Top scholar

first_imgFranklin West, a University of Georgia assistant professor of animal and dairy science in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, has been named one of the nation’s top scholars under 40 by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. West, who is on the steering committee for the UGA Regenerative Bioscience Center, works closely with center director Steve Stice, a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar. They recently discovered that pluripotent stem cells can be used in pigs without causing tumors. His research is now focusing on how pig stem cells can develop into cells of the central nervous system to ultimately help patients who have suffered from stroke or traumatic brain injury. To date, there is only one FDA approved treatment for stroke and none for traumatic brain injury. Using a pig stem cell therapy model, West and collaborator Dr. Simon Platt, a UGA College of Veterinary Medicine neurosurgeon, are working to unlock the secrets of how stem cells can effectively and safely treat human patients. “Frank is a rising star, and this award is well deserved,” Stice said. “At an early stage in his career, he has already demonstrated strengths in intellect, teaching, research and collegiality.”West received a bachelor’s of science degree in biology from Morehouse College and a doctorate in stem cell biology from UGA. Prior to joining UGA in 2009, he was a consultant with Aruna Biomedical, an Athens-based biotechnology company.West was a Minority Access to Research Careers U-Star Research Fellow and a David and Lucille Packard Research Fellow at Morehouse College. He has been published in several national and international scientific peer-reviewed journals for cellular biology.West, along with 11 other scholars under the age of 40, was featured on Jan. 5 in the special Emerging Scholars edition of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as the magazine kicked off 2012 by recognizing rising stars in the academy. Each scholar was selected based on research, educational background, publishing record, teaching record, competitiveness of field of study and uniqueness of field of study.“Dr. West is a dynamic scientist working in one of the most exciting and promising areas of biology,” said J. Scott Angle, dean and director of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “I can’t wait to see what he does in his career, and I know we are all going to be better off because of his efforts. Few scientists have gotten off to such a good start to their careers.” The “Emerging Scholars” for 2012 are:• Magdalena Bezanilla, associate professor of biology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst• Majel Boxer, assistant professor of Native American and indigenous studies, Fort Lewis College• Kristian Brown, adjunct assistant professor of biomedical engineering, Wayne State University• Alexes Harris, associate professor of sociology, University of Washington• Jenny Lee, associate professor of higher education, Center for the Study of Higher Education, University of Arizona• Karen An-Hwei Lee, professor and chair, department of English, Vanguard University of Southern California• Geanncarlo Lugo-Villarino, postdoctoral fellow, Institut de Pharmacologie et de Biologie Structurale, Toulouse, France• Osagie K. Obasogie, associate professor of law, University of California, Hastings• Mariel Vazquez, associate professor of mathematics, San Francisco State University• Franklin West, assistant professor of animal and dairy science, University of Georgia• Byron Williams, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, Mississippi State University• Frances Williams, associate professor of engineering, Norfolk State Universitylast_img read more

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Leagues speak out over World Cup

first_img A proposed December 23 date for the World Cup final, backed initially by UEFA, would have come as an even greater blow to the English leagues had it been confirmed by FIFA. The approved tournament dates should at least allow the Premier League to open again for business for a Boxing Day round of games, with the top flight and Football League both knowing the value of the lucrative festive fixture programme. And, as FIFA’s director of communications Walter De Gregorio said in Zurich: “You have enough time to do your Christmas shopping.” It was already known that neither league body would welcome a World Cup in the middle of the English season, but also that the climate in host country Qatar meant a summer tournament was not considered feasible by world governing body FIFA. An inconvenient tournament had appeared an inevitability long before FIFA confirmed in Zurich on Thursday that its 2022 showpiece will run from November 21 to December 18. Press Association The Premier League and Football League put their shared disappointment on record on Saturday following FIFA’s announcement that the 2022 World Cup will be played in November and December. The emphasis will now fall on ensuring disruption is kept to a minimum in the 2022/23 season, and in the campaigns either side. The Premier League said in a statement: “While we remain very disappointed with the process and the outcome for deciding the timing of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, at least we now have fixed dates to work with. “The Premier League’s sole focus now is ensuring that the impact on our season is as limited as possible. This means there is still some discussion and accommodation required over call-up periods, international dates and other competition organisers’ schedules.” While it seems certain the Premier League will have to shut down for close to two months, to allow players to head away to training camps, participate in the tournament, and return from Qatar, the same may not apply to the Football League. Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey said: “While we remain disappointed that the 2022 World Cup will be staged during the playing season, having certainty over the dates will at least now give us the opportunity to consider the implications for the domestic league and cup fixture calendar both during the World Cup itself and elsewhere in the 2022/23 season.” Harvey added: “We will now seek prompt clarification as to whether domestic competitions will be permitted to continue during the period of the tournament, if that ultimately proves to be the choice of our clubs, and whether any such matches could be broadcast on television. “There will also be any number of other practical issues to address with our clubs and other stakeholders.” Football League clubs may yet object to their season running through the World Cup, given the increasing number of international footballers at teams in the Championship, League One and League Two, who could be left weakened by call-ups. last_img read more

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is now more closer than ever to play for Milan?

