TOKYO—Nature today published a retraction of two controversial papers that had reported a new, astoundingly simple way of generating pluripotent stem cells. The retraction notice—for an article and a letter written by Haruko Obokata of the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) in Kobe, Japan, and colleagues there, at other institutions in Japan, and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School—had been expected for some time.The two papers reporting the stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP) phenomenon appeared online on 29 January. Questions about the papers arose almost immediately, leading to an investigation by RIKEN, the headquarters of the network of the nationally funded laboratories that is based in Wako near Tokyo. Investigators documented several instances of fabrication and falsification in the papers and concluded that some of these constituted research misconduct on the part of Obokata.Japanese media recently reported that authors had agreed to retract the papers but were discussing the wording of the notice. In the note that appeared today, the authors point to errors previously identified by RIKEN investigations in supplementary documents. They also identify additional errors in both papers, including mix-ups in images, mislabeling, faulty descriptions, and “inexplicable discrepancies in genetic background and transgene insertion sites between the donor mice and the reported” STAP cells.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)”These multiple errors impair the credibility of the study as a whole and we are unable to say without doubt whether the [STAP stem cell] phenomenon is real. Ongoing studies are investigating this phenomenon afresh, but given the extensive nature of the errors currently found, we consider it appropriate to retract both papers,” the authors write.Co-author Charles Vacanti, a tissue engineer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and one of the staunchest defenders of the work, has agreed to the retraction as well. “Although there has been no information that cast doubt on the existence of the stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP) cell phenomenon itself, I am concerned that the multiple errors that have been identified impair the credibility of the manuscript as a whole,” Vacanti wrote on his lab’s website. He added that he still trusts that the STAP cell concept “will be verified.” So far, no one has reported reproducing the results; several groups tried and failed.Austin Smith, a stem cell researcher at University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, has retracted a News & Views article in Nature that accompanied the STAP cell reports and discussed the results.”We have concluded that we and the referees could not have detected the problems that fatally undermined the papers. The referees’ rigorous reports quite rightly took on trust what was presented in the papers,” Nature writes in an accompanying editorial.The editorial explains that Nature’s policy had been “to check a small proportion of accepted papers” for image manipulation. In this case, as the authors explain in the retraction notice, images were duplicated across panels and in several panels, and images were mislabeled—problems more difficult to catch. “We are now reviewing our practices to increase such checking greatly, and we will announce our policies when the review is completed,” the editorial notes.Separately, RIKEN CDB announced today that Obokata will return to the lab to try to reproduce her results as part of efforts to redo every step of the STAP experiments. The institute already has a team led by Hitoshi Niwa, a respected stem cell scientist and co-author of the papers, working on the issue. Obokata will be set up in a separate building in a lab with 24-hour monitoring intended to strictly limit who enters. Precautions will be taken to prevent the introduction of extraneous strains of mice or cellular material.If neither team can reproduce the first stage of the work, which involves demonstrating the appearance of a genetic marker for pluripotency in cells generated from adult cells, by November, the efforts could be halted, said Shinichi Aizawa, a RIKEN CDB group leader who is overseeing the project, at press conference in Kobe today. Aizawa explained that Obokata was invited to participate to find out if there are subtleties in her experimental technique not captured in her published protocols. “I know some are of the opinion that this is a waste of time, but we want to scientifically proceed to determine whether the STAP phenomenon and STAP cells exist or not,” said Aizawa, who added that he remains neutral on that question himself.At least one of RIKEN CDB’s star researchers has had enough, however. “I can’t stand RIKEN’s ethics anymore,” Masayo Takahashi tweeted yesterday as news leaked about the pending invitation to Obokata. Takahashi, a RIKEN CDB ophthalmologist, is producing replacement retinal cells for patients with macular degeneration and is leading the world’s first clinical trials in which induced pluripotent stem cells are genetically matched to individual patients. She wrote that she would consider abandoning the procedure for patients who haven’t yet started, and even stopping the treatment for those want to opt out midway. “I don’t think the circumstances [at RIKEN CDB] fit clinical studies,” Takahashi wrote. She did not immediately respond to an e-mail asking how the STAP cell problems affect her research.A reform committee on 12 June called for RIKEN CDB to be dismantled or at least thoroughly overhauled, because of management shortcomings exposed by the incident, though many in the scientific community think that would be an extreme response.
