first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,331.03, up 7.32 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up $1.11, or 17.08 per cent, to $7.61 on 30.6 million shares.Belo Sun Mining Corp. (TSX:BSX). Miner. Up two cents, or 11.76 per cent, to 19 cents on 17.5 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Up $4.84, or 10.96 per cent, to $49.02 on 12.66 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down five cents, or 1.08 per cent, to $4.59 on 6.97 million shares.Nemaska Lithium Inc. (TSX:NMX). Miner. Up two cents, or 2.67 per cent, to 77 cents on 6.9 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Up 79 cents, or 7.47 per cent, to $11.37 on 6.1 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down six cents, or 1.58 per cent, to $3.74 on 5 million shares.last_img read more

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first_imgMUMBAI: David Warner had little opportunity to stake his claim for a place in Australia’s World Cup squad as he served a year-long ban for ball-tampering and so it is no surprise to see the batsman cranking out the runs in the Indian Premier League. Cricket Australia slapped former captain Steve Smith and his deputy Warner with 12-month suspensions, which expired last week, for the Cape Town scandal and the duo are expected to be included in the 15-man World Cup squad. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USTwo months out from the World Cup in England, Warner showed he had lost none of his marauding form by smashing 85 in 53 balls in Hyderabad’s IPL opener against Kolkata Knight Riders. The 32-year-old continued in the same vein against Rajasthan, the day after his international ban ended, scoring 69 off 37 deliveries, and then remained unbeaten on 100 against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday. Warner leads the run-getters’ list and has also notched three consecutive 100-run partnership for the opening wicket with Englishman Jonny Bairstow, who scored a blistering 114 against Bangalore. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”The 12 months has done me well,” Warner said after putting up the highest opening stand of 185 with Bairstow on Sunday. “I’m nice and refreshed. “What a terrific innings here by Jonny, and a fantastic partnership by both of us.” Warner’s Sunrisers trail only three-times champions Chennai in the early stages of the Twenty20 tournament. Led by former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Super Kings look unstoppable and have won all three of their matches. At the other end of the scale, Dhoni’s protege and current India captain Kohli has a mighty task on his hands if he is to lead Bangalore to a first IPL title after losing their first three games. Despite having Kohli and talismanic South African AB de Villiers in their ranks, Bangalore’s batting has already failed twice. They were all out for 70 in the IPL opener against Chennai and bundled out for 113 on Sunday against the Sunrisers, losing by a huge margin of 118 runs. The tournament has already seen some epic highs, such as a Super Over finish between Kolkata and Delhi, but also some disappointments and controversies.last_img read more

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first_imgPrague: Czech billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis said Saturday he would not resign if indicted for his alleged role in a two-million-euro EU subsidy fraud. Police this week recommended that Babis be indicted over the case which could see him and several others, including family members, spending five to ten years in prison. “I would not resign because I have been saying from the beginning that this is a political process,” Babis told the DNES broadsheet which he owns. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe 64-year-old agro-chemicals mogul pegged by Forbes as the second-wealthiest Czech is suspected of abusing EU funds to build the luxury Stork Nest resort and farm near Prague in 2007. He allegedly took the farm out of his sprawling Agrofert food, chemicals and media holding to make it eligible for a subsidy awarded to small companies before eventually putting it back. Charged by police in 2017, Babis and several others — including his wife, brother-in-law and daughter — are suspected of subsidy fraud and harming the EU’s financial interests. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”If I weren’t in politics, nobody would have heard about the Stork Nest,” Babis told DNES. “People keep plotting affairs against me, delving into the past. This affair is 12 years old,” he said, calling charges against his family “incredible filth”. President Milos Zeman, who could remove the embattled prime minister, said Thursday he would not do so. “An indicted prime minister is not a sentenced prime minister,” said the 74-year-old pro-Russian, pro-Chinese veteran leftwinger and a staunch Babis ally. The prime minister’s populist ANO movement leads a minority coalition government with leftwing Social Democrats.last_img read more

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first_imgDirector of football Joaquin Caparros concedes that Sevilla are not optimistic over signing Alvaro Morata from Chelsea, despite the player himself being interested in making the moveSince arriving at Chelsea in July 2017 for a club-record deal of £60m from Real Madrid, Morata has been frequently linked with an exit from Stamford Bridge.The Spanish striker has only scored 16 goals in 47 Premier League games for the Blues and his struggles up front, along with fellow Olivier Giroud, has forced coach Maurizio Sarri to deploy Eden Hazard in a “false nine” role.Reports emerged in Spain this week claiming that Morata’s agent, Juanma Lopez, arrived at Sevilla on Monday to begin talks over a six-month loan deal.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).But Caparros admits that Chelsea’s tough stance in negotiations makes a deal for Morata unlikely.“It is true that we have an interest in this player [Morata], but it is a very, very complicated operation,” Caparros told SevillaTV.“The player may want to come here over other options, but it is very complicated. Chelsea are a club who are very difficult to negotiate [with].”However, Caparros was able to provide Sevilla fans with more positive news by expressing his confidence in reaching a deal for Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi.last_img read more

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first_imgBrad Nelson the Coordinator of Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids: “Once a month we visit all of the fire stations; Kenai, Nikiski, CES, and we will do a Safe Kids Car Seat Safety Check-up event. What it is if you don’t have a car seat or if your not sure car seat is installed correctly or if you’d just like us to check it out, swing on by and we will check out your car seat.”  Safe Kids will have new seats available for a donation of $35.00. The money is used to purchase more seats. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Fire Department will be hosting a Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids Car Seat Check event in Kenai, on Friday, August 24. Nelson: “So, we will go over and make sure that the car seat actually fits in the car and that the child actually fits in the car seat.”  The event will take place from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., Friday. The event is free and open to the public. You do not need to register prior to showing up.last_img read more

