Chennai, Dec 5 (PTI) Sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran today paid tributes to the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on her first death anniversary. Flanked by his supporters, including disqualifed party MLAs like P Palaniappan, he took out a procession on a four-wheeler from arterial Anna Salai to Jayalalithaas mausoleum in Marina Beach. A sizeable number of supporters also walked along side him, even as he stood atop the vehicle that sported a photograph of Jayalalithaa which was decorated with flowers. On culmination of the procession, Dhinakaran paid floral tributes at the late Chief Ministers burial site and placed a wreath, with his supporters beside him. He stood there with folded hands for a couple of minutes, even as his supporters jostled for space as many of them tried to come near him. Dhinakaran is contesting the December 21 bypoll to Radhakrishnan Nagar (RK Nagar), which fell vacant following the death of Jayalalithaa on December 5, 2016. Though the former MP had contested the April 12 bypoll to the same constituency as then AIADMK (Amma) candidate, backed by Chief Minister K Palaniswami, he later fell out of favour with the latter. A section of the Tamil Nadu cabinet led by Palaniswami revolted against Dhinakaran, then deputy general secretary of the party, in July and sidelined him. Further, in August this year, then factions led by Palaniswami and his now deputy O Panneerselvam merged. The camp was also awarded the AIADMKs Two Leaves symbol by the Election Commission recently, a development seen as a big jolt to the Dhinakaran-V K Sasikala camp. Dhinakaran has since filed nomination as an independent for the bypoll, for which candidates of ruling AIADMK, DMK, BJP and actor Vishal Krishnan have filed their nominations. PTI SA APR APRadvertisement
Share on Twitter Did the 10% express general concerns, or were they owning up to cheating, or accusing their rivals? She didn’t say. What she did say was that although Great Britain had not yet achieved the gold-standard level of integrity in terms of classification, it would do so within a very short space of time.Gold-standard tests are ones that are the most statistically valid. To get a validated impairment you do need to do multiple tests on a range of the population that you are investigating, and feed all the data through blind statistical measures.That is why, starting in January 2018, scientists will be reclassifying all of the coordination impairment classes to ensure that you cannot trick or cheat with neurological disorders.The classification room during competition is a rare space where we can relax and let our disabilities show without fear. The classifiers literally take my limbs into their hands and pull them and measure them, drawing angles and getting second opinions. What they’re doing is grounded in rigour.More work always needs to be done, so more science is what classification needs. It definitely does not need an overhaul that would bury scientific study under prejudiced paperwork, creating committees where innocent individuals are named and shamed.• Hannah Dines is a Rio 2016 Paralympian, physiologist, sportlover, trike rider and freelance writer Share on Facebook Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Show Quick guide What is para-sport classification? Athletes are grouped in classes according to their activity limitation in a certain sport, supposedly allowing for fair competition between those with different types of disability. There are 10 so-called ‘eligible impairments’ but not every sport admits competitors from every one of those Does everyone in a class have the same impairment? No. For example, athletes with paraplegia and double amputees might compete in the same class in athletics because their different impairments have a comparable effect on their wheelchair racing performance. In Paralympic sport, each class is given a code relating to the severity of the impairment and the type of disability Share via Email Was this helpful? Autism Opinion Since you’re here… Thank you for your feedback. Share on Pinterest Paralympics Hide Read more Share on Messenger comment Reuse this content Athletics How are athletes classified? Each sport trains and certifies individuals to conduct athlete evaluation by classifiers who either have a medical background or are technical experts in their sport. They will conduct a series of tests to decide which class an athlete should compete in, while each sport has a committee to monitor their work. Classifiers will also then monitor athletes in competition. So I was shocked that the father of an athlete would so freely name his daughter’s direct competitors (no men were mentioned or athletes of other classifications) even after they had been cleared of cheating, divulging their medical status and names, without them being there to defend themselves. He was told not to do so multiple times by members of panel. Those are witch-hunt tactics, and the digital, culture, media and sport select committee knew it.I’m a Paralympian, a writer and a scientist. I’ll try to explain where he’s got it wrong.He seems confused about how a learning difficulty could be seen as a physical disability. Open any good neuroscientific textbook. Learning difficulties (LD) such as Asperger’s, autism or developmental delay can all occur in a part of the brain that also deals with coordination, therefore impairing coordination as well as conversation. That’s not controversial.Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a terror. The coordination impairment system is a different type of brain matter entirely, and the symptom range is a nightmare. Yet brave scientists have taken empirical measures as best they can. It is a work in progress, so we must let the science be done.Breen’s daughter, Olivia, and I both have cerebral palsy (CP). People with LD and MS are grouped with us only when they involve similar activity impairments that have been rigorously measured, with a tool that removes all bias from the scientists, the athlete doing the test and the two other professionals overseeing the process.This does increase the challenge for people with CP on the racetrack, because while the impairment differences are minimised by this process, they are not taken away completely. But it’s hard to see how this can be avoided without simply awarding everyone their own medal.I have lost my UK Sport funding and my place on the squad. Yet I stand by the classification system that put me up against stronger women with MS and LD because the system is fit for purpose, and without it I would be racing myself, the only person with congenital CP in the T2 class.The only way to solve this problem is by conjuring up more of me … and sadly human cloning is illegal. I am not humiliated by being beaten. In failure, I face the truth of my being as an athlete and it leaves me in a position from which I can only get stronger.Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson said she did not think cheating was endemic within the system – although she said 10% of her informants brought up misrepresentation of disability issues. How many informants were there? Had she been a scientist she might tell us the number –say, 10 – so we would know if only one person had raised concerns of classification. All Hallows Eve is a fitting day to find skeletons in the Paralympic classification cupboard. The government found no skeletons at a hearing that took place yesterday – but the meeting will haunt specific athletes for years to come.The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has already investigated all the allegations of Para-athletes cheating the classification system brought forward by athlete-parent-lawyer Michael Breen (father of the Paralympic athlete Olivia Breen). They found that all classifications were rightly and fairly made. They vanquished Breen’s argument.That was Britain investigating not just British athletes but those of opponent countries – athletes who are often beaten by Brits. They would benefit if Britain were found guilty. Yet Britain was not. Classification controversy marks terrible coming of age for Paralympic sport Share on LinkedIn Topics Disability and sport Share on WhatsApp Disability
The ATA have recently announced that Mr Bill Ker will be stepping down from his role as CEO in July 2005. Mr Ker has been CEO of the Australian Touch Association for the past 10 years and has indicated his intentions early, allowing the board time to organise a succession plan for his retirement. “The organisation is planning to implement a new management structure, meaning the timing is ideal for someone with new ideas, passion and energy for the sport of Touch in Australia,” Mr Ker said. “I am proud of how our sport has developed during my time with the ATA and am excited about the future direction and possibilities for the organisation and the sport.” The ATA Board of Directors has appointed Sport Employment Australia (SEA) to identify a new CEO for Australia Touch. Please refer to the CEO position overview attached to this story. AUSTRALIA TOUCH ASSOCIATION CEO POSITION OVERVIEW- DOWNLOAD All enquiries can be directed to Michael Catlow at Sport Employment Australia using the contact details found on the overview.
Jashon Watkins is a four-star athlete out of Nashville. The blue-chip prospect has the attention of some of the biggest programs in the country. Today, he named nine schools on top.247Sports ranks Watkins No. 309 overall in its composite rankings. He is the No. 24 ‘athlete’ in the country, as he is being eyed for a number of positions. He’s the 12th-ranked player in Tennessee.Oklahoma is probably the biggest program included in the top nine. The Sooners are coming off of an appearance in the College Football Playoff.The SEC has solid representation. Watkins’ home state Tennessee Vols make the cut, along with Arkansas, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and South Carolina.Louisville makes the cut out of the ACC. Another local school, Memphis, is included, along with AAC-mate UCF.Jashon Watkins announced the group via Twitter:Top 9️⃣Mississippi State ?Memphis ?University Of Oklahoma ⭕️University Of Tennessee ?UFCSouth Carolina ?University of Louisville ?Ole Miss ??University of Arkansas ?(Shorting list soon ) pic.twitter.com/y2erktne4Y— Jashon Watkins2 (@jashonPerkins) May 25, 2018Watkins has a number of other big offers. Florida, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, and Mizzou are among the other schools that are after him.Of the schools on his list, Oklahoma is off to the fastest recruiting start. 11 players have already pledged to the Sooners.Oklahoma’s class features seven four-star players and one five-star: receiver Theo Wease. The group is ranked second in the country.Only Alabama has a class ranked higher. The Crimson Tide have a ridiculous 13 blue chip commitments already.
