Im here for Madrids first team – Vinicius

first_imgNew Real Madrid signing Vinicius Junior declares he is prepared to challenge for a first-team place at the club after signing from Flamengo.Madrid is ready to loan out the 18-year-old in order to help his first-team development, but the Brazilian insists this will not be necessary.“I have come to be a part of Madrid’s first team,” Vinicius told reporters on Friday via Football Espana.“I will play for the Castilla initially to adapt and then move as quickly as possible, I believe this move will help me become a much better player.“There will be a lot of pressure here of course but there was also plenty of pressure at Flamengo, so I must be able to adapt quickly and the aim is to win as much as possible.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I will need to learn a lot here and also make many sacrifices, but these values have been instilled in me from my family.“Neymar is my idol, I follow him really closely, it is the same for everyone in Brazil, he is someone to look up to and someone who has led the nation for the past few years.“I do not know if I am similar to him or not, or if I have the potential to be better, that is up for you guys (the press) to say.“I have come to Real Madrid to work hard and become an important player for this club.”last_img read more

Alex Rae believes Rangers have a chance of upsetting Celtic

first_imgFormer Rangers midfielder Alex Rae believes his old club have a fighting chance of beating Celtic to the Scottish Premiership title this season.Rae, who won the Premiership title with the Gers in 2005, admits he did not expect Steven Gerrard to mount a serious challenge for the title in his first season in charge at the Ibrox.“Even when Rangers were winning games in the first half of the season, Gerrard was still saying some performances weren’t good enough and they needed to do better,” said Rae, according to the Scotsman.“People were saying it was a massive gamble appointing him as manager but I always felt he would raise the bar.”Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“After they lost at Celtic Park in September, he said ‘judge us on 29 December’. That was a massive statement because he had to back it up. His team did that by beating Celtic at Ibrox. It has been impressive because I don’t think anyone would have foreseen it at the start of the season.”“At that stage, I felt second place was the best Rangers could hope for. But they are most certainly in with a fighting chance now. If they won it, it would be right up there with the most impressive things ever achieved at the club when you consider where Rangers have been in the last few years.”“Celtic are still the favourites and it’s important to keep it in context. They have a a run of home games after the break, which I think they will canter, while Rangers have tricky away games at Kilmarnock and Livingston. Celtic will come back refreshed, everyone will, and it makes for a fascinating second half of the season.”last_img read more

