8 May

Washington Nationals celebrate World Series win at the White House — with a political tinge

first_imgNovember 4, 2019 /Sports News – National Washington Nationals celebrate World Series win at the White House — with a political tinge FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOfficial White House Photo by Andrea Hanks(WASHINGTON) — The Washington Nationals continued to celebrate their triumphant World Series win before thousands at the White House on Monday — as one player donned a “Make America Great Again” hat and another skipped the ceremony for political reasons. Almost right off the bat, Trump brought up the impeachment inquiry against him, as he discussed how popular the Nationals became throughout their season.“America fell in love with the Nats baseball,” Trump said. “They just fell in love with Nats baseball. That’s all they wanted to talk about. That and impeachment. I like Nats baseball much more.”As Trump introduced players and staff one by one, he brought catcher Kurt Suzuki to the lectern. Suzuki threw on a “Make America Great Again” hat.“I love you all,” Suzuki said. “I love you all. Thank you.”Trump hugged him. “What a job he did,” he said. “I didn’t know that was gonna happen.”Trump said the crowd on the south lawn, which the White House estimated was 5,300 people, was a record. “We’ve never had this many people on the front lawn of the White House,” he told the crowd.Running through the story of the Nationals’ season, Trump congratulated the team, who he said brought the World Series trophy “back to America’s capital.” He called the team’s owners, the Lerner family, “great people,” praised general manager Mike Rizzo, manager Dave Martinez and the other coaches and players, saying, “they’re all here.”But in fact, not all were there.Reliever Sean Doolittle told The Washington Post days ago he would not attend the ceremony.“There’s a lot of things, policies that I disagree with, but at the end of the day, it has more to do with the divisive rhetoric and the enabling of conspiracy theories and widening the divide in this country,” Doolittle said.There were at least 16 other players not in attendance, based on a list of attendees released by the White House. It was unclear why the others missed the ceremony including star third baseman Anthony Rendon.When the president praised players one by one during Monday’s ceremony, he did not mention Doolittle or Rendon.The president attended Game 5 of the World Series in Washington on Oct. 27, and was booed by fans in attendance. Some chanted, “Lock him up!”“What a month,” pitcher Max Scherzer told the crowd. “What a magical month.”After pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who this weekend became a free agent, spoke, attendees chanted, “four more years!” Trump added, “I’m going to consider that four more World Series wins.”First baseman Ryan Zimmerman handed the president a personalized Nationals jersey and thanked Trump “for keeping everyone here safe in our country and continuing to America the greatest country to live in the world.”A military band played “Baby Shark” — the team’s unofficial anthem — as the players and coaches emerged from the White House at the start of the ceremony.“That turned out to be a very, very powerful little tune,” Trump saidCopyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

20 Dec

Labanc lifts Sharks past Blues in OT

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — Kevin Labanc scored with 1:39 left in overtime, propelling the Sharks into first place in the Pacific Division.Labanc scored the decisive goal in a 3-2 overtime win over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday by burying a seam pass from Logan Couture, allowing the Sharks to complete their four-game homestand at SAP Center with a perfect record.Martin Jones made 18 saves to secure the win that catapulted the …last_img read more

20 Dec

Nine 49ers notes to get you through to tonight’s game

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Patiently idle the past two Sundays, the 49ers (3-0) are back in action tonight as the only undefeated team left in “The Field” to challenge perennial Super Bowl contender New England (5-0). Here are nine talking points to discuss before the 5:15 p.m. kickoff against the Cleveland Browns (2-2) at Levi’s Stadium:1. ON THE COACHING CLOCK: Washington (0-5) fired Jay Gruden this morning, so the 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan now has the longest playoff drought (two seasons) among coaches …last_img read more

20 Dec

Kittle buoys 49ers offense with another 100-yard performance despite groin injury

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Jimmy Garoppolo wrapped up another 49ers win with a nod to his favorite target, George Kittle.“George is an animal,” Garoppolo began. “He’s an interesting individual. I don’t know what he does on a daily basis. But you’ve just got to tip your hat to him.”Garoppolo just had to get the ball to Kittle on Sunday to get the offense going, a predictable scenario but one that fell in doubt when Kittle … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

