The French company whose light rail vehicles will replace Bombardier Transportation transit vehicles under a revised contract with Metrolinx is going ahead with a plan to build those vehicles in the Toronto region.Alstom Canada spokeswoman Marilena Varano confirmed on Thursday that her firm will establish a manufacturing plant in Brampton, Ont. to build future cars on the Sheppard East LRT and Finch West LRT projects in Toronto.She initially said the project, which has not been formally announced, would create some 200 jobs but later revised that to 120 jobs. The company already employs more than 300 Canadians at facilities in Ottawa and near Montreal.Metrolinx — a provincial government agency in charge of transportation for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area — announced Thursday it will accept only 76 light rail vehicles of the 182 originally ordered for $770 million from Bombardier. A source confirmed the new contract is worth $392 million.CEO Phil Verster said the 106 Bombardier vehicles that were to be used on the two lines will be replaced by 61 larger cars purchased through a $528-million agreement signed last spring with Alstom.Future cars on those lines will likely also be built by Alstom.“We brought a second supplier into the market, which creates a totally different competitive dynamic and Alstom will now build vehicles right here in Toronto for Toronto on those projects,” he said. “And that’s very exciting for us.”The Bombardier cars will now be used only on Toronto’s $5.3-billion Eglinton Crosstown project.Metrolinx had previously asked a court for the right to cancel the contract with Bombardier over doubts about its ability to fulfil train orders in a city where gridlock has become an increasing frustration for commuters. But a judge said it couldn’t without first going through a dispute resolution process.Metrolinx says its new deal with Bombardier includes harsher penalties if vehicles aren’t delivered on time or if the quality of the vehicles is unacceptable.Verster said details of the penalties are confidential but confirmed his agency is liable to pay $500,000 per day to the consortium building the Eglinton Crosstown project if the cars are late. It had previously been $1,500 a day for each late vehicle.“What I can say is that the financial penalties (to Bombardier) are significant and they offset our exposure we have if the delivery of the vehicles are late,” he said.Bombardier said the lost revenue from the smaller Metrolinx order will be offset by an 18-month extension of its Go Transit operation and maintenance contract in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area.“We have always been resolved to find a clear negotiated path forward, one that delivers value to all parties, and foremost to the people of Ontario,” said Benoit Brossoit, president of the Americas region for Bombardier, in a statement.Metrolinx had previously indicated it wanted new operators to take over the suburban GO Transit and UP Express airport rail services after the current contract expires in 2023. It had said its existing contract with Bombardier was worth about $100 million per year.Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said in a statement Thursday his government intends to ensure suppliers like Bombardier fulfil their obligations so that transit projects are completed on time.“We will continue to be vigilant with respect to Bombardier’s performance,” he said.“Simply put, they are expected to deliver as per our new agreement or face significant consequences.”Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.
A mother and her child were killed following an accident in Hikkaduwa last night, the police media unit said today.The police said that a van and a three-wheeler had collided along the Galle – Colombo main road in Hikkaduwa. The three-wheel driver and three women and a child who were in the three-wheeler sustained serious injuries and were admitted to hospital. A 24 year old woman and her one month old child succumbed to their injuries in hospital. The police said that the van which was involved in the accident had been seized but the driver had fled the scene soon after the accident. (Colombo Gazette)
Two men are facing charges after Niagara Regional Police dismantled a marijuana grow operation in Wainfleet.Members of the Niagara police Guns, Gangs and Grows Unit launched an investigation in August at a property on Willford Road in the Township of Wainfleet.Along with members of the Special Investigative Services Unit, a search warrant was executed and resulted in police arresting two men inside the greenhouse.Police say there were nearly 700 plants at “various stages of growth” inside the greenhouse.In a press release, police said the location is not authorized by Health Canada to possess or produce marijuana.30-year-old De Jun Zheng from North York and 31-year-old Xuezhe Jin from Scarborough are both charged with production and possession of a Schedule II Substance.Both Zheng and Jin have been released with a pending court date.
