Norway rejects US request to destroy Syria weapons

(AP) — Norway has turned down a U.S. request to receive the bulk of Syria’s chemical weapons for destruction because it doesn’t have the capabilities to complete the task by the deadlines given, the Norwegian foreign minister said Friday.

Boerge Brende said Norway hadn’t been able to identify a port that could receive the weapons and didn’t have the capacity to treat some of the waste products resulting from the destruction of the munitions.

In a webcast news conference, Brende said both the U.S. and Norway agreed there was no point in continuing “the evaluation of Norway as a place for this destruction.”

Brende said the U.S. is looking at other alternatives but didn’t give details.

Norway earlier this week said it was one of the nations that had been asked to take part in the destruction of 50 metric tons of mixed chemicals in the form of mustard gas and some 300-500 metric tons of materials needed to make nerve agents.

The U.S. and Russia set a mid-2014 deadline for the destruction of Syria’s arsenal, which Brende said was too tight for Norway.

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Crisis of Confidence Endangers the Health Care Law

The recent government shutdown may have distracted some Americans from the bungled rollout of Obamacare, but a new Pew survey shows many people are well aware of just how bad things are for the law’s new insurance websites. Forty-six percent of Americans polled on Oct. 9 to 13, while the shutdown was in full swing, said the Affordable Care Act’s online insurance exchanges were working “not too well” or “not working at all.”


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Chris Lightcap’s ‘Lost And Found New York’ On JazzSet

When Chris Lightcap was a student in the Berkshires, he’d put his bass in his car and drive down the river to New York City, south on the Taconic to the Sawmill, over the Henry Hudson Bridge, up on a soaring bluff with a great view to the right of the New Jersey Palisades and George Washington Bridge and New York City coming up on the left. Right about there, Lightcap would ask himself, “What would it be like to live here?”

Lost and Found New York is Lightcap’s suite for the vistas and feelings, smells and sounds of his adopted city. “Nine South” is the first movement, for the highway he used to drive into Manhattan from the north. “Arthur Avenue” is for a leisurely lunch in the so-called Little Italy of the Bronx. “Epicenter” connotes the Village Vanguard in Greenwich Village, where Lightcap has experienced “life-changing moments” listening to music. Is it the spirits of the musicians who have played there, or the shape of the room itself? “Epicenter” is the most arranged of the movements in Lost and Found New York.

“Fort Tryon” becomes more meditative, for The Cloisters — inspired by the castles of Europe — and gardens in Fort Tryon Park. In the Gilded Age, John D. Rockefeller funded the area’s development. From the stage, Lightcap tells his version of the story, but The Cloisters’ website is more authoritative:

The modern museum building is not a copy of any specific medieval structure but an ensemble of spaces, rooms, and gardens that suggest a variety of artistic aspects of medieval Europe.

Last, Stillwell Avenue is the subway stop for Coney Island on the south shore of Brooklyn, where Chris Lightcap, his wife Victoria and sons Sebastian and Theo love the Wonder Wheel and the Cyclone ride (you can feel their rhythm driving the music), Nathan’s Hot Dogs, and the zany people who relax there. The city is cleaning Coney Island up, though Lightcap hopes not too much.

In The New York Times, Nate Chinen tracked a performance of “Lost and Found” from beginning to end, from “… springy syncopations for bass and piano, hard-skittering drumming, a declaratory line played by the horns, first in octaves and then in splintered harmony” to the last stop. “Barreling ahead, straining at the curves, the group sounded wild but focused, down to the end of the line.”

Personnel
  • Chris Lightcap, composer and bass
  • Andrew Bishop and Tony Malaby, tenor saxophones
  • Matt Mitchell, keyboards
  • Ches Smith, drums
Set List
  • “The Clutch” (opening theme)

Lost and Found New York

  • “Nine South”
  • “Arthur Avenue”
  • “Epicenter”
  • “Fort Tryon”
  • “Stillwell Avenue”
Credits

JazzSet captured Lost and Found New York at the end of a short and successful West Coast tour from Earshot Jazz in Seattle to the Redwood Jazz Alliance in Arcata, Calif., and then on to Santa Cruz’s Kuumbwa Jazz Center, a nonprofit space for music since 1975; thanks to artistic director and co-founder Tim Jackson with Bobbi Todaro and Jeff Sloan. Recording by Michael Romanowski of Coast Recorders; Surround Sound mix by Duke Markos.

