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Wood is great for building and heating homes, but it’s the bane of biofuels. When converting plants to fuels, engineers must remove a key component of wood, known as lignin, to get to the sugary cellulose that’s fermented into alcohols and other energy-rich compounds. That’s costly because it normally requires high temperatures and caustic chemicals. Now, researchers in the United States and Canada have modified the lignin in poplar trees to self-destruct under mild processing conditions—a trick that could slash the cost of turning plant biomass into biofuels.“This work has the potential to fundamentally change the economics of lignin degradation,” says Ronald Sederoff, a plant geneticist at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. If researchers can add the same self-destructing lignin to agricultural plants such as corn and energy crops such as switchgrass—an effort already under way—that could open the spigots for cellulosic ethanol, made from plant waste rather than food. The U.S. Department of Energy has backed a number of cellulosic ethanol producers, and in 2007 it forecast that by this year they would be making more than 6 billion liters of cellulosic ethanol. Yet this year’s actual production is expected to be just 1% of that volume.The problem is the lignin. More than two-thirds of plant matter consists of cellulose and hemicellulose fibers, both made up of long chains of glucose and other sugar molecules. Much of the rest is the lignin that wedges between the other fibers and glues them together, providing rigidity and preventing pathogens from lunching on the sugary materials. To remove that glue, engineers typically heat biomass to 170°C for several hours in the presence of sodium hydroxide or other alkaline compounds that break lignin apart. 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One early approach decreased the expression of plants’ lignin-producing genes. But that backfired, as the plants either wound up with stunted growth or keeled over when hit with a gust of wind. “Plants really need lignin,” says John Ralph, a plant biochemist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.Among the strategies for dealing with lignin, numerous teams have tried altering the chemicals that make up lignin. Although the structure of lignin varies from species to species, most plants assemble it from three main building blocks called coniferyl alcohol (CA), sinapyl alcohol (SA), and p-coumaryl alcohol, producing chains abbreviated G lignin, S lignin, and H lignin, respectively. Several teams have manipulated plant genes to change the proportions of building blocks, hoping to create a lignin that degrades more easily. Researchers led by Clint Chapple of Purdue University reported in Nature last month, for example, that plants engineered to produce only H lignin wound up dwarfed, but knocking out certain regulatory genes enabled them to grow to a near-normal size. H lignins give up their sugars with less pretreatment, but the chemical bonds between the remaining lignin molecules are still hard to break.Ralph and his colleagues opted for another path. Instead of altering the proportions of lignin building blocks, they added a new one—ferulic acid (FA)—that pairs up with CA and SA building blocks. These pairs then form bonds with their neighbors that are easier for chemists to break. (A few plants naturally use these FA-contianing pairs in making lignins that serve as plant defense compounds, Ralph says.) They hoped that by introducing paired building blocks throughout the lignin, they could later “unzip” the lignin’s structure during pretreatment.The feat took several years to pull off. Ralph’s team had to isolate the genes for the synthesis of FA-containing building blocks, insert them into plants, show that the plants could make the compounds, send them to the cell walls, and incorporate them into lignins. But online today in Science, Ralph and his colleagues report that they’ve now produced “zip-lignins” in young poplar trees. The plants appear healthy and show every sign of normal growth in the greenhouse. But when ground up and subjected to a mild base at 100°C, the lignins readily fall apart, releasing twice as many sugars as their wild-type kin do under the same conditions. “It’s the most promising method of changing lignin that I’ve seen so far,” Sederoff says.Ralph says his team is already working to insert zip-lignins into corn plants. If the effort succeeds, it could save cellulosic biofuel companies serious cash and may even propel them to profitability, Dale says. It could also spawn a new generation of biorefineries that convert plant cellulose into plastics and other industrial materials. But Dale and others caution that it could take a decade or more. Any newly engineered plants and trees must still be field-tested to show that they grow normally and aren’t more susceptible to pests, among other things. Then researchers must also show that they pass economic muster in pilot-scale and demonstration biorefineries. But if the strategy works, biofuel-makers may finally find a way out of the glue that has trapped them for decades.
