Robert Carr Chapel holds Election Day service

first_imgWorld Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Twitter Cole Polley ReddIt Cole Polleyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/cole-polley/ Cole Polleyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/cole-polley/ Linkedin + posts SGA supports addition of new minor Cole Polleyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/cole-polley/ Facebook TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history SGA holds Outreach Day to interact with students TAGSphotos center_img Cole is a Sophomore Journalism major from Llano, Texas. He’s an avid Seinfeld watcher and he is passionate about the San Antonio Spurs, listening to Drake & chicken wings. Hit him up on Twitter @CPolley12! printOn Tuesday morning, TCU’s Robert Carr Chapel held a church service focused on the presidential election.Hosted by TCU Brite Divinity School, the service was led by guest pastor Scott Mayer, the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth.Service attendees gather in Robert Carr Chapel (Cole Polley/TCU360)With election night looming, a crowd of about 50 gathered to listen to Mayer’s message, and the election was certainly in the forefront of the discussion.Mayer said he realized the importance of preaching on the TCU campus on this crucial day for America.“I think to be preaching in a divinity school that is committed to social justice on Election Day definitely had special significance to me,” Mayer said.Mayer also added that many parts of the service were pertinent to the election, even the hymns that were sung.“A couple of our hymns were very appropriate for the day, as well as our prayers,” Mayer said. “I didn’t ignore the reality of what is going on today at all…I think this election process has pretty much magnified what we need to deal with in the world going forward.”Attendees smiled and exchanged greetings at the conclusion of the service as they filed out of the chapel.“It’s nice to be able to come here and have that fellowship on such a nerve-wracking day,” attendee James Thomas said. “Tensions are high but this adds a solid element to the day for me.”In addition to the fellowship, Thomas also said he enjoyed the fact that he could hear a message that he could relate to the ongoing political situation on Election Day.“It’s important to keep in mind how our faith relates to the election,” Thomas said. “Otherwise it’s easy to get lost in everything that’s going on, so it was cool to be able to hear something relatable today.” Students squeezed at Market Square, renovations looming Linkedin SGA brings ‘It’s On Us’ to campus in joint Big 12 initiative Twitter ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Previous articleeSPOT questionnaire to undergo changesNext articleVoting out of this world Cole Polley RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Service attendees gather in Robert Carr Chapel (Cole Polley, TCU360) Facebook Cole Polleyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/cole-polley/last_img read more

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Gardai Inspectorate report vindicates SF position – Mac Lochlainn

first_img Google+ WhatsApp The head of the Garda Inspectorate says it’s time for the culture of “who you know” inside the Gardai to change, but it won’t happen overnight.Robert Olson was speaking after the publication of a report into the force yesterday, which found massive failings in how crimes are recorded and classified.It ran to over 500 pages and also highlights serious systems failures and problems with training.Chief Inspector Robert Olson says the Garda Síochána needs to return to independence, but that will take leadership from the force itself and the Department of Justice.Meanwhile, Donegal North East Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn, Sinn Fein’s Justice Spokesperson, says the report gives the lie to the clam that recent government cutbacks were about modernising the force.He says the inspectorate is very critical of the lack of resources to gardai, and that vindicates what he and others have been saying for some time……..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/paricreport.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Twitter Google+ Homepage BannerNews Gardai Inspectorate report vindicates SF position – Mac Lochlainn Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson WhatsApp By News Highland – November 12, 2014 Pinterestcenter_img Facebook Facebook Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Twitter LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme Previous articleDonegal County Council to debate water charges at special meetingNext articleParents warned of data protection breach after HSE laptop is stolen News Highland Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath last_img read more

