Half-time: Wigan 0 Brentford 0

first_imgBrentford were unable to make a breakthrough against Uwe Rosler’s Wigan despite creating the better of the first-half chances at DW Stadium.The Bees laid siege on the home side’s goal early as both Moses Odubajo and Jota tested keeper Scott Carson.Odubajo had an effort from outside the area tipped around the post and Jota failed to lift the ball over the onrushing Carson from a tight angle.Alan Judge then threaded a ball through to Odubajo in the box, but the winger was flagged offside as he thrust his leg out to direct the ball against the post.David Button ensured scores remained level at the break denying Shaun Maloney after Oriol Riera slipped the ball to the Latics captain on the edge of the area.At the other end Andre Gray raced onto a long Jonathan Douglas ball to lob the best chance of the half onto the roof the net, with Carson racing off his line to force the striker to try the chipped finish.Wigan went close to snatching the lead before the break when Bees defender Tony Craig stabbed the ball narrowly wide of his own goal as Callum McManaman tried to find Riera.Brentford (4-3-3): Button; McCormack, Tarkowski, Craig, Bidwell; Judge, Douglas, Pritchard; Odubajo, Gray, Jota.Subs: Bonham, Dean, Tébar, Toral, Betinho, Proschwitz.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Warriors and Draymond Green agree to a deal: Four more years, $100 million, report

first_imgWarriors fans won’t have to spend next season worrying if another key member of the team will leave via free agency, as star Draymond Green reportedly agreed to a four year, $100 million contract extension.The deal begins after next season, Green’s agent, Rich Paul, told ESPN on Saturday morning. The three-time All-Star will receive $22.2 million in the first year of the deal, with increases each season and will take him up to $27.6 million in the final season.With free agency looming next …last_img

Give Thanks for Our Rare Moon

first_imgOur moon is a rare treat, says a press release from Jet Propulsion Laboratory, based on findings from the Spitzer Space Telescope.  The telescope looked for indications of dust from collisions in other planetary disks thought to be the age of our solar system when our moon formed.  According to the leading theory, our moon formed from the collision of a Mars-sized body impacting the earth when our solar system was 30 million years old.  Only 5-10% of dust disks had telltale signs of dust from such collisions.    See also the story on New Scientist.  The moon is approaching full phase on the weekend Americans celebrate Thanksgiving.The claim is based on a controversial theory that invokes an extremely improbable collision (01/26/2007, 02/19/2007).   It is based on unverifiable dating assumptions (09/25/2007, 08/08/2006).  The theory has many problems and is not accepted by some geologists, including Harrison Schmidt, who walked on the moon during the Apollo 17 mission (11/04/2002).  Students of philosophy of science may want to examine this story as an example of an explanation so intertwined with theory, it is hard to know where the theory stops and the evidence begins.    While it is nice for astronomers to recognize our moon is special, we didn’t need their evolutionary assumptions.  The moon’s role in stabilizing earth’s axial tilt and tides is part of a large suite of evidences that show our home planet was designed for life.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Foster builds a network of support

