Science Longevity Paper Retracted

first_imgThe authors of a controversial genetics paper published last year in Science published a retraction today, acknowledging “technical errors” in their gene-finding strategy. The work, led by Paola Sebastiani and Thomas Perls of Boston University, claimed to have found a “signature” of 150 gene variants that together could help predict whether someone might live to be 100. But within days of the paper’s appearance, critics charged that the authors hadn’t accounted for intrinsic flaws in gene microarrays they used to find those variants, among other problems. Last July, Perls and Sebastiani told Science that they were unaware of problems in the microarrays and were working hard to verify their results. In today’s retraction, the authors do not reveal how severely their original findings were affected by the errors. “We feel the main scientific findings remain supported,” they write, but “the specific details of the new analysis change substantially from those originally published.” In an e-mail exchange, Perls wrote that the researchers “are very anxious to get our corrected results out into the scientific literature,” and until then, can’t say more about what they are. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

PBA Finals: Durham tows Meralco past Ginebra to avoid 0-3 hole

first_img“The game becomes a lot easier when you can make shots. Today we did a much better job at making our perimeter shots and a lot of credit goes to Reynel Hugnatan, who stepped up and made a lot of threes for us today,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.“Our defense was solid just like it was in our last game. The difference was we played defense for 48 minutes instead of 44. It’s gonna be tough going forward especially with Ranidel being out but at the same time we still have guys who out there fighting and we will go to war with them,” Black added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Bolts, who lost the first two games by double-digits, got a much-needed lift from veteran forward Reynel Hugnatan, who played extended minutes after starting forward Ranidel de Ocampo went down with an injury early.Hugnatan fired 22 points, going 7-of-12 from long range and grabbed five rebounds in close to 39 minutes of play. His last 3-pointer capped a 19-4 charge by the Bolts in the final six minutes and four seconds. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Durham, the back-to-back Best Import of the conference, scored 23 points in the second half, 13 in the final frame to counter the Gin Kings’ punches.A jumper by Justin Brownlee gave Ginebra a 72-66 edge with 9:36 left but Durham quickly led Meralco back and his coast-to-coast dunk over Japeth Aguilar put the Bolts ahead, 75-74, with under seven minutes remaining.Durham continued his rampage. He scored on a reverse layup against two defenders, rejected Aguilar’s shot on the other end, blocked Brownlee then converted a three-point play for an 86-77 buffer with 2:47 to go.Meralco goes for the equalizer on Friday still at the Big Dome.Ginebra had four players in double-figures led by Brownlee’s 15 points.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAllen Durham did a little bit of everything and Meralco needed all of it to finally beat Barangay Ginebra, 94-81, and avoid a 0-3 hole in the 2017 PBA Governors Cup Finals Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Durham scored in a variety of ways no matter who he was up against or how many while also anchoring the Bolts’ defense. He was an unstoppable force, finishing with 38 points, 20 rebounds, four assists and five blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse chargeslast_img read more

Luis Enrique quits as Spain coach for personal reasons

first_imgKevin De Bruyne: Manchester City have to put in hard work to retain EPL crown Mid-day hosts first-of-its-kind girls football tournament | Ranis of Rink 2019 “I have been with Luis in some of the most demanding changing rooms in the world for nine years,” Moreno said. “If we win the Euros, nobody will remember if the coach had more or less experience.” After crashing out to Russia in the last 16 of the World Cup, Luis Enrique oversaw impressive wins over England and Croatia in the Nations League, and a 4-1 thrashing of Wales in a friendly. Yet two defeats at home to England and away to Croatia meant they finished second in their Nations League group behind Gareth Southgate’s side, and failed to reach the semi-finals. Despite the disappointment, Spain recovered by winning five games on the bounce, four of them in qualifying for Euro 2020 which has them sitting top of Group F, five points ahead of Sweden. But Luis Enrique was unable to attend the latest victories over Malta, the Faroe Islands and Sweden, with Moreno overseeing all three in his absence. “Robert told us that if we did not want him and his staff they would leave, that they did not want to be a nuisance,” said Rubialies. “But we hired Luis Enrique with his team and his team is working very well. We believe they are the best option.” Moreno added: “It’s a bittersweet day. I dreamt of becoming a head coach one day but not in this way. “We will try to continue what Luis Enrique has started and to finish his work at the top, by winning Euro 2020.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates ‘Starstruck’ David Beckham shares photo with Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke Madrid: Luis Enrique has stepped down as Spain coach for personal reasons and will be replaced by his assistant Roberto Moreno, the Spanish Football Federation announced on Wednesday. Moreno has been in charge for Spain’s last three matches and will now lead the team through Euro 2020 qualifying and the final tournament, in what is his first job as a professional coach. He will be Spain’s fourth boss in 12 months, after Luis Enrique was appointed following last year’s chaotic World Cup, which saw Julen Lopetegui sacked and Fernando Hierro installed in his place. “Luis Enrique has informed us he will not continue as coach,” said RFEF president Luis Rubiales in a press conference. “We completely respect his situation and continue to do so in the same way. I have to thank Luis Enrique for his time with the federation and the doors of the national team will always be open to him.” Rubiales added: “Robert will take over as coach, with the same length of contract that was signed before. He will be in charge of taking us to and overseeing a good showing at Euro 2020.” Luis Enrique said in a statement he was resigning “due to reasons which had prevented me from fulfilling my duties as normal since last March.” His personal issue has not been made public. Moreno, previously a scout and an opposition analyst, has worked with Luis Enrique in all of his previous coaching roles, at Celta Vigo, Roma and Barcelona.- Impressive wins – But his first job as a head coach will be to rebuild one of the world’s most talented international teams.Related Newslast_img read more

