3 Dec

Video: An Atomic View of Brain Activity

first_imgThis, in all its molecular complexity, is what the bulging end of a single neuron looks like. A whopping 300,000 proteins come together to form the structure, which is less than a micrometer wide, hundreds of times smaller than a grain of sand. This particular synapse is from a rat brain. It’s where chemical signals called neurotransmitters are released into the space between neurons to pass messages from cell to cell. To create a 3D molecular model of the structure, researchers first isolated the synapses of rat neurons and turned to classic biochemistry to identify and quantify the molecules present at every stage of the neurotransmitter release cycle. Then, they used microscopy to pinpoint the location of each protein. Some proteins—like the red patches of SNAP25 visible in the video at 0:14—aid in the release of vesicles, tiny spheres full of neurotransmitters. Others—like the green, purple, and red rods at 0:45—help the synapse maintain its overall structure. Different proteins surround vesicles when they’re inside the synapse—the circles scattered throughout the structure at 0:56—than when the vesicles are forming at the edge of the synapse—as shown at 2:08. Researchers can use the model, described online today in Science, to better understand how neurons function and what goes wrong in brain disorders.(Video credit: Wilhelm et al. 2014, Science)*See related Report: Composition of isolated synaptic boutons reveals the amounts of vesicle trafficking proteinsSign 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(*)last_img read more

28 Nov

highlights of PCJ Delhi Couture Week

first_imgThe recently concluded PCJ Delhi Couture Week had all the ingredients of the perfect fashion extravaganza-glamour, bling, bollywood and of course high fashion. Simply Delhi brings you the highlights of the event. Actor Katrina Kaif walked the ramp in an ivory and gold lehenga choli for designer Manish Malhotra’s couture,The recently concluded PCJ Delhi Couture Week had all the ingredients of the perfect fashion extravaganza-glamour, bling, bollywood and of course high fashion. Simply Delhi brings you the highlights of the event.Actor Katrina Kaif walked the ramp in an ivory and gold lehenga choli for designer Manish Malhotra’s couture collection. Inspired by the classic style of 50’s and 60’s, the collection had elegant lehengas, ghararas, shervanis, pathani salwars and saris.A model sporting JJ Valaya’s couture collection titled Azrak, inspired by the Ottoman Empire.Sharmila Tagore walked the ramp for designer duo Ashima-Leena’s bridal couture collection Raag Rattan which had a vintage feel to it.Madhuri Dixit was the showstopper for designer Anju Modi’s collection Devi, inspired by Bengal. Traditional Indian fabrics like cotton, muslin and tussar ruled the ramp at her show.A model sashaying down the ramp in a Shatanu-Nikhil creation. The designer duo’s collection titled ‘She is the One’ was all about dark hues, vintage looks and hard silhouettes.Yesteryears star Sridevi walked the ramp for designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee for his collection, titled New Moon inspired by the designers’ travels across his favourite cities including New York, Kolkata, Berlin, Barcelona and Paris.Titled Royal Affaire, Manav Gangwani’s collection played with only three shades-blacks, ivories and reds. Cocktail gowns, lehengas, churidar kurtas, anarkalis, shararas, gararas and pre-draped saris in fabrics like silks, laces, velvet and satins ruled the show.last_img read more

26 Nov

Obama calls for tangible steps to reduce tensions in SCS

first_imgFrom Lalit K Jha Washington, Feb 17 (PTI) The US will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows and will support the right of all nations to do the same, President Barack Obama has said as he sought “tangible steps” to lower tensions in the South China Sea amid flexing of muscles by China. “We discussed the need for tangible steps in the South China Sea to lower tensions, including a halt to further reclamation, new construction and militarisation of disputed areas,” Obama told reporters yesterday at the end of the first US-ASEAN Summit in Sunnylands, California. “We will continue to help our allies and partners strengthen their maritime capabilities, and we discussed how any disputes between claimants in the region must be resolved peacefully, through legal means, such as the upcoming arbitration ruling under the UN Convention of the Law of the Seas, which the parties are obligated to respect and abide by,” Obama said. “Mutual respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity, equality and political independence of all nations by firmly upholding the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations, the ASEAN Charter and international law,” Obama and ten ASEAN leaders said in a joint statement. “Freedom of navigation must be upheld, and lawful commerce should not be impeded. I reiterated that the United States will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows and we will support the right of all countries to do the same,” Obama said.He said one of his main messages over the past two days has been the commitment of the US to ASEAN and its people.advertisementThat commitment is and will remain strong and enduring, he added.”With our strategic partnership, we have a framework to guide our ties for decades to come. Here at Sunnylands, we agreed to a number of key principles, including the principle that ASEAN will continue to be central, in fact indispensable, to peace, prosperity and progress in the Asia Pacific,” Obama said.”When ASEAN speaks with a clear, unified voice, it can help advance security, opportunity, and human dignity, not only for the more than 600 million people across ASEAN, but for people across the Asia Pacific and around the world. And Im pleased that here at this summit, ASEANs strong voice allowed us to make progress on multiple fronts,” Obama said.China says it has a historical right to all of the South China Sea.Taiwan and ASEAN members Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines also claim land features in these potentially resource-rich international shipping lanes. PTI LKJ NSAlast_img read more

