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first_img ElectionsThank you for your coverage of the mayor’s election. All sides were heard and the issues were presented fairly. I could have done without the constant Measure O editorials though. That’s too much money.Thank you againRobert MPasadenaGot something to say, email Managing Editor André Coleman, at [email protected] Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Business News More Cool Stuff Make a comment Community Newscenter_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 80 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Opinion & Columnists We Get Letters Published on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 | 1:30 am Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

MTN Golf classic ends

first_imgThe Chief Executive Officer of MTN Mr Michael Ikpoki left the Tema Country Golf Club (TCGC) fulfilled after staging a masterpiece golf competition, MTN Golf Classic over the weekend.To Mr Ikpoki, the provision of the platform-the golf classic competition intended to connect the company and their customers was fulfilling.And he summed it up in a post-tourney interview on Hole 18 saying “…Yes, I think we have met our target and expectation. That is to say providing the platform, I mean this competition, which we have done successfully for three years to connect to our numerous clients is refreshing enough.”The MTN Chief added “A few weeks ago, we hosted the Asantehene Gold Cup, one of the biggest if not the biggest on the golfing calendar, and it goes to show our commitment to the promotion and development of golf in the country. It’s been good today considering the large turnout and the opportunity to connect with our customers.”Single handicapper (1) E. Kofi Owusu finished first in the men’s group A event after recording a 64 net score to run away with a trophy and a Samsung Galaxy, while P. Tender, 67net and Omane-Brempong, 69net followed in that order for the second and third prizes.Lady golf ace Mona Captan, 71 net score, beat former TCGC lady captain Florence Etwi-Barimah by three strokes to grab the Ladies A event with Mrs Margaret Owusu-Baah, 75 net placing third. It was Seth Amoah, who proved superior in the men’s Group B after an impressive 61 score with Sir Sam Jonah Tang Bin following in that sequence. Cathy Boateng recorded 72net to pick the top most prize in the ladies B event with Petrina Galley picking the second prize.Club captain Dr Owusu-Baah commended MTN and the participants for showing up in their numbers.last_img read more

Embryonic Stem Cells No Longer Needed?

first_imgTwo announcements this week may make harvesting embryonic stem cells obsolete.  First, it’s not necessary to kill an embryo to get a stem cell, reported Associated Press (see Fox News) and Live Science.  While this does not solve all the ethical problems, a White House spokeswoman called it “encouraging to see scientists at least making serious efforts to move away from research that involves the destruction of embryos.”  Robert P. George later claimed in National Review that the hype was a lie.  The technique did involve the destruction of embryos.  He argued, though, that the push for alternative techniques shows that the researchers recognize the need to find ways to address the ethical issues surrounding stem cell technology; this, he said, is a “welcome development.”    Second, and more significant, Japanese scientists found that adult stem cells can be made pluripotent, like embryonic stem cells, by the addition of a few factors.  A press release on EurekAlert expresses the benefit of this procedure:“Human embryonic stem cells might be used to treat a host of diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, and diabetes,” said Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University in Japan.  “However, there are ethical difficulties regarding the use of human embryos, as well as the problem of tissue rejection following transplantation into patients.”    Those problems could be circumvented if pluripotent cells could be obtained directly from the patients’ own cells.Obviously these announcements are too early to know the impact.  “While the findings could have wide applications, stem cell experts caution that the study of embryonic stem cells has much further to go,” the press release said.The first method still presents ethical problems.  The technique could cause unknown damage to the embryo, and the cell that is taken out, if it could still grow into a human being, does not circumvent the ethical issues.  In fact, pro-life groups are already speaking out against it according to the AP article.  The second technique looks much more promising and is the one to watch.  If adult stem cells can have all the advantages of ES cells, including the holy grail of pluripotency, it pulls out the rug from under all arguments for needing to destroy embryos to get at their pluripotent stem cells.  If scientists continue to push for ES cells then, their true motives will be unmasked.    An important lesson from these two stories is that pressure from ethicists and concerned citizens is essential for reining in the otherwise out-of-control ambitions of scientists about ES cells.  Science is not ethically neutral.  It cannot operate outside of a social context.  The citizens who fund research and expect to reap the benefits need to monitor the direction science is going and voice their concerns when researchers look like they are about to cross the line.  For instance, read this EurekAlert press release, “Brave new world in life sciences,” about threats to public health and safety from new kinds of research.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Canada Launches Net-Zero Project