19 Dec

Your Eye Works a Precision Jigsaw Puzzle

first_imgYou have twin 125 megapixel video cameras in your eyeballs.  Each pixel, a rod or cone connected to a neuron, sees only a small bit of the total image.  How do these bits, like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, fit together?  Scientists at the Salk Institute have found that they are finely tuned to fit together for optimum clarity.  Writing in PLoS Biology, they said,All visual information reaching the brain is transmitted by retinal ganglion cells, each of which is sensitive to a small region of space known as its receptive field.  Each of the 20 or so distinct ganglion cell types is thought to transmit a complete visual image to the brain, because the receptive fields of each type form a regular lattice covering visual space.  However, within each regular lattice, individual receptive fields have jagged, asymmetric shapes, which could produce “blind spots” and excessive overlap, degrading the visual image.  To understand how the visual system overcomes this problem, we used a multielectrode array to record from hundreds of ganglion cells in isolated patches of peripheral primate retina.  Surprisingly, we found that irregularly shaped receptive fields fit together like puzzle pieces, with high spatial precision, producing a more homogeneous coverage of visual space than would be possible otherwise.  This finding reveals that the representation of visual space by neural ensembles in the retina is functionally coordinated and tuned, presumably by developmental interactions or ongoing visual activity, producing a more precise sensory signal.In the discussion, they added, “The present results demonstrate that the visual representation in the primate retina is finely coordinated to achieve a homogeneous sampling of visual space.”  They pondered how this coordination is achieved.  Is there a one-to-one correspondence between the dendritic field (DF) and the receptive field (RF)?  Or are there overlapping layers of circuitry between that control the precision of the RF?  Bipolar cells may do this, they said.  Alternatively, inhibitory amacrine cells may tune the edges of RF shapes to prevent excessive overlap.  They also wondered how this precision is achieved during development.  Perhaps light produces cues that guide the RFs into position.  Either way, the implications are surprising.  It means that neurons don’t operate in isolation.  They follow a precision code:The present results have surprising implications for how populations of neurons produce an efficient and complete representation.  Recorded in isolation, single neurons frequently exhibit irregular response properties, suggesting that large populations must rely on averaging or interpolation to produce accurate sensory performance or behavior (e.g., see [37�39]).  The present results, however, show that in a complete population, irregular features can be integral to a finely coordinated population code.  This suggests that the nervous system operates with a higher degree of precision than previously thought, and that irregularities in individual cells may actually reflect an unappreciated aspect of neural population codes (e.g., [40]).This article was summarized on Science Daily, which stated, “scientists say their findings suggest that the nervous system operates with higher precision than previously appreciated and that apparent irregularities in individual cells may actually be coordinated and finely tuned to make the most of the world around us.”1.  Gauthier, Field, Sher, Greschner, Shlens, Litke, and Chichilnisky, “Receptive Fields in Primate Retina Are Coordinated to Sample Visual Space More Uniformly,” Public Library of Science Biology, Vol. 7, No. 4, e63 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000063.There was not one mention of evolution in this paper.  It was all coordination, information, and encoding.  As Theophilus Designsky said, Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of design. (Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

17 Dec

U.S. dairy industry cautions Japan to respect current trade relationships during review of EU’s list of geographical indications for foods

