Mother sentenced to 20 years for trading daughters for sex and cash

first_img(WSVN) – A mother of two has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to allowing men to rape her daughters in exchange for money and drugs.According to Fox 32, 25-year-old Morgan Summerlin pled guilty to counts of first-degree cruelty to children, enticing a child for indecent purposes and trafficking a person for sexual servitude last month.Related: Mother pleads guilty to allowing men to rape her children in exchange for cashInvestigators said Summerlin’s daughters, ages 5 and 6, told their guardians how their mom would take them to strange men’s homes to be molested and raped.The men would pay the girls, who then would hand the money over to their mother.Summerlin was sentenced by a Fulton County judge Monday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Feds Turning Tongass Land Over To Sealaska

first_imgSealaska Corp. gets its new land on Friday.The federal Bureau of Land Managementwill sign paperwork that day turning over 70,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest to the corporation.Download AudioThe agency’s Ramona Chinn says the land must still be surveyed and patented. But as of Friday, it’s Sealaska’s.Sealaska Plaza, the corporation’s headquarters.“It’s a milestone for the land-transfer program. Sealaska is one of 12 regions and this would finalize their entitlement,” Chinn says.Federal legislation passed late last year turned the land over to the Juneau-based regional Native corporation. Sealaska gave up the right to select other lands in Southeast, under terms of 1971’s Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.The Bureau of Land Management’s Erika Reed says Sealaska prioritized which of the new parcels it wants first.“We are going to be able to, we think, depending on the budget, survey the first two priorities this year. But assuming we maintain a stable budget, it will probably take us about five years to survey all 18 parcels,” she says.The full process will take about eight years.About 3,400 acres of old-growth forest on the Cleveland Peninsula and Prince of Wales Island’s North Election Creek are at the top of the list.Sealaska has said logging could begin this year, but it’s not a firm decision. The parcels are near other corporation land with logging infrastructure.Sealaska can also take over up to 76 tracts of cemetery and other historic sites in the Tongass totaling no more than 490 acres.No timeline is set for that process.last_img read more

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Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner and Priyanka Chopra party on a

first_imgSophie TurnerPriyanka Chopra Official Instagram (priyankachopra)Priyanka Chopra and Sophie Turner had fun on a yacht with their partners. Apparently, Sophie Turner, enjoyed some downtime as she joined her fiancé Joe Jonas, his brothers Kevin, and Nick, and Priyanka Chopra, for a yacht ride around Miami, Florida.Reportedly the Game of Thrones star appeared in great spirits as she and her husband-to-be packed on the PDA, before enjoying the sights of the sea using binoculars with Nick’s new wife Priyanka.The final season of Game of Thrones is set to premiere in April. Sophie partied on the yacht in a yellow checkered swimsuit, complete with a trendy squared neckline. She was not alone, however, as Priyanka Chopra too turned up the heat in a black two-piece that featured circular metal rings in both the halterneck top and high-waisted bottoms.  Sophie TurnerSophie Turner Official InstagramReportedly Sophie and Priyanka have become firm friends since falling for the brothers, who like to double date. Sophie Turner plays Sansa Stark on the hit HBO TV show Game of Thrones and may have a very important part to play in the final seasons. Sophie had recently gotten into some trouble with her fans after she confessed that she had revealed the ending to the final season of Game of Thrones to her friends. But she later went on to clarify that she was taking her role on Game of Thrones seriously.Priyanka Chopra on the other hand seems to be enjoying her newly wedded bliss, Priyanka Chopra doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to return to Bollywood as she seems to be preparing to settle down in Hollywood. You can check out the pics here: The scene straight out of Baywatch! @priyankachopra @SophieT #jsisters pic.twitter.com/GlCBjQW8fB— PC_unfinished (@PcUnfinished) March 26, 2019Best day off ever!!! @nickjonas @joejonas @SophieT #JSisters ❤☀??? pic.twitter.com/0N5DylobuD— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) March 26, 2019last_img read more

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Integrity questioned Sourav Ganguly to leave Delhi Capitals in match vs KKR