APTN National NewsOne of Canada’s largest oil and gas exploration companies is set to begin fracking operations in the Northwest Territories.But as APTN’s Wayne Rivers reports, the operation is off to a rocky start and that has area residents very concerned.
Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor or ‘Baby Sussex’, newborn son of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, has taken birth in a United Kingdom which is facing its greatest challenge since World War II. Though he is not born as a prince, as his father Prince Harry was, his birth already symbolises the modernisation of Britain’s royal family and of a more open and tolerant society. People have always wanted a glimpse into the inner workings of the royal family and it was no different in the case Markle and Harry’s son. There has been a lot of speculation regarding the baby — where would the delivery take place, what would be the name of the newborn, why would it be a private delivery and even what astrological sign the baby would have. While Meghan worked very hard to keep details of the pregnancy and delivery private, the inquisitiveness surrounding the entire episode could not be suppressed. When the couple revealed (on Instagram) that their son is to be known as Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the hint was quite strong in the future the couple had planned for their son. “The fact that they have chosen not to use a title suggests they want this baby to have a relatively ordinary life,” says royal historian Professor Kate Williams. “When Archie is older he will likely have to go out and get a job. He will be a minor royal and will have to be prepared for a life of work. If the Commonwealth becomes a smaller entity, there will be less work for the royals overseas.” There are reports that the decision to not give Archie a title is also because his father wants to shield him from the unavoidable spotlight that the Royals are always subjected to. However, despite his lack of title and the fact that there is very little chance he will ever be king, there’s no denying the cultural importance of Sussex’s firstborn. He is the Queen’s first biracial grandchild, and this particular fact holds immense historical importance as it impacts a multi-cultural bridge. Archie, traditionally a shortened version of Archibald, means ‘true and bold.’ There seems to be no other Archie in the British Royal lineup and hence, the choice of this name is pretty unique. It could also be a tribute to Prince Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, as one of her ancestors was named Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll, from Scotland. As for the middle name — Harrison — it would mean “son of Harry.” The baby undoubtedly represents a change for the oldest of houses and symbolises the “undertones of racism in how the Harry-Meghan romance is depicted”, the English-American bonding and also a welcome break from the tedious Brexit mess.
NEW YORK — As Twitter’s director of curation, Joanna Geary is in charge of showing users what’s going on. This can range from the day’s biggest news events to celebrities or quirky trends.Geary, 38, joined Twitter in 2013 after a career as a journalist in the U.K., first at the tiny Birmingham Post (circulation around 3,400) and later The Guardian, where she ran the community and social teams.She spoke with The Associated Press about serving a global audience that is Twitter. Questions and responses have been edited for length and clarity.Q: How has being a journalist prepared you for Twitter?A: Everything that I learned along the way, right back from the beginning of the Post, has been useful to what I do today. The importance of the work that journalists do and the importance of thinking through things such as verification, impartiality, accuracy, responsibility, good research … all of that has come into play.Q: What’s it like working with non-journalists at Twitter?A: I was worried about not being a journalist any more. It was a big step to take … but also exhilarating to end up in a business where some people have the same sort of instinct as me. But not everyone. I was exposed to many more different skills and expertise, which helped me think very differently about journalism and its place in the world. And not everyone was the sort of news junkie that I was.Q: What is the most challenging part of your job?A: I’m regretfully a monolinguist. I only speak English, so building up a structure and a format and a way to build rapport with teams who work in completely different languages and to understand the quality and the nature of the curation, it’s super challenging. Over time, I feel like I’ve built up a tool kit … and a level of standardization as to what we’re expecting.Q: What about cultural sensitivities?A: Even within a shared language, there’s such diversity of meaning and cultural differences to how people approach communication. I’ve learnt a lot about where I should sit in a meeting room in Tokyo, how direct do you need to be when asking for work with Arabic speakers. Words that are not rude in the U.S. that are quite rude in the U.K. People in the U.S. sometimes forget how much of Twitter is outside of the U.S.Q: Is it hard to not be U.S.