2020 tokyo olympicsRavi DahiyaWorld Wrestling Championships First Published: September 20, 2019, 10:58 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan): Ravi Dahiya is staring into nothing, sitting in the training arena at Barys Arena with his arms clutching his knees. Then he quietly discusses something with the coaches around.He has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics after knocking off some established global stars in the 57kg but hardly shows any emotion. There is not even a smile on his face. Even when the referee raised his hand after his win over formidable Japanese Yuki Takahashi, he gives an impression as if he has lost.This was the result, which secured his passage into the Tokyo Olympics.Then the 22-year-old bumps into Russian world champion Zaur Uguev and suffered a narrow 4-6 defeat to go out of the gold medal race.”They were scheduling my bouts too close to each other,” he says on a memorable day for him but does not utter a word on making it to the Olympics.You have qualified for the Olympics, he was told when sought for a comment.”Han wo to hai (ya, that’s there),” is all that he says.He walks out of the stadium, saying he has to look after his weight.That’s Ravi Dahiya for you!A man of few words but with everything in his arsenal that he needs to have for excelling on the mat.He won the bronze in 57kg on Friday and it took an enormous effort for him to smile when he was asked to pose for pictures.’You can smile now, you have on’, he was told and he finally obliged with a genuine smile.That he possesses extraordinary talent was never in question. He won a silver at the Under-23 World Championships in 2015 to give a glimpse of what is coming in future.If anyone doubted his potential, he showed his mettle at the Pro Wrestling League when he beat U-23 European champion and also Sandeep Tomar, who literally owned the 57kg category before Dahiya’s rise.There were a few who were still not willing to believe in him, saying PWL was not a platform to judge him.However, it was this platform which enabled him to make a name for himself.He, once more, silenced the critics by excelling during the national trails for the Worlds, emerging winner from arguably the most competitive category, which featured Sandeep Tomar and Utkarsh Kale.Dahiya is a product of the national capital’s Chhatrasal Stadium, which has already given India two Olympic medallists — Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt.He came here from his village Nahri in Harayna about 10 years back when he was just a 12-year-old and since then has been training under Mahabali Satpal and coach Virender.And anyone who has seen him train, would say that he is a shy person, who does not express himself much.”What should I say? I am like this since my childhood. My real journey has just begun. What have I achieved? There are Olympic medallists from my training centre. What have I done?,” said Dahiya, who idolises Iranian great Hasan Yazdani.Wrestler Arun Kumar, who has largely mentored him, chips in, “See, this how he has been brought up.”Sushil Kumar says, “You will find all Chhatrasal stadium trainees like this. They are focussed.”It shows on the mat. His possesses remarkable composure, stamina and power. He does not get rattled even when he is trailing by a huge margin.Against Arsen Harutyunyan, he trailed 0-6 but once he started to attack he finished the bout by logging 17 points in a row against the 61kg European Champion.The way he controlled the bout against crafty Yuki Takahashi was a treat to watch and it spoke volumes of Dahiya’s skill.His father is a small-time farmer and brings milk and fruits for him every morning from his village about 39kms from his centre.”I have told him not to bother much but they want me to have pure milk — Ghar wala (from home).”But his father could not watch his son felling the top stars on Thursday as he had to tend to his paddy field and it was no big deal for Dahiya.”It’s okay if they don’t watch. He must be busy with his work. And they don’t understand wrestling much,” said Dahiya.If his parents are not so keen on wrestling, how he got into the sport?”Wrestling was popular in my village. There have been Olympians and a World medallist too. So I was drawn towards this sport. There are about 20 wrestlers at Chhatrasal from my village,” he said.Amit Dahiya, who won a World Championship silver in 2013 in Budapest, also came from the same village and Dahiya is just trying to carry forward the legacy of the place.Even at Chhatrasal stadium, he lives in a room which belonged to Yogeshwar for some time when he trained there and went on to win Olympic bronze in 2012.He is carrying forward the legacy of a few but is definitely on the path to create his own.
MONTREAL – Forty-one years after it first welcomed the world for the 1976 Games, Montreal’s Olympic Stadium has been asked to throw open its doors once again.The cavernous stadium, which is more accustomed to hosting sporting events and trade shows, is now being used as a temporary shelter for some of the hundreds of asylum claimants pouring across the New York-Quebec border every day.Between now and September, up to 600 refugee claimants at a time will sleep on camp beds in a windowless common area, where fans attending Montreal Expos baseball games once passed through on their way to the bleachers above left field.Beds, bedding, and basic toiletries are being provided by the Red Cross, while a branch of Quebec’s Health Department is handling the newcomers’ day-to-day needs.“They have everything they need — a roof, they have food, they have showers, they have bedsheets, they have beds, they have a nursery, they have Wi-Fi,” said Cedric Essiminy, the stadium’s spokesman.“It’s rudimentary — it’s not luxury — but it’s functional.”Authorities have been scrambling to manage the flow of asylum seekers, which has tripled in the last two weeks from 50 to 150 a day.Most of them are Haitians, who fear being sent back to their homeland if the Trump administration chooses to end a program that granted them so-called “temporary protected status” following the massive earthquake that struck in 2010.Emmanuelle Paciullo, a spokesperson for the health centre that manages the site, says 500 people are currently housed at the stadium.She says that while there are nurses and social workers on site to handle urgent health needs, the setup is basic and only intended for short-term housing.She says the newcomers are moved into more permanent housing once they get their first social assistance cheques.The City of Montreal said Saturday it is opening another shelter, a former religious building in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough that is now owned by the city.The city says between 250 and 300 people a day are now crossing the border to claim refugee status in Quebec. The city says the new shelter will be able to accommodate up to 300 people beginning on Sunday.While the Olympic Stadium is only one of several venues being used as emergency shelters, it is certainly the most recognizable.In recent years, the stadium has mostly drawn negative press for its chunks of falling concrete, a faulty retractable roof that has ripped thousands of times, and a staggering $1-billion price tag that took Montrealers three decades to pay off.It has also built a diverse resume, hosting personalities and events ranging from the Rolling Stones to the CONCACAF Champions League soccer final to Pope John Paul II.Pink Floyd played there, as have Celine Dion and One Direction.In 2010, some 50,000 people attended a mass to celebrate when Brother Andre was named a saint by the Vatican.It has also been used as a movie set, and its tower will serve as office space for hundreds of bank employees beginning this fall.It is not even the first time the stadium has been called into use as a shelter.In 1998, it was set up to receive residents displaced by a massive ice storm, although power was restored before it was needed.It also served as a massive vaccination clinic during the 2009 H1N1 virus scare.Given the venue’s history of hosting large numbers of people, Essiminy says it’s no surprise it has been pressed into service to respond to the incoming waves of refugees.“The strength of the stadium is that it’s able to transform itself depending on the needs of the people in the city, and this is a great example,” Essiminy said.
