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first_imgChoosing a potting soil can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some keyterms you might see at the garden center. An all-purpose potting mix has composted bark, peat moss or peat humus added to loamy soil. Gardeners usually add ingredients to customize mixes. Ready-to-use premium mix has similar material but in different proportions. More bark and peat and less soil make it lighter. Perlite and vermiculite give it better drainage and aeration. Many contain a wetting agent for uniform water distribution. A professional mix has the same materials as the premium types. But it’s more finely processed. It works well for starting seeds or transplanting delicate seedlings. Plant-specific mixes are used when you have a certain plant in mind with special requirements. Orchids, African violets and cacti are a few of the special mixes available.last_img read more

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4 things to do after a job interview

first_img 47SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details When interviewing for a job, it’s important to prepare so you can knock the interview out of the park. But what about afterwards? Should you just sit by the phone and wait for it to ring? Of course not. Here are 4 things you should do after the interview is over.Get good contact info: When leaving an interview, ask for business cards or email addresses of those who interviewed you. Ask if there is a timeline for making a decision on the position and find out who you should follow up with.Write down everything you can think of: As soon as you get a chance, write down your thoughts in as much as detail as possible. How did you feel about the interview? Was there a good vibe in the office? What was your impression of the people that you met? Use this information as you go through the process.Email your interviewers: Within 24 hours, make sure to send emails to your interviewers and thank them for their time and consideration. Use this message as an opportunity to remind the company why you are the right person for the job.Keep looking: No matter how good you feel about an interview, or how much you want the job, don’t quit looking for other positions. There’s no guarantee you’ll get the first job you want, so you don’t have time to sit around and wait on a job offer.last_img read more

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Keck School of Medicine receives $10 million gift

first_imgThe Keck School of Medicine received a $10 million donation from the Stephenson family — Emmet Stephenson, Toni Stephenson and Tessa Stephenson Brand — on Wednesday to create the Stephenson Family Personalized Medicine Center at the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine. The gift specifically aids Dr. David B. Agus, professor at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, by allowing him to advance his work in discovering new practices with experimental medicine for cancer research.According to USC News, the multi-million dollar donation has already paved the way for the appointment of executive positions within the Stephenson Family Personalized Medicine Center. Recently, Shannon Mumenthaler was appointed laboratory director and Dan Ruderman was appointed the director of analytics.Half of the donation was contributed Brand, a USC alumna, who has dedicated much of her time to philanthropy, specifically by guiding Agus to further advancements in the future of science and technology.“Dr. Agus is forward-thinking,” she said in a statement to USC News. “He is thinking 100 years into the future. He plans to change the face of health care rather than solve a single problem. He thinks bigger than most people, and he is the type of person we want to support.”Agus conducts research at the Keck School of Medicine where he has developed methods to treat cancer by conducting tests in various aspects in experimental medicine. He is noted by the medical community for his personalized medicine company called Navigenics, which he co-founded alongside partner, Dietrich Stephan. His career follows a long list of field and lab work to advance new methods to cure cancer.“Personalized medicine is really about bringing new technologies … to [provide] a whole new classification system for cancers,” Agus said in a statement to USC News.Agus currently serves as the director of the USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine and the USC Westside Norris Cancer Center and is the co-director of the USC National Cancer Institute.Prior to his work at USC, Agus was the director of the Spielberg Family Center for Applied Proteomics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where he worked to create proteomic technologies to guide doctors to decide on important health care policies.Agus was also a physician in oncology at Cedars-Sinai of Los Angeles, director of the Louis Warschaw Prostate Cancer center and an associate professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He also holds the American Cancer Society Physician Research award.Emmet, founder of StarTek Inc. and pioneer in the establishment of Domain.com, along with wife, Toni, have both committed their careers to discovering cancer research centers where they could sponsor researchers to establish strategies for the advancement of personalized medicine.According to USC News, when Toni Stephenson was undergoing cancer treatment, Emmet Stephenson met Agus. Their meeting led to Agus’s guidance through Toni’s treatment, where he acted as the principal doctor who helped her reach an 18-month cancer remission.“When my mom was diagnosed with late-stage lymphoma, my dad put together a team of four doctors, including Dr. Agus, to act as an advisory board for my mom’s treatments,” Tessa said in a statement to USC News. “He felt four minds were better than one, and these four people are all geniuses. We are happy to say that this team cured her.”The grant specifically created two positions within CAMM.Mumenthaler, holds a Ph.D from UCLA and is expected to pilot a group of researchers to study the enigmatic nature of the tumor microenvironment.Ruderman is currently conducting his postdoctoral research at USC. His new role will allow him, along with other researchers, to conduct data to better understand the function of the genome and mutations.“And our team is made up of physicists, mathematicians, engineers, biologists — all different disciplines who each look at data in a different fashion,” Agus said in a statement to USC News. “Our goal is to create models for what’s happening to the cancer and what will happen. And those mathematical models can hopefully tell us which treatments to do — or not to do.”last_img read more