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first_imgAs many as 36 policemen own either land or houses in Bogra town. This infograph prepared by Prothom AloAt least 36 policemen own either land or houses in Bogra town, though they come from other districts around the country.According to police regulations, a police officer cannot own property outside of his home district without permission from the inspector general (IG) of police.The 36 policemen, who have property in Bogra town, did not take permission from the IG, according to Prothom Alo investigations.Some of these police officers come from Naogaon, some from Sirajganj, some from Joypurhat district and some from the southern district Bhola. Yet they all have houses or plots of land in Bogra town.The 36 policemen worked in Bogra some time of their careers and that is when they purchased the houses and land.They did not buy the property in their own names, but in the names of their wives, children or other family members.The police officials amassed their wealth in Borga town, violating police regulations.Local people said once police officials are posted here, they do not want to be transferred anywhere else. They resist transfer and move within the town from one police station to another.The locals also said that during this time, the police officers linked up local drug dealers, extortionists and criminals, and thus made money overnight. They then brought property in the town. Inspector general AKM Shahidul Haque told Prothom Alo that no police official can buy land and houses in this manner. This is a violation of the police regulations, he added.He also said anyone of the force violating the regulations will be punished.According to Article 112 of the police act, “Police officers shall not be allowed to purchase any land or immovable assets in their names or in the names of their wives, sons, daughters, relatives or , domestic help, without permission from the IG.”“Even if they have property anywhere other than their own districts, they will not be allowed to sell that either.”Police officers have to submit a statement of their immovable property in March every year.A police official, on condition of anonymity, said the system of taking permission from the police chief has been shattered.There is no monitoring. Most of the police officials, at present, purchase property without permission from the chief, the source added.Asked whether the Bogra police took permission from the police chief, the establishment wing of the police headquarters could not find any permission papers.The wing’s additional deputy inspector general, Habibur Rahman, told Prothom Alo that no police official in the district sought permission to buy land, flats or any other immovable assets.He also said, according to the police regulations, purchasing property without permission is a crime.On-the-spot investigationsA visit to the area revealed a house, ‘Khaniker Asray’ at Latifur Colony, just behind the Bogra Police Lines. This five-storey building is owned by a police officer.A woman answered the doorbell of emerging from the well-decorated house. She said her husband assistant sub-inspector Saiful Islam was the owner.One of her sons is a police constable and their family lives here.Saiful, from Naogaon, is now stationed in Narayanganj district. He built the house when he was in Bogra.Saiful said, “It is true that I constructed the house, but my wife owns the land.”Gaibandha’s officer-in-charge (OC) Atiar Rahman from Joypurhat, bought land in Fulbari of Bogra town.He bought the land when he was inspector at the Bogra Sadar and Shajahanpur police stations.The OC said his father had purchased some 6 decimals of land. He has no land or house there.Former OC Abdur Rashid, now at the RAB headquarters, built a house in Nurani intersection of Bogra town. He constructed the building when he was an OC at Gabtali Model and Shibganj police stations.Abdur Rashid said, “I’m not the owner of the house. My wife built the house when I was transferred to Bogra.”Hasan Shamim Iqbal served Bogra sadar and Nandigram police stations as officer-in-charge. He is now working as an assistant sub-inspector for Bogra CID. He bought two flats in Jaleshwaritola area in the town.When asked about this, he said, “Not two. I have a flat. I purchased the flat for my daughter’s studies and wife’s illness.”Former SI of Bogra sadar and Mokamtola police stations, Abdur Razzak, built a five-storey building named Shahab Villa in Zahurulnagar area.He is now posted at the Naogaon police station.Contacted over cell phone, Razzak said, “I bought a two and a half decimals of land and built a house with my life’s savings.”Gabtoli model police station OC Khairul Bashar was an SI for Bogra sadar police station. At that time he bought a house in Gandagram and a flat in Jaleshwaritola.Khairul Bashar said, “It’s just a two-room tin shed owned by my wife. The Jaleshwaritola flat is not mine. It belongs to my father-in-law.”Bogra CID inspector Abdul Mannan’s home district is Bhola. But he was OC for Bogra’s Detective Branch and Shahjahanpur police station for a long time. He has a six-storey building at Jailkhana Sarak and a piece of land at Malatinagar.Asked about his property, Abdul Mannan said, “I didn’t build any house. I just bought five decimals of land.”Inspector Sanwar Hossain of Naogaon’s Dhamairhaat police station used to work as the in-charge of Mokamtola Investigation Centre. He has two residential houses at Latifpur and land property at Phultola.But, Sanwar Hossain told Prothom Alo, he is landless.“I have been living in the Latifpur house for 12 years as a tenant and my mother-in-law built a house at Phultola,” he said.Former OC of Nandigram police station, Fasir Uddin, bought a flat at Amicus House of Rahmannagar area.When asked, Fasir Uddin claimed that the flat belongs to his mother-in-law.“My mother-in-law cannot live alone. So she bought the flat to stay with me,” he said.Bogra district unit Jamaat-e-Islami leader Yeasin Ali was arrested on charges of bribing former Shahjahanpur police station OC, Mahmudul Alam, with five decimals of land, so as not to take action against him in several criminal cases.Mahmudul Alam was transferred to Barisal range as punishment.Bogra sadar police station inspector (investigation) Aslam Ali’s home district is Naogaon. He recently bought a five-decimal plot of land at Latifpur.Aslam Ali said he did not know that permission was required to purchase land.According to concerned officials, police get a share of extortion money collected from the transport sector in Bogra. They also collecting toll from drug dealers, illegal gambling, battery-run rickshaws, and more.Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) trustee board member, M Hafizuddin Khan, told Prothom Alo, “There are law, but no implementation of the laws. No one really cares about the laws. Those who are supposed to enforce the law, are doing all this.”According to former inspector general of police Nurul Huda, the lower level of any force is influenced bu the corrupt upper level.Submitting property report is mandatory for police. It is a crime if anyone avoids this. Everything will fall apart this regulation is violated.*The article, originally published in Prothom Alo Bangla print edition, has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossain and Toriqul Islam.last_img read more