16 Nov

Too Darn Hot can cook up another trainers’ title for John Gosden

first_img Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Too Darn Hot is the first card on to the table, as he attempts to extend his unbeaten record to four starts in a field for the Dewhurst which is short on numbers but not quality. Between them, the first four names in the betting have won 11 of their 14 starts and the fact that Too Darn Hot and Frankie Dettori are not closer to 1-2 than evens after a formidable success in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster last month is a sign of the opposition’s strength.“I think there’s three or four of them that could win the race,” Gosden said, “but I haven’t had a great deal of time to study the form because I’ve been up there [at the sales] this week. We’re happy with the horse but it’s a big jump and Donny is a different track to Newmarket, which has the Dip and all of those things.”Too Darn Hot was named by his owner, Lord Lloyd-Webber, and he lived up to it at Doncaster with a burst of speed in the penultimate furlong which Timeform described as “the move of the season by any two-year-old, if not any horse”. It allowed Dettori to ease home by nearly two lengths.“He is a bit of a buzz horse, I think that was from Andrew naming him Too Darn Hot,” Gosden said. “He’s won his races well and he’s a beautifully bred horse, and he comes with a bit of story because he couldn’t make the sales due to an X-ray. The owners always sell their colts and keep their fillies to keep the stud going, but he wouldn’t have passed the veterinary examination at the sales and he’s done well to overcome that at this stage.”Sheikh Fahad has yet to decide where to send Too Darn Hot’s brother, but Gosden, who also trained Dar Re Mi, their dam, must be in pole position, not least as he has already won three Group Ones this year with Qatar Racing’s Roaring Lion, the probable favourite for the Qipco Champion Stakes next weekend. Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. John Gosden insisted that a third trainers’ title in seven years is the last thing on his mind as he watched his stable stars exercise on Warren Hill at dawn on Friday, but he knows that the hard work is already done. Four of his horses will start favourite for Group One races over the next eight days and if Too Darn Hot, an even-money chance, can take an outstanding renewal of the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday, Gosden will head towards Champions Day at Ascot with the championship all but secured.He will also have made a compelling case to train Too Darn Hot’s brother, as yet unnamed, who became the year’s most expensive yearling when he was sold to Sheikh Fahad, the driving force behind Qatar Racing, for £3.68m at Tattersalls earlier this week. At a frantic, relentless stage of the season, as one generation prepares to hand on to the next, Gosden could scarcely be playing a stronger hand. Topics Hide France-Galop forced to up Arc game after Longchamp shambles Talking Horses Quick guide Racing tips for Friday 12 October Show Sheikh Fahad al-Thani’s new £3.6m horse could prove ‘cheap’ Since you’re here… Share via Email Read more Thank you for your feedback. Was this helpful? “It means a lot when you know the family and its traits,” Gosden said. “You probably learn what not to do, which direction not to go, because you tried it earlier and it didn’t work. There’s nothing like trial and error. But it’s always lovely to train a family, if you trained the mother or you knew the stallion well.” Pedigree proved decisive in the Fillies’ Mile later in the afternoon as Joseph O’Brien’s Iridessa, at 14-1, held off Hermosa, trained by his father Aidan, to give the 25-year-old his first win in a British Group One. Iridessa was bred by Anne-Marie O’Brien, Joseph’s mother, and runs in the red-and-yellow colours of Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez which took the 2015 Oaks at 50-1 aboard Qualify. As a daughter of Ruler Of The World, the 2013 Derby winner, Iridessa may be more suited to 12 furlongs than a mile and she is priced at around 20-1 to win the Oaks at Epsom next summer.Friday’s best bets, by Chris CookFlat racing is getting most of its weather wishes granted – it’s been dry overnight at Newmarket and is set to remain so, providing good to firm going for their top-class cards today and tomorrow. Well Done Fox (1.50) provides my betting interest on the card, in the Cornwallis, for which he’s 6-1.Fast ground is just what the doctor ordered for Limato (3.00), who skipped Ascot at the weekend when that became soggy. I think he’ll continue his fine habit of winning in October at odds of 7-4 or perhaps even 2-1.I’ll have a small interest in Shambolic (3.35) at 12-1. She’s shown battling qualities rather than brilliance so far, but that makes her the right sort for this test and her pedigree offers hope that she can one day leave behind the modest form of her two starts so far.In a later maiden, I’d say good things are expected from Ralph Beckett’s well-related debutant Queen Power (5.20), who’s 4-1 from an opening 16-1.At Newton Abbot, it’s possible the ground will now be too much for the nap, Western Sunrise. I’m more taken by 8-1 Moving In Style (4.35), a Neil Mulholland beast who was progressive in the spring and on whom Tom Scudamore takes over from a 7lb claimer. The horse has had a wind op since he last ran. Share on Facebook Read more news Share on LinkedIn Horse racing tips Newton Abbot 1.40 Crooks Peak 2.15 Benatar 2.50 Timeforben 3.25 Maria’s Benefit 4.00 Western Sunrise (nap) 4.35 Moving In Style (nb) 5.10 WinningseverythingNewmarket 1.50 Well Done Fox 2.25 Frosty 3.00 Limato 3.35 Shambolic 4.10 Rock Eagle 4.45 Mary Somerville 5.20 Queen Power 5.55 Dance LegendYork 2.05 Three Card Trick 2.40 Chatez 3.15 Angel Alexander 3.50 Surya 4.25 East Street Revue 5.00 Mardle 5.35 TresorierWolverhampton 5.45 Silently 6.15 Capla Gilda 6.45 Another Angel 7.15 Charlie D 7.45 Jersey Wonder 8.15 Cashel 8.45 Mirbat 9.15 Admirable ArtTips by Chris Cook Share on Twitter Horse racinglast_img read more

