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Blanket Coverage – Episode 120 (TCU upsets WVU, NBA injuries, XFL Week 3)

first_imgJack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ + posts Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Twitter TCU News Now 4/28/2021 Facebook Jack is a junior journalism major and studio art minor from Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys everything sports and co-runs the Blanket Coverage podcast as well as photographs for TCU360. Jack Wallace Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ TAGSball don’t lieblanket coveragecbbXFL 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC East 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West Linkedin ReddIt Facebook Linkedin Previous articleHoroscope: February 28, 2020Next articleMamba Mentality: Nembhard looks to take game, TCU to new heights as he mimics late idol Jack Wallace RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter printIn this week’s episode, Jack and Noah dive into late-season college basketball talk, including TCU’s upset win over West Virginia, Florida State surging to the top of the ACC, and San Diego State’s unbeaten streak break. In NBA talk, we look over new injuries in Ben Simmons and Brandon Clarke while Jayson Tatum breaks out. We finish with an XFL Week 3 recap and Week 4 preview. Tune in next week for our college basketball conference championships preview and more NFL Exit Interviews! ReddIt 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC Westlast_img read more

News from the world of wine

first_imgWine Opus Do you want to drink good wine, but don’t know what to buy? Do you know what you like, but want to explore new horizons?The Wine Opus harnesses the talent and opinions of a new generation of young wine writers to help you choose the best wines. Over 30 specialists have selected the 4,000 best wineries in the world and their trophy wines. Read their recommendations, from the Rhône to Rioja, from Napa to New Zealand, and from the Mosel to Mendoza in Argentina, and you will never buy bad wine again.If you enjoy drinking good wine, The Wine Opus gives you the names you need to know and introduces you to the new world of wine. Published by DK publishing house, the Wine Opus will be available from good book stores in September. NZ region feels the pinchREPORTS have filtered through the world of wine that several wineries based in New Zealand’s Marlborough have gone into receivership, with indications that more may follow.Earlier this month, Decanter reported that Cape Campbell Wines and its affiliate companies, Brown Sorensen Vineyards and the Brown Family Trust, went into voluntary receivership, owing creditors millions of dollars.The wine news publishers said that PricewaterhouseCoopers, which has been appointed to manage Cape Campbell’s assets, said the three entities had liabilities totalling between $10m and $12m. He said he was unsure whether the company would continue to trade or be liquidated.Last month, Awatere Vineyard Estates, a large contract grower owned by Auckland-based Barry Sutton, was put into receivership in addition to the Marlborough wine company Gravitas.David Cox, European director of the New Zealand Wine Growers Association, said that growers had been hit hardest by the strong New Zealand dollar.“For some (not all) of those wineries who are exporting Sauvignon Blanc, this has been compounded by the oversupply of Sauvignon Blanc from the large 2008 and 2009 vintages which has had an adverse effect on some export prices”, he added.He added that “the 2010 vintage has come in at a reduced tonnage (263,000 tonnes versus 285,000 tonnes in 2009) and yields were down.“As a result, export prices have already started to rise to more profitable levels and the requirement to deplete excess stock is diminishing quickly.” Wine Kiosks IN OTHER wine world news, Decanter reports that for the first time in the US, Pennsylvania shoppers are buying wine from automated wine kiosks.The kiosks, two of which have been installed in the town of Harrisburg, hold up to 53 different wines under temperature-controlled conditions. With some of the most stringent alcohol purchasing laws in the US, Pennsylvania authorities require that the kiosks verify customer age before purchase. Customers must insert their ID to prove their age and a built-in breathalyser takes instant readings. Until now in Pennsylvania, alcohol has been sold in state-owned wine and spirits shops under the authority of the state’s liquor control board, but kiosks will be installed in regular supermarkets for customer convenience. Advertisement WhatsApp Email This week there’s news of a top tipples, wine kiosks, books and the struggle one wine region faces.Château ReyssonSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE game season is set to kick off in a few weeks and what better things to pair only great food with great wine and Bordeaux wine producer Dourthe produces an ideal match from its Château Reysson estate in the Haut-Médoc using equal amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The magnificent 2005 vintage from this property punches well above its Crus Bourgeois status at a very affordable price.Heady aromas of juicy blackberries and cedar on the nose are complemented with spicy, black cherry flavours on the palate. A silky texture and rich earthy flavours find a perfect partner in game, and grouse in particular.2005 Château Reysson is currently available at Tesco at circa €15.99 a bottle Facebook NewsNews from the world of wineBy admin – July 22, 2010 444 Linkedin Print Previous articleExotic catering for parties at homeNext articleArts news in brief July 24 admin Twitterlast_img read more