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Plea In Supreme Court Against Allahabad HC Order Which Denied Protection To Couple Holding That Conversion For The Purpose Of Marriage Unacceptable

first_imgTop StoriesPlea In Supreme Court Against Allahabad HC Order Which Denied Protection To Couple Holding That Conversion For The Purpose Of Marriage Unacceptable LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK5 Nov 2020 2:26 AMShare This – xA writ petition has been filed in the Supreme Court alleging that a “wrong precedent” has been set by the Allahabad High Court by declining police protection to an inter-faith married couple holding that religious conversion for the purpose of marriage unacceptable. The petition has been filed by Advocate Aldanish Rein. He is aggrieved by the fact that with the passing of the impugned…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA writ petition has been filed in the Supreme Court alleging that a “wrong precedent” has been set by the Allahabad High Court by declining police protection to an inter-faith married couple holding that religious conversion for the purpose of marriage unacceptable. The petition has been filed by Advocate Aldanish Rein. He is aggrieved by the fact that with the passing of the impugned order, the Allahabad High Court has not only left the couple at the mercy of their offending families hate monger religious associations but has also laid a wrong precedent that inter-religious marriages cannot be solemnized at the instance of conversion of religion by either of the partner. Relying upon the Supreme Court’s verdict in Lily Thomas v. Union of India, in which it was observed that if the person feigns to have adopted another religion just for some worldly gain or benefit, it would be religious bigotry, the Allahabad High Court had last month denied police to a married couple. ‘Religious Conversion Just For The Purpose Of Marriage Is Unacceptable’: Allahabad High Court Dismisses Plea Of Married Couple Stating that the High Court has proceeded on an “incorrect interpretation” of this judgment, the Petitioner has submitted, “The Constitution of India provides for right to freedom of religion and the same includes that a person has the right to choose and profess any religion or no religion at all. It also includes the right to convert into any religion as many times as one wants to with no tabs. Choice of religion is a personal choice of a person. If the Court does not allow a person to freely choose his religion, it amounts to a violation of his or her fundamental right as guaranteed under the Constitution of India.” He has submitted that the Judgment does not mean that conversion for the sake of marriage is a worldly gain or benefit; rather it only means that such conversions shall not be for the purposes of exploitation and only exploitation is connoted as “worldly gain or benefit”. “When two adults of different religion, fall in love with each other and decides to get married to each other against the wishes of their parents / society / religious leaders etc. it cannot be termed as an exploitation if they wish to convert to the religion of their partner and get married. The law and the courts could only interfere if there is a direct exploitation being caused to any third person…,” the plea states. Significantly, both the Petitioner and his sister (presently the Joint Treasurer of SCBA) are Muslims by religion and have married their respective Hindu Spouse under the Special Marriage Act, 1954. He has submitted that he has witnessed the “cumbersome process” and “unreasonable provisions” of the Special Marriage Act, which makes it very difficult for a runaway couple to abide by the said provisions— resulting in religious marriages after conversion to the faith of either of the partner. He has stated that practically, the Special Marriage Act is only meant for couples where both the families are in agreement of such marriages or at least are not out there to harm the couple. This is because the Act mandates a notice period and invites objections to such notice, making it difficult for runaway couples. Citing the process given under Sections 5, 6, 7 and 11 of the Act, the Petitioner submitted, “So the runaway couple cannot just apply with any marriage officer, either of them have to be a resident of the same jurisdiction for atleast 30 days prior to applying and in order to prove the same, they would have to show some proof, such as a rent agreement etc. which is difficult for a runaway couple. It is not just open to the family members to object but to any member of the society, and the objector has been given 30 days to object and the G couple has to wait for these thirty days. The Couple also has to arrange for three witnesses in the hostile world that they are already in.” The Petitioner has relied on the observations made Justice DY Chandrachud in Hadiya’s case, reiterated thus: “The law prescribes conditions for a valid marriage. It provides remedies when relationships run aground. Neither the State nor the law can dictate a choice of partners or limit the free ability of every person to decide on these matters. They form the essence of personal liberty under the Constitution.” He has therefore urged the Court to invoke Article 142 of the Constitution of India to set aside the impugned order of the Allahabad High Court, and provide immediate police protection to the concerned couple. It is further sought that all the matters pending in various High Courts challenging provisions of the Special Marriage Act 1954 should be transferred to the Supreme Court and adjudicated so as to bring uniformity in the Act for the entire Country. In the alternate it is prayed that a committee be formed to be presided over by a retired Supreme Court Judge to ascertain and recommend appropriate amendments in the Special Marriage Act, 1954 for its effective implementation.Next Storylast_img read more