The Regional Response to Childhood Obesity Intensifies

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBridgetown, Barbados, 9th February 2017 –  Childhood obesity continues to be a serious public health concern in the Region. Statistics show that more than 30% of our Caribbean adolescents are overweight or obese, and risk developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases later in life. The economic burden of diabetes and hypertension alone is estimated at between 1.4% and 8% of GDP in the Caribbean, thus creating a significant drain on Caribbean economies, and threatening development prospects.Recognizing the critical need for leadership and cross sectoral action to address this health issue, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and with funding from CDB hosted a meeting to develop a road map to prevent childhood obesity through improved food and nutrition security.The opening ceremony took place earlier this week at the Barbados Yacht Club, and was marked by the presence of the Barbados Minister of Health, The Honourable John D. E. Boyce and other high level officials from regional institutions.In his welcome remarks, Dr C. James Hospedales, CARPHA Executive Director said “The meeting will look at how we can together accelerate action on the ground, in countries, in the food environment and nutrition area, especially for the most vulnerable – our children.  The meeting is historic as it gathers at least half of CARICOM Institutions to focus attention on a key development challenge through implementing a 6-point policy package for healthier less obesogenic food environments.”  He went on to say fiscal and trade measures, mandatory nutritional labeling to empower consumers and elimination of trans fats from food supplies are among the areas that must be addressed, buttressed by region wide and sustained information and communication.President of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC), Professor Trevor Hassell, congratulated CARPHA in hosting the meeting and stated that “HCC strongly supports this initiative since the issue at hand, namely childhood obesity and overweight and consequential epidemic of NCDs, present a significant health and development challenge for the people of the Region requiring as it does a multi-sectoral, whole of society response.  This requires active participation and engagement of the public sector, both health and non-health, civil society and the private sector working hand in hand and contributing in their respective areas of expertise and influence.”Ms Jessie Schutte Aine, PAHO Programme Coordinator for the Caribbean told the gathering there has been a dramatic rise in the number of children who are overweight or obese in the Region. She added that childhood obesity is a rapidly growing epidemic, putting children at risk of developing serious health problems including diabetes, heart disease and leading to premature death and disability later in life.  She stated available data indicates that in one generation, the Caribbean has moved from problems of 2 malnutrition and underweight children to the other extreme. According to Ms Schutt Aine over the last 35 years, there has been a major shift in diet moving away from staple foods that are indigenous to the Region, towards foods that are highly processed.“NCDs has long been identified as one of the three super priorities for Caribbean Cooperation in Health (CCH)”, stated Dr Rudolph Cummings in his opening remarks. The Programme Manager for Health Sector Reform at CARICOM stressed the need for a more genuine effort at harnessing the intersectoral energies that are required to make a difference in our NCDs problem and congratulated CARPHA on hosting the meeting.Through a virtual presentation, CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General for Trade and Economic Integration, Mr. Joseph Cox, also underscored the need for the Region to take decisive action, and stated that the “timing of this action cannot be overstated and the opportunity to develop a road map is welcomed in order to deal with the issue.” Mr Cox explained that a “strategic alliance between the private sector, public sector and civil society is necessary to affect change and move in concert.”“As a Caribbean Region, we have faltered in our response to the epidemic in childhood obesity with many countries in the Region reporting prevalence rates in excess of 30% in the pre-teen and teenage population. Collectively, we are well positioned to drive this important element of the health agenda within CARICOM,” stated Honourable John D. E. Boyce, Minister of Health, Barbados in his feature address.  Minister Boyce went on to say there is a need for greater enforcement of the policy of physical education in schools. He believes that more time should also be allotted for physical education sessions, even during the ‘exam’ term.In closing the Minister thanked CARPHA for its work in developing appropriate regimes to the childhood obesity epidemic, and its technical support to developing surveillance systems, health promotions strategies, and policies options for addressing childhood obesity.The Regional High Level Meeting to Develop a Road map on Multi-sectoral Action to Prevent Childhood Obesity through Improved Food and Nutrition Security takes place from 9th – 10th February 2017 at the CXC Headquarters. The focus of the meeting is to foster collaboration between regional economic and social sector institutions to support the implementation of a 6-point policy package developed by CARPHA as part of the Caribbean Cooperation in Health initiative (CCH-IV). #MagneticMediaNews #ChildhoodObesitycenter_img Related Items:#ChildhoodObesity, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Chinese Ambassador Makes Courtesy Call on the Prime Minister

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 15, 2017 – Nassau – Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas His Excellency Huang Qinguo made a courtesy call on Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis on Monday, August 14, 2017 at the Office of the Prime Minister.The Bahamas and China recently recognized their 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations at a Reception on Friday evening at the British Colonial Hilton.    Photos show a gift presentation during the courtesy call, and the Prime Minister with the Ambassador in a group including, from left: Chinese Embassy officials, Ambassador Huang Qinguo (third left), Prime Minister Minnis, Office of the Prime Minister Senior Policy Adviser Joshua Sears, and Office of the Prime Minister Permanent Secretary Jack Thompson.(Photos/OPM Media Services)last_img read more

