Novartis CAR-T cancer therapy wins expert support for FDA approval

first_img GET STARTED Senior Writer, Biotech Adam is STAT’s national biotech columnist, reporting on the intersection of biotech and Wall Street. He’s also a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. @adamfeuerstein Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Adam Feuerstein Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the biotech sector — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Novartis’ groundbreaking CAR-T cancer therapy is one big step closer to reaching patients.A panel of outside experts convened by the FDA voted 10-0 Wednesday to recommend the approval of Novartis’ CAR-T therapy, called CTL019, for the treatment of children and young adults with advanced leukemia. The vote marks a pivotal milestone for this class of experimental treatment. The FDA is expected to make a final decision on approval by Oct. 3. Biotech Novartis CAR-T cancer therapy wins expert support for FDA approval About the Authors Reprints Victor Segura Ibarra and Rita Serda, Ph.D., NCI, NIH What’s included?center_img Damian Garde Log In | Learn More Tags biotechcancerdrug developmentFDA By Adam Feuerstein and Damian Garde July 12, 2017 Reprints [email protected] [email protected] National Biotech Reporter Damian covers biotech, is a co-writer of The Readout newsletter, and a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. @damiangarde STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. What is it?last_img read more

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Santa Claus granted Animal Movement Permit by Florida Agriculture commissioner

first_imgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Mr. and Mrs. Claus of the North Pole as well as their reindeer were given a special Animal Movement Permit for the hours of the evening of Dec. 24 through early Christmas morning.Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried issued the permit to allow the Claus’ and their reindeer — Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph – to enter and exit all homes, domiciles, encampments, and premises in the state of Florida between the hours of 8:00 PM on December 24 and 7:00 AM December 25, through or over any US border port.Santa has also been asked to wear a face-covering while delivering gifts in Florida. He will also follow other safety and sanitation protocols for animal movements.Santa and the reindeer will fly across Florida skies pulling a wooden sleigh with jingling bells attached, filled with brightly wrapped gifts. RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementPort workers will clean and disinfect the underside of the sleigh at the time of entry and will also conduct a short visual inspection of the reindeer. Santa will have his gloves and boots disinfected, and will thoroughly wash his hands. The routine health measures will help prevent the entry of any livestock diseases they may encounter during deliveries around the world prior to entering Florida.The State Veterinarian, Dr. Michael Short, has noted that one of the reindeer named Rudolph appears to have a red nose – however, this is not a health concern. Dr. Short also made sure that the reindeer have been vaccinated against diseases they could encounter on their trip around the world. Fried faces financial scrutiny days after announcing run for Florida governor June 9, 2021 NBC2 talks exclusively with Nikki Fried after she announces run for governor June 3, 2021 Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried expected to announce run for governor next week June 1, 2021center_img Santa’s flying reindeer have undergone tests to ensure they will be able to safely handle the changes in altitude and temperature on their journey and are fit for landing on rooftops.“Given the challenges of this year, we want to ensure Santa Claus can safely travel the state and spread Christmas joy to all of Florida’s children,” Commissioner Fried said. “As Florida’s regulator for the entry of animals, we’re pleased to issue Santa’s necessary Certificate of Animal Movement early, waive all fees, and ensure proper safety protocols to protect against livestock diseases and COVID-19. On behalf of Floridians, we wish Santa and his reindeer good luck and a pleasant visit to the Sunshine State.” Florida Ag. Commissioner Nikki Fried enters governor’s race June 2, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Nikki FriedRudolph the red-nosed reindeerSanta Claus AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentslast_img read more

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South Expects Repayment of Food Loans

first_img SHARE News By Kim Yong Hun – 2011.04.18 2:29pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News The South Korean Ministry of Unification says that loans of food made to North Korea must be repaid in accordance with an agreement on the subject made in 2000. Under a ‘Food Loans Agreement’ signed by Kim Jong Il and former South Korean President Kim Dae Jung in September, 2000, loans of food come up for repayment after ten years, meaning that the first such loans will fall due next year.Cheon Hae Sung, a spokesperson for the Ministry, told reporters in this morning’s briefing, “Of course the food loans must be repaid according to the food loans contract… We will deal with this issue based on the stance on that the loans must be repaid according to the plan, but we still have one year more.” Regarding inter-Korean talks about denuclearization, Cheon reiterated, “With respect to several talks suggestions; the most important thing is presently North Korea’s responsible treatment of the Cheonan and Yeonpyeong Island issues and denuclearization, not in words, but in actions. The administration’s continuing stance is that inter-Korean talks should take precedence for this reason.” News center_img News AvatarKim Yong Hun South Expects Repayment of Food Loans Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Facebook Twitter North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