Lost and Found New York by Chris Lightcap is made possible with support from the Chamber Music America’s 2011 New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Source: http://www.npr.org/event/music/174937757/chris-lightcaps-lost-and-found-new-york-on-jazzset?ft=1&f=10002
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Cows help Salem County bog turtles’ survival

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Boehner urges Republicans to support shutdown, debt ceiling deal

Just a day before the federal government reaches its borrowing limit, Senate leaders announced on Wednesday that they have struck a deal to reopen the government and avert a potentially cataclysmic default on U.S. debt payments.

The final package, unveiled by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor, would fund the government through Jan. 15 and raise the debt ceiling through Feb. 7.

The bill would also strengthen income verification requirements for those who sign up for insurance under Obamacare, and it would provide time for both parties to appoint lawmakers to a conference committee to reconcile a broad budget resolution. The panel would be led by Budget Committee heads Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, and it would be required to announce the result of its negotiations by Dec. 13.

“This has been a long, challenging few weeks for Congress and for the country,” McConnell said. “It’s my hope that today we can put some of the most urgent issues behind us.”

The Senate plans to take up the bill first with a vote planned late this afternoon, a senior Democratic aide said, and the House is expected to vote around 11 p.m. ET.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner met with members of the Republican conference on Wednesday afternoon, where he asked them to support the plan and announced that he and other members of GOP leadership planned to vote for it.

According to lawmakers present in the room, Boehner told them Republicans would “live to fight another day” and he received a standing ovation for his efforts before and during the government shutdown.

Earlier on Wednesday, there was concern that Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican who staged a 21-hour speech on the Senate floor to protest the federal health care law, would use a procedural tactic to block a vote on the deal. But after the deal was announced, Cruz told reporters that he would not move to deter the bill’s progress through the chamber.

“I have no objections to the timing, and the reason is simple. There’s nothing to be gained from delaying this vote one day or two days,” Cruz said. “The outcome will be the same. Every senator, every member of the House is going to have to make a decision where he or she stands, but there’s no benefit. I’ve never had any intention of delaying the timing of this vote.”

At the White House, the deal drew a warm welcome from President Barack Obama, who “applauds” Reid and McConnell “for working together to forge this compromise” and hopes Congress will pass it “as soon as possible,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said. 

“He looks forward to Congress acting so that he can sign legislation that will reopen the government and will remove this threat from our economy,” Carney told reporters at his daily briefing.

The announcement of a deal was also good news for stocks: The S&P 500 index jumped more than 20 points, and other market indicators showed signs of continued confidence in the federal government’s ability to pay its bills on time.

The Treasury Department says the U.S. government is close to running out of borrowing authority, which it says will take place at midnight Thursday into Friday.

Because the cash-strapped U.S. government needs to borrow cash to pay for existing programs, failure to raise the debt limit means that not long after Thursday the government will not be able to pay all of its bills.

That raises the prospect of a default on America’s public debt as well as on other obligations such as Social Security payments, which would send a shock wave through the fragile global economy. Independent economists have warned that the international financial system’s reliance on the American economy (and U.S. Treasury bills) means that the global economy could face a fresh contraction, possibly a severe recession.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/compromise-or-collapse–lawmakers-eye-breakthrough-on-debt–spending-150123572.html
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Eminem Reveals The Tracklisting For ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2′

Collabs with Rihanna, Skylar Grey & Kendrick Lamar

Earlier this week we got to see the music video for Eminem‘s new single Survival, which will be featured on his upcoming new album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, and today we learn what other songs will also be featured on his new album. Em released the tracklisting for MMLP2 yesterday on his various social media accounts and revealed the artists he collaborated with on various songs. Slim Shady teams up with Rihanna again for one of the songs on his new album … as well as Kendrick Lamar and others. Click below to see the full album tracklisting and learn who else Eminem collabs with on MMLP2.

