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A national priority Alberta sets legal wheels in motion to cut oil

first_imgEDMONTON _ Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and her cabinet have put the legal wheels in motion to begin cutting oil production while calling on the federal government to step up.“We don’t actually need Ottawa’s sympathy. We need Ottawa’s full attention,” Notley said prior to a cabinet meeting Monday morning.The meeting was called to hash out legal directives to give the Alberta Energy Regulator the power to direct oil producers to cut production by 8.7 per cent starting Jan. 1.Notley said it will be a short-term solution designed to be monitored and adjusted monthly as necessary. It ends on Dec. 31, 2019.“We will continue to work with industry to make sure that this curtailment is done in a way that is most effective, and that is responsible and ensures that we don’t curtail one extra drop more than we need to,” said Notley.The market price for Alberta oil rebounded Monday, but the discount Canadian producers have to stomach compared with the price their U.S. counterparts get is still north of $30 a barrel.The glut in reserves driving down prices needs to be addressed before producers begin taking more drastic steps such as slashing capital projects or laying off workers, Notley said.WATCH: Alberta family reacts to oil production cut Federal Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said Monday he is asking the National Energy Board to make sure Canada’s oil pipelines are being used as efficiently as possible. Sohi said he shares Alberta’s frustration about the oil-price crisis and has asked the NEB to report as soon as possible.He said the status quo on Canadian oil shipping cannot continue, but defended his government’s record on pipelines and the oil industry, noting the recent $4.5-billion purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline in a bid to get it expanded despite political controversy.The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which would triple capacity to move oil to the west coast, was approved two years ago, but is now in legal limbo as Ottawa revisits the impacts on First Nations and B.C.’s marine environment.The federal government has not yet decided whether it will contribute anything toward Alberta’s purchase of new rail cars so that two more trains a day can transport crude from Alberta to refineries in Canada and the United States.Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said Alberta’s dilemma is a direct result of the Trudeau government’s failure to get pipelines built while cancelling ones like Northern Gateway.“I believe what we’re seeing is a systematic strangulation of our energy sector by this Liberal government,” Scheer said in Winnipeg._ With files from Mia Rabson in Ottawa and Steve Lambert in Winnipeg Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd said they’ve also talked to Saskatchewan about the cuts and are working together to resolve the price quandary.“This is a national priority, so the more we can get on board the better,” said McCuaig-Boyd. “They’re in the same boat we are. They’re seeing the differential hurting their prices. It’s about jobs there. They’re not as big a player as us, but they’re still a player.”Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said in a statement that the province isn’t considering following Alberta’s example.Saskatchewan’s industry is conventional oil, not oilsands production, Moe said. A mandated cut would have little impact on price, but would prompt job losses and a decline in economic activity, he said.“That said, we understand the actions being taken in Alberta and will be working with our industry partners to ensure Saskatchewan is not undermining these efforts,” said Moe.Alberta’s price cut is rare but not unprecedented — in 1980, Tory premier Peter Lougheed forced oil production cuts to protest then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau and his Liberal government’s national energy program.Notley said a lack of pipeline capacity is a big part of the problem.She announced last week that her government will purchase rail cars to get more oil moving while the province waits for the Enbridge Line 3 and the Trans Mountain expansion to the B.C. coast to come on line.Notley said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government must do its part by rolling back proposed legislation that she says will make it much harder for energy megaprojects to be approved. She said Ottawa must also revisit its proposed tanker ban on the northern B.C. coast and help Alberta with its rail purchase plan.WATCH: Industry reacts to oil cutbackslast_img read more


