HIV resurfaces in ‘Mississippi baby’ many presumed cured

first_imgVirus has returned in a child in Mississippi thought to have been cured of an HIV  infection, dashing hopes that scientists had found a strategy that would have widespread impact. After the girl went 27 months with no detectable virus in her blood, the sobering news “felt very much like a punch to the gut,” said her pediatrician, Hannah Gay of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, who spoke at a media teleconference today.The “Mississippi baby” received international attention in March 2013 when Gay and her collaborators first reported the case. The baby was believed to be just the second person who had a documented HIV infection that appeared to have been cleared. The girl, now 46 months old, received unusually aggressive treatment with a cocktail of antiretroviral drugs 30 hours after birth to an HIV-infected mother. Typically, doctors give HIV-exposed neonates a single antiretroviral until they confirm the virus was transmitted, which take several weeks. Her mother stopped her daughter’s treatment at 18 months, which almost invariably leads to rapid return of the virus.As Gay and colleagues described in a detailed report that appeared in the 7 November 2013 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), ultrasensitive tests of the child’s blood done through 30 months of age found traces of HIV nucleic acid but no virus that could copy itself. The researchers  suggested that the early aggressive treatment may have limited the size of the HIV “reservoir”—the stubborn pool that remains in people who have undetectable levels of virus—or somehow left only crippled remnants of it that could not replicate.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(*)So much excitement built around this idea that the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announced plans in March to conduct a clinical trial in other newborns. Now, “we’re going to take a good hard look at the study and see if it needs any modification,” said NIAID’s director, Anthony Fauci, who spoke today with Gay and others at the teleconference. “We have a situation that’s obviously disappointing, but nonetheless there certainly are many confounding issues that arise and that will trigger intense discussion and further study, particularly with regard to the persistence of a reservoir in the absence of our ability to detect it. What has happened with this case is really quite important.”Steven Deeks, who conducts HIV cure research at the University of California, San Francisco, was surprised by the finding. “This virus is trickier than we thought,” Deeks said. “It drives home that we need even more supersensitive assays to detect a very little bit of virus. Or we’re going to have monitor these ‘clinically cured’ people for years.”Gay discovered that the virus had returned when the child came in for a routine checkup last week, which she does every 6 to 8 weeks. Two separate blood tests showed more than 10,000 copies of HIV per milliliter of her blood. The child last tested negative on ultrasensitive assays in April; another blood draw from June is being analyzed now. She began treatment immediately last week, and Gay says her patient is doing fine.In clinical studies of adults whose blood similarly tests negative for HIV, researchers often analyze more remote sites that can harbor reservoirs of virus, such as the lymph nodes, spinal fluid, or the gut. These tests typically are done before and after people decide to stop treatment. In the Mississippi case, the mother independently decided to stop treatment, so such before-and-after analyses were not warranted. “Obviously, this case highlights the need for that,” said Deborah Persaud, a pediatrician at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, Maryland, who headed the blood analyses and was lead author of the NEJM paper. “Further studies in the Mississippi child on antiretroviral treatment will help inform our [clinical trials] going forward.”last_img read more

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LeEco invades US, launches LePro 3 at $399

first_imgChinese internet and technology conglomerate LeEco has officially launched its US operations, announcing a slew of new products that include smartphones, TVs, smart bikes, virtual reality headsets and electric self-driving vehicles.Taking on giants like Apple, Netflix and Google at the “Ignite the Eco World” event here on Wednesday, LeEco unveiled open, integrated internet ecosystem that involves platform, content, apps and connected smart devices.”We are disrupting several categories and changing the paradigm by breaking down barriers and boundaries between industries and screens to create a better experience and more value for both individuals and industries,” YT Jia, founder, chairman and CEO of LeEco, told the media here.LeEco has partnered with top content providers including Lionsgate, MGM, Showtime, Vice Media, Awesomeness TV and A+E in the US to bring its intuitive Ecosystem User Interface (eui) content platform to life.The interface provides seamless interconnectivity across all LeEco devices by removing the barriers between software, hardware, platform content and apps.The newly-launched Le Pro3 (priced at $399) is LeEco’s flagship smartphone that features 5.5-inch screen with Corning Gorilla Glass and comes with 2.5D curved edges.Le Pro3 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, sports 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera and houses 4,070 mAh battery.The device has surround-sound powered by Dolby Atmos and Continual Digital Lossless Audio (CDLA) technology.Le S3 smartphone (priced at $249) features 5.5-inch screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, 16MP rear camera and 8MP selfie camera.The Le S3 combines the power of CDLA and Dolby Atmos with in-box Type-C CDLA earphones for the rich audio experience.advertisementBoth the smartphones come with three-month EcoPass membership.Also Read: LeEco launches Le Pro 3 with Snapdragon 821, 6GB RAM LeEco also launched flagship uMax85 4K TV that has a 85-inch display and features full array, 448 active local dimming zones, HDR, Dolby Vision, Fluid Motion 1920 Display Technology and Harmon Kardon Audio.The uMax85 will cost $4,999 and will carry a 12-month free EcoPass membership.Available in a range of screen sizes including 43, 55 and 65-inches, the Super4 X Series TV’s feature HDR, Harman Kardon speakers and 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage.The 43-inch TV is priced at $649 with 3-month free EcoPass membership, 55-inch TV costs $899 with 12-month free EcoPass membership and 65-inch TV costs $1,399 with 12-month free EcoPass membership.The smartphones and TVs will be available on LeMall.com through a flash sale from November 2.LeEco also previewed its vision of connected screens that includes smart bikes, virtual reality and self-driving electric vehicles.The LeEco Super Bike is an Android smart bike that offers security, connectivity and a smart riding system. The ExploreVR provides a virtual reality experience for games, apps, movies and TV shows.The company also showcased LeSEE Pro, its self-driving electric vehicle with features such as machine-learning of facial, emotion, system and path recognition.LeEco’s ecosystem of advanced smart devices runs on its internet and Cloud platform, LeCloud, which is one of the world’s largest video cloud networks, the company said.To provide greater value for users, LeEco has created the EcoPass that brings together high-value benefits including-a two-year warranty for LeEco smartphones and three-years for TVs, 5TB of cloud storage on LeCloud and unlimited storage for photos and videos and unlimited movie viewing on Fandor.Other benefits include exclusive sale days on LeMall.com and priority customer service and discounted prices for many add-on content partners featured in LeApp.With the User Planning to User (UP2U) programme, LeEco gives users a voice in how the ecosystem evolves and the opportunity to co-create the experience and the next-generation of LeEco products.Also Read: Reliance Jio 4G Welcome Offer now available for all LeEco phoneslast_img read more