HALIFAX – It began with a maverick MP throwing a hand grenade into the party he once tried to lead and ended with contentious debates on abortion.The three-day Conservative policy convention in Halifax was anything but boring.But with Maxime Bernier now recruiting members to his own party, while some “grassroots” Tories continue to push divisive issues into the limelight, concerns have emerged about rifts developing within the Conservative Party of Canada.Party leader Andrew Scheer says he is not worried.People who supported Bernier did so because of the ideas he promoted, Scheer says — ideas that are largely the ideology and policies of the Conservative party.“When you’re talking about free enterprise, when you’re talking about unleashing the power of the private sector, getting government less involved in managing the economy and leaving that more and more to free enterprise — those are things our party stands for,” he said.“All those people who are really excited to have a government that prioritizes those things find themselves at home and welcome and a main part of the party as it is now.”But as the convention came to a close on Saturday, it became clear there are some voices within the Conservative party that are more socially conservative than Scheer seems willing to go with his policies.Calling themselves “grassroots” members during policy debates, groups of delegates pushed forward several resolutions involving abortion, euthanasia and gender identity. The most high-profile proposal, which aimed to remove reference to a future Conservative government regulating abortion, was narrowly defeated in a vote on Saturday.The debates on these resolutions revealed factions within the party pushing to have some of their more socially conservative views welcomed under the big blue tent.“We are not the Liberals, we are not the NDP. We do not tell our members what to think or what to say. We let members of Parliament have a free vote on most moral issues, but this is in our policy book saying they don’t have a free vote,” Patrick Hanlon from St. John’s, N.L. said of the party’s existing abortion policy.“We need to take it out. We need to support democracy, freedom and liberty for all.”Saskatchewan MP Rosemary Falk likened the abortion resolution to a “values test” within the party.Some delegates were even passing out handouts dictating how “Conservatives for real Conservative values” should vote on the more controversial resolutions.Despite this, Scheer reiterated his pledge not to reopen debate on abortion or any other divisive social issues, opting instead to focus on areas of consensus within the party.He did, however, say he will defend the rights of those who want to question Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on diversity.During his keynote speech Friday night, Scheer warned Canadians away from what he called the “forces of political correctness,” which he believes are converging on contrary ideas “and even on legitimate criticism.”He cited Trudeau’s confrontation last week with a woman at a campaign event in Quebec, where the prime minister parried questions about the cost of irregular border-crossers coming into the province with accusations of racism and “intolerance.”In an interview with The Canadian Press, Scheer dismissed any notion he is defending free speech for those who may be intolerant of immigrants, in light of the fact Quebec heckler is tied to the anti-immigrant group the Storm Alliance.“Lots of Canadians have major concerns about the impact that this current situation on the border is having — not just on the ability for municipal and provincial governments to serve Canadians, but also what it means for new Canadians who are waiting to be reunited with a loved one who is going through the immigration process the right way,” he said.“The reaction is always the same — to smear and insult rather than actually answer the question.”Meanwhile, organizers had planned this convention to be Scheer’s big week to introduce himself to Canadians and offer a broad vision for the party as an unofficial kickoff to the 2019 campaign.Instead, he was largely forced to react to Bernier’s dramatic resignation and remain on the defensive against the Quebec MP’s personal attacks.Looking ahead, Scheer said his biggest challenge will be to make himself more known to Canadians.“The prime minister enjoys celebrity status, he’s front-page news when he changes his clothes or when he doesn’t wear clothes, so that’s what I’m up against,” he said.“I recognize that, I’ve got a lot of extra work I’ll need to do, but I’m happy to do it.”Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.
