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January 20, 2020
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Edwards, Griffith join Jamaica Scorpions

first_imgBarbadian opener Kirk Edwards and his young Guyanese counterpart, Trevon Griffith, are both in the country and will meet up with their Jamaica Scorpion teammates today, ahead of the team’s sixth and final West Indies Professional Cricket League trial match at Sabina Park. The duo, who are at different ends of the spectrum of the West Indies Professional League in terms of experience, were drafted by Jamaica as their two compulsory overseas-based professionals for the championship. The 30-year-old Edwards, who has represented the West Indies in 17 Tests and has an average of 31.80, including two centuries and eight fifties, was excluded from the list of 15 players contracted by Barbados Pride. He was the Scorpion’s first overseas pick during the draft held before the summer, and was followed by Griffith, who failed to make the roster of title-holders Guyana Jaguars. The 24-year-old Griffith, a former West Indies Under-19 representative, has so far made seven regional first-class appearances, managing one fifty for an average of 13.66. The two will be hoping to impress the national selectors for a starting spot in the Jamaica franchise team, which last season chopped and changed openers to little effect. Jamaica, former recent five-time back-to-back champions, finished fourth in the six-team tournament last season. Meanwhile, Edwards and Griffith could be joined by West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton and former national leg-spinner Akeem Dewar for tomorrow’s final trial match. Walton, Jamaica’s most prolific batsman towards the end of last season, and Dewar missed the earlier trial matches due to their studies at the University of The West Indies. They are both hoping to represent Jamaica as pay-per-play players.last_img read more

January 11, 2020
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1 woman in 4 has virus that can cause cervical cancer

first_imgThere are dozens of strains of HPV. Low-risk forms can cause genital warts and noncancerous changes in cells in the cervix, and often clear without treatment. Several high-risk forms have been linked with cervical cancer. Dunne said HPV prevalence is thought to be high in men as well, but none were studied. An estimated 11,150 U.S. women will be diagnosed this year with cervical cancer, and about 3,670 will die from it. Numbers are much higher worldwide, especially in developing countries where Pap tests to detect cervical cancer are not routine. The new vaccine, Merck’s Gardasil, was approved last June for girls and women age 9 to 26. It protects against two HPV strains believed responsible for about 70 percent of cervical cancer cases, and two other strains that cause 90 percent of genital wart cases.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHICAGO – One in four U.S. women ages 14 to 59 is infected with the sexually transmitted virus that in some forms can cause cervical cancer, according to the first broad national estimate. The figure is mostly in line with previous assessments. The highest prevalence – nearly 45 percent – was found in young women within the age range recommended for a new virus-fighting vaccine, according to a report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers have estimated that 20 million Americans have some form of HPV. The study concluded that 26.8 percent of U.S. women are infected, a figure that is comparable to earlier estimates using smaller groups. “We expected the prevalence of any HPV infection would be high and that’s what we found,” said CDC researcher Dr. Eileen Dunne, the study’s lead author. Just 3.4 percent of the women studied had infections with one of the four HPV strains that the new vaccine protects against. But that doesn’t mean the vaccine should be written off, said Dr. Yvonne Collins, an assistant professor of gynecologic cancer at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For one thing, Collins said, that relatively small percentage corresponds with a lot of women – about 3 million, according to the report. And it does not include those with past infections that have cleared up. The number of women with HPV strains targeted by the vaccine was lower than in some previous, less comprehensive estimates. And the overall HPV prevalence among the youngest women studied, 14- to-24-year-olds, was substantially higher than in previous estimates, 7.5 million versus 4.6 million. Dunne attributed those variations to different study populations and different HPV detection methods. She said the results should not be interpreted to mean infection prevalence has changed in recent years. The report appears in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association. last_img read more