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University of Utah Athletics Announces Cancellation of All Events In Accordance With Pac-12 Decision

first_imgMarch 12, 2020 /Coronavirus (COVID-19) related news and sports stories, Sports News – Local University of Utah Athletics Announces Cancellation of All Events In Accordance With Pac-12 Decision FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-In news released Thursday afternoon, the University of Utah’s athletic department confirmed that with the remainder of the Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament being canceled, all scheduled University of Utah athletics department events have been canceled.The university’s decision coincides with that of the Pac-12 and was made in consultation with member universities of the conference.It was done in hopes of quelling the spread of coronavirus and is in the interest of the health and safety of student-athletes, campus personnel, working and event personnel, and all those attending Pac-12 events.Anyone who has pre-purchased tickets for scheduled events will be refunded. Fans are encouraged to contact the Utah Athletics Ticket Office with any further questions they may have.In the meantime, the university’s athletics department has maintained regular communication with the university and the Pac-12 to stay abreast of any information and recommendations for responding to the situation with COVID-19. Written by Tags: Utah athletics Brad Jameslast_img read more

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Topical treatment clears precancerous skin lesions

first_img First demonstration of a melanoma arising from a single cell Calcipotriol, an FDA-approved treatment for psoriasis, induces expression in the skin of an immune-system activator called TSLP. While overexpression of TSLP is associated with the allergic inflammation seen in asthma and eczema, it has been noted that individuals with these allergic conditions appear to be less susceptible to skin cancer. Other studies have supported TSLP’s ability to suppress skin cancer development, which led Demehri’s team to investigate its potential against actinic keratosis.Experiments with a mouse model of skin cancer development showed that twice-weekly applications of calcipotriol both induced TSLP expression and delayed tumor development. When tumors did develop, they were fewer and smaller than in mice not treated with calcipotriol. An experiment in which calcipotriol was applied to the ears of mice while skin cancer was induced to develop on their backs resulted in elevated blood levels of TSLP and the suppression of tumor development, implying that brief TSLP-inducing treatment could lead to a lasting systemic antitumor immune response.Since clinically available concentrations of calcipotriol have had limited effectiveness against actinic keratosis and produced no evidence of immune activation, the MGH team hypothesized that combining the available 0.005 percent calcipotriol ointment with 5 percent fluorouracil (5-FU) cream, a standard treatment for actinic keratosis, might amplify the immune-activating potential of calcipotriol. In a randomized, double-blinded clinical trial, 65 participants with multiple actinic keratosis lesions were treated with a combination of calcipotriol and 5-FU, while 67 received a control preparation of 5-FU mixed with petroleum jelly.The preparations were applied twice a day to the entire affected sites of participants — face, scalp, and arms — and because treatment with 5-FU alone requires seven or more days to have any effect against actinic keratosis, participants were treated for four days only. A day after treatment ended, the treated skin of those receiving calcipotriol plus 5-FU, including areas that did not contain clinically visible lesions, showed clear signs of inflammation, indicating immune system activation. Areas of inflammation were found to have a significant influx of lymphocytes — primarily T cells — at the sites of lesions.Eight weeks after treatment, participants receiving the combined treatment had a significantly greater reduction in the number and size of actinic keratosis lesions — for example, an average of 88 percent reduction in facial lesions versus 26 percent reduction for those receiving the control preparation. Even participants with large “hypertrophic” lesions, which rarely respond to conventional topical treatments, saw significant reduction in the size of their lesions with combined treatment. Among participants receiving combined treatment who previously had been treated for actinic keratosis, 82 percent found the treatment more effective.“As both medications used in our trial are already available clinically, they could readily be used by dermatologists to treat actinic keratosis, particularly in patients for whom conventional treatments have failed,” says Demehri, who is an assistant professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School. “The ultimate goal of our research is to use patients’ own immune systems to prevent cancer, so we are very excited to determine whether our success in activating a T-cell-dominant immune response against a skin cancer precursor will protect the treated skin against future skin cancer development. We’re planning to follow the participants in this trial over the coming years to address that important question.”Trevor Cunningham of the MGH Center for Cancer Immunology and CBRC is lead author of the Journal of Clinical Investigation report.The study was supported by National Institutes of Health grants and grants from the American Skin Association, the Dermatology Foundation, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the American Philosophical Society, and the La Roche-Posay Research Foundation. MGH has filed a patent application covering the work described in this paper. A cancer’s surprise origins, caught in action Related A combination of two FDA-approved drugs — a topical chemotherapy and an immune system-activating compound — was able to rapidly clear actinic keratosis lesions from patients participating in a clinical trial. Standard treatment for this common skin condition, which can lead to the development of squamous cell carcinoma, takes up to a month and can elicit several unpleasant side effects. The report from Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has been published online and will appear in the January issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.“The high tumor-clearance rate, short treatment duration, and favorable side-effect profile highlight the remarkable effectiveness of this approach, compared with currently available treatments,” says Shadmehr Demehri of the MGH Center for Cancer Immunology and the Cutaneous Biology Research Center (CBRC), senior author of the report. “But more importantly, the unprecedented ability of this combination therapy to directly activate the adaptive immune system against skin cancer precursors holds great promise to establish an immune memory within treated skin capable of preventing future cancer development.”Caused by long-term exposure to sunlight, actinic keratosis is characterized by rough, scaly patches on the skin. Very common in older individuals with fair complexions, actinic keratosis is the third-most-common reason for consulting a dermatologist in the U.S. If untreated, actinic keratosis lesions can progress to squamous cell carcinoma, the second-most-common form of skin cancer. Current topical treatments for actinic keratosis cause side effects — such as pain, crusting, and susceptibility to infection — and need to be applied for up to four weeks.last_img read more