first_img Sunrisers Hyderabad to take on Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2018 finals Close Sourav Ganguly serving as the “advisor” of Delhi Capitals when they face Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens in the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League will be “conflict of interest”, according to two complains received by the BCCI Ombudsman DK Jain.KKR is slated to face Delhi Capitals on March 30 at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi while their return fixture is scheduled to be held at Eden Gardens on April 12. Referencing the match to be held in Kolkata, two cricket fans from West Bengal – Ranjit Seal and Bhaswati Shantua – separately communicated to Justice (Retd) DK Jain, questioning the involvement of Ganguly with the Delhi-based franchise.”I would also like to draw your kind attention that on 12th April 2019 (inadvertently quoted 12th May 2019 in my earlier e-mail), Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) vs Delhi Capital Match will be played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. KKR is the local franchisee (sic), who are closely associated with the Cricket Association of Bengal,” one of the complainants Seal, wrote in his letter, which is in possession of PTI. Sourav Ganguly gestures towards the crowd during his final Test in Nagpur on November 9, 2008.Reuters”Sir, is it practically possible – in one hand CAB president is supporting the local franchisee (sic) to conduct the match administratively and in another way (on other hand), CAB President is sitting with the team officials of Delhi Capitals as an Advisor,” he further wrote.Apart from serving Delhi Capitals as an “advisor” this IPL season, Ganguly is also the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), the apex governing body for cricket in West Bengal – the state KKR is based out of. But before accepting the offer from the Capitals, Ganguly had reportedly clarified that he had been given the nod by the Committee of Administrators.The former India captain, who was the captain of KKR when the IPL began in 2008, has not commented on this issue yet. But New Indian Express reports that a source close to Ganguly rubbished the claims made by the fans. Shubman Gill and Andre Russell after KKR defeated SRH at Eden Gardens on March 24, 2019.Kolkata Knight Riders Instagram”Sourav has taken permission from the CoA. And let me make it clear, he will be very much present in the Delhi Capitals dug-out on April 12. There is no question of withdrawing when relevant permissions are in place,” the report quoted the official as saying.”Basically, some fans want to insinuate that Ganguly as CAB president can influence local curators during DC vs KKR match at the Eden Gardens on April 12. This is preposterous. You are questioning the integrity of one of our greatest captains. I don’t know if it’s a part of BCCI’s larger politics,” the official said.last_img read more

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Indefinite bus strike begins in 4 districts of Barisal

first_img.Bus owners and workers of four districts of Barisal division have started to observe an indefinite strike on 17 routes of the division since Wednesday morning demanding permission of a bus service on the Bagerhat-Khulna route through Jhalakhati, reports UNB.The strike called by Barisal-Patuakhali Bus Owners’ and Workers’ Association began at 6:00am.Expressing solidarity with the strike, bus owners and workers of Bhola and Barguna also kept their vehicles off the routes.No bus was seen plying the routes since the morning, inflicting sufferings to passengers.Saidur Rahman Sipon, president of Barisal-Patuakhali Mini Bus Owners’ Association, said bus owners of Jhalakati had long been opposing the introduction of a bus service on the Bagerhat-Khulna route through their district.They announced the strike from a human chain formed at Patuakhali bus stand on Tuesday as the Jhalakati bus owners refused to give in to their demand, he said.last_img read more

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AHSs Bloody Disgusting Episode Means Halloween Isnt Over Yet

first_img Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekAmerican Horror Story Takes Us Back to the Days of Witches and Warlocks Stay on target Even if last night’s American Horror Story wasn’t the scariest this season, it was definitely the most disturbing. It doubled down on everything we saw last week and gave us some unsettling imagery that will definitely stick with you. As we begin, Dominic is not handling real life horror well. Even though he just saw Agnes get hacked to death by the real butcher, he still wants to believe this is all part of the show, calling for Sydney to stop it. Shelby leads him to the basement and into the tunnel to escape. Their path is blocked by a ghostly figure. Dominic freaks, but Shelby says if it’s Mott, he could actually help. Well, it’s not Mott. It’s the Chen family, who after their murder, look and act a lot like Sadako from Ring.They run back out of the tunnel with the Chens close behind. They run upstairs and slam the basement door… just a hair too early. Dominic’s hand gets slammed in the door. They run to the kitchen to get some ice and are met by the pig-headed killer himself. Shelby stabs him in the head, but that only slows him down. They run to the foyer and are met by all the monsters the house has to offer. The nurses, the pig-man and one of the Chens descending from the ceiling. They wind up back in the bathroom where they started. Shelby, realizing their situation is hopeless, cuts her own throat.We check back in with Audrey, Lee, and Monet still held captive by the Polks. Mama demands her son cut a filet off of Lee and the son isn’t quite sure where the filet comes from. When Lee screams that people don’t eat people, Mama tells the story of how their family started down the road of cannibalism. Some full-bellied thieves were caught on their land, and the Polk ancestors decided that the family would never go hungry again. After some implications of incest, the son cuts another piece out of Lee’s leg.Just when you thought the Polks couldn’t get any creepier. (Photo: Screenshot via FX)Later, Lee offers to get the son on TV if he lets her go. He tells the story of Kinkade Polk, who used to butcher pigs in Chicago. He started putting a pig’s head over his own and killing people. So that’s where the pig-headed killer comes from! Lee asks to look at the photo of Flora she keeps in her wallet. The Polk son obliges. When Lee asks to talk to her, the son hides her leg wound under a sweater and records a message. Lee admits to killing her husband.The son reveals that he will be the one to kill her, but he doesn’t want to. He likes Lee. Lee offers to make him feel good. He unties her, and she chokes him out. Once out of the chair, she grabs the knife, stabs him in the head and stumbles away.Meanwhile, Monet has also escaped, and Mama Polk sends the rest of the family after her and stays behind with Audrey. Mama tells Audrey to open her mouth and brandishes a pair of pliers. Audrey implies that the Polks have sex with their pigs, which Mama does not appreciate. She begins to attack Audrey, but Lee runs in and knocks her out. Lee unties Audrey, who takes the opportunity to bash Mama’s head in before they escape.They run back to the house and see that things aren’t all that safer there. They find Matt’s body, with his head an unrecognizable mush on the floor. They run upstairs and find Shelby’s dead body in the bathroom. Dominic tells them what happened and Lee doesn’t believe him. She pushes him out of the bathroom and locks the door, allowing him to be hacked to death by the pig-man.Guess Who. (Photo: Screenshot via FX)The night is finally over, and there are now three left alive. Lee convinces Audrey that they have to go back to the Polk farm. She says there are tapes there of them both killing people, and they have to recover them before the rest of the world sees. Of course, we all know she’s really concerned about the tape of her admitting to the murder of her ex-husband. As they head out the door, they’re greeted by a man wearing a pig’s head. Audrey hits him with a crowbar, but a familiar voice yells for her to stop. Underneath the head, we find Gillian, who played The Butcher’s son in “My Roanoke Nightmare.”So now there’s a fourth person who might survive but probably won’t. What was he doing all the way out here? Did Sidney hire him to play the pig-man for “Return to Roanoke?” Has he seen anything that’s been going on? Either way, it’s probably good that they introduced another character. With everyone dying in the last couple episodes, the last two would be oddly light on kills. This episode had a few good scares, even if they weren’t as frequent as the last couple weeks. The Chens might be the creepiest monsters of this season and they make me want a purely J-horror-themed season. While the actual scares were less, this episode left me truly disturbed. Extended scenes of torture and cannibalism will do that to a person. And now they’re going back to the Polk’s house. Great.I suppose now’s the time to start taking bets on who survives the next two episodes. My money’s on Monet. Lee admitted to killing her ex, so she’s going to die and she’s taking Audrey and Gillian down with her. Monet will escape, return to L.A. to tell everyone what happened and no one will believe her because she’s an alcoholic. That’s usually how these things go.last_img read more