December 21, 2019
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Chelsea said to be chasing Argentine and Blues are linked with Kroos

first_imgChelsea have joined Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United in the race to sign Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo, the Express claim.The Argentine has been touted as a possible successor to Ashley Cole at Stamford Bridge.Three overseas clubs are looking to sign left-back Cole following his recent departure from Chelsea, according to Sky.Elsewhere, there is speculation that Chelsea may try to hijack Real Madrid’s bid to sign Germany international Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich.There is also speculation over the future of Petr Cech amid reports that he could be ousted as Chelsea’s first choice goalkeeper by Thibault Courtois.Forest’s Lascelles is wanted by QPRThe Mirror reports that Cech’s agent Viktor Kolar is confident the 32-year-old will be snapped up by a top European club if he loses his place.Kolar is quoted as saying: “We have not been given any signals that Petr would be made available.“If that was the case, though, you have to realise that Petr is one of the world’s top goalkeepers and has a certain salary.“There are not many clubs who could afford to sign him. If he were to leave, we’re discussing two or three clubs in the world.”Meanwhile, the Daily Star claim Eliaquim Mangala wants to join Chelsea despite Manchester City agreeing a £32m deal for the Porto and France defender.And QPR face competition from Tottenham for the signing of Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles, according to the Daily Mail. West London Sport this week revealed that Rangers had made an offer for the 20-year-old centre-back.And the Mail say Spurs are planning to table a £5m bid for Lascelles, who made 34 appearances for Forest last season.It is also suggested that the player would prefer to stay in the north rather than move to London.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

December 20, 2019
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Eric Paschall misses Warriors’ summer-league game vs Raptors

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The Warriors sat rookie forward Eric Paschall in Saturday’s summer-league game against the Toronto Raptors because of a tailbone bruise.It is not immediately clear what caused Paschall’s injury. But the Warriors plan to remain cautious with all of their players in summer-league games. Paschall could return for Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Warriors will have Sunday off.The Warriors selected Paschall with the No. 41 pick of the NBA draft. The Warriors …last_img

December 20, 2019
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Derek Carr leads Raiders into playoff contention

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the video or photo gallery on your mobile device. OAKLAND — At some point before the end of the season, Derek Carr may reach too early for a pylon, force a ball into coverage and catch the kind of heat that comes with the territory of being an NFL quarterback.But the debate is over, if there ever was one. The way Carr played Sunday in a 31-24 win over the Detroit Lions showed why coach Jon Gruden was never interested in moving on from Carr this year. Just …last_img

December 18, 2019
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South Africa sets off on Transport Month

first_img30 September 2015Under the theme “Together we move South Africa forward”, the Department of Transport will launch its annual October Transport Month (OTM) campaign on 1 October.OTM focuses on infrastructure projects that have major socio-economic spin-offs, for all modes of transport such as road, aviation, maritime, rail and public transport.Focus areasThis year, emphasis will be placed on four pillars:Jobs created through infrastructure and other service delivery programmes;Major infrastructure developments and improvements and links to local economic developments;Special programmes aimed at youth and women; and,Rallying all sectors of society to improve road safety with an opportunity to market programmes to be implemented by the Road Safety Advisory Council.Ongoing transport projectsKey projects will include the official opening of road infrastructure projects, such as the R71 Moria Project (interchange safety improvement), Umgeni Interchange and Denneysville Sasolburg Road in Free State.Minister Jeff Radebe, the minister in the Presidency responsible for planning, monitoring and evaluation, said OTM was also an opportunity to increase road safety awareness. In addition, traffic officers will rotate work shifts for a 24-hour day to help decrease the number of road accidents.“(The) government has also developed a qualification for traffic officers from National Qualifications Framework (NQF) 4 to NQF 6 in order to further professionalise the traffic fraternity,” he said.EcomobilityGauteng’s business hub, Sandton, will take part in the Ecomobility World Festival during OTM. The aim is for a car-free CBD for the duration of the festival.“We want to close off certain streets in Sandton, our second largest CBD, to car traffic and instead use these lanes for public transport, walking, cycling and other forms of ecomobility during the entire Transport Month,” said Johannesburg Executive Mayor Parks Tau.“We want to show residents and visitors that an ecomobile future is possible and that public transport, walking and cycling can be accessible, safe, attractive and cool!”The city is providing alternative modes of transport to Sandton.@Sandton_News@CityofJoburgZA I think #joburgecomobility is a fantastic initiative; it’s definately the direction we need to move in.— David Klompas (@dave_klompas)September 29, 2015Looking forward to #JoburgEcoMobility month, ready to cycle to work off the Gautrain bus. Sandton should be interesting.— mzo ntuli (@mzolisto_n) September 28, 2015For more information, visit the Ecomobility World Festival website.Cape Town suburb goes car-freeIn Cape Town, Open Streets Bellville takes place on 4 October, when Kruskal Avenue and part of the very busy Voortrekker Road become a car-free corridor for residents to explore, use and play on their streets.“October is Transport Month,” explains Marcela Guerrero Casas, Open Streets Cape Town co-founder and director, “and everyone is encouraged to use public transport. In addition to trains and minibus taxis, there are already 140 cyclists confirmed to be riding from the centre of Cape Town to the Bellville CBD along Voortrekker Road.Watch Open Streets Cape Town take over the city’s Bree Street:In addition to promoting alternative modes of transport, the programme – which is supported by the city of Cape Town – aims to help connect different communities, support local businesses and expose people to healthy and creative ways of using streets as public space for recreation.Activities on the day will include local performers and artists, a reading corner, street soccer, skateboarding and children’s games. The Cape Cobras cricket team will also be launching their season with an appearance on the day, to play street cricket with children as part of their community development activities.Open Streets Cape Town is a citizen-driven initiative, working to change how streets are used, perceived and experienced. It was founded in 2012. Open Streets is a 40-year-old global movement inspired by Bogota’s Ciclovia.Watch what happens when Open Streets Cape Town gets going:Source: SAnews.gov and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