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US-Based Medical Team Offers Free Health Checks

first_imgUS-Based Medical Team Offers Free Health Checks UncategorizedJanuary 26, 2007 RelatedUS-Based Medical Team Offers Free Health Checks Advertisements RelatedUS-Based Medical Team Offers Free Health Checkscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Approximately 300 residents from Springfield and surrounding areas in South St. James on Thursday (Jan. 25) benefited from free health checks at a health fair held on the grounds of the Springfield Primary School.The event was staged by the Organization for International Development (OID), a charitable group based in New York, United States, which is chaired by Jamaican dental surgeon, Dr. Roy Street.The medical team, which has been in Jamaica for the last two weeks, has held similar health fairs in Mandeville, Manchester; Silent Hill, Clarendon; Spanish Town, St. Catherine; Accompong Town, St. James; and is scheduled to visit Maryland in Hanover.The health services are offered from a US$180, 000 mobile medical and dental suite, which was financed by Vincent Hosang, a Jamaican businessman and philanthropist also living in New York.Dr. Street described as tremendous, the response of the residents of the beneficiary communities, to the care offered by the medical team. He said that persons, who may need follow-up care, would be referred to the nearest health clinic.Turning to the charity work of the OID, Dr. Street told JIS News that the organization, now in its 17th year of existence, was founded with the main aim of giving back to the community.He expressed the hope that youngsters on “seeing us doing something like this, that as they grow and whatever profession they get into, they will come back into their communities. They do not necessarily have to be doctors or nurses, but in whatever way they can help, it is important for them to look at what we do and follow our example.”Dr. Street, expressed gratitude for the level of government support shown for the project, especially with the clearing of equipment and supplies. RelatedUS-Based Medical Team Offers Free Health Checkslast_img read more

