Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the news blackout imposed by the Chinese authorities on a visit by North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, which no Chinese news media has mentioned. One official after another at every level has repeatedly denied that any such visit is taking place.“This is not so much a lack of transparency as an orchestrated state lie to protect the planet’s worst dictator,” the press freedom organisation said. “Are the Chinese authorities ashamed of their troublesome ally.”Kim arrived in China in his armoured train on 10 January. Today (13 January) he is said to be in southern China visiting the city of Shenzhen, the symbol of Chinese capitalism. The Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported that Kim stayed in the White Swan Hotel in Guangzhou. All other visitors were asked to leave the hotel, which – according to the receptionists – was full.There are many accounts confirming the visit, despite the denials by Chinese and North Korean diplomats. A Japanese commercial TV station today broadcast footage shot clandestinely that showed Kim outside a luxury hotel in Guangzhou. Agence France-Presse reporters meanwhile confirmed the existence of extraordinary security measures around the hotel. A North Korean diplomat told the Russian news agency Interfax that, “none of our government figures is currently in China.” At a press briefing yesterday, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said: “I know that you are all very interested in knowing (where Kim is) but for the time being I have nothing. Each country has its own way of giving out information.”For “security” reasons, the Chinese government usually does not announce a visit by Kim until he has already returned home. The North Korean media never mention visits by the “Dear Leader” until the day afterwards. ChinaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the news blackout on North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il’s visit to China, which began on 10 January. Both the Chinese and North Korean governments have denied the visit is taking place, although a Japanese commercial TV station today broadcast footage of Kim outside his hotel in Guangzhou. Other foreign media have confirmed Kim’s presence in China. ChinaAsia – Pacific News April 27, 2021 Find out more January 13, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government lies used to conceal visit by North Korea’s “Dear Leader” RSF_en Help by sharing this information News News to go further China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China News Receive email alerts Organisation China’s Cyber Censorship Figures March 12, 2021 Find out more
View post tag: USS View post tag: usa Authorities View post tag: Gettysburg Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Gettysburg Welcomes Aboard US Ambassador to France View post tag: Navy View post tag: Ambassador Guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) hosted United States Ambassador to France and Monaco Charles Rivkin Aug. 6 during a port visit to Marseille, France.Rivkin toured Gettysburg’s engineering spaces, mess decks, and combat information center (CIC), which showcased the capabilities of a fully-equipped, modern cruiser. “When we operate in theater, the opportunity to meet the individuals we support is always welcome,” says Chief Operations Specialists Laurence Walton, leading chief petty officer in CIC. “Showing them our capabilities and what we bring to the table allows both of us to do our jobs more efficiently.”Gettysburg was joined in Marseilles by aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).Gettysburg is deployed as part of Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Press Release, August 12, 2013 View post tag: France View post tag: US USS Gettysburg Welcomes Aboard US Ambassador to France View post tag: Defence View post tag: Guided-missile August 12, 2013 View post tag: Aboard View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defense View post tag: Cruiser View post tag: welcomes Share this article
Stanley Cauvain, Linda YoungWoodhead Publishing, £135This is the sequel to no prizes for solving this poser Baking Problems Solved. Written in a Q&A format, and taken in one sitting, it reads like a bad day at the bakery. A lot of those niggly little problems you have with everyday baking crop up here. For example, when you bake muffins and the tops rise and lean to one side, making them look more like X-Factor’s Jedward than an appealing product, it’s all down to not controlling the heat in the oven and leaving enough space between products and tins to allow airflow. From unwelcome holes in bread to shrinking biscuits, chances are at least one of the issues cropping up here have flummoxed your operatives at one time or another, which makes this book such a fascinating resource.With an unparalleled expertise in the trade, as former scientists at Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association (now Campden BRI) and current bakery consultants working in the industry, Cauvain and Young tackle the big issues as well. How do you reduce the level of fat in your biscuit recipes? What alternatives are there to sodium chloride in baked products? What are the possible alternatives to chemically based preservatives? And how do you make gluten-free products?There are also answers to those questions that you want to know, but are too embarrassed to ask, like: what are farls and how do you make them? Erm, we did know that. Honestly…