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Temple purification row BJP asks why was CM quiet so far

first_img‘It is suprising that Manjhi kept quiet on the alleged temple purification incident for months… he should have taken action against whosoever responsible for it immediately after,’ Modi told reporters on the sidelines of ‘Janata Durbar’ at his official residence here.  More than chief minister’s silence, doubts have surfaced over authenticity of the incident with Manjhi and his Minister Ramlakhan Ram making contradictory statements, he said.Under the circumstances, it will be in the fitness of things that either the chief minister sack his ministerial colleague for countering his claim, Modi said.last_img read more

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10minute walk break can reverse vascular dysfunction

first_img“Our study found that when you sit for six straight hours, or the majority of an eight-hour work day, blood flow to your legs is greatly reduced,” said lead author of the study Jaume Padilla, assistant professor of nutrition and exercise physiology at University of Missouri School of Medicine in the US.“We also found that just 10 minutes of walking after sitting for an extended time reversed the detrimental consequences,” Padilla noted.During the study, the researchers compared the vascular function of 11 healthy young men before and after a period of prolonged sitting. The findings indicated that blood flow in the popliteal —an artery in the lower leg—was greatly reduced after sitting at a desk for six hours. The findings appeared in the journal Experimental Physiology.last_img read more

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Shantipur hooch tragedy Death toll touches 12

first_imgKolkata: The death toll reached 12 in the Shantipur hooch incident. 4 more persons died at the hospital since Wednesday, while several more were admitted. On the other hand, the Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Shantipur police station, Sourav Chatterjee, was removed.The death toll is feared to go up as more persons have been admitted on Thursday. Though Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has been ordered to probe the incident, the case handover process has not been completed yet. Sources informed that though the process in underway, the CID team and Nadia district police are working hand in hand to investigate and nab the suspected culprits. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOn Thursday, four arrested persons were produced before the court and were remanded to 4 days police custody. Eight people including a woman had died while 20 fell ill from Tuesday night till Wednesday. Four persons were arrested for their alleged connection with the hooch den at Shantipur. They were arrested on charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder (IPC 304), causing hurt by means of poison with intent to commit an offence (IPC 328) and sale of noxious food or drink (IPC 273). Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedState Finance minister Amit Mitra had on Wednesday announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to extend support to the family members of each of the deceased. Eleven officers from the Excise department, including the Excise officer-in-charge of Shantipur circle and Deputy Excise Collector (DEC) of Ranaghat circle, have been suspended immediately after the incident. Locals informed that the majority of the deceased and the sick are brick-field labourers. Police were informed immediately after the incident. The district administration was also informed. Mitra stressed that it was heard from local people that spurious liquor had been brought into the state from Jharkhand and Bihar in vans and its distribution is not restricted to bordering districts only.last_img read more

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Will Grace revival renewed for season 3 expanded season 2