Five LS seats in West Bengal to go polls in the third phase

first_imgKolkata: Five West Bengal Lok Sabha constituencies – Balurghat, Maldaha North, Maldaha South, Jangipur and Murshidabad will go to the polls in the third phase of elections on Tuesday. The ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, BJP and Congress are the main contenders in the five seats in which the fate of 61 candidates will be decided by a 80,23,852-strong electorate. Four seats will see four-cornered contests between the three parties and the Left. It will be a three-cornered contest in Maldaha South as no Left party is in the fray in the seat. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The constituencies saw high-octane campaigning by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, BJP president Amit Shah and Congress president Rahul Gandhi who raised a series of issues ranging from corruption to communalism, NRC to chitfund scams and development to security, besides infiltration. The TMC has fielded sitting MP Arpita Ghosh against BJP’s Sukanta Majumdar in Balurghat. The Congress has named Sadik Sarkar and RSP, a Left Front constituent, has fielded Ranen Burman. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway In Maldaha North, the TMC has named former Congress MP Mausam Benazir Noor against BJP’s Khagen Murmu, while Congress has nominated Isha Khan Chowdhury and CPI(M) Biswanath Ghosh. Maldaha South will see the ruling party’s Moazzem Hossain locking horns with BJP’s Sreerupa Mitra Choudhury. Congress’s Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury is also in the fray. The CPI(M) has not fielded any candidate. In Jangipur, TMC’s Khalilur Rehman will contest against former president and Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit. The BJP has fielded Mafuja Khatun and the CPI(M) Zulfikar Ali. Abu Taher Khan is the TMC candidate from Murshidabad against BJP’s Humayun Kabir. The Congress has nominated Abu Hena and the CPI(M) named Badruddaza Khan for the seat. The Election Commission will deploy 324 companies of central forces to cover over 92 per cent of the 8528 polling booths in the five Lok Sabha seats to ensure free and fair polling, officials said. Besides general election observers and expenditure observers, the poll panel has for the first time deployed a special police observer and a special observer. In another first, VVPAT will be used in all polling booths along with the EVMs, EC sources said.last_img read more


Yeah we can work with that Potential breakthrough on auto impasse raises

Canadian Press Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he believes agreement on a renewed North American free trade deal between Canada, Mexico and the United States is “eminently possible.”Trudeau is making the comments this morning upon news of a potential breakthrough over U.S. demands about auto-parts rules, as well as a more general thawing of the frosty tone in earlier talks.U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer is to outline his view of NAFTA talks today in the first of two days of testimony before Congress.Is Trump right about a U.S. trade deficit with Canada? It depends who you askPhilip Cross: If Trudeau rejects a ‘bad’ NAFTA deal, he could get something worseCanada’s exclusion from Trump tariffs has NAFTA strings attachedCanada’s ambassador to the U.S., David MacNaughton, suggested his newfound optimism was based on two developments in recent days: progress on the top U.S. priority of auto-parts rules, as well as a more general thawing of the frosty tone in earlier talks.This comes as the United States appears increasingly keen on securing a quick agreement, with an upcoming round in Washington expected to feature a final push to obtain a deal before election campaigns in Mexico and in the U.S. Congress punt the process into 2019.Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., David MacNaughton MacNaughton said the most recent American proposals could help the U.S. achieve its goal of safeguarding auto production there, potentially without a strict American-made content requirement in every car, an idea that has been a source of friction with Canada and Mexico.He cautioned that the autos impasse isn’t completely sorted out yet.“They came back with some ideas that if you take them to their logical conclusion would mean that you wouldn’t need that (American content) requirement,” MacNaughton told reporters after speaking at a Washington gathering of the American Association of Port Authorities.“They put some interesting ideas on the table … which were actually quite creative. To which we sort of said, ‘Yeah, we can work with that.’… Did we get to somewhere where you could shake hands and say, ‘We’ve got a deal?’ Absolutely not… Whether or not we can get there I don’t know. But I took it as being a positive thing that they had another way of getting at that issue.”His assessment came after a discreet high-level meeting.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland did not make any public appearances last week when she was in Washington to meet U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer, who has said he is hoping for an agreement in principle within weeks.While cautioning that the talks can’t be bound by artificial deadlines, MacNaughton said there really is a good-faith effort to get as close to a deal as possible early next month: “We will meet seven days a week, 24 hours a day to make as much progress as we can.”There are rumours of a lengthy, two-week round planned in Washington starting in early April. In the runup, MacNaughton said the countries have not only been meeting in person, but also in phone discussions.“I must say that in the last two weeks the talks that we’ve had … have been more positive than I’ve seen them before,” MacNaughton told Tuesday’s conference.“We still have a long way to go. But certainly the environment is one which is conducive to making a lot more progress in the next short while… I’m optimistic. I am confident that we are going to move forward. … Certainly the environment is conducive to making a lot more progress in the next short while.”He cited two reasons for optimism. In addition to the autos progress, he lauded the attitude around the table recently: “I was encouraged as much by the tone as by the substance.”One autos stakeholder said he’s newly hopeful, too.“We’re optimistic. We’re hopeful about the timeline,” said Flavio Volpe of Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, whose group was recently invited by the U.S. to offer ideas for breaking through the impasse.“Certainly I haven’t said that before.”The White House on Tuesday said little in response to a public observation from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that U.S. President Donald Trump seems to be more enthusiastic about completing a deal.“The president is always enthusiastic about making a good deal, but that would be the key caveat to any conversation, is making sure that whatever deal he makes is good for Americans, and American workers,” said his spokeswomen, Sarah Sanders.MacNaughton also shared an anecdote about the Trudeau-Trump relationship.He described the prime minister attending a meeting of U.S. state governors last summer in Rhode Island, where he also met Mike Pence and he said the vice-president told Trudeau: “‘You know, the president really does like you.”‘MacNaughton joked that the relationship is already good, with common collaboration all over the world, on issues ranging from North Korea to Venezuela, but added: “If they really want to make it an even better relationship we’ll agree on NAFTA.”The Americans will get to tell their side of the story about the state of the talks. Lighthizer has two days of hearings scheduled before the U.S. Congress starting Wednesday, where he is sure to be asked about the NAFTA negotiations. read more