The Dickinson & Morris Melton Mowbray Pork Pie made by Walkers Charnwood Bakery has taken the supreme champion title at the British Pie Awards.The PGI-protected pie, which was described by the judges as “outstanding”, took the top accolade against 897 pies at the ninth annual British Pie Awards.Head judge Ian Nelson from Hovis and deputy head judge Steve Barnes, from Slattery’s in Bury, had the responsibility of picking this year’s champion from the 21 class winners.Commenting on the winning pie, Nelson said: “It’s an outstanding pie: a good even bake with wonderfully crisp pastry and a beautifully seasoned, perfectly balanced filling – we just wanted to keep eating it!”The awards, held during British Pie Week, received entries from a record 154 producers from across the country.Nearly 900 pies, including over 200 beef or steak pies, 90 pork pies, 137 chicken pies and 46 pasties, were judged by more than 100 judges.Matthew O’Callaghan, chairman of the British Pie Awards, said: “The calibre of entries this year was outstanding. The recipe innovation was remarkable, reinventing the British classic with an innovative variety of filling combinations, spices and sauces.”Full list of winners:Supreme champion: Dickinson & Morris Melton Mowbray Pork Pie by Walkers Charnwood BakerySmall Producer: Chicken Pie by Ben’s KitchenChampion Melton Mowbray Pork Pie: Dickinson & Morris Melton Mowbray Pork Pie by Walkers Charnwood BakeryChampion Pork Pie: Walkers Fluted Pork Pie 440g by Walker & SonChampion Steak & Kidney Pie: Steak & Kidney Pie by Jon Thorner LtdChampion Beef & Any Flavour Pie: Beef in Red Wine with Roasted Marrow Bone Nice PieChampion Beef & Ale Pie: Walkers Steak & Ale Pie by Walker & SonChampion Beef & Cheese Pie: Steak & Stilton Pie by Camilleri Kitchen LtdChampion Meat & Potato Pie: Meat & Potato Pie by Robert Bowring Farmers & ButchersChampion Lamb Pie: Shredded Lamb Ragu Pie by John Lawsons ButchersChampion Chicken Pie: Chicken Pie by Ben’s KitchenChampion Chicken & Vegetable/Herb Pie: Chicken & Black Garlic Pie by Nice PieChampion Chicken & Other Meat Pie: Chicken, Gammon & Mushroom Pie by Nice PieChampion Speciality Meat & Game Pie: Mixed Game Pie with a Thyme Suet Crust by The Pie LifeChampion Savoury Pie: Morrisons Pork, Chicken & Ham 3lb Deli Pie by Walker & SonChampion Fish Pie: Marks and Spencer Cod & Minted Pea Pie by Yorkshire BakerChampion Vegetarian Pie: Sweet Potato, Fennel & Goat’s Cheese Pie by MyPieChampion Pasty: Creamy Chicken with Cranberry & Walnut Pasty by Cossack CuisineChampion Dessert Pie including Bramley Apple: Traditional Bramley Apple Pie by Boghall ButchersChampion Pub Pie: Gammon & Mushy Pea Pie by Dunkleys LtdChampion Sports Pie: Highland Top Rump & Dark Ale Pie by Turners PiesChampion Free-From Pie: Gluten-Free Bramley Apple Pie by The Rutland Pie CoChampion Regional Pie: Chicken & Sausage Meat Pudding Pie by Great Walsingham Barn Cafe
The Western world takes clean water for granted. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the precious liquid flows with the twist of a tap, instantly ready for a drink or a shower.But those living in developing nations know differently. “Do we have water?” is often the question on people’s lips in New Delhi, said artist Atul Bhalla, who grew up in the Indian capital where access to clean water has been a problem for decades. Water in the rapidly expanding city remains scarce and available only twice a day, in the morning and at night.As a child in the city, Bhalla recalled how residents were only allowed water once a day. As a man, he was enthralled when he sampled his neighborhood’s first swimming pool.His personal experience has informed much of his art. His projects involve sculpture, photography, installations, and video that explore water in its historic and cultural contexts and that strive to raise consciousness about dwindling access to the vital resource.On a wall in the Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum is one of Bhalla’s efforts from 2005, a series of 14 self-portraits of the artist submerging himself in a placid river. The background’s muted colors and the reflection of Bhalla’s face and shaven head in a flat mirror of water lend the shots an otherworldly, almost spiritual quality. But the work’s title, “I