24 Oct

Alternative Pathways to Secondary Education Programme Fully Implemented

first_imgThe Alternative Pathways to Secondary Education programme – a seven-year period (Grades 7-13) of instruction for students on all secondary pathways – has been fully implemented.This was disclosed by Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, in his national back-to-school broadcast on January 6.Under this programme, instruction will be based on tailored curricula, enabling each learner to perform to his/her fullest potential, based on aptitude, interest and ability.“The Ministry effected an additional two years in our secondary-school system to provide students with skills and competencies required for work. This has been made possible under the framework of the Career Advancement Programme (CAP), which has been introduced in 202 institutions, so far, and is working well for our young people,” Senator Reid said.The Education Minister also informed that the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the education system continues, noting that over $100 million was provided to schools to upgrade science areas.In addition, Senator Reid said the Centre of Occupational Studies now has enrolled more than 1,000 students. The first graduation of over 400 students took place in November of last year.last_img read more

17 Oct

Jerome Choquette Quebec justice minister during October crisis dead at 89

first_imgMONTREAL – Former Quebec justice minister Jerome Choquette, who helped navigate the province through the October Crisis, has died at the age of 89.His former press secretary Jean-Claude Gobe said Choquette died Friday in Montreal after a long illness.Gobe described his friend as a “political giant” who helped to shape modern Quebec.“He was a humanist, a man who wanted to help people and who wasn’t guided by partisan lines or narrow-mindedness,” he said in a phone interview.Choquette was known for his role during the 1970 October crisis, when he served as justice minister under then-premier Robert Bourassa.In that role, he held the first government news conference after the abduction of British diplomat James Cross.He was also the one to announce that the government would not meet the kidnappers’ demands to release 23 jailed members of the nationalist Front du Liberation du Quebec, or FLQ.Choquette took to carrying a revolver at his side during the crisis, which he later explained was so he wouldn’t be intimidated.But despite his tough image, he also tried to calm things down by suggesting that Bourassa name a minister of social peace.When the federal government eventually invoked the War Measures Act, Choquette tried to act to limit the mass arrests that followed, he told the French language CBC years after the fact.“When I saw these arrests were massive and, in some cases, with little justification, I told (then-provincial police head Maurice Saint-Pierre) that I didn’t want a single additional arrest without my personal authorization,” he told the CBC in 1980.Years later, Choquette said he was “perfectly at peace” with his actions during the crisis.“I did what I had to do,” he said in 2010. “Had I acted differently, I would have failed in my duties.”Despite Choquette’s public statements, Gobe says it was painful for his justice-minded friend, who was a lawyer by training, to suspend people’s liberties.“He believed in liberty, he truly believed in it, so having to suspend freedoms with the War Measures Act, he was not happy about it,” Gobe said.Several years after the crisis, Choquette introduced a bill to establish the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.He is also credited with setting up Quebec’s legal aid system.Choquette was born in Montreal in 1928 and was elected to Quebec’s legislature three times beginning in 1966.After leaving provincial politics, he served as mayor of Outremont from 1983 to 1991 before resuming his legal career.last_img read more

17 Oct

PM says time to talk about lifting ban on paying sperm egg

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians need to have a conversation about whether to allow women and men to be paid to donate eggs or sperm for fertility treatments.While many strong opinions are expected on this proposed change, Trudeau says he believes it is an important issue that needs to be studied.“This not an easy situation, this is a very complex situation,” he said Wednesday during a news conference with the head of the NATO military alliance.“Of course we will need to listen to everyone’s perspectives, that we learn about their experiences and that we try to find the best solution for us as a society.”Last month, Liberal MP Anthony Housefather announced plans to introduce a private member’s bill that would amend the Assisted Human Reproduction Act.This law, passed in 2004, allows for sperm and eggs to be donated and surrogate mothers to carry someone else’s baby, but it imposes a strict ban on paying for these services beyond covering out of pocket expenses; penalties for violating the law include up to 10 years in prison or a $500,000 fine.Housefather said Wednesday he was “delighted” to hear the prime minister invite public conversation on the issue. Gay and infertile heterosexual couples should not have to live in fear of possible prison time when trying to grow their families, he said.“We have Canadians going to the U.S. to do egg donation and surrogacy because of the fear of the criminal law in Canada hanging over their heads and we have fear amongst intended parents and surrogates and agencies in Canada that they will do something wrong and trigger criminal sanctions,” Housefather said.“The law deters donors, surrogates and intended parents. And while nobody disputes the provinces need to carefully regulate in these areas, it should not be criminal.”Last year, the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society said the current law has resulted in a very limited supply of donated eggs and sperm in Canada, forcing want-to-be parents to look to the United States, where paid donations are legal.Trudeau said his government will listen to and show respect for all opinions that emerge when Housefather’s bill is debated and will “move forward appropriately.”“It’s a difficult but important issue but I know that we’ll have plenty of time to think about it and talk about it.”last_img read more

8 Oct

Local monitors note change in political culture

Local election monitors today noted a positive change in Sri Lanka’s political culture which was having an impact on the Parliamentary elections.The Peoples Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) said that collective action had led to the positive change and this should now be maintained. He said there were less reports of State resources being used ahead of election day and Government vehicles which were used, had been returned following the intervention of the Elections Commissioner. Hettiarachi also hailed the measures taken by the police and the Elections Commissioner to prevent violations of elections laws.He said the powers with the Elections Commissioner has been boosted as a result of the 19th Amendment to the constitution and so those who backed the 19th Amendment must also be commended. PAFFREL meanwhile urged the public to select suitable candidates to represent them in Parliament when they go to vote on Monday.Hettiarachi also said that simply because someone had a bad past record does not mean he is clean now when contesting the election. (Colombo Gazette) The Executive Director of PAFFREL, Rohana Hettiarachi said that when compared to past elections there has been a considerable drop in pre election violations reported ahead of the August 17 polls. read more