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‘Man Utd were so good – they outplayed Tottenham’

first_imgSam Allardyce believes that Manchester United outplayed Tottenham in Monday’s 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford and feels that Jose Mourinho has come in for unfair criticism in the wake of the result.Indeed, Mourinho stormed out of his post-match press conference after a heated discussion with the media, the Portuguese boss demanding respect after citing his three Premier League titles as a mark of his pedigree as a manager.Still, many regarded the heavy defeat as the beginning of a full-blown crisis in Manchester, with alleged friction between boss and players – most notably Paul Pogba – also the topic of much debate. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Regardless, English top-flight veteran Allardyce feels that his compatriot has been unfairly chastised by the media and pointed to a surplus of facts to support his backing of the Red Devils boss.“Man Utd were so good – I’ll tell you why,” the former England boss told Talksport.“The stats were: 57 per cent possession, 23 shots at goal, five on target [for Man Utd].  Tottenham had 43 per cent possession, nine shots on goal and five on target.“It’s only Tottenham’s finishing that got them the victory. Normally that result would never, never happen.“So is it a freak result or not? I mean when you’ve had 23 shots at your own place and you’ve not scored that’s not the manager’s fault.“The manager always gets blamed at the end of the day, but he’s set his team out to go and attack – that’s what he said at his press conference – they’ve gone and attacked and created enough chances and enough opportunities to win the game comfortably.“They’ve failed to take those chances and they ended up getting sucker-punched by what, in the end, was pretty poor defending.“It’s alright saying it’s a disaster, it is, because it’s three-nil, but if you’re a manager you’d say to your players at the end of the day ‘look, we cut the silly mistakes out, keep getting this possession rate and this shot rate and we will win far more games than we’ll lose.’“They [the media] are steering all the way around it because it was three-nil, but no one’s looking at the real facts. “The facts were: they did create more than Tottenham, they did outplay Tottenham, but unfortunately missed their chances and their slack defending and some brilliant finishing by Tottenham was the difference.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Rupani sworn-in as Guj CM, Patel Dy CM; 18 ministers also take

first_imgoath(Eds: Updating with more details)Gandhinagar, Dec 26 (PTI) Vijay Rupani was today sworn-in as the Gujarat chief minister for the second consecutive time, while Nitin Patel took oath as his deputy, along with 18 other ministers, at an impressive ceremony here.Governor O P Kohli administered the oath of office and secrecy to Rupani (61) and the other ministers at the ceremony, which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and the chief ministers of the BJP- ruled states.Rupani took oath along with nine cabinet-rank ministers, including Patel, and 10 ministers of state at the ceremony held near the state secretariat.Rupani, sporting an orange jacket, and Patel greeted the chief ministers of the NDA-ruled states, before the ceremony began.Earlier, Rupani and his wife offered prayers at the Panchdev Mahadev temple here, ahead of the ceremony.Prominent dignitaries who attended the oath-taking ceremony included BJP veteran L K Advani, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.Besides Patel, the other cabinet-rank ministers sworn-in were — Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, R C Faldu, Kaushik Patel, Saurabh Patel, Ganpatsinh Vasava, Jayesh Radadiya, Dilip Thakor and Ishwar Parmar.The ministers of state who took oath were — Pradipsinh Jadeja, Parbat Patel, Jaydrathsinh Parmar, Raman Patkar, Parsottam Solanki, Ishwarsinh Patel, Vasan Ahir, Kishor Kanani, Bachubhai Khabad and Vibhavariben Dave.Of the nine cabinet ministers sworn-in, five were retained from the previous ministry. Similarly, the 10 ministers of state sworn-in today included five from the earlier ministry.advertisementWhile six ministers belong to the Patel community, Bhavnagar East MLA Vibhavariben Dave is the lone woman in the new ministry.With 99 MLAs, the BJP has a simple majority in the 182- member Gujarat Assembly, 16 less than its 2012 tally of 115.The opposition Congress, which had won 61 seats in 2012, managed to increase its tally to 77 this time around. The strength of the party and its allies in the new House is 80.Rupani and Patel were elected as the leader and deputy leader of the BJP legislature party respectively at its meeting held on December 22. PTI PD PJT GK VT RClast_img read more