first_imgIn Canada, private and public interests are working on a common problem: How to build net-zero energy housing that average homebuyers can afford.Asked by officials in the government’s ecoEnergy Innovation Initiative for some new ideas on how to encourage energy efficient building, a company called buildABILITY Corp. put together a program in which five separate builders were invited to tackle the net-zero problem in whatever way they chose. As a result, single-family homes and condominiums are going up in five cities in four provinces as builders work with their own consultants to produce affordable net-zero energy houses in their respective markets.Natural Resources Canada chipped in $2 million from the national $278 million ecoEnergy program. (All costs in this article are in Canadian dollars.)Owens Corning Canada provided insulation products for free, and builders themselves came up with in-kind contributions that equaled the government’s ante, says buildABILITY president Michael Lio. The net-zero houses, all of which must be completed by next March, will be sold privately after the government double-checks to make sure they really will produce as much energy as they use.The larger goal of the Owens Corning Net Zero Housing Community Project is to help production builders figure out how net-zero building practices can become part of their regular repertoires.“We’ve been talking about it for a long time,” Lio said recently. “There have been lots of net-zero buildings that have been constructed both in the U.S. and in Canada, but there haven’t been many activities that focused on production builders, and even fewer on affordability. So at the heart of this project is to work with large production tract builders to bring them to net-zero and have them change net-zero so it’s more affordable for their customers, to simplify it and drop it into their assembly-line processes.” Builders find common groundBuilders are working independently. There’s no central agency directing their work, and there’s no common script they have to follow. Even so, Lio says, builders have settled on very similar approaches. “The technologies are off the shelf,” he says, “very accessible.”Some of the common building characteristics:Grid-tied photovoltaic systems for on-site renewable energy, with arrays averaging about 10 kilowatts.Exterior walls with R-values between 38 and 44. Wood-framed walls have cavity insulation of fiberglass batts and an exterior wrap of extruded polystyrene rigid insulation between 2 and 3 inches thick.Airtightness, measured with a blower door, of 1.5 air changes per hour, or lower, at a pressure difference of 50 pascals.Triple-pane windows.Although some builders have chosen small-output furnaces, many others are using cold-climate air-source heat pumps.Heat pump water heaters.Interior polyethylene vapor barriers.Attics insulated with batts or blown in fiberglass to a range of R-50 to R-70. Roof framing consists of raised-heel trusses that allow extra insulation above perimeter walls.Lio says the units have fairly small heating loads (most of the projects are located in Climate Zone 6). Half the 10 kW output of the PV arrays are on average used for base electric loads, Lio says, with one quarter devoted to space heating and the balance to domestic hot water.Builders will sell the houses at market rates, Lio says, but because of program restraints they won’t be allowed to make a profit on building components that contribute to net-zero operation. Construction costs are similarA total of 26 housing units are underway, ranging from one-bedroom condos to single-family houses. Floor areas run from 750 to 3,000 square feet. They’re being constructed in Laval, Quebec; the Ottawa suburb of Kanata; Calgary, Alberta; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Guelph, Ontario, just to the west of Toronto. Lio says land prices vary widely, but construction costs are similar across the country. Single-family houses will probably be listed in the $500,000 range.The incremental cost of getting to net-zero on a single-family is looking like $60,000 to $80,000, Lio says, a 12% to 16% premium over the cost of a conventional house. Lio says it’s too soon to know whether Canadian homebuyers will be willing to pay it.“I think that as a full-on market initiative, we’re really early,” Lio says. “I suspect there will be some homebuyers who have an eye on innovation, who want to be the very first to adopt a particular technology and will certainly buy these houses.“We’ve seen dramatic shifts in the pricing on some of these systems, particularly on-site generation, and as some of these systems become even more affordable and builders start to adopt the technology in volume, then it would be appropriate to have a conversation about what the market would bear. Right now, it’s conjecture. Prices are high, numbers are low, and it’s really unfair to talk about would someone be willing to dish out $80,000.”center_img Building on a Canadian traditionCanada has a long history of high-performance building and introduced its R-2000 program in the early 1980s. As Lio points out, standards typically become more demanding as time passes.“The R-2000 is in many regards the springboard for these net-zero houses,” he says. “R-2000 is an energy standard but it doesn’t include on-site generation. These net-zero houses not only demonstrate the new type of energy efficiency that’s embedded in the R-2000 standard but it takes that next leap and embeds on no-site renewables.“That’s the real difference,” he adds. “It’s a continuum. We’ve been at it for a long time and we’ve made lot of mistakes along the way, but it’s pretty obvious that there’s this continuum and these programs that are voluntary eventually become the stuff of code minimums.”last_img read more