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first_imgBy Coppin State University Department of Athletics GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Coppin State baseball team was one of 51 NCAA Division I baseball programs to receive the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Team Academic Excellence Award, it was announced by the organization over the weekend.  The ABCA awards teams at all college levels with a cumulative team GPA of at least 3.0 during the 2018-19 academic year.This is the second-straight season that the Eagles have received the honor from the ABCA and Coppin State is the only MEAC school to earn the award.Not only have the Eagles performed well in the classroom the last two years, it also coincides with arguably the two best seasons in program-history on the field.  This past year, Coppin won a school-record 24 games after winning the 2018 MEAC Northern Division Championship while matching what was then a school-record with 21 victories.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Cardinals (3-0) will hit the road to open ACC play at No. 17 Virginia Sunday at 11 a.m. The University of Louisville men’s tennis team defeated Lipscomb 5-1 in the second match of Friday’s home-opening doubleheader at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. The Cardinals (3-0) posted a 4-0 win over Butler in the first match of the day. Coach Ecarma Post Match Interview Matchup History Louisville 5, Lipscomb 11/18/2019 at Louisville, Ky.(Bass-Rudd Tennis Center) Singles1. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff (LOU) vs. Victor Chaw (LIP-M) 6-7 (3-7), 1-2, unfinished2. #104 Brandon Lancaster (LOU) def. Pablo Caffarena (LIP-M) 6-4, 6-23. Fabien Salle (LOU) def. Jorge Ortegon (LIP-M) 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)4. Federico Gomez (LOU) def. Pedro Uribe (LIP-M) 6-3, 6-45. Sergio Hernandez Ramirez (LOU) def. Francesco Tacconi (LIP-M) 6-2, 6-16. David Mizrahi (LOU) def. David Skrabut (LIP-M) 7-6 (8-6), 6-1Doubles1. #57 Victor Chaw/Pablo Caffarena (LIP-M) def. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff/Fabien Salle (LOU) 6-42. Jorge Ortegon/Pedro Uribe (LIP-M) def. Brandon Lancaster/Alex Wesbrooks (LOU) 7-63. Federico Gomez/Sergio Hernandez Ramirez (LOU) def. Francesco Tacconi/George Wong (LIP-M) 6-2 Print Friendly Version The Bisons (0-1) picked up wins on doubles courts 1 and 2 to take the first point of the match. The Cards gained an early advantage when senior Federico Gomez and freshman Sergio Hernandez Ramirez beat Francesco Tacconi 6-2 at the No. 3 spot. Lipscomb answered on court one were Victor Chaw and Pablo Caffarena, No. 57 in the ITA doubles rankings, topped senior Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff and freshman Fabien Salle 6-4. The first point of the match was decided on court two which featured a battle between Louisville’s Brandon Lancaster and Alex Wesbrooks and Lipscomb’s Jorge Ortegon and Pedro Uribe. The Cardinal duo evened the score after being down 6-5, to force a tiebreaker, but the Bison’s prevailed 7-6. Brandon Lancaster Post Match Interview Full Schedule Roster center_img Photo Gallery Next Match: at Virginia 1/20/2019 | 11:00 a.m. Preview Story Links Ramirez Hernandez put the Cards on the scoreboard in singles when he beat Tacconi 6-2, 6-1 at No. 5. Lancaster, No. 104 in the ITA singles rankings topped Caffarena 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 2 spot to push Louisville ahead 2-1. Gomez increased the lead to 3-1 with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Uribe at the four-spot. The match was decided on court three where Salle defeated ORgegon 6-3 in the first set and prevailed 7-6 (7-2) in the second. Moments later, freshman David Mizrahi wrapped up a 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 decision against David Skrabut to complete the 5-1 win. “We knew Lipscomb was going to come out fresh,” said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. “I said in our pre-summary of this weekend, they’re a really feisty team and you saw that today, they wouldn’t give up a point. Especially when they won that doubles point. They looked really, really good in doubles and we knew they would be good. They just outplayed us right there at the end, but I loved the bounce back these guys had. Our guys fought so hard in that last wave and they’re fatigued, but they fought through it.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe Aprile EraThis marks the first season under new head coach Holly Aprile. The 2018 ACC Coach of the Year spent 10 seasons (2009-18) as Pittsburgh’s head coach and five years (2004-08) as an assistant. In 2018, she earned ACC Coach of the Year honors after leading the Panthers to the 2018 ACC Coastal Division title and a runner-up finish in the conference tournament. Print Friendly Version The University of Louisville softball team kicked off the second half of the University of Louisville’s Spring Sports Media Day at the Planet Fitness Kueber Center media room on Monday. • The Cardinals will open the 2019 season February 8-10 at Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Classic where they will take on Idaho State, Fullerton, Buffalo, Northwestern and Utah State. • Among the returners are National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region selections junior Caitlin Ferguson (Versailles, Ky.) and senior Megan Hensley (Ashland, Ky.) as well as all-ACC honoree senior Sidney Melton (Columbus, Ohio) and sophomore Maddy Newman (Osceola, Ind.) who earned all-ACC freshman team honors last year. Junior Celene Funke (Carmel, Ind.) also returns after leading the team with a .355 batting average along with sophomore Danielle Watson (Osceola, Ind.) who posted 14 wins in the circle during her freshman campaign. •The Cards are coming off of a 33-20 campaign in 2018. Back from that team are 14 letterwinners and six starters as well as five pitchers. Louisville also welcomes the addition of five freshmen to the 2019 roster. • Louisville will open play at Ulmer Stadium March 1-3 with the Cardinal Classic which features Indiana State, Missouri and IUPUI. ABOUT LOUISVILLE SOFTBALLThe 2019 campaign marks Louisville’s 20th season as a program and first under new head coach Holly Aprile’s tutelage. The 20-player roster features a balance of veterans and newcomers who completed a successful fall season that included scrimmage wins against Eastern Kentucky, Indiana, Morehead State, WKU and Kentucky. With the season opener just 10 days away, head coach Holly Aprile along with seniors Megan Hensley and Sidney Melton previewed the upcoming season with local media. Story Linkslast_img read more