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Eric, Megan, Sean and Debra in London | Photo: Instagram/eric_mccormack Oh honey, NBC has ordered 23 new episodes of the Will & Grace revival. GAYSTARNEWS-center_img We’ll be seeing a lot more of Will, Grace, Jack and Karen in season 2 and 3.That would mean the multi-camera LGBTI comedy will get to 11 seasons by 2019.The show stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes. The revival is NBC’s most watched primetime comedy.‘As far as I’m concerned, we can’t get enough of Will & Grace, and 23 more episodes is music to my ears,’ NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said.‘We’re eternally grateful that Debra, Eric, Sean and Megan feel the same way and wanted to keep this good thing going.‘I’m overwhelmed by the euphoric response the new show has received from the press and the audience. My hat is off to Max Mutchnick and David Kohan… for consistently delivering one of the best shows on television.’20 years of Will & GraceThe cast just celebrated the 20th year anniversary of when they shot the pilot. Will & Grace creators/executive producers Max Mutchnick and David Kohan will return. Director James Burrows and a number of the original series writers will also be back.The current first season of the Will & Grace revival has featured guest stars as Jennifer Lopez, Jane Lynch and Andrew Rannells.But will we ever see a movie?When the cast were promoting the revival in the UK, they were asked about a big screen adaption.McCormack, however, insisted ‘they wouldn’t dare’.But the show stars say we might get a musical instead.McCormack said movies of TV shows don’t work:‘Our show, being a four-camera sitcom with the audience, the time we shoot scenes without that it doesn’t feel right.However Mullally followed this up by saying ‘I think there could be a Will & Grace musical’, which left all the cast nodding in agreement.Mullaly has already appeared on Broadway in both Young Frankenstein and Grease.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Bobby Cannavale is returning to “Will & Grace” for the revivalDid Megan Mullally just confirm a Will & Grace Broadway musical?Will & Grace revival already renewed for a second seasonRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/will-grace-revival-renewed-season-3/last_img read more

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Those Midwestern Floods Are Expected to Get Much Much Worse

first_imgThis winter’s big snowpack is fueling the floods. In the eastern Dakotas and Minnesota, more than 20 inches of snow remains on the ground. The Missouri, Ohio, and Mississippi Rivers drain the central United States, but it takes several weeks for the water to travel downstream. In the meantime, emergency officials are warning local residents to make evacuation plans as well as purchase flood insurance in certain areas.Climate scientists say it’s too early to tell exactly to what degree human-induced climate change has affected this spring flood cycle, but they note that the watery disaster is following a pattern of extreme weather events across the United States. There’s about 10 percent more moisture available in the environment as a result of global climate change, says Kevin Trenberth, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.Under the right conditions, that extra moisture can be amplified into 30 percent more rainfall during an extreme weather event such as a hurricane, bomb cyclone, or the series of storms that has hit the Midwest, Trenberth explains.“The extra fuel from global warming is what keeps [a storm] going,” he says. “And it’s what turns it from billion-dollar disaster into a 10 to 50 billion-dollar disaster.” The record-setting floods deluging the Midwest are about to get a lot worse. Fueled by rapidly melting snowpack and a forecast of more rainstorms in the next few weeks, federal officials warn that 200 million people in 25 states face a risk through May. Floodwaters coursing through Nebraska have already forced tens of thousands of people to flee and have caused $1.3 billion in damage.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued its spring flood outlook Thursday, predicting that two-thirds of the country is at risk of “major to moderate flooding,” from Fargo, North Dakota, on the Red River of the North down to Nashville, Tennessee, on the Cumberland River. The floods from the past two weeks have compromised 200 miles of levees in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and Kansas, according to the US Army Corps of Engineers.The rains and floods are expected to continue through May and become more dire, according to Ed Clark, director of NOAA’s National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. “This is shaping up to be a potentially unprecedented flood season,” Clark said, “with more than 200 million people at risk for flooding in their communities.”A combination of heavy snowfall in late February, tropical rains and wet snow from the “bomb cyclone” that swept across the country a week ago, and frozen or saturated ground surfaces have set the stage for the floods. Ice jams on top of frozen waterways are adding to the problem by diverting floodwaters out of river channels and sending them onto land. “It’s not looking like we are going to see any dry stretches anytime soon,” says Thomas Graziano, director of the water prediction center at the National Weather Service.Officials say the entire Mississippi River basin has received three times as much rainfall as in a normal year.And it’s not done falling yet. More rainstorms are expected to hit the Midwest over the next eight to 10 days. That precipitation will be “like water running over concrete,” Graziano says. He expects this year’s flood levels to top the disastrous floods that hit the Missouri River in May 2011 and the Red River in North Dakota and Minnesota in 2009. More Great WIRED StoriesZodiac ascending: Astrology startups reach for the starsA tap-to-fly helicopter hints at a flying-car futureRead/write metaphors are a flawed way to talk about DNATrump’s casinos couldn’t make Atlantic City great againI embraced screen time with my daughter—and I love it👀 Looking for the latest gadgets? Check out our latest buying guides and best deals all year round📩 Want more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest storieslast_img read more

