Call for Nominations 2010 Dressage Canada Board Election

first_img Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Ottawa, ON—The 2010 Dressage Canada Board election gets underway, with the call for nominations, starting on July 3 and continuing until July 24, 2009.The Dressage Canada Board (DCB) develops and manages its programs through a number of technical committees. The objectives of Dressage Canada are to foster the growth of dressage and the pursuit of excellence in the sport at the local, national and international levels. The DCB consists of seven elected members, six directors-at-large elected from the senior affiliates of Dressage Canada and one athlete representative elected by their peers through the Dressage Canada Athletes’ Council. A minimum of two director-at-large positions are opened each year.The DCB currently has the following Director-at-Large positions to fillPosition                      Name                               StatusDirector–at–Large         Elizabeth McMullen              Not eligible for re-electionDirector–at–Large         Claire Milton                       Eligible for re-electionDirector-at-Large          Sue Rothgeb                      Eligible for re-electionDirector-at-Large          Vacant         Interested nominees must submit a biography (photo optional) along with the nomination endorsement form, available at www.equinecanada.ca/dressage, to Equine Canada, C/O Christine Peters, Manager Dressage, 2685 Queensview Drive, Suite 100, Ottawa, ON, K2B 8K2, fax: (613) 248-3484, e-mail: [email protected] by the deadline of July 24, 2009. The 2010 DCB takes office January 1, 2010. All DCB members must be current affiliates in good standing with both Dressage Canada and Equine Canada.Dressage Canada senior affiliates are encouraged to play an active role in deciding the individuals that will shape the future of Dressage in Canada by voting. Nominee biographies and ballot packages will be mailed by August 21, 2009 to all current senior Dressage Canada affiliates in good standing as of the Call for Nominations date of July 3, 2009. Ballots must be returned and received at the address indicated on the ballot by the deadline of October 23, 2009. The results of the election will be announced by Dressage Canada during the 2009 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. SIGN UP Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

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Sex trafficker serving life sentence captured after 3 days on the run from Alabama prison

first_imgAlabama Department of Corrections(NEW YORK) — Authorities finally caught up with a convicted sex trafficker who escaped from an Alabama prison this week after he spent over three days on the run.Corey Davis, who was serving a life sentence, was captured at about 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections. He was taken into custody in Kentucky by U.S. Marshals. No further information was provided about his recapture.Davis, 30, fled from the St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville, Alabama, on Wednesday, sparking a statewide search.Officers reported him missing from his cell after a security check around 8 p.m., the department said.Davis was assigned to a work detail inside the prison, and other inmates and staff said they saw him earlier in the day. The department is investigating how he managed to break out.“Agents from the ADOC Investigations and Intelligence Division are at the prison investigating the circumstances that led to the escape,” the department said in a statement. “The details of how Davis escaped are pending.”Davis, sentenced to life in 2017 after he was convicted of human trafficking, is considered dangerous and should not be approached, according to the statement.Officials with the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force are aiding in the search.“The public should not approach Davis but should contact their local law enforcement or the Alabama Department of Corrections at 1-800-831-8825 with information that could lead to his recapture,” the statement said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Assessment & Evaluation Analyst