- and English-speaking centric on Twitter?A: I don’t think so. One of the pure joys of the job is having such an international team. The joy is there are many different communities on the platform. For example, I had no idea about Japanese cat Twitter, where people in Japan post totally normal, everyday videos of their cats. It’s amazing.Q: What’s your ideal vision of Twitter?A: I believe very much in the power of connection over a geographical distance and culture. When you can get it right, it’s incredibly powerful, especially when it builds empathy and understanding. The interesting thing about Twitter is we’ve demonstrated that we can do it.Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press
A presentation on the dissemination of the findings of the Youth Health Survey 2012-13 was shared by Dr. Manjula Dhanansuriya, Consultant Community Physician. (Colombo Gazette) In Sri Lanka, young people aged 15 to 24 years constitute 15.6% of the total population. This means that for every 100 people there are nearly 16 young people. The Youth Health Survey reveals that while youth are aware of their own reproductive system, they have significantly low knowledge on the reproductive system of the opposite sex.According to the findings, nearly 50% of male youth reported “don’t know” for items on menstrual cycles, while approximately 60-65% of girls reported “don’t know” for items on anatomy and physiology of the male reproductive system.Focusing on the importance of sexual reproductive health in young people, Alain Sibenaler, UNFPA Representative in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, said: “It is imperative that we ensure accessibility of sexual reproductive health services for all young persons around the island. We will continue to work closely with the Government to ensure the implementation of an integrated youth-friendly reproductive health services programme, and in re-positioning comprehensive reproductive health education in Sri Lanka.” Speaking at the event, Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Anura Jayawickerama stated: “Youth are a large portion of the Sri Lankan population. Therefore, the findings of this survey will be useful not only for the Ministry of Health but also for the other Ministries in making informed decisions. I appreciate the support extended by UNFPA in addressing the prevalent issues that affect the youth of our country.”The Director General of Health Services, Dr. Palitha Mahipala, said: “The data from this report will provide valuable insight to policymakers on the importance of prioritizing adolescent health in Sri Lanka. Also, it is important to consult more young people in understanding what their health needs are to make our approach more youth-friendly.” Sri Lankan youth have significantly low knowledge on the reproductive system of the opposite sex, a study revealed today.The findings from the National Youth Health Survey were disseminated this morning, at an event organized by the Ministry of Health, and the Family Health Bureau, with the support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sri Lanka and the United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) in Sri Lanka. The Youth Health Survey of 2012-2013 is an island-wide report that provides a holistic understanding about the health issues of young people in Sri Lanka. It reveals important data and information on young people’s knowledge, life skills and behaviours related to their physical activity, substance abuse, violence, diet and sexual reproductive health.
A man committed suicide after attacking wife, child and his wife’s parents in Bingiriya today.His 6-month-old child succumbed to his injuries in hospital while the others were in critical condition. The Police said that the man had attacked his 24-year-old wife, her 42-year-old mother and her 62-year-old father on his return home in Ihala Kadigamuwa, Bingiriya after being away for three months.He then committed suicide. (Colombo Gazette)
It’s this time of the year when many head online to order a special gift for a special someone. But there are grinches waiting to catch you off guard.Phishing emails pretending to come from places like UPS or Canada Post that telli you to “click here to track your package” are often malware affected links from hackers. Phishers can only find you if you respond, which means you’re the most effective way to detect and stop phishing.Brock University ITS department wants you to stay safe online and think before you click.
