FILE - This Aug. 10, 2001 file photo, shows the exterior of stem cell research leader Geron Corporation, a biotechnology firm, in Melo Park, Calif. Geron Corp., a pioneer in stem cell research that has been testing a spinal cord injury treatment, said late Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, that it's halting development of its stem cell programs to conserve funds. It is seeking partners to take on the programs' assets and is laying off much of its staff. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)Washington (AP) ― Geron Corp. is exiting the field it pioneered in a calculated business move that underscores the long, costly path embryonic stem cells face to become real-world products.Late Monday, the company said it would halt its study of a stem cell-based treatment for spinal cord injury, the first embryonic stem cell trial approved in the U.S.Geron's withdrawal leaves a handful of U.S. companies pursuing medicines using embryonic stem cells, which are capable of morphing into any of the more than 220 cell types in the human body. Scientists hope that one day stem cells might be used to replace or repair damaged tissue from Customized Jerseys ailments such as heart disease, Parkinson's and stroke.The Menlo, Park-Calif., company had long been viewed as the undisputed leader in stem cell therapies, thanks to patents on technology used to grow, manipulate and inject stem cells into the human body. The company helped finance researchers at the University of Wisconsin who first isolated human embryonic stem cells in 1998, allowing the cells to be grown in the laboratory.Experts say Geron's departure is more a symbolic setback than a real one, since the vast majority of work in the field will continue to be funded by government and academic institutions.Geron said it still believes in stem cells potential and the company is seeking a partner or buyer for its stem cells division.Despite the promise, the payoff from stem cell research was too far. Geron has no products on the market. The Football Jersey Cheap company decided to abandon its stem cell program after acknowledging it could make Authentic Jerseys more money completing two experimental cancer drugs. The company only just began testing its stem cell treatment last year after a decade of research, and it could have been a decade more before federal regulators approved it for general use. By contrast, the company could win speedy approval for its cancer therapies within a few years.Experts say stem cell companies face particular challenges in the current economic climate, when investors want to see a fast turn-around from experimental therapies and marketable products.Geron's stock price fell 45 cents, or 20 percent, to close at $1.75 Tuesday. The company's shares have steadily declined since mid-2004 amid regulatory and funding challenges for the stem cells space. Companies in the field have consistently underperformed the broader Standard and Poor's 500 index of companies.Joseph Pantginis, an analyst with Roth Capital Partners, said it would have taken five to ten years before Geron's lead stem cell product reached the market."This is still very much a fledgling space and some people would even consider stem cells to be a science experiment, Cheap Football Jersey so there's still a long way to go," said Joseph Pantginis, an analyst with Roth Capital Partners.University of Wisconsin professor Alta Charo said Geron's move "may suggest that a different business model is needed, one with a longer timeline for return on investment."Charo is a professor of bioethics and helped draft the National Academies guidelines for stem cell research.Last year Geron launched the first U.S. study of a stem cell treatment in humans: an injection of 2 million stem cells designed to repair spinal cord injury.But late Monday the company the high costs and commercial uncertainties of stem cell research forced it to close the study and instead focus on the more lucrative, predictable market for cancer therapies.CEO Dr. John Scarlett told investors and analysts Tuesday morning that focusing on cancer drugs would allow the company to make more money in a shorter period of time, particularly when "big pharma and big biotech companies are increasingly hungry for first-in-class cancer programs."He stressed that the company's study has not encountered any problems and that Geron hopes another company will acquire and continue its work."I hope that we're not letting anybody down. And we genuinely believe that the program itself has a future and Boston Bruins Jerseys we'll be looking to find a suitable home for it," Scarlett said.Analysts say Geron's stem cell business could be acquired by Alameda, Calif.