Read Full Story Scientists have found a biological clock that can provide clues about how long a person might live. The researchers found that people whose biological age was greater than their true age were more likely to die sooner than those whose biological and actual ages were the same — regardless of other factors such as smoking, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.Researchers looked at nearly 5,000 older people over a 14-year period and measured each person’s biological age by studying a chemical modification to DNA known as methylation.The research, published online January 30, 2015 in Genome Biology, was led by scientists from the University of Edinburgh in collaboration with researchers in Australia and the U.S. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health scientists involved in the study included co-senior author Andrea Baccarelli, Mark and Catherine Winkler Associate Professor of Environmental Epigenetics, and co-lead author Elena Colicino, a research fellow in the Department of Environmental Health.“Epigenetic age — fortunately for some and unfortunately for others — is often different from our real age,” said Baccarelli. “We are currently evaluating what causes this epigenetic clock to tick faster or slower and whether diseases typical of older people are predicted or associated with having a faster clock.”
The new digital world is a driving force for reinvention by companies large and small. It’s a fresh start to reevaluate how business is running today and what is needed to position for success in the future.The EMC sales organization is in the midst of our own multiyear digital transformation journey to significantly improve the experience for our customers, as well as our salesforce and partners. We are creating a modern buying experience that offers choice and flexibility. To get there, we are also simplifying our selling processes and changing how our sales organization engages with customers. It’s a digital transformation of the way we do business.Using Big Data to Transform the Sales ProcessOne of the most powerful tools has been our own big data. We are constantly focused on the notion of selling smarter. Where are the best opportunities? How can we structure resources for the best possible outcome?Using our own internal data together with external insights and leading indicators we have been able to guide business decisions, such as:Go-To-Market Planning: Embedding data science into our business planning via complex simulation models allows us to understand which markets and geographies will be the best bet.Territory Optimization: Modeling territories enables us to determine what structure will lead to the best outcomes, improving rep productivity and maximizing revenue opportunity.Resource Deployment: Aligning sales reps so customers are supported with the right level of sales engagement improves both the customer experience and EMC’s profitability.Opportunity Identification: Guiding reps towards the best opportunities within their territories by using customer intelligence data to develop selling recommendations and increase our demand generation effectiveness.Advancements in big data lake technologies, coupled with talent and tools that enable data science, are helping our business to transform and drive real business value.Committing to Digital TransformationAny organization of any size can transform the experience for their most important stakeholders by innovating in new ways using tools like big data and advanced analytics. Embedding insight into a CRM solution at the point of action, using visualization tools, and providing on-the-go accessibility through mobile apps have proven effective and consumable here at EMC.As with any journey worth taking, people and organizations will learn by experimenting and refining solutions. The new way of doing things will become embedded into our culture and daily activities, ultimately sustaining the impact of transformation over time.
Adult mole crickets spend winter underground. When temperatures warm, they emerge, feed and mate. Their flights begin in March and continue through June when their numbers and damage in an area can increase quickly. Females lay 40 eggs per clutch and a single female may lay as many as 12 clutches. The eggs hatch into nymphs that look like small adults without wings. Nymphs grow throughout the summer, becoming adults in fall. Eating and burrowingAdult mole crickets can do considerable damage to lawns in the spring, but the most serious injury usually occurs between August and October. This is when the mole crickets are large and active. Some feed on turfgrass while others tunnel underneath it, damaging roots and causing grass to dry out.To determine if you need to treat your lawn, sample your site. You can do this by using a detergent-water solution. Dissolve 2 tablespoons of liquid dishwashing detergent in 2 gallons of water and pour over an area of 4 square feet. Watch the area for five minutes and count the mole crickets as they emerge. Repeat this in several different locations in your lawn. If an average of 2 or more mole crickets is flushed per site, a treatment should be made.Treat at night or late in the dayRegardless of the pesticide or time of application, steps should be taken to maximize control. Remember, heat and sunlight affect all pesticides, and mole crickets are most active at night. Apply the insecticide as late in the day as possible. Unless the label instructs otherwise, irrigate the area thoroughly after application to move the material from the foliage down to the soil surface.If irrigation is available, the mole crickets themselves can be manipulated to improve control. Allow the soil to dry out for several days and then irrigate thoroughly in the evening. Apply the insecticide the next afternoon. Mole crickets are sensitive to soil moisture and will move down in the ground to find comfortable conditions if the upper soil surface is dry. Irrigation will bring them back up to resume feeding the following night, making control much easier.Wait for eggs to hatchTiming is important, too. The nymph population increases throughout June and almost all eggs that are going to hatch will have done so by July. Delaying insecticidal application until late June ensures that all of the eggs have hatched. Small nymphs spend more time at or near the surface than larger nymphs do and are relatively easy to kill.Late June is the ideal time to treat for mole crickets. As summer goes on and the crickets grow, they become harder to kill. By late August or early September, control may be difficult to achieve, and a treatment with a bait formulation should be used. Be Always read and follow label recommendations closely.