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A Molecule Long Thought Harmless Plays a Role in Pancreatic Cancer

first_imgThe location of the pancreas in the human body. (Credit: Magic mine/Shutterstock)Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer — a virtually incurable condition. But now, a serendipitous discovery is providing new hope: A sugar molecule associated with the disease, but long thought harmless, known as CA19-9, actually plays an active role in the genesis of pancreatic cancer, researchers say, and could become a new target for therapy. The discovery uncovers new possible ways to identify early-detection markers, as well as hints at innovative treatments for pancreatic cancer.Building a Better ModelNearly 60,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year in the United States. The cause of pancreatic cancer is still uncertain, but some risk factors include a family history of pancreatic cancer, smoking, diabetes and chronic inflammation of the pancreas.For 20 years, David Tuveson, a cancer researcher at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, has focused on developing model systems of pancreatic cancer to figure out the fundamental biology of the disease. In a study published today in the journal Science, he describes exactly how the sugar molecule CA19-9 participates in the development of pancreatic cancer. “We studied CA19-9 because we were trying to make it a better biomarker for early detection of pancreatic cancer,” says Tuveson. Biomarkers are naturally occurring substances that help identify when a patient has a particular disease. In the case of cancer patients, they can help physicians predict how much damage the disease has caused. CA19-9, in particular, is overproduced in patients with pancreatic cancer and eventually gets added to other molecules. This sweet add-on can change the structure and function of the proteins it lands on.But, human pancreatic cancer cells are not the only producers of CA19-9. Tuveson reasoned that by identifying the particular proteins decorated by CA19-9 in pancreatic cancer, he and his team could then establish better biomarkers for the critical early stages of the disease. But there was a problem: Mice don’t produce this complex sugar and they needed an animal model to test their hypothesis. So, the team used their mouse genetics expertise to create a mouse capable of producing CA19-9.“We did it to develop better biomarkers for pancreatic cancer,” Tuveson recounts, “but we serendipitously noted that the mice developed inflammation of the pancreas.” The mice had developed pancreatitis, in fact, and further studies then showed they had accelerated pancreatic tumor progression. CA19-9, in other words, was actively causing pancreatitis, leading to pancreatic cancer. From Mouse to HumanHoward Crawford, a professor of molecular and integrative physiology at the University of Michigan not involved in the study, considers Tuveson’s discovery a game changer.“The real key is this creation of the mouse model. CA19-9 is something that we’ve known about for over 30 years as a prognostic marker for pancreatic cancer, but this is a whole different paradigm,” says Crawford. “What used to be a marker is now [taking] a functional role in pancreatic disease.”Even though the studies were carried out in mice, the authors are optimistic about the potential use of treatments involving CA19-9 to prevent pancreatic cancer in high-risk individuals. “The [clinical] potential is very real,” says Tuveson. “We can use an antibody against CA19-9 to block pancreatitis in the mice. And so by extrapolation, the hope is that such an approach may benefit patients with chronic pancreatitis.”And unlike many biomedical discoveries, the potential translation of Tuveson’s findings from mice to humans might not be far away. Human CA19-9 antibodies already exist, and the German-based biotech company BioNTech has the exclusive rights for their use in the treatment and prevention of pancreatitis. Tuveson is hopeful BioNTech will start clinical trials soon. “This paper actually provides the preclinical rationale for conducting such a study,” he says.Could there be other long-established biomarkers that may secretly be causing cancer? Most likely, but only time and further investigation will tell us. “There probably are lots of things that we think of as biomarkers that actually have causal roles in diseases,” says Tuveson.last_img read more

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MidYear Sale Insane Discount on Smartphones Featuring Nokia X71 Xiaomi Mi 9

first_imgWe’re halfway through the year and there have been some pretty good releases. If you’ve been waiting to upgrade to a new smartphone and get it at a discount, well it’s your lucky day. Today we have a massive discount on smartphones as part of the Mid-Year Sale. Our list includes the Nokia X71, Xiaomi Mi 9, Asus Zenfone 6 and many more. So let’s dive in to see some more details on the matter.Discount on Smartphone Brings Price Cut for Asus Zenfone 6,  Xiaomi Mi 9, Nokia X71 and moreBefore we head over to the list, be sure to note that the Mid-Year Sale is only up for a limited time and so is the discount on smartphones. So if you wish to get one for yourself, be advised to act fast and order your share as soon as you can. If you fail to do so, the price drop will revert back to its original model.Huawei Honor 8XOn the mid-year sale, this device has been discounted generously. Huawei Honor 8X is a mid-range smartphone that has a lot going for it. It houses a powerful processor, a beautiful display with an edge-to-edge bezel-free design. Having tested the device myself, it’s easily one of the best devices for its price. It features 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage capacity. The Honor 8X is a fine option on our list of discount on smartphones.If you’re interested in getting it, the Honor 8X is available at a discount of 17 percent, making the price come down to just $249.99. Head over to this link to get it.Asus Zenfone 6The Asus Zenfone 6 has brought novelty with its flip camera as a solution to not go with the notch. Needless to say, the Asus Zenfone 6 has a lot more to offer than just its unique design. That’s right, Snapdragon 855 provides impressive performance and the overall package is a must-have. It features 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage capacity.The Asus Zenfone 6 is available at an impressive 22 percent discount as part of our list of discount on smartphones, coming in at just $549.99. Head over to this link to get it.OnePlus 6TThe OnePlus 6T is still one of the most powerful smartphones that adore and would choose over a flagship any day. From it’s designed to software and camera to the dewdrop notch, the OnePlus 6T is capable of competing against any flagship device. It houses a Snapdragon 845 chipset which is well optimized to give out the speed that it is known for. Other than this, the OnePlus 6T features 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage capacity.If you think the OnePlus 6T is your smartphone, you should know that it is available at an amazing 22 percent off as part of our list of discount on smartphones, making the price come down to just $429.99. Simply head over to this link to get it.Nokia X71Nokia X71 is a new addition to the company’s lineup, introducing the punch-hole display that not only enhances your user experience but also gives it a futuristic look and feel. The all-screen design just mesmerizes the user and above all, the clean software experience is just better than the rest with no bloatware or anything. It is powered by the Snapdragon 660 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage capacity.If the Nokia X71 entices you, it is available at an astounding 21 percent off for a limited time as part of our list of discount on smartphones. This makes the price of the device to come down to just $389.99. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi Mi 9That’s right, we’re saving the best for last on our list of discount on smartphones. Xiaomi Mi 9 screams quality no matter what aspect you select. From the powerful Snapdragon 855 to a 48MP camera packed in a neat, elegant and premium design, the Xiaomi Mi 9 just ticks all categories of being a great smartphone. It features 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage capacity.Above all, the price of the Xiaomi Mi 9 is another great aspect, which boasts an insane 27 percent discount, making the price come down to just $377.99. Head over to this link to get it.This is all for our list of discount on smartphones. However, there will be more deals in the future so do stay tuned in for more. As a reminder, we would like to note that the discount on smartphones is only available for a limited time. So hurry up and order your share as soon as you can. Also, check out our great discount on smartwatches to go with your purchase.This is all for now, folks. What are your thoughts on our list of discount on smartphones? Are you interested in getting the XXiaomi Mi 9, Asus Zenfone 6 or any other? Let us know in the comments. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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Big cheer for RIUs noreservations dining policy at Sunwings holiday gettogether