8 Oct

President Sirisena arrives in Rome to attend summit

President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to deliver his special speech at the Session on July 16. The 24th session of COFO and the 6th World Forest Week will explore the contributions that forests can make to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). President Maithripala Sirisena arrived at the Fuimicino International Airport in Rome today to attend the 24th session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) and the 6th World Forest Week organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations scheduled to begin tomorrow (16).He was received by a special representative and officials, the President’s office said. Later, President Sirisena will undertake a tour to Georgia from 17-19 to attend the Open Government Partnership Global Summit 2018. (Colombo Gazette) read more

4 Oct

Cypriot govt officials Plan B aimed at getting bailout to be presented

Cypriot gov’t officials: Plan B aimed at getting bailout to be presented Thursday by Menelaos Hadjicostis And Elena Becatoros, The Associated Press Posted Mar 19, 2013 5:42 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NICOSIA, Cyprus – Searching for a way out of a crippling financial crisis, officials in Cyprus on Wednesday pursued a new bailout strategy that could include a loan from Russia in exchange for natural gas leases and selling off assets from its most troubled banks.Cyprus needs to come up with 5.8 billion euros ( $7.5 billion) on its own in order to secure 10 billion euros in rescue loans from international creditors. But the country’s first plan to seize up to 10 per cent of people’s bank accounts failed miserably. Now officials are trying to limit the amount of money they need to take from customer’s deposits.The new “Plan B” could be voted on as early as Thursday, three top government officials said.The latest move came a day after lawmakers voted overwhelmingly against the earlier plan — a rejection that threw Cyprus’ entire bailout into question. That raised the possibility the country’s banks could collapse, the government would be unable to pay its bills and Cyprus could be forced out of the euro.That could roil global financial markets as well as endanger deposits in the country even further.The new “Plan B” was described by three top government officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the proposal were not being released until party officials had a chance to review them at a meeting Thursday morning.The package includes a proposal to restructure Cyprus’ heavily indebted second-largest lender, Laiki. The idea would be to isolate the bank’s bad assets, which would be taken over by the government, from its good assets, which could be sold off to raise money. That strategy could also be applied to the country’s biggest lender, Bank of Cyprus.To avoid bank runs and give officials time to push the package through, the country’s banks, which have been shuttered since Saturday, will remain closed for the rest of the week, said the central bank spokeswoman, Aliki Stylianou. Monday is a bank holiday, so banks will not reopen before Tuesday.Cyprus has turned to long-time ally Russia for help, and Finance Minister Michalis Sarris was in Moscow on Wednesday to discuss a range of aid options and vowed to remain there until he secured a pledge of support. “We will be here until some kind of agreement is reached,” Sarris said.Nearly a third of the total amount of deposits in Cyprus’ banks is believed to be held by Russians. The idea that authorities could dip directly into people’s bank accounts had outraged Cypriots and Russians alike.A Cypriot government official said the new proposal still includes some tax on deposits, but at a percentage far lower than those originally proposed. The official said the EU had given Cyprus until Monday to come up with an alternative, so speed was of the essence.The European Union and Germany in particular, have long argued that they should not have to ask their own taxpayers to contribute to bailing out a country when it was Russian oligarchs who would benefit.While the economy of Cyprus is tiny — a mere 0.2 per cent of the eurozone — its exit from the shared currency could raise speculation that other, larger countries could leave, roiling global financial markets.Cypriot political leaders held emergency meetings throughout the day Wednesday to try to find an alternative plan and seemed inclined to rely on Russia to help them out.Russia is a longtime ally and also has skin in the game — Russians own about a third of the 68 billion euros in deposits with Cypriot banks. It was unclear however, how much it would help and the Russians appeared to be balking at pouring any more money into the country.Russia could extend a 2.5 billion euro loan that it gave Cyprus in 2011 and lower repayment rates. It could also provide a fresh loan, have one of its banks take over one of Cyprus’ ailing lenders, or demand an interest in natural gas fields that Cyprus has discovered in the Mediterranean.Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev criticized the eurozone and Cypriot officials for their plan to seize deposits, comparing them to Soviet-style autocrats.“So far, the actions of the European Union, the European Commission and the government of Cyprus have resembled that of an elephant in a china shop,” Medvedev said in remarks carried Wednesday by the Interfax news agency.Scrambling to avert a financial meltdown, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades held talks Wednesday with European and IMF officials. The eurozone and IMF must sign off on any Plan B the Cypriots come up with if it is to be approved as part of the bailout.Some sort of deal must be approved within days because Cyprus is running on borrowed time — literally.The European Central Bank is keeping the Cypriot banks alive by allowing them to draw on emergency support from the local central bank. But the ECB has said it would cut off that aid if there was no bailout deal soon and it became clear the banks had no hope of becoming solvent again.In Nicosia, residents waited anxiously to see what lay in store for them.Avetis Bahcecian has been running his Armenian restaurant in Nicosia for years. Now, with the uncertainty swirling around Cyprus, he’s worried about his business.“Whatever they do, they have to do it quickly because this uncertainty is hurting business,” the 41-year-old said as he kneaded dough to make lahmacun, a traditional Armenian pizza-style food. “Our business is down by 40 per cent in the last couple days.”ATMs have been dispensing cash and debit and credit cards have been working, so Cypriots have not faced any immediate cash shortage for day-to-day living.Tensions remained high as Cypriots wondered whether the country’s final rescue deal would include the hated bank deposit seizures.Under the initial bailout plan conceived in Brussels last weekend, Cyprus was to have funded its part of the bailout by seizing 6.75 per cent of all deposits up to 100,000 euros and 9.9 per cent of those above that threshold. That caused outrage, leading the government to propose an amended version that would have spared deposits up to 20,000 euros. That plan was rejected by lawmakers on Tuesday.As uncertainty grew over the country’s future, even the country’s influential Orthodox church offered to help.Its head, Archbishop Chrysostomos II, said the church was willing to mortgage its assets to invest in government bonds. The church has considerable wealth, including property, stakes in a bank and a brewery.“The wealth of the church is at the disposal of the country,” Chrysostomos said.___Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow and David McHugh in Frankfurt, Germany, contributed to this report. read more