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For new medicines, turn to pioneers

first_imgWould we be wise to prioritize “shovel-ready” science over curiosity-driven, fundamental research programs? In the long term, would that set the stage for the discovery of more medicines?To find solid answers to these questions, scientists at Harvard and the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research (NIBR), publishing in Science Translational Medicine, looked deep into the discovery of drugs and showed that, in fact, fundamental research is “the best route to the generation of powerful new medicines.”“The discoveries that lead to the creation of a new medicine do not usually originate in an experiment that sets out to make a drug. Rather, they have their origins in a study — or many studies — that seek to understand a biological or chemical process,” said Mark Fishman, one of three authors of the study. “And often many years pass, and much scientific evidence accumulates, before someone realizes that maybe this work holds relevance to a medical therapy. Only in hindsight does it seem obvious.”Fishman is a professor in the Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, a faculty member of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and former president of NIBR. He is a consultant for Novartis and MPM Capital, and is on the board of directors of Semma Therapeutics and the scientific advisory board of Tenaya Therapeutics.CRISPR-cas9 is a good example of discovery biology that opened new opportunities in therapeutics. It started as a study of how bacteria resist infection by viruses. Scientists figured out how the tools that bacteria use to cut the DNA of an invading virus could be used to edit the human genome, and possibly to target genetic diseases directly.The origins of CRISPR-Cas9 were not utilitarian, but those discoveries have the potential to open a new field of genomic medicine. Blood pressure medicines would never have been created without the discovery of the role of renin (a renal extract) in regulating blood pressure in 1898. Blood pressure medication is another example of how fundamental discoveries can lead to transformative medicines.People who suffer from high blood pressure often take drugs that act by blocking the angiotensin-converting enzyme. Those medicines would never have been created without the discovery of the role of renin (a renal extract) in regulating blood pressure in 1898, or without the discovery of angiotensin in 1939, or without the solid understanding of how the enzyme works, shown in 1956.This work was not tied earlier to making pills for hypertension, mainly because hypertension was generally believed to be harmless until the 1950s, when studies showed its relationship to heart disease. Before then, the control of blood pressure was itself a fundamental science, beginning with Stephen Hales’ measurement  of blood pressure in a horse in 1733.The discovery of ACE inhibitors really reflects the convergence of two fields of fundamental, curiosity-driven discovery.Yet some observers believe that projects that can demonstrate up front that they could produce something useful should take priority over projects that explore fundamental questions. Would there be many more medicines if academics focused more on programs with practical outcomes? How would that shift affect people in the future?To find answers, Fishman and his colleagues investigated the many scientific and historical paths that have led to new drugs. The study they produced is a contemporary look at the evidence linking basic research to new medicines.The authors used a list of the 28 drugs defined by other scientists as the “most transformative” medicines in the United States between 1985 and 2009. The group examined:Whether the drug’s discovery began with an observation about the roots of disease;Whether the biologist believed that it would be relevant to making a new medicine; andHow long it took to realize that.To mitigate bias, the researchers repeatedly corroborated the assignment with outside experts.They found that eight out of 10 of the medicines on their list led back to a fundamental discovery — or series of discoveries — without a clear path to a new drug.The average time from discovery to new drug approval was 30 years, the majority of which was usually spent in academia, before pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies started the relevant drug development programs.Fishman concluded, “We cannot predict which fundamental discovery will lead to a new drug. But I would say, from this work and my experiences both as a drug discoverer and a fundamental scientist, that the foundation for the next wave of great drugs is being set today by scientists driven by curiosity about the workings of nature.”What industry and academic leaders sayLeaders in biomedicine from industry, business, and academia warmly welcome this new body of evidence, as it supports the case for funding curiosity-driven, non-directed, fundamental research into the workings of life.“This perspective on drug discovery reminds all of us that while many in both industry and academia have been advocating for a more rational approach to R&D, the scientific substrate we depend on results from a less than orderly process. The impact of basic research and sound science is often unpredictable and underestimated. With several telling examples, the authors illustrate how they can have a ripple effect through our field.”