In Asia, Walker’s gasline team gets audience but no deals

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Energy & Mining | State GovernmentIn Asia, Walker’s gasline team gets audience but no dealsOctober 1, 2016 by Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau Share:Alaska Gasline Development Corp. President Keith Meyer, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Andy Mack discuss meetings with potential buyers of Alaska’s LNG during a press conference on Friday in Anchorage. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Gov. Bill Walker and several of his energy advisers returned this week from a journey to Singapore and South Korea.The trip comes as the state’s lead partners, ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips, are backing out of the Alaska LNG megaproject the state is preparing to take over.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Walker says over the last 10 days, his team had 20 meetings with ambassadors from Japan, Qatar, Singapore and others.They’re working to raise awareness and market the $45 billion to $65 billion Alaska LNG project.And, while they didn’t return with any firm commitments to buy into the project, Alaska Gasline Development Corp. President Keith Meyer said the team made progress.“I would say we moved the ball quite a bit. Now we didn’t sign MOUs (memorandums of agreement) and we’re a little ways from that. What we’re doing now is raising awareness. Also correcting, as the governor indicated, correcting some misperceptions out there that the project had stopped. There were some bad headlines preceded us,” Meyer said.As the state seeks buyers for North Slope natural gas, it must also continue with the regulatory process of permitting the massive project. And it’s unclear exactly how much that’s going to cost the state.Meyer said the team is working on budget scenarios for different levels of activity, including further engineering work. Though, he says that work takes a lower priority to getting permits and finding funding for the project.Walker said he confirmed in several meetings that it’s still possible to complete the project by 2025.Walker and Meyer are aiming to get firm commitments and contracts from buyers within a year.It’s unclear if the state will move into the next phase of the pipeline, which would require financing an estimated $2 billion in final engineering and design plans.The state’s financial resources are strained with multibillion-dollar deficits and it’s unknown if the legislature would continue appropriating funds for the project.But Walker said he thinks the legislature is just as focused on selling the state’s gas as his administration.“Given our financial situation, some have said, ‘Can we really afford to do this?’” he said. “And I guess, I’d say, ‘Can we really afford not to do this?’”Walker plans to be in Asia again in November to speak in Tokyo.Share this story:last_img read more

Watch: Episode 1: Could playing a dolphin in a video game help stroke patients recover?

first_imgI recently visited Krakauer and his colleagues at their lab in Baltimore to see what they were up to. Their research is the focus of the inaugural episode of “Science Happens,” a monthly video series in which I’ll be exploring labs and diving into the latest findings.If you’d like to suggest a lab where existing research is going on for a future episode of Science Happens, please drop me a note.advertisement Science Happens!Watch: Episode 1: Could playing a dolphin in a video game help stroke patients recover? By Carl Zimmer March 25, 2016 Reprints Episode 1: Could playing a dolphin in a video game help stroke patients recover?Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Link EmbedCopiedLive00:0004:5304:53  John Krakauer, a neuroscientist at Johns Hopkins University, has spent much of his career treating people with strokes. But he’s the first person to tell you that stroke rehab can be really lousy. Sometimes he likes to use the word medieval.It’s not that stroke rehab involves bleeding a patient or prescribing the eye of a newt. The problem is that current treatments don’t take into account the latest research on what happens to the brain during and after a stroke. Rehab is often focused on just a few survival skills, like holding a spoon to eat. Many stroke victims only make partial recoveries and are never the same again.Krakauer, the director of Johns Hopkins’s Center for the Study of Motor Learning and Brain Repair, wants to treat patients in a fundamentally different way: using video games to reteach the brain how to control the body.advertisementcenter_img This story originally published on Nov. 13, 2015. Tags brainneurologyrehabstroke In a new video series by STAT, Carl Zimmer takes viewers inside labs where promising research is taking place. In this episode, he visits Johns Hopkins University Medical Center where Dr. John Krakauer is treating stroke patients with a video game. Matthew Orr/STATlast_img read more

$900 Million Allocated for Hurricane Emergency Assistance

first_imgRelated$900 Million Allocated for Hurricane Emergency Assistance Related$900 Million Allocated for Hurricane Emergency Assistance Advertisements $900 Million Allocated for Hurricane Emergency Assistance UncategorizedApril 2, 2008center_img Related$900 Million Allocated for Hurricane Emergency Assistance FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Transport and Works has been allocated $900 million to fund the Emergency Assistance for Hurricane.As revealed in the 2008/09 Estimates of Expenditure which is now before the House of Representatives, the project seeks to restore flood damaged areas to pre-flood conditions in order to facilitate normal maintenance.Anticipated physical targets for the new financial year include the commencement of civil works in areas of Bog Walk, Roselle and Manchioneal.The project is funded by the Government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).last_img read more