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Aegean Marine Petroleum Renews USD 1.2 Bn Loan

first_imgzoom Marine fuel logistics company Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has renewed its USD 1 billion secured global borrowing base multicurrency revolving credit facility under improved terms, the company informed. In addition to the global borrowing base Aegean also announced that it has renewed its USD 250 million secured U.S. borrowing base revolving credit facility at a reduced interest rate. The U.S. borrowing base is intended to continue to finance the company’s operations in the United States.Both borrowing base facilities will also continue to be used for the financing of working capital needs in connection with the purchase, transportation, storage and sale of fuel and gas oil, the company explained.E. Nikolas Tavlarios, Aegean Marine Petroleum Network’s President, commented, “We appreciate the interest of our lenders and their confidence in our business model and ability to execute our strategy, which is focused on achieving profitable revenue growth and increased global market share.”The global borrowing base renewal was arranged by ABN AMRO as Active Bookrunning Mandated Lead Arranger.  The lending group includes the following banks: ABN AMRO, BNP Paribas, KBC, NATIXIS, Rabobank, ING, Societe Generale, Belfius, National Bank of Greece, Credit Suisse, Mashreqbank, Emirates NBD, and Arab Bank.The U.S. borrowing base renewal was secured by the following banks: ABN AMRO, BNP Paribas as Co-Agent, Natixis, Rabobank, ING, Macquarie and Societe Generale.last_img read more

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First Day of Ramadan in North America is Saturday FCNA

New York – According to a press release by the Fiqh Council of North America the first day of Ramadan of this year is June 28.As in previous years, the Fiqh Council of North America bases its decision on astronomical calculations, rather than on the traditional sighting of the moon with naked eyes.The Fiqh Council of North America recognizes astronomical calculation as an acceptable Shar’ia method for determining the beginning of Lunar months including the months of Ramadan and Shawwal. FCNA uses Makkah al-Mukarram (Mecca) as a conventional point and takes the position that the conjunction must take place before sunset in Makkah and moon must set after sunset in Mecca. On the basis of this method the dates of Ramadan and Eidul Fitr for the year 1435 AH are established as follows:1st of Ramadan will be on Saturday June 28, 2014.1st of Shawwal will be on Monday, July 28, 2014While the astronomical calculations are accepted by some countries, it is still a hotly debated issue, since many cling to the traditional sighting of the moon with naked eyes, as set out in the Holy Quran.The calculations of the Islamic calendar are based on the lunar calendar, which causes the Islamic months to move in the Gregorian calendar approximately 11 days every year. The beginning of Islamic months may also vary from one country to another depending on whether the moon has been sighted or not.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

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British Government Urges Its Citizens to Leave Tunisia Immediately

Rabat – The United Kingdom Foreign Office has reportedly urged all British tourists in Tunisia to leave the North African country immediately, citing safety reasons.Following the terrorist attack in Sousse that claimed the lives of 38 people, including 30 Britons, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond urged all the British nationals to leave Tunisia, saying, “a further terroristic attack is highly likely.”The Foreign Office allegedly expressed concerns about the effectiveness of new security measures put in place by the Tunisian government after the Sousse attack. A report by Daily Mail says that the first thousands of British holidaymakers have returned home from Tunisia after the warning was issued on Thursday.The Foreign Office estimated the number of British nationals in Tunisia numbers 3,000 tourists and a few hundred British residents. It said that extra flights have been planned to evacuate them.The British government stated it does not have any information suggesting a specific threat.Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, however, told the BBC that “since the attack in Sousse the intelligence and threat picture has developed considerably, leading us to the view that a further terrorist attack is highly likely.”Philip Hammond stressed that Tunisia hasn’t done enough to enhance security, concluding that “more work is needed to effectively protect tourists from the terrorist threat.”Tunisian officials reacted to this warning, confirming that they are doing all they can to protect Britons and their interests, as well as those of other countries.Multiple reports say that Foreign Office’s decision would affect the Tunisian economy, which relies heavily on the tourism industry. read more

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Haitian quake survivors to benefit from more UN foodforwork projects

12 May 2010As Haiti continues to recover from January’s catastrophic earthquake, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced an increase in cash- and food-for-work programmes for the country. As Haiti continues to recover from January’s catastrophic earthquake, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced an increase in cash- and food-for-work programmes for the country.“Step by step, the people of Haiti are rebuilding their country,” said the agency’s Executive Director, Josette Sheeran, in the capital, Port-au-Prince. “This is a tribute to a nation that has shown extraordinary resilience in the face of epic levels of devastation.”More than 200,000 people were killed in the 12 January quake, which left 1.3 million people homeless, in addition to damaging Government buildings and vital infrastructure.WFP food was being distributed within hours of the magnitude-7.0 earthquake, and the agency has helped millions of people with its life-saving food rations in the first few months after the disaster.WFP is currently working with Haitian authorities to put the agency’s so-called toolbox – also including nutritional supplementary feeding and school meals – to full use, and these schemes are expected to benefit more than 2 million people.“We will look to empowering farming families and to stimulating markets across the country as a way to support the local community,” Ms. Sheeran, who wrapped up her two-day visit to the country, said.As Haiti enters the rain and hurricane season, WFP is also working to pre-position food, trucks and other supplies. It is also supporting local communities protect themselves against flooding, erosion and landslides.During her trip, Ms. Sheeran visited a cash- and food-for-work programme in the city of Croix-des-Bouquets, near the capital. Under this scheme, people who have lost their homes and livelihoods are building flood barriers to prevent the erosion of fertile soil, in return for food to feed their families and money to rebuild their homes.Such initiatives, she pointed out, are a vital element of WFP’s efforts to support long-term reconstruction, helping to jump-start the local economy and address food insecurity.Work projects are being scaled up to include 140,000 workers across Haiti, with benefits reaching up to 700,000 people in total.In Port-au-Prince, the WFP chief visited a school meals programme with the agency’s newest Ambassador Against Hunger, pop singer Christina Aguilera.In January, the five-time Grammy winner performed in MTV’s ‘Hope for Haiti’ telethon that raised more than $60 million for disaster relief, including for WFP relief work.Ms. Sheeran travelled to Haiti from Brazil, where she honoured President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for his leadership in the fight against hunger and inadequate nutrition in his country and across the world by recognizing him as a Global Champion in the Battle Against Hunger.“The Government of Brazil and the World Food Programme share a common vision of a world free of hunger,” she said.“President Lula has shown leadership in the fight against hunger by pushing the needs of the poor and the under-nourished to the very top of the international agenda.”Ms. Sheeran, who visited the site of one of Brazil’s national hunger programmes, “Fome Zero” (Zero Hunger) project near the capital, Brasilia, said Mr. Lula da Silva’s enthusiasm for the needs of the hungry had set an example for others. read more