Governor Newsom signs bill to limit use of force by police

first_img August 19, 2019 Governor Newsom signs bill to limit use of force by police Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Gov. Gavin Newsom today signed legislation co- authored by a San Diego lawmaker that redefines when law enforcement officers can use deadly force.AB 392, co-written by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, will hold law enforcement officers liable for homicide if an investigation finds the use of deadly force on a civilian was necessitated by the officer’s ownactions. Law enforcement will still be able to use deadly force as self- defense, but only when “necessary.”Weber co-authored the legislation, dubbed the California Act to Save Lives, with Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento. Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, introduced the bill in the state Senate.“We were told by so many that it could not happen and we had felt that we were at the brink of failure at one point in this whole process,” Weber said. “I felt the weight of the families. It’s been a difficult journey because they entrusted me with trying to make change. My greatest fear is that if we had failed, those who want to make change will never work to do it again.”Weber and McCarty introduced a similar bill last year after two Sacramento police officers shot and killed Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man, but it made little progress in the legislature. Weber said she battled with former Gov. Jerry Brown and opposition from law enforcement over the bill, even threatening a hunger strike last year.The two officers were not charged in Clark’s death. Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert ruled in March that they were legally justified in killing Clark because they said they felt they were in imminentdanger. The decision prompted public outcry and further inflamed the national conversation about police violence and its ties to race.“It’s one thing to sign a piece of paper, pass legislation,” Newsom said. “It’s another to change hearts and minds, to change culture. To change the way people conduct themselves, to hold themselves to a higher standard …That’s the work that we, collectively as a community, need to manifest at peril of missing this moment and missing the point of this moment.”At one time, AB 392 appeared stalled again amid unresolved tensions between state legislators and law enforcement officials. That tension dissolved when the two sides struck a deal in May to amend the bill by changing “reasonable” to “necessary” and removing language mandating officers to use lethal force only after using non-lethal alternatives.As a result of the deal, state law enforcement groups like the California Highway Patrol, Peace Officers Research Association of California and California State Sheriffs’ Association shifted their official stance on the bill from opposition to neutrality.A second piece of legislation, currently mired in the Assembly’s committee process, would require law enforcement agencies to train officers in accordance with AB 392. SB 230 would also standardize de-escalation trainingrequirements statewide in an effort to ensure all stakeholders are on the same page.SB 230 is supported, in part, by a coalition of PORAC, the California Police Chiefs and the California Association of Highway Patrols.“Together, AB 392 and SB 230 will modernize our state’s policies on the use of force, implementing the very best practices gathered from across our nation,” CPCA President Ron Lawrence said. “Once both bills are signed and take effect, the real work can begin using the training made available to officers by SB 230 to implement the AB 392 standard.”Whether SB 230 will become law in addition to AB 392 remains to be seen.In May, the San Diego City Council voted 6-2 in favor of a resolution supporting the bill. The previous month, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to oppose the bill.Both votes came after contentious public hearings and opposition from local law enforcement organizations like the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of San Diego County and the San Diego Police Officers Association, which argued that law enforcement agencies already have policies designed to keep law enforcement officers in check.AB 392 passed in the Senate 34-4, with four senators declining to record a vote, while the Assembly approved it 68-0 with 12 assembly members declining to vote.It will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. Posted: August 19, 2019last_img read more

McConnell Presses Negotiating Partners to Reach Comprehensive TwoYear Budget Agreement