Unused to modern, organized retailing, the Indian consumer is still figuring out how to extract value – beyond lower prices – from the stores, supermarkets and shopping chains that are popping up everywhere. Meanwhile, retailers face other challenges: Indian consumers shop frequently and are used to traveling short distances to their stores; brand penetration is lower compared to developed-country markets; and interstate goods movement is fraught with taxes, delays and other inefficiencies.All that means warehouses have to be closer to stores, which in turn have to be closer to their so-called “catchment” areas, where the new retailers have to build store-specific customer loyalties. Training large numbers of employees in such virgin territory, and promoting retailing as a respectable and attractive career path, are other challenges, according to senior executives. “Indian consumers themselves don’t know what they want,” said Sumant Sinha, CEO of Aditya Birla Retail, which has rolled out 500 stores across India in the past year and is part of the $24 billion Aditya Birla Group. “They are evolving,” he said, especially those in urban settings. “You put a hypermarket in front of them; they’ve never seen it before. So there’s no way they can understand the concept. You really have to go with your gut in India and wait for the reaction.”The Aditya Birla Group began considering a foray into retailing after it was approached by Wal-Mart a couple of years ago, Sinha recalled. Those talks didn’t progress “because they were looking only for a front-end partner. We like to control our businesses.”But the group found the numbers compelling. “India is a trillion-dollar economy, of which retail accounts for about 40%,” he noted. “Of that, 40% to (nearly) 60% is spent on food and groceries, and of that, about 60% is rural and 40% is urban.” The group recognized that “the food and grocery business was under penetrated from a retailing standpoint,” and that drove its decision to enter the business. Within a year of launching operations, the company has 500 supermarkets, employs about 10,000 people and is hiring at the rate of a thousand employees each month, he added.What struck Sinha right away was “the fact that Indian consumers are extremely value conscious.” For them, “value is not just price” and includes other connotations such as “quality, convenience and trust.” Most other Indian retailers are going after price to build customer loyalties, and are perhaps getting it wrong, he said. “It’s not as if they haven’t been shopping before organized retailing arrived – they have been shopping for decades and decades at mom-and-pop stores. It’s about shifting these consumers from their existing shopping behavior into a different shopping behavior; they are also testing the new format. At this point of time, you have to just go with what you think will work. It’s very early days to figure out how that will play out.”Lukas Ruecker, who oversees emerging market business as vice president at Staples, the office products retail chain, agreed with Sinha’s assessment. “The market is changing so rapidly in India that we haven’t even invested in consumer research,” he said. “This is going to be an ongoing experiment. The Indian consumer doesn’t know what he wants; you have to shape his opinion.” Describing Staples as a cautious strategist that would “rarely be caught being first at anything,” Ruecker noted its first international foray was into China in 2004, followed by Brazil, Argentina, Taiwan and then India about six months ago. He expects Staples to open 11 stores in India by the end of this month. Staples’ Indian business is made up of both retail stores and institutional customers it serves with “the only pan-Indian delivery system for office products,” he said. It partners with the Mumbai-based Future Group, a fast-growing diversified business house with prominent organized retail banners including Pantaloon and Big Bazaar.“When you enter emerging markets like India or China, you really learn only through experimentation,” said Kal Patel, executive vice president of emerging business at Best Buy. He recalled that when he worked on Best Buy’s China launch a few years ago, “we had to throw away consumer research. The assumptions you have from a top-down marketing standpoint don’t stand up in these markets.”In developed markets, “you can sit down in a corporate office with a whole bunch of analytics and make predictions for next year,” Patel said. “In (China), we’re asking our store managers and store employees to tell us what they think they can grow if we give them more tools and the things they need. They are coming back with three or four times more optimism.”That strategy is ideal for Best Buy in its new markets, according to Patel. “The general principle is: The more local you go, the more front-end you go and ask the people who are serving (customers) – whether in rural markets in India or in big cities somewhere else – the better is your understanding of emerging trends,” he said. “Fundamentally, we engineer our company based on the demand we get from the very, very different micro segments.”Half-empty Stores Harvard professor of business logistics Ananth Raman, who moderated a discussion on a panel titled, “New Paradigms in Indian Retail,” at a recent Harvard Business School conference, asked Patel and the other panelists about their experiments with the design of their stores in India and how that might be different from those in their home countries. Best Buy has yet to enter the Indian market, but Patel recalled a conversation with his company’s store designer who was tapped a while ago by an aspiring Indian retail group to replicate Best Buy stores in India. He refused to do the work, because using an American design in an Indian context made no sense to him. “The interesting thing is that Indians in India are bringing American assumptions into India,” Patel said.Ruecker said Staples did not copy its