Friday people roundup

first_imgPGGM, AXA Investment Managers, Legal & General Investment ManagementPGGM – Erik van de Brake has been appointed as head of infrastructure. He will be responsible for 22 staff managing more than €7.5bn in assets and succeeds Frank Roeters van Lennep, who in September was appointed as CIO of private markets at the €200bn asset manager. Roeters van Lennep had succeeded Ruulke Bagijn, who left PGGM in May to become global head of real asset private equity at AXA Investment Managers-Real Assets.AXA Investment Managers – Marion Le Morhedec has been appointed head of business development for AXA IM Fixed Income after more than 10 years as a portfolio manager. She is stepping down from her role as head of the inflation-linked bond team, with Jonathan Baltora taking over. For the remainder of 2016, Le Morhedec will spend at least 50% of her time working with the global inflation team to ensure a smooth transition, AXA said. Baltora, who joined AXA in 2010, will become the lead portfolio manager on its global inflation strategies.Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) – Aaron Meder has been appointed chief executive at LGIM America, while Anton Eser has been appointed CIO. Meder will transition into the role over the next few months, moving from London to Chicago. Eser, co-head of LGIM’s Global Fixed Income business, will succeed Meder when he takes up his new role in Chicago. Colin Reedie, head of Euro Credit, will replace Eser as co-head of Global Fixed Income, alongside John Bender, also CIO of US Fixed Income.last_img read more

European research confirms abortion increases risk of future preterm births

first_imgWorldMag 22 June 2015Studies leading up to a 2009 meta-analysis indicate the medical community has been aware for years of a link between abortions (induced and spontaneous) and subsequent preterm births. New research from Europe pinpoints surgical dilation and curettage (D&C) procedures as the culprit.A D&C is one of the most common methods of first trimester surgical abortion. A doctor may also perform a D&C after a miscarriage (also known as a spontaneous abortion) to remove the lifeless baby’s body.Last week in Lisbon, at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, Dr. Pim Ankum of the Academic Medical Centre of the University of Amsterdam presented his analysis of 21 cohort studies involving nearly 2 million women. He found women who had undergone a D&C after an abortion or miscarriage faced in a subsequent pregnancy a 29 percent higher chance of a preterm birth (defined as between 32 and 37 weeks) and a 69 percent greater chance of a very preterm birth (before 32 weeks).During natural labor, the cervix dilates and thins over the course of several hours. But in some D&C procedures, an abortionist expands the cervix with metal rods. The abortionist then uses a spoon-shaped instrument called a curette to kill and scrape out the preborn baby. Ankum suggested the traumatic dilation during a D&C may injure a woman’s cervix, made mostly of muscle, increasing the possibility it will open prematurely in a future pregnancy. The invasive procedure may also introduce certain genital tract infections known to cause premature birth.Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show 1 out of every 9 babies born in the United States is preterm. Many of them experience breathing or feeding difficulties, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, and hearing or visual impairments. In 2010, more than one-third of all infant deaths in the United States could be traced to preterm-related causes. read more

78-year-old man arrested after fatally shooting a woman

first_imgA 78-year-old man is now facing murder charges after he fatally shot a 74-year-old woman before turning the gun on himself.The incident was reported around 8:30 am at a home in the 6800 block of Fairway Lakes Drive.The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reported that when officials arrived at the home, the victim was already dead of an apparent gunshot wound.The suspect Morris Samit, suffered a non-fatal gunshot wound and was then taken to a hospital for treatment. Upon his release, Samit was then transported to a local jail where he was charged with homicide.While the victim’s family is aware of the incident, authorities are unable to publicly release her name because the family signed a form preventing the release of certain details in the case.last_img