Alexandre Lacazette, Henrikh Mkhitaryan shine as Arsenal beat Southampton

first_imgArsenal cruised to a 2-0 win over disjointed Southampton thanks to first-half goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan at The Emirates on Sunday, taking them back into the top four in the Premier League.The hosts took the lead after six minutes in bizarre circumstances, Lacazette neatly back-heeling home a pass from Mkhitaryan while the rest of the Arsenal team were still appealing for a penalty after Lucas Torreira took a tumble.Arsenal doubled the lead 10 minutes later when Southampton keeper Angus Gunn, making his second Premier League appearance, cleared the ball straight into the path of Alex Iwobi.The Nigeria midfielder bolted forward and passed across goal to the unmarked Mkhitaryan, who thumped a low shot into the corner of the net.”The second goal was a horrible mistake where we don’t have to take such a risk,” a rather downcast Saints manager Ralph Hassenhuettl told reporters.The win took Arsenal up to fourth spot on 53 points, one point ahead of Manchester United who were held to a 0-0 draw by Liverpool at Old Trafford. Southampton remain a point below the safety zone with 24 from 27 matches.MISSED CHANCESLacazette should arguably have had a first-half hat-trick half but he was unable to take advantage of any of the numerous opportunities that came his way after his early strike.First the Frenchman had a glancing header from a Granit Xhaka corner saved, then he blasted over the bar from inside the six-yard box and seconds later he spun away from his marker but his shot hit Gunn’s outstretched leg.advertisementSouthampton, by contrast, looked a shadow of the team that won the reverse fixture at St Mary’s in December, registering only three shots in the opening half to the Gunners’ 11.Their best chance of the game had come seconds before Lacazette’s opener when Nathan Redmond was through on goal only to fire straight at keeper Bernd Leno.”(Southampton) have very fast players like Redmond, and they created good chances. I think Leno played well and helped us a lot,” Arsenal boss Unai Emery told reporters.Southampton brought on Charlie Austin in the second half to see if he could maintain his record of scoring against Arsenal every time he has faced them in the league, but the Saints were unable to get back into the game.The visitors brought on Michael Obafemi, who had only just returned from injury, but within 20 minutes he came off with a knock to his ankle.The Gunners stretched their unbeaten home league record to 13 games since they lost to Manchester City in their opener on Aug. 12.While they have now won their last seven league matches in a row at The Emirates, their away performances have been patchy.”At home we are feeling strong, but away we need to be more consistent,” Emery said.Also Watch:last_img read more

Datadriven growth

first_imgA global undercurrent is shaping products, companies and a whole swathe of markets. It’s happening at a rapid pace and needs urgent rethink by the government, business and civil society. It is not the internet, it is the digital footprints of consumers captured as clicks, likes, location and buys – this trove of digital data, capable of providing insights, is shaping social science, psychology and marketing. Focus groups are passé and extrapolating on a sample survey is dead – there is now real data about what people like, use and shop along with what influences their buying behaviour. The science of big data using machine learning is building artificial intelligence that predicts buying behaviour – it can even influence behaviour ranging from selecting a candidate to choosing a spouse. Also Read – A special kind of bondThis is not happening just because of technology; it is happening because technology has a massive amount of data, in terabytes, to crunch and build hypotheses. There is enough data that can test the output backwards into input until it is fine-tuned into an algorithm. Entrepreneurs are amassing this data to redefine products and create new markets that had never existed before. Data is not the new oil as that analogy distorts its importance and also assumes ownership in the hands of a few, like the big oil monopolies. Data is more like water, we intuitively know it’s importance but have never defined its ownership, clearly. It is also renewable and its ownership and usage will determine the future. Data, like water, also has individual and distributed ownership with individuals having clear rights to their own data and its usage. But anonymous non-personal citizen data has to be governed in such a manner that it promotes entrepreneurship and innovation. Therefore, a set of data’s ownership can be distributed and treated like public good(s). Also Read – Insider threat managementThe rules for keeping big data open is important as it impacts competition, entry-level barriers, new products and entrepreneurship. Data incumbents are trying to skew the debate on data to protect their monopolies. A social media company entering payments will share data with its payment subsidiary but not the ecosystem. The incumbents cannot determine the law that should govern data generated by citizens. India has to set clear rules for the usage of data, irrespective of the platform, to create a perfect market. These rules will determine future economic growth. An example elucidates this, e-commerce is small as compared to the total size of retail but it has already started making a dent in pricing, branding and growth of established companies. Any large consumer goods company knows its customer through the distribution chain and has sales data of its products segregated location wise. This data is used to plan production, pricing, inventory and growth. The distribution network is used as the data point for testing new products, pilots, surveys of consumer preferences, etc. The crucial gap in the network is the final consumer, the leap to the final consumer and his buying behaviour is available on e-commerce platforms. While consumer behaviour data is available it is not accessible. As more and more sales move digital, all the nuances, like what is influencing buying behavior, can be identified if companies gain access. But because they don’t get it, they will sooner or later lose their consumer. Especially young consumers and digital-first consumer platforms will monopolise future product innovation. A classic example of this is the cloud kitchens created by food delivery platforms. Food delivery companies like Swiggy and Zomato which started as passive platforms connecting restaurants with consumers have become data powerful. This power arises from their control over consumers and their data. Almost every restaurant association in the country has complained to the Competition Commission of India (CCI) against them. Unfortunately, our outdated competition laws do not address the abuse of data by internet platforms. Competition law is important for free markets and economic growth. These food aggregators are not governed by the e-commerce rules either. They have opened up budget-priced food kitchens that serve home-cooked food to a large section of office-goers, affecting not just the restaurant business but even tiny home food entrepreneurs. This innovation of both cuisine, pricing and location comes from data insights of consumption on the platform. The location of the kitchen is the single-most-important insight in this business and it determines success or failure. Which is why the National Restaurants Association of India (NRAI) is asking food aggregators to share their data with members so they are not left out. Here, it is important to know that the food aggregators are no longer passive platforms; they have entered the domain of the suppliers. This is happening across sectors like travel, hotels, and more, where data is allowing platforms to enter new domains. While the consumer benefits in the short-run because of lower pricing and easier access to home delivery. In the long-run, choice and competition will shrink. Therefore, a proper market for data has to be created, rules need to be framed for the operation of such a marketplace. This obviously will also raise a wider debate on privacy, data security and even pricing of such data. Platforms will not part easily with data as they see it is a competitive edge. They have lobbied hard to prevent any legislation on it. The best way to move forward is to recognise data as a public product or good. Certain broad principles need to be followed for this wherever the law is talking about data. The confusion of which law or Act will determine data sharing is a spanner thrown to delay the process. Unnecessary conflict is being created between ministries and pending legislation to prevent basic data principles from being followed. (The author is a policy analyst. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Premier Hon Sharlene CartwrightRobinson Accepts Chairmanship of the OCTA While Her Government

