About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Free event listings offered on Findarace.com until end of year 393 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Melanie May | 22 July 2020 | News Tagged with: Events fundraising events “We’re delighted to be working with RaceNation to help Race Organisers find new participants without any additional marketing cost. Free use of findarace.com for RaceNation clients will lower event costs, increase exposure and lead to more participants – real tangible benefits to help them bounce back from COVID-19.”Along with this announcement, RaceNation is also working on multiple campaignsto support the rebuild of the event sector, and recently announced a partnershipwith The National Running Show to host the first ever Event Village for its 27,000visitors to sign up to any race in the country under one roof. RaceNation and finderace.com have partnered to offer event organisers free listings on Findarace.com until the end of the year.The collaboration is the first time the two brands have come together to increase event organisers’ exposure and help them reduce the costs of hosting events.By listing their events on findarace.com, an online event listing and registration website for mass participation events, organisers have the opportunity to increase their publicity and entries by selling tickets to a new audience, with no fees or commission charged on sales until 2021. In turn, charities will be able to increase fundraising opportunities though RaceNation’s integrated SportsGiving platform.Will Golder, Director of RaceNation said:“RaceNation is committed to doing everything we can to rebuild the industry following the devastating impacts of Covid-19 on so many events across the UK. By combining our fully integrated online entry and fundraising platform with the online presence and reach of findarace.com, we are able to offer the industry a lifeline in generating ticket sales ready for the return of mass participation events without organisers losing valuable revenue. We’re encouraging any UK event of any size that would like to take advantage of this offer to get in touch.”Rob Farrow of findarace.com added: Advertisement 392 total views, 2 views today
Scientists are already working to develop treatments that can be tailored to an individual’s genetics, but what about tailoring treatments based on the genetics of the trillions of microbes that live in a person’s gut?The idea might not be as far-fetched as it sounds, said Peter Turnbaugh, a Bauer Fellow at Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Center for Systems Biology.In a recent paper in Cell, Turnbaugh and co-authors Corinne Ferrier Maurice and Henry Joseph Haiser, both postdoctoral fellows at the Center for Systems Biology, show that, as drugs are administered, the activity of human gut microbes can change dramatically. Understanding how those changes affect drugs could one day help researchers to design drugs that work more effectively and antibiotics that more specifically target pathogens.“The big question is: To what extent do the benefits and side effects of different types of drugs depend on the microbes in our gut?” Turnbaugh said. “For decades, we have known they can play some role. The microbes inhabiting our gut are able to change the structure of drugs in ways that can contribute to toxicity, or to activate or inactivate compounds. In almost all cases, however, we don’t know the particular microbes that are responsible, the genes they may be using, or the factors that promote or inhibit these activities.”Previously, Maurice and Haiser could examine how the microbes in the gut reacted to various treatments. However, they wanted to know exactly which microbes were there, and whether all were equally active.To get at that question, they turned to a technique borrowed from aquatic microbial ecology.They first marked cells with a series of three stains designed to highlight whether and how severely cells were damaged, and how active the cells were, based on the amount of DNA and RNA they contained. Using a flow cytometer, a device that uses lasers to count and sort cells precisely, they were able to determine how many of each type of cell were present in the samples.“Our initial view suggests that the gut microbiota is quite active relative to other environments, and there’s also a substantial percentage — around 30 percent — of damaged cells,” Turnbaugh said. “We also found that both the active and damaged groups were primarily made up of Firmicutes, one of the two major groups of bacteria in the gut. That suggests that the Firmicutes may be more highly active than other members of our gut microbial community.”Armed with that data, researchers used next-generation sequencing to study how the gene expression of the bacteria changed as six drugs and eight antibiotics were administered.“We know that at least some members of the community are able to change these drugs. Our hope was that finding changes in gene expression would give us a clue as to who is responsible and what genes they might be using,” Turnbaugh said. “We were able to identify a variety of changes in gene expression, many of them consistent with the known biochemical changes to each compound, providing a starting point for more mechanistic studies.”For the various antibiotics they tested, Turnbaugh said, colleagues were surprised to see different responses between individuals and for each individual on different days.“The main goal of antibiotics is to eliminate pathogenic bacteria, but we’re learning that there are many side effects that these drugs have on the microbes that are normally found in the gut, which may have negative consequences,” he said. “There has been a great deal of emphasis on personalized medicine in recent years, and the standard way of thinking about that is understanding the human genome and trying to predict how a given drug will react inside your body. I think this paper emphasizes that it may be equally important to think about how your particular gut microbiota will interact with a given drug.”