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U.S.-ROK Leaders’ statement

first_imgU.S.-ROK Leaders’ statement The White HouseOver seventy years ago, the alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea was forged on the battlefield, as we stood shoulder-to-shoulder in war. Bonded in common sacrifice, our partnership has helped to keep the peace in the decades since, allowing both of our countries and our peoples to thrive. The linchpin for stability and prosperity, our alliance has continued to evolve as the world around us has changed. Now, as the regional security environment in the Indo-Pacific grows more complex, and existential issues, from the COVID-19 pandemic to the threat of climate change, reshape the globe, we recommit ourselves to an ironclad alliance.The United States and the Republic of Korea share a vision for a region governed by democratic norms, human rights, and the rule of law at home and abroad. We seek a partnership that continues to provide peace and prosperity for our peoples, while serving as a linchpin for the regional and global order. Above all, we are united in our determination to reinvigorate and modernize our ties for a new era. President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. is honored to welcome President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea to Washington to begin a new chapter in our partnership.The Alliance: Opening a New ChapterPresident Biden and President Moon reaffirm their mutual commitment to the defense of the Republic of Korea and their combined defense posture under the ROK-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty, and President Biden affirms the U.S. commitment to provide extended deterrence using its full range of capabilities. We commit to strengthening the alliance deterrence posture, share the importance of maintaining joint military readiness, and reiterate our firm commitment to a conditions-based transition of wartime operational control. We also agree to deepen cooperation in other domains, including cyber and space, to ensure an effective joint response against emerging threats. We welcome the signing of a multi-year Special Measures Agreement, which enhances our combined defense posture and represents our dedication to the alliance.The two sides reaffirm that close coordination on all matters related to global nonproliferation and safe, secure, and safeguarded uses of nuclear technology remain key characteristics of the alliance, and the United States recognizes the ROK’s global role in promoting nonproliferation efforts. Following consultations with the United States, the ROK announces the termination of its Revised Missile Guidelines, and the Presidents acknowledged the decision.President Biden and President Moon emphasize their shared commitment to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and their intent to address the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK’s) nuclear and ballistic missile programs. We call for the full implementation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions by the international community, including the DPRK. President Moon welcomes the conclusion of the United States’ DPRK policy review, which takes a calibrated and practical approach that is open to and will explore diplomacy with the DPRK to make tangible progress that increases the security of the United States and the Republic of Korea. We also reaffirm our common belief that diplomacy and dialogue, based on previous inter-Korean and U.S.-DPRK commitments such as the 2018 Panmunjom Declaration and Singapore Joint Statement, are essential to achieve the complete denuclearization and establishment of permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula. President Biden also expresses his support for inter-Korean dialogue, engagement, and cooperation. We agree to work together to improve the human rights situation in the DPRK and commit to continue facilitating the provision of humanitarian aid to the neediest North Koreans. We also share our willingness to help facilitate the reunion of separated families of the two Koreas. We also agree to coordinate our approaches to the DPRK in lockstep. We underscore the fundamental importance of U.S.-ROK-Japan trilateral cooperation for addressing the DPRK, protecting our shared security and prosperity, upholding common values, and bolstering the rules-based order.The significance of the U.S.-ROK relationship extends far beyond the Korean Peninsula: it is grounded in our shared values and anchors our respective approaches to the Indo-Pacific region. We agree we will work to align the ROK’s New Southern Policy and the United States’ vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific and that our countries will cooperate to create a safe, prosperous, and dynamic region. The United States and the ROK reaffirm support for ASEAN centrality and the ASEAN-led regional architecture. We agree to expand regional coordination on law enforcement, cybersecurity, public health and promoting a green recovery. We agree to work closely together to promote greater connectivity and foster digital innovation within ASEAN, while developing deeper people-to-people ties among Americans, Koreans, and the people of Southeast Asia. We will also consider opportunities for joint efforts to promote sustainable development, energy security, and responsible water management in the Mekong sub-region. The United States and the ROK also reaffirm support for enhanced cooperation with Pacific Island Countries and acknowledge the importance of open, transparent, and inclusive regional multilateralism including the Quad.The United States and the Republic of Korea oppose all activities that undermine, destabilize, or threaten the rules-based international order and commit to maintaining an inclusive, free, and open Indo-Pacific. We pledge to maintain peace and stability, lawful unimpeded commerce, and respect for international law, including freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea and beyond. President Biden and President Moon emphasize the importance of preserving peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. As democracies that value pluralism and individual liberty, we share our intent to promote human rights and rule of law issues, both at home and abroad.We resolutely condemn violence by the Myanmar military and police against civilians, and commit to continuing to press for the immediate cessation of violence, the release of those who are detained, and a swift return to democracy. We call on all nations to join us in providing safe haven to Burmese nationals and in prohibiting arms sales to Myanmar.The Way Forward: Comprehensive Partnership for a Better FuturePresident Biden and President Moon acknowledge that contemporary threats and challenges require us to deepen our partnership in new areas. We commit to forging new ties on climate, global health, emerging technologies, including 5G and 6G technology and semi-conductors, supply chain resilience, migration and development, and in our people-to-people relationship.President Moon welcomes U.S. leadership to enhance global climate ambitions through its hosting of the Leaders’ Summit on Climate on April 22, 2021. President Biden looks forward to the Republic of Korea’s contributions to achieve inclusive, international green recovery and net zero greenhouse gas emissions by hosting the P4G Seoul Summit on May 30-31. The United States has submitted an ambitious Nationally Determined Contribution, and welcomes the Republic of Korea’s plan to release early in October its provisional enhanced 2030 target, and by COP 26 its final enhanced 2030 target, aligned with efforts to limit the global average temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius and with the global goal to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions no later than 2050. We will cooperate to enhance our efforts to achieve our 2030 targets and 2050 goals, including long-term strategies, set examples among the world leaders in reducing carbon emissions, conserve and enhance natural carbon sinks such as oceans and forests, and expand much-needed collaboration on technology and innovation to help achieve our long-term goals.Building on President Moon’s declaration to end public financing for new overseas coal fired power plants and President Biden’s Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis, the Republic of Korea and United States will work together at the OECD and in other international venues to end all forms of new public financing for unabated overseas coal-fired power plants.The Republic of Korea and the United States will align official international financing with the global achievement of net zero greenhouse gas emissions no later than 2050 and deep emission reductions in the 2020s. The Republic of Korea looks forward to joining with the United States and other countries in contributing climate finance towards the new post-2025 mobilization goal under the Paris Agreement.The