first_imgNumerous world media reported that Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is now more closer than ever to returning to Milan in January.Ibrahimovic was sold to PSG during the summer of 2012, but admitted he did not want to leave San Sira.Rumors about his return have been around for months, and the Sky and Calciomercato state that the player and club are getting closer to the deal.  Currently, Zlatan’s agent Mino Raiola is in contact with the technical director of Milan.It is believed that Ibrahimovic will agree to an annual salary of four million euros, but the problem is the length of the contract. Ibrahimovic wants a guaranteed 18-month contract. His contract with LA Galaxy expires at the end of the upcoming MLS season, so compensation will also be needed.Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a forward for LA Galaxy. Primarily a striker, he is a prolific goalscorer, who is best known for his technique, creativity, strength, ability in the air, and his powerful and accurate striking ability. He is currently the third-most decorated active footballer in the world having won 32 trophies in his career. He has scored over 500 senior career goals for club and country.Ibrahimović began his career at Malmö FF in the late 1990s, where consistent standout performances earned him a move to Ajax. At Ajax, Ibrahimović gained a reputation as one of the most promising forwards in Europe, and departed two years later to sign for Juventus. He excelled in Serie A in a strike partnership with David Trezeguet, before joining domestic rivals Inter Milan in 2006, where he was named to the UEFA Team of the Year in both 2007 and 2009. In addition, Ibrahimović would finish as the league’s top scorer in 2008–09 and win three straight Scudetti. In the summer of 2009, he moved to Barcelona in one of the world’s most expensive transfers, before returning to Italy the following season, joining Milan in a deal that made him one of the highest-paid players in the world. He won another Scudetto with Milan in the 2010–11 season, before joining Paris Saint-Germain in July 2012. During his four-season stay in France, Ibrahimović won four consecutive Ligue 1 titles, three Coupes de la Ligue, two Coupes de France and was the top scorer in Ligue 1 for three seasons. He was named in the FIFA World XI for 2013. In October 2015, he became PSG’s all-time leading goalscorer and finished his PSG career with 156 goals in 180 competitive matches. After a brief stint with Manchester United, where he captured the UEFA Europa League and two domestic trophies, Ibrahimović joined LA Galaxy in 2018.last_img read more

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ROS roster shakeup ‘hard to accept at first,’ admits Belga

first_imgRead Next “Yung feeling, masakit kasi binuo ito ni coach Yeng as a family. Yung isa isang nawawala, parang sa una, mahirap tanggapin,” he said.(It’s a painful feeling seeing players one-by-one go because the team coach Yeng built was a family and it’s really hard to accept at first.)FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSince the team won the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup last season, Rain or Shine has never made it past the quarterfinals, with roster changes abound since Guiao’s departure.But true to the lessons ingrained by their old mentor, Belga said he has no other recourse but to keep doing his job as the Painters hope to finally turn the page for the Elasto Painters and get themselves back to their championship-contending ways. “Sinabi niya nga sa amin na it’s our job,” he shared. “Di namin alam kung saan kami mapupunta, kung bukas makalawa, di mo alam kung nasa anong team ka na. You have to be prepared sa pinakamalupit na mangyayari.”(He told us that it’s our job. We don’t know where we’ll end up, if tomorrow or the other day, we’ll be in another team. You have to be prepared for the worst that can happen.)Belga is bracing for what’s next for his team, sharing that he’s open on whatever path the Rain or Shine management decides to put him on.“It’s their decision if they think they want to trade me. I can’t do anything there and I have no control over that. The only thing I can control is my game. For that matter, it’s going to be the management’s decision,” he said.Belga added he will do his best to keep the Elasto Painters in contention, especially in the season-ending 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PH’s SEA Games campaign gets going Tuesday WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe recent changes in Rain or Shine really hits home for Beau Belga.From coach Yeng Guiao’s departure last season, to trades involving Paul Lee, JR Quiñahan, and now Jeff Chan, the burly big man has been a silent witness as remnants of the old Elasto Painters crew fade away.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Each of us need to adapt to the system. We’re okay. With the new additions, I think we can have a better run this conference,” he said. MOST READ Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View commentslast_img read more

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UEFA opens case against Liverpool and Roma

first_imgLiverpool UEFA opens disciplinary proceedings against Liverpool & Roma Jamie Smith 01:30 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Liverpool Roma fans Anfield Getty Liverpool UEFA Champions League Roma Both sides will be examined after disturbances outside Anfield ahead of last month’s Champions League semi-final UEFA has announced disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Liverpool and Roma following the Champions League semi-final between the clubs.Trouble erupted outside Anfield minutes before kick-off in the first leg of the tie on April 24, with Liverpool fan Sean Cox left in a critical condition following the incident .UEFA confirmed on Tuesday disciplinary proceedings have been opened against both clubs in connection with clashes between supporters. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Liverpool are additionally under investigation for the throwing of objects and setting off of fireworks during the game.This case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on May 31.Jurgen Klopp’s Reds face holders Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday in Kiev, having progressed 7-6 on aggregate against Roma. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Golar LNG Delfin Midstream Team Up on Delfin LNG