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Samsung teams up with Comcast Netflix to get ultrahigh definition content to

by Peter Svensson, The Associated Press Posted Jan 6, 2014 4:47 pm MDT Director Michael Bay appears at a Samsung news conference at the International Consumer Electronics Show, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest maker of TVs, said Monday that it is tackling the problem of getting ultra-high-definition content to its new TV sets by teaming up with the Internet streaming services of Comcast, Netflix and Amazon.Like other TV makers, Samsung is betting that a quadrupling of the resolution of TV sets will get consumers interested in upgrading their existing, high-definition sets. The problem is that cable TV services and Blu-ray discs don’t support the bump in resolution, leaving the ultra-sharp sets without ultra-sharp content.At a news conference at the International CES gadget show in Las Vegas, Samsung said it would get UHD content through partnerships with U.S. streaming services, bypassing traditional cable and disc delivery. Under its partnership with Comcast Corp., the country’s largest cable company, Samsung TVs would get UHD content through an app running on the Internet-connected TV, bypassing Comcast’s set-top boxes.Comcast owns NBCUniversal, the movie studio and creator of TV shows, giving it direct access to content shot in UHD, which is also known as 4K. Similarly, Netflix Inc., the largest provider of paid streaming video, shot its own “House of Cards” show in 4K and has already said it will supply it in that format to TVs from LG Electronics, Samsung’s competitor.Netflix CEO Reed Hastings showed up at Sony’s news conference later in the day to say the streaming company was also working to deliver UHD video to Sony’s Bravia line of 4K sets. Hastings said UHD signals could be streamed if one has download speeds of at least 15 Megabits per second, a speed that is readily available to average households. He said streaming would even work over a Wi-Fi connection.Still, Internet delivery of UHD movies will place high demands on home broadband connections. As an alternative, Samsung will sell a UHD Video Pack — a hard drive loaded with movies that can be connected to its TV sets. Sony Corp. already sells a similar box for its UHD sets.Samsung’s UHD sets cost $3,000 and up. Sony didn’t immediately give prices for its latest UHD lineup.___AP Business Writer Ryan Nakashima contributed to this report. Samsung teams up with Comcast, Netflix to get ultra-high definition content to its new TVs read more

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The first of Calgarys Target stores about to shut its doors

As liquidation sales continue at Target stores across Calgary, one of the outlets will be permanently closing next week. The location in the SE, at 5115 17 Avenue, will be shutting its doors for good on March 22nd. The company announced it is closing all its Canadian locations back on January 15th. It is unknown when the other stores will close around Calgary. The first of Calgary’s Target stores about to shut its doors AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Mar 13, 2015 3:53 pm MDT read more

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New UNArab League agreement aims to prevent conflictrelated sexual violence

The agreement was signed in Cairo, Egypt, by the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, and Nabil el-Araby, Secretary-General of the League of the Arab States. It is meant to form the foundation on which to mobilize political commitment and collaborate in combatting rape and other instances of conflict-related sexual violence, particularly in Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen“This framework of cooperation gives us a platform to join and reinforce our efforts, and together build a comprehensive response in the security, justice and service sectors,” said Special Representative Bangura, who is also a UN Under-Secretary-General. That will include deeper information sharing and analysis, training and capacity building, and providing medical and psychosocial services to survivors and their families, according to a press release from the Office of the Special Representative. The agreement also cites the role of civil society, as well as religious and traditional leaders “to help shift the stigma of sexual violence from the victims to the perpetrators” and to ensure that survivors and the potential children they bear as a result of the crimes, are accepted back into their communities, the Office said. “Ultimately it is my hope that the focused engagement of the Arab League will catalyze greater national leadership, ownership and responsibility among its member countries to protect vulnerable women, children and men from sexual violence,” Mrs. Bangura added. While in Egypt, the UN Special Representative met with Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb, whose title of Grand Imam of Al Azhar makes him one of the highest authorities in Sunni Islamic thought. During their meeting, Mrs. Bangura received assurance of the Sheikh’s commitment to speaking out against conflict-related sexual violence, particularly in the context of acts by extremist groups such as ISIL and Boko Haram, according to the press release. “This is an affront to the most sacred and fundamental tenets of Islam as a religion of peace and tolerance,” Mrs. Bangura said, referring to what she calls “perverting” of Islam by groups that attempt to give religious justification for sexual slavery and other acts of violence against women and girls. read more

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UK puffins may go the way of the dodo with fears of

Take a wrong turn and you could also find yourself knuckle-deep in puffin guano because the ultra-hygienic birds like to dig a separate “lavatory” tunnel. So far the news has been bleak. The puffins arrived four weeks later than usual and initial estimates suggest… Thrusting your hand into an underground puffin burrow is not an activity to be taken lightly. For a start, should the protective homeowner be present there is every chance of a nasty nip. But for the past few weeks, that is what National Trust rangers on the Farne Islands in Northumberland have been braving during their five-yearly puffin census. The rangers are not just looking for adult birds, but also for their eggs and pufflings. read more