2 Oct

DOHA UN forum to discuss link between crime prevention and sustainable development

“The rule of law, better criminal justice systems, access to justice, well-functioning law enforcement and prosecution authorities – they could be enablers for development,” the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, said in a recent interview with the UN News Centre.“That’s why the Crime Congress is important, especially this year, just a few months before the UN summit on the post-2015 development agenda,” added the chief of the Vienna-based UNODC.The theme of the Congress, which will take place in the Qatari capital from 12 to 19 April, is “Integrating crime prevention and criminal justice into the wider United Nations agenda to address social and economic challenges and to promote the rule of law at the national and international levels, and public participation.”Hundreds of policymakers and practitioners in the area of crime prevention and criminal justice, as well as individual experts from academia, representatives of inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, specialized agencies and other UN entities, and the media are expected to attend the forum, which is held every five years. This year’s Crime Congress, which will be opened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, also marks the 60th anniversary of the first such meeting held in 1955. Participants are expected to discuss the successes and challenges in the implementation of comprehensive policies and strategies for the prevention of crime and criminal justice in order to strengthen the rule of law at the national and international levels and to support sustainable development.Other issues include international cooperation, including at the regional level, to combat transnational organized crime; comprehensive and balanced approaches to prevent and adequately respond to new and emerging forms of transnational crime; and national approaches to public participation in the strengthening of crime prevention and criminal justice.In addition to the main session, several side-events are planned on various topics, such as human trafficking, smuggling of migrants, wildlife and forest crime, and cybercrime. The Congress is expected to adopt the ‘Doha Declaration,’ a political document that will put an emphasis on important aspects of fighting transnational organized crime and strengthening criminal justice systems and crime prevention. It will contain recommendations which will be submitted to the next session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, to be held in Vienna from 18 to 22 May. Mr. Fedotov believes that international cooperation is crucial to fight crime. “National borders do not stop criminals. That’s why international cooperation has to grow. That’s why the 13th Crime Congress is very important,” he said.He also believes that the role of the public in strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice is very important, noting: “We cannot do anything without civil society.” In advance of the Congress, a Youth Forum involving the participation of more than 160 students from different backgrounds will take place during which they will be asked to role-play the 13th Crime Congress to discuss the main themes. read more

2 Oct

Donors come to UN agencys aid with extra 118 million to help

Established by the General Assembly in 1949, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) provides assistance and protection to over five million registered Palestine refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.This year, the Agency faced an acute funding shortage after the United States, which has traditionally been its single largest contributor, decided to reduce its contribution by $300 million.“The announcement of an additional $118 million is a very significant step in the direction of overcoming UNRWA’s greatest and gravest financial crisis ever,” its Commissioner-General, Pierre Krähenbühl, told reporters at UN Headquarters following a ministerial meeting to discuss the Agency’s funding gap.He said the level of participation in Thursday’s meeting, held on the margins of the General Assembly’s annual high-level session, and the collective mobilization that was displaced to help UNRWA overcome its financial crisis, sent a message to Palestine refugees that they are not forgotten.We’re sending a message that the world does still care about the plight of Palestinian refugees – UNRWA chief Pierre Krähenbühl Despite various efforts in recent months, including $260 million in new funding, UNRWA came into today’s meeting facing a remaining shortfall of $186 million. With the pledges announced today, it still has a deficit of $68 million.“We’ve dealt with part of the challenge today, which is trying to move closer to addressing the budget deficit that exists,” said Ayman H. Safadi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Jordan, which co-hosted today’s meeting along with Turkey, Sweden, Japan, Germany and the European Union.“I think the challenge is to sustain this effort and I think part of what we discussed today is a way in which we could have a long-term financial planning so […] every year in August Palestinian kids will [not] be wondering whether they’ll have a school to go to or not.” read more