Bonucci rejected Real Madrid for Juventus

first_imgLeonardo Bonucci has revealed that he turned down Real Madrid to rejoin Serie A side Juventus from AC Milan last summer.Following seven seasons at Juventus from 2010 to 2017, Bonucci made the switch to AC Milan for the 2017-18 season.Despite making 51 appearances and signing an initial five-year deal at San Siro, Bonucci made the switch back to Turin to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo for the current 2018-19 campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He has slotted straight back into the club’s starting line-up under Massimiliano Allegri, with the defender playing an essential role in the side’s current undefeated record in the league.But returning to Juve was not his only option, with the 31-year-old admitting he turned down the chance to join La Liga giants Real Madrid in the summer and the chance to play at the Santiago Bernabeu.”Real Madrid’s interest? Yes, it’s true, Real Madrid were interested in me,” Bonucci told AS. “It was an honour and pleasure for me, it means that I have worked well in these years. “But the call from Juventus and the desire to return home was fundamental, I decided that the Bianconeri colours fit me better.”The defender also revealed it was not just for footballing reasons that he opted for a return to his former club after just one season playing for Milan.Bonucci stated his six-year-old son played a pivotal role in his switch back to Juve, with his family still based in Turin.“How did my son Lorenzo react? He’s happy because dad came home,” he added. “Last year I was almost always in Milan and he could not see me. It was one of the reasons why I came back.”The Italy international has made 26 appearances this season and looks on course to win his seventh Serie A title as Juventus currently hold a 13-point lead at the top of the table.The prospect of the club’s first Champions League trophy since 1996 remains a possibility, with the club hopeful that Ronaldo can fire them to European glory.Juventus’ next fixture is against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night before a Serie A clash against Bologna on February 24.last_img read more

Diamonds are for ever and it is expected Australia’s netball form is, too

first_img Read more Commonwealth Games … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. 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. Share on Twitter Laura Geitz recall shows parenthood is not an elite sport career-ender Share on LinkedIn features Support The Guardian Netball Topics Australia retain Constellation Cup with victory over New Zealand Reuse this content England Roses can bloom at Commonwealth Games, says Tamsin Greenway Since you’re here… Diamondscenter_img “In terms of a few decisions Netball New Zealand has made – banning Laura Langman from playing is one big one – they’ve made their bed and now have to lie in it. She’s one of the best players in the world and they’ve suffered defensively from not having her. I also don’t think they know their best line-up, which is a worry,” Greenway says.The director of netball at Superleague champions Wasps Netball says it’s time for England to make a real impact at a big tournament, after missing out on a medal in Glasgow.“A medal, any medal, isn’t a success for the Roses any more. We’ve got to believe, at some point, we can make the final,” she says.Gaudion and McMahon expect the Roses, led by 33-year-old Geva Mentor, playing in her fifth Games, along with Jamaica, to feature prominently.Gaudion warns against discounting the recently-flailing Ferns, though. “You simply can’t write them off. Their history is too rich, too strong, to just discount them,” she says. “Trust me, you don’t want to face the Silver Ferns in a semi-final at the Commonwealth Games … that’s a scary prospect for any team.”McMahon concurs. “I’ve seen and been involved in lots of major tournaments where things have gone in very different directions than form would have suggested.” Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Commonwealth Games 2018 The Australian squad includes five Commonwealth gold medallists from Glasgow; Bassett, Kim Ravaillion, Caitlin Thwaites, Madi Robinson and ex-skipper and new mother Laura Geitz, who hasn’t played for Australia since 2015.April Brandley, Jo Weston and Courtney Bruce are the other defenders, while mid-courters Simpson and Liz Watson and shooter Stephanie Wood are at their first Commonwealth Games. Rounding out the squad is veteran Susan Pettitt, who wasn’t picked for Glasgow or the 2015 World Cup, but has two Commonwealth silvers – in 2006 and 2010.One of world netball’s most respected names, coach turned-commentator Sue Gaudion, who will call games for Channel Seven, says silver will “absolutely” be a failure for the Lisa Alexander-coached Diamonds.“If I was the other nations, I would be bloody frightened, because this is the best Australian team we’ve ever chosen. Period. It’s a really cleverly-selected team, because it caters for just about every ‘what if’ scenario. There’s brilliant experience, but also youth to back it up,” she says.“With a team as good as this, anything other than a gold medal would be considered by them, and pretty much all of us, as a failure … that’s just the reality. But this is the moment they’re been training for.” Sharelle McMahon, one of Australia’s greatest netballers, agrees. “They’re going out there to win gold, so of course silver would feel like failure to them,” she says.How does the squad shoulder that pressure? “The same way Diamonds’ teams have been shouldering it for decades; you put the best people in the team, you block out the noise and you believe in yourself, each other and the processes you have in place,” McMahon says.“As a group, they wouldn’t really care what we all think, because that’s not what’s important, they can’t control that. From what I have seen in recent years, they focus on what they can control and that leads them to putting out their best.”UK Superleague coach and netball pundit, ex-England player Tamsin Greenway expects New Zealand to miss the final – for the time in Games history. “You can’t entirely write them off, but given the performances we’ve seen in the last six to eight months, I would be amazed if they turn it around. I think – and hope – it will be an Australia versus England final, but be wary of Jamaica too, they could sneak in,” she says.“[Previously] the Kiwis’ experience has dragged them through, but everyone else is getting better and you can’t just rely on Maria Folau brilliance any more. Read more Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Read more Australia sport As reigning world and Commonwealth champions – and with closest rivals New Zealand floundering of late, losing the Constellation Cup to Australia late last year and to world No 4 Jamaica twice in two days last month – the Diamonds are already pencilled-in by many to win again.The Australians, to be led by captain Caitlin Bassett and vice Gabi Simpson, are in pool A for the preliminary rounds, facing the ever-improving South Africa, coached by former Diamonds boss Norma Plummer, the Sunshine Girls of Jamaica, who will be full of confidence, Barbados, Fiji and Northern Ireland.Pool B includes New Zealand, third-ranked England, Malawi, Wales, Scotland and Uganda. Sides will play every other team in their pool in the preliminaries, to be played at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from 5-12 April, before finals at the 7,500-capacity Coomera Indoor Sports Centre on 14-15 April.last_img read more