– Jean-François Formela, M.D., Partner, Atlas Venture“The paper presents a compelling argument for investing in fundamental, curiosity-driven science. If it often takes decades to recognize when a new discovery should prompt a search for targeted therapeutics, we should continue to incentivize academic scientists to follow their nose and not their wallets.”– George Daley, M.D., Ph.D., Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Caroline Shields Walker Professor of Medicine, and Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School“There is a famous story of a drunk looking for his lost keys under a streetlight because the light is better there. As Mark reminds us, if we only look for cures where the light has already shone, we will make few if any new discoveries. Basic research shines a light into the dark corners of our understanding, and by that light we can find wonderful new things.”— Dr Laurie Glimcher, M.D., President and CEO of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Richard and Susan Smith Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School“The importance of fundamental discovery to advances in medicine has long been a central tenet of academic medicine, and it is wonderful to see that tenet supported by this historical analysis. For those of us committed to supporting this pipeline, it is a critical reminder that young scientists must be supported to pursue out-of-the-box questions and even new fields. In the end, that is one of the key social goods that a research university provides to future generations.”— Katrina Armstrong, M.D., M.S.C.E., Physician-in-Chief, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital“Human genetics is powering important advances in translational medicine, opening new doors to treatments for both common and rare diseases at an increasingly rapid pace. Yet, these discoveries still require fundamental, basic scientific understanding into the drug targets’ mechanism of action. In this way, the potential of the science can be unlocked through a combination of curiosity, agility, and cross-functional collaboration to pursue novel therapeutic modalities like gene and cellular therapies, living biologics, and devices. This paper illustrates the value of following the science with an emphasis on practical outcomes and is highly relevant in today’s competitive biopharmaceutical environment, where much of the low-hanging fruit has already been harvested.”– Andy Plump, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co.“Medicine depends on scientists asking questions, collectively and over generations, about how nature works. The evidence provided by Fishman and colleagues supports an already strong argument for continued and expanded funding of our nation’s primary source of fundamental science: the NIH and the NSF.”– Douglas Melton, Ph.D., Xander University Professor at Harvard, Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute“Just as we cannot translate a language we do not understand, translational medicine cannot exist without fundamental insights to be converted into effective therapies. In their excellent review, Fishman and his colleagues bring the factual evidence needed to enrich the current debate about the optimal use of public funding of biomedical research. The product of public research funding should be primarily fundamental knowledge. The product of industrial R&D should be primarily transformative products based on this knowledge.”— Elias Zerhouni, M.D., President Global R&D Sanofi, former Director of the National Institutes of Health, 2002-2008“Fundamental research is the driver of scientific knowledge. This paper demonstrates that fundamental research led to most of the transformative medicines approved by the FDA between 1985 and 2009. Because many genes and genetic pathways are evolutionarily conserved, discoveries made from studies of organisms that are highly tractable experimentally, such as yeasts, worms, and flies, have often led to and been integrated with findings from studies of more complex organisms to reveal the bases of human disease and identify novel therapeutic targets.”– H. Robert Horvitz, Nobel Laureate; David H. Koch Professor, Member of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research and of the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator at Massachusetts Institute of Technology“This meticulous and important study of the origin of today’s most successful drugs finds convincingly that the path to discovery lies through untargeted fundamental research. The authors’ clear analysis is an effective counter to today’s restless investors, academic leaders, and philanthropists, whose impatience with academic discovery has itself become an impediment to the conquest of disease.”— Marc Kirschner, John Franklin Enders University Professor, Department of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School“Some ask if there is a Return on Investment (ROI) in basic biomedical research. With transformative therapies as the ‘R,’ this work traces the path back to the starting ‘I,’ and repeatedly turns up untargeted academic discoveries — not infrequently, two or more that are unrelated to each other. Conclusion? A nation that wants the ‘R’ to keep coming must maintain, or better, step up the ‘I’: that is, funding for curiosity-driven, basic research.”— Keith Yamamoto, UCSF molecular biologist and Vice Chancellor, Science Policy and Strategylast_img read more