United States (US) President Donald Trump(BBC) The US and Mexico have reached common ground on key trade terms as pressure mounts to complete renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.US President Donald Trump, a frequent critic of the existing deal, announced the apparent breakthrough on Monday.A final deal would need sign-off from Canada, the third country in the treaty, which governs more than $1tr (£780bn) in annual trade.Talks started about a year ago after Mr Trump threatened to pull out.He has repeatedly demanded renegotiation of the 1994 agreement, which he blames for a decline in US manufacturing jobs, especially in the auto industry.In a televised appearance at the White House, Mr Trump said the two sides had agreed on terms that made for an “incredible” deal that was “much more fair”.However, the final outcome remains in doubt.The White House appearance included a phone call with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who stressed the importance of an agreement that includes Canada.But Mr Trump told Mr Pena Nieto that he remained open to separate, bilateral deal with Canada.He also said he wanted to get rid of the name Nafta, which he said has “bad connotations”.What’s in the deal?The two countries have agreed that 75% of a product must be made in the US and Mexico to receive tax-free treatment, which is more than in the existing deal, the US said.On cars, the two sides also settled on rules that will require 40%-45% of each vehicle to be made by workers earning at least $16 an hour.That provision is aimed at discouraging firms from locating plants in lower-wage Mexico.The two sides have agreed to review the trade pact every six years – but that review will not carry the threat of automatic expiration as the US had initially proposed.Canada did not participate in the talks in recent weeks.Mr Pena Nieto wrote on Twitter that he had spoken to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the advances and hoped the three sides would be able to conclude negotiations this week.A spokesman for Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the country would continue to work toward an agreement and was in regular contact with trading partners.“We will only sign a new Nafta that is good for Canada and good for the middle class. Canada’s signature is required,” spokesman Adam Austen said in an email.Deadline pressureOfficials want to reach an agreement before the newly elected Mexican president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, takes office in December.In order to meet that deadline, negotiators must present Congress with a deal at least 90 days in advance.Republicans in Congress, who are typically supporters of free trade, have pressed the White House to strike a deal, arguing that the relationship has benefited US farmers and other groups.Shares in companies that benefit from trilateral trade gained on Monday. The Mexican peso also climbed.But some industry groups said they wanted more clarity on final terms before celebrating the deal.Farmers for Free Trade, which represents pork producers, corn growers and others, has spoken frequently of the risks to farmers of the president’s efforts to re-write trade relationships.“While any news of progress on restoring Nafta certainty is reassuring for American farmers, there are questions that remain on the nature of a final deal,” Brian Kuehl, the organisation’s executive director, said in a statement.“It will be necessary for Canada to rejoin the negotiations and for an agreement to be reached among all parties before a judgement can be made.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrump threatens to pull US out of World Trade OrganizationAugust 31, 2018In “latest news”US and Canada reach new trade deal to replace NaftaOctober 1, 2018In “World”White House readies order to quit NAFTA: administration officialApril 26, 2017In “World”
Belarussian champion Meshkov Brest, is slowly completing the squad for the next season, in which at the beginning of the season the Zeljko Babic guys will try to reach the EHF Champions League group phase through qualification. The question over the right back in the team is solved. In Belarus arrives the Austrian national team player of Montenegrin background – Janko Bozovic. He has played for clubs in couple of countries, and has spent the past three seasons with Emsdetten, club which relegated in the past Bundesliga season.Even though there were transfer rumours about RK Zagreb’s right back Luka Stepancic joining the Belarussian side, the two parties did not strike a deal over the players’ buying cost, and he will be staying in Zagreb for now… ← Previous Story Ademar Leon renews with Carrillo and Garcia Vega Next Story → Hungarian Tatabanya sign Serbian right back Novak Boskovic janko bozovicMeshkov Brestrakometzeljko babic