first_imgSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday he continues to seek a comprehensive two-year budget agreement that would lift the debt limit and set fiscal 2020 federal spending before the August congressional recess to avoid a potential mid-September government default and Oct. 1 shutdown.“We’ll be trying to reach an agreement soon because the House is only in for three more weeks and time is running out,” McConnell said at a news conference.Agreement by the Democrat-led House, the GOP-led Senate and the White House on a comprehensive deal is necessary to avoid the need for a stopgap funding measure and short-term debt relief.“It’s time to get serious on a bipartisan basis,” McConnell said.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday didn’t rule out a vote on a debt limit increase before the August recess, though she stressed raising nondefense spending caps for fiscal 2020 is still essential to negotiations, according to Roll Call.“Let’s see how the conversations go,” Pelosi said. “We certainly do not want any thought of default on the part of the full faith and credit of the United States of America.”The primary sticking point remains over Democratic calls for increased nondefense spending that Republican leaders oppose, according to the report.Democratic leaders have sought $647 billion for nondefense discretionary spending in fiscal 2020 while the White House has sought to abide by a 2011 deficit-reduction law which called for $543 billion in nondefense spending.The $100 billion nondefense spending difference and disputes over Democrats’ preferred $733 billion defense spending topline and Republicans’ preferred $750 billion topline has stymied negotiations for months.Timing for an agreement is compressing rapidly as Congress is scheduled to be in recess for the month of August and the first week of September.Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tia Dufour ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For November 1 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, November 1, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Showers likely, mainly between 11am and noon, then a chance of rain after noon. Patchy fog between 10am and 3pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 55. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.Early Voting: Early voting continues today! The Town of Wilmington is offering early voting, from 8:30am to 4:30pm, in the Town Hall Auditorium.In The Community: The Wilmington Health Department is hosting a Flu Clinic for Wilmington’s youth (ages 5-18) on Thursday, November 1, 2018, from 3:30pm to 5:30pm, at Wilmington Town Hall.This flu clinic is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Register your child(ren) HERE.Here is what you need to know about the town’s flu clinics:Free of Charge.Nasal and Injectable will be available.Remember to bring your insurance cards.Vaccine will be available even if you do not have insurance.Anyone allergic to eggs or egg products must not take this vaccine.Anyone with a fever should delay vaccination.All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.If you have a question, please contact the Wilmington Health Department at 978-658-4298.In The Community: Wilmington seniors are invited to a FREE Thanksgiving dinner at the Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks (777 South Street, Tewksbury). Doors open at 5pm. Dinner begins at 6:30pm. This annul event, sponsored by the Elks, will also feature raffle prizes and dancing. Interested seniors should reserve their free tickets at the Senior Center’s Front Desk. The Elks are holding a similar event for Tewksbury seniors the following week.In The Community:  Wilmington Youth Soccer has organized its Second Annual “Treats For Troops” collection from Thursday, November 1, 2018 through Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Shawsheen School Fields.  (Collections will take place from 5pm to 6pm on Thursday and Friday, and 8:45am to 3pm on Saturday.) Wilmington Youth Soccer players are encouraged to donate their leftover Halloween candy. Candy should be placed in the marked boxes. Candy will be donated to Wellesley Dental Group’s 11th Annual Community Candy Drive, which benefits the U.S. Troops serving overseas. Have a question? Contact Bill Lanagan at wlanagan[at]thayer.org.In The Community: The Wilmington Community Chorus rehearses every Thursday, from 7pm to 9pm, at St. Elizabeth’s (4 Forest Street). New members welcome. No tryout required. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Thursday Baby Times at 9:30am. Time for Twos at 10:30am. LEGO Building at 3:45pm. Tech Buddies Drop-In at 6:30pm. Pints & Pages Book Group at 7pm. Jerry Thornton talks about his new Patriots book, “Five Rings” at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Walking Group at 8am. Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Game Day at 1pm. Ceramics at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]At Town Museum: The Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 23, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

RMLD Offers Electric Heat Pump Water Heater Rebate To Customers

first_imgREADING, MA — As part of its Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program, RMLD offers residential customers a rebate of $500 on the purchase of an Electric Heat Pump Water Heater.An electric heat pump water heater works by pulling heat from the surrounding air to heat the water, and is two to three times more efficient than traditional electric water heaters that generate heat using electrical resistance. Because these devices work by pulling heat from the surrounding air, they work best when housed in a space with existing heat, such as a furnace room.Electric heat pump water heaters are also available in hybrid models that contain traditional electrical resistance heating which can be used during periods of high demand to ensure there is a sufficient supply of hot water.Click HERE to learn more about heat pump water heaters. Click HERE to see the details or RMLD’s program guidelines.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Reading Municipal Light Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRMLD Invites Customers To Attend Free Electric Car Show In Wilmington On September 15In “Community”SAVE THE DATE: RMLD To Hold Family-Friendly Open House On October 10In “Community”RMLD Asks Residents To Conserve Energy During This Weekend’s Heat WaveIn “Government”last_img read more

ATT and CBS end blackout restore service

first_img 6 Comments AT&T CBS DirecTV Share your voice CBS and AT&T’s contract dispute affected subscribers of DirecTV Now and other services. Getty Images CBS channels will be restored Thursday for AT&T’s DirecTV, DirecTV Now and other pay-TV customers, after the two companies reached a deal and ended a nearly three-week blackout.CBS and AT&T said Thursday that their multi-year deal will cover the CBS-owned stations of its namesake broadcast channel, the CBS Sports Network and the Smithsonian Channel across DirecTV, DirecTV Now and U-verse, as well as the upcoming TV platforms that AT&T hopes to launch. (Editors’ note: CNET is owned by CBS.)AT&T aims to launch a Netflix-like streaming service called HBO Max in spring 2020, but that isn’t expected to carry live channels. The blackout hit AT&T pay-TV customers in 17 cities — New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Tampa, Seattle, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore — as well as more than 100 CBS stations and affiliates on DirecTV Now. It stemmed from a dispute over the rates that AT&T pays CBS to carry the channels, after the companies’ 2012 agreement expired last month. In a brief joint statement, the companies didn’t disclose financial terms.”CBS and AT&T regret any inconvenience to their customers and viewers and thank them for their patience,” they said.  Tags TV and Movies TVs Mobilelast_img read more