first_img Similar jobs Research Data Analyst Save Research Data Analyst Johns Hopkins University Facebook Salary Not Specified Johns Hopkins University The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm Save Sr. Research Data Analyst Salary Not Specified Maryland, United States Business & Administrative Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Academic Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Research Technologist LinkedIn You need to sign in or create an account to save Research Administration Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Salary Not Specified Twitter Save Research Technologist Maryland, United States Sr. Research Data Analyst Maryland, United States Johns Hopkins University You need to sign in or create an account to save Computer Services & Information Technology Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore You need to sign in or create an account to save Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Share Generalsummary/purpose:TheAssessment & Evaluation Analyst oversees implementation ofthird-party evaluation studies in education; collects, cleans, andanalyzes quantitative data using programming software (e.g. Stata,R); interprets results from data analyses; and communicates resultswith external stakeholders. This individual will write technicalreports, journal-quality papers, and proposals. Typical studiesinvolve both quantitative and qualitative data collection. Sometravel to K-12 schools to conduct interviews and observations withprincipals, teachers, and parents will benecessary.Specific duties &responsibilities:Oversee the day-to-day operations for various projects,collaborate directly with the project PI, and communicate regularlyregarding project statusManage client communications and communicate directly withdistricts and organizations to collect necessarydataCleanand analyze data using statistics and programming package (e.g.Stata, R)Develop Statements of Work (SOWs) and methodologies for datacollection and analysesOversee development of manuals, questionnaires, and codingstructures to ensure the accurate and efficient collection ofdataOversee study design and analysis ofdataParticipate with the team and clients in planning follow-upstudies and dissemination of results of completedstudiesPrepare and write detailed reports to clients and sponsorscompiling and summarizing findings, and make recommendations forprogram improvements, policies, and follow-upresearchWriteproposals for independent program evaluations by Center forResearch & Reform in Education (CRRE) in response to RFPs orsole-source requests from potentialsponsorsMinimum qualifications(mandatory):Master’s degree in statistics or from an education program witha strong emphasis instatistics.Sixyears experience as a quantitative researcher on applied researchprojects.Preferredqualifications:PhDin Statistics or from an education program with a strong emphasisin statistics and quantitative researchmethodsSpecial knowledge, skills, andabilities:Experience and skills in communicating with principals,teachers, and parents isnecessaryExceptional organizational and time managementskillsStrong written and oral communicationskillsExperience conducting quantitative dataanalysisExperience working on researchprojectsTechnical qualifications or specializedcertifications:Experience with programming software (e.g., Stata,R)Supervisory responsibility (indicate the number and type ofpersons supervised byincumbent):6research assistant(s), dataanalystClassified Title:Assessment & EvaluationAnalystWorking Title: Assessment & EvaluationAnalystRole/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MD Starting Salary Range:$52,495 – $72,210 annuallyEmployee group: Full Time Schedule: 37.5/ Monday – Friday Exempt Status: ExemptLocation: 15-MD:JH at Towson Department name: 60000026-Cntr for Research & Reform inEducation Personnel area: School of EducationThe successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject toa pre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply dependingon which campus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf Telecommute More searches like this Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimorelast_img read more

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Kushner defends his Russia contacts: ‘I did not collude’