LeBron James FaceTime’d Carlos Hyde After His Dominant Performance vs. Minnesota

first_imgLeBron James cheers on the Ohio State football team.LeBron James Ohio StateCleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James is a known Ohio State fan. Apparently, he also roots for Buckeyes alums at the next level, too.After former Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde, now a San Francisco 49er, lit up the Minnesota Vikings for 168 yards and two touchdowns, James reached out via FaceTime to congratulate him. Via a recent sit-down interview, the San Francisco 49ers running back said that besides hearing from his mom, his favorite postgame call or text came from a certain NBA superstar.“I heard from LeBron James. Me and LeBron have the same trainer, David Alexander, down in Miami,” Hyde said. “After the game I FaceTime’d LeBron and my trainer. They were super hyped.”Here’s the move Hyde pulled that set social media on fire. It was very similar to what OSU wideout Braxton Miller did week one against Virginia— BRAXTON MILLER (@BraxtonMiller5) September 15, 2015It’s been quite a week for the former Buckeye. What will he do for an encore?last_img read more

Texas Received More Major Recruiting News Today

first_img UT IM COMMITTED 🤘🏽🧡🖋… #hookem #cloUT2020— Van Fillinger (@van_filli) July 18, 2019Fillinger is the tenth player to commit to Texas in the Class of 2020.Per 247Sports, the Longhorns currently have the No. 20 class in the nation, and the No. 2 class in the Big 12.Texas finished the 2018 season with a 10-4 record, earning a berth in the Big 12 Championship Game and winning the Sugar Bowl. It was their best finish in a decade, and preceded what looks to be another top recruiting class in 2019.Though head coach Tom Herman doesn’t want to hear people say that “Texas is back,” there’s an increasingly strong case to be made that that’s the case. Texas' mascot leading the team onto the field.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 27: The Texas Longhorns mascot leads the team onto the field before the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks on September 27, 2008 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas won 52-10. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)The Longhorns are only a few weeks away from taking the field for the first time in the 2019 season. But apart from preparing for the season, Texas has been making tremendous strides in recruiting.The Longhorns just added another prospect today, one day after receiving a commitment from four-star Vernon Broughton. Earlier this evening, 2020 defensive end Van Fillinger announced that he would be committing to the Texas Longhorns.Texas was on the top six list he released in June, along with Oregon, Utah, UCLA, Ohio State, and Michigan.UT IM COMMITTED247Sports rates Fillinger as a three-star prospect and the No. 373 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 18 strong-side defensive end in the nation, and the No. 3 prospect from the state of Utah.last_img read more