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August 31, 2019

Exploring Buddhism

first_imgIn an attempt to explore the intricacies related to Buddhism, India International Centre hosted a three-day international conference on Buddhist Monasteries of South Asia and China. Organised by Society for Buddhist Art and Archaeology (SBAA) in collaboration with Indian International Centre (IIC), Rock Art Society of India (RASI), Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), the conference began on Monday.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Institute of Archaeology, Archaeological Survey of India also organised a photo exhibition at the venue based on the theme of the Conference. The conference along with the photo exhibition was inaugurated on Monday by Chief Guest-Prof Lokesh Chandra, President of ICCR and Guest of Honour Kapila Vatsyayan, chairperson, IIC-Asia Project. The inaugural session started off with the keynote address of Prof Chandra, and the Guest of Honour Dr Kapila Vatsyayan. The vote of thanks was given by Prof Chongfeng Li.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe conference included seven  academic sessions with 25 research papers in total. The first and second day was divided into two sessions and day three will have three sessions. The conference has  definitely brought to light several facets of the otherwise unknown culture of our neighbouring countries and also has ignited some healthy dialogues on varied issues and topics with the mutual cultural and religious binding called Buddhism.last_img read more

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first_imgHave you ever visited YouTube for watching some breaking news videos expecting to get all the info in one go but did not get what you expected? Videos use luring thumbnails and clickbait titles to attract more views and traffic. Most breaking news videos that follow such patterns are either fake, have a high level of misinformation or don’t clarify what the news really is. The news that continuously keeps popping up is most of the time, catchy. Google engineer, Guillaume Chaslot, who worked on the recommendation algorithm for YouTube, stated that this was purely designed to boost user engagement. To tackle this fake thread going around the popular video-sharing website, YouTube has initiated a $25 million plan to counter fake news and misinformation. In a Wired interview held in March, YouTube CEO, Susan Wojcicki announced new features which include updates to breaking news and conspiracy theories by adding information cues to every video. Information cues are short blocks of text based on moon landing and chemtrails, for example. Susan further added, “When there are videos that are focused around something that’s a conspiracy — and we’re using a list of well-known internet conspiracies from Wikipedia — then we will show a companion unit of information from Wikipedia showing that here is information about the event.” Now, YouTube also features ‘authoritative’ content in their breaking news shelf. This means, news in this ‘authoritative’ section comes only from authoritative sources such as Google News and other providers who have applied to be part of Google News program. YouTube then uses a different set of algorithms to determine who within that group is authoritative. Later, based on this YouTube uses those news providers in their breaking news shelf, and their home feed. YouTube chief product officer Neal Mohan said, “Rather than recommending a video first, the algorithm will point to a text-based story surfaced by Google News. Results will be accompanied by a label reminding users that the story is still developing, and the info is “subject to change.” These updated features for anti-fake news plan are currently active in 17 countries, including the US and YouTube is planning to double the reach in coming months. Read Next Python founder resigns. Guido van Rossum, goes ‘on a permanent vacation from being BDFL’ Facebook to launch AR ads on its news feed to let you try on products virtually Microsoft launches a free version of its Teams app to take Slack head onlast_img read more