conventional store design for the Indian market, but created a wholly new one to suit local tastes. “We used our technology platform and ideas from our experiences in Portugal, Germany, the Netherlands and the U.S., and then modified them for India.” He noted that Staples in India has its own logo, different color schemes and other variations “to make them a little more Indian.” The response has been mixed. “Some people in Bangalore said it doesn’t feel like the U.S. Staples; some others said it was fantastic and they liked it.”Unlike in western markets, the Indian store cannot be as big as 15,000 to 20,000 sq. ft., said Sinha, explaining that the markets there don’t have as many brands to be stocked. “That, unfortunately, is the reality of India – you just do not have enough branded products out there. If you put up a big store, it’s probably going to be half empty. You have to think of a smaller-size store.” Smaller stores also fit in well with the average Indian family’s shopping experience.“For many, many decades, Indian housewives have been used to buying things almost on a daily basis. You have vendors who come in push carts to your house,” Sinha added. Such observations lead to other questions, he noted. “You would assume that this behavior is borne out of a desire to buy fresh food and cook it every day. Or is it because the supply chain for fruits and vegetables is so poor that the food would become spoiled the next day?” Other reasons for buying food on a daily basis may include a lack of storage space or ways to keep food fresh for extended periods of time. “They don’t have big houses or big refrigerators. And even if they have refrigerators, very often the power goes off.”Since the daily shopping habit isn’t likely to go away soon, Sinha predicted that stores that are far away but have large catchment areas may not work; they have to be closer to customers. “Most Indian housewives don’t have easy access to transportation, so going long distances to shop doesn’t work for them,” he said. “A supermarket in the Indian context is going to be a lot closer to customers and will have a lot more footfalls on a daily basis with much smaller basket, or ticket sizes.”Building Supply Chains from Scratch Raman wondered if the supply chain in India is ready for organized retailing, or if a wholly new infrastructure has to be developed. Ruecker said for Staples, it was a major challenge in both India and China to move products from its warehouses to stores. “The overall logistics is so much more difficult from a port in Chennai or a port in Shanghai to stores,” he said. Yet, unfathomable as it was, the system worked. “You rely on the fact that Indians have always figured out a way to do it. Stuff gets into the stores, it gets there in time, and all our stores are well stocked.” But he is not taking too many chances. “We are willing to live with the faith, but we need modern warehousing (in India).”According to Sinha, the logistics and supply chain infrastructure “has to be built from scratch; it’s really about creating a new industry.” He said his company started by outsourcing the logistics and warehouse management from third party companies, but eventually decided to bring those functions in-house. It turned out that the main problem the third party logistics suppliers faced was not a lack of expertise, but difficulties getting trained people to track and ship orders, which resulted in lost sales and excess inventories, he said. Aditya Birla Retail decided to take on the training responsibilities. Sinha added that it takes about three months to get new hires up to speed with the requirements.Sinha said Indian municipal taxes (called octroi) and other laws governing interstate movement of goods also make things difficult. “You can’t set up five large warehouses across the country to serve the market,” he said. “You have to set up (very small) warehouses wherever you open each store. And so the profitability of each cluster becomes a function of (that arrangement). The Indian supply chain infrastructure has a ways to go before it becomes efficient. Unless some laws change in India, it is not going to happen in a hurry.”What’s more, many Indian companies, including arms of multinationals, are used to inefficiencies in delivering goods, according to Sinha. “In India you had companies always delivering half of what you asked for, and you don’t know which half is delivered,” he said. “They are not used to organized retailing. They recognize the value and benefits of modern retailing, but it’s hard to get the discipline that is required.”“The reason we are in China and not in India is because of supply chain,” said Patel of Best Buy. In preparation for its plans to enter India, Best Buy brought together consumer electronics suppliers and posed them the problem of generating efficiencies. “We told them to give us higher gross margins,” he said, adding that Best Buy had bargaining power because it went about its sourcing globally. All the suppliers at the meeting recognized that “it was in everybody’s interest to bring in efficiencies.”At the consumer level, Patel said he is acutely aware of how customer loyalties work in the Indian market. “You have mom-and-pop (stores) that have relationships with consumers – they have a relationship with the family and the community. What we would do differently is we want to leverage that. However, at the back end you have so much inefficiency.”Best Buy has a retail academy in China in partnership with a couple of universities, “and that’s how we are going into India and that’s how you create self esteem for a retail job in that country,” said Patel, citing Best Buy’s 11,000-strong “geek squads” in the U.S. as one of his models. “Essentially, geek squads are about bringing high self-esteem to computer repair,” he said. “We are going to use that (model) in India in sales and service.” Related Items