Seeing promise, and limits, in embryo edit

first_imgThe announcement by Oregon Health & Science University that scientists there had edited the genes of human embryos to remove the cause of a deadly disease has raised the prospect of a powerful new tool for physicians — as well as fears of a Pandora’s Box that could lead to “designer babies” and humans engineered for desirable traits such as strength or intelligence. Robert Truog is the Frances Glessner Lee Professor of Medical Ethics, Anaesthesiology, and Pediatrics, and the director of Harvard Medical School’s Center for Bioethics. In a Gazette Q&A he shared his thoughts on the debate the breakthrough set off. GAZETTE: Researchers said they cured a relatively common and potentially deadly genetic disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Why is this not uniformly good news? What’s the big fear?TRUOG: Many people believe that there’s something sacred about the human genome and messing with it feels like playing God. In their view, we shouldn’t be interfering with the natural order of things. These are serious concerns and they definitely need to be addressed. But the idea that we could choose not to do this, I think, is impossible. If we were to decide not to pursue human genome editing in the United States, it would still take place everywhere else in the world.We have an opportunity here for a leadership role — to show how, with good oversight, we can do research in controversial areas in ways that are careful, well-considered, and cautious. The National Academy of Sciences’ report captured this extremely well. They did not recommend a prohibition on human genome editing, but they did stipulate a number of considerations that needed to go into any proposals about doing this kind of work.GAZETTE: What were the most important of those considerations, to your mind?TRUOG: One is that it concern only severe and life-threatening diseases, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which the Oregon researchers were looking at. We’re not looking at “enhancements” here, we’re not looking at how to make normal people better, we’re looking at those rare situations where the genes really are life-threatening. If you have one of these genes, you’re likely going to die. And the work right now is focusing on that small set of conditions where that’s true.Another one of the conditions that the National Academy of Sciences placed is that there be no alternatives. And for most couples who are considering having a child and where they carry one of these life-threatening genes, we have preimplantation genetic diagnosis, or PGD, which is a really good alternative. Since that’s a well-developed technology with a good safety record, that would be something that would be considered first.It would only be for a really small number of couples who wanted to have a genetically-related child who were incapable of producing disease-free embryos that this kind of technology would make any sense. This isn’t about “designer babies.” This is about offering a very small number of couples their only chance to have a baby that is genetically connected to them that doesn’t have a lethal condition.GAZETTE: Is this analogous to the ethical concerns raised with in vitro fertilization back when that infertility treatment first arose? Is this the beginning of a societal discussion that we need to have?TRUOG: Yes, I think that’s actually a very good analogy. There were many concerns raised around IVF and test-tube babies when that was developed, and I think we had a good societal discussion about it. While issues certainly remain, I think that has become a fairly accepted method for couples who can’t otherwise have a child to be able to have a genetically-related offspring.GAZETTE: Are you troubled at all by the fact that, should a couple have a genetically engineered child, that change would then be passed on generation after generation?TRUOG: It’s hard to imagine an objection to the fact that a non-diseased gene would be passed to the next generation. I think the concerns would be more about off-target changes in the person that may not even be recognized that could then be passed on to future generations. I think that this is a concern and I know that a lot of the research will focus very much on the rates of off-target effects and how to control them and how to assure that they’re within acceptable limits.That being said, there’s — in nature — all sorts of alterations to the genome made from one generation to the next that we have no control over, we can’t predict. The fact that, in this case, we would be creating these alterations gives us a certain responsibility for monitoring them and being careful, but it’s not that unexpected changes in the genome don’t occur quite regularly.GAZETTE: Do you have any particular concerns or were you troubled at all by this research?TRUOG: I’m really pleased to see this proceeding in a very controlled, thoughtful way. I think my concerns would be twofold. One, that rogue scientists in another country would begin to develop this in ways that we would agree are not socially acceptable. For example, moving quickly into enhancement-type technologies. That’s another reason why we in the United States would be foolish to put our heads in the sand. We need to take a leadership role here and be a model for the rest of the world.Number two is what happened with a lot of the stem cell research, which is where irresponsible clinicians hang out a shingle and make ridiculous and unsubstantiated claims about diseases that they can treat and, in a sense, lure vulnerable patients and perhaps couples into getting therapy that could potentially be quite dangerous.last_img read more