DirecTV-exclusive 3D channel 3net has locked a deal to product the first ever Civil War documentary presented in the advanced broadcast medium.The feature will be presented as a four-part miniseries, featuring everything from 3D re-enactment footage to interviews and historic documents, all captured in native digital 3D.3net is a joint venture between Discovery Networks, Sony, and Imax for DirecTV, which itself covers a lot of the network’s expenses. The project is tentatively titled The Civil War 3D. No word yet on when it will hit the air.Via Cinema Blend
IRISH TECH EXECUTIVES based in the US have criticised President Donald Trump’s travel ban.Stripe CEO Patrick Collison and Intercom CEO Eoghan McCabe are among several executives offering to match donations made to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which is challenging the legality of the ban.On Friday, Trump signed an executive order barring all refugees from entering the US for three months. Those from war-ravaged Syria were set to be banned from entering the country indefinitely.Trump said the ban was necessary to prevent “radical Islamic terrorists” from entering the nation. The ban affects people from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.The move sparked mass protests and led to Trump sacking the acting Attorney General when she ordered Justice Department lawyers not to defend his controversial immigration orders.Speaking to Morning Ireland, Collison said: “The CEOs of the vast majority of technology companies have obviously come out against this, myself included.“It’s not only the leaders of these tech companies but also employees and the broader community, where there have obviously been protests here in San Francisco and also across the country.” Patrick Collison Image: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie Share Tweet Email Patrick Collison Feb 1st 2017, 9:40 AM Short URL Image: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie By Órla Ryan Wednesday 1 Feb 2017, 9:40 AM 14,585 Views Source: Patrick Collison/Twitter 78 Comments In Dec, @collision made a large donation to the ACLU—”they’re going to matter”. I wish I had. Will now match $50k. https://t.co/kbrh16NGV8— Patrick Collison (@patrickc) January 29, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3216224 Collison said he and others are now exploring “further legal avenues” they can go down to help get the ban reversed.Almost anyone who isn’t blinkered by partisan political allegiances can see that the order makes no sense on a moral basis, on an economic basis or from a national security standpoint.“Economically, there are so many extraordinary individuals and academics and businesspeople and doctors and members of society who originally grew up in some of these countries.”Moving to DublinIntercom is also offering to relocate people from the countries affected by the ban from Silicon Valley to Dublin. Eoghan McCabe Source: TwitterMcCabe told Morning Ireland: “For anyone in these now unfavoured countries or for any Muslim in the technology industry, if you’re feeling threatened or persecuted and maybe if you are not sure if you want to be here anymore, or maybe if you’re literally being prevented from being here and coming back, we will help you consider your options.In an ideal situation nobody would want to avail of the offer and they could just stay here.McCabe said some people have already been in touch with them about looking into moving to Dublin.He said Intercom, and the tech industry in general, are “pretty heavily reliant on immigrants”, noting his company sponsors a lot of visas and the process of getting one is “difficult”.Collison added that Americans have, for generations, been “a pro-immigrant people” and the ban is not reflective of what the country has stood for in the past.Read: Minister tells Trump’s security advisor: ‘This travel ban has damaging consequences’Read: Calls for Enda Kenny to cancel White House trip over Trump’s refugee ban Irish tech executives say Trump’s travel ban ‘makes no sense morally or economically’ Stripe and Intercom are matching public donations made to the American Civil Liberties Union. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Rêver aiderait à atténuer les mauvais souvenirs Des scientifiques américains ont découvert que l’impact dans le cerveau des expériences émotionnelles vécues dans la journée se réduisait durant la phase de sommeil paradoxal.Si une bonne nuit a déjà la réputation de “porter conseil” comme le prétend le proverbe, il semblerait bien que ce ne soit pas le seul bénéfice d’aller dormir après une journée difficile. Le sommeil se divise en plusieurs phases dont certaines dites “de sommeil paradoxal” caractérisées entre autres par des mouvements oculaires rapides (ou REM pour Rapid-eye movement). Ce sont lors de ces phases précises dans lequel le cerveau est actif qu’interviennent les rêves. Or, des chercheurs de l’université de Californie à Berkeley ont découvert que ce sommeil constituait une véritable thérapie concernant les expériences émotionnelles vécues dans la journée. Autrement dit, cette phase permettrait à notre cerveau d’éliminer le stress associé à ces souvenirs, le rendant moins sensible le lendemain matin. Pour faire une telle trouvaille, les scientifiques ont mené une expérience sur 35 jeunes adultes en bonne santé qu’ils ont divisés en deux groupes. Puis ils leur ont donné à regarder à deux reprises à 12 heures d’intervalle 150 images destinées