Brazilians will have chance to celebrate double crown at the Beach Handball World Championship in Budapest! Both team, male and female, will play at the today’s final matches. Women’s team qualified for the final against Spain, with a win over domestic nation – Hungary 2:0 (14-13, 17-16). The Spanish girls beat Norway 2:1 (14-10, 15-19, 14-12).In the men’s final, Brazil will face Croatia.Semi-final results:Brazil – Qatar 2:0 (19:18) (16 : 15)Croatia – Hungary 2:1 (17:14) (12 : 21) [11 : 10 SO]Here are the schedule of the Final day:Women’s tournamentBronze medal game:16:00 Norway-HungaryFinal:18:00 Spain-BrazilMen’s tournamentBronze medal game:17:00 Hungary-QatarFinal:19:00 Croatia-BrazilPhoto: http://beachhandball2016.com/ Beach handballBeach Handball World Championship 2016 ← Previous Story EURO TOUR FOR AFRICANS: Slovenia beat Tunisia Next Story → Ex-EHF president Tor Lian dies at age 71
Geek and nerd culture isn’t simply about anime, comics, sci-fi, technology, and video games. Sometimes it’s about dope beats, fresh flow, and boundless positivity. I’m talking about nerdcore hip-hop, a sub-sub-genre of rap and the fire-spitting nerds who live it. Specifically, I’m talking about MC Frontalot, MC Lars, Mega Ran, and Schaffer the Darklord, all four of which I saw live as part of their Awesome Friendship Adventure Tour.Nerdcore hip-hop that builds on the nerdier references and concepts touched on by artists like the Beastie Boys and Del the Funky Homosapien. It takes the idea of offhandedly mentioning Spock and having a giant robot in your music video, and turns it into the thematic core of an entire genre. If most hip-hop comes from growing up on the streets, nerdcore is about growing up on the Streets of Rage.It’s more about geek media consumption (which is now called “pop culture” for some reason), and it’s reductive to write nerdcore off simply as novelty rap. There are plenty of references to video games and sci-fi in the rhymes, but that’s only part of a larger identity that nerdcore embraces. Nerds aren’t simply people who love very specific types of media. They’re intelligent, awkward, generally introverted individuals who often struggle with issues of identity in the face of a broader culture that doesn’t share their perspective. That awkwardness and intelligence is truly what shapes nerdcore hip-hop, and makes it so positive.That brings us to the four artists I saw on Monday, starting with MC Frontalot (Damian Hess). He’s in many ways the father of nerdcore, since he coined the term in 2000. He’s also the most aesthetically nerdy nerdcore artist because of it, with stage look that includes a short-sleeved dress shirt, a necktie, and his signature thick black glasses. Like his name implies, fronting is the closest thing he has to a gimmick, with tracks like “Braggadocio,” “Front the Least,” and “Front the Most.” He goes all over the nerdy landscape when he isn’t lyrically bragging, though, rapping about everything from cyber-security (“Secrets from the Future“), grammar (“Tongue-Clucking Grammarian“), and even bridge engineering (“Floating Bridge“).MC Lars (Andrew Nielsen) has described his nerdcore work as post-modern, exploring a wide range of subjects while keeping a core of nerdy enthusiasm. He pined for the days of ska with MC Bat Commander in “This Gigantic Robot Kills,” promoted digital distribution as the answer to record labels with Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup in “Download This Song,” and attacked empty consumerism disguised as social rebellion with The Matches in “Hot Topic is Not Punk Rock.” He also put out a concept album about Edgar Allen Poe (The Edgar Allen Poe EP).Mega Ran, also known as Random (Raheem Jarbo), He started rapping with a tribute album to Mega Man called Mega Ran. It got him on Capcom’s radar, which gave him a licensing deal to keep doing what he was doing. He later followed it up with Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10 tribute albums, Mega Ran 9 and Mega Ran 10. He raps about video games a lot, but he doesn’t stop there. He taps into his experience as a middle school teacher with Language Arts Vol. 1, 2, & 3, and even goes full-blown wrestling mark with his albums Mat Mania and Mat Mania 2: The Revenge, with tracks about Randy Savage (“The Madness“), The New Day (“New Day Raps“), and Jake the Snake (“DDT“).The last act in this currently touring nerdcore foursome is Schaffer the Darklord (Mark Shaffer). He’s the bad boy of nerdcore, with a supervillain persona that includes a suit, black gloves, and a track called “Supervillain.” He mostly sings about sex, drugs, violence, and cats. Dude loves cats, and if you do too you should listen to his track “Cat People.” For his villainous braggadocio, though, he has an aggressively vocal streak of positive morality, and his track “Yes” is a must-listen proclamation of the nature and necessity of informed consent to sex.Albums like MC Lars’ The Edgar Allen Poe EP and songs like Schaffer the Darklord’s “Yes” are what make nerdcore more than just a novelty genre. Beyond just rapping about comics and video games they like, all four of these artists use their notebooks and mics to encourage positive changes. MC Lars and Mega Ran