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Japan’s agriculture officials must respect current market access between Japan and its trading partners, including the United States, when reviewing a list of geographical indications (GIs) proposed by the European Union (EU), or else risk disrupting one of the world’s largest consumer marketplaces, the U.S. dairy industry urged.In a letter to the Japanese Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, leaders from the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) said it is imperative that Japan “not overlook the enormous significance of the EU food name list for Japanese consumers and producers, and for your lasting relationships with key international trading partners.”The European Union is in the final stages of negotiating a free trade agreement with Japan, establishing the rules of commerce for hundreds of food products produced in each region. In doing so, the EU is seeking to monopolize a long list of common names under the guise of geographical indications in trade deals with Japan and other nations, including China and Mexico. This campaign attempts to restrict generic product names such as parmesan, feta and asiago to products made only by EU producers, and runs counter to international trade commitments.The Consortium for Common Food Names and U.S. dairy groups have argued that this strategy is intended to deprive U.S. manufacturers of markets that local industries have developed. The EU’s goal of co-opting these terms would limit sales from non-EU companies to benefit European marketers, thereby stifling healthy competition among food producers all over the world.“This is a critical moment for Japan as your nation prepares to review hundreds of food and beverage terms; the decisions Japan makes will have lasting impact for years to come,” the letter said. “We urge you to make sure that the steps you take do not unnecessarily limit healthy trade and competition within your market.”The letter cited Canada’s decision to acquiesce to EU pressure, which has negatively affected its producers, consumers and trade partners The U.S. dairy leaders insisted that Japan can avoid this fate by helping to finalize a list of GIs that does not “encroach on generic names and terms.” For example, “Parmigiano Reggiano” is an acceptable geographical term, but the common name “parmesan” is already used by non-EU producers and widely used in Japan.“For the good of our trade relationship, it is imperative that Japan’s efficient and transparent GI review process ensures that generic names and terms remain accessible to all,” said Jim Mulhern, NMPF President and CEO. “We encourage Japanese government officials to continue on this course, and to respect their own laws and international agreements with the United States.”The Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN), of which all three dairy groups are a part, has been instrumental in opposing any attempt to monopolize common food names that have become part of the public domain. It has been coordinating U.S. industry submissions to the Japanese government to defend common food terms that appear on the EU’s GI list. CCFN seeks an appropriate model for protecting both legitimate geographical indications and generic food names.“Wholesale acceptance of the EU’s proposed GI list would not only unfairly limit the ability of U.S. and other nations’ cheesemakers to do business in Japan, it would negatively impact Japanese consumers and cheese producers,” said Tom Vilsack, USDEC President and CEO. “We urge Japan to consider the confusion, marketplace disruptions and inflated prices that would ensue by restricting common cheese names as the EU desires.”last_img read more

18 Nov

Sports Ministry revokes suspension of volleyball federation

first_imgChennai, Jul 23 (PTI) The Sports Ministry has revoked the suspension of Volleyball Federation of India (VFI) and granted it annual recognition for the year 2017. VFI secretary-general Ramavtar Singh Jakhar said through its July 20 order, the Sports Ministry has revoked the suspension and recognised the results of the federation elections held on April 11, 2016 in Chennai. The VFI had been provisionally suspended in December 2016 following infighting between president Avadesh Kumar and Jakhar. Subsequently, the Sports Ministry had suspended the volleyball federation for breach of rules. “The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has also recognised the results of the elections of Volleyball Federation of India held on 11.4.2016 at Chennai and it also confirmed that the elections are in accordance with the provisions of the National Sports Development Code of India, 2011,” Jakhar said. The Ministry also accepted the elections of the Federation as upheld by the Delhi High Court and the following office-bearers have been taken on records by it: Ramavtar Singh Jakhar – Secretary-General and Shekhar Bose – Treasurer. The result for the post of president would be considered by the Ministry after the Delhi High Court decides the matter, he said. Further, he said the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had recognised the office-bearers of VFI and communicated the same to International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), Asian Volleyball Confederation and Sports Ministry through their letter on May 24, issued by IOA secretary-general Rajeev Mehta. Now, VFI has got full affiliation from the Sports Ministry and the IOA, Jakhar said. He thanked Sports Minister Vijay Goel, who had revoked the provisional suspension and granted affiliation to the federation for the year 2017. Jakhar had taken over as secretary-general of VFI on April 29 last after the Delhi High Court had permitted release of results of the elections held in April, 2016. Apart from secretary-general, executive vice-president and treasurer, nine vice-presidents, two associate secretaries and seven joint secretaries had taken charge. The court had permitted release of results of elections to the posts of all office-bearers of VFI except the presidents post. Meanwhile, a senior VFI office-bearer told PTI that the sports ministrys order revoking suspension of the federation had been forwarded to the FIVB and they were waiting for a positive response. Also, he said the Delhi High Court would take up the case relating to the election of VFI president next week. PTI SS PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

13 Oct

Hotels apologize in China after video shows how they clean

first_imgBEIJING — At least four major international hotel chains have apologized after a hidden camera video of their room cleaning practices in China was posted online.The Shangri-La Hotel in Fuzhou said Thursday that what’s shown in the video violates its hygiene standards, while the Park Hyatt in Beijing called it an isolated occurrence. The Waldorf Astoria in Shanghai and the Sheraton in Guiyang city also apologized.The 11-minute video shows cleaners wiping cups and sinks with dirty towels and sponges. Some use the same towel to wipe the toilet seat.An activist blogger who uses a pseudonym posted the video late Wednesday on his verified account on Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter. It was picked up by Chinese media and had been shared 78,000 times by Thursday afternoon.The Associated Presslast_img read more