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It ended a comeback by Keys, who didn’t quite find her range with her ground strokes and 34 unforced errors, including some very nears misses on big points.Both players reached the quarterfinals here last year, but Keys had more success at the majors in 2018 when she progressed to the semifinals at the French and U.S. Opens.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I was happy I could handle the pressure at 1-1 in the third set,” Svitolina said. “It was very hard because the sun was just burning my eyes when I was tossing the ball. Very happy I could win that game.”Svitolina will next play U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka next. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES MOST READ Milos Raonic beats racket-wrecking Alexander Zverev to reach Australian Open QFs Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina celebrates after defeating United States’ Madison Keys during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)Sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina has advanced to the Australian Open quarterfinals with a momentum-swinging 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 win over 2017 U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys.The WTA Finals winner fended off five breakpoints in a pivotal third game in the third set that went to deuce 11 times and lasted more than 15 minutes. She broke Keys’ serve at the first opportunity in the next game and finished off the match quickly.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Two-time champion, Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy progressed to the quarterfinals after registering straight-game victories in women’s singles and men’s singles events respectively at the USD 120,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament.The Olympic bronze medallist saw off Kristina Gavnholt, world number 41 from Czech Republic, 21-18, 21-17 in a 34-minute pre-quarterfinal contest last night. The Indian will next take on seventh seed Japanese Sayaka Sato.Prannoy, seeded 13th, also prevailed over 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Rajiv Ouseph of England, seeded sixth, 21-13, 21-18 to set up a clash with 16th seed Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday conducted interviews of 12 candidates for the post of Team India manager.Out of the 12, BCCI has shortlisted five candidates whose resumes will now be sent to BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and Cricket of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai for their views.As per BCCI sources, the cricket board will tomorrow announce the name of the new team manager.As per reports, there were just about 35 applications for the advertisement for the post and the BCCI had shortlisted 13.”We have shortlisted thirteen names for now. We’ll interview them on Tuesday afternoon,” BCCI acting president CK Khanna had told ANI.Earlier this month, the BCCI sought applications for the post, with July 21 set as the last date of submission.
Harry Maguire has what it takes to captain Manchester United after his impressive debut for the club, according to former centre-back Gary Pallister.United made Maguire, 26, the world’s most expensive defender when they signed him from Leicester in a £80 million ($97m) deal, breaking the record set by Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk.The England international stood out in the United back line as they started the Premier League campaign with a 4-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Current and former Red Devils stars have sung the defender’s praises since the victory at Old Trafford, including coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Paul Pogba, Jose Mourinho and Jonny Evans.And Pallister is the latest to hail Maguire’s immediate impact, saying he expects him to be wearing the captain’s armband before long.”[Maguire] is not afraid to put his head in where it hurts, he wins his tackles, he’s a big lad, a big unit and he has that presence that you need to be a captain and he leads by example,” Pallister, who spent nine years as a United player, told American Gambler. “I’m not 100% sure if he’d be a screaming and shouting captain, but you can have all different types of captains. You can have a Tony Adams or a John Terry who shout and scream, or you can have an [Eric] Cantona who doesn’t shout and scream but just leads by example on the pitch. I don’t know which category he falls into, but he looks a figure of authority within the side and I could definitely see him becoming United captain in the future.”The four-time Premier League winner added: “I think Maguire is such a dominant centre half, he does the basics really well and also has the ability to bring the ball out and help create things.”Considering the kind of fee that he came in for and the pressure that he’s under because of that fee, the way he played was huge bonus for United.”Everyone is expecting Maguire to be like Van Dijk, and whether he can play that role or not will have to wait to be seen. He’s made a good start, we know that he’s a quality player and we’re looking for those leadership qualities in that side, which I think have been lacking; hopefully Harry can provide that.”He can head it, he can chest it, and he does all of the basics well. He’s got aggression but he’s also got that calmness and doesn’t panic when he’s given the ball in tight situations, and we all know how comfortable he is on the ball from watching Leicester and England.”It’s early days but he brought calmness to the back four, but he’s only finding his feet within a team that he’s only played one game for. He’s only going to get better, and the same for Wan Bissaka; he’s only played one game but already his tackling, his spirit and his speed excites the fans.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