first_imgAs a young woman finding her own way, Lesley Ann Foster started Masimanyane Women’s Rights International that enabled her to grow personally as she helped others. Masimanyane Women’s Rights International executive director, Lesley Ann Foster, is on a mission to end violence against women. (Image: African Feminist Forum)Yvonne FontynOn her first day at what was to become the Masimanyane Women’s Rights International, executive director Lesley Ann Foster says she sat in the empty building and said, “Now what?” She finally had the means to start a shelter to help the many desperate women she had come across in her work with a charity for street children, but she didn’t know where to start.Her benefactor, businessman Reggie Naidoo, who had offered her his premises, told her: “Phone all the women you know; they will tell you what to do.” The women came, to help and to be trained as counsellors. “A friend who worked for Powa [People Opposing Women Abuse] came and 22 women were trained on how to counsel rape survivors,” she said on the phone from her headquarters in East London, on the beautiful Eastern Cape coastline.That was 20 years ago. Today Masimanyane, funded partly by overseas donors and the Department of Social Development, employs 42 full-time staff, with 20 volunteers giving their time on a regular basis. Its 11 centres in Eastern Cape offer medical and legal services and 24-hour counselling, and Masimanyane collaborates with other organisations in South Africa such as the Nisaa Institute for Women’s Development, based in Lenasia, in southern Johannesburg. International presenceFoster herself is a speaker on world platforms – in 2010, together with NGOs from the nine provinces, she compiled a nationwide report for the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and presented the report the following year in Geneva, Switzerland.Working with Norwegian Church Aid, Foster has been instrumental in helping Iraqi women achieve their democratic rights, and in 2012 she took a group of South African activists to the United Nations’ General Assembly after she was invited to address delegates on the global increase in violence against women. She sits on the boards of several international organisations, including Amanitare, the African Partnership for the Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Women and Girls, which has members in 26 countries.Working with women is what gets her up in the morning, says Foster. “I love working with women. What I am doing, I am passionate about… I am focused on bringing women from one point to another.”About the first women she was able to assist at Masimanyane, she says: “I felt attached to them, and to the outcome, but I realised my role was to be a facilitator – to link them with opportunities, then let them take it and run with it.”She loves nothing better than to hear that someone who had approached the centre had achieved her goal – like the woman who had no matric, could not speak English and lived in a rural area but wanted to become a social worker. She heard Foster speak on the radio and plucked up the courage to approach the University of Cape Town, which agreed to help her to do the course. “Now she is doing her honours.”Setting a goal and slowly, step-by-step, achieving it is something to which Foster can relate. She was living with a violent partner and was harassed at work for being a whistle-blower when she had her “Aha” moment and realised where her purpose in life lay. Helping street childrenHer foray into the non-profit sector began when she returned to her home town of East London to spend time with her ailing father. “I had been offered a management position – it was a step up for me,” she says. “But the minute I arrived I felt something tugging at my heart – a feeling that there was something else to do.” At her church she heard about Daily Bread, a street children project, and soon she was helping with fund-raising and running its resource centre, collecting goods and distributing them to needy people. “I trained as a child care giver and was able to open 20 soup kitchens. From the funds we raised we were able to buy farms to house the children. In the seven years I was there we helped about 400 children. Those boys are young men now. I still have contact with them – I am granny to their children.”Things went sour when a colleague told her she had found that funds had been misappropriated. Foster investigated, found evidence and took legal counsel from Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR). At this point her employers began to threaten her. On one particularly difficult day she escaped her office to LHR across the road and as she was talking to the counsellor “she said to me, you are working for disempowered people but here you are, disempowered,” Foster recalls. Aha moment“I had my ‘Aha’ moment,” says Foster. “I left the charity. But I fought the case to the end. I was harassed, I was stalked but I see it as a growing experience now because I gained strength within myself.”Her mother, now 81 and still a committed community worker, advised her against pursuing the case. “I told her I was prepared to die for what I believed in. Once I had admitted to myself what the dangers were, I could go out fearlessly.”It was at that stage that she decided to help women. “During my work with street children I encountered women with huge problems – they were enduring terrible abuse and violence, the children also. But there was no help for them. Lifeline worked in the white community but there were no shelters or counselling services for the black community.“I was 32 and finding my own path – and I have always been of the mind that when I have an experience, I apply it to help other people.”The desire to set up a resource to help the women from her community was born, but help did not come easily. Organisations such as the Black Sash did not have the means, she says, but “Ntombazana Botha of LHR helped, and she is the reason is I started Masimanyane”. Another friend, Mala Naidoo, mentioned that an overseas church had been training South African women as counsellors.It was at that stage that Reggie Naidoo, who ran Ibec, a business to help marginalised entrepreneurs, offered Foster a double-storey house in which to start her centre. After the initial outreach efforts, she was able to fill the house gradually but surely as women arrived – referred by LHR and churches, and coming to train as volunteers.“The name came from the women,” says Foster, looking back on 18 years of active service. “Masimanyane means ‘Let’s support each other’. The organisation’s growth was organic, it was democratic – and we have kept to that in the 18 years.” Counsellor trainingThe first training done with Lifeline, a free phone counselling service, was “traumatic and powerful”, she says. “It was a meeting of different cultures, races and languages – we had interpreters. The fear the black women had of the white women…” It was clear there was a lot of work to be done. At the same time, she says, some psychologists in the city were sceptical: “They did not believe that victims could help each other. But we needed women to stand up.”Foster has made it her business not only to help disempowered women at a practical level, but also to try to change the structures that underpin the inequalities in society. During the first weeks of the centre’s operation she documented the women who had been referred to Masimanyane by LHR. “There was no help for them.” She put a call through to the then minister of justice, Dullah Omar, who happened to be the friend of an uncle. “He sent Vusi Pikoli [then director-general]. He sat with me, discussing what to do. Manto Tshabalala-Msimang was deputy justice minister – she came too.“We organised for a petition to demand more services for women. Seven months later we launched Masimanyane – Dullah Omar was the main speaker. It was the right time – 1995 – the time of the transition to a democracy.”Foster was invited to join a committee drawing up the new Domestic Violence Act. Turning pointIn 1996, she went to the International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Women’s Citizenship in Brighton, in England – “a turning point”, she says. “I was mesmerised, learning about rape and other issues of violence against women in a global context.” Then came an invitation to attend talks on women’s leadership at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, in the United States. This is where she said she became aware of “women’s human rights. It changed my understanding.” It was exciting for this woman from South Africa to attend Rutgers’ Center for Women’s Global Leadership to undergo training with delegates from all over the world, she said. “It was amazing and it changed my organisation.”While in Brighton, Foster had connected with a Norwegian NGO, the Norwegian Crisis Shelter Movement, which became Masimanyane’s first international partner. “This gave us a global view and platform. We continued to develop those links.” Foster also sits on the board of International Women’s Rights Action Watch, which is active in 122 countries.Yet, despite these measures and those put in place by various governments, discrimination against women and violence against women are growing worldwide. Speaking last year on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Louise Arbour, the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that to stem the increase of violence against women and girls, those committing the crimes must be prosecuted. “Most perpetrators of these crimes [enjoy] impunity,” she said.“This impunity is built on a foundation of discrimination and inequality… Unless these inequalities are addressed, including in the economic and social spheres, the violence will persist.”Foster concurs and says the reason for the violence remains that “women are not valued in society as much as men are. This discrimination fosters inequality and the inequality is expressed by some men as violence against women and girls. Patriarchy allows men to experience privilege in every area of their lives and the downside of this is that women are accorded a status lower than that of men.”But she is not dispirited: “South Africa offers much hope and inspiration for women. Yes, we do have high levels of violence against women but we also have powerful programmes to protect women and to advance their human rights. We need to work on implementation of the existing laws and programmes. I have seen young women enter professions that have been closed to them. Our affirmative action programmes are amazing in putting women into leadership positions. There is much to celebrate and be proud of.”Trends and developments offer hope, she says: “The work which is being done to eliminate violence against women in the country is powerful. It has drawn diverse groups of women together and they work on the issue collectively.”It is not just in homes that changes are being made: “I am particularly proud of what Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre has achieved in getting women engaged with their local and provincial governments,” says Foster. “We have worked on strengthening state accountability and this is brilliant because the impact reaches all women in the country.”last_img read more