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Child abuse support group oppose any sentence reduction for Athlone child rapist

first_imgTHE CARI FOUNDATION said they are “appalled” to hear that a 30-year-old man who was given two life sentences for raping two young girls in Athlone started an appeal against his life sentence today.He was sentenced three weeks ago in the Central Criminal Court for raping two girls aged six and nine years old, who were at a birthday party in the Westmeath town when they were lured away to a nearby house where the offences occurred.The Irish Times reports that the appeal was being made on the grounds that the sentence was excessive.Sentence reduction The CEO of The CARI Foundation, an organisation that supports children affected by child abuse, Mary Flaherty said today that she supported the Director of Public Prosecution in opposing any sentence reduction, stating:I am appalled at the news of this appeal. This re-opens the issue again for the children, families and community affected.Flaherty added that  CARI strongly supports the Director of Public Prosecutions’ (DPP) opposition to this appeal.“He rightly points out that these offences were at the upper end of the scale because of the nature of the behaviour, the age of the victims, the premeditation and the multiplicity of the assaults,” she said.CARI, which provides services for those affected by child sexual abuse said “the crime stands out as one of the most reckless and opportunistic sex crimes ever purported on very young children”.Flaherty concluded, “our children need to be protected from this extremely dangerous individual”.Related: Groups say ‘justice was delivered’ in Athlone rape case ruling> Read: Man given two life sentences for rape of two children in Athlone>last_img read more

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The Flash Finds Hope in Facing Grief

first_imgStay on target After last week, The Flash is in a bleak place. Elongated Man is dead. Killer Frost could be too. I was worried that the show would devolve into the dour mess that season three became, but this episode actually handles grief in a really smart way. Thankfully, Harry didn’t die in last week’s episode, as scary as his last scene looked. He has other problems though. It turns out injecting his brain with dark matter was a really bad idea. Now he’s losing his intelligence, and it doesn’t look like there’s a way to fix it. His first instinct is, of course, to use the thinking cap, but Gideon reminds him that that’s what caused the problem in the first place. He really is getting dumber, huh?The Thinker, meanwhile, no longer has that problem. Thanks to his takeover of Ralph’s body, his mind is no longer deteriorating. He can absorb the powers of countless more metas and be totally fine. Now he’s going to enact… whatever his plan is. You know? Maybe that’s why he hasn’t really landed as a villain yet. We have no clue what his end game is. Just that he wanted the specific powers of the bus metas, and he uses them to screw with Barry. Whatever his ultimate goal is, it appears he’s finally going after Fallout. Remember him? He’s the walking nuclear bomb who spent an entire episode oblivious to the destruction he was causing.Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Wentworth Miller as Leo — X/Citizen Cold (Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW)Realizing they could use a superhero with cold powers, they travel to Earth-X to bring Citizen Cold on board. But they accidentally bring his current enemy along with him: the Nazi version of Black Siren. Um… hi, Laurel. Boy, it’s a good thing Oliver Queen isn’t around. Or Sara Lance. That’d get awkward. Oddly enough, the episode continues with no comment on their new guest. When it returns from commercial, Citizen Cold and Team Flash just go over the plan, with no mention of their new Nazi guest. Did I miss a scene?The episode continues anyway, with Team Flash moving Fallout to what they think is a safer facility. That’s when DeVoe attacks. The brief fight with him is well-directed. I like that it didn’t show the villain until he revealed himself. Just all of a sudden, Team Flash was floating in mid-air as their truck became weightless. When DeVoe does appear, he makes everything worse by using Ralph’s voice to taunt Barry. That’s just low. Then Siren-X shows up out of nowhere because… well, I guess they really did just let a Nazi supervillain run around Central City. Great job, team! She does throw a wrench into the Thinker’s plans, though. Though, as we learn later, he predicted her arrival, he also predicted that Barry would take care of her for him. But Barry was too overcome with grief to do anything. Siren-X knocks out Thinker, takes Joe and Fallout hostage, and holds up the police station. It turns out she’s a little bitter about Earth 1’s superheroes destroying her Nazi heroes. She wants to return the favor.Katie Cassidy as Siren — X and Ryan Alexander McDonald as Neil Borman/Fallout (Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW)One thing I will say about this episode: For the most part, it hits the emotional beats really well. Especially for this show. It’s all about confronting grief after losing someone, or something, you love. Everyone is dealing with it in this episode. Caitlin is missing Killer Frost, someone she used to share a body with. Harry is losing the only thing that gives him purpose. And Barry spends the entire episode in denial. He tells himself he’s desensitized to death and loss, when really he’s just bottling up his feelings. He thinks he has to in order to lead the team. That conflict even makes the episode’s requisite can-I-talk-to-you feel a little more real.We get another short, but fun battle with Siren-X at the end. Team Flash and Citizen Cold can’t quite overcome her sound waves. And as Fallout grows more stressed, he gets closer to becoming a catastrophic explosion. But Barry can defeat her easily, he’s just frozen. That’s what happens when you bottle up your emotions. They surface at the worst possible time. It’s only by accepting his grief, that he’s able to rise up, defeat Siren-X, and contain Fallout. Then, he runs to his old office and cries his eyes out to Joe. The story of this season has some serious problems, but these performances can be really affecting at times. Grant Gustin is still the best Flash.Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow and Candice Patton as Iris West (Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW)That emotion is going to be vital when it comes to defeating DeVoe. I know a few episodes ago, I said Ralph’s spontaneity would be the key, but the season didn’t work out that way. I still think that would have been a cool way for the story to go, but this is also a poetic undoing. DeVoe thinks of every variable, predicts every outcome, but he’s willfully blind to emotion. He sees it as a weakness, a distraction. Though the episode ends with Fallout in the exact place DeVoe needs him to be (hey, I guess we finally find out his plan next week), he can’t predict actions based on emotion. That’s going to be his downfall. Particularly because he can’t even see his own wife’s feelings. He spends this entire episode treating her like dirt. She tries to show affection, to look pretty for him, and he belittles her for it. More than once, he chastises her for thinking. Because that’s his job. By the end, she pretends to agree that emotions are nothing but a hindrance, and he doesn’t see her tears. She’s going to turn on him, and it’ll be so sweet when she does.As fun as it was to see Leonard Snart back again, I can’t ignore what a huge waste of a villain this episode was. That’s been a problem all season, really. We’ve had fun episodes dedicated to colorful and interesting rogues, only for them to be killed off or otherwise permanently sent away. The Flash is burning through the DC Comics backlog at an alarming rate, and I can’t help but wonder if they’re going to wish they had a few more villains on hand in later seasons. I mean, I guess that’s what parallel Earths are for.Katie Cassidy as Siren — X, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow. Ryan Alexander McDonald as Neil Borman/Fallout and Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West (Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW)But then what’s the point of even that when you treat a villain like this? Siren-X could have had a really cool story. There’s a ton of emotional potential there for an alternate Nazi Laurel Lance. But she was barely a character in this episode. The most development she got was in the form of an exposition dump from Snart. She shows up, disappears with no explanation, and isn’t mentioned again until she takes Joe hostage. Again, why does Team Flash just let a literal Nazi roam the city, continuing to plan as though nothing’s happened? It’s the one part of the episode that makes absolutely no sense, and it’s driving me crazy.In any case, it’s over. She’s defeated, and I really enjoyed the rest of the episode. It was full of well-done emotional beats and nuanced character moments. I especially liked Harry’s attempts to protect Cisco from suffering the same fate he has. We got to see the caring side of Harry come out. That hardly ever happens. We even end on a hopeful note as far as Killer Frost is concerned. Though Caitlin’s been drained of dark matter, she finds evidence that Killer Frost is still inside her somewhere. This episode established a strong emotional core that makes me think if the show holds on to it, it can come out of this season on a high note. 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PSG plot January swoop for highlyrated West Ham defender