Startup wants to put selfdriving big rigs on US highways

SAN FRANCISCO – Picture an 18-wheel truck barrelling down the highway with 80,000 pounds of cargo and no one but a robot at the wheel.To many, that might seem a frightening idea, even at a time when a few dozen of Google’s driverless cars are cruising city streets in California, Texas, Washington and Arizona.But Anthony Levandowski, a robot-loving engineer who helped steer Google’s self-driving technology, is convinced autonomous big rigs will be the next big thing on the road to a safer transportation system.Levandowski left Google earlier this year to pursue his vision at Otto, a San Francisco startup the he co-founded with two other former Google employees, Lior Ron and Don Burnette, and another robotics expert, Claire Delaunay.Otto is aiming to equip trucks with software, sensors, lasers and cameras so they eventually will be able to navigate the more than 220,000 miles of U.S. highways on their own, while a human driver naps in the back of the cab or handles other tasks.For now, the robot truckers would only take control on the highways, leaving humans to handle the tougher task of wending through city streets. The idea is similar to the automated pilots that fly jets at high altitudes while leaving the takeoffs and landings to humans.“Our goal is to make trucks drive as humanly as possible, but with the reliability of machines,” Levandowski says.That objective probably won’t be reached for decades, despite the progress made with automated passenger vehicles over the past five years, predicts Steven Shladover, program manager for mobility at the University of California’s Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology. He maintains that the technology is still a long way from being reliable enough to convince government regulators that a robot can be entrusted to steer a truck travelling at highway speeds without causing a catastrophic accident.“I don’t want to be on that highway when there is nobody there to take over a truck with 80,000 pounds of cargo and I don’t think I know anyone else who would want to be,” Shladover says. “The consequences of any kind of failure in any component would be too severe.”Google’s self-driving cars have logged about 1.6 million miles in autonomous mode without being involved in an accident that resulted in a deaths or major injuries. Of the more than 20 accidents involving its self-driving cars Google has accepted the blame for only one — a February collision with a bus in Mountain View, California.It would be easier to brush off robot trucks as a far-fetched concept if not for Levandowski’s background.Levandowski has been working on automated driving for more than a decade, starting in 2004 with a self-driving motorcycle called Ghostrider that is now in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. He also designed PriBot, a self-driving Prius that crossed the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to deliver a pizza in 2008 before Google unveiled its fleet of autonomous cars.Otto already has assembled a crew of about 40 employees experienced in self-driving cars to transplant the technology to trucks. With former employees from Google, Apple and Tesla Motors, Otto boasts that its team is made up of “some of the sharpest minds in self-driving technology.”Although only four months old, Otto already has outfitted three big-rig cabs with its automated technology. The company completed its first extended test of its system on public highways in Nevada during the past weekend.Otto went to Nevada because California’s self-driving regulations apply only to passenger cars, forbidding the technology from being used on public roads by commercial trucks or any vehicle exceeding 10,000 pounds.Now, Otto is looking for 1,000 truckers to volunteer to have self-driving kits installed on their cabs, at no cost, to help fine-tune the technology. The volunteer truckers would still be expected to seize the wheel and take control of the truck if the technology fails or the driving conditions make it unsafe to remain in autonomous mode, mirroring the laws governing tests of self-driving cars on public streets and highways.Otto hasn’t set a timetable for completing its tests, but hopes to eventually retrofit all the U.S. trucks on the road. That would encompass more than 4.7 million trucks, according to the American Trucking Associations.The startup touts its technology as way to make up for a worsening shortage of truck drivers as more of them retire without enough younger drivers to replace them. Last year, the shortage stood at 47,500 and, unless recent trends change, will rise to nearly 175,000 by 2024, according to the American Trucking Associations.The trade group hasn’t taken a stand on self-driving technology, but may draw up a policy later this year, said Dave Osiecki, executive vice-president and chief of national advocacy.“We are paying close attention because this could be huge for trucking in terms of labour costs and safety,” Osiecki says.Levandowski insists self-driving trucks aren’t as scary as they might sound. Robot truckers are less likely to speed or continue to drive in unsafe conditions than a human, and will never get tired. Between 10 and 20 per cent of the roughly 4,000 fatal accidents in the U.S. each year involving trucks and buses are linked to driver fatigue, based on estimates gathered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.“It’s really silly to have a person steering a truck for eight hours just to keep it between two lines on the highway,” Levandowski says.___Online:Video of Otto’s self-driving truck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bK76W1kH4jA This Thursday, May 12, 2016, photo shows sensors on top of an Otto driverless truck at a garage in San Francisco. An 18-wheel truck barreling down the highway with 80,000 pounds of cargo and no one behind the wheel might seem reckless to most people, even in an age when a few driverless cars already are cruising some city streets. But robot-loving Anthony Levandowski is betting autonomous big rigs will be the next big thing on the road to creating a safer and saner transportation system. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) Startup wants to put self-driving big rigs on US highways by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted May 16, 2016 10:14 pm MDT Last Updated May 17, 2016 at 2:34 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