Eminem has issued the tracklist for forthcoming album ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2′, revealing the album’s guest stars in the process. Rapper Kendrick Lamar, singer-songwriter Skylar Grey, Rihanna and Nate Ruess, best known as the lead singer of the band Fun. are all set to appear. Rihanna guests on a track called ‘Monster’, which the singer hinted at in a September 12 tweet. It read: “Recored a #monster hook for one of my favourite artists! And that’s all I can give you …” The full tracklisting is as follows:

‘Bad Guy’
‘Parking Lot’ (skit)
‘Rhyme or Reason’
‘So Much Better’
‘Survival’
‘Legacy’
‘Asshole’ feat. Skylar Grey
‘Berzerk’
‘Rap God’
‘Brainless’
‘Stronger Than I Was’
‘Monster’ feat. Rihanna
‘So Far…’
‘Love Game’ feat. Kendrick Lamar
‘Headlights’ feat. Nate Ruess
‘Evil Twin’

I’m totally on board with Em working with Kendrick and Rihanna … and I’m really curious to hear what the song with Nate Ruess from fun. sounds like … but I’m totally over his association with Skylar Grey. I get it, he’s trying to help the young singer launch her career (which he has a vested interest in) but the stuff they’ve released together thus far has been TERRIBLE! Eminem features on Skylar‘s song C’mon Let Me Ride and it’s a pretty crappy song, if I do say so myself. Here’s hoping this new song on Em‘s album is much better. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 will be out on November 5.

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Budnik gets EUREKA grant to study communication between nucleus and cytoplasm

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High-risk, high-impact research may lead to new understanding of tissue dystrophies and aging disorders

WORCESTER, MA University of Massachusetts Medical School Professor and Vice Chair of Neurobiology Vivian Budnik, PhD, has received a four-year, $1.3 million EUREKA (Exceptional Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration) grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to explore a novel mechanism of communication between the cytoplasm and the nucleus, called nuclear envelope budding, that may lead to new understandings for various tissue dystrophies and aging disorders.

“This newly discovered mechanism expands our views and opens new questions on how genetic information is integrated with cytoplasmic events,” said Dr. Budnik. “The EUREKA grant does more than allow us to learn about and characterize this important process at the very foundation of cellular biology, but is likely to accelerate our understanding of disorders associated with the nuclear envelope such as Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy, movement disorders such as dystonia, and Herpes virus-type infections.”

The EUREKA grant is part of a program by the National Institutes of Health to fund exceptionally innovative research projects enabling the establishment of novel concepts and approaches to solve important problems or open new areas for investigation.

Budnik, working with colleague Melissa J. Moore, PhD, the Eleanor Eustis Farrington Chair in Cancer Research, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology at UMass Medical School, were the first to observe this unconventional mechanism, which resembles the manner by which Herpes type viruses escape the nucleus during replication. Appearing to bypass conventional mechanisms of nuclear-cytoplasmic communication, nuclear envelope budding provides an avenue through which large ribonucleoprotein particles assembled in the nucleus can be exported to the cytoplasm. Understanding this mechanism can have implications for diseases involving synaptic formation and the nuclear envelope such as muscular dystrophies.

With the EUREKA grant, Budnik will work to answer several important questions about the biology behind nuclear envelope budding such as the exact composition of the nucleoriboprotein granules that use nuclear envelope budding to exit the nucleus, its relation to conventional nuclear export pathways, its evolutionary conservation from insects to humans, and its importance to synaptic assembly in the nervous system.