Much needed rain helps Ohio crops

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jon Miller, Fairfield CountyWe are about half done harvesting the wheat. The first 80 acres of wheat we did was extremely wet but we ran it anyway. It seems like that freeze in May maybe affected how it matured but didn’t really affect the yield. We had some a little above 30% moisture. Most of it ran between 25% and 30% in that field. Then we had that rain last week and got anywhere from two to three inches on about all of our fields. We started with wheat again then on Saturday and the moisture was still in the upper 20s. The lowest was about 18% yesterday.We got between a quarter- and a half-inch overnight. We may start mowing straw this afternoon and running wheat again later today. The second half should go faster and it looks like we have a good forecast this week.The first couple of wheat loads had decent test weight and quality. The yield was better than expected after that cold snap we had this spring and the bale count on the first 80 acres has been extremely high. It seems like the variety we are in now is about 10 bushels below the earlier wheat we harvested. I think overall the yield ought to be above average and if the quality stays it should be a decent year for wheat.We were losing yield on the corn before we got that rain. Even though we had two or three inches, it came so fast that a lot of it ran off. We’ll take anything we can get as dry as we were. On some of the lighter banks the corn was turning a whitish purple. It was curled tight before that rain came through.We were able to plant our first double-crop beans last week and the first 25 acres are already out of the ground. The calendar is still on our side, but if it hadn’t rained, planting double-crops would be questionable for some of our fields.So far weed control has been OK but we are finding a lot of little marestail coming up in the wheat. We are planting some Liberty beans for double-crops to help control the marestail after the wheat.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.last_img read more