Was Not Waving But Drowning II ”(borrowed from a work by the English poet Stevie Smith that tells of a man struggling in the ocean and frantically waving for help to those on shore), hints at something darker and poses lingering questions for the viewer.Bhalla was brave to take the plunge. The river is the Yamuna, the largest tributary of the Ganges, and while Hindu teaching says that anyone who dips in its sacred waters will not fear death, it is toxic from years of pollution.During a gallery talk on March 2, the artist discussed his work with a small crowd as part of the museum’s Two-Point Perspective series, which considers objects from additional vistas.Explaining his creative process for the project, Bhalla said he and a friend took the shots on a cold, early December morning in the town of Jagatpur, where Delhi’s drains empty into the Yamuna, filling it with raw sewage and industrial waste. His friend first snapped shots of Bhalla from the shore, but was only able to capture the top of the artist’s head. So he stripped down and joined Bhalla in the water, where he took the photos at eye level.Bhalla said he had to “become one with the water” to remain still enough to achieve the desired mirrorlike effect and to come to terms with being in the polluted river. He also addressed the ambiguity of the photographs and the work’s title, admitting that his creations allow for various interpretations.“I leave the viewer with a question, so that the work lives on within” them.During a discussion on March 3, a panel of scholars reflected on the work. Sugata Bose also grew up in India near the river and commented that the once-pristine water is no longer blue and “doesn’t flow as it did before.” Bose, Harvard’s Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs, asked the artist if his work reflects his anger, frustration, or exasperation over the state of the Yamuna today.“I want to keep [that] out of my work,” replied Bhalla, “otherwise I would feel it would become too didactic. Once it’s too didactic, people don’t come back to” it.Bhalla discussed an earlier public art project where he handed out cups of bottled water near the Yamuna from a kiosk shaped like a water can, along with stickers that read “Have you ever seen the Yamuna? Have you ever touched the Yamuna?” In addition, he presented his piece “Yamuna Walk,” a series of photographs and accompanying text that he compiled on a four-day excursion along the river in 2007.Both projects were an effort to get people to engage with the river that is barely accessible and largely hidden because of buildings and dams along its banks, said Bhalla.“If you don’t see it, if you don’t smell it, you are not going to clean it up,” he said, adding, “It’s such an important part of life in Delhi and we forget it.”
Flipping a newly discovered molecular switch in white fat cells enabled mice to eat a high-calorie diet without becoming obese or developing the inflammation that causes insulin resistance, report Harvard scientists from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.The researchers say the results, to be published in the Sept. 28 issue of the journal Cell, provide the first known molecular link between thermogenesis (burning calories to produce heat) and the development of inflammation in fat cells.These two processes had been previously thought to be controlled separately. Thermogenesis plays an important role in metabolism and maintaining healthy weight. Inflammation triggers insulin resistance, a precursor of diabetes.The researchers, led by Bruce Spiegelman, found that the protein TRPV4, a switch molecule, is highly expressed in white fat cells, which store excess calories and become engorged in obese individuals.Spiegelman is the Stanley J. Korsmeyer Professor of Cell Biology and Medicine at Harvard Medical School.For this study, the investigators bred mice lacking TRPV4 or administered a drug to deactivate it. In the absence of TRPV4, white cells turned on a set of genes that consume energy to produce heat, rather than storing the energy as excess fat. This “thermogenic” process normally occurs in brown or beige fat (commonly called “good fat”), which is found mostly in small animals and human infants to protect against cold.When the TRPV4-deficient mice were put on a high-calorie diet for several weeks, they did not become obese, and their level of fat cell inflammation and insulin resistance was lowered.“We have identified a target that, when inhibited, can activate beige adipose tissue and suppress inflammation,” said Spiegelman. “This role of TRPV4 as a mediator for both the thermogenic and pro-inflammatory programs in adipocytes, or fat cells, could offer an attractive target for treating obesity and related metabolic diseases.”The first author of the report is a research fellow Li Ye in the Spiegelman lab.The research was supported in part by National Institutes of Health.