Baseball Ohio State brings early confidence into Big Ten opener against Nebraska

Then-junior relief pitcher Seth Kinker delivers a 1-1 pitch to UNCG sophomore second baseman Austin Embler in the top of the sixth inning. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Assistant Sports EditorWith nine wins in the past 10 games, the Ohio State baseball team will begin Big Ten play feeling confident.The red-hot Buckeyes welcome Nebraska (13-12, 1-2 Big Ten) to Columbus Friday night for the first three games of Ohio State’s Big Ten conference schedule, hoping to carry over some of the momentum built up from the team’s out-of-conference success.The Buckeyes’ most recent 19-4 win against Toledo on Thursday only helps matters.“We’ve been playing pretty good baseball,” head coach Greg Beals said. “It was critical to keep that momentum going into conference play this weekend.”Ohio State (17-7) gets production top-to-bottom in the batting order, with five hitters now batting above .310 and seven with double-digit RBI totals. The Buckeyes have averaged 10 runs per game in the past six matchups.Nebraska’s primary strength is its pitching staff, which is headlined by Friday night starter Luis Alvarado and his 3.24 ERA. Junior Matt Waldron adds a 3.27 ERA to the starting rotation while fellow junior Zack Engelken and redshirt freshman Paul Tillotson have provided a combined 26 innings of relief with a cumulative 2.42 ERA. “They’re going to pound the fastball at the bottom of the strike zone,” Beals said. “[Alvarado], their Friday guy, he’s got a real good arm.”Senior right fielder Scott Schreiber provides the bulk of support for Nebraska’s pitching staff, batting .364 with six home runs. Junior catcher Jesse Wilkening (.330, 25 RBIs) and senior outfielder Zac Repinski (.321) also have the potential to damage Ohio State.Outside those three, Nebraska could be at a real disadvantage in terms of quality at-bats throughout the lineup with only one other regular starter batting above .260.Facing that lineup Friday night for the Buckeyes is junior Connor Curlis, who is off to an impressive 4-0 start. Junior Ryan Feltner (2-1) will take the hill Saturday, with redshirt senior Adam Niemeyer (1-2) going on Sunday.“I think that no one on this team is complacent, and I think that’s a big part of how hard we work in the cages, how hard we work in our throwing program,” senior relief pitcher Seth Kinker said. “We’re gonna be ready to play Nebraska.” read more