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5-Star LB/DE Erick Fowler Flips From LSU To Texas

first_imgErick Fowler flips his commitment from LSU to Texas.Erick FowlerIt’s possible that no one will have a better National Signing Day than the Texas Longhorns. Charlie Strong already has several four-star commitments in the fold, and Manor (Tex.) five-star linebacker/defensive end Erick Fowler just flipped his commitment to UT after being pledged to LSU since June 2015. Reporter Victor Diaz is on the scene at Fowler’s announcement ceremony and has video. Manor’s Erick Fowler chooses #UT. Big get for the Longhorns. pic.twitter.com/NghaFU7N7j— Victor Diaz (@VictorOchoDiaz) February 3, 2016Manor is the No. 7 outside linebacker in the 2016 class according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.last_img read more

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Panama Canal Hosts Its Biggest Containership toDate

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Panama Canal Authority The containership Triton has completed a trial transit in the Panama Canal, marking a new record in size and container cargo capacity at the expanded waterway.The Neopanamax, which has a total TEU allowance (TTA) of 15,313, a 20-row beam of 51.2 meters and a length of 369 meters, transited northbound from the Pacific to the Atlantic on May 15.The vessel is deployed in Evergreen’s Panama Canal-routed Far East – United States East Coast service, as part of the OCEAN Alliance network.“We are excited about the opportunities enabled by the Triton’s trial transit,” Jorge L. Quijano, Panama Canal Administrator, said.“Today’s transit surpassed the 15,000 TEU vessel threshold, establishing a new record in terms of total TEU capacity.”Similar to the milestone Q-Flex transit completed on May 12, the latest achievement was made possible by an increase to the maximum allowable beam for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks.Beginning in June 2018, the Canal increased the allowable beam from 49 meters to 51.25 meters. The waterway accommodated the milestone transit despite the vessel exceeding the established maximum vessel length of 366 meters.“Today’s milestone marks a new era for containerships at the Expanded Canal,” Argelis Moreno de Ducreux, the Panama Canal’s Senior International Trade Specialist, said.“We look forward to collaborating on similar opportunities in the future as liners continue to reroute services and consolidate cargo on larger vessels.”Of the 6,000 Neopanamax vessels that have transited the canal to date, nearly 50 percent have been from the container segment.last_img read more

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Fed expected to keep interest rates unchanged

first_imgWASHINGTON – When the Federal Reserve wraps up its latest meeting, it will likely point to strong economic growth, low unemployment and rising inflation as reasons to stay on a path of gradually lifting interest rates. It is unlikely, however, to make any interest rate moves Wednesday.The Fed’s statement may also discuss potential risks from rising trade tensions. But it is almost certain the statement will not acknowledge the recent criticism lodged at the central bank from President Donald Trump.The Fed has already raised rates two times this year in March and June. It signalled at the June meeting that it expected to raise two more times in 2018. Many analysts believe those hikes will occur in September and December.The March and June rate hikes followed three hikes in 2017 and one each in 2015 and 2016. The Fed’s key policy rate is now at a still relatively low level of 1.75 per cent to 2 per cent. But it’s up from the record low near zero where it remained for seven years as the central bank worked to use ultra-low interest rates to lift the economy out of the Great Recession.The string of quarter-point rate hikes is intended to prevent the economy from overheating and pushing inflation from climbing too high. But higher rates make borrowing costlier for consumers and businesses and can weigh down stock prices. Trump has made clear he has little patience for the Fed’s efforts to restrain the economy to control inflation.“Tightening now hurts all that we have done,” Trump tweeted last month, a day after he said in a television interview that he was “not happy” with the Fed’s rate increases.Over the past quarter-century, presidents have maintained silence in public about Fed actions, believing that lodging complaints would be counter-productive. That’s because it could produce even faster rate hikes if the central bank feels the need to convince financial markets that it will not yield to political pressure and allow inflation to rise to worrisome levels.Following Trump’s comments, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tried to strike a reassuring note that the White House doesn’t want to interfere with the Fed’s policymaking.“We as an administration absolutely support the independence of the Fed, and the president has made it clear that this is the Fed’s decision,” Mnuchin said on “Fox News Sunday.”At the moment, economic growth is strong, rising at an annual rate of 4.1 per cent in the April-June quarter, the best showing in nearly four years. Unemployment is at a low 4 per cent, and some analysts believe it will fall further when the government releases the July figures on Friday.But there are worries as well, led by fears of what a Trump-led trade war might do to growth in the United States and around the world.Many analysts believe that the possible harm from rising tariffs was a key discussion topic this week, although it may not show up in the Fed’s policy statement.Delivering the Fed’s semi-annual report to Congress last month, Powell refrained from criticizing the Trump administration’s effort to use the threat of tariffs to try to lower trade barriers. But Powell noted that the Fed was hearing a “rising chorus of concern” from business contacts about the harm a trade war could cause.Powell hasn’t publicly addressed Trump’s criticism of Fed rate hikes. But the chairman had previously said in a radio interview that the central bank has long operated independently in making interest-rate decisions based on what was best for the economy and not in response to political pressure.last_img read more

