This morning on Sportsday with Russ Hargreaves we continue our build-up to Euro 2016 which starts tomorrow, we’ll be discussing in-depth Maria Sharapova’s ban for two years by the International Tennis Federation for using a prohibited drug and we’ll also look ahead to today’s third test between England and Sri Lanka at Lords.
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A few weeks ago, I decided that a blog about the new Department of Defense act would be worth offering. While quite detailed and lengthy, through this recently passed legislation Congress authorizes, but has not yet appropriated, approximately $717 billion for defense matters contains important provisions relating to military personnel and families.The official name of the legislation, is the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. The late Senator McCain was chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Driving across rural West Virginia and listening to National Public Radio this past weekend, I learned of his dedication to ensuring that annual National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAAs) were passed every year. This was no small accomplishment in a time of political gridlock. After passage by Congress in late July, President Trump signed this year’s legislation into law on August 14.The final bill is over 1,350 pages in length. While much of the content focuses on weapons and defense systems, there is also considerable attention given to personnel and family well-being issues. Because one of the fundamental building blocks in military family readiness relates to a service member’s career and work, this blog focuses on some important personnel policy changes that have been authorized. We also consider efforts to accommodate spousal employment interests and needs.First, some basics. The new legislation authorizes that the size of the overall active duty military be increased by 15,600 to about 1.3 million active duty personnel. This reflects a continuing a trend of focused adjustments to force size in recent years. In last month’s blog, I reviewed active duty assignment patterns from 2016. The act also provides for an across the board 2.6% pay raise. While this may seem small, it is the largest raise in 9 years according to the House Armed Services Committee.The new law offers greater flexibility for both command and personnel in regard to career paths and opportunities. Promotion in the officer ranks will rely less on years of service and instead offer flexibility based on job performance and position needs. While rewarding meritorious service, this will also give the service branches more options in recruiting and retaining needed personnel. Through the “career intermission program,” there are also options for service members to step away from active duty status to pursue professional education, attend to family needs, or to pursue temporary career opportunities outside of the military. As summarized by the Senate Armed Services committee, there is need for consistency and reform in “talent management principles” to better adapt to changing needs in the military and to adjust to competition for skilled professionals in the civilian world.Active duty personnel are often part of dual income families where both partners seek career opportunity and growth. Work and career opportunities for non-active duty spouses is a real and practical concern. For this reason, the new NDDA establishes provisions to assess and promote opportunities for spousal employment. Under Subtitle H, Section 575 of the Act, DOD is mandated to assess the impact that permanent changes of station (PCS) might have on spousal employment. There are concerns that a frequent pace or tempo of transfer between installations or assignments creates further employment and career difficulties for military spouses. There are also provisions for non-competitive appointments to facilitate hiring spouses at installations and with other federal departments and agencies. The new law also calls for improvements in the My Career Advancement Account program that provides educational and training support for spouses. The act also encourages service branches to explore opportunities to promote small business enterprises at installations that might be owned and operated by spouses.When any new law or policy is enacted, it is in our best interest to take context into account. This a point that I have made before in a previous blog. The new NDAA sends a clear message. Congress and the Department of Defense recognize the importance of attracting and retaining a highly skilled military workforce. While the overall size of the active duty military remains relatively stable, the roles and responsibilities of those who are serving are expanding and are ever more demanding. Ours is an increasingly complex world of security threats, defense needs, and technological innovation. For those involved in efforts to support military families, these heightened priorities need to be considered. They create both opportunity and challenge in ensuring that military and family readiness are addressed and sustained in a balanced and effective manner. In future blogs, we will look more closely at some of the caregiving, healthcare, and family well-being issues that have been emphasized in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act. Written by: Christopher Plein, Ph.D. West Virginia University and MFLN Military Caregiving Team
Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Raymar Jose just missed out on a double-double with his 12 points and nine boards in the win.Coach Boyet Fernandez was glad with how Cignal responded from its shock loss to Marinerong Pilipino, 66-65 last Thursday, noting that at the team knows how important the games are especially with the loaded schedule they have in the first three weeks of the tourney.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re just a little tired, but the boys really wanted to get back on the winning track,” he said. “We know that we have to build up wins so that we’ll have a little bit of a buffer.”Potts got things going in the first quarter as he strung eight points to allow the Hawkeyes to take a 22-16 lead before they pulled away in the ensuing frames and grab a lead as high as 25, 64-39, with a Simon Atkins fastbreak with 1:25 left in the third period. Paolo Pontejos got himself going for AMA (0-2) with 24 points, three rebounds, and three assists, while Mario Bonleon went for 13 markers on a dismal 5-of-20 sniping, to go with eight boards in the defeat.Andre Paras impressed in his first game for the Titans, winding up with five points, 10 rebounds, five blocks, and three assists in 34 minutes of play.The Scores:CIGNAL HD 86 – Potts 17, Raymundo 16, Jose 12, Atkins 8, Bringas 7, Cahilig 7, Sumalinog 6, Arboleda 5, Sara 5, Arong 1, Batino 1, Villarias 1, Bartolo 0.AMA 76 – Pontejos 24, Bonleon 13, Subido 11, Villanueva 9, Bragais 7, Paras 5, Jordan 4, Celso 3, Calma 0, Carpio 0, Macaranas 0, Malones 0, Salonga 0.Quarters: 22-16, 44-30, 66-47, 86-76.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Davon Potts. PBA IMAGESCignal HD pounced on AMA Online Education with a wire-to-wire 86-76 victory Tuesday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Davon Potts led the way for the Hawkeyes as he fired 17 points and three rebounds, while Pamboy Raymundo unfurled 16 markers and two assists.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Durant planned for this title months ago in picking Warriors Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? 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 Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View comments
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Kobe Paras relishes representing Philippines Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“At least, the players enjoyed the game. We did try to balance the playing time for everyone so that they’ll be given a chance to play. At least in the end, when it was a close game, we made some stops,” he said.CJ Perez paced the Heroes team, made up of studs from Lyceum, JRU, EAC, Arellano, and Mapua, with 15 points, four rebounds, four steals, three assists, and a block.Jerome Garcia also went 3-of-4 from threes to wound up with nine markers in the defeat.The Scores:SAINTS 84 – Eze 17, Dagangon 14, Nambatac 12, Bolick 7, Quinto 6, Baetiong 6, Mocon 5, Valdez 5, Potts 4, Calvo 3, Domingo 3, Dixon 1, Baytan 0, Castor 0, Ylagan 0.HEROES 80 – Perez 15, Garcia 9, Salado 8, Victoria 7, Flores 6, Mendoza 6, Teodoro 5, Munsayac 5, Grospe 4, Enriquez 4, Bunag 4, Nzeusseu 3, Raflores 3, Onwubere 1, Ayaay 0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Quarters: 23-18, 45-41, 66-64, 84-80. Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion His freebies with 10.4 seconds left sealed the deal for the Saints team, comprised of stars from Perpetual, San Beda, Letran, San Sebastian, and St. Benilde.Gab Dagangon added 14 markers and three boards, while Rey Nambatac had 12 points, three assists, and two rebounds for the Saints.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 Heroes had a chance to tie the game in the final minute, but Tey Teodoro lost the handle on his drive as the Saints secured the steal, before Eze got hacked on his undergoal stab in the last 10 seconds.Coach Boyet Fernandez enjoyed the rare chance to mentor these collection of players. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPrince Eze imposed his presence down low and carried the Saints over Heroes, 84-80, in the 2017 NCAA All-Star Game Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Nigerian big man continued his dominant tear, tallying a double-double of 17 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks to come away with the All-Star MVP award.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
Love snowfall? Except for making people really happy, snowfall now might also generate electricity.Scientists have designed a first-of-its-kind 3D-printed device that can produce electricity from falling snow.Where?The device designed by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).It is just an inexpensive, small, thin and flexible like a sheet of plastic.”The device can work in remote areas because it provides its own power and does not need batteries,” said UCLA’s Richard Kaner, senior author of the research published in the journal Nano Energy.”It’s a very clever device — a weather station that can tell you how much snow is falling, the direction the snow is falling, and the direction and speed of the wind,” Kaner said in a statement.What is the device called?The device is called snow-based triboelectric nanogenerator, or snow TENG and it generates charge through static electricity, produces energy from the exchange of electrons.Science behind it”Static electricity occurs from the interaction of one material that captures electrons and another that gives up electrons,” according to Kaner.”You separate the charges and create electricity out of essentially nothing,” he said.Snow is positively charged and gives up electrons.Silicone — a synthetic rubber-like material that is composed of silicon atoms and oxygen atoms, combined with carbon, hydrogen and other elements — is negatively charged.When falling snow contacts the surface of silicone, it produces a charge that the device captures, creating electricity.”Snow is already charged, so we thought, why not bring another material with the opposite charge and extract the charge to create electricity” said Maher El-Kady, a UCLA postdoctoral researcher. Wow! What an idea!”While snow likes to give up electrons, the performance of the device depends on the efficiency of the other material at extracting these electrons,” he added.advertisement They tried other materials too!After testing a large number of materials including aluminum foils and Teflon, the researchers found that silicone produces more charge than any other material.Do you know that about 30 per cent of the Earth’s surface is covered by snow each winter, during which time solar panels often fail to operate? So, id this gets functional on a large scale, it will definitely change the way we look at electricity currently.The accumulation of snow reduces the amount of sunlight that reaches the solar array, limiting the panels’ power output and rendering them less effective.The new device could be integrated into solar panels to provide a continuous power supply when it snows.What can the device possibly do?The device can easily be used for monitoring winter sports, such as skiing, to more precisely assess and improve an athlete’s performance when running, walking or jumping, Kaner said.It could usher in a new generation of self-powered wearable devices for tracking athletes and their performances, researchers said.The device can also send signals, indicating whether a person is moving. It can tell when a person is walking, running, jumping or marching, they said.The team used 3D printing to design the device, which has a layer of silicone and an electrode to capture the charge.The researchers believe the device could be produced at the low cost given “the ease of fabrication and the availability of silicone,” Kaner said.Also read: Why is NASA returning astronauts to Moon?Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