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first_img By: VISIT FLORIDA Share Tags: VISIT FLORIDA In mid-January, as a winter storm blanketed Canada in frigid cold and snow, seven travel agents basked in Florida’s sunshine as they joined VISIT FLORIDA on a familiarization tour around Central Florida. Flying via direct flights sponsored by Air Canada from Toronto to Orlando, the group began their trip in Orlando with hosted accommodations at Balmoral Resorts. The group spent a few days experiencing and learning what’s new at Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort. They then traveled a quick 45 minutes to the Space Coast to spend an afternoon touring downtown Melbourne, and then spent a whole day experiencing Kennedy Space Center.This spring, VISIT FLORIDA will host another FAM tour for up to 10 travel agents to experience and learn more about Florida’s Northeast Coast. To qualify for this FAM, agents must complete VISIT FLORIDA’s new online learning program, Florida Travel Pro by 03/20/19. This e-learning platform is designed to help travel professionals nationwide discover the best the state has to offer and sell Florida like a pro.*NOTE: Once you complete the program, please email Summer Gonzalez (sgonzalez@visitflorida.org) to express your interest in participating this FAM.Become a Certified Florida Travel Pro at www.VisitFloridaTravelPro.com. VISIT FLORIDA Hosts First FAM Tour of 2019 Tuesday, February 12, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_imgBeing a Tuesday column, I have more stories than normal, so I hope you have the time to read/listen to the ones you like.If I am correct in my assumption that JPMorgan has established big long gold positions in COMEX futures, actual metal and gold derivatives as a hedge against their remaining COMEX silver short positions, that may be especially bullish for gold prices once we get the turn up. That’s because JPMorgan is more likely to let gold prices rip higher than they might normally. And if JPMorgan escaped regulatory action for manipulating silver prices lower, there is little chance the bank would face any actions for letting prices soar. Also in mind is that these big long gold positions were only established because of the brutal nature of the sell-off this year. This suggests to me that this is not something that can be replicated easily…or at will…and may make it a unique circumstance that must be taken advantage of accordingly. In other words, I don’t know how often JPMorgan or the commercials will be able to so favorably positioned in the future as they are currently. They better make hay while the sun is shining. – Silver analyst Ted Butler…18 May 2013Just when I thought it was over, JPMorgan et al came calling one more time.  Although gold and platinum got hit a bit, it was more than obvious that silver was the metal that they were after.  A drop of two bucks in about 45 minutes…about a 10 percent move…and not a word from the CFTC, the CME Group, or the miners.Now if the Dow had dropped that percentage in 45 minutes, all hell would have broken loose as everyone would want to get to find out what happened.  But when it comes to the precious metals…zip, nada, nothing.But under the hood, there was, without doubt, more speculative long selling…but not too much, as there’s almost nothing left to sell on the long side.  It’s a good bet that there are now more short positions in place, especially in silver…and JPMorgan et al were going long against all comers.Today is the cut-off for Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report…and if we can get through the rest of the trading day today with little or no price activity, then we should see another COT Report for the record books.  But as we found out after the smash of April 12/15th…the volume data associated with that event was not reported to the CFTC in a timely manner…and it took two more weeks of reports before we finally got to see the whole thing.  That may happen again this time…and it will be the first thing I check for when it’s posted on Friday.And as I pointed out further up, the powers-that-be painted key reversals to the upside so large, that even Stevie Wonder could see them.  All that remains is the upside triggering event…and I’m sure not looking forward to that…whatever it may be.Here are the 6-month gold and silver charts from stockcharts.com…and the silver chart is one for the record books.(Click on image to enlarge)(Click on image to enlarge)As Ted pointed out in the paragraph I borrowed from this Saturday commentary to his paying subscribers, he feels that JPMorgan is now massively long the gold market…and with that, has basically covered its remaining short position in silver.  I would guess that they added to their comfort level with Sunday evening’s engineered price decline at the New York open.There was no follow-through in Far East trading on their Tuesday…nor during the first couple of hours of London trading, either.  The one attempt that gold made to break above the $1,400 spot price mark got turned back in short order…and the prices of both gold and silver have been in slow, but steady, decline since.  Gold is down about ten bucks…and silver is down 40 cents as I hit the ‘send’ button on today’s column at 4:55 a.m. EDT.  Volumes are over 40,000 contracts in gold and 11,000 contracts in silver…with almost all of it of the HFT variety.  The dollar index, which hadn’t done much all night long, took off around 9:00 a.m. BST in London…and is up 28 basis points as of this writing…and north of the 84.00 mark again.See you on Wednesday. What we saw in all four precious metals were key-reversals to the upside so big that no T.A. analyst could possibly miss them.  And as I said on Saturday, “da boyz” can print any chart pattern they want…and yesterday’s example, especially in silver, will be talked about for centuries.The dollar index closed at 84.21 on Friday afternoon in New York…and got hit for a bit more than 10 basis points the moment that trading began at 6:00 p.m. in New York on Sunday night.  It’s high of the day [84.25] came three hours later at 9:00 a.m. in Hong Kong trading on their Monday morning…and it was all down hill from there.  The low tick [83.72] came a few minutes after 3:00 p.m. in New York…and the index rallied a hair from there.  The dollar index closed at 83.76…down 45 basis points from Friday’s close.As is most often the case, the dollar index had zip to do with yesterday’s moves in the precious metals.The gold stocks opened in negative territory by a bit, but that didn’t last long…rallying strongly into the noon price spike in New York. From there they traded basically sideways until the smallish rally developed just before 4:00 p.m. in electronic trading.  The shares tacked on another percent or so..and the HUI finished up 6.04%…almost on its high tick.It was a very similar story in the silver stocks as well…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 6.70%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 3 gold and 65 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday.  In silver, JPMorgan was the short/issuer on 57 contracts…and they and the Bank of Nova Scotia stopped 55 contracts.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.Another day…another withdrawal from GLD.  This time an authorized participant took out 222,371 troy ounces…and there was also a withdrawal from SLV.  This time it was 1,738,029 troy ounces.The U.S. Mint finally had another sales report.  They sold 2,000 ounces of gold eagles…500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 611,500 silver eagles.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday, they reported receiving 1,260,558 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 211,435 troy ounces of the stuff out the door.  The link to that activity is here.In gold on Friday, these same depositories did not report receiving any, but shipped 32,001 troy ounces out the door…all from Scotia Mocatta.  The link to that activity is here.Since yesterday was the 20th of the month, The Central Bank of the Russian Federation updated their website with their April data.  It showed that they added another 200,000 troy ounces of gold to their reserves…bringing their total up to 31.8 million troy ounces.  Here’s Nick Laird’s most excellent chart updated with that data…(Click on image to enlarge)Here’s a chart that reader ‘David in California’ sent our way yesterday.  It’s a comparison of the 1976 bull market in gold compared to the one going on right now.(Click on image to enlarge)And here’s your “cute quota” of the day… It was more than obvious that silver was the metal that they were after.The gold price jumped up about five bucks right at the 6:00 p.m. Sunday evening open in New York, but that rally got crushed immediately by the high-frequency traders…and in less than a hour, gold was down a bit over twenty bucks from its Friday close.After that, the gold price chopped around the $1,345 spot price mark until the London open.  Then a rally began that tried to break out a couple of times before it really took off at noon in New York, as the market went ‘no ask’…and the price went vertical.  But, as has always been the case in the past, a not-for-profit seller stepped in and became the short seller of last resort.  If they hadn’t been there, the price would have gone supernova.Then shortly before 3:00 p.m. in the thinly-traded New York access market, the rally resumed, hitting its zenith at precisely 4:00 p.m. before sliding a hair into the close.The low tick [around $1,339 spot] came just before 8:00 a.m. in Tokyo on their Monday morning…and the high tick came in New York.  However it’s impossible to tell from the N.Y. gold chart below, whether the high tick came at noon or 4:00 p.m. EDT.  Not that it matter, I suppose.  Kitco recorded the high tick at $1,400.60 spot.Gold closed at $1,394.10 spot…up $33.90 according to Kitco’s numbers…and an intraday move of fifty-five bucks.  Net volume was an immense 222,000 contracts.  It was a wild and crazy day…and I’ll have much more about it in ‘The Wrap’.Here’s the New York Spot Gold [Bid] chart on its own…and the big price spike at noon is even more noticeable.Of course it should come as no surprise that it was silver that JPMorgan et al were after.  In less than an hour, the high-frequency traders had the price down to its low tick of the day, which the CME reported as $20.25 in the July contract, which is the next front month for silver.  That’s a two dollar drop from the spot closing price on Friday…and it all happened in about forty-five minutes.  Ted Butler said that only about 1,600 contracts were sold between the Sunday night open…and the low tick.  In such a thinly-traded market, that’s all it took to drop the price that low.Silver recovered a bit as morning trading wore on in the Far East…and from about noon in Hong Kong, the silver price began a rally that ended with a vicious ‘no ask’ price spike at noon in New York…just like gold.After the seller of last resort showed up, the silver price chart looked more or less the same as the gold chart for the rest of the trading day…right down to the rally that ended at precisely 4:00 p.m. in electronic trading in New York.As I mentioned above, the low tick in the July contract was $20.25…and Kitco recorded the spot high price as $23.40 spot…an intraday move of $3.15.Silver closed at $22.92 spot…up 66 cents from Friday.  Gross volume was immense…96,000 contracts.Platinum did not go unscathed either…although palladium was pretty much spared the beating that the other three precious metals got.  Palladium had its price capped shortly after 12:00 o’clock noon in New York as well, or all four precious metals would have closed the Monday trading session at prices that would have made your eyes glaze over.  Here are their respective charts from yesterday.last_img read more