Footage of man holding pint while escaping London Bridge terror attack goes

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A man caught up in Sunday’s attack in London Bridge has been praised online for ‘defiantly’ leaving the terror scene with his pint still in his hand .last_img


MADS HANSEN – Fighters always win

Man who fought against cancer and returned to handball, Mads Hansen, is for second year in a row with a deserved nomination for HANDBALL PERSON 2013. Great handball stories should be repeated and to learn from them. Mads never gave up in his fight and came back to his job as handball referee even stronger than before, something we wish to everyone that have similar problems… ← Previous Story VELUX EHF F4 – “A place where handball gets another dimension” Next Story → FILIP JICHA – “The solder of his team” MADS HANSEN SUPPORT MADS HANSEN LIKEView Results  Loading …


Career of doing what needed to be done comes to a close

first_imgYACOLT — Tom McDowell’s storied career with Clark County Fire District 13 — then North Country Emergency Medical Service, and then the Volcano Rescue Team — arguably started with a burning chicken coop.He was on his way home from his job as Clark County undersheriff around 1971 when a fire was reported in Yacolt, he recalled.At that point, he said, the town of some 500 people didn’t have much of a fire department.“They set off a siren, someone goes and calls on the telephone, finds out where the fire is, tells everyone where the fire is and where everybody’s supposed to go,” he said of the process.He had some experience as a volunteer firefighter in Oregon and was trying to help a responding deputy coordinate things.“They couldn’t get the firetruck started, so they had to jump-start it with a police car,” McDowell said.By the time he made it to the scene, which was just outside of town, the coop had burned to the ground.If there’s a fire, people expect some kind of response, but there’s only so much a deputy can do, he said. The sheriff’s office decided it couldn’t respond to fires outside the city limits for liability reasons, and he presented the case to the town council.“Of course that didn’t make them feel too good, but we didn’t want our butts hanging out a mile, if you will,” he said.Two days later, McDowell got a call from the mayor with an offer to be the new fire chief. He accepted.“That’s kind of where it started,” he said. “We just built it from there. Did some drills and practice, and things got squared away, and people got some pride in the organization.”last_img read more


Ohio tourist contracts flesheating bacteria while in Florida

first_imgThe Centers for Disease Control say there are 700 to 1200 cases like this a year in the United States. However, they believe it is also under-reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. TAMPA, FLA. (WSVN) – An Ohio man ended up in the hospital after he contracted a deadly flesh-eating bacteria while visiting Florida.According to WFTS, Barry Briggs visited Florida as part of a boating trip in Tampa with his brother-in-law.Briggs said his foot started swelling up after the trip, but he was able to fly back home to Ohio before being rushed to the hospital.While at the hospital, Briggs was diagnosed with narcotizing fasciitis, or a flesh eating infection. Doctors believe the infection was caused by vibrio vulnificus, a bacterium found in saltwater.Briggs nearly lost his foot to the disease, but luckily, doctors were able to save it.“Once this thing took off, and it takes off quickly apparently, it was going one inch an hour up my leg,” Briggs said. “I’m incredibly fortunate to have all my toes, to have my foot, to be alive.”Briggs isn’t the only one to make headlines for contracting a flesh-eating bacteria. Just last week, a Florida fisherman made the news for the very same condition after he nearly lost his hand. last_img read more