United States and the Republic of Korea have been critical allies in the COVID-19 pandemic and on longstanding global health challenges, and President Biden expresses his gratitude for the ROK’s donation of critical medical supplies to the United States at its time of dire need. Against this backdrop, we agree to establish a comprehensive KORUS Global Vaccine Partnership to strengthen joint response capabilities for infectious disease through international vaccine cooperation, including focus areas on global expansion of production and related materials, as well as scientific and technological cooperation. Drawing on each of our strengths, Korea and the United States will work collaboratively to expand manufacturing of vaccines that have been demonstrated safe and effective, as assessed by Stringent Regulatory Authorities and/or the World Health Organization, for global benefit. The United States and Korea will partner to meet increasing demand for safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines in a timely manner. Based on the partnership, we will actively cooperate on greatly scaling up global COVID-19 vaccine supply, including through COVAX and in coordination with CEPI, to countries around the world toward ending the pandemic in the nearest future and preparing for the next biological threat. To this end, we will launch a senior-level experts group, the KORUS Global Vaccine Partnership Experts Group, to implement the partnership, comprised of scientists, experts and officials from our governments. Both countries will actively work together to ensure the success of COVAX, and the ROK commends the United States on its bold $4 billion contribution this year. To this end, and in recognition that we are both leaders in this fight, the ROK will increase its pledge to COVAX AMC substantially this year.We agree to work together to strengthen and reform the World Health Organization by strengthening its ability to prevent pandemics through early and effective prevention, detection, and response to potential health emergencies, and by increasing its transparency and ensuring its independence. We will also support a transparent and independent evaluation and analysis of the origins of the COVID-19 outbreak and for investigating outbreaks of unknown origin in the future. We resolve to take decisive action to help the Indo-Pacific build better regional pandemic preparedness, and will work together and multilaterally to build the capacity of all countries to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks. To move towards this goal, the ROK commits to increase its engagement in the Global Health Security Agenda Steering Group and Action Package Working Groups, and the ROK pledges a new $200M commitment for 2021-2025 period to support the GHSA target and help partner countries fill their gaps. The United States and the ROK will also work together with likeminded countries to create a new sustainable, catalytic health security financing mechanism.The United States and the ROK are among each other’s largest trading and investment partners, and these strong economic ties, particularly the U.S.- Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA), are a bedrock. The Presidents agreed to cooperate closely on the reform of the WTO and expressed their shared commitment to oppose unfair trade practices.With the technological landscape rapidly changing, we agree to strengthen our partnership on critical and emerging technologies to promote our shared security and prosperity. We agree on the importance of careful screening of foreign investments and cooperation on export controls on critical technologies. Recognizing the importance of telecommunications security and vendor diversity, President Biden and President Moon commit to work together to develop open, transparent, and efficient 5G and 6G network architectures using Open-RAN technology. To this end, we agree to cooperate to increase resiliency in our supply chains, including in priority sectors such as semiconductors, eco-friendly EV batteries, strategic and critical materials, and pharmaceuticals. We also agree to work together to increase the global supply of legacy chips for automobiles, and to support leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing in both countries through the promotion of increased mutual investments as well as research and development cooperation. President Biden and President Moon commit to work together to develop a future-oriented partnership by leading innovation in the areas of clean energy, such as next generation batteries, hydrogen, and carbon capture and storage, and in the emerging technologies including Artificial Intelligence (AI), 5G, next generation communications network (6G), open-RAN technology, quantum technology, and bio-technology.President Biden and President Moon also commit to strengthening their partnership in civil space exploration, science, and aeronautics research and will cooperate towards the ROK signing the Artemis Accords. Moreover, we commit to develop cooperation in overseas nuclear markets, including joint participation in nuclear power plant projects, while ensuring the highest standards of international nuclear safety, security, and nonproliferation are maintained.President Biden and President Moon welcome the chance to strengthen development ties between the United States and the ROK. We are pleased to expand our partnership to facilitate closer collaboration between the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Korea International Cooperation Agency. We also recognize the importance of addressing the root causes of migration from Central America’s Northern Triangle countries to the United States. To this end, the ROK pledges to increase its financial commitment to development cooperation in the Northern Triangle countries to $220 million for the 2021-2024 period. The United States also welcomes the ROK’s initiatives to increase cooperation with the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean region, including digital and green cooperation.The enduring friendship between the United States and the Republic of Korea is fed by our vibrant people-to-people ties. Over 1.7 million Korean students have enrolled in United States educational institutions since 1955. More than two million ROK citizens visit, work, or live in the United States, and over 200,000 U.S. citizens reside in the ROK. More than 10,000 U.S. and ROK citizens have participated in sponsored exchange programs, including ROK political leaders. We take great pride in celebrating the 60th anniversary of the first Korean and American Fulbright grantees to visit each other’s countries, which demonstrates the depth and strength of the longstanding ties between the people of the United States and the ROK. Our extensive exchange programs promote common purpose between our countries; we agree to increase two-way exchanges of young environmental leaders to strengthen our ability to cooperate in this critical area. Moving forward, we place particular emphasis on supporting greater interaction between experts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and empowering women and girls in these fields, to build a solid foundation for secure and sustainable innovation and economic resilience in both countries.President Biden and President Moon also agree to redouble their commitment to democratic values, and the promotion of human rights at home and abroad. The strength of our democracies depends on women’s full participation in them. Together we will strive to end the abuse of women and girls, including domestic violence and cyber-exploitation, and to exchange best practices to close the gender wage gap–a challenge both our countries share. We agree to expand cooperation to combat corruption, and ensure the freedoms of expression and religion and belief. Finally, we join voices in condemning violence against the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community, and pledge to work together to ensure that all Americans, including Korean-Americans, are treated with dignity and respect.At a time of considerable international hardship and rapid global change, President Biden and President Moon are cognizant of the hurdles facing the United States, the ROK, and the world. We recognize that, with our cooperation, the U.S.-ROK alliance will play an increasingly global role, allowing us to rise to these defining challenges. For over seven decades, and thanks to its reciprocity and dynamism, our alliance has been a source of steadfast national strength; we look forward to working closely together to ensure it remains one for decades to come. President Moon expresses his gratitude to President Biden for the warm hospitality and extends an invitation for President Biden to visit the ROK. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:5G, america, ASEAN, Asia, China, Government, Myanmar, North Korea, OECD, Paris, Seoul, Singapore, Taiwan, UN, United States, Washington, White House, WTOlast_img read more