-based BioTime, a company founded by former Geron scientists. Other potential acquirers could include larger pharmaceutical companies like Celgene Corp., Pfizer Inc. and Teva Pharmaceuticals, which have dabbled in stem cells without making major investments.Analysts said the company's decision reflects the challenges confronting all cash-strapped biotech and Nike Football Jersey drug developers during the economic downturn, when venture capital has all but dried up."This was a classic business school calculation: you have two blockbuster programs but only enough money for one, so you choose the one that is further along," said Steve Brozak, president of WBB Securities.Geron is in mid-stage testing of two experimental cancer drugs, whereas its stem cell study was in preliminary safety testing and only included four patients.There are currently no embryonic stem cell-based therapies on the market and only Marborough, Mass-based Advanced Cell Technology has FDA approval to test a product. The company had just $14 million in cash at the end of the third quarter. By contrast, Geron completed the period with over $180 million on hand.For now the vast majority of stem cell research will continue to be funded by state and federal governments. In the last fiscal year the National Institutes of Health designated over $164 million in funding for embryonic stem cell research, up from $141 million the year before.(Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)Featured Video Horrors! It's Gov't 'Regulated Activity'Scary! Leno Tougher on How President 'Lied' About ObamaCare Than NBC ReportersOTJ: Priest Has Mass Blocked by U.S. Government E-Brief 相关的主题文章:
LONDON (AP) ― Protesters disrupted a performance Authentic Football Jerseys by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in one of Britain's most venerable concert series and forced the BBC to pull the concert off the air, the broadcaster said Thursday.Pro-Palestinian group The Palestine Solidarity Campaign had called for the BBC to cancel the concert and urged people to boycott the event in protest.The orchestra was due to perform at London's Royal Albert Hall on Thursday as Team Canada Hockey Jersey part of BBC Proms, an annual Replica Jerseys summer concert series dating back to 1941 broadcast live on the radio.Shouting and booing erupted just as conductor Zubin Mehta was about to lead the orchestra in Bruch's violin concerto."We regret that as a result of sustained audience disruption within the concert hall which affected the ability to hear China Jerseys the music, tonight's Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Prom was taken off air," the BBC said in a statement.It said Michigan Football Jersey protesters interrupted the concert four times and that 30 people were removed by secruity throughout the event.The BBC said that extra security ― including bag searches ― Cheap Jerseys From China had been put in place in anticipation of protests. (Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)Featured Video Horrors! It's Gov't 'Regulated Activity'Scary! Leno Tougher on How President 'Lied' About ObamaCare Than NBC ReportersOTJ: Priest Has Mass Blocked by U.S. Government E-Brief 相关的主题文章:
CAIRO (AP) ― An Egyptian court has sentenced a steel magnate who was one of the top insiders from the ousted regime of Hosni Mubarak to 10 years in prison on corruption charges.Ahmed Ezz, once a leading figure in the former ruling party, was sentenced Thursday along with former government official Amr Assal. The two were fined a total of $110 million dollars.Ezz appeared in court wearing a NHL Hockey prison uniform behind a defendants' cage. He is allowed to appeal the case.Former Trade Minister Rachid Mohammed Rachid, who remains at large, was sentenced to Oregon Football Jersey 15 years in jail and ordered to pay a 237 million dollar fine for approving production licenses to Ezz without auctioning them publicly first. (Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, Replica Jerseys or redistributed.)Featured Video Horrors! It's Gov't 'Regulated Activity'Scary! Leno Make A Football Jersey Tougher on How President 'Lied' About ObamaCare Football Jerseys Youth Than NBC ReportersOTJ: Priest Hockey T Shirts Has Mass Blocked by U.S. Government E-Brief 相关的主题文章:
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) ― Four officers who have not been charged in the killing of a 37-year-old mentally ill Michigan Football Jersey homeless man will remain on paid leave from the Fullerton Police Department pending two other investigations.Chief Kevin Hamilton said Wednesday the four officers would remain on leave as the FBI conducts a civil Cheap Jerseys For Sale rights investigation and the Police Department does an internal probe.Two of their colleagues, Officer Manuel Ramos and Cpl. Jay Cicinelli, were charged Wednesday in the death of Kelly Thomas China Jerseys after his violent arrest. (Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All Team Canada Hockey Jersey Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or Build A Football Jersey redistributed.)Featured Video Horrors! It's Gov't 'Regulated Create Football Jerseys Activity'Scary! Leno Tougher on How President 'Lied' About ObamaCare Than NBC ReportersOTJ: Priest Has Mass Blocked by U.S. Government E-Brief 相关的主题文章:
LONDON (AP) ― Rupert Murdoch's former right-hand man Sports Gear will be grilled by British lawmakers on how much he knew about the phone hacking scandal, lawmakers said Tuesday.Parliament's media committee, which is investigating the scandal, said that former Wall Street Journal publisher and top Murdoch aide Les Hinton would testify via video link on Oct. 24.The announcement was made in a brief scheduling note emailed to journalists and didn't include any details about what the hearing's agenda would be. But Hinton has emerged as a central figure in the scandal, which has damaged Murdoch's international media empire and convulsed the world of British journalism.Hinton was executive chairman of News International, the U.K. Softball Jerseys newspaper division of News Corp., while illegal behavior was allegedly rife at the News of the World, the division's flagship Sunday tabloid.Hinton testified NHL Jerseys For Sale in 2007 and 2009 that he had Cheap NHL Jersey not seen any evidence that the hacking had spread beyond one reporter, but documentary evidence and testimony from other former executives have since cast doubt on his claims.Hinton worked with Murdoch for more than half a century before he resigned in the Soccer Uniforms wake of the scandal. His closeness to his former boss ― Murdoch said in July that he would trust Hinton "with my life" ― means that his appearance will receive particularly close scrutiny. Cheap Authentic NHL Jerseys (Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)Featured Video Horrors! It's Gov't 'Regulated Activity'Scary! Leno Tougher on How President 'Lied' About ObamaCare Than NBC ReportersOTJ: Priest Has Mass Blocked by U.S. Government E-Brief 相关的主题文章:
FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2010, file photo, Philadelphia Flyers' Jody Shelley, left, and New York Rangers' Derek Boogaard fight during an NHL hockey game in Philadelphia. Boogaard, at age NHL Clothing 28, died on Friday. Boogaard signed with the Rangers as a free agent in July,2010 appearing in 22 games last season, registering one goal and one assist. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) ― It may be weeks before authorities know exactly how and why New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard died, although foul play was not immediately suspected.The 28-year-old player was found dead Friday in his Minneapolis apartment. Few details were available, but the news rippled across the NHL, where the 6-foot-7 Boogaard was a fan favorite and one of the game's most feared fighters. He missed most of last season because of a concussion and shoulder injury from a fight."I don't think we have any answers as to what happened or why it happened," Ron Salcer, Boogaard's agent, said Saturday.Authorities received a report of a man not breathing shortly before 6:15 p.m. Friday, Minneapolis police Sgt. William Palmer said. Minneapolis fire officials were the first to arrive and determined he was dead.Palmer said authorities do not suspect foul play at this point, but the police department's homicide unit and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office are investigating. Palmer said the medical examiner will decide the cause of death.An autopsy was being conducted Saturday, but county spokeswoman Carol Allis said results probably will not be released for at least two weeks.She said in cases with no obvious signs of physical trauma or an obvious immediate cause of death, it takes time to receive results of laboratory tests. Allis said the medical examiner's office doesn't anticipate releasing preliminary autopsy findings until all results are in.The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on its website Saturday night that Boogaard's family has agreed to donate his brain to Boston University researchers who are studying brain disease in athletes.Findings released earlier this year by Boston University revealed that former enforcer Bob Probert suffered from the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Probert died of a heart attack last July at age 45. Reggie Fleming, a 1960s enforcer who played before helmets became mandatory, also had CTE.A moment of silence was observed for Boogaard in Boston before the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Bruins 5-2 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals."The news that we have lost someone so young and so strong leaves everyone in the National Hockey League stunned and saddened," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "The NHL family sends its deepest condolences to all who knew and loved Derek Boogaard, to those who played and worked with him and to everyone who enjoyed watching him compete."Marian Gaborik was Boogaard's teammate on both the Rangers and the Minnesota Wild, and benefited greatly by the protection the hulking forward provided for him as he fueled the offense."It was devastating news," Gaborik said from Slovakia. "I played with Boogey for a long time in Minny and then in New York. He was a great guy. We got along together great. We helped each other out on the ice and off the ice. We were very close. I tried to help him along in New York, and we had a very good relationship. It's just very sad.""He was one of the very best at what he did. Every team would have loved to have him, whether on the ice or off the ice as a great teammate."Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that Boogaard was "always joking and having fun.""Anytime anything happened or if you needed anything, Boogey was always there," he said. "He was always a pleasure to be around."Added Rangers forward Brandon Prust on Twitter: "At a loss for words. I'll miss my roomy Derek Boogaard. You will be missed by everyone. Great friend and teammate."Prust was still dealing with the shock on Saturday."It keeps hitting me off and on all Youth NFL Jerseys day as I'm driving," Prust said. "Though he was a fighter on the ice, he was definitely a gentle giant off the ice. He was just a real good guy, a team guy all the way. I've been looking at some of the silly pictures I have from when we were roommates and it just hits me what a good guy he was. I still can't believe I am referring to him in the past tense."Fans, meanwhile, flocked online to express their sadness. For years, fans have been going to YouTube to watch "The Boogeyman" do battle.His final game was Dec. 9 at Ottawa when he fought Matt Carkner and sustained a concussion and shoulder injury. That was the 70th fight of his NHL career, and by midday Saturday more than 80,000 people had watched replays of that fight on YouTube.Boogaard signed a four-year, $6.5 million deal with the Rangers in July and appeared in 22 games last season. He had a goal and an assist to go with 45 penalty minutes.Boogaard was out for the last 52 games of the regular season because of his injuries and did not play in the playoffs. He didn't skate again until about three months after the concussion. He was sent home to Minnesota late in the season to work on conditioning.Gaborik said he recently spoke to Boogaard, who had his sights set on making a full recovery and Authentic Nfl Jerseys Cheap having a much better second season with the Rangers."We had a lot of good times together," Gaborik said. "He was a really easygoing guy, really caring. We talked pretty much about everything. He's just the type guy who would be there for you whenever you needed him."We were in touch a lot. He Nfl Jerseys Cheap was focusing on coming back, training every day. He was really looking forward to coming back in great shape and prove that he's the best at what he does. He was really looking forward to that. He was always so positive and optimistic."In several player polls, Boogaard was voted as the league's most intimidating player. When the Rangers signed him last summer, general manager Glen Sather said the decision was made because Boogaard was "the biggest and toughest."He had seven fights with the Rangers. His lone goal of the season came at home against Women NFL Jerseys Washington on Nov. 9. That ended a drought of 234 games without a goal, dating to Jan. 7, 2006. It was the longest such streak in the league.Boogaard began his NHL career with Minnesota and appeared in 255 games with the Wild from 2005-10. He missed four games with the Wild because of a concussion. With Minnesota and the Rangers over six seasons, he had three goals and 13 assists and 589 penalty minutes."I received a phone call last night at 1:00 a.m. from my son, Connor, who is a freshman in college," Wild owner Craig Leipold said in a statement. "Connor interned for the Wild last year, and his favorite person (not just player) was Derek. You could hear in his voice just how affected he was, since he had just learned of Derek's passing."He had a lot of Womens NFL Jerseys questions, and I had no answers."That feeling was shared by many, including Minnesota center Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who played with Boogaard for five years."Every player on our team felt a little bit more safe with him on the ice with us," Bouchard said in a phone interview. "He was really tough on the ice, but outside the ice he was a great guy."Wild media relations coordinator Ryan Stanzel first met Boogaard when he was working the ECHL and Boogaard was assigned to Lafayette, La., in 2002."I remember the first day he was on the ice, he was larger than life," Stanzel said. "He was so much bigger than everybody in that league. He certainly wasn't the best skater in the world, but he worked 45 minutes to an hour every day after practice with the coaches on his footwork."San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan coached Boogaard for two years in the minors in Houston."He was a lovable guy that everybody liked," McLellan said. "Obviously mean and nasty on the ice. He'll be sorely missed."Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Boogaard was drafted by Minnesota in 2001 in the seventh round, the 202nd choice. He drew notice in 2007 when he and brother Aaron ran a hockey-fighting class in Saskatchewan. Some voiced concern about such a camp. Boogaard insisted he wasn't teaching kids how to hurt each other, but rather how to protect themselves so they don't get hurt on the ice.This is the second death of a player in the Rangers organization in the past three years. Alexei Cherepanov, drafted in 2007 but never signed by New York, died at 19 in Chekhov, Russia, in 2008, after collapsing on the bench during a game.Roman Lyashenko, who briefly played with the Rangers several years ago, was found dead in a hotel in Turkey in 2003. His death was believed to be a suicide.___AP Hockey Writer Ira Podell in New York and AP Sports Writers Josh Dubow in San Jose, Calif., and Colin Fly in Milwaukee contributed to this report. (Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)Featured Video Best of The Week 11/1/13Melissa Joan Hart: 'All of the Sudden I was the Devil' for Romney/Ryan VoteBizarro World: Ed Schultz Slams Journalists for Being Too Negative on ObamaCare E-Brief 相关的主题文章:
President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the monthly jobs report, Friday, July 8, 2011, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) ― Immersed in an intense struggle to cut the national debt, President Barack Obama faces a dilemma that will stay with him even if he succeeds in striking a grand deal with Congress: convincing Americans that the entire effort will do anything to create desperately needed jobs.Obama ties deficit reduction to jobs, on the basis that trying to balance the nation's books will promote economic stability and give businesses more confidence to hire. But that's a tough sell to the millions of Peyton Manning Jerseys Americans out of work right now. And the communications problem just got harder.The latest snapshot of the economy, out Friday, was a body blow that showed employers added a meager 18,000 jobs in June. Peyton Manning Jersey The leaders of the country, meanwhile, are consumed with negotiating a major debt-reduction deal built upon cutting spending and raising taxes. It is not directly aimed at boosting jobs.Obama's challenge is to link all this in meaningful terms and to get faster results. At stake are the country's economic recovery and his re-election chances.The debt is the urgent problem for Obama and a divided Congress because they have no choice. Reaching a deal has become the key to winning Republican support for raising the nation's debt limit, a politically noxious vote that Congress must take by Aug. 2 to keep the nation from risking default for the first time ever."There's no question that this is a complex, almost impenetrable issue," said David Axelrod, a longtime Obama adviser and now a senior strategist to the president's re-election campaign. "It's not just the issue of the potential default, but it's the larger issue of what he's trying to get at, the opportunity of trying to do something big about the deficits and the debt. Big things are at stake, but they're hard to penetrate, so the process of dealing with them is painstaking."Republicans, too, face the challenge of explaining and defending how cutting debt will create jobs in the short term. They won control of the House last year in large part because of voter anxiety about government spending and jobs. But it is Obama who bears the largest burden, as any president does.In addressing the dismal jobs report, Obama made plain he knows what the country is thinking."The debate here in Washington's been dominated by issues of debt limit," Obama said. "But what matters most to Americans, and what matters to me most as president in the wake of the worst downturn in our lifetimes, is getting our economy on a sounder footing so the American people can have the security they deserve."As an imperative unto itself, deficit reduction is embraced by all parties as vital for stabilizing the nation and shrinking the debt passed on to the next generations. And a failure to extend the nation's borrowing limit could cause a kind of enormous economic breakdown that would only worsen the employment Philadelphia Eagles Jersey picture.Now under Polamalu Jersey deadline pressure, Obama and congressional leaders of both parties were to hold a rare weekend negotiation session on Sunday on a debt-cutting package that remains far from certain. It could cut the deficit by roughly $4 trillion over 10 years or so, which even by Washington spending standards would be considered a big deal.Yet it is joblessness itself that cuts to the heart of the American struggle. Obama said people "pour their guts out" when they write him letters about it.So he is pushing jobs ideas distinct from the debt talks. The president is prodding Congress to pass three pending trade deals, create construction jobs by repairing the nation's infrastructure, extend a payroll tax cut that could keep money in people's pockets, and make it easier for entrepreneurs to get patents.But the debt discussion is taking up Washington's bandwidth. And not everyone is so sure it will help speed job creation."Washington seems tone deaf," said Scott Paul, executive director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, a sector of the economy Obama has been actively promoting. "The metric for President Obama and congressional leaders must now be the number of jobs we create, rather than the amount of deficit reduction we see."The White House says the priority is both the deficit and jobs and that people understand that.A Pew Research Center poll in June found that more people favored cutting the deficit than spending to help the recovery. That mood varied widely, though, by political constituency. Independents, who will be key to Obama's bid for a second term, favored deficit cutting over economic spending by 54 percent to 39 percent."The key is making sure that Pittsburgh Steelers Apparel you're communicating the importance to the future of the country of dealing with our deficit, without slipping into inside-the-Beltway lingo," said Dan Pfeiffer, Obama's communications director. "If communicated incorrectly, it can feel removed from day-to-day life. On the other hand, there's an element of common sense to why this is important that I think people in Pink NFL Jerseys the country get that sometimes eludes folks in this town."The debt limit remains an obscurity to people. An Associated Press-GfK poll in June found more Americans opposed raising it than supported that idea.Obama has tried to make the case that calamity awaits without action by Congress."I want everybody to understand that this is a jobs issue," he pleaded in a news conference last week. "This is not an abstraction."The struggle has