Voice to Parliament

first_imgVoice to Parliament South Australia today takes its first step in establishing a Voice to Parliament.The State’s Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement, Dr Roger Thomas, will give a historic address to the House of Assembly.Dr Thomas will present a report on his activities over the past two years.A major part of his work has been Aboriginal engagement reform.The Premier’s first two-year Aboriginal Affairs Action Plan released in December 2018 committed to developing a model to enable better engagement between the Government and Aboriginal communities and for Aboriginal voices to be more represented in government decision-making.During development of the new model, the existing South Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council has been meeting twice a year with the full Cabinet and more regularly with individual ministers and senior agency officials to provide advice across all portfolios.The Commissioner’s report discusses the progress made in developing the new engagement model which will result in the initial establishment during 2021 of a half-elected, half-appointed body.As the Commissioner’s report comments about the new model: ‘It will be a voice of the Aboriginal community to the Parliament of South Australia.’Premier Steven Marshall said it was important that the Parliament, as well as the Government, was regularly and directly informed about the issues of interest and concern to Aboriginal people.“I therefore welcome this first report by Dr Thomas which provides frank commentary on a number of issues of concern as well as discussion about policies and programs to improve the lives of Aboriginal South Australians,” Premier Marshall said.“COVID-19 has caused some delay in consultation with Aboriginal communities about the new engagement model but as we move to its establishment, the Government will ensure adequate resources are provided to enable regular engagement with the Parliament as well as government ministers and agencies.” /Public News. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Aboriginal, Assembly, AusPol, Australia, Australian, Cabinet, Commissioner, community, council, covid-19, Government, house, parliament, Premier, reform, resources, SA Government, South Australialast_img read more

CU study relies on twins and their parents to understand height-IQ connection

first_imgCategories:AcademicsScience & TechnologyEducation & OutreachCampus CommunityNews Headlines Published: Aug. 27, 2013 “Not just in humans but also in animals, you see that traits that are sexually attractive tend to be correlated,” said Matthew Keller, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at CU-Boulder and lead author of the study appearing in the journal PLOS Genetics. “So if you have animals that are high on one sexually selected trait they are often high on other ones, too. And the question has always been, ‘What’s the cause of that?’ And it has always been very difficult to tease apart the two potential genetic reasons that those could be related.” Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The fact that taller people also tend to be slightly smarter is due in roughly equal parts to two phenomena—the same genes affect both traits and taller people are more likely than average to mate with smarter people and vice versa—according to a study led by the University of Colorado Boulder. The study did not find that environmental factors contributed to the connection between being taller and being smarter, both traits that people tend to find attractive.The modest correlation between height and IQ has been documented in multiple studies stretching back to the 1970s. But the reasons for the relationship between the two traits has not been well understood.The technique developed by the researchers at CU-Boulder to tease out those reasons may open the door for scientists to better understand why other sexually selected traits—characteristics that individuals find desirable in mates—tend to be linked. People who are attractive because of one trait tend to have other attractive traits as well.“Not just in humans but also in animals, you see that traits that are sexually attractive tend to be correlated,” said Matthew Keller, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at CU-Boulder and lead author of the study appearing in the journal PLOS Genetics. “So if you have animals that are high on one sexually selected trait they are often high on other ones, too. And the question has always been, ‘What’s the cause of that?’ And it has always been very difficult to tease apart the two potential genetic reasons that those could be related.”The key to the technique developed by Keller, also a fellow at CU-Boulder’s Institute for Behavioral Genetics, and his colleagues is using data collected about fraternal twins, identical twins and, importantly, their parents.It has been common in the past to use information about identical twins and fraternal twins to determine whether a particular trait is inherited, caused by environmental factors or affected by some combination of both. This kind of twin study assumes that each twin grows up with the same environmental factors as his or her sibling.If a trait that’s present in one twin is just as often present in the other — regardless of whether the twins are fraternal or identical — then the trait is likely caused by environmental conditions. On the other hand, if a trait is generally found in both identical twins but only in one of a set of fraternal twins, it’s likely that the trait is inherited, since identical twins have the same genetic material but fraternal twins do not.Similar studies also can be done for linked traits, such as height and IQ. But while scientists could determine that a pair of traits is passed down genetically, they could not further resolve whether inherited traits were linked due to the same genes influencing both traits, called “pleiotropy,” or because people who have those traits are more likely to mate with each other, known as “assortative mating.”The new CU-Boulder study solves this problem by including the parents of twins in its analysis. While this has occasionally been done in the past for single traits, information on parents has not previously been used to shed light on why two traits are genetically correlated.  In part, that’s because existing twin registries, where information for heritability studies is drawn, don’t often contain information on the parents.Additionally, creating the computer programs that are necessary to crunch the data for multiple traits from twins and their parents in order to understand environmental effects and both types of genetic effects is difficult.“These designs have never taken off because they’re very difficult to code,” Keller said. “It’s a challenge. They’re very complicated models.”For this study, the research team used data collected from 7,905 individuals — including twins and their parents — by the Colorado Twin Registry at CU-Boulder and the Queensland Twin Registry at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Australia.Keller and his colleagues found that for the twins in their study, the correlation between height and IQ was not impacted by environmental conditions. Though Keller cautions that in societies where there is more nutritional variation among families, environmental factors could come into play.The research team found that pleiotropy and assortative mating were about equally responsible for the genetic connection between height and IQ.“It does look like there are genes that influence both height and IQ,” Keller said. “At the same time, it also looks like people who are taller are slightly more likely to choose mates who are smarter and vice versa. Such mate choice causes ‘IQ genes’ and ‘tall genes’ to become statistically associated with one another. There are a lot of exceptions, but there’s a statistical relationship that does happen more than would be expected by chance.”Now that the CU-Boulder team has built a computer model that is capable of disentangling the causes for linked traits, Keller said he hopes twin registries will begin to collect more data from parents and that other people in the field take advantage of the model.Contact: Matthew Keller, [email protected] Laura Snider, CU media relations, [email protected]last_img read more

