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Opening Day of Longines Irish Champions Weekend Attracts Stellar Cast

first_imgHarzand, Minding, Almanzor, Found, Highland Reel, New Bay, Success Days and The Grey Gatsby among the line-up for QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday The Group 2 Clipper Logistics Boomerang Stakes has attracted a field of eight runners, headed by Awtaad and Hit It A Bomb while five will face the starter for the Group 3 KPMG Enterprise Stakes including US Army Ranger and Zhukova. Of the five runners in the Group 3 Willis Towers Watson Champions Juvenile Stakes, both Douglas Macarthur and Radio Silence certainly appear to have leading chances.Longines Irish Champions Weekend opens with the Ballylinch Stud EFB Fillies Maiden for which 18 horses have been declared. The Irish Stallion Farms ‘Petingo’ Handicap will see a maximum field of 16 runners line up while the Irish Stallion Farms ‘Sovereign Path’ Handicap features 18 runners, headed by last year’s winner Kelinni.Pat Keogh, CEO of Leopardstown Racecourse, said, “We couldn’t be happier. The QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes is certainly one of the races of the year and the line-up is quite unbelievable. With Minding taking on the colts for the first time, including a dual Derby winner in Harzand and a French Derby winner in Almanzor, it is a dream come true to have them racing at Leopardstown. I’m delighted to see Qemah and Persuasive coming for the Group 1 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes. Again that is a fascinating contest. We can’t wait for Saturday.” Dual Derby winner Harzand and the six-time Group 1 winner Minding, head a field of 13 runners for the €1.25m QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes on the opening day of Longines Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown on Saturday. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img With Fascinating Rock set to miss out, Dermot Weld will be doubly represented as he bids to win the race for the first time. His star three-year-old Harzand, the mount of champion jockey Pat Smullen, will be joined by Ebediyin who also runs in the colours of HH The Aga Khan.  Aidan O’Brien has declared four horses, the fillies Minding and last year’s runner-up Found along with Highland Reel and Sir Isaac Newton. New Bay and Almanzor, the last two French Derby winners, will represent Jean-Claude Rouget while Ken Condon will run Success Days. British trainers Kevin Ryan, Clive Cox and Charlie Appleby have declared The Grey Gatsby, winner of the race in 2014, My Dream Boat and Hawkbill respectively. Jim Bolger’s Moonlight Magic completes the line-up.Eight horses have been declared for the Group 1 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes. A strong overseas challenge is led by the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained Qemah, John Gosden’s Persuasive and Hugo Palmer’s Hawksmoor while Alice Springs, trained by Aidan O’Brien and Adrian Keatley’s Jet Setting dominate the home defence. Andy Slattery has declared Creggs Pipes while Devonshire and Now Or Never will carry the hopes of Curragh trainers Willie McCreery and Michael O’Callaghan. Qemah and Persuasive head strong Overseas Challenge for Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakeslast_img read more

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Eddie McCormack wins Connacht Stroke Play Championship