Feeding America, the nation’s leading hunger-relief organization, has partnered with the Ad Council to launch new public service ads (PSA) designed to raise awareness about child hunger in America.Video: Hunger Prevention – Scarlett Johansson :30Featuring celebrity activists Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner, who volunteered their time and talent, the PSAs call for Americans to help children facing hunger by supporting the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks.Video: Hunger Prevention – Jeremy Renner :30“My family grew up relying on public assistance to help provide meals for our family,” said Scarlett Johansson. “Child hunger in America is a real and often overlooked problem, but one that together, we can fix. It is my hope that by joining with Feeding America, our awareness of this issue will lead to a solution.”According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), one in five children in America – nearly 16 million children – struggle with hunger. Although food insecurity is harmful to people of all ages, it can be particularly devastating for children because of the potential for long term consequences. Research has shown that good nutrition has implications for a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement and economic productivity.“There are children facing hunger in every community across America. That is unacceptable. These new PSAs allow us to expose the prevalence of child hunger and engage the nation in solving the problem,” said Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America. “We all have a role to play in making sure children have enough to eat and we are profoundly grateful for Ms. Johansson and Mr. Renner for lending their voices to raise awareness about the issue.”The new PSAs feature appeals from Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson, with information about how individuals can help solve hunger. The ads encourage audiences to visit www.FeedingAmerica.org where they can learn more about hunger in their communities, find volunteer opportunities at a food bank in their area, contact Members of Congress, donate food or funds, and more. The campaign includes new TV PSAs designed pro bono by 360i.“It is a privilege to be partnering with Feeding America and the Ad Council to support the fight to end hunger in America,” said 360i CEO Sarah Hofstetter. “This PSA campaign discusses the reality of hunger in the U.S., with the goal of getting more people involved and driving support for the largest network of food banks in America. We are looking forward to working with Feeding America to continue to promote this important cause throughout the year.”The new PSAs are an extension of the Hunger Prevention campaign, first launched by Feeding America and the Ad Council in 2008. Through the Ad Council’s unique model, all PSAs will run during advertising time donated entirely by the media. Since the launch of the national Hunger Prevention campaign, media outlets across the country have contributed more than $300 million in time and space for Feeding America’s PSAs.“We’re proud to support Feeding America in their efforts to tackle this critical issue,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “We hope that the campaign will be a catalyst for volunteers, supporters and donors to unite behind this movement, and increase access to food for the millions of children in need.”
APTN National NewsWomen’s groups in the Yukon want First Nation leaders to be reminded of the violence that continues to plague women and children in their communities.A rally was held during a chiefs gathering in Whitehorse and some of the chiefs in attendance avoided the event, despite invitations.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has the story.
APTN National NewsThe polls show they’re on the way up.The NDP under Thomas Mulcair is taking on the government in the House and in public opinion.Mulcair is moving the NDP closer to the centre of the political spectrum.But what does this mean for Aboriginal people?Mulcair spoke to APTN National News from Ottawa.
The agency’s ID project, which has already reached 24 of Colombia’s 34 departments, has provided more than 52,000 people with documents since 1999, according a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Today, the initiative spread to Colombia’s Antioquia department, “one of the departments most severely affected by internal displacement, hosting an estimated 10 per cent of all the displaced people in the country,” Kris Janowski told the press in Geneva.The project, which is being carried out in cooperation with Colombia’s National Registrar, involves a mobile documentation unit which visits settlement sites to issue IDs to those who have been forced to flee their homes. “Documentation is particularly crucial for Colombia’s internally displaced people,” Mr. Janowski explained, pointing out that IDs can help them gain access to benefits such as health care, education and even bank loans.UNHCR and the documentation teams make a particular effort to reach displaced women, according to the spokesman. An estimated 34 per cent of all displaced families in Colombia are headed by single women. Many do not have their own identity papers, and their original documentation would commonly have been in the name of their male family members.The agency is also campaigning to provide documentation to former conscripts who lost their record of military service – a requirement to pursue an education or get a job.Strife in Colombia has uprooted some 190,000 people in the past year alone, according to government figures. Some estimates put the number of people displaced by the 40-year conflict at 2 million. Many thousands more have fled to neighbouring countries or sought asylum in Costa Rica, North America and Europe, UNHCR said.
According to media reports, Ahmed Al-Khafaji, a Shiite Member of Parliament, was among 23 killed in a suicide car bombing which ripped through a Baghdad checkpoint.“Those who use terror, violence and fear against the people of Iraq will fail,” Mr. Mladenov, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, said in a statement in which he also extended his condolences to the families of those killed in the attack. “Today, Iraq and the world are united and will defeat those who seek to destroy the Iraqi state and will, restoring security, prosperity and democracy to this country.”Violence in Iraq has been peaking in recent months as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) continues its operations throughout the country amid simmering ethnic tensions between Sunnis and Shiites. The UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) recently reported at least 1,119 Iraqi civilian deaths for the month of September, cautioning that the figure does not include people killed in the ongoing operation in Anbar Province, or those who died from the heat or hunger after being forced to flee violence in their cities.The worst affected Governorate was Baghdad, where 352 people were killed and 983 injured.