first_imgzoom Delfin Midstream and Golar LNG Limited have entered into a joint development agreement for the Delfin LNG project, off the coast of Cameron Parish, Lousiana utilising Golar’s FLNG technology. The parties informed that the deal will facilitate the financing, marketing, construction, development and operation of Delfin LNG, the first and only permitted floating LNG export project in the United States.The project is a brownfield deepwater port requiring minimal additional infrastructure investment to support up to four FLNG vessels producing up to 13 million tonnes of LNG per annum, according to Golar LNG.At the beginning of June 2017, Delfin received approval from the US Department of Energy for long-term exports of LNG to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the United States.Additionally, Golar designed, financed, contracted, and built its first FLNG vessel, the FLNG Hilli Episeyo, which is scheduled to sail away from Keppel shipyard in the third quarter of 2017. A second vessel of the same FLNG design, the FLNG Gandria, is soon to be converted subject to a Final Investment Decision (FID) by the Fortuna project partners.It is expected that FID on the Delfin project will take place in 2018 with first LNG expected to be delivered in 2021/22.last_img read more

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Baloney meter Is Justin Trudeaus ethics breach a first in Canadian history

first_imgOTTAWA – “Justin Trudeau broke the law. A first in Canadian history for any sitting Prime Minister.” — Tweet from Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, Jan. 5, 2018.____In December, Mary Dawson, then the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner, found Prime Minister Justin Trudeau contravened four sections of the Conflict of Interest Act in relation to vacations on a private island owned by the Aga Khan.The findings prompted Andrew Scheer to tweet that Trudeau had broken the ethics law, a historical first for a prime minister of Canada.How accurate was the Conservative leader’s claim?Spoiler Alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).This one earns a rating of “a little baloney.” The assertion is mostly accurate but more information is required. Here’s why:The FactsThe Trudeau case stands out as the only one in which a sitting prime minister was found to have violated a federal statute.However, the issue of prime ministerial wrongdoing is not quite that simple, said Michael Atkinson, a professor with the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and associate member of the department of political studies at the University of Saskatchewan.“First, we haven’t had a federal ethics law for very long, so it is a bit misleading to invoke a standard that most prime ministers couldn’t breach if they wanted to. Second, breaking rules, whether laws or codes, is not the only standard for ethical evaluation.”The Conflict of Interest Act came into effect in 2006. It has applied only to Trudeau and his Conservative predecessor, Stephen Harper.However, there are other examples of prime ministers being sanctioned for impropriety, facing serious accusations of wrongdoing or, at the very least, being called to explain their actions.“We have had prime ministers whose dealings with private interests have proven exceedingly costly to their reputations and to the parties they led,” Atkinson said.Here’s a look at some of those cases, in chronological order:The Pacific Scandal — John A. Macdonald’s Conservative government was rocked by allegations that wealthy Montrealer Hugh Allan had been promised a contract to build a cross-country railway in exchange for more than $350,000 in political donations. Macdonald professed innocence, but he resigned as prime minister in 1873.Schreiber Affair — A federal inquiry led by Justice Jeffrey Oliphant found in 2010 that it was inappropriate for former prime minister Brian Mulroney, after leaving office, to accept cash-stuffed envelopes from German-Canadian businessman Karlheinz Schreiber. Oliphant said Mulroney “failed to live up to the standard of conduct that he himself adopted in the 1985 ethics code” for ministers, parliamentary secretaries and other senior public office holders.Shawinigate — Jean Chretien was dogged by accusations in the 1990s of inappropriately using his influence to seek financing from the Federal Business Development Bank on behalf of Yvon Duhaime, owner of the Auberge Grand Mere hotel. At the time, Chretien was part-owner of an adjacent golf course, despite an attempt to sell his shares.Contempt case — In March 2011, the Speaker of the House of Commons chastised Stephen Harper’s Conservative government for withholding the full costs of anti-crime measures, corporate tax cuts and a planned fighter jet purchase. It led to the government’s defeat on a non-confidence motion declaring the government in contempt of Parliament.The VerdictGiven the historical record, Scheer’s claim contains “a little baloney.”MethodologyThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney – the statement is completely accurateA little baloney – the statement is mostly accurate but more information is requiredSome baloney – the statement is partly accurate but important details are missingA lot of baloney – the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truthFull of baloney – the statement is completely inaccuratelast_img read more

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Chief Metals and Mining Investment Strategist Loui

first_imgChief Metals and Mining Investment Strategist Louis James sees great things for both silver and gold producers just over the horizon. In this podcast interview for Gecko Research, he explains why now may be the time to act despite your fears, and offers some specific guidance. Listen to the podcast here.Having been mentored by legendary speculator Doug Casey himself, Louis James’ track record speaks for itself. And it doesn’t come from luck nor other people’s work: he spends most of his time traveling to remote areas of the world so that he can kick rocks with company geologists and talk to locals to assess the politics surrounding exploration and mining. Right now he’s got his eye on several juniors that appear poised to be taken over by larger companies – that’s precisely where the junior precious-metals sector offers its most outsized gains. Can you set aside your fear and position yourself to reap large rewards?last_img read more

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