Volunteer Center gives collects clothes for charity

first_imgThe Volunteer Center is partnering with the Salvation Army to collect clothes for donation during their “Clothes for Cupcakes” charity event.Giving back · Tiffany Chu, a junior majoring in gerontology, receives a cupcake from Cindy Le, the lead coordinator of “Clothes for Cupcakes,” for donating a t-shirt on Trousdale Parkway on Thursday. – Austin Vogel | Daily TrojanThe Volunteer Center is working specifically in conjunction with a special branch of the Salvation Army called the Haven, a group at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Healthcare Center that specializes in veteran rehabilitation and reintegration. The Haven also provides individualized job search and training opportunities to homeless veterans looking for employment.At the end of the Haven’s job training program, the veterans receive a set of interview clothes and a wallet or purse with a small amount of money inside. Students are encouraged to donate dress shirts, pants and blazers to be given to veterans. All other clothing donations will be put with the general Salvation Army inventory.Students who make donations by Thursday received a ticket redeemable for a free cupcake from Sprinkles Cupcakes or Big Man Cakes on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Tommy Trojan.Free 21 Choices frozen yogurt gift cards will be given to students who contribute donations after Thursday.Joenique Rose, program manager at the Volunteer Center, said the clothing drive is also a way of giving back to the community for the holiday season.“With the holidays coming, we thought it would be great for USC students to donate any kind of warm clothes, like sweaters and jackets, although any and all items are very much appreciated,” she said.Rose also said the premise of giving free cupcakes in exchange for clothing donations gives students another reason to participate.“Everyone likes a little incentive, so we’re hoping that the cupcakes and gift cards will get more students to participate because this whole event is really just trying to get as many donations as we can for the Salvation Army,” Rose said.Cindy Le, lead coordinator of the project, was excited to bring a clothing drive to USC’s campus.“We wanted to show them how easy it is to make a difference and to introduce students to the various nonprofit organizations that USC works with,” she said.Le explained why a clothing drive is a good method of getting students involved in giving back to the community.“I remember last year packing up all my clothes that I didn’t want and I’m sure other people felt the same,” Le said. “We figured this was something that was really easy for college students to do while addressing a really great cause at the same time.”Le also said the donation process is a learning opportunity for USC students to find out more about the surrounding community.“When students come to give donations, we tell them about the Haven and what they do for the community and give a little presentation about the homelessness issue in Los Angeles,” Le said.Shayna Lurey, a sophomore majoring in business administration, said she supports the charity drive and is planning on making a donation this week.“I think it’s really important as students who are part of a relatively wealthy campus to realize that we’re so fortunate compared to others,” Lurey said. “I think this clothing drive should remind us that we need to give back to our community and those who don’t have nearly as much as we do.”Michael Harper, a sophomore majoring in popular music, said he thinks USC should continue these charity efforts in the future.“I really hope this isn’t just a one-time event because it’s easy to just host one charity drive and think that you really made a difference,” he said. “It needs to be an ongoing effort from everyone on campus.”last_img read more