According to a paper published today in Nature Genetics, researchers part of Project MinE’s global gene sequencing effort, funded by The ALS Association through ALS Ice Bucket Challenge donations, have identified a new ALS gene, NEK1, which now ranks among the most common genes that contribute to the disease, providing scientists with another potential target for therapy development.This was the largest-ever study of familial (inherited) ALS, involved contributions from over 80 researchers in 11 countries, and was led by John Landers, Ph.D., of University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass. and Jan Veldink, Ph.D., of University Medical Center Utrecht, in The Netherlands.ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which leads to total paralysis and death, usually within two to five years of diagnosis. While 10 percent of ALS is familial, meaning it’s genetic, the other 90 percent of ALS cases are considered sporadic, or without a family history. However, it’s very likely that genetics contribute, directly or indirectly, to a much larger percentage of ALS cases.Hundreds of celebrities took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014, including Justin Timberlake, Ben Stiller, Lena Dunham, Chloe Moretz, Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood, Robert Downey Jr, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Adam Levine, Oprah, Demi Lovato, Hilary Duff, Conan O’Brien and many others“The discovery of NEK1 highlights the value of ‘big data’ in ALS research,” said Lucie Bruijn, Ph.D., M.B.A. “The sophisticated gene analysis that led to this finding was only possible because of the large number of ALS samples available,” she said. “The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge enabled The ALS Association to invest in Project MinE’s work to create large biorepositories of ALS biosamples that are designed to allow exactly this kind of research and to produce exactly this kind of result.”The ALS Association announced funding for Project MinE, an international effort to sequence the genomes of at least 15,000 people with ALS, in October 2014, which established the U.S. arm of the initiative with Dr. Landers’ research efforts. Project MinE was the brainchild of entrepreneur, and person living with ALS, Bernard Muller, who, along with another patient, Robbert Jan Stuit, saw an opportunity to expedite genetic understanding of the disease after a tour of a Research ALS Center in the Netherlands where thousands of DNA samples were stored and not being used because it was too expensive to do the research the Center wanted to do.According to Muller, “The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge enabled us to secure funding from new sources in new parts of the world. Thankfully, The ALS Association brought Project MinE to the United States. This transatlantic collaboration supports our global gene hunt to identify the genetic drivers of ALS. I’m incredibly pleased with the discovery of the NEK1 gene adding another step towards our ultimate goal, eradicating this disease from the face of the earth.NEK1 was discovered through a genome-wide search for ALS risk genes in over 1,000 ALS families, and was independently found through different means in an isolated population in The Netherlands. Further analysis in over 13,000 sporadic ALS individuals compared to controls again revealed an overrepresentation of variants in the same gene. The variations discovered in the gene sequence are predicted to lead to gene loss of function. NEK1 is known to have multiple roles in neurons, including maintenance of the cytoskeleton that gives the neuron its shape and promotes transport within the neuron. In addition, NEK1 has roles in regulating the membrane of the mitochondrion, which supplies energy to neurons and in repairing DNA. Disruption of each of these cellular functions through other means has been linked to increased risk of ALS.“Global collaboration among scientists, which was really made possible by ALS Ice Bucket Challenge donations, led to this important discovery,” said Dr. Landers. “It is a prime example of the success that can come from the combined efforts of so many people, all dedicated to finding the causes of ALS. This kind of collaborative study is, more and more, where the field is headed.”Understanding NEK1’s role in disease will provide an important new target for therapy development. The ALS Associations is currently funding Drs. John Landers and Catherine Lutz, Jackson Laboratories, to develop novel mouse models to better understand the consequences of the loss of the protein’s function for the ALS disease process. They will provide rapid access to these models for the broader ALS research community as soon as they are generated. These tools are important for ALS drug development.Funding for Project MinE also came through The ALS Association Georgia Chapter, The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter and New Amsterdam City Swim.This August, The ALS Association is seeking to raise awareness and funds to finish what the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge started in 2014: an end to ALS. The new campaign, called Every Drop Adds Up, pays homage to the Ice Bucket Challenge, visually emphasizes the now iconic “bucket,” and builds on the idea that when people come together they can make big, impossible things happen. Visit www.everydropaddsup.org to learn more.