Swill: A Primer on Pulque

first_imgSwill is our bi-monthly column dedicated to liquor, wine, beer, and every other delicious dram that falls under the broader umbrella of booze. But it’s more than just tasting notes scribbled on a cocktail napkin — Swill is about getting outside of your comfort zone, trying new things, and exploring the big, wide world of libations. One week you might catch us halfway through a bottle of single-malt scotch, and the week after that we might be buzzing on some Ugandan moonshine made from bananas. This column is just one big boozy adventure, so grab yourself a glass and join us for another round.So since we covered the finer points of mezcal in the last installment of Swill, we’re figured it’d only be right to give you a primer on its fermented cousin, pulque. Just like mezcal, pulque is derived from the maguey plant — a giant, heat-loving succulent that’s more commonly known as agave. However, unlike mezcal, which is distilled from cooked, carmelized agave hearts, pulque is made from a quick fermentation of the plant’s sugary sap. It’s a drink that has a rich history in Mexican and Aztec culture, and despite experiencing a bit of a decline in popularity over the past few centuries, it’s rapidly making a comeback not only in Mexico, but also in southern border cities like San Diego and El Paso.To make pulque, agave farmers begin by cutting the flowering stalk of the plant just as it begins to form. This is typically when the plant is around eight to ten years old, after it has stockpiled sugars its entire life in anticipation of the emergence of this single appendage. When the stalk is cut, it forces the base of the plant to swell, at which point it is covered and and allowed to rest for a few months while sap builds. After this waiting period, it is punctured again, which causes the heart to rot. This rotten interior is then scooped out and the inside cavity of the plant is scraped, which irritates it so much that sap begins to flow profusely — often producing more than a gallon per day.Once collected, the sap takes less than 24 hours to ferment and reach about 4-6 ABV, thanks largely to a naturally-occurring bacteria called Zymomonas moblis and a few other microorganisms. These aggressive little buggers bring about a quick and frothy fermentation, giving the resulting pulque a funky, sour flavor similar to what you’d get from overripe pears or bananas, yet with a distinctly cactus-flavored base note.The flavor is, admittedly, a bit of an acquired taste, but it’s definitely something you should try if you’re ever given the opportunity. That being said, unfortunately good traditional pulque is hard to find outside of Mexico, since it’s traditionally prepared without preservatives and goes bad shortly after it’s made. Canned, pasteurized versions of the drink do exist, and can be found at many hispanic grocery stores, but it’s worth putting in the extra effort to track down the real deal.After a healthly bit of Googling, we actually found a place that makes traditional pulque right here in Portland, Oregon — so there’s a good chance that if you look hard enough, you’ll be able to track some down in your city. The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made Mezcal Unión Takes a People-First Approach to Making Spirits Editors’ Recommendations 6 Classic Tequila Cocktail Recipes You Need to Know How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale last_img read more

Christmas Tree Hacks: How to Make Your Set-Up Quick, Clean, and (Almost) Not Frustrating