2 Oct

Five takeaways Special teams woes offense still a question and more

Penn State freshman punter Blake Gillikin (93) and OSU redshirt sophomore wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) rush towards the ball after a blocked punt in the second half of the Buckeyes game on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes lost 24-21. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorFew Ohio State fans expected to see their beloved team struggle against Penn State. Even fewer expected the Buckeyes to fall 24-21 in Beaver Stadium on Saturday after a thrilling overtime win in Madison, Wisconsin, just a week prior. In a game that seemed to have an inevitable outcome when OSU led 21-7 in the fourth quarter, the team looked on in horror as a blocked field goal for Penn State was returned for a touchdown, giving coach James Franklin’s squad the go-ahead and game-winning score. It was an emotional roller coaster for Buckeye backers looking on at the Scarlet and Gray trying helplessly to stop the charge of Penn State. In the end, the white out crowd was storming the field, and the Buckeyes had their first loss of the year.OSU coach Urban Meyer said it was the play of his lines on both sides of the ball that hurt the Buckeyes the most.“Any good team controls the line-of-scrimmage, you win the game. And I didn’t feel that way,” he said.Although the first blow delivered to OSU came by way of an unranked Penn State team, a loss does not doom a team with playoff aspirations. But, it certainly doesn’t help the team paint a convincing picture.Here are five takeaways from OSU’s gut-wrenching loss to Penn State.OSU has developed an execution problemOnce in awhile, a team will come along that has sky-high expectations from its players, coaches and fans after months of offseason hype, even following a season that doesn’t go its way. OSU was one of those teams this offseason, with many fans expecting a cake walk for the Buckeyes after a convincing win in Oklahoma. Saturday was proof that lots of fan backing and player potential gets you nowhere if the team as a whole fails to follow the game plan. Sure, maybe the play calling was lacking at times, and maybe OSU played down to an opponent that is much less skilled than the Buckeyes are. Regardless of any outside excuses, the game was decided over one key element: a lack of execution.During key moments, when the Buckeyes needed to limit the Penn State offensive attack, the defense allowed Nittany Lions’ redshirt sophomore quarterback Trace McSorley to buy time and scramble or locate an open receiver. When OSU was leading 12-0 just before halftime, a breakdown in coverage gave Penn State a chance to score.In that instance, Penn State executed and OSU did not.Questions will be brought up for the next week about co-offensive coordinators Ed Warinner and Tim Beck’s play selection, as well as the ability of redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett to lead the team from a late deficit. But the loss falls on the team as a whole, and the ability of the Scarlet and Gray to follow the game plan laid out for them.And speaking of Barrett …Barrett still figuring out young receiversBarrett has been the man with the plan for the OSU offense since the season began. Meyer said he had the keys to the car, but there’s a slight issue arising in the 2016 campaign.The timing between he and his receiving corp has been incredibly unreliable for OSU this year.On a few throws, the perfect coordination between wide receiver and signal caller was there, like on redshirt sophomore Noah Brown’s late route that resulted in 34 yards. Brown broke open, and Barrett found him in stride with no one around. For the majority of passing attempts in the past few weeks, Barrett has camped in the pocket, looking hopelessly downfield for somebody to get open. When a player does break free, the eyes of the OSU quarterback are looking elsewhere, with his progression making him move past that area of the field.On Monday, Barrett said he thought his timing was the biggest thing he needed to work on in the week leading up to the Penn State showdown. He might have completed 65 percent of his passes for 245 yards, but the timing with wide receivers was simply not there.In all, Buckeyes’ wideouts caught five of Barrett’s 28 completions, with Brown hauling in three. Overall, they were targeted just nine times out of a possible 43.OSU has some true elite potential in its wide receivers, but until they can break open and get the rhythm down with Barrett, the rest of the season could be filled with nothing but checkdowns to running backs and curl routes to tight ends.The offensive line is still inexperiencedAn offensive line anchored by a pair of three-year starters is bound to be solid. However, introducing three new starters, including a true freshman, makes that offensive line a little more vulnerable. Vulnerable is exactly what OSU’s offensive line looked like for most of Saturday’s game. Beaten off the edge and up the middle, the unit nicknamed “The Slobs” for their tenacity and grit was overmatched by a team that ranked 43rd in yards allowed.Sophomore right tackle Isaiah Prince had an especially rough game. He allowed pressure in the pocket against Barrett and failed to set the edge on running attempts to his side on multiple occasions. The monster of a blocker from the Oklahoma game looked to be lost on occasion against Penn State.“They schemed us,” redshirt junior guard Billy Price said. “They brought one more guy, and sometimes we could see, or they disguised the look. Got to give credit to Penn State.”If a player with the experience of Price is struggling to decipher the defensive look of the opposition, that should spell out how the young players were feeling before each snap. The youth was as apparent as it could be. With each missed blocked, Penn State pass rushers had a free run at Barrett.The Buckeyes pride themselves on the ability of their offensive line to dictate a game, but they will need to undergo a major growing-up phase if they hope to keep pressure from Barrett and keeping the running game alive.Special teams not a bright spot for the BuckeyesCornerbacks and special teams coach Kerry Coombs has been coaching for over 30 years. He has been the mastermind behind OSU’s special teams for the last five. The experience of Coombs and his colorful attitude on the sideline are often a catalyst to success to the unit.This year has been an entirely different story. From muffed punts to missed extra points, OSU had a rough couple of weeks to start the year.Against Penn State, OSU had one of its worst games on special teams in recent memory. The Buckeyes had breakdowns in kick coverage on multiple occasions to go along with a missed extra point and two blocked kicks.In a word, OSU’s special teams performance was bad, very bad.The play of the special teams unit for OSU was far from the only reason for OSU’s loss. But the rough outing for Coombs’ squad is just another issue to add to the list for an OSU team that has been underwhelming in the last three weeks.Playoff hopes are still alive in ColumbusA team coming off back-to-back close games against opponents ranked below them might not seem like a convincing playoff unit. But things are still looking bright for the Buckeyes, as long as they can turn the tide.Penn State is a 5-2 team, with no real convincing win other than OSU. Still, a strong finish for the Nittany Lions would benefit the Buckeyes.Two ranked opponents still lie in wait for OSU in Nebraska and Michigan. Wins against both could very well thrust the Scarlet and Gray into playoff contention.The rest of the season must turn out one way for Meyer and company if they hope to reach the playoffs: win out.If the team can figure out how to fix the problems from the last few weeks and perform like the team that toppled Oklahoma, OSU has a real shot at making it to the Big Ten championship as well as the College Football Playoff. Otherwise, the Buckeyes will be looking for ways to enjoy themselves in another bowl. Outback Bowl anyone? read more