first_imgFormer National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Kushner explained to him that there was not. “I believed developing a thoughtful approach on Syria was a very high priority given the ongoing humanitarian crisis,” he explains. “and I asked if they had an existing communications channel at his embassy we could use where they would be comfortable transmitting the information they wanted to relay to General Flynn. The Ambassador said that would not be possible and so we all agreed that we would receive this information after the Inauguration.”Kushner said he declined two attempts by Kislyak in December for a follow-up, eventually sending his assistant instead. It was there that Kislyak recommended that Kushner sit down with Sergey Gorkov, the head of a Kremlin-linked Russian bank. All that was exchanged, he said, was a humble piece of art and a bag of dirt from the Belarus village where his grandparents were born.Kushner is so rarely heard from in public that when he spoke, briefly, at a tech conference earlier this summer, many people joked they didn’t know what his voice sounded like.“There were no specific policies discussed,” he said. “We had no discussion about the sanctions imposed by the Obama Administration. At no time was there any discussion about my companies, business transactions, real estate projects, loans, banking arrangements or any private business of any kind.”The Putin-linked bank, however, has provided a different explanation. The Washington Post reported that the bank claimed the meeting was part of a new business strategy and that it was held with Kushner in his role as the head of his family’s real estate business, Kushner Companies.As for the confusion about his security clearance forms, he blames the omissions on an assistant. Darren Samuelsohn contributed to this report. Also On POLITICO Meet the real Jared Kushner By David Freedlander FOURTH ESTATE If Donald Trump Jr. sinks, who goes down with him? By Jack Shafer “[People at my New York office] sent an email to my assistant in Washington, communicating that the changes to one particular section were complete; my assistant interpreted that message as meaning that the entire form was completed,” he writes. “At that point, the form was a rough draft and still had many omissions including not listing any foreign government contacts and even omitted the address of my father-in-law (which was obviously well known). Because of this miscommunication, my assistant submitted the draft on January 18, 2017.”But lawyers cast doubt on his hurried explanation of the gaps on his security clearance forms. “The idea he’d have his staff fill out the questionnaire is beyond belief itself,” said Nick Akerman, a former assistant Watergate prosecutor, noting the process requires a physical signature. “Someone on this committee has to go through this point by point and take him through this whole process.”Kushner is so rarely heard from in public that when he spoke, briefly, at a tech conference earlier this summer, many people joked they didn’t know what his voice sounded like. “It has been my practice not to appear in the media or leak information in my own defense,” Kushner notes in his testimony. But it won’t be his last time on the stand.Kushner, who will face a second grilling by the House on Tuesday, has been preparing for both sessions with his lawyers. He claims, at the end of his lengthy statement: “I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sector. I have tried to be fully transparent with regard to the filing of my SF-86 form, above and beyond what is required.”While Kushner and his aides may be hoping to make him a less juicy target than other former Trump officials under investigation, like Manafort and Trump, Jr., the statement is only the beginning of the story.“The key,” said Peter Zeidenberg, who served on the Justice Department’s special prosecution team during the Valerie Plame Wilson CIA leak investigation, “will be how this story holds up to a thorough cross-examination.” Kushner claims he had no idea what he was walking into. An email from his brother-in-law reminds him of the time change to 4 p.m. for the Trump Tower meeting, and Kushner writes that it was not abnormal to pop into each other’s offices for meetings. “That email was on top of a long back and forth that I did not read at the time,” he writes. “Documents confirm my memory that this was calendared as “Meeting: Don Jr.| Jared Kushner. No one else was mentioned.”The meeting, where Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, Trump, Jr., and campaign operative Paul Manafort and four other people were discussing Russian adoptions and were gathered to exchange information about Hillary Clinton, was outside of his purview, he writes.“I actually emailed an assistant from the meeting after I had been there for ten or so minutes and wrote ‘Can u pls call me on my cell? Need excuse to get out of meeting,’ Kushner writes. “No part of the meeting I attended included anything about the campaign, there was no follow up to the meeting that I am aware of, I do not recall how many people were there (or their names), and I have no knowledge of any documents being offered or accepted.”His third and final contact with a potential Russian agent, he claims, was a hoax email he received from a hacker trying to obtain Trump’s tax returns.During the transition, he said, his only meeting with Kislyak lasted 23 minutes.“I stated our desire for a fresh start in relations,” he says of the meeting where Kushner reportedly tried to set up a backchannel of communication. It was Kislyak, Kushner writes, that brought up U.S. policy in Syria, and said “he wanted to convey information from what he called ‘his generals,’” Kushner writes. “He said he wanted to provide information that would help inform the new administration. He said the generals could not easily come to the U.S. to convey this information and he asked if there was a secure line in the transition office to conduct a conversation.” Kushner reiterated the message in a brief statement to reporters gathered outside the White House after testifying for more than two hours to the Senate panel. He took no questions.But the remarks, designed to look fully transparent and take Kushner out of the Russia investigation spotlight, appeared to raise more questions about Kushner’s judgment than it answered.To wit: the former real estate developer explained the glaring omissions on his security clearance forms — which did not originally include several meetings with Russian officials that have since come to light — as an honest mistake made by his assistant at the time. And like others in the Trump orbit who met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Inauguration Day, Kushner also said he had trouble remembering the official after their first brief, previously unreported encounter at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. — the same event where Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with, but didn’t remember, the Russian ambassador.Overall, his account of events “still feels incomplete, it was not fulsome,” Evelyn Farkas, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, said of the testimony. “I still wonder exactly what he discussed with Kislyak” in his subsequent conversations to the Mayflower meeting, she said. But more importantly, she added, Kushner’s testimony provides no explanation for why he was cavalier in his interactions with Russians after intelligence community reports that Russia tried to meddle in the U.S. election.“After that,” Farkas said, “why not alert the FBI? It doesn’t exhibit good judgment, or concerns for national security or the integrity of our democracy to be taking those meetings with the Russians.”The testimony also raised questions about how a man who blamed multiple foul-ups on sloppy paperwork, unread emails and misunderstandings, is overseeing such a vast portfolio as he does in the White House. As a top West Wing official, Kushner’s situation does not appear to have changed much since the campaign: he still operates with a bare-bones staff, little bureaucracy, and impossible burdens (see: overseeing the Middle East peace process while also innovating the entire federal government). In his first public defense of his meetings with Russian officials during Donald Trump’s campaign and transition, Jared Kushner on Monday presented his encounters with those operatives as innocent interactions, according to testimony submitted to Senate investigators.In an 11-page opening statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is part of the ongoing investigation into possible collusion between Russian officials and the Trump campaign, Kushner — now a senior White House adviser — attempted to exonerate himself, writing: “I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government.”Instead, the powerful son-in-law painted a picture of himself as a loyal, overworked, under-experienced senior adviser to his father-in-law during a novice campaign that was never staffed up to win. “I am not a person who has sought the spotlight,” Kushner says in his opening statement, according to a copy provided to POLITICO. But he explains that after Trump clinched the Republican nomination, his father-in-law asked Kushner to be the point of contact for foreign governments, and he was in touch with emissaries from 15 different countries, including Russia. To put his hectic life and schedule into context — and explain away his presence at a meeting where a Russian lawyer was hawking opposition research about Hillary Clinton — he also writes that he typically received about 200 emails a day during the campaign, and often didn’t read through every exchange.In his opening testimony, Kushner walks through each of his four meetings with the Russians, downplaying all of them to brief, pro forma interactions that lead to no follow-ups.Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak leaves his farewell reception in Washington, DC | Alex Wong/Getty Images“I had no ongoing relationship with the Ambassador before the election, and had limited knowledge about him then,” he writes of Kislyak, with whom he reportedly tried to set up a communications backchannel during the transition. “In fact, on November 9, the day after the election, I could not even remember the name of the Russian Ambassador.”Trying to prove his point, he adds: “when the campaign received an email purporting to be an official note of congratulations from President Putin, I was asked how we could verify it was real. To do so I thought the best way would be to ask the only contact I recalled meeting from the Russian government, which was the Ambassador I had met months earlier, so I sent an email asking Mr. [Demetri] Simes [the publisher of a foreign policy magazine], ‘What is the name of the Russian ambassador?’”Kushner also responds to a Reuters report that he had two follow-up calls with Kislyak. “A comprehensive review of my landline and cell phone records from the time does not reveal those calls,” he says of the reported calls in April and August of 2016.His second interaction with a Russian official was the now infamous Donald Trump, Jr. meeting with the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, that June.last_img read more