drawn Obama again into a reality of his job: time-eating negotiations with Congress on matters that resonate little with voters. After a bruising midterm election season last year, he conceded that meeting his White House responsibilities cost him some connection with the people.The president has since made a point to get out of town more regularly. Not this month, though. He is expected to keep meeting with congressional leaders at the White House until a deal can be reached, just as he did, day after day and night after night, earlier this year on a budget deal that prevented a government shutdown.Irrespective of the jobs element, Obama stands to gain if he emerges with a package that genuinely shrinks the debt in a way most Americans think is fair."What's fundamentally at stake here are economic issues. And barring any surprises, that's what the election will be about," said Robert Shapiro, a Columbia University professor who studies public opinion. "Getting out in front is something that would play well publicly, if things fare well. Taking the lead on the economy is probably a very good use of his time." (Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. 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FILE - In this Softball Uniforms May 10, 2011 file photo, Anthony Sowell appears in court in Cleveland. Jury selection begins Monday, June 6, 2011, in Sowell's murder trial. Sowell, a sex offender and ex-Marine, is charged with killing 11 women and hiding their remains in his home and backyard. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)CLEVELAND (AP) ― A convicted sex offender is going on trial in Cleveland on charges that he killed 11 women and hid their remains in his home and backyard.Jury selection is Cheap NHL Jersey to start Monday in the trial of 51-year-old Anthony Sowell (SOH'-wehl). He has pleaded not guilty and could face the death penalty if convicted.Police began pulling the remains of the women from the depths of his rundown white duplex in November 2009.Angry relatives contend police never bothered to look for their loved ones because they were addicted to drugs and lived in Softball Jerseys a poor and dangerous part of town. All the victims were black. Most were strangled with household objects.The Discount NHL Jerseys trial is expected NHL Jerseys For Sale to last several weeks (Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)Featured Video Sports Gear Best of The Week 11/1/13Melissa Joan Hart: 'All of the Sudden I was the Devil' for Romney/Ryan VoteBizarro World: Ed Schultz Slams Journalists for Being Too Negative on ObamaCare E-Brief 相关的主题文章:
Foreign and local climbers have recently scaled Afghanistan's highest mountain, indicating that some areas of the war-torn country are ready for a revival in international tourism, an expedition member said Sunday.The summit of 24,580-foot (7,492-meter) Mount Noshaq, located in the Wakhan Corridor of northeastern Afghanistan, was reached by a team on Aug. 4, said Anthony Soccer Jerseys Wholesale Simms of the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society. Foreign tourists are already visiting the region ― an oasis of peace Create Your Own NHL Jersey but which suffers grinding poverty ― and future climbing expeditions are likely."Mountaineering expeditions are particularly effective at putting money into the local economy ― they are not cheap undertakings," Simms said in an email to The Associated Press. "So through our expedition, we hope to see more mountaineers visit Wakhan, and in turn see more money going to the local people."Simms, the WCS's Afghanistan program technical adviser, said 200-250 tourists were now coming each year to Wakhan, an isolated panhandle of land connecting Afghanistan with China that has been closed off to the outside for decades as the country reeled from incessant warfare.WCS says other areas of Afghanistan, noted for its stunning mountain scenery, have opened up to domestic and foreign tourists. Among these regions is the central province of Bamiyan, home to Band-e-Amir, the country's first national park, as well as giant 1,500-year-old Buddha statues dynamited by the Taliban a decade ago.Last month, Bamiyan NHL Hockey Jerseys became Soccer Jerseys the first area of the country where NATO handed security control to Afghan forces."Despite the turmoil that continues in some parts of the country, Wakhan is just one of a number of areas in Afghanistan that are very safe from a security standpoint, and where tourism is already providing jobs and improved livelihoods for local people," Peter Zahler, deputy director of WCS's Asia program, said in a recent press release.Afghanistan was a major draw for international tourists before the invasion by Soviet Union troops in 1979. These included climbers in Wakhan, where the laying of land mines during the country's civil war in the 1990s further Custom NHL Jersey isolated the region, which is also home to snow leopards, Marco Polo sheep and other wildlife.Simms said the Noshaq expedition involved two Australians, including himself, two Afghan climbers and two Afghan support personnel. The mountain was first climbed in 1960 by a Japanese team."One of Soccer Jerseys Cheap the primary reasons for taking these guys was to train them to independently lead expeditions in the future," he said.In recent weeks, two tourist parties visited Noshaq, Simms said. A small Belgian group trekked to the mountain's base camp and a seven-person Polish team "should be summiting any day now, if all goes well," he said. (Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)Featured Video Best of The Week 11/1/13Melissa Joan Hart: 'All of the Sudden I was the Devil' for Romney/Ryan VoteBizarro World: Ed Schultz Slams Journalists for Being Too Negative on ObamaCare E-Brief 相关的主题文章:
BALTIMORE (AP) ― For years, William Hillar's tales about his exploits as an Army Green Beret and a puffed up resume helped him land jobs teaching counterterrorism and drug and human trafficking interdiction, but the scheme has now earned him 21 months in federal prison.Hillar, 66, of Millersville, pleaded guilty to wire fraud earlier this year and was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court. He must pay $170,000 in restitution to the law enforcement and first responder organizations and schools that hired him believing that he had spent 28 years in the U.S. Special Forces, reaching the rank of colonel.His scheme started to unravel when a skeptical veteran emailed members of the Special Forces community to see if anyone knew of Hillar, former Green Beret Jeff Hinton testified Tuesday. Hillar's story was suspicious because there were only a handful of colonels during the period Hillar claimed to have served, he said.Hinton, whose "Professional Soldiers" social networking site for Special Forces members has become a clearinghouse for people checking on possible fraudsters, filed Freedom of Information requests. When he learned that U.S. Special Operations Command had not heard of Hillar, he decided to expose him and warn the organizations that had hired him, he said."The training he was giving them would most likely put people at risk," he said. "Basically it's worthless."While Green Beret impostors are not uncommon, Hinton called Hillar the most prodigious fraud he has come across, noting that this case is the first he has seen result in jail time. Hillar's trading on a reputation that's "forged in blood" is reprehensible, dishonorable and disrespectful to those who have served and died, he said.Hiller was paid more than $170,000 by state and local organizations across the country and the federal government ― including the U.S. Jerseys Cheap Army at Aberdeen Proving Ground, FBI Command College and various local divisions of the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency, Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs ― to teach, lead seminars or speak since 1998, according to his plea agreement.Prosecutor Leo Wise argued for a China Jerseys prison term on the higher end of the sentencing guidelines, as a deterrent to others: 27 months. Hillar not only endangered first responders with worthless information, he also displaced qualified trainers, Wise said.Wise played a recording of Hillar's introduction at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in which Hillar tells the audience he was fortunate to be in the military for 28 years."I have been trained as a terrorist," he said, explaining that an American would consider him a freedom fighter, but to an enemy in the Balkans or elsewhere he would be a terrorist. He said he was an adviser in Laos during the Vietnam War, spent time in drug interdiction in central America, trained with U.S. Special Forces' British, German and Israeli counterparts and spent time training mujahedeen during the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, becoming an "adrenaline junkie.""I like the rush that you get, or at least that I get," he said. But he told the audience that his life came with a price: His morals were compromised and he ended up in counseling."The only thing true Cheap Jerseys For Sale about this is that he compromised his value system and his morality. The victims in this thought they were getting 'Black Hawk Build A Football Jersey Down,'" Wise said, referring to a book and movie depicting real-life experiences in the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia. "Instead they got 'Rambo' ― a fiction."Hillar told the judge he takes full responsibility, apologized and said he has had to admit to himself that he is a fraud. He told the judge that people just assumed that he had a background with Special Forces."I never denied it and after years I actually adopted it," he said. "I know that was wrong and I apologize. I didn't do it for the money and believe it Football Jersey For Women or not, I'm a patriot."Hillar also portrayed himself as a human trafficking expert whose daughter was kidnapped and killed by sex traffickers. He said the movie "Taken" was based on his search for his daughter. Monterey even held an essay contest with cash prizes in memory of the daughter, whom prosecutors said was not kidnapped and is alive.Public Defender Gary Christopher, who argued for a sentence of time served ― Hillar spent six weeks in a maximum security prison ― and probation, said Hillar was a teacher at heart and his teaching style involved storytelling."He just could not resist embroidering himself into those tales," Christopher told Quarles. "He needed to be the hero." (Copyright 2011 Authentic Football Jerseys Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. 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