Turning off a single gene leads to a roughly three- to fivefold gain in the yield of laboratory methods for producing red blood cells from stem cells, according to a multi-institutional team led by researchers at Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.These findings, published in Cell Stem Cell, suggest a way to cost-effectively manufacture red blood cells from stem cells; the patients who could potentially benefit include those who cannot use blood currently available in blood banks.Previous research has shown that it is possible to force different kinds of stem cells to produce transfusion-grade red blood cells in a laboratory, but, at $8,000 to $15,000 per unit of blood, current processes are expensive. This is the first study to combine stem cells, powerful gene editing tools, and data from genome-wide association studies (GWAS).The research team behind the Cell Stem Cell study — led by senior author and Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s pediatric hematologist Vijay Sankaran — homed in on their target gene, called SH2B3, after GWAS data revealed that naturally occurring variations in its sequence that reduced its activity also resulted in increased red blood cell production.“There’s a variation in SH2B3 found in about 40 percent of people that leads to modestly higher red blood cell counts,” Sankaran said. “But if you look at people with really high red blood cell levels, they often have rare SH2B3 mutations. That said to us that here is a target where you can partially or completely eliminate its function as a way of increasing red blood cells robustly.“There are many patients with rare blood types or blood disorders who need very specific kinds of blood and cannot accept most donated blood,” Sankaran continued. “Also, there are patients for whom there is a possibility of using red blood cells as a way of delivering therapies.”Sankaran, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and his collaborators — including study co-first authors Felix Giani, Claudia Fiorini, and Aoi Wakabayashi of Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s — wanted to see if it was possible to use SH2B3 as a target to genetically increase the yield of laboratory-based red blood cell production processes (as opposed to tweaking cells in culture by adding cytokines and other factors).The researchers first used RNA interference (RNAi), which silences gene expression, to turn down SH2B3 in donated adult, human, blood-forming stem cells and hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) from human umbilical-cord blood.The team’s data confirmed that shutting off SH2B3 with RNAi skewed an HSPC’s profile of cell production to favor red blood cells. Adult and cord-blood stem cells treated with RNAi produced three to five and five to seven times more red blood cells than controls, respectively. Using multiple tests, the team found that the red blood cells produced by RNAi were essentially indistinguishable from control cells.Sankaran and his team recognized that their HSPC/RNAi approach would be very difficult to scale up to a level that could impact the clinical need for red blood cells. Thus, in a separate set of experiments, they used CRISPR gene editing to permanently shut off SH2B3 in human embryonic stem cell (hESC) lines, which can be renewed readily in a laboratory. They then treated the edited cells to encourage blood cell production. Under these conditions, the edited hESCs produced three times more red blood cells than controls. Again, the team could find no significant differences between red blood cells from the edited stem cells and controls.Sankaran thinks that SH2B3s enforce some kind of upper limit on how much red blood cell precursors respond to calls for more cell production.“This is a nice approach because it removes the brakes that normally keep cells restrained and limit how much red blood cell precursors respond to different laboratory conditions,” Sankaran explained.He noted that in his vision, stem cells edited to keep SH2B3 turned off would be maintained in culture as a kind of cellular starter and used to produce red blood cells for treatment purposes; the edited stem cells themselves would never be used for direct treatment.He also believes that with further development, the combination of CRISPR and hESCs could increase the yields and reduce the costs of producing red blood cells in the laboratory to the level where commercial-scale manufacture could be feasible.“This is allowing us to get close to the cost of normal donor-derived blood units,” he said. “If we can get the costs down to about $2,000 per unit, that’s a reasonable cost.”