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first_imgQuali is a Cloud Sandbox platform for DevOps automation. Along with creating the developer community, Quali is providing product features to empower it, including Python libraries and extended APIs, which will make it easier for developers to create and share new Shells and Sandbox orchestration workflows.The Cloud Sandbox platform enables development, test, support, partner and sales groups to deliver results and transform the IT infrastructure into purpose-built clouds, designed for DevOps.“Quali’s extensive Sandbox APIs enable us to make sandboxes part of a fully automated DevOps workflow,” said Moorthy Raju, staff engineer at VMware. “This is critical to our vision of a fully automated, self-service interoperability lab/data center shared by our virtualization and engineering groups.”The following components are available in the developer community:Open-source Quali’s Shell modules under the Apache 2.0 licenseNative support for Python-based shell automation and sandbox workflowsA full set of northbound Python APIs and libraries for integration with DevOps and application life-cycle toolsA Developer’s Center website with a registry of all available open-source shells, as well as tools for developers such as tutorials, best practices, samples and videos Rancher Labs has announced its open-source container-management software is out of beta and generally available. Rancher 1.0 aims to accelerate all aspects of the software development pipeline, from writing and testing code, to running complex microservice-based applications.Features include the ability to select from multiple container orchestration frameworks like Docker Swarm and Kubernetes; a cloud-agnostic infrastructure service layer; load balancing and persistent storage services; and the ability to work across cloud and datacenter boundaries.“Since announcing our beta product less than a year ago, Rancher Labs has experienced incredible demand, as well as received encouraging and helpful feedback and community support for this open platform, which has enabled us to make meaningful enhancements to Rancher,” said Sheng Liang, CEO of Rancher Labs. “Now, with well over a million downloads, Rancher has quickly become the platform of choice for teams serious about running containers in production.”Quali open-sources plug-inQuali announced today that it is open-sourcing its plug-ins known as Shells, and making them available through a newly formed developer community.last_img read more

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first_imgOne concern is that automation will eliminate jobs and reduce headcount, something that may sound like a good idea to a cost-conscious CFO, but could be bad news for developers, and in turn, DevOps team members. However, Wright offers a different view: “Workplace automation is about enhancing productivity, not eliminating occupations. Machines can take on the burden of busy-work, such as QA testing and its various iterations, and free up developers to do the creative work they crave.”Historically, technological innovation has killed off some jobs and created others. However, McKinsey estimates that fewer than 5 percent of today’s occupations are candidates for full automation, but nearly every occupation could be partially automated.“With so much of the workplace still relying on manual tasks, machines can revitalize human work,” added Wright. “Wright claims that ServiceNow is working to deliver on that vision with its Intelligent Automation Engine. A product that applies machine learning and advanced analytics to four of the biggest challenges for IT organizations today. The engine helps companies to prevent outages, automatically categorize and route work, predict future performance and benchmark performance against peers. IBM’s Watson Enters the PictureServiceNow partnered with IBM to combine Watson’s abilities with ServiceNow’s intelligent automation to deliver greater efficiencies to their mutual customers.According to Wright, the engine applies intelligent automation to customers’ workflows that allow companies to replace manual tasks, both repetitive tasks and complex business processes, with automated workflows. “The volume of back and forth work across every department for common tasks like resetting of passwords or onboarding new employees is straining their systems,” said Wright. “ServiceNow provides a way out. Trained with each customer’s own data, our engine enables customers to realize game-changing economics.”Obviously, ServiceNow has skin in the automation game. Nevertheless, it’s clear that enterprises have reached a tipping point and intelligent automation is the answer to keeping pace with runaway workloads. A simple fact that transformative IT Managers must embrace to ensure that IT remains relevant to business operations, while increasing service levels. A new survey from ServiceNow illustrates that intelligent automation must become part of any transformative developer’s bandoleer of capabilities — a realization driven by the fact that some 86 percent of executives surveyed globally feel their companies will soon hit a wall and, by 2020, will need greater automation to get work done.SD Times recently spoke with Dave Wright, chief strategy officer at ServiceNow, to gauge what the survey results mean to today’s software engineers.Wright said, “It’s clear that we can’t keep up with the pace of work and most IT departments are far too busy. The survey shows that companies need workload relief now.” Wright believes a shift to automate work is imminent and will happen faster than expected. Wright said, “There’s an economic payoff for automation that companies can’t ignore. Our survey showed highly automated companies are six times more likely to experience revenue growth of more than 15 percent.”Wright pointed a multinational insurance corporation with more 65,000 employees to illustrate how intelligent automation results in better business process efficiency and productivity. This company recently deployed five “virtual engineers” inside its IT infrastructure that work 24 hours a day collecting and analyzing system performance data and spotting network device outages. The virtual engineers work alongside human engineers to learn patterns in the network data and eventually act on their own to solve technical problems.According to Wright, a network device outage typically would go to a queue and take human engineers about 3.5 hours to address. Using the virtual assistants, which the company nicknamed “co-bots,” there is no queue and most incidents can be fixed within 10 minutes. Wright added “If a machine can’t solve a problem on its own, it is kicked back to a human engineer.” That has significant implications for those responsible for software QA. Will the Bots Take Away Jobs?last_img read more