From Dean Adler: Checking in, entering the spring semester homestretch

first_imgPublished: April 24, 2020 Dear graduate students,As we enter the home stretch of the semester, I hope you are all healthy and safe. I continue to be inspired by the resiliency of our students, faculty and staff.We recently reached out to you with information about adjustments to the spring 2020 semester, along with easing registration requirements for students who have shifted their graduation from spring to summer. However, as we look toward the end of the spring semester, some of you may be thinking more long-term about your degree progress. For some, this semester’s disruption may necessitate extending your time to degree; for those students, the Graduate School will approve a one-year increase in the time limit. As a reminder, the Graduate School’s time limit is six years for doctoral students and four years for master’s students. Students who may need an extension should request that through the existing process. International students should consult with the ISSS with regard to extensions of immigration documents. The Graduate School also recognizes that some students may need to take a leave of absence due to extenuating circumstances, and they may do so via the normal leave-of-absence process. Doctoral students who have passed the comprehensive examination are also eligible to request leave related to COVID-19 circumstances.For those students considering job prospects after graduation, we’ve recently updated our online resources related to professional development. In particular, we’ve added some information from Career Services that may be helpful. Alaina Nickerson, assistant director for graduate students with Career Services, has created a video and PowerPoint presentation that explains how services are now being conducted remotely. The presentation also provides general national and statewide data on current hiring and employer surveys. The Graduate School continues to offer a number of online support services, including our Grad+ seminar series, writing support and professional development workshops. Please keep an eye on our calendar for details. As always, remember to stay in touch with your advisors, mentors, graduate program assistants and fellow students. Even though we are not together, we remain a strong community. In addition, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) continues to provide a number of resource for all students; please check the CAPS site to see everything they offer.We are regularly updating the FAQs on the Graduate School website that detail changes to policy and new resources related to COVID-19. As well, please see the Coronavirus Updates and Resources page for universitywide updates. If you have additional questions, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] We will continue to communicate as more information becomes available. In the meantime, take care of yourselves and stay healthy, safe and productive.Sincerely,E. Scott Adler Dean of the Graduate School Vice Provost for Graduate Affairs Professor of Political ScienceTags:Dean’s Messagelast_img read more

JUTC to Introduce Cash-Less System Soon

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, says the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will be introducing a cash-less system on its buses in short order. Under the new system, commuters will pay using a SmarterCard, which is expected to be more comprehensive than the SmartCard payment method, first introduced by the company 10 years ago.         Under the new system, commuters will be able to top-up their SmarterCards at over 1,000 outlets. Minister Davies was speaking at a handing-over ceremony for 10 new Volvo buses by the JUTC to the island’s security forces, at the company’s Spanish Town Depot, in Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, on September 7. He further informed that the JUTC will also be introducing a ‘Park and Ride’ bus system in the municipality of Portmore, St. Catherine, to facilitate motorists who wish to access the public transportation system. “I draw attention to how effective the ‘Park and Ride’ was during the Independence celebrations, and so we’d like to do that as part of the normal transportation from Portmore into Kingston,” he said. Dr. Davies said the Ministry will provide further information on the proposed service in short order. RelatedJUTC to Introduce Cash-Less System Soon RelatedJUTC to Introduce Cash-Less System Soon RelatedWork Commences on Granville to Retirement Road in St. Jamescenter_img JUTC to Introduce Cash-Less System Soon TransportSeptember 11, 2012 Advertisementslast_img read more