first_imgWest Ham United defender Issa Diop could reportedly leave the London Stadium in January after the Europe giants prepared a £50 million offerOne of the biggest revelations in the Premier League this year has demonstrated some remarkable displays with the Hammers in his debut season in England.Along with Fabian Balbuena, the 21-year-old centre-back has been the cornerstone of West Ham’s defense under Manuel Pellegrini, with his performance against Manchester United and Chelsea so far emerging as the most impressive ones.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.According to the Daily Mail, the Irons could be on the verge of making a £28 million profit in less than six months, with Paris Saint-Germain lining up a £50 million January swoop for the player who arrived from Toulouse for £22 million last summer.The Parisians have splashed out around £35m for Thilo Kehrer in the previous transfer window, but the German youngster is yet to establish himself under Thomas Tuchel.Meanwhile, Thiago Silva is already 34, while Presnel Kimpembe proved to be unreliable, which is why the Ligue 1 holders have to rush back into the market.last_img read more

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Ruptured water main causes flooding leaves 30 without water in Normal Heights

first_imgWater main break 3500 bl of Adams Ave, side streets too, no streets shut off from traffic though pic.twitter.com/byL4grjyvl— Ed Lenderman (@EdLendermanKUSI) January 14, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Ruptured water main causes flooding, leaves 30 without water in Normal Heights Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Posted: January 14, 2019center_img January 14, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A water main break in Normal Heights Monday left about 30 customers without water service, with flooding reported in at least several properties.The break in the 10-inch diameter cast iron pipe was reported at 4:10 a.m. in an alley off the 4700 block of Hawley Boulevard, San Diego city spokesman Arian Collins said.Crews shut off the water around 6:45 a.m., Collins said.Flooding was reported at a handful of properties, but the extent of the damage was not immediately clear, he said.Service was expected to be restored by around 5:30 p.m., Collins said. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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JobHunting in 08