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About the University of Massachusetts Medical School

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), one of five campuses of the University system, is comprised of the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Graduate School of Nursing, a thriving research enterprise and an innovative public service initiative, Commonwealth Medicine. Its mission is to advance the health of the people of the Commonwealth through pioneering education, research, public service and health care delivery with its clinical partner, UMass Memorial Health Care. In doing so, it has built a reputation as a world-class research institution and as a leader in primary care education. The Medical School attracts more than $240 million annually in research funding, placing it among the top 50 medical schools in the nation. In 2006, UMMS’s Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and the Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, along with colleague Andrew Z. Fire, PhD, of Stanford University, for their discoveries related to RNA interference (RNAi). The 2013 opening of the Albert Sherman Center ushered in a new era of biomedical research and education on campus. Designed to maximize collaboration across fields, the Sherman Center is home to scientists pursuing novel research in emerging scientific fields with the goal of translating new discoveries into innovative therapies for human diseases.



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Contact: Jim Fessenden
james.fessenden@umassmed.edu
508-856-2000
University of Massachusetts Medical School

High-risk, high-impact research may lead to new understanding of tissue dystrophies and aging disorders

WORCESTER, MA University of Massachusetts Medical School Professor and Vice Chair of Neurobiology Vivian Budnik, PhD, has received a four-year, $1.3 million EUREKA (Exceptional Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration) grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to explore a novel mechanism of communication between the cytoplasm and the nucleus, called nuclear envelope budding, that may lead to new understandings for various tissue dystrophies and aging disorders.

“This newly discovered mechanism expands our views and opens new questions on how genetic information is integrated with cytoplasmic events,” said Dr. Budnik. “The EUREKA grant does more than allow us to learn about and characterize this important process at the very foundation of cellular biology, but is likely to accelerate our understanding of disorders associated with the nuclear envelope such as Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy, movement disorders such as dystonia, and Herpes virus-type infections.”

The EUREKA grant is part of a program by the National Institutes of Health to fund exceptionally innovative research projects enabling the establishment of novel concepts and approaches to solve important problems or open new areas for investigation.

Budnik, working with colleague Melissa J. Moore, PhD, the Eleanor Eustis Farrington Chair in Cancer Research, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology at UMass Medical School, were the first to observe this unconventional mechanism, which resembles the manner by which Herpes type viruses escape the nucleus during replication. Appearing to bypass conventional mechanisms of nuclear-cytoplasmic communication, nuclear envelope budding provides an avenue through which large ribonucleoprotein particles assembled in the nucleus can be exported to the cytoplasm. Understanding this mechanism can have implications for diseases involving synaptic formation and the nuclear envelope such as muscular dystrophies.

With the EUREKA grant, Budnik will work to answer several important questions about the biology behind nuclear envelope budding such as the exact composition of the nucleoriboprotein granules that use nuclear envelope budding to exit the nucleus, its relation to conventional nuclear export pathways, its evolutionary conservation from insects to humans, and its importance to synaptic assembly in the nervous system.

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About the University of Massachusetts Medical School

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), one of five campuses of the University system, is comprised of the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Graduate School of Nursing, a thriving research enterprise and an innovative public service initiative, Commonwealth Medicine. Its mission is to advance the health of the people of the Commonwealth through pioneering education, research, public service and health care delivery with its clinical partner, UMass Memorial Health Care. In doing so, it has built a reputation as a world-class research institution and as a leader in primary care education. The Medical School attracts more than $240 million annually in research funding, placing it among the top 50 medical schools in the nation. In 2006, UMMS’s Craig C. Mello, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and the Blais University Chair in Molecular Medicine, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, along with colleague Andrew Z. Fire, PhD, of Stanford University, for their discoveries related to RNA interference (RNAi). The 2013 opening of the Albert Sherman Center ushered in a new era of biomedical research and education on campus. Designed to maximize collaboration across fields, the Sherman Center is home to scientists pursuing novel research in emerging scientific fields with the goal of translating new discoveries into innovative therapies for human diseases.



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Army officers of India, Pak to discuss terrorism: Khurshid

Farukhabad (UP): Stating that war was not a solution to any problem, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said Army officers of both India and Pakistan will meet to discuss the issue of terrorism.