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Gov. Ritter Congratulates CU-Boulder for Receiving Recovery Act Funding to Build Smart Grid Workforce

first_img Published: April 8, 2010 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Gov. Bill Ritter praised the University of Colorado at Boulder for being awarded $2.4 million in Recovery Act funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to build a smart grid workforce training program. The funds will help CU-Boulder to build an engineering graduate program focused on smart grid technologies.”CU-Boulder will help to train the workforce of Colorado’s New Energy Economy in smart grid applications and technologies,” said Gov. Ritter. “We know that our future generations will use and create energy differently than we do and smart grid technologies will be critical to how we manage our energy consumption. Congratulations to CU-Boulder for receiving these funds and moving Colorado forward.”CU-Boulder will use these funds to build a sustainable graduate engineering program with a focus on networking, wireless communications, and cyber security within electric power systems. The academic program is designed for students seeking a full Master of Science degree or a shorter certificate and can be flexibly completed on-campus or from anywhere online.The joint program will be offered by the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program and the department of electrical, computer and energy engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. It is expected to begin in the fall.”New technologies for distributed generation, communications and control, facilities automation, renewable energy sources and operations management are all changing the workforce requirements for the industry,” said ITP Director Timothy Brown. “There are exciting opportunities for a new generation of leaders who understand networking, wireless communication and security in the context of the energy industry.”U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced award selections for nearly $100 million for 54 smart grid workforce training programs that will help prepare the next generation of workers in the utility and electrical manufacturing industries. These projects will leverage more than $95 million in funding from community colleges, universities, utilities and manufacturers to develop and implement training programs. The selectees estimate that the programs will train approximately 30,000 Americans. These workers will help to modernize the nation’s electrical grid and implement smart grid technologies in communities across the country.At least $6.7 billion in Recovery Act funds is expected to come to Colorado through more than 100 different programs. For more information about the Recovery Act in Colorado, visitwww.colorado.gov/recovery . Visit the U.S. Department of Energy for full details on the announcement.center_img Professor Timothy Brown, director of CU-Boulder’s Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Programlast_img read more