promote education and literature; besides Edgar Allen Poe, they’ve made “lit-hop” tracks about the works of Mark Twain (MC Lars’ “Huck Finn’s on the Run“) and Franz Kafka (Mega Ran’s “Buggin“). On the more esoteric side, MC Frontalot converted the lettering of Edward Gorey into a typeface, which you can use under the Creative Commons license.MC Frontalot and Schaffer the Darklord regularly address both social and personal issues, condemning bigotry and encouraging self-care and improvement. MC Frontalot has rapped about the need for free speech and the open exchange of information (“Freedom Feud”), the importance of a secure and free democratic process (“Black Box,” with Mega Ran), and the negativity of homophobia (“I Heart Fags“). Schaffer the Darklord has not only rapped about misogyny (“Boys“), gender identity (“Tomgirl“), but tackled anxiety, depression, and coping mechanisms with his entire Sick Passenger concept album.Yes, nerdcore hip-hop is fun novelty rap that talks a lot about computers and video games. It’s also a powerful genre that encourages education and literacy, condemns the toxic behavior, and explores heavy issues of mental and emotional health.It’s real good you guys.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Real There You Guys: Ready Player One and Nostalgia as Generational PoisonReal Good You Guys: ThinkGeek’s Bags of Holding (Fast Travel and M…
A Gresham, Ore., man was injured Saturday evening in a single-car accident in east Vancouver, according to the Washington State Patrol.Benjamin G. Corbin, 61, was driving on a ramp connecting northbound Interstate 205 to westbound Highway 14 about 7:40 p.m. Saturday when he lost control of his 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser, a WSP bulletin said.The vehicle went off the roadway, overturned and came to rest on its roof.Corbin suffered a possible broken disk in his back and was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, the WSP said. He was reported in satisfactory condition late Saturday and was no longer a patient in the hospital on Sunday night.The bulletin blamed the accident on traveling too fast for conditions. The bulletin said that alcohol was suspected, and that Corbin could face a DUI charge.
Supporters of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi celebrate in Cairo’s Tahrir square following his re-election for a second term on Monday. Photo: AFPEgyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi swept to a second term with 97 per cent of valid votes, official results showed Monday, dominating an election last week that saw him face no serious rivals.The head of the election authority Lasheen Ibrahim said at a press conference that turnout was 41.05 per cent of the almost 60 million registered voters, down from the 2014 vote that saw Sisi claim the presidency.Ibrahim said 92.73 per cent of the votes were valid from the roughly 24 million cast, while almost two million ballots were spoiled.Sisi’s sole rival and an erstwhile supporter, Moussa Mostafa Moussa, won 2.92 per cent of the valid votes, Ibrahim said.Moussa entered the election at the very last moment after first leading a re-election campaign for Sisi, saving the vote from having just one candidate.Sisi’s serious contenders either withdrew, were sidelined or were detained.In a brief victory speech broadcast Monday evening on state television, Sisi sent “greetings, appreciation, and respect” to Egyptians.He promised “to continue my oath to be loyal in my work, not sparing any effort in order to advance our nation.”Sisi directed “thanks and appreciation to Moussa Mostafa Moussa who lead an honest and civilised competition.”As for Moussa, he said at a press conference that “the most important thing is that Egypt has won.”Trump congratulationsHundreds of supporters took to the streets in Cairo and other cities, waving the Egyptian flag and singing patriotic songs to celebrate Sisi winning another four years in power.US President Donald Trump “congratulated” Sisi on his victory in a telephone call, the White House said in a statement that did not mention any worries over the fairness of the vote.“The two leaders affirmed the strategic partnership between the United States and Egypt, and noted that they look forward to advancing this partnership and addressing common challenges,” it said.Earlier the State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the US “will continue to work to advance our shared objectives” with Egypt, despite its concerns over political freedom.But Nauert added: “We have noted reports of constraints on freedoms of expression and association in the run-up to the elections.”Four Egyptian rights groups, including the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies and the Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, denounced the electoral process in a statement late on Monday.The election commission “lost its political legitimacy by watching the electoral process as it transformed into a debacle beleaguered by the worst political and security thuggery ever witnessed in an Egyptian election since 1952,” they said.Sisi, who as army chief ousted Egypt’s first freely elected president Islamist Mohamed Morsi after mass street protests in 2013, won his first term in 2014 with 96.9 per cent of valid votes.Turnout of 47 percent in that year’s election was sharply higher than this year’s 41 per cent despite official appeals for voters to fulfil their patriotic duty.Election chief Ibrahim was effusive about the vote regardless of the perceived lack of competition and the low attendance.