first_img283 E McCormack (Galway Bay), 70, 70, 71, 72285 S Flanagan (Co. Sligo), 71, 73, 72, 69286 D Morley (Oughterard), 70, 72, 72, 72288 P Coughlan (Castleknock), 76, 70, 70, 72; K Murphy (Dun Laoghaire), 72, 69, 76, 71; P McKeever (Castle), 72, 69, 73, 74289 P O’Keeffe (Douglas), 71, 76, 74, 68290 R Black (Hilton Templepatrick), 74, 73, 73, 70291 M McClean (Malone Golf Club), 70, 78, 72, 71292 S Walsh (Portmarnock), 75, 75, 73, 69; J McLoughlin (Portumna), 73, 70, 75, 74293 T Ford (Co. Sligo), 73, 76, 73, 71294 E Griffin (Waterford), 73, 71, 71, 79295 E Long (Monkstown), 77, 73, 67, 78; H Foley (The Royal Dublin), 72, 73, 74, 76296 R O’Doherty (Enniscrone), 76, 74, 76, 70; M Boucher (Carton House), 75, 68, 74, 79; A Fahy (Dun Laoghaire), 74, 74, 73, 75; L Nolan (Galway), 74, 73, 77, 72297 J Hearn (Tramore), 75, 74, 75, 73; P Murphy (Rosslare), 73, 75, 73, 76298 G Royston (Cotswold Downs (SA)), 73, 71, 82, 72; A Ryan (Thurles), 72, 75, 73, 78299 D Kitt (Athenry), 77, 72, 73, 77; T Plunkett (Crover House), 74, 75, 75, 75; C Woodroofe (Dun Laoghaire), 73, 74, 79, 73; J Lyons (Galway), 68, 74, 80, 77300 S Mc Dermott (Co. Cavan), 73, 71, 80, 76; S Hogan (Nenagh), 71, 76, 74, 79301 J Hickey (Cork), 74, 74, 76, 77302 A McDaid (Palmerstown Stud), 73, 75, 76, 78; P Connolly (Killeen Castle), 71, 77, 77, 77304 D Reddan Jnr (Nenagh), 74, 74, 78, 78; A Smith (Mullingar), 73, 76, 79, 76; B McGarry (Birr), 72, 73, 78, 81305 D Brady (Co. Sligo), 77, 72, 81, 75307 R O’Connor (Co. Sligo), 73, 75, 80, 79308 E O’Brien (Clontarf), 77, 73, 81, 77311 C Butler (Kinsale), 72, 77, 78, 84MC M Shiel (Galway Bay), 77, 75; J Temple (Portmarnock), 77, 76; J Mc Donnell (Forrest Little), 77, 77; D McAleenon (Edenmore), 77, 77; A Hill (Athenry), 78, 77; J Keane (Lahinch), 78, 77; L Power (Galway), 78, 77; M Kennelly (Galway Bay), 78, 78; C Geraghty (Laytown & Bettystown), 75, 81; M Nolan (Dun Laoghaire), 75, 81; S Ledbury (Louvain la Neuve (Beg)), 75, 81; M MacGrath (Lahinch), 81, 76; E Leonard (Wentworth Golf Club), 78, 79; J McCarthy (Stackstown), 77, 80; S Brady (Galway), 76, 81; T O’Connor (Athlone), 80, 78; R Knightly (The Royal Dublin), 76, 82; M Fitzsimons (Ardglass), 82, 78; H O’Hare (Fortwilliam), 79, 81; H Gillivan (Westport), 79, 81; M Healy (Kinsale), 78, 82; A Gaynor (Co. Sligo), 78, 82; D Crawford (Bundoran), 76, 84; P Carey (Nenagh), 81, 80; P Brennan (Belvoir Park), 80, 81; H Duggan (Kilkenny), 84, 78; G Fitzmaurice (Balcarrick), 79, 83; M McKenna (Dun Laoghaire), 77, 85; S McGlynn (Portmarnock), 77, 86DQ S O’Brien (Nenagh)RTD I O’Rourke (The Royal Dublin)WD J Sugrue (Mallow) E Smith (Laytown & Bettystown), 76, 73, WDNR R Kenny (Arklow)RTD G Carr (Mullingar); R Brazill (Naas) Eddie McCormack from Galway Bay Golf Club won yesterday’s Connacht Stroke Play Championship at Portumna Golf Club with a final round of 72 that saw him two shots clear of Sean Flanagan of County Sligo. The win sees him move to 8th in the Bridgestone Order of Merit. It was also a good day for Devin Morley of Oughterard who finished third, just three shots behind McCormack. Eddie McCormack with daughter Aoife after his win at Portumna The Galway Bay member won (-5) by two strokes from Sean Flanagan of Co Sligo. He climbs to 8th in the Bridgestone Order of Merit following this win. Eddie McCormack with daughter Aoife after his win at Portumna The Galway Bay member won by two strokes from Sean Flanagan of Co Sligo. He climbs to 8th in the Bridgestone Order of Merit following this win.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Connacht Stroke Play ChampionshipPortumna Golf ClubSunday 10 JuneFinal Scoreslast_img read more

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Naas Racing Preview

first_imgThe equine flu outbreak in the UK means Naas stands as the sole provider of racing in Ireland today. There is a good mix of handicaps and conditions contests across the eight-race card, headlined by the Listed 2 mile Mares Chase at 2.10pm, where the Willie Mullins trained Pravalaguna looks set to go off the odds on favourite. However, the 2mile Novice Hurdle at 2.40, which features likely types from the yards of Willie Mullins, Gordon Elliott and Joseph O’Brien, might perhaps be more informative. The first race is off at 12.40pm and looking ahead to the action in Naas is George McDonagh… Naas selections and current odds: 2.40 KONITHO (5/4)3.10 SCOIR MEAR (4/1)3.40 SHES MADE IT (e/w 11/2)4.10 FRONT VIEW (5/4)https://galwaybayfmsports.podbean.cm/mf/play/as63yj/Saturday_Preview_for_Website.mp3print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Man City release statement after Sergio Aguero injured in car cash