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first_imgIn an effort to remove the technical barriers to data visualization, MongoDB has announced the beta release of MongoDB Charts, a native data visualization tool. MongoDB Charts will be apart of MongoDB Atlas, the company’s database-as-a-service. According to the company, MongoDB Charts eliminates the need to worry about code, tools, data movement or data duplication when creating and sharing data visualizations. RELATED CONTENT: Getting to the root of your data’s history“The vast majority of tools in the business intelligence space struggle with handling rich JSON data that is becoming increasingly common in modern applications. This not only makes it difficult to extract real-time insights, but puts a technical hurdle in front of non-technical teams because there was no easy way to create data visualization without writing code,” said Grigori Melnik, vice president of product, server and enterprise tools for MongoDB. The company explained a key feature of the release is its built-in aggregation functionality, which enables users to process data through a variety of different metrics and calculations. In addition, it handles document-based data such as embedded objects and arrays. Other features include: the ability to connect to any MongoDB instance as a data source, to  visually explore data, share dashboards, track KPIs in real time and work with complex data. “MongoDB Charts natively supports the richness of the document model, including nested and hierarchical data: no more flattening subdocuments and arrays into the tabular structures needed by traditional BI tools. MongoDB Charts makes data manipulation user-friendly by presenting operations that make sense for each data type,” the company wrote on its website. The company is planning on adding an embedded feature to MongoDB Charts to give developers the ability to create visualizations and embed them into their website and apps.last_img read more

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first_imgHard Rock International Taps Yext to Power Brand Verified Answers for Hard Rock Cafe Locations Around the World PRNewswireJuly 12, 2019, 11:01 amJuly 12, 2019 “Hard Rock International has been on the cutting edge for decades, and as technology changes the way we interact with businesses every day, restaurants everywhere need to take control over the facts about them online,” said Wendi Sturgis, Yext’s Chief Client Officer and CEO of Yext Europe. “We’re proud to work with Hard Rock so that when a diner is looking for the great food and classic entertainment experiences that Hard Rock Cafe is known for, they can be confident they are getting accurate, brand-verified answers.”Marketing Technology News: Brave Expands Advertising Platform to Mobile Devices and Launches Brave Ads Certified Vendor ProgramWith Yext, Hard Rock has gained more control over the information guests find online. From search engines like Google, to voice assistants like Siri and Alexa, to Hard Rock Cafe’s own local restaurant pages, guests can find accurate answers about Hard Rock wherever they search.Marketing Technology News: Zeta Global and PlaceIQ Announce Strategic Partnership to Enhance the Zeta Data Cloud Yext, Inc., the platform for Brand Verified Answers in search, announced its work with Hard Rock International to power answers-ready online listings and restaurant pages for Hard Rock Cafe locations globally. By managing restaurant information like locations, hours of operation, and holiday-specific details, the Yext platform allows Hard Rock to deliver facts verified by the brand directly to their searching customers’ fingertips. Hard Rock Cafe locationsHard Rock International tMarketing Technology NewsNewsWendi SturgisYext Previous ArticleStitcher and Wondery Join Forces to Offer UK Advertisers Global Access to Premium ContentNext ArticleIBM Closes Landmark Acquisition of Red Hat for $34 Billion; Defines Open, Hybrid Cloud Futurecenter_img Hard Rock Will Leverage the Yext Platform to Power Answers to Consumer Questions about Locations, Hours of Operation, and Holiday Information in Search “At Hard Rock Cafe, we are always looking for new ways to improve the experience for our guests,” said Stephanie Esposito, Director of Brand Marketing at Hard Rock International. “We’re excited for our partnership with Yext that allows us to improve all aspects of our guests’ experience before choosing to dine with us. The platform gives us the opportunity to provide up-to-date information through various search engines, voice assistants and maps about our innovative new menu that features award-winning Steak Burgers, Instagram-worthy Boozy Milkshakes, Sliders and Shareable offerings, as well as exciting entertainment experiences taking place at Hard Rock Cafe locations around the world.”Marketing Technology News: M-Commerce Not Living up to Consumer Expectations, New Research Findslast_img read more