Lantern file photoThen-sophomore Ryan Shazier overlooks the sidelines during a game against Michigan State on Sept. 29, at Spartan Stadium. OSU won, 17-16.It is officially game week for the 2013 edition of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team, and coach Urban Meyer said football is all he wants to talk about.“I just can’t wait to play football,” Meyer said Monday, deflecting a question asking if he is the same guy he was when he coached at the University of Florida. “All due respect, I just want to answer questions about football.”A constant throughout camp has been talk about how impressive younger players such as freshmen Dontre Wilson, Ezekiel Elliot, Jalin Marshall and Joey Bosa have been performing and how they are expected to contribute right away. Meyer said a few of those freshmen will see the field against Buffalo.“For sure, Dontre Wilson and Ezekiel Elliot will play,” Meyer said. “On defense, Joey Bosa for sure will play.”Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said OSU would “be foolish” not to let Wilson touch the ball on offense, but doing so is a delicate balance.“I think that you have to be careful with a true freshman that has to play some running back, has to play some wide receiver, has to flex out and run routes,” Herman said. “So the package will be small to start the year off, and let him become an expert at the few things we are asking him to do.”Meyer said Wilson is “going to return the opening kickoff of the 2013 football team,” but is more “anxious” to see how he reacts to being in front of a large crowd at Ohio Stadium.“I think coaches have a tendency to devalue what happens when you jog out that tunnel, especially at a place like Ohio Stadium,” Meyer said. “There will be a lot of deep breaths being taken and you just can’t create that animal until you get that opportunity.”Senior safety C.J. Barnett called the feeling he got when he ran out onto the field for the first time at the Horseshoe “unexplainable,” but has simple advice for Wilson for Saturday’s opening kickoff.“The only thing I could tell him is just take a deep breath and he’s out there for a reason,” Barnett said. “We all have confidence in him that he can get the job done, so just relax.”Another position that younger, more inexperienced players could see time at is running back, due to both senior Carlos Hyde and redshirt-junior Rod Smith being suspended for three and one games, respectively. Meyer, however, said he is not worried about the spot, thanks to the return of redshirt-senior Jordan Hall from the injuries that plagued him in 2012.“Jordan Hall is the best running back on our team right now, and so he’ll have to lose that spot,” Meyer said. “Bri’onte Dunn and Warren Ball are the next two in, and we want to get Ezekiel (Elliot) in to see how he responds in that kind of environment.”Meyer also said Wilson could see some time at running back, depending on the offensive sets they go with, but for the time being, Hall is the guy.“Jordan is a little smaller but he is arguably one of the toughest guys pound-for-pound on our team,” Meyer said.During OSU Media Day Aug. 11, Meyer spoke about how there were four or five units on the team that were causing him to be uncomfortable as fall camp came to a close. His thoughts on those units have since changed.“Offensive line, I feel very good about (it),” Meyer said. “Quarterback, feel very good about. The receivers (are) probably one of the most improved areas on our team. Running back feel very good about.”There is one position, however, that Meyer believes the team is still lacking at: linebacker.“The area we are still trying to solidify is linebacker,” Meyer said. “Curtis Grant has not really played a whole lot of Mike (middle) linebacker, but he’s catching up quick.”Meyer noted how Grant is behind because he suffered a concussion during training camp, but is doing his best to get on the same level as his teammates before Saturday.Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, Luke Fickell said Grant is in a tough position, because even though he is a junior, he has yet to see consistent playing time.“A guy that’s a junior in college maybe wouldn’t miss a beat because he’s been here for two years and had a lot of experience,” Fickell said. “But the reality is he has not had a whole (lot) of game experience.”Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier echoed his position coach, but said the inexperience goes beyond just Grant.“I feel like the biggest concern right now is because we have a lot of inexperience and a lot of young guys,” Shazier said. “When we get a lot of guys that haven’t played together, it’s kind of a struggle.”Fickell said even though the concussion set the starting middle linebacker back, he still has confidence in him.“The reality is if that was a freshman that missed 10 or so days or 10 practices or something like that, you would be much more worried,” Fickell said. “I’m not worried about Curtis Grant, because his passion and his energy is what’s going to show.”According to Meyer, the team held a meeting Monday afternoon to decide the 2013 captains. An OSU athletics spokesman told The Lantern that the decision has not been made as of late Monday evening.Kickoff against Buffalo is scheduled for 12 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium.