first_imgTags: Sunwing Posted by Travelweek Group TORONTO — Travel agents at Sunwing Travel Group’s annual holiday industry lunch gave a big round of applause in support of RIU Hotels & Resorts’ recent decision to get rid of restaurant reservations at their properties. For guests, the tedious task of waking up at the crack of dawn while on vacation to secure a coveted dining reservation was getting a bit much and agents were getting an earful from clients.“We removed the restaurant reservation system in the Americas. Thank you for the feedback,” RIU’s Director of Business Development & Partner Marketing, USA & Canada, Hugo Aguilera, told agents at the lunch.There was another round of applause when Aguilera came out strongly against the time-share side of the industry. “We’re a no time-share company. We are total supporters of the travel agent community.”Aguilera said RIU keeps its ear close to the ground when it comes to comments and input from retail partners. “We listen to your comments. And we’re constantly looking for new destinations to send your clients.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesComing off a record run of resort openings and renovations, RIU is showing no signs of slowing down with even more resorts popping up in new (for the company) vacation hotspots.In 2018 RIU will open its first property in Huatulco and in 2017, Riu Dunamar, also in Mexico. Aguilera said renovations for Riu Bambu in Punta Cana and Riu Palace Paradise Island in the Bahamas will both undergo renovations in 2017.Looking back on RIU’s busy 2016, openings included Riu Republica in Punta Cana and Riu Reggae in Jamaica. Opened just days ago, the positive buzz on Riu Reggae is so strong that the new resort is already booked up for January and February.Meanwhile the company’s urban-focused Riu Plaza Hotels brand is making its mark in major cities around the world. “International expansion has been the key to RIU’s success,” said Aguilera. New urban properties include the Riu Plaza New York Times Square and the Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesRIU’s meteoric growth wouldn’t have been possible without its travel agent partners, including the many top-producing agents present at yesterday’s Sunwing lunch. “Thank you for your business, your support and for trusting your clients to us,” said RIU’s Vice President Business Development & Partner Marketing, Sergi Ruiz Pique.He encouraged to join the RIU Specialist Program, with a new chapter coming early next year covering all the new resort openings and renos, “so stay tuned.” Thursday, December 1, 2016 center_img Big cheer for RIU’s no-reservations dining policy at Sunwing’s holiday get-together Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Ode to the tuber