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Taylor budget bylaw gets first three readings

first_imgTaylor’s business mill rate of 5.55 cents per $1,000 is also the lowest in the PRRD, while its major industry mill rate is the second-highest at 44.22. Only heavy industry in Tumbler Ridge pays a higher rate.In total, Taylor will be bringing in $14,374,223 this year, with $6.3 million to be spent on operating expenses, and $7.4 million on capital expenditures. The Disitrct will be borrowing roughly $3.75 million to begin development of the Parcel Z subdivision. The District began moving forward on developing the 8.9-hectare triangle shaped plot of land west of Spruce St. in December. The District plans to develop the land, which it owns, before selling the up to 65 lots zoned for single family houses to the public.After passing the first three readings, District of Taylor Financial Plan Bylaw No. 825, 2018  is due to be adopted at the next District meeting. TAYLOR, B.C. — The District of Taylor’s five year financial plan bylaw passed first three readings at Tuesday’s Council meeting.The District is following the lead of Fort St. John in largely maintaining the status quo in terms of tax revenue collected by raising tax rates to account for a drop in home value assessments. The average price of a home in Taylor fell from $336,000 to $320,000 this year, while tax rates will be rising from $3.24 to $3.40 per $1,000 in value.Though mill rates are increasing by 16 cents per $1,000 in home value, residents with a home of average value will actually pay 64 cents less in property taxes this year. Taylor still has the second-lowest residential property tax rate of any municipality in the Peace River Regional District, behind only Pouce Coupe’s residential mill rate of around 2.8 percent.last_img read more

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SC has accepted there was corruption in Rafale deal claims Rahul

first_imgAmethi (UP): Buoyed by the Supreme Court order allowing petitioners seeking a review of the Rafale judgment to rely on leaked documents, Congress president Rahul Gandhi claimed the SC has made it clear that Prime Minister Narendra Modi committed a theft . Rahul Gandhi then challenged Modi to a debate on the Rafale military aircraft deal, which the Congress claims involved corruption, a charge repeatedly rejected by the government. Gandhi recalled a recent interview by the prime minister, in which Modi had said the Supreme Court had given a clean chit to his government on the Rafale deal. Now the SC has made it clear that ‘chowkidarji’ (watchman) has committed a theft, Gandhi told reporters here after filing his nomination papers from the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency. He claimed the apex court has accepted that there is some corruption in Rafale . The apex court, which had earlier cleared the Modi government of accusations of corruption over the Rafale deal, Tuesday said it will hear a review petition on the basis of the new documents, referred to by the petitioners. But Gandhi appeared to interpret the order as an acceptance by the Supreme Court that there was corruption in the deal on the French aircraft. “I am happy and I have been saying so for months that Hindustan’s PM has given the air force money to (industrialist) Anil Ambani, and the SC has accepted it. The SC is going to investigate it,” he said. I want to directly challenge that the SC has said that you have indulged in corruption, he said. Come let’s debate… the country wants to know about corruption, the Rafale deal, demonetisation and Amit Shah’s son.” The reference was to Jay Shah. Last year, a newspaper portal had claimed that his firm recorded a huge increase in turnover after the BJP-led government came to power. Jay Shah had then filed a defamation suit against the news organisation. Gandhi claimed that Modi will not be able to look him in the eye if the two debate the Rafale deal. I want to thank the SC. It’s a very happy day. The SC has talked about justice. Justice has prevailed,” he added.last_img read more

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Qureshi Swaraj likely to interact during SCO meeting in Kyrgyzstan

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and her Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj are likely to interact during the upcoming meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Kyrgyzstan later this month, a top Pakistani official said Thursday.”The two foreign ministers would be present in the meeting and in all likelihood would interact amongst themselves and with other leaders,” Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal told the media here. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghBut he hastened to clarify that “no formal meeting is, however, envisaged”. The SCO Ministerial meeting will take place in Kyrgyzstan on May 21-22. The economic and security grouping was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan became its members in 2017. In September, India called off a meeting between Swaraj and Qureshi at the UN citing the release of postal stamps “glorifying” a Kashmiri militant by Pakistan as one of the reasons. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe Indo-Pak tensions escalated in recent months after a terror attack in Pulwama by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group that killed 40 CRPF soldiers on February 14 and a subsequent aerial strike by India on a JeM training camp in Balakot on February 26. On February 27, the Pakistan Air Force retaliated by unsuccessfully targeting several military installations in Jammu and Kashmir. In the dogfight, Pakistan downed a MiG-21 Bison jet and captured an IAF pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1. Faisal also alleged that India was “causing an arms race in the region”. “India has been trying to bring the region into an arms race. Let me say that an increase in the defence budget is not the sole determinant of a nation’s strength,” he said.last_img read more