Mynampalli launches TRS membership drive

first_imgMalkajgiri: Mainampally Hanmantha Rao, Malkajgiri MLA, started the TRS party membership drive program at SP Nagar of Malkajgiri’s 140th division, organised by the local corporator Jagadish Goud, on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, the MLA said that the welfare schemes initiated by the TRS government in Telangana State have become a role model for other States. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Rao urged the party cadre to explain to the people in their respective areas about the innovative schemes brought about by Chief Minister KCR and conduct membership drives in their areas. He said that KT Rama Rao, working president of the party, would also conduct special membership drives in the city. TRS leaders Baddam Parashuram Reddy, Mohan Reddy, Narsing Madiga, Srikanth, Upender, Satish, Sandhya, Ushasri, Ravi and others also participated in the program.last_img read more


Ep 5 Tropical Storm Allison

first_img– / 5 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:  This article is part of the Hurricane Season podcast Share X As we approach the one year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, the nation’s worst rainstorm, Houston Public Media takes a look back at some of the biggest storms that have impacted the Gulf Coast and its development, policies, and people.On this episode of “Hurricane Season,” host Andrew Schneider examines Tropical Storm Allison.center_img 00:00 /14:29 Listenlast_img


Political Roundup Government Shutdown Continues And Previewing The Year In Politics

first_img Share From the continuing government shutdown, to new leadership taking over in the U.S. House, to leadership changes in Harris County, to a look ahead at the year in politics, Houston Matters breaks down the week’s biggest political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas. In the audio above, we talk it over with Mark Jones from Rice University and political analyst Nancy Sims.last_img


The biggest geeks in sports

first_imgOne of the most interesting cultural movements of the last few decades has been the destruction of the wall between “jocks” and “nerds.” Everybody likes video games and comic books now, even meatheads. But some athletes take their inner geek to the limit, proudly letting their nerd flag fly on and off the field.In the following slideshow, we’ll shatter the jock stereotype into a million shards of Energon as we profile eleven football players, MMA fighters, NBA champions, and more who all get down with the geeky stuff.Some are obsessive comics collectors who visit their LCS every week to pick up their pull list. Some are published sci-fi writers. Some build their own computers. But what unites all of these athletes is that they may well be the biggest geeks in sports. That’s our selection, but we’re sure that in colleges and high schools all across the country there are tremendous physical specimens excelling at both athletics and all-out nerdery. The geek athletes of the future are waiting to be discovered, and we’ll be in the stands cheering when they are. Tim Duncan1/11If you’re going to pick one thing that separates the geeks from the normies, playing Dungeons & Dragons is probably a good place to start. One of the most devoted adventurers in sports was Tim Duncan, who retired this year after a staggering 19 years with the San Antonio Spurs. Duncan’s D&D obsession was common knowledge, but he’s been a geek since way back. In high school, his nickname was “Mr. Spock,” but it quickly changed to “Merlin” after people saw his wizardry on the court. In addition to pen & paper role-playing, Duncan was also a fan of Renaissance fairs. <><>last_img read more


Repurposing dimethyloxalylglycine to inhibit glutamine metabolism

first_img Citation: Repurposing dimethyloxalylglycine to inhibit glutamine metabolism (2018, October 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-repurposing-dimethyloxalylglycine-inhibit-glutamine-metabolism.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain Journal information: Nature Chemical Biology A team of researchers from the U.K. and the U.S. has found that a drug used to study hypoxia can also be used to inhibit glutamine metabolism—a possible means for targeting cancer cells by cutting off their supply line. In their paper published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology, the group explains their study of the drug and its new possible use in targeting tumors. Barbara Nelson, Daniel Kremer and Costas Lyssiotis with the University of Michigan have written a News and Views piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue. Scientists show that drugs targeting tumor metabolism will not stop natural killer cells More information: Louise Fets et al. MCT2 mediates concentration-dependent inhibition of glutamine metabolism by MOG, Nature Chemical Biology (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41589-018-0136-ycenter_img The researchers began their study by noting that a lot of tumors require glutamine to survive—they utilize it in a process called glutaminolysis. Prior research had revealed that glutamine can be involved directly in biosynthetic processes or it can be converted to glutamate. In the latter case, it becomes de-animated to α -Ketoglutarate (αKG)—the de-animation process is sometimes catalyzed by glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH), where KG and ammonia are produced, and at other times by transaminases. Also, noting that αKG is a key feature in relevant metabolic pathways, suggested that its analog, a drug called dimethyloxalylglycine (DMOG) might be useful in inhibiting glutamine used by cancer cells. To find out if this might be the case, the researchers hydrolyzed DMOG, producing methyloxalylglycine (MOG), which incited cytotoxicity when transported by monocarboxylate transporter 2 (MCT2). They report that the end result was a decrease in tricarboxylic acid, which is derived from glutamine. They also found a reduction in mitochondrial respiration and a decrease in ATP production. A closer look showed that the use of MCT2 allowed MOG to gain entry to cells with high enough concentrations to slow the production of enzymes involved in glutamine metabolism. Thus, they report, MCT2 dictates how well NOG can perform in inhibiting glutamine metabolism.The result of the work is the establishment of a new means of causing cytotoxicity, effectively reducing the utilization of glutamine by cells. The next step will be to find out if the inhibition of GDH and isocitrate dehydrogenases by NOG are alone responsible for the cytotoxicity observed or if there are other unknown elements at play. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2018 Phys.orglast_img read more