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Dames at Sea Sets Broadway Closing Date

first_img Lesli Margherita Dames at Sea Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 After struggling with low grosses for some time, Dames at Sea is set to end its Broadway voyage on January 3, 2016. At time of closing, the musical, starring Main Stem fave Lesli Margherita and more, will have played 32 previews and 85 regular performances. Dames at Sea officially opened on October 22 at the Helen Hayes Theatre.Directed by Randy Skinner, Dames at Sea tells the story of Ruby, who steps off a bus from Utah and into her first Broadway show. But hours before the opening night curtain is set to rise, the cast learns that their theater is being demolished. With the help of some adoring sailors, Ruby and the cast set a plan in motion to perform the show in a naval battleship.The cast also includes Mara Davi, Danny Gardner, Eloise Kropp, Cary Tedder and John Bolton.The musical, which features music by Jim Wise and a book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller, first opened at the Bouwerie Lane Theatre in 1968 in a production starring Bernadette Peters, then transferred to the Theater de Lys (now the Lucille Lortel Theatre) in 1969, where it played for 575 performances. This production marked Dames at Sea’s Broadway premiere. A national tour is planned to begin in the fall of 2017.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. Related Shows Star Files View Commentslast_img read more

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Soybean rust in Georgia

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaUniversity of Georgia scientists learned recently that Asiatic soybean rust, a deadly tropical soybean disease, can survive Georgia’s winter weather. This raises concerns that it could spread earlier and stronger this year.Other than soybeans, the disease thrives on Florida beggarweed and kudzu, an Asian vine that’s notorious in the South.It was found growing on live kudzu in Grady County Jan. 30 and Thomas County Feb. 10, said Bob Kemerait, a UGA Cooperative Extension plant pathologist. It has been confirmed on kudzu in two counties in south Alabama, too, and 11 counties in Florida so far this year, he said.Kudzu, Florida beggarweed and any soybeans left from the previous year’s harvest are usually killed by freezing temperatures each year in Georgia. But nothing is guaranteed.”These sites answer the question, can Asiatic soybean rust overwinter in Georgia?” Kemerait said. “The answer is yes.”The infected kudzu in Grady County was found protected from the cold weather by a building in downtown Cairo, Ga. The infected kudzu in Thomas County was protected by a concrete culvert.The living kudzu from the two sites was taken to the UGA Plant Disease Diagnostics Laboratory in Tifton, Ga., Feb. 17 to be studied. It will be destroyed, Kemerait said.The disease is in Georgia now, he said. There are probably other south Georgia sites similar to those in Grady and Thomas counties where the disease and kudzu are protected from freezing weather.Georgia farmers who choose to plant soybeans this year need to budget an extra $20 to $30 per acre to protect the crop with fungicides. Before the threat of the disease, Georgia farmers rarely needed to spray fungicides on soybeans.Because of the threat the disease poses to Georgia and the rest of the country, Kemerait and UGA Extension agents in south Georgia monitored the state for it this winter. A U.S. Department of Agriculture grant has helped in the search.Asiatic soybean rust first appeared in the United States in November 2004 on the Gulf Coast. Scientists believe it blew in on tropical storms that skirted South America, where the disease has already cost soybean farmers billions of dollars in damage.Kemerait and other scientists with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will conduct fungicide spray trials this year to determine the optimal time to spray for the disease and the best fungicides to use.Georgia is not considered a major soybean-growing state. Georgia farmers grew about 170,000 acres in 2005. The crop is worth $30 million to $40 million annually.Asiatic soybean rust is here to stay, Kemerait said.When it first shows up and how fast it travels will determine how much of a threat it will be for the Midwest, where most U.S. soybeans are grown. The U.S. is the world’s leading soybean producer. The crop is worth about $18 billion annually.last_img read more