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World’s Best Vineyards 2020 to Be Hosted by Sonoma County Winegrowers

first_imgPinterest Previous articleLarkmead Vineyards Celebrates 125th Anniversary in Napa ValleyNext articleLedson Winery & Vineyards Named One of the 2019 Best and Brightest Companies in Nation to Work For Press Release Share AdvertisementThe World’s Best Vineyards Voting Academy to Reveal Top 50 Vineyards in JulySANTA ROSA, Calif. (February 18, 2020) – Whenever leading wine experts, sommeliers, and travel correspondents from across the globe recommend top wine regions to visit, Sonoma County typically has a place on everyone’s list. Thus, it should be no surprise in July that the international wine community will gather in Sonoma County when the Top 50 Vineyards is revealed.Sonoma County is the world’s most sustainable wine region, with more than 99% of its vineyards certified sustainable, and a natural choice for the World’s Best Vineyard event. The county includes 18 AVAs (American Viticultural Area) which define the diversity of this renowned wine region and exhibit a far greater variety of wine styles and grapes than you will find in most other premium wine areas. From the highly regarded Chardonnay and Pinot Noir of the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast, to the dense flavorful Zinfandel of Dry Creek Valley and distinctive, approachable Cabernet Sauvignon of Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County’s range of geography—valleys to mountains, coastal ranges to inland bench lands—is second to none.“We are very excited to host this year’s edition of World’s Best Vineyards. Sonoma County’s 1,800 winegrowers and 495 wineries across our 18 growing appellations, are looking forward to welcoming our guests from around the world,” said Karissa Kruse, president of the Sonoma County Winegrowers. She added, “We look forward to showcasing the quality and diversity of our wines produced with great care by our multi-generational wine and grape growing families. And most importantly, sharing our commitment to sustainability, climate adaptation and supporting our local communities.”The World’s Best Vineyard is determined after each member of the Academy submits 7 vineyard nominations based on all the different elements that make for a rewarding visit for guests, including quality of tours, ambiance, cuisine, staff, views, accessibility, value and reputation. These nominations are then collated and converted into the Top 50 list. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Monday, July 13th, in Santa Rosa. Real-time results will also be available through the World’s Best Vineyards website, as well as social media channels.“The diversity in the inaugural Top 50 was incredible. There were the famous names, of course, but they appeared alongside some of the wine industry’s best-kept secrets with many boutique wineries taking top spot,” said Andrew Reed, Managing Director Events and Exhibitions at William Reed. He added, “Wine tourism is growing all around the world and we are happy to recognize these destinations and the experiences they can offer. We are excited about working with Sonoma County Winegrowers, whom I am confident will make amazing hosts to this year’s event!”For more information, visit: www.worldsbestvineyards.comAbout Sonoma County Winegrowers:The Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, also known as Sonoma County Winegrowers (SCW), was established in 2006 as a marketing and educational organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier grape growing regions. With 18 AVAs, more than 1,800 growers, SCW’s goal is to increase awareness and recognition of the quality and diversity of Sonoma County’s grapes and wines through dynamic marketing and educational programs targeted to wine consumers around the world. Learn more at www.sonomawinegrape.orgAbout the Academy:The World’s Best Vineyards Academy is the mechanism used to create The World’s Best Vineyards list. The Academy comprises nearly 500 leading wine aficionados, sommeliers, and luxury travel correspondents from across the globe. Each has been selected for their expert opinion of the international wine and wine tourism scene. To create the Academy and give it a fair representation of the global wine scene, we divide the world into geographical regions. In each region we appointed an acknowledged expert as the Academy Chair. They were responsible for recruiting 36 individuals (a balanced mix of wine aficionados, sommeliers, wine trade, luxury travel correspondents and anyone whose regular hobby and passion is visiting wine regions) to nominate their seven top vineyard experiences. The voters could nominate up to 3 vineyards inside their voting region and at least 4 from outside their voting region. The Top 50 list is compiled from all the nominations by the global academy of voters. The world is split into geographical regions, each headed up by an acknowledged expert as the Academy Chair. Each Academy Chair is responsible for recruiting 36 wine and travel experts. Each member of the voting Academy must vote for 7 vineyards and at least 4 of the nominated vineyards must be from outside their voting region. There is no predetermined checklist of criteria or predefined list to choose from – each vote is a nomination for a vineyard experience that they deem to truly be the best in the world.Advertisement TAGSSonoma County WinegrowersWorld’s Best Vineyards Academy Twitter Facebook ReddIt Home Industry News Releases World’s Best Vineyards 2020 to Be Hosted by Sonoma County WinegrowersIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessWorld’s Best Vineyards 2020 to Be Hosted by Sonoma County WinegrowersBy Press Release – February 18, 2020 581 0 Email Linkedinlast_img read more