“These are momentous moments for this nation…which will be written in letters of light, under the title: battle for the love of Egypt,” Ibrahim said as he announced the results.“The entire world heard your chants for the love of Egypt.”Opposition boycottPeople who boycotted the election and cannot show a good reason for missing the vote could face a fine of up to 500 Egyptian pounds (22 euros), the electoral commission has warned.Opposition groups had called for a boycott of last week’s vote which they labelled a facade.There were no presidential debates and Sisi himself did not appear at any official campaign events, although he spoke at a number of ceremonies.In an interview days ahead of the vote, Sisi said he wished there were more candidates, denying any role in sidelining his rivals.Morsi’s removal in 2013 ushered in a deadly crackdown that killed and jailed hundreds of Islamists.The initial crackdown on the ousted leader’s supporters expanded to include liberal and leftist secular activistsA jihadist insurgency since has killed hundreds of policemen and civilians.In February Sisi ordered the armed forces launched their most comprehensive campaign yet to end the five-year-old jihadist insurgency.In the wake of his election success, the Egyptian armed forces congratulated Sisi in a statement, “affirming that it will always stand behind its wise leadership.”Sisi has embarked on tough economic reforms that have been welcomed by foreign investors but dented his standing at home, even though his popularity remains high.Enjoying near-unanimous media support, Sisi is seen by many Egytians as the right man to lead the country after years of political, security and economic turmoil that followed the ouster of leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
CRISPR-associated protein Cas9 (white) from Staphylococcus aureus based on Protein Database ID 5AXW. Credit: Thomas Splettstoesser (Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 4.0) Citation: CRISPR patent wars highlight problem of granting broad intellectual property rights for tech that offers public benefits (2017, November 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-11-crispr-patent-wars-highlight-problem.html CRISPR-Cas9 is a cutting-edge gene editing technique. It has been in the news as many researchers are using it to conduct gene editing research. But it has also been in the news because two parties are claiming they invented it. They are the University of California and the Broad Institute. It is believed that patent rights will generate a significant amount of revenue for the ultimate winner of the war due to licensing rights.As Rai and Cook-Degan note, the patent war (or another one like it) has been in the making for several decades due to passage of the Bayh-Dole Act back in 1980, which allowed entities to obtain patents on work done for federally funded research efforts. In the CRISPR war, both parties received funding from NIH and both applied for patents, but the timing is murky. But as the authors also note, something that should not be lost or overlooked in the legal wrangling is the rights of the public. If one party in the war wins, they are set to assume control over who can use the gene editing technique and in which sorts of ways. In granting such full ownership to a single entity, the courts could be hindering genetic research in possibly detrimental ways. What if a team of researchers is making progress on eliminating a genetic disease, for example, but is slowed because it cannot gain licensing to proceed? Innocent people might thus suffer due to a court decision. The authors suggest that the solution is for the courts to move away from granting broad patents in such cases and instead grant narrow patents that allow the holder some rights, but not all, creating a more open system of use for cutting-edge technology. (Phys.org)—Duke University Law professor Arti Rai and bio-technology professor Robert Cook-Deegan with Arizona State University have stepped into the gene editing patent war with an Intellectual Property Policy Forum paper they have had published in the journal Science. They suggest that courts should take more into account than who invented what first in some property rights disputes. With technology, such as CRISPR-Cas9, for example, they argue that some thought (and rights) should to be given to the public as beneficiaries of future research efforts related to that technology. Journal information: Science © 2017 Phys.org Explore further Gene editing patent ruling sways fortune of biotech hopefuls More information: Racing for academic glory and patents: Lessons from CRISPR, Science 17 Nov 2017: Vol. 358, Issue 6365, pp. 874-876, DOI: 10.1126/science.aao2468 , http://science.sciencemag.org/content/358/6365/874SummaryThe much-publicized dispute over patent rights to CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology highlights tensions that have been percolating for almost four decades, since the U.S. Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 invoked patents as a mechanism for promoting commercialization of federally funded research. With the encouragement provided by Bayh-Dole, academic scientists and their research institutions now race in dual competitive domains: the quest for glory in academic research and in the patent sphere. Yet, a robust economic literature argues that races are often socially wasteful; the racing parties expend duplicative resources, in terms of both the research itself and the legal fees spent attempting to acquire patents, all in the pursuit of what may be a modest acceleration of invention. For CRISPR, and future races involving broadly useful technologies for which it may set a precedent, the relationship between these competitive domains needs to be parsed carefully. On the basis of legal maneuvers thus far, it appears that the litigants will try for broad rights; public benefit will depend on courts reining them in and, when broad patents slip through, on updating Bayh-Dole’s pro-commercialization safeguards with underused features of the Act. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Guadalajara, Jalisco — Environmental officials in the state of Jalisco have rescued 30 veiled chameleons from being shipped to Mexico City via a parcel company. Officers from the Federal Procurator’s Office for Environmental Protection were called to the parcel company after federal police officers inspected a package and made the discovery. Inside, 30 chameleons were found wrapped in three blankets. The veiled chameleon is listed on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora and is a protected species. All were found to be in poor health, suffering from dehydration and lack of food. All 30 were transferred to medical facilities at a wildlife shelter for proper care and shelter. Mexican officials intend to investigate the shipment of the reptiles, noting that the container used for transportation threatened the dignified and respectful treatment of the chameleons. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Comments Share Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Men’s health affects baby’s health too New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Roman Dobrokhotov was on his way to Christ the Savior Cathedral, Russia’s biggest church, to protest against the arrest of members of female punk rock band Pussy Riot. They were jailed in early March for belting out an anti-Putin “punk prayer” in front of the church’s gilded altar wearing garishly colored balaclavas.The church’s leader, Patriarch Kirill, cried blasphemy. Critics claimed church-state collusion was keeping the women locked up.Many say Putin, who returned to the presidency last week, has used the church as a potent tool in his command structure, allowing it to amass vast riches in return for unquestioning support of his policies and spiritual blessing for his leadership.For more than a millennium, the church helped cement Russia’s identity and culture in times of foreign invasions and political upheaval _ and that legacy remains strong in the hearts of millions of Russians.Under the atheist Soviet regime, the church suffered persecution, with tens of thousands of its faithful purged, jailed or executed. The 1991 fall of communism opened the way for a renaissance that many celebrated as bringing Russia back to its spiritual roots. Many non-religious Russians found the prank tactless, but were shocked by the arrest and possible punishment.“They should have gotten those girls out of the church _ and left it at that,” said Lyudmila Alexeyeva, Russia’s most prominent human rights activist who considers herself non-practicing Orthodox.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) – The skinny dissident is thrown headfirst into a police van by camouflage-clad officers. Nearby, a dozen bearded men bearing Russian Orthodox crosses and wearing skull-and-crossbones T-shirts cheer on the cops.It’s the latest flare-up in a growing feud pitting supporters of the influential church, which sees itself as the nation’s spiritual guide, against opponents who say the church has sold out to Vladimir Putin _ becoming an arm of his regime more interested in gold than souls. But resentment slowly grew over the perception that church leaders were becoming Kremlin stooges.Critics said slathering gold-leaf on church domes was ostentation shameful for a country suffering through the hard times of the Boris Yeltsin years. The church