as a devoted dad who never used drugs, a relative told the paper that his father, 44, might have struggled with addiction.center_img (Michael Gil via Wikimedia Commons)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Father and son in Brooklyn die of overdose of apparent drug after birthday party— Breaking112 (@breaking112) October 29, 2017 Show Discussionlast_img read more