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Homeless woman arrested for sitting in front of doorway

first_imgTags :crimeCrime Watchshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentTrump birth control coverage rules blocked nationwideLos Angeles teachers are striking but schools are still openYou Might Also LikeBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press12 hours agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author3 days agoCrimeFeaturedKnife-wielding woman arrested during L.A. Councilman’s speechGuest Author4 days agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author7 days agoCrimeFeaturedHomeless man loses an eye to BB gun assaultGuest Author1 week agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author1 week ago HomeNewsCrimeHomeless woman arrested for sitting in front of doorway Jan. 15, 2019 at 4:30 amCrimeHomeless woman arrested for sitting in front of doorwaynews2 years agocrimeCrime Watch On January 03, 2019 at about 4:37 a.m. While patrolling the area of the 1600 block of 7th Street, officers saw several subjects sitting in the alcove/doorway of 1653 7th St., United States Postal Services, in violation of a municipal code. Officers spoke with all of the subjects.  Officers recognized one of the subjects from previous contacts at the same location and issued several citations for a similar violation. A computer check revealed multiple Santa Monica warrants totaling $90,000.00. The subject was arrested and transported to SMPD Jail for booking. Karen Marie Jeademann, 52, homeless, was arrested for sitting/lying doorway during prohibited hours and warrants. Bail was set at $90,500.last_img read more

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Charger’s Draft storms the Santa Monica Pier

first_imgHomeBest Of Santa MonicaCharger’s Draft storms the Santa Monica Pier Apr. 23, 2019 at 6:00 amBest Of Santa MonicaEntertainmentEventsFeaturedNewsSportsCharger’s Draft storms the Santa Monica PierAngel Carreras2 years agoNo tags Santa Monica is going to get hit with a bolt of NFL energy this week. The Santa Monica Pier will host its first ever official NFL draft party this Thursday, hosted by the Los Angeles Chargers. The event will focus on the Chargers, featuring current players and alumni appearing in-person, autograph and photo opportunities and performances by the Charger Girls and Thunderbolts drumline, among other activities. Additionally, the Pier’s Ferris wheel will feature the Chargers logo and team colors. KABC’s Ashley Brewer will host the event as the draft plays out while AM 570’s Petros and Money Show broadcast live from the event. Expected attendance thus far is around 4,000 people. “The Pier is an amazing and uniquely memorable venue for any event, and to be able to celebrate the return of the NFL to the Los Angeles area here is really special,” Jim Harris, Deputy Director of the Pier said. “It’s really such a wonderful way for two international icons to join together to celebrate the best of what each has to offer.”Harris says the Pier has been in talks with several NFL teams regarding events before. Recently, the Pittsburgh Steelers approached the Pier for a special fan event on the day of or day before their game against the Chargers this year.This past year, the Pier was interested in a simulcast screening of the Super Bowl this year with the Rams organization, but “the timing just didn’t work out” between the two sides. In 2017, the Pier hosted a fan rally for The Green Legion, a group of Philadelphia Eagles fans. Harris says the Pier is already in talks with the Chargers about other opportunities, suggesting a potential long-term relationship of more events and draft parties. With hometown loyalty to the Chargers, Harris says the Pier will look to make more sport-friendly events such as Super Bowl screenings with an eye towards holding something special for Super Bowl LVI in 2022. Courting out of town teams, however, is just business for the Pier. “The Pier is an ideal venue for our home teams and for visiting teams alike – it really establishes their presence in Southern California.”The Chargers’ draft day event will take place Thursday, April 25, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.chargers.com/draft/[email protected] on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentNotre Dame Column Sparked A FireNew artistic director takes the lead at the Broad StageYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoEntertainmentLifeNoteworthyTales of Two DaughtersCharles Andrews14 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agolast_img read more