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Colorado Public Radio:The unemployment rate is among the lowest in the nation and the population along the Front Range is booming. It’s easy to see the impact of a strong economy in Denver. Construction cranes are up all over the city and it’s harder than ever to find affordable housing.But it’s a different story in many parts of western Colorado.Many rural communities on Colorado’s Western Slope are struggling to survive. The loss of coal jobs is forcing many there to make tough choices.The shrinking started in the mid-1980s, when most of the uranium jobs went away. More recently, the New Horizon coal mine closed earlier this year, and the Tri-State Power Plant is set to shut down by 2022 at the latest. When that happens, Epright expects to lose another 100 students. It could also mean the loss of 70 percent of the area’s tax base.“It’s definitely one of those important things of trying to find something to stabilize our community,” he said.Case is also looking for stability. She works as a substitute teacher and her husband is a mechanic. But they expect his job to end next year and substitute teaching doesn’t pay well.“They can keep me busy, but you to raise a family, you can’t raise a family as a substitute teacher,” she said. “Everybody’s depressed. They know what’s going to happen but we don’t know exactly when, and I try not to think about it because I’ll just sit down and cry.”While Case has some time to figure things out, many other don’t. Changing industries in coal counties like Montrose and Delta have left a ticking timer behind.Some are looking at tourism and agriculture as possible ways to attract and keep people in the Western Slope. But will that be enough? More: Losing Jobs In Colorado’s Coal Country, What’s Next? As Colorado’s Coal Industry Fades, Small Towns Grasp for Hope
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTake party politics out of Ballston SpaIt was disappointing to learn that Larry Woolbright declined the Democratic Party nomination for Ballston Spa mayor. The statement released in explanation of his decision rings hollow. It asserts that “politics cannot take center stage to what is most important, getting our finances in order.” Mr. Woolbright’s actions speak louder than his words. Rather than embracing the nomination as an indication of his commitment to that principle, he has chosen partisanship.Apparently, it’s more important to be seen as the Republican candidate for mayor than to welcome the votes of those who prefer to vote Democratic. Mr. Woolbright’s statement also insults the intelligence of the electorate whose votes he seeks. Does he truly believe that Ballston Spa voters are so gullible the they will vote a straight ticket because the Democratic line is first on the ballot? The Democratic Party has fielded well-qualified candidates for the position of trustees who have made specific proposals to address the financial mess that village finds itself in. Let voters judge the candidates on their merits, not their party affiliation. The financial crisis in the village developed on the Republican Party’s watch. Spurning the overture of the Democratic Party in this election is a step in the wrong direction. Sadly, it’s politics as usual.Bill McPhersonBallston Spa Our video gaming facilities and casinos welcome an examination of gambling addiction services, which state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli called for in his most recent audit (“Foss: State ill prepared to address problem gambling,” Feb. 6). But we are already committed to comprehensive responsible gaming programs. As members of the National Council on Problem Gaming, NYGA’s video gaming facilities and casinos strictly adhere to established practices to ensure a safe environment that protects patrons. We deliver comprehensive training to staff to identify at-risk patrons, provide support and educational services to patrons, and have exclusion policies in place to help people battling addiction.At the same time, please don’t dismiss the positive impact that the gaming industry is having across our region and state. NYGA facilities now employ over 5,500 employees, including 620 at Saratoga Casino Hotel, and we’re delivering on the promise of gaming expansion.All told, the industry can reliably claim a total economic impact for the state of $2.5 billion for 2017. And for every $10 spent at a casino, over $4 goes back to funding New York schools. Video gaming facilities and casinos are proud to provide resources for the education of New York’s children, make it easier for New Yorkers to raise families, and support vibrant communities.Michael KaneAlbanyThe writer is the president of the New York Gaming Association.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Our problems lie in believing in TrumpIn Mr. Callahan’s Feb. 12 letter regarding political division and blaming someone who isn’t even in politics at the moment shows his own discourse and division. He shows how his one-sided conservatism rules his thinking. In his thinking, the votes of all the citizens in two of our states, California and New York, s shouldn’t even count because they are “ liberal” states. I guess that’s his definition of democracy. Then he mentions putting partisan politics aside, then blames only one side for all our problems. There have been 34 indictments so far of this president’s people, constant lying and misleading statements to the American people every day, not through the press, but directly through his tweets and speeches, and constant belittling and bullying. Yet he blames our country’s discourse on others? Our country’s biggest problem lies in people who keep believing in this deplorable man.Randy HaynerSchenectady State does address problem gamblingResponsible gambling isn’t just a buzzword for the members of New York’s Gaming Association.