first_imgEd Bernhardt Home gardeners in the tropics can take advantage of this wonder plant to provide a bountiful supply of nutritious food for the family. Tubers are a good source of carbohydrates, in addition to vitamins A, B1, B2, C, calcium, phosphorus and iron. Few people know that the leafy tops of the plants can also be prepared as a spinach dish, which is delicious and highly nutritious. Sweet potatoes belong to the morning glory family Convolvulaceae, with long trailing vines and pale lavender, morning-glory-type flowers that seldom make seeds. Instead, the plant has evolved to reproduce by vegetative offshoots. So, to grow camotes in your home garden, you need stem cuttings from mature plants to get them started. If you can’t find stem cuttings from any of your neighbors, don’t worry. Here’s how it’s done. The next time you are shopping in the supermarket or local market, select some good-looking sweet potatoes. You can often find a purple-skinned variety with a yellow interior that is very sweet. And a reddish-skinned variety, which is orange on the inside, that’s not so sweet. The later is my favorite choice.At home you can take a medium size tuber and plant it in an 8-inch pot with regular soil.  Plant it so the half of the tuber with the end of the stem is sticking straight up out of the soil.  Or you can place three toothpicks around the middle of the tuber and suspend it in a glass jar filled with water. Place it in a sunny window and watch it sprout and grow new shoots. I remember my grandmother doing this with sweet potatoes to create decorative plants. After a month or so, you will be able to trim the leafy stems for planting. These stem cuttings should be at least 12 inches long and can be planted in a compost-enriched garden bed about 2 inches deep and 2 feet apart. In about a week, the cuttings will recover and begin to grow new leaves. As the plants prosper, it’s important to cultivate the soil up around the base of each plant, just like gardeners do for corn, taro and peanuts. This stimulates the plants to produce more tubers. In three to four months, the new vines will cover the entire garden bed, and new sweet potatoes will be ready to harvest.  You can either dig up a few at a time or harvest them all at once and replant the stems again to keep a continual supply of camotes going in the garden. Remember, too, that the leaves from the stem cuttings are an excellent spinach substitute. This is particularly good news for gardeners who live in the warmer regions of the country where spinach doesn’t grow well. Harvested roots can be sun dried for a day and stored in a dry, shady area. Camotes are wonderful baked and lend themselves to many creative dishes. Below are two recipes we often enjoy. For more info on tropical home gardening click on our monthly newsletter at: http://thenewdawncenter.info/blog.html. We have books and seeds to share with you.  Until next time – life’s a garden.Recipes Mashed Sweet Potato and CoconutMash about 3 cooked sweet potatoes with 1 cup of fresh, finely grated coconut, add some cinnamon, allspice, cumin, a pinch of sea salt.  Sweet Potato Leaves in Coconut Milk   Blend half of a grated coconut with 1 cup of water until you have coconut milk, then strain off the liquid and cook it with a large bunch of chopped sweet potato leaves on low heat. Add curry, sea salt and pepper. Facebook Comments No related posts.center_img From the print editionThere is group of native crops we grow in our tropical gardens all the time, which are easy to grow, productive, delicious and very nutritious. One of these “superstars” of the garden is the sweet potato, or camote, as it’s known in Spanish. Long before Columbus landed in the Americas, indigenous tribes of Central and South America were growing sweet potatoes in a variety of colors and shapes. last_img read more

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Solís pledges to fix La Platina bridge – the third president to

first_img Facebook Comments President Luis Guillermo Solís has become the third president to promise to fix the bridge over the Virilla River known by Ticos as “La Platina,” located on the most heavily trafficked roadway into the country’s capital.Solís promised Thursday that “the work will be done in 12 months.”Problems with a section of the metal mesh on the infamous bridge earned it its nickname in 2008, and officials from three separate administrations have since made unsuccessful attempts to repair the structure — at a total cost of some $13 million, according to the National Roadway Council.Solís follows former presidents Oscar Arias and Laura Chinchilla in promising to fix and expand the narrow, bumpy bridge that handles some 90,000 cars daily.The bridge is on the General Cañas Highway, the main route connecting the capital with the province of Alajuela — including the Juan Santamaría International Airport — and Costa Rica’s northern and Pacific regions.La Platina has caused headaches and tragedies for drivers and officials alike since at least 2009.In 2011 the head of the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT)’s bridges department lost her job after failing to solve the problem. In 2010 MOPT filed a legal complaint against a Portuguese company that performed some of the failed repairs to the bridge.“This project has been tangled up for a long time,” Solís said Thursday at a news conference held under La Platina.The current project has an estimated cost of $13.7 million and was awarded in a public bid to private contractor Codocsa. It includes reinforcing the structure and expanding the bridge from four to six lanes.Public Works and Transport Minister Carlos Villalta Villegas said construction work won’t affect vehicle passage during the first eight months of the project since work will be performed under the bridge to reinforce the structure and place supports for the two new lanes. “We will eventually close passage at nights for very specific work,” he said.Vehicle passage over the bridge during the final four months will be restricted, as crews will begin replacing the road’s surface using prefabricated concrete slabs.Villalta urged the public’s confidence that “this will be the definitive solution for this bridge.”Watch a video (in Spanish) with an explanation of the project. Related posts:La Platina bridge will partially reopen next week Finally! Public Works Ministry reopens La Platina bridge President Solís demands explanation for spike in traffic jams Public Works and Transport Minister Carlos Villalta resigns his post amid domestic violence complaintlast_img read more

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Improving Markets Index Shows Volatility in June NAHB