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ShotLink eyes new technology for greater fan experience

first_imgTucked behind the 10th green at TPC River Highlands, Jeff Howell and his team watched last week’s action at the Travelers Championship through a different lens. From his perch inside the PGA Tour’s ShotLink trailer, Howell, the circuit’s director of ShotLink Technologies, studies a black-and-white image of the ninth green in real-time, a dizzying display of fixed points and potential tracks. “Everything that moves the system has to identify if it’s a golf ball; if it is a golf ball is it moving; and if it’s moving let me track it,” Howell explains. Howell calls the new system ShotLink Plus, a video-based model that will eventually replace the lasers that have been used since the system was introduced 17 years ago. When it was unveiled, ShotLink was a revolutionary way to enhance the fan experience by using lasers to track shots from tee-to-green. For example, the system noted that Jordan Spieth’s tee shot on the first playoff hole last week traveled 220 yards into the fairway and that his approach shot ended up 205 yards away in a greenside bunker. What ShotLink can’t do, however, is show that Spieth’s tee shot clipped a tree and bounced back into the fairway or that his approach caromed off the lip of the greenside bunker before settling at the bottom. As useful as ShotLink has become, the inherent limitations of a one-dimensional system have become evident in recent years. “We were looking for a replacement for our lasers, we’ve been doing that for 17 years now and we’re still using the same lasers we started with,” Howell said. “They are getting older and needed replacing and the thought came up we can get newer lasers or we can look at what is innovative and what will be new and increase the fan experience.” A look behind the cameras of the ShotLink system being tested by Tour officials. The new system, which was developed by SMT, utilizes fixed cameras instead of lasers to identify and track the speed, break and distance of shots. Where the current ShotLink lasers can quantify a player has made a 5-foot putt for birdie, the new system tracks the line and speed of every putt. Currently, Howell and his team are testing the cameras only on greens, and for good reason considering the amount of data the new technology produces, but the system could easily be expanded to include all shots. “If we can improve and perfect the system in small increments on the greens, then moving it into other areas of the golf course becomes much easier,” Howell said. Currently, the new cameras have been set up on six greens at each week’s Tour stop as Howell works with the software engineers to perfect the system. Howell explains that the cameras are accurate about 80 percent of the time, compared to about 97 percent of the time using the current lasers. The challenges of creating a digital snapshot of a sprawling field of play that changes every week are many. “Camera placement needs to be specific, you have to place the cameras in such a fashion that they are going to cover the greens if one or two of them lose the track, we have to have at least one camera on the track,” said Howell, who explained there are currently three cameras per green. The amount of information the new system collects can also be staggering. Consider that a single shot from the lasers that currently power ShotLink is about 10 bytes of data, whereas a single second of video imagery from the new cameras is about 400 megabytes of data. It takes one server to process nine cameras’, or currently three holes’, worth of information. Without getting too deep into the math just imagine how much information will need to be processed if every shot of every player is tracked under the new system. How that information is processed and presented during a telecast or to an individual user is also part of the challenge of bringing the new technology to the masses. “We’re capturing 20 points per second of that ball moving across the green and all of that is getting stored in a data base and we’re working with the developers to figure out how we’re going to provide that data in real time and display it,” Howell said. “You’re going to be able to see the exact track.” Howell said there’s no timeline for when the system might be ready to go live, but the benefits of an automated platform, compared to the current laser-based system that depends on the accuracy of volunteers on the course, will lead to a more precise track as well as a more detailed picture of an actual shot. “The volunteers do great, they are the reason we’re up in the 97 percent [accuracy] of every shot, but it does take away the human element, thinking they are shooting the golf ball with the laser when you may be over shooting it and hitting a couple feet away,” Howell said. “Now the camera can see it more clearly.” Which means we will all see shots more clearly, and comprehensively.last_img read more

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