Man kicks Comfort Inn light fixture until it breaks

first_imgHomeNewsCrimeMan kicks Comfort Inn light fixture until it breaks Feb. 06, 2016 at 6:30 amCrimeMan kicks Comfort Inn light fixture until it breakseditor5 years agocrimejace mastellake arrowheadNewspoliceSanta Monicasanta monica boulevardSanta Monica Crimesanta monica newssanta monica policesmpd On Jan. 26 at approximately 11:20 p.m., Santa Monica police officers on patrol in the 2800 block of Santa Monica Boulevard observed two men walking down the sidewalk kicking traffic cones.As the two continued walking, one man, later identified as Jace Mastel, 25, of Lake Arrowhead, began to kick the light fixtures in front of the Comfort Inn hotel. As officers continued to observe Mastel, he continued to kick the fixtures to the point that the light bulbs blew out.The hotel manager came out and began to yell at Mastel and Mastel began to run. Mastel was arrested for vandalism and warrants. Bail was set at $31,500.Note: Crime Watch is culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.Tags :crimejace mastellake arrowheadNewspoliceSanta Monicasanta monica boulevardSanta Monica Crimesanta monica newssanta monica policesmpdshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentA field of dreams that Santa Monica must buildSuper Bowl 50: Santa Monica High grad keeping an eye on the adsYou Might Also LikeBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press16 hours agoBriefsNews“Righting Our Wrongs” performance on June 11Guest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsSEATTLE Feds plan to curtail West Coast salmon fishing to help orcasGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsBeach House Begins Community Re-Opening June 15Guest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsInput Invited for Marine Park Improvement ProjectsGuest Author2 days agoBriefsNewsPublic Health Emphasizes the Importance of Vaccinations as Distancing and Masking Guidelines Relax Next WeekGuest Author2 days agolast_img read more

Weekley 1 back; Scott 3 back at Aussie PGA

first_imgGOLD COAST, Australia – South Korea’s Jin Jeong birdied three of the six holes he played Friday to conclude his first round for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead at the weather-delayed Australian PGA. Jeong was one of 78 players forced to conclude their rounds beginning at 5:30 a.m. Friday at Royal Pines after two suspensions due to lightning on Thursday. He was at 4-under after 12 holes when play was stopped Thursday. American Boo Weekley was a stroke behind Jeong after a 66 that he completed on Thursday, with a group including defending champion Adam Scott three behind the leader. Jeong began his second round shortly after completing his first, forcing him to play a scheduled 24 holes Friday, although there were more storms forecast for the area. (The previous version of this story stated around 50 players had to conclude their round Friday.)last_img read more

Whitefish Movie Theater Closes

first_img Email The owner of Whitefish’s Mountain Cinema 4 is closing the four-screen theater due to a combination of declining revenue, rising rent and the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.Like most movie theaters in Montana, the Mountain Cinema had been closed since March. While Gov. Steve Bullock announced earlier this month that theaters could reopen as long as they follow social distancing guidelines, Becky Dupuis, whose family’s company, Polson Theatres Inc., has owned the Whitefish movie house since the 1980s, said Mountain Cinema would not be among those reopening. Even before the pandemic, the Whitefish cinema had been struggling to turn a profit, Dupuis said. In fact, of Polson Theatres’ nearly dozen venues (the company also has theaters in Polson, Cut Bank, Dillon, Glasgow, Havre, Lewistown, Ronan, Wolf Point and Salmon, Idaho), Whitefish has always been one of the worst performers financially.That’s because as studios increase the fees they charge to show their films, movie theaters need to rely on concession sales to stay in the black. Of all of Polson Theatres’ locations, the Whitefish cinema is the one of the few located directly next to a grocery store (actually in the same building), so it’s easy for people looking to save a few bucks to go next door, buy their snacks and sneak them into the show. Unfortunately, that taste for frugality has a price, Dupuis said.“We’ve been struggling in Whitefish for a long time and unfortunately the pandemic pushed us over the edge,” she said.Dupuis said that her father purchased his first theater in 1971 and, in the ensuing decades, expanded the business across Montana. The family has been the sole owners of the Whitefish cinema since the mall opened in the early 1980s.Since word started spreading around town that the Whitefish cinema was about to close, Dupuis said a number of interesting parties have approached her about buying the theater. However, time is of the essence. Dupuis said the family plans to take the screens, projection equipment, seats and more from the Whitefish theater to furnish its soon-to-be-expanded Polson theater. Currently, the theater there has just two screens, but at the end of the summer it will have six. If they were able to sell the Whitefish theater to a new owner, they would have to go elsewhere to find equipment for the Polson expansion, but Dupuis said her family would be OK with that.“I’d really hate to see the theater close in Whitefish,” she said. “I just really hope we can figure something out because it just breaks my heart to close a theater.” Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more