first_imgManchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been injured in a car accident, the club have confirmed.The 29-year-old will now be assessed by City medical staff after sustaining injuries in a crash in the Netherlands on Thursday night.The Argentina international is reported to have been travelling in a taxi in Amsterdam after attending a concert when the accident happened. #Taxi total loss tegen #verkeersmast,twee #passagiers #gewond naar #ziekenhuis. De Boelelaan #Amsterdam #Buitenveldert. @Politie_Adam pic.twitter.com/RvvAlVIVYE— Martin Damen (@martindamen58) September 29, 2017 A Manchester City statement read: “Sergio Aguero will be assessed by club doctors today after being involved in a road accident on Thursday.“The City forward was in Holland on his day off and has sustained injuries. He will return to Manchester this morning and his status will be checked ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League clash at Chelsea.”Aguero has started the season in fine form for City, scoring seven goals in eight appearances to help put his club at the top of the Premier League table ahead of city rivals United on goal difference and put him within one goal of the club’s all-time scoring record.The absence of Aguero for Saturday’s clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge would be a big blow for City.City are already without defender Benjamin Mendy after it was confirmed on Thursday evening that the France international had ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.The France left-back suffered the injury in the first half of last weekend’s 5-0 victory over Crystal Palace and the extent of the damage was confirmed by a specialist in Barcelona.City are expected to be without the 23-year-old, who they signed from Monaco for £52million in the summer, for a couple of months but it is the absence of Aguero they will feel most keenly.Aguero needs one goal to equal the long-standing club record of 177 goals set by Eric Brook, who starred in the 1920s and ’30s as City won both the FA Cup and Football League title. Sergio Aguero 1last_img read more

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Local gymnast dedicated to helping youngsters

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – Steve Luce was inspired by Cathy Rigby when he was growing up in the San Fernando Valley and wound up competing in gymnastics himself for California State University, Northridge, where he placed 10th in the nation on the high bar in the mid-1970s. “I idolized her when I was young,” Luce said. He developed a dream of teaching gymnastics to children, which he has been doing since 1976 in Simi Valley, operating several of his own gyms and now holding gymnastics classes at the YMCA. Over the past 30 years, Rigby and other stars have inspired thousands of children to enter the sport, which has helped give Luce the career he dreamed of and helped make American gymnastic teams among the world’s best. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“Even if it’s recreational gymnastics, being in the Olympics is in the back of their minds,” Luce said of his students, who have been inspired by Rigby, Mitch Gaylord, Olga Korbut, Nadia Comaneci, Mary Lou Retton and Paul Hamm. In the 1970s, Luce was an assistant coach at California Sun Gymnastics in Northridge, where he worked with Gaylord, who lived in Van Nuys and became a gymnastics superstar and actor. Luce said gymnastics coaches have improved tremendously over the years and can help gymnasts get better, but the athletes who are destined to go on to Olympic competition usually have their own special dedication that comes from within. “He really did want to be an Olympian,” Luce said of Gaylord. “He was the first American to score a perfect 10 in the Olympics. Like most Olympic sports, you have to dedicate your entire life.” David Ogawa of Simi Valley, a retired Chatsworth High School teacher and coach, remembers coaching Luce in the 1970s. “He was first on the high bar in the West Valley League on our team,” Ogawa said. Gymnasts have gotten much better over the years and are continuing to improve dramatically in spite of fewer opportunities to learn the sport in public schools, Ogawa said. “By 1968, high school kids were approaching tricks that the world’s best gymnasts did in the 1964 Olympics,” Ogawa said. But most high schools eventually stopped offering gymnastics programs. Now coaching in the area is mostly left up to the private schools, which see increased enrollment when Olympics superstars come along, like Comaneci in the 1970s. “I started teaching in 1976 and lucked out,” Luce said. “Nadia Comaneci just revolutionized the sport.” He started working in Simi Valley at a combination dance and gymnastics studio, but with Comaneci, gymnastics eclipsed dancing. “All the little girls wanted to be Olympians, just like Nadia,” he said. “Out of 300 students, we had only 10 boys.” The most recent gymnastics sensation was Hamm, who became the only American man in Olympics history to win the gold medal in the individual all-around competition in Athens in 2004. After his victory, the enrollment of boys in Luce’s gymnastics classes jumped 10 percent. Over the years, Luce has coached at three of his own gyms in Simi Valley, and has worked as an assistant gymnastics coach at Moorpark College and Simi Valley High School. “I used to coach anybody – boys, teenagers, the Special Olympics, camps for children with cancer,” he said. “Now I’m exclusively with the young kids between 2 and 8 years old. … It’s their first exposure to gymnastics.” As far as the future, Luce said he has seen young gymnasts perform tricks that were unimaginable when he was young, and he thinks the routines will get even more amazing in the future. In the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, gymnasts will be allowed for the first time in decades to compete in single events without competing in the overall all-around competition. “That should change a lot,” said Luce, who is taking Chinese classes and hopes to work in the gymnastics stadium in Beijing. “It’s going to be very impressive. You are going to see probably the best performances ever, the best we’ve ever seen.” eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Joburg wows international press