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Devendra Banhart Shares Dreamy Cover Of “Franklin’s Tower” [Listen]

first_imgDevendra Banhart put his own spin on the Grateful Dead classic “Franklin’s Tower” in a single released on Amazon Music last week. The cover comes as the Dead celebrates the 45th anniversary of Blues For Allah.The cover arrived just a little over a month since the release of the Venezuelan-American singer-songwriter’s latest EP, Vast Void. Banhart’s rendition of “Franklin’s Tower” features his touring band, with Nicole Lawrence (guitar), Jeremy Harris on (synths), and Gregory Rogove (drums, percussion).Related: Grateful Dead Studio Albums Ranked Worst To BestWhile Banhart may not be a familiar name to many in the sphere of improvisational music most closely associated with the Dead, it is clear he shows reverence for the Jerry Garcia/Robert Hunter tune. Although the runtime is a thorough nine-minutes flat, don’t expect any improvisation or long instrumental passages. Instead, Banhart slows the entire song down to at least half the speed of the Blues For Allah studio cut. The dreamy, synth-driven track ends up with the effect of a Grateful Dead lullaby album, in the best possible way.Listen to Devendra Banhart’s take on “Franklin’s Tower” via the player below or on Amazon Music. Scroll down to read his poetic statement that came with the cover.Devandra Banhart – “Franklin’s Tower” (Grateful Dead) More than everI find myselfFighting dreadWith the dead…We chose “Franklin’s Tower” for its opening line, one of my favorite opening lines of all time:“In another time’s forgotten spaceYour eyes looked through your mother’s face”This is the gift of the Dead,The paradox of personal universality…Wisdom found at the end of a maze,The bliss of unconditional love and acceptance…There’s a Dead for everyone…Through the pandemic, I go on daily immersions into Blues for Allah, marveling at Phillip Garris’s eerie and alluring cover art,Help/Slip/Frank guiding me through the weird underworld that the day has become, & I feel at once remarkably insignificant and the most precious thing in the universe, A wave, held in the ocean of my mother’s eyes… a child dancing, rolling away the dew…Knowing Help is indeed on the way…View Statement[H/T Pitchfork]last_img read more