?For keeping a check on terrorism, Army officers of both India and Pakistan will talk. War is not a solution to any problem,? Khurshid told reporters here yesterday.

Describing the recent talks between India?s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif as positive, Khurshid said the latter had proposed a joint team of Indian and Pakistani officials to tackle issue of intrusion across the Line of Control.

?Our Prime Minister during the talks said that the Army of both the countries could only tell and exchange inputs on real situation on the LOC to which Sharif agreed,? he said.

Khurshid said that Sharif himself appeared uncomfortable over the terrorist activities and wanted good relations with India but some elements from Pakistan were proving hurdle in this.

Source: http://freepressjournal.in/army-officers-of-india-pak-to-discuss-terrorism-khurshid/

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Iraq violence kills 73 including pilgrims, journalists

Baghdad (AFP) – Violence including an attack on Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad killed at least 73 people across Iraq on Saturday, among them two journalists gunned down in the north, officials said.

Violence is at a level unseen since 2008, and there are persistent fears that Iraq will relapse into the kind of intense Sunni-Shiite bloodshed that peaked in 2006-2007 and killed tens of thousands of people.

Accounts differed as to whether the attack on the pilgrims in the Adhamiyah area of north Baghdad, which killed at least 49 people and wounded at least 75, was a bomb followed by a suicide bombing, or a suicide attack alone.

It came as pilgrims walked to a shrine to commemorate the death of Imam Mohammed al-Jawad, the ninth Shiite imam.

Iraq is home to some of the holiest sites in Shiite Islam, and millions of pilgrims visit them each year.

But crowds of pilgrims are frequently targeted by Sunni militants including those linked to Al-Qaeda, who consider Shiites to be apostates.

Earlier on Saturday, gunmen killed two Iraqi journalists in the northern city of Mosul.

The Sharqiya television channel said two of its journalists — correspondent Mohammed Karim al-Badrani and cameraman Mohammed Ghanem — were “assassinated” in Mosul.

Police and a doctor confirmed the two journalists had been shot dead.

Their reports on security forces and officials in Mosul had brought death threats from militant groups opposed to the government, a Sharqiya journalist told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Iraq has come in for repeated criticism over shortcomings in media freedoms.

“Many Iraqi journalists are routinely exposed to threats, murder attempts, attacks, difficulties obtaining permission, denial of access, confiscation of equipment and so on,” media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said this year.

Journalists, even with government authorisation, are routinely barred from approaching the sites of attacks and prevented from otherwise freely reporting in Baghdad.

Photographic and video equipment is also often viewed with suspicion by security forces.

In the town of Balad, north of the capital, a suicide bomber struck a cafe, killing 12 people and wounding 35, police and a doctor said.

The same cafe was attacked by a suicide bomber in August, killing 16 people.

Militants have launched numerous attacks on cafes in recent months and have also targeted other places where crowds gather, including mosques, football fields, funerals and markets.

In Muqdadiyah, a town northeast of Baghdad that is the site of frequent bombings and shootings, a roadside bomb exploded near a car, killing one person and wounding three.

Another bombing in the Bayaa area of Baghdad itself killed two people and wounded at least 10.

And the Iraqi defence ministry said that security forces killed five militants in clashes south of the town of Baiji, and two more in the northern province of Nineveh.

Security forces have carried out wide-ranging operations against militants for more than two months, but have yet to succeed in curbing the wave of attacks plaguing Iraq.

The latest violence takes this month’s death toll to more than 130, and more than 4,800 since the beginning of the year, according to AFP figures based on security and medical sources.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/suicide-bomber-kills-12-iraq-cafe-police-174139537.html

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Transactional Big Data Startup ERN Raises Another $1M As It Sets Targets On Asia

136829v10-max-250x250-1In what feels like an ever so slightly protracted seed round, fintech startup ERN has raised a further $1 million in seed funding, bringing the total raised by the London-headquartered company to $5.6 million. This time the fresh injection of capital is pegged to finance its expansion into Asian markets as ERN is also announcing that it’s hired Brian Thom as its President for Asia.

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