The ‘What Were You Wearing’ exhibit is part of a nationwide effort aimed to combat the myths of sexual violence and its survivors, with the most common misconception being that the clothing an individual wears is what led to their assault. While the exhibit is open until Sept. 30, 20:1 hopes that the ongoing conversation on campus will continue beyond. And in July, B-U President Harvey Stenger pledged to make “real progress to put a halt to any sexual assaults within our community, and commit that all Binghamton University offices will continue working with all students to make them feel heard and supported and to encourage students to report incidents.” First-year and transfer students are also required to take a sexual assault training program, which seems to be effective even as the program is virtual, according to students 12 News spoke with. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — An exhibit at the Bundy Museum is asking the question — what were you wearing? It may seem like a simple question, but the answer is much more complex. Haley Murphy, the “Enough is Enough” Coordinator at The Crime Victims Assistance Center, the other partner to the installation, says it’s important to get college students involved in the conversation, adding that sexual assault occurs more frequently on college campuses. “It doesn’t matter how revealing the clothing is, it doesn’t matter how much clothing somebody is wearing, it doesn’t matter the type of clothing somebody was wearing,” said Chelsea Cleary, a graduate assistant at 20:1 Prevention Program at Binghamton University; one of the partners of the Bundy’s exhibit. The installation shows just that: at the exhibit, mannequins are dressed in different outfits ranging from a T-shirt and shorts to a jean jacket and pants, and even a prom dress. Click here for more information. “I did the whole thing in one sitting and then I actually went to go get dinner. It was dark at that point and I had all that stuff in my mind. It was really impactful. It made me be more aware of my surroundings. It did make me really sad, and there were a lot of sad stories I connected with,” said freshman Emily Vega B-U transfer student, Chris Pillay, added that “you’re really focused on people’s experiences and telling people’s stories, and I thought it was a lot more powerful for sure.” In reality, organizers and advocates say sexual assault or violence can happen to anyone at anytime. The topic of sexual assault on campuses is an ongoing conversation both at Binghamton University and nationwide. In fact, the ‘What Were You Wearing’ exhibition began back in 2014 and is featured on college campuses nationwide, including right here at Binghamton University.
Gary Neville urges Manchester United and Arsenal to sign Youri Tielemans ahead of Leicester City Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 28 Apr 2019 4:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link70Shares Advertisement Youri Tielemans had made an immediate impact at Leicester (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAll three laughed before Neville continued: ‘But there are midfields in the top six that need strengthening.‘Twenty-one-year-old, available they say for £40m.‘He’s proved himself in the Premier League, almost like a dress rehearsal at Leicester.‘Leicester could struggle to keep him because of the fact that other clubs may want him.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Gary Neville has been impressed with Youri Tielemans at Leicester City (Sky Sports)Gary Neville has urged Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham to sign Leicester City’s on-loan midfielder Youri Tielemans.The 21-year-old joined the Foxes on a temporary deal from Monaco in the January transfer window and has made an impressive impact in the Premier League with three goals and four assists in 11 appearances.Leicester are keen to permanently sign the Belgium international this summer but Neville has warned Brendan Rodgers that the majority of the Premier League’s top six will be looking to bolster their midfield options ahead of next season.‘On Tielemans… I think the issue that Leicester will have is that there are midfields in the top six that need strengthening,’ said Neville.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTGraeme Souness inferred that Neville was proposing his former club Manchester United by asking: ‘Who are you talking about?’And Sky Sports host Dave Jones followed up by looking at the Old Trafford pitch and saying: ‘How far away are you looking Gary?’