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Chicago Store Guard Stabbed 27 Times for Asking Women to Wear Masks

first_imgViolent attack inside West Side store All contents © copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The alleged attack late Sunday by Jessica Hill, 21, and Jayla Hill, 18, left the 32-year-old victim hospitalized in critical condition, police spokeswoman Karie James said. During Tuesday’s bond hearing before Cook County Circuit Judge Mary C. Marubio, the women’s court-appointed attorney said the stabbing was self-defense, adding both women suffered from a bipolar disorder. CHICAGO (AP) – Two sisters accused of stabbing a West Side Chicago store security guard 27 times with a knife after he asked them to wear face masks and use hand sanitizer were ordered held without bond Tuesday.center_img The women were arrested at the scene of the attack and both were treated for minor lacerations at a nearby hospital, James said. Prosecutors said the guard never approached either women before the attack. An argument that began after the women refused the guard’s request to wear masks became physical when one of the women punched the man, James said. Jessica Hill allegedly pulled a knife from her back pocket and began stabbing the man, while Jayla Hill held him in place by his hair. The man was stabbed in his chest, back and arms.last_img read more

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Organic standards will exclude next generation of GMOs

first_imgBen & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc,Vermont Business Magazine The National Organic Standards Board(link is external) voted unanimously on Friday to update US organic standards to exclude ingredients derived from next generation genetic engineering and gene editing. This recommendation to the US Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program will ensure that ingredients derived from new genetic engineering techniques, including synthetic biology, will not be allowed in the production or final product of foods and beverages that are certified organic. Synthetic biology is a new set of genetic engineering techniques that include using synthetic DNA to re-engineer organisms to produce substances they would not normally produce or to edit DNA so as to silence the expression of certain traits.The Board’s announcement follows a growing trend of companies stating that they will not use ingredients produced via synthetic biology. The Non-GMO Project, North America’s only third party verification program for non-GMO food and products, recently updated its standards so as to include synthetic biology and new gene editing techniques. Companies such as Ben and Jerry’s (BJICA: US), Three Twins Ice Cream, Straus Family Creamery, Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss, Nestlé (NSRGY: OTC US), and General Mills (NYSE: GIS) have committed to “…not source vanilla flavor produced through synthetic biology,” a product that is designed to replace natural vanillin flavoring from vanilla beans. Synthetic biology vanilla flavoring, introduced by Evolva (SWX: EVE) and International Flavors and Fragrances (NYSE: IFF) in 2014, is the first major synthetic biology ingredient to enter food and beverages, marketed as “natural vanillin.” Other companies that have pledged to avoid synthetic biology ingredients entirely include Nutiva and Dr. Bronner’s.“The Board’s hard-fought proactive stance on synthetic biology will both help preserve the integrity of organic standards and raise awareness about this virtually unregulated and unlabeled form of genetic engineering,” said Dana Perls, food and technology policy campaigner with Friends of the Earth. “It’s critical that organic standards treat new types of genetic engineering that are rapidly entering our food and consumer products as rigorously as the first generation of GMOs.”Like “traditional” GMOs, synthetic biology(link is external) ingredients are entering food and consumer products in absence of adequate health and environmental safety assessment, oversight and labeling. Many are being falsely marketed as “natural.” Products in development include synthetic biology stevia, saffron, coconut and cacao, meant to replace plant-based ingredients, many of which are currently produced by small farmers in the Global South. There is increasing concern that these farmers’ livelihoods may be displaced by synthetic biology ingredients. Other products include gene-silenced apples, CRISPR waxy corn and Cibus Canola oil, engineered with gene editing techniques.“The National Organic Standards Board has made clear that all kinds of genetic engineering are to be excluded from ‘organic.’ The public expects that government to actually assess the new foods that it is permitting on the market,” said Jaydee Hanson, senior policy analyst, Center for Food Safety. “Unfortunately, the government has failed to update its regulations to adequately assess these new kinds of genetically engineering. When the USDA approves that NOSB recommendations, consumers who want to avoid GMOs will be able to use the Organic Seal to know that the product is not a GMO.”Synthetic biology employs a new set of genetic engineering techniques that involve artificially constructing or “editing” genetic material such as DNA in order to create new forms of life, or to attempt to “reprogram” existing organisms. Despite growing concerns about the possible impacts of synthetic biology organisms on human health and the environment and a lack of independent safety assessment, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has allowed synthetic biology vanilla, DuPont’s CRISPR waxy corn and other similarly created food and cosmetic ingredients to enter the market without regulation. Existing regulations that identify GE crops and food ingredients as “Generally Regarded As Safe” use an outdated process with minimal testing requirements that rely on companies to self-evaluate the safety of their products.Source: 11.21.2016. Friends of the Earth. More information about synthetic biology can be found here(link is external).last_img read more