In March the Holocaust Educational Trust called for a review into the sale of Nazi memorabilia – which remains legal in the UK – amid the rise in visible anti-Semitism. It is, however, illegal to sell Nazi memorabilia or items linked to the Holocaust in other European countries such as Germany, France and Austria. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “The Nazis were walking to a monument that honoured the Bavarian Army when they met a police cordon across the road.”Karen Pollock MBE, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, suggested that regulation was needed to prohibit the sale of Nazi memorabilia and criticised the comments.She told The Telegraph: “It has long been our view that it is not appropriate for items like this to be on the market for personal profit or macabre interest but rather placed in archives, museums or in an educational context.”“Several leading auction houses and online sites already rightly refuse to sell such material and many countries have banned the sale of Nazi memorabilia. Perhaps it is time for clearer regulation on the sale of these items here in the UK.” A medal awarded to a Nazi soldier who took five bullets meant for Adolf Hitler has sold for a “world record” price.The Blutorden Blood Order Medal was awarded to Ulrich Graf, who helped protect Hitler when he tried to seize power in Bavaria in November 1923 – an event known as The Beer Hall Putsch.The item fetched nine times its £3,500-£4,000 asking price at auction after selling for £36,500 at Derbyshire-based Hansons Auctioneers’ Militaria Auction on July 26.However, the auction house was criticised after saying that banning the sale of Nazi memorabilia would do a “disservice” to Holocaust victims.Adrian Stevenson, a militaria expert at Hansons auctioneers, said: “It’s a world-record price for a medal of its type – a phenomenal result. Interest in this medal was high right from the start. It’s a remarkable historical piece with a huge story to tell.”We know that in the 1950s Ulrich Graf’s family sold everything of his. They wanted no connection with his Nazi past.” He added: “Our vendor was a British doctor who had a large collection of German Third Reich medals which are among the most popular genres of medals.”Some countries like France ban the sale of Third Reich but I think that does a disservice to the victims of the Nazis, it is almost like sweeping it under the carpet. Ulrich Graf, seen right of centre, alongside the Fuhrer at an event commemorating the Beer Hall Putsch, 15 years later, in 1938Credit:Hugo Jaeger/Timepix/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images After the buyer’s premium and VAT were added to the overall price, the figure paid by the private overseas buyer was £47,450.The silver medal, which features the Nazi eagle on one side and an image of the Munich monument on the other, was given to Graf after he threw himself on Hitler and survived after being shot.The former wrestler, who was one of the earliest members of the Nazi Party after it was founded in 1920, was one of Hitler’s personal protection squad during the battle – which ended with 16 party members and four officers killed. Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, has called for a review into the sale of Nazi memorabiliaCredit:Tele/Tele A spokeswoman for Hansons said: “We fully respect and understand Karen Pollock’s viewpoint. However, we also fully respect the historical importance of the objects we sell. It’s impossible to ignore history or brush away the past. This item was sold purely as an historical object.”Militaria items are collected worldwide by people who have a passionate interest in wartime history. Museums or educational establishments are free to obtain these items if they wish.”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Live coverage from the Cathedral Church of the Annunciation of Our LadyPosted by Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia on Thursday, March 28, 2019 Hundreds of mourners are paying their respects to Archbishop Stylianos at the Cathedral Church of the Annunciation of Our Lady where his body lies in repose.Since 4pm on Friday people had queued up to pay their respects to the religious leader, an inspiration to Greek Orthodox Christians. READ MORE: Photos of people paying their last respects to the spiritual leaderDetails about the funeral serviceVale Archbishop Stylianos, the life and times of a spiritual leaderArchbishop Stylianos, his life in 12 picturesAn article about death, written by His Eminence Archbishop StylianosNeos Kosmos will be with you to provide updates regarding the funeral process. May he rest in peace.
For defender Ayman Ben Mohamed, the only way to redeem themselves after losing 3-0 against Al Ain in the Quarterfinals is to beat Guadalajara tomorrowTunisian club Espérance Sportif de Tunis had a disastrous first match at the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.They failed against local Emirati side Al Ain FC 3-0 and now will play for fifth place against Mexican squad Chivas de Guadalajara.“It’s a game for fifth place, we were disappointed with the last match. But this is a good game, especially for the fans,” said defender Ayman Ben Mohamed.“[Against Al Ain] it was a very difficult defeat, we expected a lot better from ourselves.”“We didn’t have a good performance overall. It was difficult to concede an early goal, and Al Ain was the better team for the game,” he added visibly perturbed by the defeat.Report: Chaos of the African Champions League final George Patchias – August 1, 2019 Teams walking off in the game, VAR breaking down and the Court of Arbitration for Sport asked to decide the result.In a report from…But Mohamed knows that a win in the FIFA Club World Cup is very important, it doesn’t matter if is only for fifth place.“We felt really disappointed, especially for the fans. To make the fans happy. Hopefully the next game we can do better.”#CWC18: For Ayman Ben Mohamed, defender of @ESTuniscom, the only way to make fans happy would be to win fifth place against @Chivas tomorrow in the @ClubWorldCups. pic.twitter.com/zyiHDHOsZw— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) December 17, 2018
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A teen reportedly crashed his mother’s car into a Northwest Miami-Dade school after driving without a license.According to Miami-Dade Schools Police, on Monday morning, police arrived to Brownsville Middle School, near 4899 N.W. 24th Ave., where the car crashed into a wall in front of the school.Police arrested the 18-year-old who was driving without a license.The vehicle belongs to his mother, who plans to press charges against her son, officials said.No children were at the school, since it’s a teacher planning day, and there were no reports of any injuries.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Earlier this month Budget Travel published a completely user-generated print issue. With more and more magazines venturing into the social networking space—and more of them eschewing Facebook and going the D.I.Y route—publishers are partnering with technology companies to create online networking applications.The latest: Budget Travel, which today announced it has contracted with a company called KickApps to power the new social media features on its Web site.Using the KickApps Platform, BudgetTravel.com will give users an opportunity to become ‘uncertified’ tour guides. The new tools “a blog for non-bloggers—travel journals that include slideshow functionality; a “star” ratings functionality for user-generated photos, videos and journal posts; and enabled comments on virtually every page of the Web site.KickApps, whose clients include Vibe, is also powering user’s photo and video submissions for Web features.