New Exporter Champion of the Year – Site 2020, Dartmouth Business of Diversity Champion of the Year – Peace by Chocolate, Antigonish Canadian Market Champion of the Year – Totally Raw Pet Food, Dartmouth International Market Champion of the Year – MetOcean Telematics, Dartmouth Innovation in Business Champion of the Year – InterTalk Critical Information Systems, Dartmouth Since the annual awards began in 1983, more than 250 companies have been honoured. Last year’s recipient of the Exporter of the Year over $5 million award, Tony’s Meats has continued to see export success. “Nationally, we saw a 40 per cent increase in our Mr.DonairTM sales. With the support of the province’s many export tools and services, our future is brighter than ever and we continue to successfully move forward,” said Lenita Hanson, director of operations and product development for Tony’s Meats. “We are presently pursuing export certification for the European Union and have been recently approached about trade into the United Arab Emirates.” For more information about the awards, visit http://www.exportachievementawards.com . The winners of the 35th annual Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards were announced today, June 12. Northern Business Intelligence was awarded the Exporter of the Year, under $5 million award and MetOcean Telematics received the Exporter of the Year, over $5 million award. “Congratulations to all the award winners and nominees,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Growing our exports is an essential part of building our economy. Nova Scotia businesses like the ones recognized today are proving they can compete on the world stage and I hope their success will inspire others to pursue export opportunities.” The Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards celebrate Nova Scotia exporting companies and are presented by Nova Scotia Business Inc. and its sponsors. There are two exporters of the year and five categories to recognize a wider array of exporters. “We’re proud of our exporters and their achievements and want to celebrate them,” said Laurel Broten, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “We’re delighted to showcase a new group of well-deserving businesses.” Category winners are:
Today, Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), American Airlines and Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War announced a powerful collaboration as they team up in the fight against cancer.Stand Up To Cancer – Avengers: Infinity WarThe inspiring initiative and public service announcement (PSA) features beloved Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War heroes, esteemed SU2C researchers and American Airlines team members who have personally fought cancer. To raise funds, awareness and further Stand Up To Cancer’s mission to bring groundbreaking therapies and treatments to patients as quickly as possible, this first-of-its-kind collaboration comes to life in print, radio, digital and broadcast PSAs with a powerful call-to-action and additional campaign elements to come.“Our team members are true service super heroes and are at the forefront of everything we do at American Airlines. The team members featured in this campaign represent all American team members who are currently fighting or have fought this terrible disease, and we are humbled by their fortitude,” said Elise Eberwein, executive vice president – People & Communications for American. “This innovative campaign takes a serious issue and presents a powerful reflection of the resiliency of the human spirit. We stand proudly with the Stand Up to Cancer and Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War teams to underscore the importance of raising funds for more widely shared cancer research quickly to save lives now.”The print PSA includes Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War cast members Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Chris Evans as Captain America, standing alongside SU2C Scientific Advisor Dr. Phillip A. Sharp and American Airlines LAX-based Customer Service agent team member and three-time breast cancer survivor, Shandra Fitzpatrick. The broadcast PSA will feature footage from Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War, and of SU2C’s Scientific Advisor Dr. Lee J.Helman, as well as Shandra. Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Paul Bettany, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans and Chadwick Boseman are featured in the voice-over portion of the broadcast piece.“It’s an honor to bring these worlds together,” said Mindy Hamilton, Marvel’s senior vice president of Global Partnerships & Marketing. “Our Super Heroes are often placed on pedestals as the ultimate paradigms, so we’re excited to shift the spotlight onto the real-life heroes who battle against this terrible disease every day. On behalf of the entire studio, we acknowledge their bravery, resilience, and the example they’ve set for all of us. And, most importantly, we stand with them as they continue the fight.”The PSA campaign not only raises awareness for the cause, but also encourages American Airlines AAdvantage members to donate to Stand Up To Cancer. For every dollar donated, American Airlines AAdvantage members will receive 10 American Airlines AAdvantage miles with a minimum $25 donation. Learn more at StandUpToCancer.org/AmericanAirlines.In addition to American Airlines’ Shandra Fitzpatrick,the PSA campaign includes LAX-based Aviation Maintenance Technician Anthony MacGilfrey; LAX-based flight attendant, Michelle Ballard; Miami-based Fleet Service crew chief Juan Barquero; Chicago-based Captain Ron France; and DFW-based, customer care manager Lynnae Stripling.“This incredible campaign represents Stand Up To Cancer’s mission to encourage collaboration across unique partners in an effort to flip the script on cancer and save lives now,” said Stand Up To Cancer co-founder Rusty Robertson. “American Airlines has been a tremendous supporter of SU2C, and we are so grateful to their courageous team members who are sharing their heroic, personal journeys in this PSA.”