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Shipping up to Boston Ohio State advances to Sweet 16

PITTSBURGH – Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta said Friday that his team’s focus was on surviving and advancing in the NCAA Tournament, and that’s exactly what it did against Gonzaga.  The Buckeyes (29-7) will play in a third consecutive Sweet 16 after defeating No. 7-seed Gonzaga, 73-66, in a third-round NCAA Tournament East Region game Saturday at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.  The OSU sophomore tandem of guard Aaron Craft and forward Deshaun Thomas pulled the Buckeyes out of a first-half rut and scored 17 and 18 points, respectively. It was sophomore big man Jared Sullinger, who finished the game with 18 points, that put the game away in the closing moments. Sullinger helped sink Gonzaga after the Bulldogs fought back to tie the game, 61-61, with fewer than four minutes to play. Sullinger dumped six points on the Bulldogs in the final minute of play, including a lay-in against Gonzaga’s 7-foot senior center, Robert Sacre. Senior guard William Buford and sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr., combined for five free-throws to help put the game on ice and advance the Buckeyes.  OSU will play the winner of No. 6-seed Cincinnati and No. 3-seed Florida State in Boston, Mass., in the Sweet 16. The Bearcats, one of four teams from the state of Ohio to advance to the tournament’s third round, is scheduled to tip their game against the Seminoles Sunday at 9:40 p.m., in Nashville, Tenn. In the early moments, OSU’s scoring came via the 3-point shot, with Sullinger hitting each of his first attempts while Buford nailed his first. Craft hit another 3-pointer to help OSU tie the game, 12-12.  OSU fell behind in a back-and-forth affair and trailed Gonzaga, 24-20, 10:12 into the game. The Bulldogs put their size to use and owned the paint, collecting four offensive rebounds to that point and outscoring OSU, 14-2.  Sacre laid a basket home as he was fouled with 7:58 to play. He converted the free-throw to make the score 27-20. Through his first 35 games of the season, Craft averaged nine points per game. Against Gonzaga, Craft matched his average by the 3:36 mark in the first half. The nine points were only good enough keep the Buckeyes’ deficit at 32-27.  A partisan CONSOL Energy Center crowd was backing the Buckeyes, and a surge late in the half by Thomas brought those fans to life. Thomas did all of his first-half scoring in the final 5:01 of the half, but the 12 points he deposited helped OSU claim a 37-37 tie. A lay-in by Craft in the closing seconds put the finishing touch on a 10-3 run that put the Buckeyes up, 39-37, heading into the locker room. Both teams shot a high percentage from the field by halftime – OSU shot 62 percent on 16-of-26 from the field while Gonzaga connected on 14-of-31 attempts for 45 percent.  Craft continued his offensive surge with six points before the first media timeout in the second half. Sullinger stole an in-bound pass and heaved the ball up-court to Craft who finished at the hoop and was fouled.  Craft hit the free-throw attempt to follow, putting OSU up, 46-39, with fewer than 16 minutes to play.  Sullinger was assessed his third foul with 14:43 to play, and was exchanged by Matta for junior forward Evan Ravenel. OSU’s offense was rolling with Sullinger, though. Thomas deposited a 3-pointer just before Sullinger’s exit from the game, and Buford hit one immediately after to put OSU up, 52-42. The lead was the biggest of the game for the Buckeyes to that point, and Gonzaga coach Mark Few called a timeout as fans donning Scarlet and Gray rose to their feet.  To that point, OSU had shot 47 percent from 3-point territory, connecting on 8-of-17 attempts.  Then OSU went cold.  Gonzaga cut into the lead by the 7:24 mark of the second half, and trailed, 58-54. After moving to within four points, Sacre, who finished with eight points, came back on defense and called Bulldogs fans to make noise.  Minutes later, Gonzaga pulled to within two points and forced Matta to call a timeout with 5:48 to play. By the 3:58 mark, the game was tied. Neutral fans in the crowd turned and began to support the mid-major program from Spokane, Wash., which posted 25 wins in the regular season and West Coast Conference Tournament. The Bulldogs also dismantled West Virginia on Thursday, 77-54, to advance to the third round.  Then OSU turned to Sullinger to ice the game.  Sullinger’s six points, plus the free-throws from Buford, Thomas and Smith, finally put the game out of reach and sent the Buckeyes through to the next round of the tournament.  Start time for OSU’s Thursday game in Boston has not been announced. read more

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