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first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Mar 4 2019One in four older adults say they feel isolated from other people at least some of the time, and one in three say they lack regular companionship, according to a new national poll.Those feelings of loneliness showed up most in people aged 50 to 80 who also reported they had health issues and unhealthy habits, the poll shows. The new findings amplify research that has shown links between chronic loneliness and health issues ranging from memory loss to shorter lives.In the new poll, people who said they had fair or poor physical health, mental health, or hearing loss were more likely to report that they felt isolated or lacked companions.Meanwhile, people who said they ate healthy diets, exercised, got enough sleep or didn’t use tobacco were less likely to report feelings of loneliness.The new findings come from the National Poll on Healthy Aging, conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, and sponsored by AARP and Michigan Medicine, U-M’s academic medical center.”More than a quarter of poll respondents said they only had social contact once a week, or less, with family members they don’t live with, or with friends and neighbors,” says Erica Solway, Ph.D., the co-director of the poll and a social science researcher. “These results indicate the importance of proactively reaching out to those in your community who may be at risk of feeling isolated and disconnected, especially those with or at risk of health issues.”Poll director Preeti Malani, M.D., who has training in caring for older adults, notes that a growing body of research points to strong connections between health and loneliness – and to positive effects on health from increased social contact through volunteering, taking part in religious or community groups, and other activities.”As we grow older, and mobility or hearing becomes more of a barrier, these poll data show the importance of maintaining and strengthening our ties to other people,” says Malani. “It also suggests that caregivers, spouses and partners, adult children and others involved in older adults’ lives have a role to play in encouraging and facilitating these connections.”Related StoriesNew therapeutic food boosts key growth-promoting gut microbes in malnourished childrenEffective stop smoking treatments less likely to be prescribed to people with mental health conditionsSleep quality and fatigue among women with premature ovarian insufficiency”We know that social isolation and loneliness are as bad for our health as obesity and smoking,” says Alison Bryant, Ph.D., senior vice president of research for AARP. “AARP’s own research shows that older adults who are unpaid caregivers, are low-income, or that identify as LGBT are at an increased risk for chronic loneliness. This is such an important public health issue that AARP Foundation launched Connect2Affect to help combat isolation and loneliness among older adults.”Other key findingsThe poll explored many aspects of social connection and health and asked about feelings of companionship, feelings of social isolation, and social contact among people age 50 to 80. It found: Source:https://labblog.uofmhealth.org/rounds/many-older-adults-especially-those-health-issues-feel-isolated Those who were unemployed, lived in lower-income households, lived alone and/or had one or more children living with them were more likely to say they lacked companionship Living alone was highly associated with feeling lonely; 60 percent of those who lived alone reported feeling a lack of companionship, and 41 percent felt isolated 36 percent of women said they lacked companionship often or some of the time, compared with 31 percent of men 26 percent of adults who said they lacked companionship also said they were in fair or poor physical health, while 13 percent of people who said they hardly ever lacked companionship reported fair or poor physical health Of those who reported feeling isolated, 17 percent had fair/poor mental health, compared to only 2 percent of those who hardly ever felt isolated. One in five respondents who reported feeling socially isolated said they had fair or poor hearing compared to about one in 10 of those who said they hardly ever feel isolated.center_img The National Poll on Healthy Aging results are based on responses from a nationally representative sample of 2,051 adults aged 50 to 80 who answered a wide range of questions online. Questions were written, and data interpreted and compiled, by the IHPI team. Laptops and Internet access were provided to poll respondents who did not already have them.last_img read more

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first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 22 2019Scientists have harnessed powerful data analysis tools and three-dimensional studies of genomic geography to implicate new risk genes for osteoporosis, the chronic bone-weakening condition that affects millions of people. Knowing the causative genes may later open the door to more effective treatments.”Identifying a disease’s actual underlying cause often helps to steer us toward correct, targeted treatments,” said study leader Struan F.A. Grant, PhD, a director of the Center for Spatial and Functional Genomics (CSFG) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). “We have identified two novel genes that affect bone-forming cells relevant to fractures and osteoporosis. Furthermore, the research methods we used could be applied more broadly to other diseases with a genetic component.”Grant and colleagues published their research March 19, 2018 in Nature Communications. He co-led the study with Andrew D. Wells, PhD, an immunology researcher at CHOP and the other director of the CSFG; and Kurt D. Hankenson, DVM, PhD, an expert in bone formation and remodeling at the University of Michigan. Genetics researcher Alessandra Chesi, PhD, also from CHOP, was the first author, along with three additional joint first authors. Grant and Wells also are faculty members in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.The study team investigated genetic loci, or DNA regions, previously established to be associated with bone mineral density in genome-wide association studies (GWAS), both in adults and children. “Scientists have known for some time now that the nearest gene to a variant associated with a disease is not necessarily the cause of the disease,” said Wells. Because GWAS research detects single-base changes in DNA that are usually not located in obvious parts of the genome, much research has turned to the broader context of interactions within the genome–the entire complement of DNA within cells.Sometimes the changes, called single-nucleotide polymorphisms, or SNPs, found in GWAS are located close to a culprit gene. More often the signal comes from a non-coding region of the DNA that regulates another gene that may be thousands of bases away on the DNA sequence. “The geography of the genome is not linear,” said Grant. “Because DNA is folded into chromosomes, parts of the genome may come into physical contact, enabling key biological interactions that affect how a gene is expressed. That’s why we study the three-dimensional structure of the genome.”Related StoriesBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis IndustryOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysIn analyzing how chromatin, the fibers that make up chromosomes, is arranged into specific shapes, spatial genomics offers insight into how genes physically interact with the regulatory regions in DNA that initiate transcription. Transcription is the process in which DNA is copied into RNA, the first event in gene expression.Grant and colleagues used state-of-the-art massively parallel, high-resolution tools to analyze genome-wide interactions in human osteoblasts–bone-forming cells derived from mesenchymal stem cells. Their analytical tools use a “multi-omic” approach, integrating data from the genome sequence and details of chromatin structure to map interactions between potential BMD-related gene promoters and regions harboring genetic variants related to BMD biology.The study pinpointed two novel genes, ING3 and EPDR1, which in turn revealed strong effects on human osteoblasts. “While we’re not ruling out other possible causative genes in these regions, the ING3 gene particularly stood out because we found that the genetic signal at this region was the strongest one associated with bone density at the wrist–the major site of fracture in children,” said Chesi.Hankenson noted, “This suggests to us that follow-up studies investigating biological pathways affected by this gene may present targets for therapies to strengthen bone mineral density and ultimately prevent fractures.” Researchers have long known that bone accrual during childhood may bolster bone health in adulthood. This new line of research may present strategies to build on that knowledge.Grant added that the analytical approach used in this study could have a broader use in studying other genetic diseases–including pediatric conditions. His team is collaborating with researchers at CHOP and other centers to generate atlases of promoter-variant interactions across multiple cell types. “Our hope is that this approach and these atlases could offer up great resources in crafting targeted treatments for many different diseases, including certain pediatric cancers, diabetes and lupus.” Source:https://www.chop.edu/last_img read more

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