“With the magic of Marvel Studios, we’re proud to bring real heroes — our SU2C scientists and the American team members — together with fictional ones, to help save lives and enable our innovative work to soar to greater heights while empowering new audiences to join the movement,” said Stand Up To Cancer co-founder Sue Schwartz.The PSA campaign will launch early April 2018 with more elements from American Airlines to follow later this month. This year, both Stand Up To Cancer and Marvel Studios each reach their 10-year marks. Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War will be in theaters April 27, 2018.Stand Up To Cancer researchers featured in the campaign include Chair of the SU2C Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) Philip A. Sharp, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate, Institute Professor, MIT Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; SU2C SAC Member Lee J. Helman, M.D., The Saban Research Institute and Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; Vinod P. Balachandran, M.D., Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and principal investigator in the SU2C Convergence initiative; Marcela V. Maus, M.D., Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and Harvard Medical School, an SU2C 2017 Innovative Research Grant recipient; and Kimberly Stegmaier, M.D., Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital, a 2009 SU2C Innovative Research Grant recipient. Additionally, Poppy White, a 10-year-old patient who is currently being treated for leukemia at British Columbia Children’s Hospital and Research Institute, also joins the Marvel Studios heroes, AA Team Member cancer survivors, and SU2C researchers in the PSA campaign.The PSA campaign was developed and created by LA, a creative advertising agency located in Hollywood, CA. The broadcast PSA was directed by Tamra Davis, who recently directed episodes of Star, You’re the Worst and Younger.Please visit StandUpToCancer.org/AmericanAirlines to learn more about the campaign.
“The humanitarian community in Haiti reiterates its opposition to forced evictions, which only exacerbate existing vulnerabilities of camp populations,” UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti Nigel Fisher said.“It recalls that eviction of displaced persons without adequate housing alternatives is a violation of their rights, as outlined in the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement,” he added, noting that these principles underscore the State’s responsibility to protect the rights of those within its territory and ensure the establishment of safe and dignified conditions for sustainable returns.Since the quake struck on 12 January 2010, killing more than 200,000 people and displacing 2.3 million others, 67,162 people have been affected by evictions, with the number of camps under threat increasing 400 per cent over the past year, from 87 in July 2010 to 348 camps this July.The statement welcomed President Michel Martelly’s reaffirmation of his opposition to forced evictions and his request to municipalities to show patience and refrain from counterproductive actions.“The humanitarian community is committed to providing all necessary support to the Haitian authorities to ensure that camp closures are conducted in a manner which safeguards the rights of those affected,” Mr. Fisher said, stressing the need to plan camp closures predictably and in consultation with those affected, within the broader framework of improving access to adequate housing while also recognizing property owner’s legitimate rights.“In support of this process, the humanitarian community proposes to set up a platform that links relevant ministries, local authorities, the Haitian National Police, the private sector and the humanitarian community,” he added. “The proposed structure would allow for effective planning for progressive camp closures, while identifying alternative housing solutions in both urban and rural settings.”Earlier this month, the independent UN expert on human rights in Haiti, Michel Forst, urged that the police receive clear instructions not to support the forced eviction of people living in formal and informal camps, outside of procedures established by Haitian law, regardless of whether camps are on public or private land. 13 September 2011Voicing concern at the evictions, some of them forcible, of nearly 70,000 survivors of Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake from camps sheltering them, the United Nations and its partners have pledged to help the authorities plan closures so as to respect the rights of those affected.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTwo attacked, carjacked in separate armed robberiesDecember 16, 2017In “Crime”Taxi Driver robbed of car by female, male banditsAugust 26, 2015In “Crime”Two in custody after car stolen in Kitty found in EssequiboMay 11, 2018In “Crime” A taxi driver attached to the Kitty Cabs Taxi Service, Sheriff Street was on Sunday night attacked and robbed of his Toyota Allion motorcar on Carmichael Street, Georgetown.Ramesh Persaud, 53, of Lot 4 Triumph, East Coast Demerara (ECD) was hired by a female to take her to Carmichael Street at around 17:00hrs.This publication understands that upon arriving at the destination, the victim exited the vehicle and was attempting to assist the woman unload her bags from the car’s trunk.While Persaud was doing so, two armed men unexpectedly approached him and ordered him away from the motorcar.He reportedly complied and the two men and lone woman boarded the vehicle and made good their escape east on Middle Street, then South on Waterloo Street.The matter was reported to the Police who say they are investigating it.Of recent, many of the carjacking reports, perpetrated on taxi drivers in Georgetown, were centered around them (drivers) dropping off a female passenger to a specified location, where they are then robbed by gunmen waiting.