Li Xiaoxia of China beat teammate Ding Ning in a controversial Olympic women’s singles table tennis final on Wednesday.[blurb} Li, 24, won 11-8, 14-12, 8-11, 11-6, 11-4.The fourth game saw controversy that reduced Ding Ning, the top-ranked world champion, to tears and effectively ended her challenge.With Li 8-2 up, Ding was shown a red card for dissent after approaching the umpire about a serve fault.Ding did not appear to be protesting, and seemed to have merely made a polite inquiry.Visibly distraught, Ding was unable to maintain the fight and capitulated 4-11 in the final game.Earlier on Wednesday, Feng Tianwei of Singapore won the bronze medal match, destroying Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa four games to nil.It was Singapore’s third medal in Olympic history, a feat that left Feng, who won team silver in Beijing, visibly moved as she left the arena.
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Hornets switch lineup, roll past Wizards LATEST STORIES “Just hit a lot of fairways, hit a lot of greens,” Johnson said.The memorable moments belonged to everyone else, not all of them good.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWoods started to figure out Chapultepec Golf Club a little better in his second full round and made a collection of medium-length birdie putts for a 66 that got him back in the game, though still six shots behind.He would have liked one more, especially with the shot he hit at the end of his round. From a bunker right of the ninth fairway, a tree in his path, Woods sliced a 9-iron from about 130 yards that caught the left side of the green with so much spin that it zipped sideways at the pin and rolled 10 feet by. He settled for a par. Dustin Johnson watches his putt on the 2nd green on the second day of competition of the WGC-Mexico Championship at the Chapultepec Golf Club in Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)MEXICO CITY — Tiger Woods delivered the shot that had the gallery buzzing. Dustin Johnson produced the golf that left everyone chasing him.Johnson made it through another round at the Mexico Championship without a bogey, and he was so efficient Friday that he putted for birdie on every hole, one of them from just on the fringe. It added to a 4-under 67 and a two-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and Matt Kuchar going into the weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine football chief “It’s funny, I had breakfast with a few of the boys that played later yesterday and they said it was going to be hard to hole putts in the afternoon, and they were right,” McIlroy said. “I had a couple go the opposite way on me. I missed a couple short ones. But overall, I stayed patient. After I made the double on 9, I sort of righted the ship and made a lot of pars and made one birdie.“It could have been worse. It could have been better,” he said. “But still in a good position going into the weekend.”Kuchar, going for the Mexican double having won the Mayakoba Classic last fall, started with four straight birdies on his way to a 67. But it was the guy in his own group, Tommy Fleetwood, who had the best start of the day.Fleetwood drove onto the green at the par-4 opening hole and made a 20-foot eagle putt. He hit driver on the 384-yard second about 40 yards from the green, picked his spot and knocked that in for a second straight eagle.It was the first time a player started a round eagle-eagle on the PGA Tour since Sean O’Hair in 2009 at this World Golf Championship when it was at Doral.How about three in a row? Next for Fleetwood was a par 3.“I missed the green,” he said.He wound up with a 65 that catapulted him into a tie for fourth with Sergio Garcia (66), four shots behind.Rickie Fowler had a 73, a reasonable score considering he had a triple bogey and a double bogey on his card, one shank that he couldn’t imagine hitting and one penalty that left him fuming about the new rules.Fowler hit a high shank with a wedge on the 10th hole, his first of the day, over the fence. But when he went to drop, he forgot the new rule requires a drop to be made from the knee. He dropped from the shoulder, realized his mistake on the green and received a one-shot penalty. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:18After the Typhoon Part 202:46Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war “It’s on me. I took the shot. It was no big deal,” Fowler said. “But I think with the new rules that have been put in place, it’s not doing any favors for our sport.”He said it was “terrible” new rule and expects it to be changed. “The ball was sitting down just enough where I didn’t think I could clear that tree,” Woods said. “I ended up going back to the 9-iron and realized, ‘Geez, I’ve really got to slice this thing.’ So I opened up and gave it as much of a cut motion as I possibly could. And it worked out.”Johnson was at 11-under 131 on a course where he won two years ago, when he was No. 1 in the world and playing the best golf of his career. Johnson feels he is heading in that direction again, and the course suits him — not for the length or how far he hits it in altitude, but for the thinking required.“It makes you focus. You’ve got to think,” he said. “And you’re doing a lot of calculations with the numbers and trying to figure out how far the ball is going to actually go. So I enjoy it. It’s pretty narrow, but it’s tree-lined, so I do like that.”McIlroy (70) appeared to be the one to chase when he started with two straight birdies. He lost one shot when he went for the green on the par-5 sixth and his shot caromed off the hill and into the water. The real trouble came at No. 9 when he had a 15-foot birdie putt from the fringe. He ran it by the hole, caught the lip on his par putt and saw it roll just under 5 feet away, and he missed again. Four putts from 15 feet led to double bogey, and McIlroy’s momentum was gone.
Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the business environment in Jamaica has improved significantly, with investors now more willing to take risks.The Prime Minister, who was addressing the grand opening of an itelbpo Smart Solutions facility in Freeport, St. James, on October 4, said he has been attending several similar opening and ground-breaking ceremonies in recent times.“I do this because it drives home the point that great things are happening in Jamaica. I am doing two or three per week.“It is amazing what is happening in Jamaica and it is showing the psychology of economics; confidence,” he said, noting that the Government is making it easier for persons to calculate “what the risk factors are, project what the future will be and where you can make wise investments”.The Prime Minister said the fact that persons are willing to take risks with their money puts the impetus on the Government to put the measures in place where they can be successful.“When the owners of capital take the risk and create employment, everyone should be appreciative and try to ensure that the capital is successful,” he stressed.The Prime Minister pointed out that the Government is working to create a sustainable cycle of economic growth and job creation.“We understand that this is the partnership that the Government must continue to nurture. We also want employees to know that they are a part of the risk and should value the fact that employment has been created to their benefit. It all works together in a nice partnership,” he said.For his part, itelbpo co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Yoni Epstein, said the company has “developed exponentially” since its inception in 2012.He informed that itelbpo has grown from a small business process outsourcing (BPO) operator with seven employees in Jamaica to a large global competitor with more than 1,000 employees in Montego Bay; Kingston; The Bahamas; and Tampa, Florida.Over the past five years, the company has serviced a range of clients across sectors such as hospitality, telecommunications, utilities, medical billing and transportation, he pointed out.Services include sales, booking, web chat, social media coordination and Google PPC management, quality assurance and payment services.Itelbpo Smart Solutions is Jamaica’s largest locally owned BPO and contact centre management firm.The function also marked the company’s fifth anniversary celebrations. He informed that itelbpo has grown from a small business process outsourcing (BPO) operator with seven employees in Jamaica to a large global competitor with more than 1,000 employees in Montego Bay; Kingston; The Bahamas; and Tampa, Florida. “It is amazing what is happening in Jamaica and it is showing the psychology of economics; confidence,” he said, noting that the Government is making it easier for persons to calculate “what the risk factors are, project what the future will be and where you can make wise investments”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the business environment in Jamaica has improved significantly, with investors now more willing to take risks.
APTN National NewsIndigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says the current Inquiry has the tools and the people in place to fulfill the mandate of the embattled National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.“First I would like to thank Ms. Poitras for her work,” said Bennett. “I am sure she will continue to be a defender of indigenous issues and continue to look into the tragedy of missing Indigenous women and girls. She has made great sacrifices and contributions and we thank her for that.”Bennett, fresh off a meeting with the Inquiry’s commissioners, faced the media shortly after news broke that Commissioner Marilyn Poitras issued her letter of resignation.In her letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Poitras said she could not work within the structure of the inquiry.“It is clear to me that I am unable to perform my duties as a Commissioner with the process designed in its current structure,” wrote Poitras. “I believe the Terms of Reference could be used to find solutions to do this work and I wish you the best in moving that agenda forward.”Read Marilyn Poitras resignation letter here: Marilyn PoitrasBennett met with the Inquiry July 10 to discuss the concerns appearing in public about the communications issues, and the commission’s plan to execute its mandate.“We had a very productive meeting and I can assure the families that the commissioners are continuing to work diligently and they are trying to find solutions to end violence against Indigenous women and girls,” said Bennett.Marilyn PoitrasSince being announced in the fall of 2016, the Inquiry has suffered through several resignations and firings.February 4, Michael Hutchinson, communications director is let goJune 2, Sue Montgomery, senior communications offiicer resigns.June 15, Tanya Kappo, manager of communications resigns. June 15, Chantale Courcy, director of operations resigns.June 30, Michèle Moreau, inquiry executive director resigns. Her last day is July 21.But none as big as Poitras, a commissioner walking away from the Inquiry because of the way the process is designed.The first response came from the Assembly of First Nations.“We’re very concerned about this resignation because the work of the National Inquiry is too important and we want to see it succeed for the families,” said National Chief Perry Bellegarde in a statement. “The AFN has made many offers to help the Inquiry connect with all those affected by this tragedy because a ‘families first’ approach is essential to the Inquiry’s success. As part of that effort, we’ve invited the Commissioners to speak at our upcoming AFN Annual General Assembly to share information, and we anticipate a positive response.”The Native Women’s Association of Canada is calling on the commission to restructure.“This process has lost its focus on those who are impacted by the loss of loved ones and on honouring the lives of Indigenous women,” said NWAC Interim President Francyne D. Joe in a statement. “The departure of a Commissioner, immediately following the resignation of the Executive Director, is a clear indication that there are unresolved structural issues occurring at the highest levels. It’s time to give families the barrier-free process they deserve.”But Bennett isn’t going to intervene in the work of the commissioners.“The commission is totally independent and it is their decision to make in terms of finding processes that will help them achieve their mandate.”“I was impressed by the work plan that they have, the research plan … they really do have the vision, the values, the tools and the plan to to get this work done. There is no question, that we all agree, communication has been an issue. And that they have got to do a better job at communicating their vision, their plan, values and the way that they’re going to get this work done.Successful commissions bring Canadians with them as they go – and this has not been done to date.”Bennett said she will not appoint a new commissioner unless she is directed to do so by the inquiry, and if Cabinet approves it.Poitras’ last day is July 15.