first_imgRay Maota The Johannesburg skyline depicting trains coming into Park Station. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) Robert Brozin, the founder and CEO of Nandos, made a presentation to the delegation.(Image: Lynley Main) MEDIA CONTACTS • Margaret Dingalo   Director: Stakeholder Relations  Brand South Africa   +27 11 483 0122 RELATED ARTICLES • Social ad campaign for SA • New board for Brand South Africa • Brand leadership award for South Africa • Building a global legacy for South AfricaA group of international journalists recently visited Gauteng as part of a promotional tour for the Brand South Africa campaign. The efficient public transport system and sampling delicious local fare were among the tour group’s highlights.The nine-day junket, called the South Africa Gearing for Growth Media Tour, is being led by Brand South Africa. It kicked off on 28 November and will come to an end on 5 December 2010.The tour will also stop in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province; Pilanesburg in North West and Secunda in Mpumalanga.Warm South African welcomeDeputy Minister in the Presidency Dina Pule welcomed the journalists to the country on the evening before the Gauteng leg of the tour.“I am pleased to officially welcome you to our beautiful country, South Africa, which is alive with possibilities,” she said.“We have brought you here to feel and experience what South Africa has to offer and to witness how we are gearing up for growth. We also want you to experience our diverse infrastructure and institutional excellence. Most importantly, we brought you to help us tell a uniquely South African story to the world.”The journalists are from Brazil, the Netherlands, UK, China, Kenya, Egypt, Nigeria and Russia.“It is our hope that through this tour we can show why South Africa deserves to be rated among the world’s most dynamic emerging markets,” said Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa.“It is our hope that at the end of the tour, the first-hand experience of our country will provide journalists with a seamless understanding of South Africa on the move,” the IMC said.Sights and sounds of GautengThe Gauteng excursion began on the morning of 29 November with a trip to the Competition Commission in Pretoria. Once there, the journalists were given an extensive presentation on how the organisation operates.The Competition Commission is responsible for rooting out restrictive business practices in South Africa to ensure a healthy and efficient economy.The delegation then went to Johannesburg to board a Rea Vaya bus for a tour of the city.One of the guests, Enoch Wambua, a sub-editor for a Sunday newspaper in Kenya, said: “It took us approximately 35 minutes to go from Johannesburg town, to Soccer City and back to town on the Rea Vaya. We were reassured of its convenience and efficiency.”Rea Vaya is the name of Gauteng’s Bus Rapid Transit system, which is aimed at making transport in the city more reliable, convenient and affordable. Buses run along dedicated routes to ensure a speedy service. The enclosed stations along the route are spacious and welcoming.The system does not operate in a vacuum – it is a significant part of a city-wide plan to ensure a seamless public transport network combining regular buses, rail, taxis and private vehicles.After the Rea Vaya tour, delegates were treated to lunch from South Africa’s most famous chicken outlet, Nandos.The journalists dined at the chain’s head office in Bertrams – near the Johannesburg Stadium – where they met Nandos founder, Robert Brozin. They were also taken through the brand’s quirky marketing campaign, which has become known for its unique social commentary and satire.James Lawrence, a British freelance journalist, said: “Coming from the UK one thing I have already fallen in love with is the weather. I also thought when people spoke about Soweto I would find run-down buildings with no amenities and poverty but I was surprised to find a vibrant nucleus of life.”Stopping off at Park StationA tour of Johannesburg’s Park Station in the CBD was next on the itinerary. This station is a transport hub where trains, long-distance buses and taxis meet and depart.The group were shown where to enter the station, where to buy a ticket and where to board a train. They were also shown where they could report bad service by station personnel.Park Station has daily commuter rail services running west to Carletonville, Randfontein and Soweto; east to Springs, Nigel and Daveyton; north to Pretoria and south to Vereeniging.It is also the terminus of Shosholoza Meyl long-distance services to Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Bloemfontein via Kimberley, Komatipoort via Nelspruit and Musina via Polokwane.The station will soon accommodate the Gautrain as well.Launched on 8 June 2010, the Gautrain is a state-of-the-art rapid rail network in Gauteng that will provide a link between Pretoria and Johannesburg and a link between OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton. The latter is currently operational, and the Pretoria link will come on stream soon.Travelling at a maximum speed of between 160 to 180km/h, it will take passengers from Pretoria to Johannesburg, or vice versa, in less than 40 minutes.last_img read more