Find out if your Windows PC is affected by MeltdownSpectre vulnerabilities

first_imgFind out if your Windows PC is affected by Meltdown/Spectre vulnerabilities by Martin Brinkmann on January 05, 2018 in Windows – Last Update: January 12, 2018 – 49 commentsMeltdown and Spectre are designed vulnerabilities in modern processors that allow attackers to read virtual memory arbitrarily. What this means is that attackers may read the memory of computer systems to steal passwords and other sensitive data.The researchers that found the bug identified three variants of it. The first two variants, “bounds check bypass” and “branch target injection” go under the name Spectre, the last, “rogue data cache load,” under the name Meltdown. Both vulnerabilities are described on the official Meltdownattack website. Research papers are linked on the website as well.Affected are processors from Intel, AMD, ARM as well as operating systems and other software programs.Microsoft released an operating system update yesterday to address the issue. It is required however that hardware firmware and other software programs are updated as well to protect against the vulnerabilities. Mozilla released a fix for Firefox 57, and patches for the latest versions of Edge and Internet Explorer are available already as well. Google will patch Chrome when Chrome 64 gets released on January 23, 2018.Microsoft created a PowerShell script that returns whether your Windows PC is still vulnerable or if you don’t have to worry about the vulnerabilities at all.Here is what you need to do:Load an elevated PowerShell prompt. Tap on the Windows-key, type PowerShell, hold down the Shift-key and the Ctrl-key and select the PowerShell entry to load it.Type Install-Module SpeculationControlYou may get a prompt stating that “NuGet provider is required to continue.” Select Y to accept that.You may get a prompt stating that you are installing an “untrusted repository.” Select Y to continue.Type Import-Module SpeculationControl.You may get an error stating that “running scripts” is disabled. If you do, type Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned. Repeat the command Import-Module SpeculationControl.Type Get-SpeculationControlSettings.Tip: You can restore the default ExecutionPolicy setting by running the command Set-ExecutionPolicy Default.The PowerShell script displays information about the vulnerability and available (installed) mitigations at this point.It is a bit hard to read, but true means that protection is available while false means that it is not. If you have installed yesterday’s Windows patch already, you should see some “true” listings there.The script lists suggested actions to mitigation the issues that are still active. It is required to install a BIOS/firmware update to address those. How that is done depends on the manufacturer of the device.Microsoft published additional information here.SummaryArticle NameFind out if your Windows PC is affected by Meltdown/Spectre vulnerabilitiesDescriptionMeltdown and Spectre are design vulneabilities in modern processors that allow attackers to read virtual memory arbitrarily. What this means is that attackers may read the memory of computer systems to steal passwords and other sensitive data.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more