Who will win ICC World Cup Captains pick their favourites ahead of

first_imgThe ICC World Cup 2019 has well and truly begun. The different captains addressed a press conference ahead of the campaign and answered a host of questions. The biggest question which was asked, revolved around the side which would go ahead and win the World Cup. While the captains conceded that it would be a very closely contested tournament, they all pretty much believed that England is the favourites. This is what the different captains had to stay at the press conference: Captains pose with the ICC Cricket World CupICCAaron Finch, Australia captainThe Australian captain welcomed both David Warner and Steve Smith back in the fold and believed his side is very confident about defending their title.”I think, England has been in great form over the last couple of years and along with India, they’ve probably been the standout performers. So you’d have to say England are definitely the favourites.”Virat Kohli, India captain: Virat KohliHannah Peters/Getty Images”The way I look at it, there’s always going to be a huge fan-base for us anywhere we play in the world. But I have to agree with Aaron, I think England is probably – in their conditions – the strongest side in this tournament.He further added, “But I also agree with Morgs, that all ten teams are well balanced and strong. The fact that this is a tournament where we have to play everyone once, makes it all the more challenging. I think that’s going to be the best thing about this tournament, I see this as probably one of the most competitive World Cups that people are going to see.”Eoin Morgan, England captainEngland skipper Eoin Morgan said, “I don’t think anyone is head and shoulders above anyone else. These are the ten best teams in the world, it will be extraordinarily competitive and some quality cricket will be played so we are really looking forward to it.””Every captain sitting here would lose their left leg to play in a World Cup final at the home of cricket. It’s something every one of us would have dreamed of as a kid. We are as best prepared as we can be. We just want to play that first game now,” Morgan added.Faf du Plessis, South captainThe South African captain wants to be the first skipper to lead his side to the finals of this marquee event and wants his side to play with a lot of freedom on the day. He also believed that the bowlers of the different sides hold the key and they might well be the difference at the end of the day.”We are all really excited to try out this new tournament, to play every once I think is great. The way we use our resources will be vital, but every team has match winning bowlers that will have a big say in the successes of the side.””I think the bowlers will win it, the teams still in it towards the end of the tournament will be the teams that have done really well with the ball,” du Plessis said.Sarfaraz Ahmed, Pakistan captainThe Pakistan skipper sounded confident about his side being able to replicate the performance of the 2017 Champions Trophy.”All the teams are really balanced. I think people are going to watch some great cricket. Since winning the World Cup in 1992, making the final in 1999 here in England and the Champions Trophy in 2017, we are confident we will do well,” Sarfaraz said.Kane Williamson, New Zealand captainBack in 2015, New Zealand stumbled in the final against Australia, but the skipper is hopeful that his side can lay their hands on the coveted trophy this time. “There are a few guys in the squad from the last World Cup, which is great. But four years in between means there are a lot of new players. There have been talks about rankings, favourites, underdogs but what stands out is how balanced it is. Which means anything can happen on the day, which is so exciting,” Williamson said.Jason Holder, West Indies captainWest Indies are widely tipped to be the team to watch out for and the skipper believes this format allows his side to give it their best shot.”It is a very exciting format. In the past, you could play five or six games, and that could be it. To play every side is great for us. We worked hard in the qualifiers to get here, which means we are in the top ten in the world, we want to play them all and give ourselves a shot. The team that wins will definitely deserve it.”Dimuth Karunaratne, Sri Lanka captainSri Lanka appointed a new skipper in Dimuth Karunaratne just before the World Cup and the captain believes his side is in good shape since they came early to acclimatise to the conditions. “We have great experience in England, we came here early to get used to the conditions and we are in good shape, hoping to do our best. It is not going to be easy though. We are confident and we will take each game at a time.”Gulbadin Naib, Afghanistan captainPerhaps the most exciting team in the competition, Afghanistan can be giant slayers on any particular day and the new skipper wants his side to enjoy themselves in front of packed houses.”We are excited to be here, in front of the cricket world and to play the best teams. To represent Afghanistan in the World Cup feels great and we are looking forward to it. There will be a huge audience at home in all the different provinces. Cricket is not just a sport now, in Afghanistan it has become something else.”Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladesh captainWith a good mix of youth and experience, Bangladesh looks like a settled unit and can be a threat in this format and this is what their captain Mashrafe Mortaza is banking on.”We have got a great bunch of boys, a good mix of seniors and juniors coming on. Cricket is a game that anyone on their day can beat anybody. If we start well we can hang in there. We are confident that we will do well, but a lot depends on the start,” Mortaza said.last_img read more