à provoquer une réaction émotionnelle. Ainsi, la moitié des participants ont vu les images le matin puis le soir de la même journée sans dormir entre, tandis que l’autre moitié a observé les mêmes images le soir puis le lendemain matin après une pleine nuit de sommeil. Durant chacune de ces séances, les participants ont subi un scanner IRM afin de pouvoir suivre leur activité cérébrale. Résultat : ceux qui ont dormi entre les deux visionnages ont montré une baisse significative de leur réaction émotionnelle aux images. Plus précisément, les scanners IRM ont indiqué une diminution drastique de la réactivité de l’amygdale, structure cérébrale qui gère les émotions ainsi qu’une hausse dans le cortex préfrontal, la partie qui gouverne les réponses “rationnelles” du cerveau. En outre, les scientifiques ont constaté une nette réduction des niveaux de neurotransmetteurs du stress. Une forme de thérapie nocturneÀ lire aussiMini-cerveaux, “gène homosexuel” et allergie, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 31 août”Durant le sommeil REM, les souvenirs sont réactivés, mis en perspective, connectés et intégrés, mais de sorte que les substances neurochimiques du stress soient supprimées de manière bénéfique”, explique Els van der Helm, étudiant doctorant qui a dirigé l’étude publiée dans la revue Current Biology. Après une nuit de sommeil, lorsque les images sont de nouveau vues, elles déclencheraient alors une réponse émotionnelle considérablement atténuée dans le cerveau.”La phase de rêve du sommeil, basée sur une composition neurochimique unique, nous fournit une forme de thérapie nocturne, un baume apaisant qui retire les bords acérés des expériences émotionnelles du jour d’avant”, commente le professeur Matthew Walker, co-auteur de l’étude cité par le Telegraph. Celui-ci ajoute également : “en retraitant les expériences émotionnelles précédentes […] durant le sommeil REM, nous nous réveillons le lendemain matin et ces expériences ont été adoucies au niveau de leur raideur émotionnel. Nous nous sentons mieux à propos de celles-ci, nous sentons que nous pouvons faire face”. Une piste d’explication pour certains troublesD’après les scientifiques, cette découverte pourrait également expliquer pourquoi les personnes souffrant de troubles de stress post-traumatique (TSPT) font régulièrement des cauchemars. L’élément thérapeutique du sommeil pourrait dysfonctionner chez ces malades. Ainsi, quand un flashback se déclenche, ceux-ci reviveraient toute l’expérience parce que leur émotion n’a pas été correctement effacée de la mémoire durant le sommeil, rapporte le Daily Mail. Si cette relation se confirme, ceci pourrait alors conduire à une nouvelle piste de traitement contre certains troubles du sommeil voire certains troubles mentaux. Le 24 novembre 2011 à 14:53 • Maxime Lambert
The U.S. Department of Defense spent five years and $22 million researching invisibility cloaks, warp drive, and wormholes, according to an official document published this month.Between 2007 and 2012, the DOD’s Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) managed the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) to track and identify threats from space.The initiative, spearheaded by former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), earmarked most of its funds for aerospace research.Some money, however, was used for more speculative analysis into topics that sound like the plot lines to science fiction stories.A five-page report, released recently in response to a FOIA request by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), lists 38 research papers bankrolled by AATIP—covering themes from “traversable wormholes, stargates, and negative energy” to “psychic teleportation” (both written by Dr. Eric Davis of EarthTech International).“Many of [these works] are highly conjectural and well beyond the boundaries of current science, engineering, or military intelligence,” Steven Aftergood, director of the FAS Project on Government Secrecy, wrote in a blog post.Sandwiched between innocuous-sounding papers on “Advanced Nuclear Propulsion for Manned Deep Space Missions” and “Metamaterials for Aerospace Applications” are references to dark energy, manipulation of extra dimensions, and invisibility cloaking.(The latter is currently in the works, most recently by scientists at Northwestern University developing an IRL version of Harry Potter’s camouflaging coat.)“The purpose of AATIP was to investigate foreign advanced aerospace weapon threats from the present out to the next 40 years,” DIA Congressional Relations Division Chief Christine Kapnisi wrote in a January 2018 letter, sent to Senate Armed Services Chairman Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Ranking Member Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI).The program was first unveiled in a 2017 New York Times tell-all by Helene Cooper, Ralph Blumenthal, and Leslie Kean.In early 2015, the U.S. Air Force published its entire archive of UFO studies online. The document, declassified shortly after Project Bluebook ended in 1970, features more than 100,000 reported sightings.More on Geek.com:NASA Astronaut Saw ‘Something Organic/Alien Like’ in SpaceNewspaper Endorses Congressional Candidate ‘Abducted by Aliens’Some Folks in the Space Industry are ‘Absolutely Convinced’ We’re Not Alone11 Best Sci-Fi TV Shows to Binge Watch Stay on target Trump’s ‘Space Force’ to Fight Cosmic EnemiesOutback Steakhouse Is Not a Satanic Cult—Or Is It?
Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr. Shahbaz Sharif, visits the ASA/WISHH booth and feeds soy-based floating feed to tilapia in an aquarium at the event.Last month, the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health program (ASA/WISHH) participated in the DAWN Agri Expo in Lahore as part of the USDA-funded FEEDing Pakistan project. The Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr. Shahbaz Sharif, visited the ASA/WISHH booth and was briefed on the project by ASA/WISHH’s Country Representative, R.S.N. Janjua, and Fozia, who currently serves as Aquaculture Associate.The Chief Minister fed soy-based floating feed to tilapia in an aquarium at the booth to showcase its effectiveness. More than 2,000 visitors visited the ASA/WISHH booth including fish farmers, representatives from academia and Pakistani government officials to learn about the value of soy-based feed in Pakistani aquaculture.
Western Pain Society of Washington — Vancouver Chapter and upcoming meetingsSouthwest Washington clinicians across the health care spectrum are breaking new ground when it comes to providing pain care.This year, a handful of providers launched the Pain Society of Washington — Vancouver Chapter, the first group of its kind in Washington state. The objective of the pain society is to allow providers to make connections with others who have different specialties and to learn how they provide care for patients in pain.“It creates a community rather than separate individual people you refer to,” said Dr. Jill Fancher, co-chairwoman of the Vancouver chapter and a psychologist at Evergreen Behavioral Health. “It’s getting to know more than the title.”The pain society is a professional group for clinicians in any health specialty. The local group’s meeting earlier this month included family practitioners, interventional pain specialists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, psychologists and physical therapists, among others.The Pain Society of Washington falls under the umbrella of the Western Pain Society, which represents 13 western states. The local group is modeled after the Pain Society of Oregon, which has had chapters in Eugene since 1998 and Portland since 2005. Another chapter in Bend, Ore., will hold its first meeting next month.“Before (Vancouver), the whole Western Pain Society was Oregon,” said Shannon Wilson, secretary of the local chapter and spine care coordinator for PeaceHealth Southwest Brain & Spine Center.
Previously: Fred Meyer closed its Vancouver store at Fourth Plain and Grand boulevards in April 2008 and sold the property to S.J. Amoroso Properties Co., based in Redwood Shores, Calif.What’s new: Amoroso andPacLand, a frequent Walmart store developer, are proposing to demolish the vacant, 83,000-square-foot building and construct a 42,000-square-foot grocery store. A second pad would accommodate a future 4,500-square-foot fast-food restaurant.What’s next: The City of Vancouver is accepting public comments until 4 p.m. Sept. 26. Send to Patti McEllrath, associate planner, Community & Economic Development Department, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If approved, the project will be up for engineering review.Plans to redevelop the vacant Fred Meyer site at Fourth Plain and Grand boulevards could soon result in bringing groceries to a Vancouver neighborhood that has sorely lacked access to fresh foods.But no company name is attached to a proposal submitted to the city to tear down the old store and build a 42,000-square-foot grocery store on the site. Two clues point to Walmart, which is steadily increasing its presence in the Vancouver-Portland area.
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Tax and advisory organisation EY has launched an internal guide for staff on gender identity and gender transition to support its transgender community.The guide, which was developed in consultation with the organisation’s employee network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as well as various campaign groups, contains tips and advice targeted at employees who are transitioning between genders, and line managers on how to support LGBT individuals within their teams.The guide includes descriptions of common terminology, such as non-binary, gender fluid and third gender. It also explains the correct use of pronouns and provides communication tips.It also aims to educate staff, raise awareness and provide advice on how to help and support employees who are going through gender transition.Alongside EY’s employee network Unity, the guide was developed by groups including Stonewall, trans*formation, Glen and Teni.Maggie Stilwell, managing partner for talent at EY, UK and Ireland, said: “We want our people to feel they can be themselves at work. When a person works in an inclusive workplace, they have the best opportunity to reach their full potential.“The guide helps to empower our people to express their individual gender identities with confidence and is another milestone on our mission to be the most inclusive organisation to work for.”Steve Varley, UK chairman and managing partner at EY, will be speaking on how diversity breeds success on 12 October at Employee Benefits Live 2016