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, February 28, 2017 – According to a TCIG Press Release on February 23, 2017, Premier, Hon. Sharlene CartwrightRobinson, attended the 15th European Union Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTA) Forum in Oranjestad, Aruba. While at the forum, Premier Hon. Cartwright-Robinson accepted the role of Chair of OCTA and signed “…the Programming Documents commissioning the official start of the EDF 11 Program”.   Commenting on the forum, Premier Hon. Cartwright-Robinson stated that “The Turks and Caicos has continued to benefit over the years from funding through the EDF program”.Surprisingly, although the Premier Hon. Cartwright-Robinson accepted the Chairmanship of the OCTA and kicked off the EDF 11 Program, she didn’t inform the forum’s attendees that less than a week before, her government withdrew its support for the EDF 11 program.On February 17, the Cartwright-Robinson Government sent out a public notice canceling the tender for the “Consultancy for the Turks and Caicos Islands Government’s EDF 11 Education Sector Reform Strategy, Tender Reference Number TR 16/77”.   Having a Consultant working on the deliverables is a key requirement of the EDF 11 program, and the country would become ineligible for the grant if it doesn’t have one.   Realizing that she would have had the distinction of being the first Chair of the OCTA whose Government didn’t support its programs, Premier Hon. Cartwright-Robinson’s government on February 24th, rushed out a slightly amended version of the original EDF 11 Tender document, and in doing so, canceled its own cancelation of the EDF 11 Tender document.Since 2012, under the previous PNP Government, the Turks and Caicos Islands was the recipient of two EDF grants – EDF 9 and EDF 10 (which focused on Strengthening and Improving the Business Sector) – with a total funding of €13.7m (US$14.5m).   The EDF 11 program which includes additional funding of €14.6m (US$15.5m), was to have focused on reforming and strengthening the education sector, and the previous PNP government had already advanced it to the programming and financing stage.In highlighting the country’s stellar performance regarding the EDF programs, Deputy Governor, Anya Williams, who also attended the forum, stated:  “The Turks and Caicos has made great strides in its EU program work over the years since being reinstated into the program in 2012. Within a relatively short period of time we have not only seen the completion and closure of the EDF 9 Program, but also the full implementation of EDF 10…”“The Turks and Caicos is also only one of five territories that have already advanced our EDF 11 program to the programming and financing stage; in the words of the EU Commission, making us a star amongst the EU Overseas Territories.   This is quite commendable…”Leader of the Opposition, and former Minister of Finance in the previous PNP Government, Hon. C. Washington Misick, commenting on the EDF programs, stated that “The EDF programs have benefitted the country tremendously, and I am proud that the previous PNP Government’s accomplishments in rolling them out have been recognized by the Deputy Governor.   I was surprised and disappointed when I learned that the current Government had withdrawn its support for the EDF 11 program.   Thankfully, even if just to save face with the Premier becoming the new Chair of the OCTA, they have reversed that position and now support it.   Assuming that the Government doesn’t change its position again on the EDF 11 program, and I strongly encourage Madam Premier not to do so, the country should again benefit from the great strides made by the previous PNP Government.”Press Release: PNP Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more