Aug 26th 2019, 6:03 PM Image: Shutterstock/abd Short URL Image: Shutterstock/abd 32,750 Views GARDAÍ IN MAYO have said that a missing teenager has been found safe and well.Ellen McDonagh (15) had been missing from Castlebar since yesterday.Following a public appeal earlier today, gardaí confirmed this evening that she has since been located. Missing Mayo girl located safe and well Gardaí had issued a public appeal for information on the missing 15-year-old girl. https://jrnl.ie/4783174 5 Comments Monday 26 Aug 2019, 6:03 PM By Sean Murray Share397 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Douglas Bush A registered sex offender who poses a risk to re-offend recently became a transient in Vancouver, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Douglas Bush, 30, is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, 175 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He is not wanted by police at this time.In August of 2006, Bush pleaded guilty to the rape of a child, after he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old female whom he knew.He was recently released from Airway Heights Corrections Center near Spokane and will be monitored by the Washington State Department of Corrections, the Clark County Sex Offender Registration Unit and the Vancouver Police Department Sex Offender Tracking Unit.
Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards announced a plan for a new Public Integrity Unit aimed at improving trust in government.Download AudioThe unit would focus on shootings and other cases in which law enforcement officers use force, as well as death in jails and prisons, and allegations of corruption.“Just in a post-Ferguson world, I think in general that the public side is increasingly looking to make sure that officer-involved shootings are scrutinized appropriately,” Richards said. “And we’re certainly aren’t suggesting that they aren’t now, this just ensures, with a criminal investigator, that Law has its own resources to do some independent investigation.”Richards said the administration wants the public to know there’s an independent unit devoted to these issues.The current budget for the Department of Law would pay for the unit. It would include two attorneys, a forensic auditor, an investigator, and a staff member.The fate of the plan depends on how much money is included in the state budget. If the legislature cuts Governor Bill Walker’s budget proposal, state officials would decide whether they can afford the unit.
Caribou are captured in a photograph taken last summer by a digital camera mounted in a small aircraft. (Photo courtesy ©Alaska Department of Fish and Game)The Porcupine caribou herd, whose range includes the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, has grown to the highest number seen since monitoring started back in the 1970s. That’s according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, which just released the results of a photocensus they did this summer.Listen nowThat census is done by mounting cameras to small aircraft, and taking aerial pictures of the herd during the short window they aggregate during the summer.The new count puts the herd at an estimated 218,000 animals. For comparison, the low point was 123,000 – back in 2001.The growth is part of an upward trend for the Porcupine herd; the surveys taken in 2010, 2013, and 2017 all show an increase.“We’ve definitely had an improvement in calf production and adult female survival,” said Jason Caikoski, a wildlife biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. But he says that while they can identify things that explain how this caribou population is growing, they still don’t know the underlying causes that explain why.“Predation, changes in weather, changes in habitat… all those types of things affect all those demographics,” Caikoski said. “And currently we don’t have any studies specifically looking at what factors are affecting those demographics.”Photocensus counts are used by state and federal wildlife managers to help set hunting limits and seasons. Sometimes a finding will prompt a change in regulation, but in the case of the Porcupine caribou herd, which has a moderate population and low hunting pressure, no changes are anticipated.
Vijayawada: The 108 Emergency ambulance service contract employees staged a protest at Dharna Chowk here on Thursday. They demanded that the government consider them as the government servants and run the 108 service in the state by the government. They are working for the past 13 years, 12 hours a day and demanded that the government reduce working hours to 8 hours a day. They did not get pending allowances from the previous contractor GVK for the past two years. Also Read – DGP Gautam Sawang warns over objectional posts on social media Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, AP 108 services contract employee’s union president B Kiran Kumar wanted the government to pay the salaries, allot house sites for the emergency medical technicians and the pilots working in 108 service at their mandal headquarters and to set special mechanism for the maintenance of the 108 Ambulance service in the state.