Trustly Live: Bringing instant cashless payments to land-based gaming

first_img Svenska Spel delivers major venue upgrade by going cashless with IGTPay  May 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Land-based casinos can now offer cashless payments for casino chips in under a minute through Trustly Live, a brand new solution for land-based operators launched at this week’s Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas. We spoke to Samuel Barrett, Trustly’s Director of Gaming, to find out more. SBC Can you give us a brief bit of history behind the development of Trustly Live?SB: At Trustly, we have — for more than a decade now — been developing innovative products that make it fast, simple and secure to pay online.Still, despite its significant size, the online sector is some way short of its land-based counterpart for total revenues. It is this scale of opportunity, combined with increased levels of consolidation and a slowdown of new gaming licences issued on the online side, that has inspired our own interest in the land-based gaming business. The result is Trustly Live, our brand new solution bringing instant cashless payments to land-based gaming.SBC: Can you walk us through the process of depositing through Trustly Live?SB: When you pull out your mobile phone, you open your camera and hold it over a static QR code; this could be on a casino membership card, cashier desk or even printed on to the blackjack or roulette table. This then launches the browser on your phone, where you are asked to log into your online bank via a secure connection and complete a deposit using Trustly’s standard flow. At this point, you generate your own code, which effectively becomes your voucher for the casino chips.You then tell the croupier or cashier that you’ve made a deposit and they will ask you to confirm your code and deposit amount, before giving you the chips. All of this can be done in under a minute.It’s important to note that when the croupier or cashier clicks on your name to check your deposit, they will be able to see all your relevant KYC information. They will even see a ‘red flag’ if you have self-excluded from gambling and return your money instantly. It’s just as simple when it comes to withdrawals, too. Confirm your code, one click and your winnings are back in your account, with no payout limits. No app and no credit cards, either; all you need is your mobile phone and access to your online bank.SBC: Why is now the right time to make your move in the land-based gaming space?SB: Increasingly, consumers are using less cash in their everyday lives, and Trustly Live is our innovation to help land-based operators keep up with this changing consumer behaviour. On top of that, it helps the industry move towards a more omnichannel experience in which players move seamlessly from offline to online or vice versa.Up until now, much of the focus has been on e-wallets. The issue is, though, once you have spent all the money in your wallet, you still have to go through the process of topping up.This is where Trustly Live comes in; it lets players make instant deposits and withdrawals directly from their online bank account in a land-based establishment, meaning they don’t need to constantly top up accounts, carry wads of cash, or play on credit. For operators, our cashless solution limits anti-money laundering (AML) risk, improves compliance with KYC regulations and delivers an omnichannel view of each player for the operator.SBC: Are there any companies that have tried something similar?SB: One of the most prominent examples is International Game Technology (IGT) launching its bluetooth-driven Cardless Connect technology, which allows players to tap their smartphones on a slot machine card reader. The phone then connects the player just as a physical loyalty card would. The Trustly solution takes this further by removing the need to download an app, and by extending the QR code technology across the whole casino floor.SBC: What are the key advantages of going ‘cashless’ for the casino?SB: Credit cards, debit cards, e-wallets, invoices and cash-on-delivery are all middlemen levying fees, debt and interest for the simple task of moving money from one person to another. For example, cash handling, which should be a free commodity to receive, can typically cost up to 5% for a business. Trustly Live, by contrast, takes away these ‘middlemen,’ easing the hit on the casino’s bottom line. It also gives them money that is digitally tracked and from a clear source of funds so no illegal cash flow can be laundered through the casino. SBC: How can you use your existing relationships to strike the right deals?SB: We are approaching this more as an exciting way to extend our client pool and reach even more markets. But, obviously, if we’ve done a good job online, our payment methods will be more easily adopted for the offline environment. We have seen this with partnerships like Cherry who work with us across Sweden in online and land-based. It’s also true that in many markets, you need a land-based presence to get an online licence. So there is a clear cross-sell opportunity for us given the success of our online products.An example of a new partnership we’ve done on the offline side is with CountR, one of the leading developers for cash handling and cash management for casinos worldwide.We have, therefore, developed a second QR code for the deposit process detailed above — one for the tables and cash desk and the other for gaming machines in the casino. The only difference is that the machine itself uses the individual code provided by the player to pull up the relevant KYC checks before authorising the funds. By integrating with TITO and CRT Terminals we can give players the opportunity to fund slots machines digitally.SBC: Finally, how easy is the integration process for the casino?SB: The beauty of this is that no real integration is required from a technical perspective. All that the operator needs is an app from Trustly to access the code details/KYC checks to verify a player’s source of funds.Trustly Live also has less concerns from a responsible gambling point of view, given the reduced AML risk, the connection to self-exclusion registries and the tools to send unclaimed money back after 20 hours, in case a player has generated a code but has not been into the casino. Although this is fairly low tech when it comes to integration, the real work from the operator will be in the implementation across their current processes and policies to ensure they can maximise the great features the product delivers.If you’re interested in learning how your casino can go cashless with Trustly Live, don’t hesitate to reach out! Share Submit Related Articles IGT sanctions capped $300m senior debt note sale June 9, 2020 Share Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020last_img read more