100th Farm Show, The Blog The winter holidays have come and gone, but now Pennsylvanians are gearing up for a very exciting annual tradition in Harrisburg — the Pennsylvania Farm Show.This year is extra special because we are celebrating the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show. The theme is “Our Commonwealth’s Blue Ribbon Experience,” which is a nod to individual experiences visitors have enjoyed since the first show took place in 1917.The 2016 Farm Show logo, a blue ribbon, recognizes the range of exhibits and contests that take place throughout the week-long event and make the Farm Show Pennsylvania’s state fair.In addition to yearly crowd pleasers like the butter sculpture, grape stomp, and legendary food court, this year’s show offers several new exhibits and events, including:A Weis Markets’ Farm-To-Shelf exhibit in the Weis Expo Hall where you can interact with farmers, processors and grocery store staff and learn about how the food you purchase at your local grocery store is grown, harvested and sourced and then makes its way to youPennsylvania Dairymen’s Association will reveal a new flavor in recognition of the 100th show at the opening of the PA Preferred™ Food Court on Friday, January 8 at noonA first-of-its-kind mushroom-growing exhibit, highlighting the growing process from raw materials to compost, from spawn to the delicious finished productVisitors will have the chance to be the judge and decide which of the four BBQ sauces at the PennAg Industries food booth will be named the 2016 PA Farm Show Best BBQ Sauce – including two sauces developed by PennAg Industries.The famous PA Preferred™ Food Court will offer new items as part of its taste of Pennsylvania:A blended mushroom burger from the American MushroomA carrot cake funnel cake from the Pennsylvania Vegetable GrowersWalking goat meat tacos and ribs from the Pennsylvania Livestock AssociationA BBQ Beef Bowl from the Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s AssociationChocolate-covered bacon, chicken bites, fish sliders, fish nachos, oversized fresh-baked cookies and breakfast pretzel rolls from the PennAg Industries Association SHARE Email Facebook Twitter The agriculture industry in Pennsylvania employs almost 500,000 people and has a $40 billion impact on our state’s economy. The Farm Show serves as a gathering place for both farm families and city dwellers — a place for teaching and learning, competing and improving, and for enjoying the fruits of much labor and celebrating the commonwealth’s number one industry.I invite you attend this free, family-friendly event over the next week and take advantage of everything Pennsylvania agriculture has to offer.For a full schedule, parking information and more, visit the Pennsylvania Farm Show website. BLOG: What’s Happening at the 2016 Pennsylvania Farm Show By: Russell Redding, Secretary of Agriculture January 06, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf
Offshore oil & gas performance improvement specialist, Salos Sunesis, has recently carried out a management buyout, which has enabled director Grant Wallace to acquire the Aberdeen-based company from founder Ty Crandall.The company was formed 21 years ago, and during this time the team has assisted in the successful delivery of over 70 of the most challenging high pressure high temperature (HPHT) wells around the world.Transferring knowledge from these challenging wells, Salos delivers performance focused auditing, coaching and training to maximise efficiency whilst ensuring safe well delivery.Grant joined the business in 2013 and saw an opportunity to develop its service offering, which now includes managed pressure drilling (MPD) project services. He has also brought industry stalwart, Bob Dickson onto the senior management team as the company’s operations manager.Bob has held senior positions such as subsea wells manager with Talisman and has over 35 years experience in the industry covering many aspects of drilling engineering and management. He has managed projects in the North Sea, Middle East, Russia, Norway and North Africa.Grant Wallace, managing director at Salos Sunesis, said: “The MBO has allowed the team to build on the last two decades of expertise. We are very positive about the future potential of the business and with increased enquiry levels we are seeing strong signs of the sector recovering. Bob’s appointment is another indication of our drive and ambition to grow the company by focussing on delivering value and assurance to our clients. He brings a wealth of expertise and insight to the team and more importantly our clients to enhance performance at the well site.”