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TBI announces ‘Triathlete’s Choice’ best event finalists

first_imgTriathlon Business International (TBI) has announced the finalist events that were voted by triathletes as the ‘Triathlete’s Choice’ best events in each of four categories: best large, small, bucketlist and intro race for beginners. More than 300 events from around the world were submitted in the nomination process.The finalist events received the most nominations in each category. Overall winners will be announced at the 7th Annual TBI Conference, taking place on 22-24 January 2017 in Dallas, Texas.Triathletes can now declare their choice for the very best in each category. The voting link is surveymonkey.com/r/TriathletesChoice. Voting closes on Friday 13 January.TBI notes that, as voters look at each category – large, small, bucketlist and intro race for beginners – they should consider whether the event:Challenges, inspires or brings out the best in participants;Creates an atmosphere of fun, excitement and energy;Goes beyond the ‘call of duty’ when it comes to customer service, great organization and information, reasonable fees, coaching/advice, race day assistance, great volunteers, and/or;Raises money for charitable causes.Each person will be limited to one vote per category. The finalists in the Triathlete’s Choice events are: (events in each category are listed in alphabetical order.)Best Large Race (1,000+ registrants)IRONMAN 70.3 Atlantic CityNew Jersey State TriathlonTRIFEST for MS, Bentonville, ARUSA Triathlon Age Group NationalsWildflowerBest Small Race (less than 1,000 registrants)Ocean City TriSan Diego Triathlon ClassicSavagemanSummer Round Up Joplin, MOTri the WildwoodsTurkey Triathlon – San DimasBest Intro Race for BeginnersLaguna NiguelNew Jersey State Triathlon – SprintSummer Round Up Joplin, MOTri the WildwoodsTRIFEST for MS Bentonville, ARBest Bucketlist RaceChallenge RothEscape from AlcatrazEscape the CapeGut Check TriathlonIRONMAN World Championship, Kona, HawaiiIsklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon2017 TBI Conference registrationA current conference schedule can be found on the TBI Conference webpage. Additional speaker and panel topics will be announced in the coming days. Current registration fees for the 7th annual TBI event are US$695 for current TBI members and US$795 for non-members. Registration includes all sessions, meals, the networking events and one ticket to the Ron Smith Awards celebration.For the first time, TBI and USA Triathlon are collaborating to consecutively present their respective annual conferences. Once individuals register for the TBI Conference they can register for the USA Triathlon Symposium at a 25% discount. Sponsors of the 2017 TBI Conference include ACTIVE Network, the Dallas Sports Commission, Headsweats, Endurance Sportswire and Bicycle Retailer and Industry News (BRAIN). TBI Corporate Partners are Ashworth Awards, MPA Event Graphics and FinisherPix.Registration rates for the 2017 Annual TBI Conference presented by ACTIVE Network:10 December to 10 January 2017: US$695 for members / US$795 non-members11 January and after: US$795 for members / US$895 non membersCompanies interested in conference sponsorship or Expo space should contact feedback[at]triathlonbusinessintl.com. Conference details and online registration are available online.www.triathlonbusinessintl.com Relatedlast_img read more