13 Oct

North Peace Cultural Centre gives annual update to City Council

first_imgThe theatre of the Centre has been an integral platform this year for many performers both locally and those that travelled to the Peace Region to perform for the community.The art gallery focused this year on having more local artists be able to display their work and sell at their own openings and functions which produced a lot of interest in the community.Workshops have been created and funded by the Centre; these are opportunities for local artists to come in and share about their art to help people discover things they might not know about and create new skills by participating in the workshop. In the future, the Centre is looking to provide more experiences for different age groups and by getting community input through Social Media as to what people want to see.There are various Art programs at the Centre such as Let’s Art that is a free Art program for children and teens as well as dance and theatre classes.The Bright Nights event in June captured the theme Classic Country, there was an expanded art market, with spinners and weavers, quilters and potters even a mobile kiln.  There were big machines with rollers helping to create big prints that were then sold as part of the big print sale. This years event will be setting the stage for the 2020 BC Winter Games.Financially the NPCC is on track; there has been restructuring within the Centre with room rentals, creating new uses for previously allocated space with programs such as childcare. The Centre is always looking for a new opportunity to create and find revenue while keeping the costs of running things down. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The NPCC has had a full and evolving year, and with the continued partnership with the City, the Cultural Centre continues to grow and thrive in its programs to maintain arts and cultural exposure in the North Peace region.The report for City Council outlined the NPCC’s shared partnerships with the City, theatre, art gallery, workshops offered, programs at the Cultural Centre, the Bright Nights event, funding, what’s to come and future plans.The NPCC thanked the City of FSJ for their continued support and shared how positive the Management Service Agreement between the City of FSJ and the NPCC has been as it has increased communication and by working together the Centre has seen improvements to the physical building and continued success in collaborated events. There has been a great success with finding new funding partners and continued support from old partners. With the help of community gaming grant and other applied and received grants this helps ensure programs and upgrading opportunities continue at the Centre. The City of FSJ is the major funder of the Centre supporting 24 percent of the budget, without that assistance the centre would be unable to operate as it does.The Centre received a $170,000 Gaming Grant for theatre renovations and is thankful the City matched those funds; all monies will help to refurbish the theatre by new carpeting replacing the seating, replacing theatre lights, curtains, and a paint job.Heading into the future, the season pass will continue for the ‘Presentation Series,’ Childcare has been made available since the closure of Oscare Daycare, and this grows new opportunity to help develop new relationships with the children and families. The Renovation is a big and exciting opportunity for the Centre and a Primary Liquor licence has been applied for to assist in what can be offered to Theatre patrons. The Centre will be hosting the Chocolate Festival this year and has partnered with the Literacy Society with a homework club.The NPCC future goals and wish list include working with the City and to be apart of the Downtown Revitalization plans, through refreshing the outside of the building and including more windows into the gallery, so people on the outside have a better idea of what is going on in the inside. Renovating the concourse and conference room to be more attractive to events. To replace the front doors and glass cubes to improve access and insulation to the building and to add a Marquee at the front of the building.last_img read more

12 Oct

GoAir withdraws boarding passes with photos of PM Gujarat CM

first_imgNew Delhi: GoAir has withdrawn its boarding passes with photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, the airline said on Tuesday, a day after Air India rolled back its passes with images of the two leaders.The airline had taken a “cue from the Election Code of Conduct”, a GoAir spokesperson said, adding that its team in Srinagar inadvertently used unused stock of “Vibrant Gujarat” paper. GoAir’s Srinagar Airport team inadvertently utilized unused stock of Vibrant Gujarat related paper which took place in January 18-20, 2019 for issuing boarding passes at the said airport. It was unintentional. Taking cue from the Election Code of Conduct we have instructed our airport teams to stop utilizing this type of paper with immediate effect, the spokesperson said in a statement. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’On Monday, Air India decided to do the same after the issue ignited controversy on social media. Its boarding passes were also from the Vibrant Gujarat summit with photographs of the two leaders. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted on Monday evening that he was on a GoAir flight on Sunday and it “also had a similar boarding pass with the PM’s photo on it”. An Air India spokesperson said on Monday that the boarding passes were printed during the Vibrant Gujarat Summit held in January this year and the photographs were part of the advertisement from ‘third parties’. “Air India has decided to roll back the boarding passes of Vibrant Gujarat which had photos of the prime minister and the Gujarat chief minister,” said Dhananjay Kumar.last_img read more