An estimated 100 bamboo workers fromvarious Maasin barangays would be working on the kiosks. Amboy said there are around 5,000hectares of naturally-grown bamboos in Maasin. Such abundant supply has mademany residents venture into the bamboo business – primarily as suppliers ofbamboo or makers of items made of bamboo such as furniture. This is just one of some 300 food kiosks for Dinagyang’s Ilonggo Food Festival – made of bamboo from Maasin, Iloilo. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN The Ilonggo Food Festival will be fromJan. 23 to 26 on Iznart, Aldeguer and Arroyo streets and part of LedesmaStreet, all in the City Proper. The Iloilo Hotels Resorts and RestaurantsAssociation is also joining the food fest and will occupy Delgado Street. It will be rented out to interestedparties at P5,000 per unit. “We considered the traffic situationand the economic side of this decision,” he said. “Environment secretary Roy Cimatu hasproposed setting up a bamboo processing plant in Maasin,” said Amboy. Maasin, Iloilo’s Mayor Francis Amboysaid IFFI’s decision to tap his town’s bamboo and labor force will createemployment for his people and is also an opportunity to showcase the skills ofMaasin’s bamboo craftsmen. Some 300 uniformed bamboo kiosks wouldbe built, according to Iloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc.’s (IFFI) KioskCommittee chairperson Philipp Chua. Amboy said between 2,000 to 3,000bamboo poles (layon) which cost P70to P80 a piece would be used. IFFI has a budget of between P1million to P1.2 million for the kiosks. The bamboo kiosks would be delivered on the night of Jan. 22, said Chua. ILOILO City – Kiosks or food stallsfor the Ilonggo Food Festival of the annual Dinagyang celebration will beconstructed by skilled bamboo craftsmen from the municipality of Maasin, theso-called “bamboo capital” of Iloilo province. The highlight of the DinagyangFestival is on Jan. 26 (ati tribescompetition)./PN The design is similar to the bahay kubo and a unit costs P3,500. IFFI’s Chua previously announced thatfrom the usual 1,500 kiosks built every Dinagyang, the foundation decided totrim it down to just around 300 to clear some streets during the festival.
Mike Ashley is running Newcastle “from another planet” and should sell the club as soon as possible, according to former manager Kevin Keegan. “It’s not a difficult thing to work out unless you’re from another planet,” Keegan told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme. “I think Mike Ashley runs that club from another planet.” Keegan accused Sports Direct billionaire Ashley of ‘disrespecting’ Newcastle fans with his decisions since buying the club in 2007. Keegan resigned the following September after a dispute over transfers. “It is almost as if Mike Ashley has said, ‘What is the worst thing I can do? Change St James’ Park and call it ‘Sports Direct’, and so he tried to do it. Incredible.” Keegan said. Fan protests have accelerated since March, when the club announced a record profit, with those protests coinciding with an alarming slide down the table which has culminated in their final-day relegation worries. Keegan said he sympathised with the frustrations of fans but said he was hoping for a solution to be found in the form of a new owner. “I don’t think boycotts are the answer. You get through this season, hopefully stay up, and then hopefully someone with a lot of money and who cares about Newcastle United Football Club, who wants a very special club, comes along and says ‘that’s for me’,” Keegan added. Ashley said in September he would not sell the club until at least 2016, but Keegan is hoping he can be persuaded otherwise. “It’s not just me who would urge him to go,” he said. “It’s everyone connected with the football club and even some of the people employed there… It’s time for a change.” With Newcastle facing a relegation showdown against West Ham on Sunday – they begin the final match two points above Hull who host Manchester United – Keegan delivered a passionate attack on Ashley’s regime, which was in place when Keegan resigned from his second spell as manager in 2008. Keegan said he was hoping Newcastle could find a way to survive and then be sold to “someone who cares” who could then map out a way to return excitement and optimism to St James’ Park. Press Association
THE Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) has chosen referee/judge Elton Chase to attend an International Technical Officers (ITO) course in May.Chase will attend the course in St Lucia and write an examination which, if he is successful, will make him the first AIBA-certified ITO from Guyana.GBA president Steve Ninvalle disclosed that Chase has been working tirelessly during the last three years and was Tournament Supervisor at two major international competitions held here last year.“Chase performed with distinction at the Caribbean Schoolboys and Juniors in August and the Caribbean championship in December. The Caribbean has less than a handful of certified ITOs and we are confident that Elton Chase, with his propensity for hard work, will soon join that distinguished group, Ninvalle said.Chase’s trip to St Lucia is part of an ongoing GBA plan to expose and upgrade local officials