has acknowledged that it ran businesses dealing in alcohol, tobacco and oil, and operated jewelry stores and organic farms, to raise money for restoration of churches and monasteries and education of priests.Suspicions grew further under Putin.The church’s backing for the Kremlin became so fawning that it consecrated new nuclear missiles as “Russia’s guardian angels” and urged young Russians to volunteer for military service in Chechnya. Shortly before the Pussy Riot escapade, Kirill met with Putin and praised his two presidential terms as “God’s miracle.” In return, Putin said that “the state still owes much to the Church.”The band said it performed its “punk prayer” inside the cathedral on Feb. 21 to protest Putin’s return to the Kremlin. They thrashed their heads and shouted: “Mother of God, Drive Putin Away!”Three members were charged with hooliganism and face up to seven years in jail _ severe even by the standards of a government notorious for crackdowns on dissent. Despite the growing criticism over perceived sins past and present, there’s no questioning the church’s influence over Russian society.The church claims 100 million Russians in its flock _ more than three-quarters of the nation’s population _ though polls suggest that less than 5 percent of them are devout churchgoers. More than a spiritual guide, many Russians look to the church as a symbol of their identity.Some believers applaud the Pussy Riot arrest.“It’s very good that they were jailed, because otherwise some fanatics would simply tear them apart,” said Natalya Dolina, a 55-year-old historian and churchgoer from Moscow. “They soiled a church; they fouled icons that are dear to many. They are devoid of talent; they just latch onto a trend.”But believers such as Lidya Moniava, who manages children’s hospices at a charity fund in Moscow, asked Kirill in a web-posted plea to forgive the pranksters and facilitate their release _ and thousands joined her petition.A Church spokesman said, however, that the Church will forgive the punk rockers only if they “repent and change their lives.”Several Orthodox priests declined to be interviewed for this story, saying they feared reprimands or were not allowed contact with a non-Russian news agency. Protesters see Kirill’s influence in the harsh treatment. The bearded patriarch in a recent sermon described the punk performance as “devilish mockery” and part of a broader assault by “enemy forces” on the church.The church maintains that desecration of icons and other acts of vandalism have become more frequent since the punk protest. As the patriarch led a procession around the cathedral, priests carried a crucifix and an icon that had been damaged in attacks elsewhere in Russia this spring.Kirill himself is a focus of the growing opposition to the church.The patriarch’s reputation has been tarnished by a pair of scandals involving a (EURO)30,000 ($38,832) Breguet watch he was seen wearing and a court case in which he sought 20 million rubles ($630,000) from a cancer-stricken neighbor _ despite his monastic vows not to have any worldly possessions while serving the church.And just as Putin is supported by gangs of youth thugs who intimidate his opponents, the church enjoys the backing of its own roaming enforcers of orthodoxy _ tacitly approved of by church leaders. The bearded men who cheered Dobrokhotov’s arrest were members of the Orthodox Banner Bearers, a group that combines ultraconservative piety with bellicose acts reminiscent of extreme-right intimidation. They have gained notoriety for attacking gay rallies, tearing pop singer Madonna’s portrait, burning Harry Potter books and running a stake through a toy monkey to protest the teaching of Darwinism in schools. Top Stories The church gave its leader Leonid Simonovich-Nikshich one of the church’s highest awards, the medal of St. Sergius of Radonezh.Political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky said the church has turned into the Kremlin’s “Salvation Ministry,” obediently approving Kremlin policies and slamming Western democracy as concepts alien to Russian traditions _ all the while enjoying hefty government donations and tax immunity.“The Church inherited its full loyalty to the existing government from Soviet times,” Belkovsky said.In pre-revolutionary Russia, the Church was a state institution whose government-paid clerics reported to czars as their “ultimate judges.” In the Soviet era, Orthodox leaders infamously declared their loyalty to the atheist regime to allow the church to keep operating _ and were enlisted as KGB agents, according to lawmakers and prominent human rights advocates.“We knew back in the early 1990s that 90 percent of church leaders had been KGB agents,” said Lev Ponomaryov, head of the respected For Human Rights group and a former lawmaker who in the early 1990s chaired a parliamentary commission that investigated Soviet-era ties between the church and KGB. 