28 Sep

Former Ohio State mens soccer player Chris Hegngi drafted by Portland Timbers

Former Ohio State men’s soccer standout Chris Hegngi was drafted No. 22 in the Major League Soccer (MLS) Supplemental Draft by the Portland Timbers. The forward, who was drafted Jan. 22, scored 18 goals during his career and was second on the team with nine points last season. A four year letterman, Hegngi started every game his freshman year and all but two his second season at OSU. The star forward tallied three goals and four assists in each of his first two years for the Buckeyes. Despite the successes of his early career in Columbus, it wasn’t until his junior year that Hegngi might have started to show his worth. Scoring nine goals and starting every game, Hegngi was voted MVP of the team by his teammates his junior year and was showered with accolades, including being named second team NSCAA All-Region and the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. His 6-foot-2, 180 pound frame made him a prime target heading into his senior season for any MLS clubs looking to add a big man up front. A disappointing senior season where Hegngi only scored 3 goals and added 3 assists, however, caused him to fall off most teams’ radars. Hegngi was passed up in the MLS Super Draft, but eventually the Portland Timbers selected him in the later Supplemental Draft. The Timbers might need a physical presence that could help them improve on their atrocious offensive performance from a year ago, when they finished the season with a 8-10-16 record and an average of only 1 point per game, leaving them second last in their conference. Finishing near the bottom of the Western Conference in 2012, the Timbers only found the back of the net 34 times, the second lowest total in the league. Having come up through the ranks of the D.C. United Youth Academy and played for his high school before arriving at OSU, Hegngi has years of experience that could help him find a position on the final roster for the Timbers. With the selection, Hegngi joins other former Buckeyes in the professional ranks. He joins the ranks of former stars Matt Lampson, a current Columbus Crew player, and Roger Espinoza, a current Wigan Athletic player in the English Premier League, to leave OSU with hopes of succeeding in the MLS. read more

24 Sep

New ITT pushthrough mining slurry valve

first_imgITT Corporation has unveiled the latest innovation in its family of mining products, the Fabri-Valve® 33 PTA push-through slurry valve. Specifically designed to withstand harsh slurry applications in the mining industry, the 33 PTA incorporates proprietary sleeve technology and a wide body design that together maximise valve life. With the addition of this heavy duty slurry valve, ITT believes that it now offers the most complete line of mining knife gate products available globally.“The 33 PTA adds to an already robust line of mining products, allowing us to better serve the mining industry,” said Paul Lopez, Global Marketing Manager for ITT Engineered Valves. “This new valve rounds out ITT’s full line of highly engineered slurry valves, so that customers can be assured of ITT quality for all of their engineered valve requirements. We now have 15 valve products for slurry applications for our customers to choose from. Our 65 years of experience in the development, design, manufacture, installation and automation of knife gate valves sets us apart from others in the industry,” he added.The new valve’s elastomeric seats have been engineered to provide the highest degree of abrasion resistance and chemical compatibility. The seats form a pressure boundary, allowing for maintenance of gate and actuation while under pressure, to minimise downtime. The push-through seat design is self-cleaning and has low discharge. When dealing with discharge valves, ITT said that it takes into consideration operator safety as the number one priority. ITT states that it has developed specific guidelines to help raise safety awareness and help customers choose the right valve for their applications. The 33 PTA is available in sizes ranging from 3 in through 24 in diameters (DN80 – DN600) and is rated to operate at 100 psi (10.3 bar).last_img read more

20 Sep

The Lost Boys TV series is happening on The CW

first_imgThe CW has announced that The Lost Boys, an television adaptation of the classic 1987 vampire film, is in the works from iZombie creator Rob Thomas. What’s more, it’s being planned as a seven-season, decades-spanning anthology.Season 1 will begin with the vampires in San Francisco in 1967, and each season will take place over the course of a decade.Since vampires never age, they will stay the same while the world around them changes. This also means that we’ll be able to get a more futuristic take on vampires at some point… for the ones that survive, at least. Let’s not forget that the 80s were a rough decade for them in Santa Carla.The show was written by Thomas, and is said to “explain what it really means to be immortal,” which they’ll certainly have time for if it lasts its entire intended run.This isn’t the first vampire rodeo for the CW, of course. The network is currently in the process of finishing up the eighth and final season of The Vampire Diaries.If you’ve somehow missed the original Lost Boys, rectify that, as you’ve missed out on one of the finest (and most 80s) movies ever made. It stars Jason Patric and Corey Haim as two brothers who take on a brood of vampires, including Kiefer Sutherland and Corey Feldman.Besides The Lost Boys, Warner Brothers Television has four more film-to-TV properties in the works, including Training Day at CBS, Lethal Weapon at Fox, the hugely underrated Frequency at the CW, and Time After Time at ABC. Hopefully they all fare better than the Rush Hour series, which premiered earlier this year and lasted all of seven episodes before being canceled.last_img read more

19 Sep

Flu arrives early in Clark County

first_imgThe flu has arrived in Clark County — and it came a little early.Flu activity increased countywide at the end of October, and this week, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center is reporting a big jump in positive flu tests.“In the past two weeks we’ve seen a spike in positive results for influenza,” said Catherine Kroll, infection prevention specialist at PeaceHealth Southwest, in a news release. “We’ve gone from a baseline of zero confirmed cases to our current level of about 50 percent positive for those admitted to the hospital.”For the week ending Oct. 29, more than 10 percent of influenza tests in Clark County came back positive — a threshold health officials use to determine when flu transmission is occurring in the community. That week, 12.8 percent of tests came back positive. The following week, which is the most recent county data available, Clark County had a flu test positivity rate of nearly 7 percent.The flu strain sickening people locally appears to be mainly influenza A virus — a strain included in this year’s flu shot.The increase in positive flu tests means PeaceHealth Southwest is implementing patient and visitor restrictions.The hospital asks that nobody who is sick — fever greater than 100 degrees, plus cough or sore throat — visit patients. In addition, the number of visitors should be limited to two family members.In hospital special care units — adult intensive care unit, cardiovascular intensive care unit, family birth center and neonatal intensive care units — additional limitations are in place. In those units, visitors must be 12 or older (except for siblings) and immediate family members (children and significant others). Some units may also implement visiting hour restrictions.last_img read more