October 6, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. I feel like an anomaly among my fellow New York millennials in that I actually enjoy cooking my own meals. For many people, it’s always, “I never have time,” which usually means a leftover salad that’s now wilted, lunch from the place downstairs or a Seamless delivery.I take pride in the fact that I can feed myself healthy meals, and it’s actually helped in my dating life, too.And just like that, robots are out to ruin another thing for me.U.K.-based Moley Robotics today opened a Seedrs crowdfunding campaign seeking about $1.2 million for its robot kitchen, an artificial intelligence-powered device that apparently learns recipes. It has a pair of eery hands and even cleans up! Moley has raised about 41 percent of its goal at the time of this story’s publication.Related: Why Parent Your Kids When This Robot Nanny Can Do the Job for You?”Imagine someone like Gordon Ramsay or Jamie Oliver cooking for you in your kitchen. Imagine dishes from Top Michelin Restaurants cooked in front of you to the highest standard, not in your kitchen, but by your kitchen,” a Moley press release teases. “Thanks to artificial intelligence, it can mimic the actions of a master chef precisely, bringing a variety of delicious dishes, cooked to the highest of standards in a domestic kitchen.”Get your cold, robot fingers off my spatula!We all know that robots don’t have emotions, and that the most important ingredient in any meal is love. (At least that’s what my mother would have me believe. I’m pretty sure her main ingredient is salt.)Related: 11 Foods That Can Help You Be More ProductiveBut wait, maybe technology isn’t so bad after all. Maybe Moley (the company hopes to release a production prototype model in 2018) will be just another tool to give us humans more time to focus on other things, such as building businesses or developing more robots to free us from other tasks we no longer want or need to do.”Imagine you are buying a flat and the option is to have a regular kitchen or a robotic kitchen — it is clear which option you would choose,” Moley founder Mark Oleynik said in the release. “The success of our prototype makes us very excited. The future is very near.”Wait, this thing does dishes? Sold! Register Now »
Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read Before the Switch launched, Nintendo set a target of shipping 2 million of the hybrid consoles during its first month on sale. We’ve already heard about Zelda: Breath of the Wild selling more copies on Switch than there are Switch, but now we know that Nintendo easily beat its own target, shipping 2.74 million Switch consoles in its first month.Breath of the Wild continues to outpace the hardware, racking up 2.76 million copies sold. This is surely a mix of gamers buying more than one copy (standard and collector’s edition), and those who haven’t been able to get a Switch yet buying Zelda anyway in preparation. If you add in the Wii U version, the total increases to 3.84 million copies. The good news for Nintendo doesn’t end there. According to Eurogamer, the 3DS is continuing to sell well. The 2016 sales report shows 7.27 million 3DS sales, taking the lifetime total to 66 million. Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon played a big part in shifting new hardware, selling 15.44 million copies.Considering the Wii U was never really very popular, it’s impressive to find it still managed to sell 760,000 units last year. Its lifetime sales now sit at 13.56 million, which is easily going to be surpassed by Switch at this rate. Nintendo is predicting another 10 million Switch will sell over the next 12 months, taking the total close to 13 million. That’s lower than the production doubling estimate of 18 million made in March.Surprisingly good sales of the 3DS last year make it clear Nintendo won’t be ending support for its handheld platform any time soon. In fact, the 3DS is expected to sell another 6 million units over the next year. If the rumors of a Mini Switch arriving in 2019 are true, then Nintendo will likely continue supporting the 3DS until then. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. April 27, 2017 This story originally appeared on PCMag Enroll Now for Free