first_imgWhat could be finer than beholding a Christmas tree decked with ornaments and aglow with hundreds of twinkling lights perched nearby the crackling fireplace as you sip a Sam Adams Winter Lager, a book on your knee, children soundly asleep, and a gentle snow falling outside on cold winter night? If you answered pretty much nothing, then you’re right. That’s the tops, right there. Christmas trees have been a part of winter holiday celebrations for at least a thousand years, and today serve as the primary seasonal decoration on many homes.Steven John/The ManualAs lovely as the Christmas tree is once installed and decorated in your home, the process of getting the tree inside can be a headache and a half. There’s the mess of the needles, the pain of getting the trunk secured into the tree stand and balanced upright, the awkward stretching and bending and inevitable face poking during the stringing of the lights, and so on. To take the sting out of the Christmas tree installation process, we’ve put together a list of Christmas tree hacks that will save you time and save you from frustration as you bring that evergreen charm into your home.This year, my family started a new tradition of cutting down our own tree. We went to a farm about an hour from home, found a fine looking tree among the rolling hills of a tree farm, and sawed that fir right on down. With a hand saw. First tip? Use a reciprocating saw or a chainsaw if you cut the thing down yourself! But from here on out, whether you cut your own Christmas tree or you get on from a lot, the Christmas tree tips will be the same.Getting the Tree Home SafelyUse Ratchet StrapsOver the Thanksgiving weekend, I was lucky enough to be driving a loaned 2019 GMC Sierra Denali pickup truck. In a matter of days, I was transformed from a non-truck guy into a truck guy (despite not actually owning a truck) thanks to the capabilities and frankly the luxury of this massive vehicle, which has everything from a heads-up display to Wi-Fi capabilities. Also, its bed was more than large enough to accommodate our 8.5-foot Christmas tree, which made moving the thing blissfully easy.Steven John/The ManualIf you can, get a big pickup truck before you get your tree. Even with a large bed, you should still secure the tree down. The Stanley Tie-Down Kit uses extra large suction cups to secure ratchet straps to any vehicle’s roof, even if you don’t have a roof rack. Whether you’re driving a Sierra Denali pickup or a Mini Cooper, you can use this kit to secure the tree solidly to the vehicle, skipping that twine you’ll be offered at the tree lot.Attaching the Tree StandDo It While the Tree Is HorizontalArguably, the worst part of setting up a Christmas tree is the process of lowering its trunk down into the tree stand, then getting it perfectly erect, then securing the tree safely in its base. The ordeal involves backache, scratched skin, poked eyes, and marital strife. This year, simply put the tree stand onto the bottom of the tree while it’s still attached to the roof of your car or sticking out the back of your truck. (Or get the tree down from the car and put the stand on while it lies on its side on the ground or a table.)Don’t do this! Elizabethsalleebauer/Getty ImagesOnce you have the stand attached, don’t bring the tree inside, though! Stand it up and make sure it’s upright and stable, then cut away that mesh the helpful tree farm folks wrapped around it.Now, let’s make your tree look great!Shaping Your TreeUse a Hedge TrimmerTruth be told, I didn’t think of this hack until after our tree was inside — and painlessly set-up thanks to the base already being attached! — so it involved a fair amount of cleanup, but it was worth it for a well-shaped tree that took about five minutes worth of work.Steven John/The ManualTake a good look at your tree standing there (outside) your home. It looks nice, sure, but not perfect, eh? Well, no problem — you can whip it into shape in no time! Or trim it into shape, rather. I used my battery-powered STIHL HSA Hedge Trimmer to quickly sculpt our tree into a pleasing cone shape, nipping off branches that stuck too far out from the rest and giving the bottom of the fir a uniform height. Then my wife and I spent 10 minutes cleaning up branches and needles, so again, do this outside!Cleaning Loose Needles and DebrisUse a BlowerStihlA live Christmas tree is going to drop needles in your home. That’s just a fact. And it will deposit an inordinate amount of these needles as you bring it into the house, squeezing through doorways and around furniture. You can minimize the mess, however, by clearing most of the loose needles and other debris clinging to the branches while still outside. Of course, you should first do a few good ol’ thumps, lifting the tree a few inches off the ground then plopping it down, dropping a plethora of needles in the process. But then grab a blower (in my case I swapped the battery out of the trimmer and powered up a STIHL BGA 56 blower, which I love because I’m really tired of extension cords) and give that tree a good long blast of air. Work from the top to the bottom, the bottom to the top, side to side, and make sure to get the tip of the blower deep into each layer of branches. You’ll blow away thousands of loose needles, dust, deciduous leaves that came along for the ride, bugs, and more.Almost time to move it in, but first …Putting Up the Christmas LightsDo It While the Tree OutsideRather than crawling and stretching and grunting your away around the sides and back of your tree as you light it, enjoy easy access to all parts of the tree by putting on the lights while it’s still standing outside. (You checked the strands already, right?) I also recommend placing the end of a medium-duty extension cord with several outlet taps near the center of the trunk, securing it by wrapping the cord around a branch, and then feeding its male end down past the base of the trunk, leaving plenty of slack to reach the outlet inside. That way, you can start strands of lights from this hub and not worry about always finding the end of the previous string of lights. 9 Essential Kayak Fishing Accessories to Get You Started By putting the Christmas tree lights on outside, you get easy access to all parts of the tree and you further reduce the dropped needle mess inside.Preparing for DisposalPut the Bag Under the Tree StandSure, it’s sad to think about tossing your tree before it’s even set up and decorated, but let’s be reasonable here: January You will thank Early-Holiday-Season you for the foresight. Partially open a disposal bag and place it where you’re about to set up the tree, then finally carry your blown clean and light-wrapped tree inside and plop it down in place. Tuck the bag down around the stand, fill that thing with water, cover the unsightly bag situation with a fine tree skirt, and get to decorating!Steven John/The ManualThere, that wasn’t so bad, was it? 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South Carolina lawmakers to Trump Save nuclear fuel project

first_imgWASHINGTON – South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and the state’s congressional delegation urged President Donald Trump on Thursday to reconsider his administration’s plan to shut down a half-built nuclear fuel facility in their state.A federal appeals court last week allowed the Energy Department to go forward with plans to close the multibillion-dollar facility at the Savannah River Site near Aiken.Closing the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility could cost hundreds of jobs and waste more than $7.6 billion already spent. The project is intended to reprocess weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for commercial reactors. But it is billions of dollars over budget and decades away from completion.A spokesman for the Republican governor said after the meeting that McMaster appreciates Trump’s time and attention “and his commitment to resolve this matter in a manner favourable to South Carolina.”McMaster “advocated on behalf of South Carolina and brought to light an important issue that our people are facing, and he made it clear that he will not allow our state to become a dumping ground for the world’s nuclear waste,” said spokesman Brian Symmes.Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a close Trump ally, said before the White House meeting that shuttering the so-called MOX project was a “stupid decision.”“Who in the world gets a program halfway built and says, ‘Ah, let’s start over and do something else?’” Graham asked. “Somebody should be fired.”South Carolina’s other senator, Republican Tim Scott, called the meeting productive and said he was hopeful that Trump and Energy Secretary Rick Perry were listening to the concerns expressed by state officials.“We wanted to make sure that we make very clear that keeping weapons-grade plutonium in the Palmetto State is a non-starter,” Scott said in a statement. “The bottom line is, we need to figure out how to make this energy either commercially viable or get it out of our state.”___Associated Press writer Meg Kinnard in Columbia, S.C., contributed to this story.___This story has been corrected to show that $7.6 billion, not $17 billion, has already been spent on the project.last_img read more