December 17, 2019
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Ohioans serving wheat growers at the national level

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Two Ohioans have been elected to serve the nation’s wheat growers at the national level.Doug Goyings of Paulding was elected to serve on the U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) executive board during the joint winter USW and National Association of Wheat Growers board meeting in Washington, D.C.Goyings is a fourth generation grain farmer with more than thirty-five years of experience working on behalf of wheat and agriculture.“I am honored to serve this industry that is so important to my family and our country,” Goyings said. “We need a strong, united industry guiding us forward as we overcome many pressing issues including future trade agreements. I am honored to continue our positive momentum and serve on the executive board.”Goyings is a board member of the Ohio Small Grains Checkoff and previously served three terms as chair. He will utilize his hands-on leadership experience from current and past positions during his four-year term on the USW officer committee. Goyings is the first member of the USW executive board to serve from Ohio.“We’d like to congratulate Doug on his new leadership position,” said Tadd Nicholson, Executive Director of Ohio Corn & Wheat. “He will be a true asset to USW and his work as an officer will undoubtedly benefit all U.S. wheat farmers.”USW is a worldwide organization that focuses on developing, maintaining and expanding international markets to enhance the profitability of U.S. wheat producers and their customers. USW activities in more than 100 countries are made possible through farmer checkoff dollars managed by 19 state wheat checkoffs and cost-share funding provided by USDA/Foreign Agricultural Services.Rachael Vonderhaar of Camden was elected to serve as the secretary/ treasurer of the Wheat Foods Council during the annual winter board meeting.“I am thankful for the opportunity to serve on the leadership team for the Wheat Foods Council,” Vonderhaar said. “I am excited to share the story of the U.S. wheat farmers with American consumers.”Vonderhaar is a fifth generation grain farmer and the secretary of the Ohio Small Grains Checkoff.“We are very excited that Rachael was elected by her peers for this leadership position,” said Tadd Nicholson, executive director of Ohio Corn & Wheat. “She is passionate about promoting agriculture and the benefits of wheat foods.”The Wheat Foods Council is an industry-wide partnership dedicated to increasing domestic wheat foods consumption through nutrition information, research, education and promotional programs. The council provides health professionals and select influencer groups with valid science-based reasons to recommend wheat and wheat-based foods and to encourage their inclusion in a healthful eating plan.last_img read more