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Finn Bullers celebrating Merriam vote to update disabled access icon

first_imgFinn Bullers (center) with children Alora (left) and Christian, before the family headed to the Merriam city council meeting Monday.Prairie Village resident Finn Bullers this week is celebrating a victory in his quest to update the familiar disabled access icon — and he says he’s just getting started.On Monday, Merriam’s city council voted unanimously to adopt a new access icon that features a graphic depicting an actively engaged person in a wheelchair, making Merriam the only city in the United States outside of New York City that has adopted the logo for all its access signs. For Bullers, who has championed the cause for the past months, the vote was validation that democracy works in local governments.“[G]ood ideas, expressed well and with redeeming social value will prevail,” he said. “I was thrilled to know I had not let down the disability community and this will only be the first access-symbol Domino to fall in a long line of Dominos.”Merriam has committed to replacing the approximately 40 access signs it has on city property, each at a cost of about $35 for a total of around $1,400. The city will also look to restencil graphics on the pavement in city parking lots. The stencil costs around $275, which Bullers says is a bit pricey, but notes “can be purchased by one group, for example, and loaned for use by several others.”Bullers says he intends to keep putting the issue in front of the city of Prairie Village. Bullers contacted Mayor Ron Shaffer about the idea, but says he has yet to hear anything back.“We feel this would be an ideal time for Prairie Village to change its signs,” Bullers said. “The City Council recently voted to spend $500,000 on infrastructure improvements and accessibility related expenses in its capital-improvements plan. We feel this would be an ideal opportunity to make these changes now while new construction is still in the planning stages.”Merriam public works intends to replace its existing disabled access signs within the next month.last_img read more

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Gophers have chance to repay Bison at Williams

first_imgGophers have chance to repay Bison at WilliamsNorth Dakota State handed the Gophers a solid 62-48 beating last season in Fargo. Mark HeiseNovember 20, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Minnesota women’s basketball team might be off to a good start, but the Gophers will be hoping to have a little better luck this year against North Dakota State than they did last season.The Bison come to Williams Arena tonight to face Minnesota at 7 p.m., after pounding last year’s Gophers 62-48 in Fargo, N.D.And despite Minnesota’s ability to nail down wins so far, coach Pam Borton said there are still areas to improve.“At times we’ve been fairly sloppy, but we’ve also put together some good stretches,” she said. “We still have a lot to work on, but it’s nice to come out with some wins.”In order to keep the streak going, the Gophers (4-0 overall, 0-0 Big Ten) will have to do a better job of stopping senior guard Lisa Bue, who tallied 21 points in the meeting last year.Bue is averaging 18 points per game this season, followed by senior guard Emily Moran’s 14 points per game. Minnesota matches North Dakota State’s fast-break style of play, and will counter with Emily Fox’s 17.2 points per game and her uncanny ability to hit shots late in the game.“We’ve just seen the beginning of what Emily Fox is going to do,” Borton said. “She steps up and hits big shots, and that’s what we need her to do.”North Dakota (1-1, 0-0 Summit League) will be at a distinct size disadvantage, with its tallest player standing at 6-feet-2-inches, meaning the Gophers’ already strong rebounding might have a dominant effect on the game.Sophomore forward Korinne Campbell leads the team with 8.2 rebounds per game, while sophomore forward Ashley Ellis-Milan averages eight boards per game. Ellis-Milan pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds against North Dakota State the last time these two teams met.As strong as the starters have played for Minnesota lately, the bench will also need to continue producing for the Gophers to be successful.“We’ve been getting great production from our bench,” Borton said. “Kay (Silva) and Zoe (Harper) have been productive, and that’s what makes us a good basketball team.”last_img read more

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