Pelicans will allow Anthony Davis to play rest of NBA season

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town “Ultimately, Anthony made it clear to us that he wants to play and he gives our team the best opportunity to win games. Moreover, the Pelicans want to preserve the integrity of the game and align our organization with NBA policies,” Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said in a statement. “We believe Anthony playing upholds the values that are in the best interest of the NBA and its fans. We look forward to seeing Anthony in a Pelicans uniform again soon.”The Pelicans initially appeared inclined to move on without Davis and focus on the players who might help them going forward. Davis’ image has been removed from promotional materials, the club’s official website and even a team hype video that plays before home games on the Smoothie King Center’s expansive scoreboard screens hanging above the court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBut benching a healthy player could potentially infringe on NBA rules designed to protect the investments of ticket holders and broadcast partners alike against the prospects of star players being arbitrarily rested.Those rules, for example, prohibit clubs from “resting healthy players for any high-profile, nationally televised game.” Doing so, the rules state, “will constitute conduct prejudicial or detrimental to the NBA and result in a fine of at least $100,000.” MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations — Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has said the club had decided not to play Davis before Thursday’s trading deadline. However, he had offered no indication of what the club would do if Davis remained in New Orleans for the rest of the season.—Giving Davis playing time potentially creates an awkward situation in the locker room because he is essentially a lame-duck star. Also, his playing time could come at the expense of players the Pelicans want to develop for the future.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next — It would be in the Pelicans’ interest to avoid any risk of a basketball-related injury to Davis, given the likelihood of re-engaging a number of teams in trade talks after the season.—The market for Davis becomes clearer after the NBA draft lottery, when all teams’ 2019 picks have more concrete trade value.— In addition, the market for Davis should improve when the Boston Celtics are able to strengthen trade offers they make this summer.Boston, which has a stockpile of draft picks and promising young players as trade bait, is not eligible to trade for Davis under NBA rules until July 1, unless the Celtics also trade away Kyrie Irving. Irving is a factor because of what’s known as the Rose Rule, which says NBA teams cannot trade for more than one player who has signed an extension. Irving currently is playing under an extension signed with Cleveland that has an option year after this season, meaning it could be renegotiated in a way that also allows Boston to bid for Davis.—The NBA Players Association could have gotten involved on Davis’ behalf if he had been benched against his wishes.The union did not return messages left by The Associated Press on Thursday. Paul, who represents Davis, also declined comment.PLAYING DAVIS— Playing Davis helps the Pelicans put the best product on the court for fans in the stands and give them the best chance to win. New Orleans entered Thursday night’s action six games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 27 games left.— The decision reduced the odds of a fight between the Pelicans and the union or discipline from the NBA.— Davis appears healthy. Before New Orleans defeated the Bulls in Chicago on Wednesday night, he was not on the club’s injury report, meaning he was technically available to play after recovering from a Jan. 18 sprain of his left index finger that had sidelined him the previous eight games. He was not listed on the Pelicans’ injury report released on Thursday afternoon in advance of the game against the Timberwolves. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES Triple-double magic from Russell Westbrook leads Thunder past Grizzlies SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The Pelicans play next on Friday night at home against Minnesota, and the game is slated for national television.There is a gray area in that the rules provide for exceptions in “unusual circumstances,” but the Pelicans elected not to force the NBA into a position of having to rule on whether Davis’ public trade request through his agent, Rich Paul, constituted an unusual circumstance in this case.Public trade requests are also banned by NBA rules, and Davis was fined $50,000.Here are some other considerations the Pelicans had to weigh:SITTING DAVISADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, left, sits on the bench with center Julius Randle, guard E’Twaun Moore, second right, and guard Elfrid Payton, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — After Anthony Davis found out he wouldn’t be traded Thursday, the six-time All-Star learned the New Orleans Pelicans will let him suit up for the remainder of the season.While Davis had stated publicly that he’s ready to move on from New Orleans, he also had said he was prepared to play for the Pelicans as long as he remained under contract with them.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Vergel Meneses wins mayor, Dondon Hontiveros tops councilor race; Yeng Guiao loses congressional bid

first_imgAtty. Rebo Saguisag, who serves as executive director of the UAAP and SBP head of technical commission, grabbed a seat as councilor in the first district of Makati. Ex-PBA players Franz Pumaren and Paul Artadi also won as councilors in the third district of Quezon City and first district of San Juan, respectively. Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao, however, wasn’t as fortunate.Guiao, a multititled mentor who also calls the shots for the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA, lost to Carmelo Jon Lazatin in the congressional race as Pampanga’s first district representative.Meanwhile, former PBA star Dondon Hontiveros emerged as the top councilor in the second district of Cebu City with 158,129 votes. Francis Zamora on his way to cast his vote on Monday. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netZamora garnered 35,060 votes to Estrada’s 24,813.PBA legend Vergel Meneses also won the mayoral race in Bulakan town, Bulacan three years after falling short in his electoral bid as vice mayor of the same town.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Kevin Durant likely out for in Warriors’ first 2 games vs Blazers Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MANILA, Philippines—Sports personalities were among the biggest winners in this year’s midterm elections, but not all made the cut.Former cager Francis Zamora has been proclaimed mayor of San Juan, beating Janella Ejercito-Estrada and toppling the five-decade reign of the Estrada-Ejercito clan in the city.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:54Isko on winning mayoral race: It’s a humbling experience00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Pope lambasted for praying for migrants