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as those carrying them die This weeding-out of all but the best genes is called positive selection But researchers have trouble pinpointing positively selected genes in humans as many genes vary from one individual to the next Enter Mihai Netea an immunologist at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in the Netherlands He realized that in his home country Romania the existence of two very distinct ethnic groups provided an opportunity to see the hand of natural selection in the human genome A thousand years ago the Rroma people—commonly known as gypsies—migrated into Europefrom north India But they intermarried little with European Romanians and thus have very distinct genetic backgrounds Yet by living in the same place both of these groups experienced the same conditions including the Black Plague which did not reach northern India So the researchers sought genes favored by natural selection by seeking similarities in the Rroma and European Romanians that are not found in North Indians Netea; evolutionary biologist Jaume Bertranpetit of Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona Spain; and their colleagues looked for differences at more than 196000 places in the genomes of 100 Romanians of European descent and 100 Rroma For comparison the researchers also cataloged these differences in 500 individuals who lived in northwestern India where the Rroma came from Then they analyzed which genes had changed the most to see which were most favored by selection Genetically the Rroma are still quite similar to the northwestern Indians even though they have lived side by side with the Romanians for a millennium the team found But there were 20 genes in the Rroma and the Romanians that had changes that were not seen in the Indians’ versions of those genes Netea and his colleagues report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences These genes “were positively selected for in the Romanians and in the gypsies but not in the Indians” Netea explains “It’s a very strong signal” Those genes included one for skin pigmentation one involved in inflammation and one associated with susceptibility to autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis But the ones Netea and Bertranpetit were most excited about were a cluster of three immune system genes found on chromosome 4 These genes code for toll-like receptors proteins which latch on to harmful bacteria in the body and launch a defensive response “We knew they must be important for host defense” Netea says What events in history might have favored these versions of the genes in gypsies and Romanians but not in Indians Netea and his colleagues tested the ability of the toll-like receptors to react to Yersinia pestis the bacterium that caused the Black Death They found that the strength of the immune response varied depending on the exact sequence of the toll-like receptor genes Netea and Bertranpetit propose that the Rroma and European Romanians came to have the same versions of these immune system genes because of the evolutionary pressure exerted by Y pestis Other Europeans whose ancestors also faced and survived the Black Death carried similar changes in the toll-like receptor genes But people from China and Africa—two other places the Black Death did not reach—did not have these changes (There have been multiple plagues throughout history around the world but none have been so deadly as the Black Death which killed an estimated one in every four Europeans and so exerted very strong selection) The similarities in the other genes were likely caused by other conditions experienced by Rroma and Europeans but not Indians "The use of two populations living in the same geographic area is very clever" says human population geneticist Oscar Lao of Erasmus MC in Rotterdam the Netherlands who was not involved in the study "This experimental evidence is very important" he adds It shows that the Black Death bacterium does indeed interact with the proteins coded for by the genes favored by natural selection "That should be the goal for all those type of analyses" "It’s a nice hypothesis that they are putting forward" agrees Lluis Quintana-Murci a human population geneticist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris who was not involved in the study The genetic changes may have modern-day effects "The presence of these particular versions of these genes may give the evolutionary basis for why certain populations are more at risk” for certain types of diseases says Douglas Golenbock an immunologist at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester "The side effect seems to be that the Europeans have a more proinflammatory immune system than those who have never experienced Black Death" However Lao and Quintana-Murci wonder if the convergence in these genes might be explained another way It’s possible that these favorable versions were introduced into the Rroma by interbreeding between the Rroma and the Romanians they suggest Additional sequencing of the 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