One of the biggest issues of last year’s governor’s race was the state of the Alaska National Guard. A federal report had concluded that it was plagued with problems, ranging from mishandling of sexual assault reports to a general lack of trust in leadership. For months, media outlets tried to get records on then-Gov. Sean Parnell’s response, and the struggle culminated in a lawsuit. The executive branch was ordered to release thousands of pages of documents related to the Guard just days before an election that Parnell lost.Download AudioRecently, Gov. Bill Walker has re-released many of those same records, along with new ones. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez has been combing through both sets of documents.TOWNSEND: So you spent about a month reviewing these documents. What went into that?GUTIERREZ: Well, between the Parnell release and the Walker release, you’re talking 7,000 pages of documents. I mean, you had eight attorneys plus support staff working on this stuff for about half a year, so it’s a lot of paper. When you print the records out, it’s enough to fill three banker’s boxes. The process of going through them was kind of like playing a very long and very serious version of one of those spot-the-difference games.Were there many differences between the two batches?There were a lot, but nothing that really fundamentally changes my understanding of how the National Guard was managed.Breaking it all down, there were about 1,300 unique documents that the Walker administration released. That includes everything from short one-line e-mails to lengthy reports. When you tally it all up, about two-thirds of those records were technically new. Which is to say, they have new document ID numbers. With the way the Department of Law tracks records, an e-mail chain with 20 different responses would produce 20 separate documents, even if we think of it as a single thread. So, in reality, even a lot of the new documents were just variations on records we’ve seen previously.Now, of the documents where we had a Parnell version to compare to a Walker version, about 40 percent had redaction differences. In some cases, that meant more information was released in the Walker version, and in others, it just meant that different privileges or fewer privileges were used as a justification to black out information.Did you see any trends in terms of what was released and what wasn’t?Where you could compare the Parnell and Walker documents, the Walker documents tended to be more surgically redacted. Like there was one complaint from a National Guardsman that was sent to the Governor’s office in 2013, alleging that his wife was being harassed by a fellow guardsmen and that guardsmen were using state resources inappropriately. The Parnell version totally redacted this complaint, while the Walker version basically just blacked out names.There were also some cases where the Parnell redactions would be claimed using multiple privileges, so if you want to challenge the redaction, you would have to challenge it in five or so separate ways before it could legally be released. Those would often be cut down to one or two privileges in the Walker versions. So, you’re still not getting the information off the bat, but you would only have to come up with a couple of arguments to appeal the decision.You talked to the Department of Law about these differences. How did they explain them?I was told that the instructions given to the attorneys were actually basically the same between both administrations. The Parnell administration didn’t want to release any records when they were asked for them, but once a judge ordered them to hand the documents over, the directive was to err on the side of disclosure while still exercising the appropriate privileges. The explanation given for the differences was actually logistics.Here’s Cori Mills, a spokesperson for the department.MILLS: The main factor in why you got somewhat different results was because of the timing. We were really rushed in the October-November timeframe and crunched to try to get out as many documents as quickly as possible, since the Department of Law hadn’t really become involved until the lawsuit was filed.That meant they couldn’t exactly be painstaking about the process.MILLS: Because of the short timeframe, we just didn’t have the time to do a more laser-focused review and try to focus on, you know, ‘here are the three words we need to redact’ versus ‘okay, we just need to redact this whole paragraph because there’s definitely information in there that’s privileged.’Basically, it’s like the difference between actually cleaning your home versus just throwing everything in the closet, because you know you have guests coming in ten minutes.Was there anything that shocked you or surprised you with this new release?For lack of a better term, there wasn’t really a smoking gun in any of this. I had some help on the review from a few other reporters, and I think KTOO’s Jenny Canfield may have put it best.CANFIELD: I don’t think this new set of documents was very enlightening. It just added more confusion to an already big pile of confusion.Like we are talking David Lynch movie-style confusion. That said, there were some interesting things that came out. Like, before this new release, I didn’t know that thy Parnell administration had actually turned to a media and crisis consultant named Matt Mackowiak to deal with damage control.It was also interesting just seeing how the Parnell administration handled its operations and how little business the governor himself actually did via e-mail. KTOO’s Jeremy Hsieh, another reporter who worked on this, brought this up when talking to Jenny.HSIEH: I worked on the Palin e-mail dump when she was the vice presidential candidate, too. It was her Yahoo mail and she communicated in e-mail. And that seems like a big contrast with Parnell. There’s very little — there might not have been any, actually. There were very, very few e-mails that Sean Parnell had actually written.CANFIELD: I don’t think I saw any. I saw a few addressed to him.As far as what was shocking, well, there was more information released on an