December 16, 2019
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Factual Aims, Credibly, to Become Wikipedia 2.0

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market We first wrote about Factual in September and I’ve been excited about it ever since. The company’s location data seems to be getting good reviews from data consumers, but there are clearly sets that need cleaning up, too.Have you spent any time on Factual? What’s your assessment of the site’s viability? The company has assembled a very strong team, but it’s in a crowded market, too. If it can build a community of human editors, business users willing to write-back changes to its data set and strong technology to do the bulk of the heavy lifting and judgement calls on credibility, we may find the web using Factual to describe the world much like users use Wikipedia today to discuss and learn about it. That would be an exciting platform. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#Location#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick Imagine an online community that combines user contributions, editing and fact checking like Wikipedia, with automated data extraction like Google and complex artificial intelligence to create a rich description of the world around us that is continually refined over time. That’s what well-backed data startup Factual is aiming to create and every time I learn more about it, I fantasize about getting in and contributing to that community just like early contributors to Wikipedia did.While Wikipedia is a huge destination site, however, Factual is a data service that will be used as a platform by other sites that want to borrow the data it has captured and refined about places, people and things in the real world. Founder Gil Elbaz, one of the inventors of the technology that became Google’s advertising platform and the leader who raised money from red hot investors Andreesen Horowitz for Factual, did a fascinating interview with GPS Business News this morning where we learned more about the technology behind his site.Elbaz tells interviewer Ludovic Privat that any partner site or individual can submit a data set, a data point or an opinion about a data point.“So if you go to one of our tables and double click into a cell, you’ll find a rich history of opinions about what, for example, is the right phone number for a business. Then it’s our job to examine all these opinions and look for some sort of consensus or pattern that leads us to believe that one of them is right and one is wrong. “The job of cleaning this data, looking for spammy submissions, analyzing the sources or users that are submitting this data and then trying to boil it down into the right answer requires a lot of technology…It also comes from a sophisticated machine-learning stack that can leverage a significant proportion of the web and use various natural language technologies to structure unstructured or semi-structured data that’s on the web and pull facts from the web to validate them. “It is a living, breathing database in the sense that our partners and end-users can access our write-to API and correct things in the database in real-time and our developers have real-time access to these corrections.”Elbaz says the company is incentivizing partners to participate in the refinement of the data, including through a program where users of the data can opt-in to sharing any improvements they make back with Factual. The company announced partnerships with Facebook Places and the wildly popular social game MyTown by Booyah, earlier this month.last_img read more

December 3, 2019
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Communal violence cases up in Bengal: Home Ministry

first_imgCommunal violence incidents had sharply increased over the past three years in West Bengal, a data compiled by the Union Home Ministry said.While the State recorded 27 incidents of violence in 2015 in which five persons died and 84 suffered injuries, the number of incidents almost doubled by 2017 when 58 incidents of violence were recorded, in which nine people lost their lives and 230 were injured. In 2016, there were 32 incidents of communal strife in the State. The biggest spurt in such incidents occurred between 2016 and 2017.The details of the number of incidents of communal violence in different States were made public by Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir in Lok Sabha on February 6.An analysis of the data tabled in Parliament by the Union Home Ministry in answer to questions revealed that though there had been a spurt in the incidents between 2015 and 2017, West Bengal had not been a stranger to incidents of communal violence. Between 2011 and 2014, 20 incidents of communal violence on an average were reported every year, peaking in 2012 and 2013 when 23 and 24 incidents were reported. The lowest was in 2011 and 2014 when 15 and 16 incidents of communal violence were recorded .The data compiled for the year 2010, when the Left Front government was in power, listed 21 incidents in which six persons died and 82 suffered injuries. Well-known activist Sujato Bhadra said that recent unrest in south Bengal where at least three people died and scores including a policeman have sustained injuries indicated a spurt in incidents of communal violence.“West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress has failed to ideologically counter the BJP-RSS combine by indulging in soft Hindutva.Not only did the government allow processions on Ram Navami but prominent TMC leaders brought out similar rallies,” Mr. Bhadra said.last_img read more