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This week: Action near on tax reform, government spending

first_img continue reading » The House and Senate this week are expected to take up the final tax reform bill, which, to NAFCU’s urging, keeps the credit union tax exemption intact. Both chambers hope to have the bill passed and on the president’s desk for his signature before Christmas.NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger and other members of NAFCU’s legislative affairs team have been actively engaged on Capitol Hill and with the White House to ensure the credit union tax exemption is left alone in this tax bill. In August, the association and several member credit union representatives met with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to discuss tax reform efforts, and Berger was invited on FOX Business to explain the importance of the exemption. The association has also held numerous meetings with senators, representatives and administration officials throughout the year.Last month, NAFCU launched a grassroots effort calling on member credit unions to defend the industry’s tax-exempt status at the local level. An independent tax study released by NAFCU earlier this year found the credit union tax exemption benefits $16 billion to the U.S. economy each year. (Read more on the tax bill here.) 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Shkodran Mustafi sarcastically apologises to Arsenal fan for keeping two clean sheets

first_img Unai Emery on Arsenal’s 5-0 win against Nottingham ForestTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 10:34FullscreenUnai Emery on Arsenal’s 5-0 win against Nottingham Foresthttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-arsenals-5-0-win-against-nottingham-forest-2013038/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer provides update on Marcus Rashford injury Earlier this month, Mustafi claimed Emery has promised him he will be ‘treated like any other player’ despite being told otherwise in the summer.‘My dad talked to the club. I am a player of Arsenal and have another two years of contract,’ he said.‘I was never the one who starts a war when something does not work out.‘If something turns out, I’m open to taking the next step. If not, then I will continue my football.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘The coach told me that he sees me the same way as any player in the team. That’s why I played today.‘I do not want to say that this is not an issue. I have a wife and two children and that has to be sanctioned.‘If at some point a club from Germany has interest and it fits, I’m open for it.’ Shkodran Mustafi sarcastically apologises to Arsenal fan for keeping two clean sheets Shkodran Mustafi has helped Arsenal keep clean sheets in his last two matches (Picture: Getty)Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi has bizarrely apologised to an Arsenal fan on Twitter after helping the side keep two clean sheets in his last two matches.Mustafi was deemed surplus to requirements by Arsenal this summer after a calamitous three-year spell in north London, but the 27-year-old refused to leave amid strong interest from Serie A giants Juventus and Roma.Though the Germany international is yet to make a single appearance in the Premier League this season, he has impressed in Arsenal’s cup competitions.Mustafi played every minute as Arsenal beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 in the Europa League before Unai Emery handed him another start at home to Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe was relatively untested alongside the returning Rob Holding in central defence as the Gunners put five goals past Forest without conceding to reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.Clearly high on confidence after his recent performances, Mustafi was quick to remind fans of his worth as he directly responded to Arsenal supporter @Adewuyi_shola on Twitter.‘I hate to say this but Shkodran Mustafi has played 2 games and kept 2 clean sheet,’ @Adewuyi_shola said.Mustafi replied ‘Sorry for keeping the 2 clean sheets’ with an emoji suggesting he was less than impressed with the initial tweet.Sorry for keeping the 2 clean sheets 😑— Shkodran Mustafi (@MustafiOfficial) September 25, 2019 Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 25 Sep 2019 9:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.5kSharescenter_img Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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