first_imgImproving Markets Index Shows Volatility in June: NAHB After reaching 100 in May, the list of metropolitan areas with improving housing markets fell to 80 in June, according to the “”National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/First American Improving Market Index.””:http://www.nahb.org/news_details.aspx?sectionID=2223&newsID=15362 [IMAGE]While the number of metros on the index dropped, a closer look shows high volatility, not a straightforward decline in improving markets. About half of last month’s improving markets ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô 52 metros ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô maintained their improving status in June. The other 48 metros listed as improving markets in May fell off the list, and 28 new markets made their way onto the index. The Improving Markets Index measures three major indicators and considers a metro “”improving”” if it shows growth in all three[COLUMN_BREAK]areas for at least six months from their each category’s respective trough. The three indicators considered are housing permit growth measured by the “”U.S. Census Bureau,””:http://www.census.gov/ house price appreciation measured by “”Freddie Mac,””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ and employment growth measured by the “”Bureau of Labor Statistics.””:http://www.bls.gov/ “”The volatility of this index mirrors the uncertain economic conditions in some of our nation’s individual markets,”” said Kurt Pfotenhauer, vice chairman of “”First American Title Insurance Company.””:http://www.firstam.com/ “”The fact remains, however, that real estate fundamentals are still improving in many areas across the country.””NAHB’s chief economist, David Crowe, agrees that the fact that new markets are making their way onto the list is “”encouraging, and highlights the degree to which local and economic conditions are what drive individual housing markets.””The 80 metros listed in this month’s index are dispersed throughout 31 different states, including the District of Columbia. “”Though today’s IMI reflects a decline in the number of improving markets from May, the list continues to show significant geographic diversity, with 31 states represented and roughly one quarter of all U.S. metros included,”” said “”NAHB””:http://www.nahb.com/ chairman and Florida homebuilder, Barry Rutenberg.The state with the highest number of metros considered improving this month is Texas, with 10 metros on the index. The second-highest was Florida with seven metros on the index. in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Sharecenter_img Agents & Brokers Home Prices Homebuilders Housing Affordability Jobs Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2012-06-19 Krista Franks Brock June 19, 2012 405 Views last_img read more

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When considering another job as an assistant coach you look for

first_img“I know, and my wife, Jo-Ellyn, knows, exactly what you’re going to get from coach Saban day in and day out. He’s a guy we have a tremendous amount of respect for. We trust him. He knows us. He knows me. And obviously at Alabama, you’ve got a chance to win. So it was just a great fit for me.”The last time Tucker was in the college ranks was 2004, when he was the co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State, and from 2001-2003 he coached the Buckeye defensive backs. Prior to that he had a year at LSU with the secondary, a year at Miami of Ohio with the defensive backs and two years at Michigan State as a graduate assistant, where he worked under Saban in East Lansing.Even though Tucker and Saban have a history together, the two items on Tucker’s checklist are something all assistants can take notes on.Read the full piece from AL.com here. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Mel Tucker spent the last few seasons coordinating NFL defenses in Chicago (2013-2014), Jacksonville (2009-2012), and Cleveland (2005-2007). Now he’s overseeing Nick Saban’s secondary in Alabama.Although Marc Trestman and his staff in Chicago (which included Tucker) were let go following last season’s 5-11 finish, Tucker’s move from NFL defensive coordinator back to the college ranks as a position coach made some scratch their heads. But as Tucker explained to AL.com, his decision to take the job on the Tide’s staff came down to a few key details – beyond his friendship with Saban.“As an assistant coach, you’re looking at two things — who you’re working for, and can you win? As we left Chicago, that’s what we took into account.”last_img read more

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With endless options for the most refined and unco

first_imgWith endless options for the most refined and unconventional taste, this Mexican Caribbean destination is the ideal spot to organize an event that the bride and groom will never forget.For the first time Cancun celebrates September as it’s Month of Romance, and during this entire month you can experience a romantic environment to fall in love, carry out a wedding, or simply plan a romantic get-a-way.A ceremony full of magic and mysticism by the sea-shore or in the world’s most spectacular “cenotes” (fresh water sinkholes) can only become a reality in Cancun. Mayan weddings with the areas own ancestor’s rituals have become an original attraction for couples who swear eternal love before a shaman.All the elegance that an engaged couple seeks during the most important moment in their life is in Cancun. They can organize the event aboard a luxurious yacht or at a variety of sites located in Puerto Morelos, famous for its glamorous weddings.There is also the option of saying your I-do’s on a romantic, private beach or in the heart of tropical gardens in the most exquisite boutique hotels, or for those who prefer a more classical union can choose from a vast variety of the five-star hotels and resorts, where the first dance with the groom will be in a majestic ballroom with ocean view and decorated especially for the couple.As if it weren’t enough, the newlyweds can welcome their new life with a special ceremony, in which beautiful dolphins will present them with flower crowns and take them on a fantastic trip; turning your wedding into a fairytale.The good news for those interested in getting married in paradise is that only a passport is required.To transform the couple’s dream into a reality, the destination relies on professional and specialized wedding planners for every type of ceremony, leaving your worries aside; they take care of everything, from legal requirements to hotel and plane reservations for the guests, or even –accordingly with the green meetings trend- provide sustainable decoration or amenities.Without a doubt, Cancun and Puerto Morelos offer everything necessary to have the perfect wedding: bilingual judges, an officiant from every religion, a varied list of the best musical groups, banquet service, florists, photographers, fashion designer, and most importantly, facilities that can accommodate whatever number of guests, from 3 to 6,000. It is no wonder Cancun has become the destination of choice to celebrate the most incredible weddings in the entire world.As an inaugural act of the first edition of the Month of Romance, some of the special events that can be seen in Cancun are a Cancun wedding photo collage exhibition showcased in the upscale shopping center Luxury Avenue or a collective wedding of 50 couples formalizing their civil engagement with the Caribbean Ocean as a witness, as well as a glamorous Fashion Show with the participation of important local designers.www.cancun.travellast_img read more

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