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Summer Camp and the Workplace

first_imgOriginally posted on John P. Hudson blog. We dropped my oldest daughter off at a YMCA overnight camp for the week, this past Sunday. This is the second year she attended and, this time around, my anxiety levels are a little lower and I’m getting a little more sleep than last year. Not by much, but it’s better. Even writing this post makes me a little anxious.For the week, we only have one-way communication. We can send her emails, but she can’t reply. The camp prints and delivers the emails to the campers everyday at noon. Each evening, the camp posts pictures of the day’s activities and we scour them to find her. It’s our way of knowing she survived another day!I remember last year’s experience all too well. I was a mess. While our daughter had been to sleep-overs and I’d been away for numerous travel trips, she had never been away and in the responsible hands of complete strangers. To make matters worse, I had to travel for work most of the week and was away from my wife and other daughter. To say I was a little unfocused and disengaged, that week, is the understatement of the year.So this is my frequent reminder to you that your employees are thinking about more than just the tasks you assign to them. They are dealing with their kids being away at camp. Their aging parents. Their sick pets. A difficult relationship or a messy breakup. They are struggling to make ends meet and wondering how they are going to pay off massive credit card or student loan debt. All of these things while trying to stay in good standing with you and the company. That’s a lot.Be compassionate. Be empathetic. And be a good human being. If you need some help on how to do this, check out this Harvard Business Review article. Employees want to be heard. As the article says, skip the happy hours. Adding alcohol and taking away time from family or reducing the amount of sleep in your people is a recipe for disaster. That combination only increases the anxiety levels one may be experiencing.Cut your people some slack. Reach out to them and see how they are doing and make sure they have the resources they need to cope. Whether that is an extra day off, a chance to work from home or duck out an hour early, or knowing about the company employee assistance program, make a connection and be a good person. And, most importantly, take care of yourself.last_img read more

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Protection 1 Expands its Network Operations Center to Accommodate Rapid Security Only Networks Business…

first_imgProtection 1, the premier full-service business and home security company in the U.S., today announced that it has expanded its Network Operation Center (NOC) with a dedicated space to support its security only network applications for its enterprise and national account customers.The expansion doubles the company’s capacity and allows for continued growth in this emerging market. Protection 1 now has over 45,000 network devices under management across 1,500 networks. The NOC has also further fortified its physical and virtual back-up capabilities as part of its disaster recovery programs and offers its customer 24/7/365 monitoring.“Cyber-crime continues to be one of the greatest threats facing businesses of all sizes today,” stated Chris Ben Vau, Protection 1’s senior vice president of Integration Solutions. “Our customer base has grown across all industries this past year to include leading brands in retail, healthcare, technology, hospitality and financial institutions. The driving force behind deploying security only networks is the ability to allow organization to separate their security devices from those on the corporate network that house proprietary and customer data, providing another level of protection against new and existing forms of cyber-attacks.- Sponsor – The NOC employs a skilled team of engineers, project managers and technicians that design, deploy, monitor and manage a company’s security equipment network, implement and manage broadband connections, and design and implement VoIP systems. Some of the key advantages to implementing a security only network include higher bandwidth availability and speed and access to the network for loss prevention and security teams while not impacting business critical systems. Protection 1’s Network Operations’ monitoring center can also proactively notify customers of a potential problem with the network or its components before they become major issues.In addition, the NOC can monitor the health of network-connected devices, such as IP cameras and recorders. Any trouble conditions prompt notification to NOC engineers for remote diagnostics and fix where possible, and proactive dispatch of a technician to remedy on-site if required. Health monitoring services help ensure that critical security systems have as little down-time as possible.The NOC will also be used to design and deploy the company’s newest cyber security solutions targeted for small and medium-sized businesses and provide level one technical and escalation support and instances response monitoring.“Research as shown that there as many as 14,000 new or variant malware or viruses unleashed every hour across the globe targeting individuals, corporations and government agencies. Protection 1 has the ability and capability to protect not only our customers’ physical assets but their logic or digital ones as well,” concluded Ben Vau. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Legislator Grills NIH Over Tobacco Grant