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These emotional signals are what Gottman called "bids" And it turns out that how we respond to bids is the key to successful relationships Sweat the Small Stuff Picture this scene: Your boss is sitting in front of her computer Shes working Or perhaps shes pretending to work when in fact shes updating her Facebook page or reading her emails you know her better than we do so you choose Now imagine yourself entering her office and asking her "Do you want a cup of coffee" Your boss could choose to respond in one of three ways: 1 She could acknowledge your offer in a positive way: "Thats really nice of you Ill have cream and sugar" Or "Thanks but Im OK right now" In psychologist speak this is called a "turning-toward response" or a "toward bid" 2 She could acknowledge your offer in a negative way: "Your coffee is disgusting Ill get it myself" Or "You want to get me a cup of coffee What do you want in return" This is called an "against bid" 3 She could just stay silent or change the subject: "Theres this new film out about the life of the flamingo" This is called a "turning-away bid" By replying she acknowledges that youve spoken but she doesnt engage with what youve said In effect she ignores your bid Whatever response she chooses determines what you do next Consider this for a second Only the first the toward bid is likely to encourage you to make another of your own bids Faced with an against bid or a turning-away bid youre more likely to make an unconscious mental note not to bother offering her a cup of coffee next time Positive bids create a virtuous cycle When you respond to someone with a toward bid the person feels good about him- or herself As a result that person is more likely to make more positive bids which in turn lead to more positive interactions (and more offers of coffee) When you use plenty of bids that move you toward one another research shows that you laugh more support each other more dramatically reduce the odds of divorce and get more sex (That alone makes this post worth reading right) Couples that make more bids toward each other rather than against or turning away are more likely to stay together Gottman discovered that there is a magic ratio: Couples who manage a ratio of five positive (toward) responses to one negative (turning away or against) response are more likely to have a healthy long-lasting partnership Men who ended up divorced generally turned away from their wives bids 82% of the time "whereas men in ultimately stable relationships only ignored their wives’ bids 19% of the time" Women use turning-away responses slightly less often The women who ended up divorced had ignored their husbands bids 50% of the time as opposed to those in ultimately stable relationships who had ignored their husbands bids 14% of the time Bids are present in every relationship At work the ratio of positive to negative bids will affect the quality of your relationship with your boss your peers and those you manage The bid ratio is likely to reflect the difference between those customers or suppliers you look forward to seeing and those you dont If youve ever had a customer who didnt seem to care you know exactly the feeling of a turning-away bid How can we make more effective toward bids Positive bids could be as simple as a laugh a smile a touch The point is acknowledging [W]hatever form it takes this positive response reassures the initial bidder that you have heard and accepted what they say (even if you dont necessarily agree with it) Psychologists have identified four types of positive bids Healthy relationships have a mixture of these Nearly Passive A friendly grunt an affirming "uh-huh" or a gesture of acknowledgment: a nod or a smile (Note: this is a friendly grunt not the "Go away and leave me alone" grunt favored by moody teenagers) Low Energy A few words of acknowledgment"OK" or "sure" or a question to clarify the bid: "Sorry what did you say" Attentive Now youre getting involved These responses indicate sharing opinions thoughts and feelings They include an offer of empathy insight a joke or a question Actions like a good-night kiss or a handshake are also attentive responses High Energy Attentive responses but even bigger with more energy complete attention and full eye contact These are usually enthusiastic responses ("Wow congratulations") High-energy responses are often physical (big hugs sloppy kisses) and loud (hearty laughs giggles) They also have the most positive impact when you get this kind of reaction you really know youve been heard But remember the experience of being greeted by a sloppy dog: too much of this kind of positive attention can be exhausting particularly if the recipient is a rather shy person Most healthy relationships have a ratio of five positive to one negative response There are three simple tips for keeping your approach moving toward rather than away from someone 1 Always respond by showing that youve heard what has been said even if you want to change the subject: "Im so glad that youve found a flat that you like That must be a weight off your mind Ive just finished a new draft of the report so if you have a moment …" 2 Open every conversation with a positive bid In his research remember Gottman found that he could predict with over 90% accuracy the outcome of a relationship based on what he heard in the first 15 minutes of a conversation In many cases the first three minutes gave a strong sense of whether the relationship was going to survive If those first minutes are full of negativity blame and criticism the outcome will be negative as well 3 Even when you vehemently disagree with a persons suggestions say what you like about those suggestions first Establish common ground (eg, These seemingly big moments are not the defining ones that make or break relationships. as well as pull context about their occupation, city of residence and who your mutual friends are.Some legislative leaders want to condense the session into 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