St. John’s looks to knock off No. 12 Nova

first_imgFor more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSt. John’s (14-13, 3-11) vs. No. 12 Villanova (21-6, 10-4)Finneran Pavilion, Villanova, Pennsylvania; Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 12 Villanova looks to give St. John’s its sixth straight loss against ranked opponents. St. John’s’ last win vs a ranked opponent came against the then-No. 16 Arizona Wildcats 70-67 on Dec. 21, 2019. Villanova is looking to extend its current four-game winning streak. Associated Press February 25, 2020center_img LEADING THE WAY: Villanova’s Collin Gillespie has averaged 15.7 points and 4.6 assists while Saddiq Bey has put up 15.8 points and five rebounds. For the Red Storm, LJ Figueroa has averaged 14.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.1 steals while Rasheem Dunn has put up 11.2 points.LOVE FOR LJ: Figueroa has connected on 36.3 percent of the 168 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 9 for 23 over the last three games. He’s also made 69 percent of his foul shots this season.SCORING THRESHOLDS: St. John’s is 0-9 when its offense scores 68 points or fewer. Villanova is a perfect 15-0 when it holds opponents to 69 or fewer points. The Wildcats have allowed 64.6 points per game over their last five.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Wildcats are 15-0 when they hold opposing teams to 69 points or fewer and 6-6 when opponents exceed 69 points. The Red Storm are 5-0 when the team blocks at least seven shots and 9-13 when they fall short of that total.DID YOU KNOW: The St. John’s offense has recorded a turnover on only 15.9 percent of its possessions, which is the 20th-best rate in the nation. The Villanova defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 17.4 percent of all possessions (ranked 290th among Division I teams).___ St. John’s looks to knock off No. 12 Novalast_img read more

Upcoming: Spring Fling Fundraiser

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisEvery year, the Thunder Bay Folk Society hosts their Spring Fling fundraiser. It’s a mini music festival that families and members of the community can enjoy.With a total of twelve different bands, prizes, food, and even free activities for the kids–there’s a lot to look forward too.“It’s a great family event, bring your children, dance, kick your shoes off- dance and have fun, even the children enjoy it.” Said Nichola Cornelius, TBFS board member. “I mean bring your families out it’s something to do in the community, its for the community…we need more like this I believe…music, laughter, fun.”Tickets are ten dollars at the door with 16 and under free. The event will take place this Saturday at the VFW from noon until midnight.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Allor Hosts “Coffee Hour” In Tawas CityNext Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative Earth Day Bag Projectlast_img read more

Traffic Delays Due to Car Fires

first_imgOn the first day back to school and work following Labor Day, northbound traffic was stalled on the Garden State Parkway, in the vicinity of Holmdel, around 8:30 a.m. Delays went back for miles.The state’s real-time traffic reporting agency,, said there was an accident with injuries, as well as a vehicle fire. Both occurred in the Express lanes, north of Exit 114As of 10:20 a.m., authorities estimated that the the 29-mile trip from Exit 98, Belmar, to the Raritan Toll Plaza in Woodbridge via the express lanes would take 1 hour and 13 minutes.Were you affected?last_img

Nelson Kootenay Chaos Track stars shine on provincial stage

first_imgErickson and Faraguna, both 10 years of age, are part of the Nelson Kootenay Chaos Track and Field team and are coached by Alex Ulaszonek.”Matti Erickson was named the outstanding performer in his age division after winning the three events that he was entered in,” Ulaszonek explained.Ulaszonek said Erickson won the 60 meter, 300 meter and 600 meter events, all in record times.”His award for the top performance won him a Timex Harry Jerome wrist watch,” Ulaszonek said.Meanwhile, Faraguna won the silver medal in the 300 meter run and was the bronze medallist in the 60 meter sprint. Both boys, along with Adis and Semeng Atkinson will be competing in two weeks at an indoor meet in Kamloops. Two Hume School athletes are making more than a little noise on the provincial track and field circuit.Matti Erickson and Matteo Faraguna returned with a trunk load of medals at the prestigious Harry Jerome Indoor meet this past weekend at the Richmond Olympic Oval.last_img read more

Nelson’s Dryden Hunt traded to Moose Jaw Warriors

first_imgDuring the summer, Nelson Minor Hockey grad Dryden Hunt was unsure where he’d be playing this Western Hockey League season. Wednesday, the 6-foot, 200-pound sniper found a home when the Moose Jaw Warriors of the acquired the 20-year-old Nelsonite from the Medicine Hat Tigers in exchange for a 2nd round pick in 2016 and a 3rd round pick in 2018. Moose Jaw finished out of the playoffs last season, ninth in the Eastern Conference behind Swift Current. Last season Hunt finished 13th in the WHL in scoring last season with 33 goals, 50 assists, and 83 points in 71 games.  Hunt has played 197 WHL regular games with Medicine Hat and Regina, he has 59 goals, 74 assists, 133 points, and 142 penalty minutes.  In the 2015 WHL Playoffs, he had five goals and seven points in ten games, in 17 career post-season games he has nine goals and 12 points.  Hunt recently attended the Montreal Canadiens training camp. Hunt is expected to make his Warriors debut Thursday when they open the 2015-2016 regular season at Mosaic Place against the Regina Pats in what is a “stand-alone” feature game to kick-off the WHL’s 50th Season. —With files from Moose Jaw Warriors The story originated at The Nelson Daily.last_img read more