first_imgA research grant sometimes can lead a scientist in a new direction. But a shift into politically sensitive territory can put the federal funding agency in hot water with Congress. That’s what happened yesterday to Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), at a hearing on how agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services are dealing with tight budgets. One legislator wanted to know why an NIH grantee’s research on tobacco control delved into the origins of the Tea Party. Although conservative lawmakers often take issue with certain NIH grants, what was surprising was that Collins said he was troubled by it as well. The U.S. House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee on health and human services, labor, and education met to ask the directors of five agencies about ways to avoid duplicating research in a tight budget environment. Toward the end of the 2-hour hearing, Representative Andy Harris (R-MD) asked about a specific National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded study tracing Tea Party’s origins to groups supported by tobacco companies (video around 1:51 here). “They allege that somehow the Tea Party had its origin in the 1980s with tobacco funding, which is pretty incredible,” Harris said. “Because I mean, I’m a Tea Party guy. I was there when it was established in 2009. I know the origins. I find it incredible that NIH funding is funding this,” Harris said, adding that the study reflects “a partisan political agenda.” Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) “I, too, am quite troubled about this particular circumstance,” Collins replied. He pointed out that the lead author, University of California, San Francisco, researcher Stanton Glantz, has been an NCI grantee for 14 years and is considered a leading researcher on tobacco control. The paper, which listed support from an NCI training grant and an NCI research grant, also included a disclaimer that the NCI played no role in choosing the topic of the study. But, Collins added, “We thought we were funding a different kind of research when those grants were awarded.” Harris fired back: “What is within the NIH’s abilities to, shall we say, make sure that this researcher or this institution doesn’t play fast and loose with taxpayer money in this kind of research?” “It’s a very appropriate question and I’m struggling with it, to be honest,” Collins replied. “The tension here is both to recognize that [the paper] is an unfortunate outcome, but also not to put NIH in a position of basically playing a nanny over top of everything our grantees do.” The study, published last month inTobacco Control, received coverage in both the liberal and conservative press. In it, Glantz and co-authors make the case that two nonprofit groups funded by tobacco companies to fight tobacco taxes and no-smoking laws were among the earliest supporters of what became the Tea Party. Glantz said he is “very troubled” by Collins’s remarks. His grant proposal didn’t hide anything, he says. Written several years ago, it discussed his plan to study the influence on policymaking of “third parties” funded by the tobacco industry. “We didn’t go looking for the Tea Party. It emerged naturally in the course of the research,” he says, just as a cell biologist’s research grant might lead in an unexpected direction. It’s not the first time Glantz’s research has drawn hostility from Congress. In 1995, House appropriators voted to defund his NCI grant, but their recommendation was stripped from the final spending bill that year. “This is déjà vu all over again,” Glantz says.last_img read more

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Japan Eyes U.S. National Institutes of Health as Model for a New Agency

first_imgTOKYO—Japan’s government may create its own version of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to foster medical innovation and bridge the gap between the laboratory and the clinic. The proposal is included in a draft Growth Strategy approved yesterday by the administration’s Industrial Competitiveness Council. The plan notes that a “Japanese NIH” could better meld governmental, academic, and private sector efforts “in order to strongly support the commercialization of innovative medical technologies.” The new agency would be expected to “formulate a comprehensive strategy and prioritize goals and research targets for medical R&D.” In other health-related recommendations, the plan calls for legal and regulatory action to speed up approval of new drugs and medical devices. The quest for innovative technology that can boost the economy goes beyond health care. The council mentions another U.S. institution, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, as an example of a “strategic innovation creation program” worth emulating. The plan calls for giving the existing Council for Science and Technology Policy a stronger hand so that it can better coordinate research efforts across ministries. It also mentions a host of measures—including changes to patent laws and tax incentives—intended to help turn research at national labs and universities into economic gains and to support private R&D. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) The plans for technological innovation are small but important pieces of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Growth Strategy, which also includes recommendations to streamline the agricultural sector, promote the participation of women in the labor force, and enhance the competitiveness of Japan’s manufacturers. It is due to be endorsed by the Cabinet tomorrow.last_img read more

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