first_imgFrustrated by the mainstream media approach to politics, Ryan Sholin, a grad student in the School of Journalism & Mass Communications at San Jose State University, launched a blog (ryansholin.com). Sholin was smart in his posts and also smart in using online as a promotional tool. His work caught the eye of a number of media pros, including b-to-b media consultant Paul Conley, and Howard Owens and Bill Bevins of Gatehouse Media.In September 2007, Gatehouse offered Sholin a job. “I had run into Ryan first through his blog,” says Conley. “And I was hardly alone. Ryan was exceptionally smart and he was very sophisticated in using the online world to market himself.”That type of online self-promotion will become more prevalent in coming years. Bloggers like Will Sullivan, the voice behind journerdism.com, have emerged as new media leaders, thanks to their own personal online presence. For magazine people seeking jobs in 2008, the usual tactics of scouring the online classifieds still apply. However, online tools are increasingly becoming important, whether it’s doing your own separate blog or leveraging a social network to get noticed. And don’t forget to use the Web to check out your potential employers. Getting the Most Out of Social MediaSocial media has gone mainstream and it’s no longer for the bubble gum set. Last month, professional networking site LinkedIn announced a new program that allows partners to build companion applications on their sites. BusinessWeek is the first partner in the initiative.In his November/December ASBPE president’s letter, BNA Tax & Accounting senior state tax law editor Steven Roll wrote about his LinkedIn experience. “LinkedIn is searchable, so I included the words ‘state tax,’ which relates to what I write about,” says Roll. “Two weeks later, a recruiter from a big-four accounting firm called to see if I’d like to write about state issues for them. She wouldn’t reveal her sources, but I’m convinced that she found my profile on LinkedIn.”Brad Kenney, associate editor at IndustryWeek and the new president of ASBPE’s Cleveland chapter, is trying to spread journalistic online competencies through the association. Kenney advises that social network profiles be treated almost like your company’s Web content—keep it updated and make it relevant for search terms. “It’s like coding a Web site,” Kenney says. “Not only will that force you to think about your strengths but it will let you be searchable.”While independent bloggers like Sholin have succeeded, Kenney wonders how feasible it is for a full-time editor to launch a personal blog. “That can eat time like nothing else,” he says. “I took my own personal blog down. I only have a work one now.”However, those independent bloggers very much remain competition and require editors to raise their own bar. “Information-gathering competency is something where the average person can use the same tools you can,” says Kenney. “You have to become that much better than they are, such as knowing how to use Google Advanced Search.”Kenney also uses a social bookmarking site to see what’s causing controversy in the areas he covers and advises every editor to have a feed reader. “I use the LinkedIn question and answer section because it’s a good way to see where people are staking out and their professional competency is on the line,” he says. “The answers are generally pretty good.” Assessing Potential EmployersIt cuts both ways—not only should potential employers be considering your online presence, you should evaluate theirs, including LinkedIn and Facebook profiles of would-be managers. Also evaluate the company’s Web site. “You can tell about the quality of their site and if they’ve done any coding,” says Kenney. “Do they have knowledge of how things should look on a Web site? Are they blog-enabled, do they have 21st-Century tools for disseminating information? Do they have bookmarking services? Not only is that important to me as a journalist but a strong Web presence bodes well for future revenue and in turn, long-term employment.”But ultimately, it’s still editorial skills that gets one hired, not just a pretty Facebook account. “We hire people because they can write,” says Kenney. “The Web stuff—getting involved in forums, setting up blogs, getting them set up on LinkedIn—that you can teach.”last_img read more

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Google holds firm on Chrome changes that may break ad blockers

first_imgNot everyone’s happy about proposed changes coming to Chrome. Stephen Shankland/CNET When it comes to concerns over new ad-blocking limits planned for Chrome, Google has budged but so far hasn’t moved very far.The company is responding to criticism of proposed changes to its Chrome web browser that may cripple ad-blocking tools. Though Google revealed it’s lifting some limits and plans an exemption for enterprise users, it doesn’t look like the search giant has been fundamentally persuaded by critics.Google revealed the changes in October as part of a broader plan to improve Chrome extensions. In January, developers noticed that part of the plan, called Manifest v3, could hurt ad blockers. Manifest v3 is designed to improve Chrome extensions’ performance, privacy and security, but one part of that change limits how extensions will be able to examine aspects of websites. Some developers have said this will torpedo their ad-blocking and privacy extensions. Tags In response to criticism from developers, Google’s Simeon Vincent said the proposed changes in Manifest V3 aim to give end users more control and briefly noted an exception for enterprise users. The Chrome enterprise version offers administrative control options and is free to use.”Chrome is deprecating the blocking capabilities of the webRequest API in Manifest V3, not the entire webRequest API (though blocking will still be available to enterprise deployments),” wrote Vincent in a Chromium forum post on May 24.And in a statement, Google said it “supports the use and development of ad blockers.” The company is working with developers to create a “privacy-preserving content filtering system that limits the amount of sensitive browser data shared with third parties.” It didn’t comment in detail, though.A Google Chrome leader in effect denied any effort to hobble ad blockers.”The sole motivation here is correcting major privacy and security deficiencies in the current system. I know, because I set that focus, and the team reports up through me,” Chrome security leader Justin Schuh tweeted Thursday.And Alex Russell, a Google web standards leader, likened the change to the shift Chrome originally made with a more limited extensions foundation compared with the all-purpose framework built into Mozilla’s Firefox browser at the time. Mozilla has since moved to a framework called Web Extensions that mirrors Chrome’s.”We all learn the hard way that providing nice things and hoping they don’t get misused eventually get users hurt. So this is a correction whose details are being honed,” Russell tweeted. Figuring out how to improve performance and security without hampering utility is tough, but, he added, “I can assure you the extensions team hasn’t stopped listening.”Ad blocker objectionsContent blockers are a major part of the internet, with 615 million devices using them, according to a 2017 study by PageFair, a company that tries to help publishers cope with the technology. Content blockers’ most visible effect is often blocking ads, but they also can block tracking software ads use — even when ads themselves are invisible. Examples include uBlock Origin, AdBlock Plus, Ghostery and Privacy Badger.One of the most prominent objections came from Raymond Hill, developer of uBlock Origin. He said this week that the new ad-blocking approach “benefits Google’s primary business,” advertising.Part of the debate concerns rules that ad blockers use to decide what to screen and what to display. Chrome’s current design permits lots of those rules, so for example an ad blocker can check to see if elements on a website are coming from a very long list of advertising-related internet addresses.The new approach has a proposed limit to those rules — a maximum of 30,000 — which would hobble ad blockers and other software using those lists. uBlock Origin employs more than 90,000, Hill said. He didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Although Hill raised the point that Google benefits when ads aren’t blocked, it’s not clear that Google’s proposed ad-blocker changes would shelter its ad business in any way. Even a short list of rules could easily include Google’s ads, and indeed likely would given Google’s power in online advertising.Google lifting ad-blocker limitsGoogle added a more flexible mechanism, dynamic rules, in response to concerns from content blocker developers, Vincent said. That’s currently got a limit of 5,000 rules. However, Google does plan to raise its limits to some as-yet-unknown number.”We are planning to raise these values, but we won’t have updated numbers until we can run performance tests to find a good upper bound that will work across all supported devices,” he said.The complaints have opened a door to Chrome competitors, though, with some content-blocker fans discussing a move to Mozilla’s Firefox, Brave Software’s Brave and Microsoft’s new Edge that’s based on Google’s open-source Chromium browser foundation.Brave, also based on Chromium, has ad and tracker blocking built in and enabled by default and thus will block that content regardless of Google’s decisions. But Brave Chief Executive Brendan Eich said Thursday the company will maintain Chrome’s older extension interface so uBlock Origin and another blocker from Hill, uMatrix, will continue to work.”We will support uBO and uMatrix,” Eich said.Firefox, too, looks likely to stay the course. “Firefox continues to allow ad-blocking extensions to work in the browser. We don’t have any plans at this point to change that,” Mozilla said in a statement.Google changes to Manifest v3Google wants to move from an application programming interface (API) called webRequest that blockers use to run their rules and move instead to a new one called declarativeNetRequest. “The big problem with webRequest is unfixable privacy and security holes,” Google’s Schuh said.Hill also objects to the new interface’s limited flexibility for running its rules, saying declarativeNetRequest’s abilities are “set in stone” and not something uBlock Origin can adapt to use.But another Chrome security team member, Chris Palmer, said the new interface will improve blockers.”The new extension APIs are not going to break content blockers, but it will help them work more safely and potentially faster,” Palmer tweeted.But it’s clear Google hasn’t convinced its critics.Originally published May 30, 8:13 a.m. PT.Updates, 10:59 a.m.: Includes more about Google’s plans and the objections to them; 3:36 p.m.: Adds comment from Mozilla; 3:55 p.m.: Includes comment from Google; May 31, 9:27 a.m. PT: Adds comment from Google’s Alex Russell. 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Walker Poll Suggests Parnell Vulnerable … In A TwoWay Race