Fyfe rescues Nelson as Leafs edge Rebels 3-2.

first_imgThe Leafs out shot the Rebels 41-21 making a winner out of netminder Patrick Ostermann.Nelson, improving to 7-5 on the season and 4-2 in October, moves to within four points of second-place Castlegar in Murdoch Division standings.Beaver Valley is tied with Castlegar for the lead in the Murdoch Division, but the Rebels have played one more game.The Leafs return home to host Grand Forks Border Bruins Friday at the NDCC Arena.Puck drop is 7 p.m.Sunday, North Okanagan Knights invade the NDCC Arena for a 2:30 p.m. contest.Castlegar host North Okanagan Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Complex Arena. Tyler Fyfe had a goal and an assist to lead the Nelson Leafs to a 3-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Castlegar Rebels in Murdoch Division action Wednesday night in the Sunflower City.Fyfe, who came to the Leafs late last season, scored the winning goal unassisted with just over two minutes remaining in the third period.Nicholas Ketola and Rayce Miller also scored for the Leafs, which led 1-0 after one period.Tayden Woods and Nick Headrick replied for the Rebels.last_img read more

Faint Young Sun Paradox Resolved

first_imgFor decades, astronomers and geologists have worried about a paradox.  Stellar evolution theory claims sunlight on the early earth would have been 20-30% dimmer than it is today, but geology shows the oceans were liquid in the earliest (Archean) rocks.  For that matter, so does the book of Genesis, but that record is not usually allowed in scientific discussions.  Anyway, how could the earth remained warm enough under a dim sun to keep the oceans from freezing?  This has been called the “faint young sun paradox.”  A new answer came from researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and University of Copenhagen’s Department of Chemistry, published this month in PNAS.1    The solution involves carbonyl sulfide produced by volcanoes.  Matthew Johnson of the Copenhagen group explained the scenario in the University’s press release, “The greenhouse gas that saved the world.” (See also Science Daily.)  Carbonyl sulfide (OCS) is the perfect greenhouse gas, he said.  “We estimate that a blanket of Carbonyl Sulphate [sic; sulfide] would have provided about 30 percent extra energy to the surface of the planet.  And that would have compensated for what was lacking from the sun.”  Very convenient.  But why, then, is OCS not a problem today, with all our concern about greenhouse gases and global warming?  Because oxidizing conditions (free oxygen of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere) destroy OCS.  In other words, OCS was plentiful when it was needed to warm the early earth, but gradually was depleted as life pumped oxygen into the atmosphere.  Instead of producing the warming OCS, it would have produced cooling sulfates.  This could have led to a proposed “snowball earth” period before the sun became warm enough to melt the oceans again.  Johnson tied this in to modern political fears about global warming: “Our research indicates that the distribution and composition of atmospheric gasses swung the planet from a state of life supporting warmth to a planet-wide ice-age spanning millions of years,” he said.  “I can think of no better reason to be extremely cautious about the amounts of greenhouse gasses we are currently emitting to the atmosphere.”    The story is messier inside the scientific paper.  The authors needed to thread a needle getting the right balance of factors and assumptions to make this work.  Here’s a taste of it (the scientific jargon can be overlooked to see the amount of hedging and special pleading going on):When the column density [atmospheric gas] increases, three types of behavior are seen.  First, an increase in CO2, H2O, NH3, CS2, or O2 concentration produces a similar negative shift of 34[epsilon] and 33E (Fig. 2), because these gases generally attenuate wavelengths shorter than 202 nm (Fig. 1).  In contrast, O3 and OCS shielding shift 34[epsilon] and 33E toward more positive values because they attenuate wavelengths longer than 202 nm.  In contrast, an increase of O3 or OCS has the opposite effect.  Finally, SO2 self-shielding produces increasing 34[epsilon] and decreasing 33E.  The previous estimate of isotope effects in SO2 photolysis from self-shielding found an increasing trend in 33E (12) that is opposite to our result.  The reason for the difference may be because the spectra of the isotopically substituted species were approximated by shifting the absorption peaks of the natural abundance SO2 spectrum using a set of isotope-dependent frequency shifts.  These shifts were based on vibrational wavefunctions calculated using a single ab initio SO2 excited potential energy surface.  