Bans text message for peace kicks off International Day celebrations

19 September 2008With a press of a button, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, flanked by four world-renowned personalities who help promote the aims of the United Nations, kicked off this year’s celebration of the International Day of Peace by sending a text message appealing for non-violence. With a press of a button, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, flanked by four world-renowned personalities who help promote the aims of the United Nations, kicked off this year’s celebration of the International Day of Peace by sending a text message appealing for non-violence. Mr. Ban’s text message read: “On 21 September, the International Day of Peace, I call on world leaders and peoples around the world to join forces against conflict, poverty and hunger, and for all human rights for all.”The effort is part of a UN campaign that urges cell phone users in the United States to compose peace messages to be published on a website and delivered to world leaders gathered for the General Assembly next week.Joining Mr. Ban at a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York, which began with the traditional ringing of the peace bell, were four UN Messengers for Peace: Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas, wildlife researcher and conservationist Jane Goodall and Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, as well as renowned violinist Midori Goto, who was appointed a Messenger of Peace today. The Secretary-General noted that the International Day takes on special meaning this year because 2008 also marks the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “We know that human rights are essential to peace,” he said. Yet too many people around the world still have their rights violated – especially during and after armed conflict. “That is why we must ensure that the rights in the Declaration are a living reality – that they are known, understood and enjoyed by everyone, everywhere.”Later Mr. Ban and the President of the 63rd session of the General Assembly, Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, welcomed more than 700 participants to a student conference organized by the Department of Public Information, focusing on the theme “Peace and Human Rights.” The Secretary-General called on the students to “use this chance to speak out about what concerns you most and think about your future and the future of this world.”He added that today’s generation has powers of social networking that his generation can “hardly comprehend.“I use electronic communications all the time, but honestly – this is a little embarrassing – I have zero friends online. But you – collectively – can reach tens of thousands of people in an instant. You can mobilize way beyond your clique, beyond your community, even beyond the borders of your own country. That is the power you have and I count on it – your power to make this world different when you become leaders, and even before.”More than 200 students took part in a similar event hosted by the UN in Bangkok, at which they explored the role of human rights in achieving peace. “This Day offers an opportunity to focus the region’s attention on the crucial relationship between peace and human rights, which are increasingly recognized as inseparable,” Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), told the gathering. “Having the direct involvement of youth as our partners today can only add to the region’s understanding of this relationship – tomorrow, they will be the leaders who will have to deal with these two vital and inextricably-linked issues.”The International Day of Peace was first established by the UN General Assembly in 1981 as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence. The Assembly called for people around the world to use the Day as an opportunity to promote the resolution of conflict and to observe a cessation of hostilities during it. read more

Apple Inc increases 99 apps by 20 in Canada blames falling loonie

TORONTO — $1.19 is the new .99 on Apple’s App Store in Canada.Late Thursday, price increases that Apple blamed on the falling loonie began taking effect throughout the electronic marketplace.The lowest-priced 99 cent apps are now 20% more expensive.For other apps under $10, most went up by about 15%.$1.99 apps are now $2.29, $2.99 apps are up to $3.49, $3.99 apps have risen to $4.59, and $4.99 apps are bumped up to $5.79.Apple Inc to raise iPhone and iPad app prices due to the falling loonieApple Inc shuts down Russia online sales after ‘extreme’ ruble fluctuationsApple had warned developers on Wednesday that an unspecified price increase would soon be enacted in Canada, Norway and European Union countries.Some app developers saw the move coming and welcomed it.Mark Pavlidis, co-founder of Flixel Photos, says it helps Canadian developers who were getting short-changed on sales at home, given the loonie has been trading below par with the U.S. dollar for almost two years now.“It’s a levelling of the playing field ensuring the revenue generated, or the cost for the customers, are on par globally,” says Pavlidis, who noted it’s the first time the Canadian App Store has seen a price change. read more

Rain expected in several places today

The Department of Meteorology says there will be several spells of showers in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces and in the Galle and Matara districts today.It said that thundershowers will develop at a several places in the Eastern and Uva provinces during the afternoon or evening. Strong winds can be expected over the country (particularly over hilly areas) and surrounding sea area at times. Winds will be South-westerly and speeds will be between 20-40 kmph. Winds can strengthen up to 50-60 kmph at times.The sea area around the island will be rough at times. The Department of Meteorology also said that showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the deep sea area off the east coast. Showers will occur at several places in the sea area extending from Puttalam to Matara via Colombo and Galle. read more

Calgary hosts the Lineman Rodeo

Calgary hosts the Lineman Rodeo AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jul 12, 2014 4:57 pm MDT About 70 lineman from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba showed off their stuff Saturday at the Lineman Rodeo, a popular draw for utility companies.Participants competed in a Hurt Man Rescue exercise which Andre Brown, a lineman himself, explains is a procedure used to rescue an injured person from atop a wooden power pole.“Doing this event, the judges while letting a person down, they don’t want you to bounce them on the poll or anything and set them down safely,” said Brown.There was also the pole climb relay, designed to assess one’s ability to climb a pole with 25 pounds of gear.Officials say safety is a big part of working with electricity and these kinds of games are a chance to reinforce that.The day included a trade show and various activities for kids including face painting and a petting zoo. read more