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Pope Francis arrives at Blaj, Romania, June 2, 2019. Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea via REUTERSPope Francis arrives at Blaj, Romania, June 2, 2019. Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea via REUTERS Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs minister Matteo Salvini seemed quaintly intrigued by a prominent article featured in Tuesday’s La Republica, an authoritative Italian newspaper. Entitled “The Catholic Church at a Crossroads: The Pope or Salvini”, the paper ran an interview with the Jesuit Father Bartolmeo Sorge who perceived the Italian government’s new efforts to clampdown on migrants coming to Italy as reflective of Italy’s fascist era of the 1930s. Padre Sorge is an influential Jesuit theologian and political scientist who, like Pope Bergoglio was one of St Pedro Arupe’s close collaborators in the latter’s  implementation of the Second Vatican Council, especially with regard to a faith that does justice and preferential option for the poor.Clearly, Salvini was tickled by the headline, even if perhaps not fully realising that it was a statement which La Republica had made and not a question, as he commented on his tweet. Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini had previously introduced a new policy closing the ports to migrant rescue vessels. This went as far as to introduce fines to those bringing migrants into Italy’s territorial waters.This however was not the only controversial tweet of the day. Pope Francis received a negative response to his Twitter post calling for prayers for migrants.In a recent tweet, the Pontiff delivered a homily marking the 6th anniversary since his visit to Lampedusa where he had underscored the plight the migrants who perished on the way to Europe.Read Also: Aġġornata bl-awdjo: “Nitolbu fis-silenzju għall-immigranti ta’ Lampedusa” – Papa FranġiskuRead Also: Segwi LIVE il-quddiesa tal-Papa Franġisku f’LampedusaRead Also: Il-Papa Franġisku llum iżur Lampedusa SharePrint “This is not just about migrants”, in the twofold sense that migrants are first of all human persons, and that they are the symbol of all those rejected by today’s globalized society. https://t.co/C3rLYrgCnB— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) July 8, 2019Not long after, the tweet received a number of negative responses in which the Pope was told to instead pray for others which, those who posted, considered more deserving of prayers such as earthquake victims or the parents of a quadriplegic man, Vincent Lambert, who recently had his life support turned off.Read more:NGO appeals sanction placed after defying Salvini banSea Eye not intimidated by Salvini; Alan Kurdi vessel heading to Lampedusacenter_img In his post, Pope Francis wrote, ‘These least ones are abandoned and cheated into dying in the desert; these least ones are tortured, abused and violated in detention camps; these least ones face the waves of an unforgiving sea; these least ones are left in reception camps too long for them to be called temporary.’ The Pope said that the plight of immigrants is the epitome of all those who are rejected in today’s globalised society.On this sixth anniversary of the visit to Lampedusa, my thoughts go out to those “least ones” who daily cry out to the Lord, asking to be freed from the evils that afflict them. https://t.co/C3rLYqZ0Z1— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) July 8, 2019 WhatsApplast_img read more

Baker Institute discussion will examine the debate on patenting embryonic stem cells

first_imgShareCONTACT: Franz BrotzenPHONE: 713-348-6775E-MAIL: [email protected] Baker Institute discussion will examine the debate on patenting embryonic stem cells “Patenting Science: The Implications of the Embryonic Stem Cell Patent Battle” will be discussed Feb. 21 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. The event begins at 6 p.m.Charles Reed, a partner at Kile Goekjian Reed & McManus, PLLC, will lead the discussion in the Kelly International Conference Facility, with additional remarks by Richard Behringer, deputy chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.The method for isolating human embryonic stem cells was pioneered at the University of Wisconsin by James Thomson in 1998. Since then, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) has obtained three patents on both the techniques and the cells themselves. Because of these patents, anyone desiring to perform research involving the cells or techniques must pay licensing fees, and if any marketable products are developed, royalties would also be required.Although the WARF has waived licensing fees for university-affiliated researchers, there is a hesitation in the scientific community toward initiating stem cell research projects that could eventually cross legal boundaries. In 2007, the U.S Patent and Trademark Office revoked the patents. This ruling is still being challenged by WARF in the U.S. federal court system, and the impact of their ruling greatly affects embryonic stem cell research in the United States as well as across the world.The Feb. 21 event is sponsored by the Baker Institute’s Science and Technology Policy Program.  It is the first discussion in the International Stem Cell Policy Program, newly endowed by the State of Qatar and the Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani.  For more information, visit www.bakerinstitute.org. The event will be held at Baker Hall on the Rice University campus. For directions, go to https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG14617.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more