15 Sep

The Pensions Regulator begins enforcement action over BHS pension scheme

first_imgThe Pensions Regulator (TPR) has formally commenced enforcement action against parties it believes to be liable to support the British Home Stores (BHS) pension scheme.TPR has sent warning notices to Sir Philip Green, Taveta Investments, Dominic Chappell, and Retail Acquisitions. These notices comprise arguments and evidence as to why TPR believes these parties should be liable to support the BHS pension scheme. The warning notices issued to Sir Philip Green and Taveta Investments differ to those sent to Dominic Chappell and Retail Acquisitions.BHS was sold to Retail Acquisitions in March 2015. The organisation went into administration in April 2015.The enforcement action follows an anti-avoidance investigation conducted by TPR, which launched in March 2015.The notices include evidence to support the use of TPR’s Contribution Notice (CN) powers, which demands a specified sum of money, and its financial support direction (FSD) powers.An FSD requires respondents to put ongoing support in place for a pension scheme. The form and amount of financial support will need to be agreed between the involved party and TPR. If no agreement is reached then TPR can move to impose a CN instead.The individuals and organisations that have received warning notices now have a specified time period in which to respond. Their responses will be considered by TPR case teams before being passed to TPR’s Determination Panel.The BHS pension scheme is currently in the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) assessment period.Lesley Titcomb, chief executive at the Pensions Regulator, said: “We have been clear in our public commitment to make significant progress by the end of 2016 and the issue of these notices meets that commitment.“Our decision to launch enforcement action is an important milestone in our work to attain redress for the thousands of members of BHS schemes who have been placed in this position through no fault of their own.“Issuing warning notices at this time reflects the outcome of our investigations and that we are yet to receive a sufficiently credible and comprehensive offer in respect of the BHS schemes.“We continue to pursue the best deal for members of the BHS pension schemes. If parties wish to approach us with settlement offers, that course remains open to them.”last_img read more

15 Sep

Arborist rescues osprey tangled in branches in Margate

first_imgMARGATE, FLA. (WSVN) – A man in Margate came to the rescue of a bird that was found stuck high above the ground, Monday.That man was prepared to scale an 80-foot-tall tree to rescue the injured bird.“Like four days ago, I heard some noise coming from my backyard, not knowing what was there, and I saw something swing from the tree,” said Sharon Feist, who spotted the bird.Feist saw an osprey tangled in a tree inside the Margate neighborhood near Northwest 108th Street and 67th Avenue.Members from the South Florida Wildlife Care Center were brought in to try to help.They in turn called in an arborist, a professional who climbs trees to trim their branches.This time, however, Nate Stuart used his skills and expertise to climb and rescue a helpless bird. He slowly climbed up and, after some time, he finally reached the top, making contact with the bird.A cage was then sent up and, after the bird was untangled from the branch, the animal was place inside.“He was alert but very tired; he didn’t seem to be hugely injured,” said Stuart. “I feel good about helping the bird. The thing probably wouldn’t have lasted another day.”The osprey is currently in the care of the South Florida Wildlife Center, where it will be nursed back to health and then released.It is expected to make a full recovery.If you’d like to learn more about the work done by the South Florida Wildlife Center, visit their website, www.southfloridawildlifecenter.org.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

14 Sep

CEO Shuffle at Prometheus Global Media

first_imgMattison joined Guggenheim two years ago after serving in several executive roles at Wal-Mart, her latest as senior vice president and general manager of the Apparel Global Merchandising Center—a group that manages cross-category entertainment merchandising.  As long ago as August, Beckman was denying rumors of his departure when, at the time, he gave up day-to-day oversight of the company for “brand development” responsibilities. Beckman had been brought on board in early 2010 from Condé Nast when Prometheus, then called e5 Global Media, bought its brands from Nielsen, and quickly began consumerizing the trade titles, notably hiring Janice Min, and her hefty salary, to head up the Hollywood Reporter. Beckman also hired Michael Wolff as editorial director of Adweek. Wolff left the company in October last year. Mattison has already appointed Jeffrey Wilbur as CFO. Wilbur previously managed investments for Guggenheim. These two latest executive appointments clearly bring Guggenheim much closer to the day-to-day management of the Prometheus brands, which is not the usual arrangement for media company financial backers, which typically like to form separate executive teams to operate their portfolios. Prometheus Global Media, publisher of Billboard, Adweek and The Hollywood Reporter, has quickly named its new CEO. Dottie Mattison [pictured], senior managing director of Guggenheim Partners, which, along with Pluribus Capital, backs Prometheus, has taken the top spot just days after it was announced that previous CEO Richard Beckman stepped down.That quickness, however, is belied by the fact that Beckman has been at odds with Prometheus leadership over the last year.  His departure was arrived at “by mutual consent,” according to an announcement from Prometheus last Friday following a WWD report of his ouster.”I came to Prometheus with a strategic vision for the company and, having been fortunate to work with a group of talented individuals on these storied brands, I am proud of what we accomplished here over the last two and a half years. I wish them continued success in the future,” said Beckman in a prepared statement. last_img read more