Germany Takes the Top Spot in Soccer Rankings

Here’s another stunning aspect of Germany’s 7-1 domination of Brazil on Tuesday: We have a new best soccer team in the world. The blowout changed the landscape of ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI) ratings. Going into the match, here’s what the SPI top five looked like:Despite somewhat unimpressive play in the World Cup, Brazil still ranked first over Argentina by a healthy margin, and the Germans ranked fourth. But when ESPN’s Stats & Info team recalculated the SPI on Wednesday morning, a very different picture emerged:Essentially, Germany’s incredibly lopsided victory caused it to flip spots with Brazil. Now the Germans have a sizable lead over the rest of the field (nearly as big a separation as Brazil had going into the tournament), and Brazil has dropped to fourth behind the Argentines and Colombians. (Note, too, that Colombia’s SPI dropped marginally, because Brazil’s loss affected the strength-of-schedule component of its rating.)SPI was wrong Tuesday in its estimation of the relative qualities of Germany and Brazil, even after adjusting for the loss of Brazil’s superstar forward, Neymar. But the good thing about a rating system like SPI is that it can use new information to revise its estimates; the stronger the new evidence, the greater the adjustment. And a 7-1 win is strong evidence that SPI had Germany rated too low and Brazil too highly. read more

Gibraltar releases Iranian tanker despite lastminute US effort to seize it

Iran seized the Stena Impero on July 19 and has held its 23 crew members in custody since then at the port of the Bandar Abbas. Iran has also seized two other tankers and allegedly used naval mines to attack several other oil vessels in the Persian Gulf. Tehran has repeatedly accused the UK of seizing the Grace 1 as part of Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” sanctions campaign against the Iranian economy. Britain has denied that allegation. British warships are now escorting UK-flagged vessels through the Strait of Hormuz as part of a broader US-led naval mission to protect civilian shipping in the region. The Indian captain of the Grace 1 and three of his officers were also released from arrest in Gibraltar. The captain previously accused Britain of using unnecessary “brute force” when Royal Marines took the ship. He said the marines pointed guns at his unarmed crew and forced them to kneel on the deck. “They just pointed the gun and they started shouting look forward, look forward,” he told the BBC. “I was totally shocked I didn’t know what to feel because they didn’t give me a chance to talk.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Gibraltar has released an Iranian oil tanker detained last month despite a last-minute US bid to have the ship seized. The US made an emergency appeal to Gibraltar to keep the Grace 1 in custody but authorities in the British territory announced on Thursday that they were releasing it. The ship’s release after more than a month will raise hopes that Iran may now release the Stena Impero, a British-flagged tanker seized in retaliation by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.  It was not immediately clear when the Grace 1 would actually set sail from Gibraltar or if the US would try to take further action to prevent its departure. The ship was seized on July 4 on the grounds that it was violating EU sanctions on Syria by carrying 2.1 million barrels of crude oil to the Syrian coast, Gibraltarian authorities said. Fabian Picardo, chief minister of Gibraltar, said he had received written assurances from Iran that the ship would not violate EU sanctions any further.   “In light of the assurances we have received, there are no longer any reasonable grounds for the continued legal detention of the Grace 1 in order to ensure compliance with the EU Sanctions Regulation,” he said.  He said the US request for the detention of the vessel would be considered separately. The emergency American appeal was filed early on Thursday morning and made a number of unspecified allegations about the Grace 1. There was no immediate US response to Gibraltar’s decision to free the ship. It was not clear if American authorities had given Britain any warning they would try to seize the ship. Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, condemned the US effort to stop the Grace 1’s release. “The US attempted to abuse the legal system to steal our property on the high seas. This piracy attempt is indicative of Trump administration’s contempt for the law,” he said. Mr Zarif gave no indication of whether Iran would now move to release the Stena Impero. Iran has occasionally suggested an exchange to free both tankers but never made a formal offer.  A Foreign Office spokesman said there could be “no comparison or linkage between Iran’s unacceptable and illegal seizure of, and attacks on, commercial shipping vessels in the Strait of Hormuz and the enforcement of EU Syria sanctions by the Government of Gibraltar. “Freedom of navigation for commercial shipping must be respected and international law upheld.” Iran seized the British-flagged Stena Impero in retaliation for the seizure of the Grace 1 Iran seized the British-flagged Stena Impero in retaliation for the seizure of the Grace 1Credit:Morteza Akhoondi/Tasnim News Agency via AP “With effect from today I have therefore revoked the Specification of the Vessel.” read more

Les astronomes inventent une nouvelle façon de découvrir des planètes découvrez les

first_imgLes astronomes inventent une nouvelle façon de découvrir des planètes, découvrez les imagesLes astronomes ont mis au point une nouvelle technique permettant de “voir” les exoplanètes auparavant cachées par l’éclat de leur étoile. Cette avancée technique va permettre aux scientifiques de partir à la recherche des planètes qui se trouvent très près des étoiles. Cette procédure pourrait faciliter la découverte de planètes semblables à la Terre. En utilisant ces nouvelles techniques optiques, une équipe internationale de scientifiques a obtenu des images d’une planète ayant une orbite extrêmement rapprochée de son étoile. Installée sur le Très Large Telescope de l’Observatoire sud-européen aussi nommé VLT, au sommet de la montagne Paranal au Chili, cette nouvelle technologie a permis aux scientifiques de confirmer l’existence et les mouvements orbitaux d’une nouvelle planète. Beta Pictoris b est une planète qui équivaut à 7/10e  de la masse  de Jupiter et a été observée à 63 années-lumière de la Terre. Son système fonctionne en utilisant un ensemble de pièces de verre assemblés selon un motif complexe disposé sur la surface de la lentille du télescope. Le système, nommé Apodizing Phase Plate (APP), bloque d’une certaine façon la lumière des étoiles, rendant visibles des planètes qui étaient auparavant invisibles.”Cette technique ouvre de nouvelles perspectives dans le domaine de la découverte de planètes”, a déclaré à la presse Phil Hinz, directeur du centre d’optique adaptative astronomique à l’Observatoire Steward. Découvrez le système APP en images : 20 octobre 2010 à 13:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Schalke director defends clubs transfer activity