first_imgIn the three-way race for governor, Sean Parnell’s two challengers have developed a bit of a chummy relationship. Here’s Independent candidate Bill Walker last month at the National Congress of American Indians.WALKER: There are many benefits of running and one of the benefits I’ve had is getting to know Byron.And Democrat Byron Mallott …MALLOTT: I have to say that we’ve become good friends.But now, one of those candidates says he doesn’t want to have to compete with the other at all. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports that Walker would rather face the governor alone.Download AudioSince Independent candidate Bill Walker and Democrat Byron Mallott launched their campaigns, both have concentrated on beating Republican Gov. Sean Parnell. Mallott and Walker have never sent a press release bashing the other, and they’ve even complimented each other’s ideas on the campaign trail.(Rosemarie Alexander/KTOO)Only, there’s a problem with that. In the polls that have been conducted, Walker and Mallott both lose in a three-way race. Now, Walker has released a poll suggesting he would be competitive against Parnell if they were facing head on. He says he wouldn’t mind it if were suddenly to find himself in a two-way race.“No disrespect to anybody, but I certainly wouldn’t,” says Walker. “So I think the poll speaks to that.”The poll was commissioned by the Walker campaign, and conducted by Ivan Moore Research and the Alaska Survey. It shows Parnell with 42 percent support from respondents, Walker with 29 percent, and Mallott with 16 percent. When the poll takes Mallott out of the equation, the difference between Parnell and Walker shrinks to one point – 46 percent to 45 percent. And when Mallott is matched up against the governor, Parnell wins by a landslide – 55 percent to 34 percent.Looking at the results, Walker says he doesn’t regret bypassing the closed Republican primary, where he would have been able to challenge Parnell more directly. While Walker is now an independent candidate, he has previously run as a Republican candidate and lost to Parnell in the 2010 primary. He says his message now does better with a broader audience than just Republican voters.Walker adds that even if he likes the idea of a two-way race in the November 4 general election, he hasn’t approached Mallott about dropping out.“It’s not intended to be a shot at him in anyway, other than just the polls — they are what they are,” says Walker.Not surprisingly, Mallott isn’t too friendly to the idea of leaving the race, or trying to merge tickets. Mary Halloran is Mallott’s campaign manager.“It is not and it never will be a two-way race between Bill Walker and Sean Parnell,” says Halloran. “What the poll does show and we’re most interested in is that most Alaskans want a different governor.”Halloran is also skeptical of the poll itself. She suggests that it could be a “push poll” — never mind the problem of Alaska being famously difficult to survey.The only other polls released on the governor’s race have been done by the North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling, and they reached an opposite conclusion. A May poll showed the numbers basically flipped, with Parnell getting support from 37 percent of respondents, Mallott coming in second with 27 percent, and Walker in third with 17 percent.“We do know that in all the other polls we’ve seen, Walker’s come in dead last,” says Halloran. “And what’s changed? As far as we can tell: nothing.”Halloran says that moving forward, the Mallott campaign plans to spend more time highlighting the differences between their candidate and Walker, particularly on social issues like abortion.Halloran would not say if their campaign’s internal polls match any of the publicly available numbers.Ivan Moore, who conducted the survey, stands by his numbers.“There was nothing about this survey that could be characterized as ‘pushy’ in any way at all,” says Moore. “When you come out with poll numbers that people don’t like, they resort to attacking the poll itself. I am an open book, and anyone who wants to come and sit down and look at the original data with me can do it.”Moore says his results likely differ from PPP’s because his firm calls cell phones and landlines. PPP collects its information from landlines and online responses.For its part, the Parnell team is brushing off Walker’s statement that he could be competitive in a two-way race.“No matter how hard Walker tries to ignore the reality of a three-way race, Sean Parnell continues to hold a double-digit lead,” says campaign manager Jerry Gallagher.last_img read more

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