allegation that a woman in the National Guard may have been a victim of foul play. A former contractor with the National Guard wrote the Parnell administration saying that a woman who had allegedly been sexually assaulted had died while pregnant and that nobody knew why because there was no conclusive autopsy.Jeremy said those e-mails had a special impact for him, now that the case may be reopened.HSIEH: When Patricia Collins, the special investigator for the Walker administration said in her press conference after her report came out, ‘Hey, we should reinvestigate this dead body, this woman who died under suspect circumstances,’ — that’s a thing that jumped out at me.It’s definitely one of the darker accusations having to do with the Guard in all of these records.Going into the session, there were some calls for the Legislature to hold its own hearings on what happened with the National Guard. That didn’t really happen. Did any of these records touch on how much the Legislature knew about the Guard’s problems?So, there was an anonymous letter that was sent to at least some lawmakers in 2012 that was redacted in the Parnell dump and released in the Walker dump. It was sent from a group that referred to itself as “Friends of the National Guard,” and it was pretty specific and hit on a lot of the things that would come out in the report done by the federal National Guard Bureau.Sen. Pete Kelly’s name came up a few times in the documents, because at the time he was a special assistant for Parnell handling military affairs. It looked like the Fairbanks Republican had been looped in on some complaints having to do with favoritism. An e-mail from Anchorage Republican and Senate President Kevin Meyer’s chief of staff said that he had received complaints about criminal activity from the contractor I mentioned, but that he didn’t have plans to address it.There was one exchange where Rep. Dan Saddler, an Eagle River Republican, complained that the governor should have done more to loop him in on the federal investigation. And then, there were a lot of e-mails having to do with senators like Eagle River Republican Fred Dyson, Anchorage Democrat Hollis French, and North Pole Republican John Coghill actually asking the administration for more information about how the Guard was being managed.Do you think things would have shaken out any differently for the Parnell administration if all of these documents had come out earlier?You know, it’s hard to do the counter-factual, but the team who worked on this did talk about it some. Here’s Jeremy and Jenny again.CANFIELD: It was just strange to see like, so, what impact would that have had had we known it six months ago? Like, some of the things that were redacted just seemed inconsequential.HSIEH: Yeah, like one of the things that really jumped out at me was Nizich especially — from the chunk I saw, Mike Nizich, the former chief of staff to Gov. Parnell, would have really short, terse, one-word, matter-of-fact e-mails, and they’d be completely redacted. It’s like what are we missing here, or what is privileged about saying yes or no or okay.Parnell went into a close election having lost a records lawsuit and, frankly, looking like he was hiding something by first refusing to release the records and then redacting so much of the information. It also made him look like he was unwilling to be held accountable when it comes to really serious questions concerning the public’s safety. That is not a good place to be.The documents weren’t exculpatory, but they also weren’t really any more damaging than the results of last year’s federal investigation. And reading through the records, there’s not really a clear narrative that presents itself except that the National Guard was not in good shape and there was a crazy power struggle going on within it. There was just so much conflicting information in these records.It might be a little simplistic, but there’s that whole saying about how sunlight’s the best disinfectant. I don’t see how releasing this information could have put him in a worse position than he already was.Does this release set a standard for the Walker administration in any way when it comes to transparency?That was one of the things I wanted to find out when I started digging into it, because it’s way easier to release the other guy’s records, right? And based on the fact that the directives from both administrations’ attorneys general were the same and that Walker still exercised at least some privileges in about 60 percent of the documents he released, I don’t think we can say people asking for records should necessarily expect to see records totally free of black boxes when they make their ask.Walker’s administration also exercised executive privilege with about 300 cases, and that’s really the privilege that is, at its heart, the administration’s prerogative to use. They could waive it in every case if they wanted, but if they believe it would damage the office’s ability to function or affect state security, they can offer a justification that it shouldn’t be released.Really, the real standard Walker set for himself when it comes to transparency was well before the release, on the campaign trail. He was critical of Parnell for broadly denying the requests when they were initially made, and said he wouldn’t let things get to the point of a court battle over records.So, if people make similar records requests of his administration, that’s what he should be held to.
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australiaCommonwealth GameseventsHelloworld TravelHelloworld Travel Mackay General Manager of Helloworld Travel Mackay, Annabel Dolphin, was given the opportunity to present the Commonwealth Games medals for the Women’s 4 x 200m relay at the Optus Aquatic Centre on the Gold Coast.With a games record-breaking swim on Saturday night to take out the Gold medal, Annabel had the pleasure of presenting Australian swimmers Emma McKeon, Brianna Throssell, Leah Neale and Ariarne Titmus. Silver went to Canada and Bronze to England.IMAGE: Annabel Dolphin presenting to Australian Swimmers L-R; Emma McKeon, Brianna Throssell, Leah Neale and Ariarne Titmus