first_imgSchalke 04 sporting director Christian Heidel insists their summer transfer activity cannot be held culpable for the club’s poor start to the seasonLast season’s Bundesliga runners-up total expenditure in the summer came to €52,7m after signing the likes of Sebastian Rudy, Suat Serdar and Omar Mascarell.However, Schalke have only managed two wins in their opening nine league games and find themselves 15th and just one place above the relegation play-off spot.But Heidel is adamant that the new recruits were money well spent.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Before the season, we were praised to the skies for our new signings. The assessment in the media and the public opinion change rapidly,” Heidel told Ruhr Nachrichten.“16 out of the 18 Bundesliga clubs probably wanted to sign Omar Mascarell, Mark Uth and Salif Sané in the summer. We are convinced that our team is stronger than last season.”Although Schalke did claim a rare win on Wednesday after beating 1.FC Köln 6-5 in a penalty shoot-out following their 1-1 draw in the DFB-Pokal Cup.last_img read more

Maradona explains feud with FIFA

first_imgThe Argentinean legendary footballer says that FIFA hasn’t changed a bit under president Gianni Infantino and they treat players “like dogs.”As one of football’s historical players, Diego Armando Maradona used to captain the FIFA Legend’s programme.But former Argentina national team footballer and FIFA World Cup champion has said that the football’s governing body mistreats players.“I sent a letter to [FIFA president, Gianni] Infantino in which I resigned from (the post of) being captain of (FIFA) legends,” he told Sky Sports.“Since [former FIFA president, Sepp] Blatter and [former Argentina Football Association president, Julio] Grondona left, FIFA hasn’t changed a bit. No change,” he said.”“They put us [in a hotel room] with [former Dutch player, Marco] van Basten and another player. And they treated us as if we were little dogs that only needed to be fed and that’s it. A total lack of respect.”“That’s why I resigned. And now, I will start revealing what I know about this new FIFA,” he explained.The now Dorados de Sinaloa manager in the Mexican second division also took a jab against FIFA’s deputy general secretary Zvonimir Boban who he challenged to a boxing fight.Lautaro has a better start than Argentina’s greatest legends Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After his impressive exhibition vs Mexico last Tuesday, Lautaro Martinez officially surpassed the start of Argentina’s greatest legends.We truly can’t stress enough incredible Lautaro…“Also, I would like to say to Boban that if he wants to look good, let’s go to a [boxing] ring. He shouldn’t have come to the hotel and got angry,” Maradona said.“The worst part is that Boban was sent by someone. And this someone is Infantino. I am not a 20-year-old kid, I am 58. It hurts me because I believed in these people. Now I don’t believe them anymore.”Under Maradona, Dorados made it to the final last year, only to lose against Atletico San Luis. Right now his team is dead last in the Mexican Ascenso MX standings with only two matches played, both lost, and zero points.Regresó Diego Armando Maradona a #LaPecera ‼Galería completa aquí ➡— #ConElPezHastaElFinal (@Dorados) February 1, 2019last_img read more

Governments role under bright light

first_imgWASHINGTON — The lingering federal shutdown is transforming a musty debate over the role of government in America into a coast-to-coast, prime-time reality show.With landmarks closed, paychecks delayed and workers furloughed, Americans are drawing dueling lessons from the rippling effects of the partial shutdown: The disruptions show that the feds are way too involved in people’s lives or that the government does a lot of vital things that people take for granted.There’s a messaging war underway to see which viewpoint will prevail. But any shift in public opinion also may well hinge on how much, or how little, people are personally affected as the shutdown drags on.“It definitely has brought to life what’s going on,” says Pamela Jones, a lawyer from Richmond, Calif., who’s noticing the shutdown’s effects all around her, in closed national parks, disrupted weddings, shuttered restaurants and “life moments and events destroyed.”Jones, 54, a Democrat and fiscal conservative, finds herself torn in the too-much, too-little debate over the federal government, and says the shutdown at least is giving “more information to the common man, so to speak.”Jim Chenye, a former marketing manager in Birmingham, Ala., sees no argument for the importance of government in the shutdown’s rippling effects.“I’m never an advocate of a larger federal government,” says Chenye, 64, a Republican. The shutdown and debt ceiling debate show the government’s broken, Chenye says, but he figures the annoyances of the moment will be long forgotten before people vote in the 2016 elections.last_img read more