However, SO2 has a score of electronic states in the relevant energy region with multiple curve crossings, giving rise to the complicated pattern seen in the experimental results.  For example, three vibronic peaks of the three isotopologues are found between 200 and 205 nm (Fig. S1).  First 33SO2, then 34SO2, and then 32SO2 has the highest peak intensity.  Whereas the isotopologues’ peak positions shift linearly with distance from the band origin, the peak intensities, widths, and profiles of the vibrational structure change in a complex “mass independent” manner.  A theoretical description of the origin of these isotope effects awaits further study….It appears clear there is much not well understood about the molecules themselves, let alone their complex, interacting effects on global warming.    Further down in the paper, they compared other greenhouse gas candidates.  Carbon dioxide doesn’t work, because it would require too much of it – 30%, far more than present today – to produce the 30% warming needed, and it also would ruin the isotopic sulfur signal in the geological record.  Ammonia doesn’t work, because it would photolyze too rapidly.  Methane doesn’t work, because the haze would have cooled rather than heated the planet.  OCS (carbonyl sulfide) seemed the only candidate left standing.  It would allow higher concentrations of ammonia (given that the early atmosphere was reducing), or of methane, if OCS were present in concentrations of 10 parts per million or more.  Even so, the model called for more special pleading and future research:The atmospheric models presented here are an initial attempt at predicting the [delta]33S value of aerosol sulfate for a set of atmospheric shielding scenarios.  Further model studies are needed to evaluate the relative contributions of the greenhouse gases.  Nonetheless, a CO-rich reducing atmosphere would have resulted in OCS-rich conditions when volcanic sulfur input was high enough.  Moreover, such an atmosphere is so far the only one that can explain both the preservation of MIF [mass-independent fractionation of sulfur isotopes] and the negative [delta]33S values of Archean sulfate deposits.  Hence, UV-shielding and the greenhouse effect of OCS should be considered for any model of the Archean atmosphere.  These results are qualitative and remain to be confirmed by more advanced models of the Archean atmosphere and further laboratory studies.The tone of these paragraphs sounds much more reserved and tentative than the press release that triumphantly pronounced carbonyl sulfide as “the greenhouse gas that saved the world.”1.  Ueno, Johnson et al, “Geological sulfur isotopes indicate elevated OCS in the Archean atmosphere, solving faint young sun paradox,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, online August 17, 2009, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0903518106.Once again, we have revealed to you the huge discrepancy between the hedging and fudging found in scientific papers and the victory speeches in the press.  Beware of bluffing from scientists.  Always look at the data they base their conclusions on.  But even the paper announced in the title that this model solves the faint young sun paradox.  It did no such thing.  It was a like a string of if’s followed by a then maybe.  One of the authors stood on that quicksand and preached to us about global warming.  Well, if the earth goddess was smart enough to save the world when our star was weak, why isn’t she smart enough to protect the earth from carbon-belching humans?  Oh, but of course.  It wasn’t Gaia; it was Lady Luck.    This model, with speculations interleaved between assumptions like a giant theoretical Dagwood sandwich, never questioned the presumed age of the earth and the sun, or stellar evolution theory, or the snowball earth hypothesis, or the amount of ancient volcanism, or the sulfur content of outgassing in ancient times, or the plausibility of a reducing atmosphere, or the origin of life, or the interpretation of sulfur isotopes in rocks.  Its links to scientific evidence were weak at best: a few known properties about UV shielding of certain gases, the output of modern volcanoes, and measurements of sulfur isotopes in certain rocks.  That’s it.  The rest is nebulous fluff.  The model is like tying clouds together with rope (or with silly string).  The early history of the earth is one cloud, and the early history of the sun is another cloud.  Even with multiple strands of silly string trying to hold them together, the clouds will most likely do what they do: drift apart, oblivious to these scientists’ heroic attempts to lasso them together.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more