Related posts:Deadline to resolve Panama Canal expansion receives extension to Feb. 1 Panama Canal expansion slowed by $1.6 billion financial dispute New proposal made to break Panama Canal expansion deadlock Strike halts work on Panama Canal expansion DAVOS — Work to enlarge the Panama Canal will be completed in 2015 no matter what, Panamanian Finance Minister Frank De Lima said Wednesday, despite thecontinuing feud over cost overruns with contractor GUPC.The Panama Canal authority “has strongly affirmed that the canal would be complete in 2015, with or with out” the GUPC consortium, the minister told AFP on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.The consortium Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), led by Spanish builder Sacyr, has threatened to shut down the project unless the government agreed to pay $1.6 billion in unforseen costs.On Tuesday, the consortium proposed that local authorities help pay the overspending that has threatened progress on a project seen as crucial to the regular flow of international maritime trade.The minster acknowledged that the proposal was made, but said Panama was exploring “other alternatives” in case the GUPC abandoned the project, though he refused to say whether other builders had been approached.“For Panama as well as for everyone, it is important that the canal enlargement work ends as soon as possible,” he said.He added that ports up and down the North American coast were expanding to receive the jumbo sized ships designed to fit through the enlarged waterway.The overall canal upgrade was supposed to cost $5.2 billion.Already facing delays, the project aims to make the 80-kilometre (50-mile) waterway, which handles five percent of global maritime trade, big enough to handle new cargo ships that can carry 12,000 containers.Work on the canal began in 2009 with the goal of being done by 2014 to coincide with the waterway’s 100th birthday.But completion was pushed back to 2015 after a first disagreement between the canal authority and GUPC over cement quality.In the current dispute, GUPC says it ran into costly overruns because the canal authority gave the builders the wrong information regarding the area’s geology. Facebook Comments
Avalon Waterways is making life a little less costly for solo travellers, waiving single supplements for all 2017 cruises, as well as the cruise line’s 2018 preview cruises – a move that will deliver thousands of dollars in savings per cruise.Available on both Avalon’s Europe and Asia departures, the offer applies to all cabin classes except Royal Suites (Europe) and Category A (Asia), for bookings made before 4 April 2017.One of the popular itineraries that demonstrates the saving is Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia and The Mekong River – 13 days from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap, departing 31 July 2017 and priced from $6159* per person – a saving of $3517.*Prices based on lead-in stateroom accommodation and include taxes, subject to availability and conditions. Cannot be combined with other offers except 5% Journeys Club discount. Avalon Waterwayssingle supplements
Go back to the enewsletterAustralia’s Aurora Expeditions has confirmed its founder and Australian explorer and mountaineer, Greg Mortimer OAM, will be the expedition leader aboard the maiden voyage of Aurora Expeditions’ new ship, the Greg Mortimer, departing Ushuaia, Argentina on 31 October, 2019.Construction of the new, purpose-built ship is progressing ahead of schedule, with the new vessel set to feature the latest innovations in naval technology, enabling Aurora Expeditions to continue pushing the boundaries in remote exploration. The Greg Mortimer will be the first expedition ship to use the patented Ulstein X-BOW, which allows for more gentle sea crossings, faster transit speeds as well as lower fuel consumption and air emissions.Aurora Expeditions Managing Director, Robert Halfpenny, said construction of the ship is progressing quickly, with more than 60% of the build now complete.“Everyone involved is incredibly excited to see the ship take shape, with the structural framework and exteriors now complete,” Halfpenny said.“Work on the interiors commenced earlier this month and once the cabins are complete, the focus will turn to soft furnishings.”Aurora Expeditions founder Greg Mortimer said the ship embodies the company’s commitment to sustainable and efficient expedition cruising.“Various teams from crew members, voyage leaders and operational specialists have been consulted on the ship design to ensure all details align with Aurora Expeditions’ steadfast pursuit of sustainable practices,” Mortimer said.“Antarctica is simply the most extraordinary place on earth and holds a very special place in my heart. I’ve been back almost every season for 25 years and can’t wait to head up the maiden Greg Mortimer voyage and share the experience with guests.”Greg Mortimer has always been at the forefront of adventure and exploration – in 1984 along with his expedition partner Tim Macartney-Snape, the duo became the first two Australians to reach the summit of Mt Everest, and even more impressively – they did so without the aid of supplementary oxygen.Departing on 31 October, 2019 from Ushuaia, Argentina, Greg will escort the maiden 12-day Spirit of Antarctica voyage taking guests through pristine Antarctic landscapes where whales are starting to arrive, penguins are breeding and fur seal pups are being born.There are spots available on the maiden voyage, but they are filling up fast with an exclusive early bird offer of 10% off all cabin categories when booked before 31 December, 2018.For more information, please visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au.Go back to the enewsletter
20Jan Sheppard, special guests attend Gov. Snyder’s State of the State address State Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance, was joined by his wife, Melissa (not pictured), and special guests Adam McLaughlin of LPL Financial (right) and Tracy Oberlieter (left), Monroe Bank & Trust senior vice president and Monroe Ducks Unlimited chairman, for the 2015 State of the State address at the Capitol.### Categories: Sheppard News,Sheppard Photos