3 dead several missing IMD issues red alert in Kerala following heavy

first_imgKannur floodTwitterThe Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert in Kerala due to the heavy downpour that has created a flood-like situation in the several districts.The red alert has been issued for Kasargod district and orange alert has been issued for Kannur, Kozhikode, Idukki, Malappuram and Wayanad districts. IMD has also issued a yellow alert for Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Pathanamthitta, Kollam, Alappuzha, Thrissur and Palakkad.The heavy rains have lashed several parts of the state and many different parts of Kannur is still flooded. Three people have been reported to be dead from Kannur, Pathanamthitta and Kollam districts and several people are also missing from various districts due to the rain. Many rescue camps have been opened at the areas affected by the rain.Several fishermen have also gone missing after they set out from Vizhinjam and Shaktikulnagara in Kollam and the coastal police are trying to locate them. Helicopters have also been deployed to trace the missing fishermen. The locals have protested against the police claiming that no actions were taken by the authorities over the missing fishermen.In the wake of heavy downpour in the catchment area, the government has opened one shutter of Kallarkutty Dam in Idukki district as the water level has reached 2307.12 ft due to the south-west monsoon which continues to intensify. The IMD has predicted over 20 cm of rainfall between July 19-22 in the state. Kannur floodTwitterTwo shutters of the Malankara dam was opened on Friday and more shutters are also expected to open due to the high intensity of the rain. Other dams including Aruvikara, Pambla (lower Periyar), Boodhathankettu have also opened their shutters.last_img read more

India flood toll hits 324

first_imgIndian passengers travel in a truck to a safer place as flood waters ravaged the National Highway 47 in Ernakulam district of Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala, on 17 August 2018. Troop reinforcements stepped up desperate rescue attempts in India`s flood-stricken Kerala state on 17 August after more than 100 bodies were found in a day and a half, taking the crisis death toll to at least 164. Photo: AFPThe death toll from floods that have triggered landslides and sent torrents sweeping through villages in the Indian state of Kerala trebled Friday to 324, authorities said, amid warnings of worse weather to come.Hundreds of troops and local fishermen are staging desperate rescue attempts with helicopters and boats across the southern state, which draws international tourists to its tropical hills and beaches.Kerala has been battered by record monsoon rainfall this year and is “facing the worst floods in 100 years”, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a Twitter statement, adding that 324 lives had been lost so far.With thousands still trapped, power and communication lines down and fresh alerts of further torrential rain, authorities warned of more trouble ahead and further deaths to come.”We are deploying more boats and army to ramp up rescue operations,” senior state government official P.H. Kurian told AFPMore than 30 military helicopters and 320 boats are attempting rescues across Kerala.Authorities said thousands of people have been taken to safety so far but 6,000 more are still waiting for rescue.India residents stand on the shore as Periyar river flooded following monsoon rains at Aluva, in the Indian state of Kerala, on 16 August, 2018. Photo: AFPHelicopters have also been dropping emergency food and water supplies, while special trains carrying drinking water have been sent to Kerala.According to India’s weather bureau, since the beginning of June more than 321 centimetres (126 inches) of rain has fallen on the hilly central Kerala district of Idukki, which is now virtually cut off from the rest of the state.With no end in sight to the deluge, people all over the state of 33 million people have made panic-stricken appeals on social media for help, saying they cannot make contact with rescue services.”My family and neighbouring families are in trouble,” wrote Ajo Varghese, a resident of the coastal city of Alappuzha, in a Facebook post that quickly went viral.”No water and food. Not able to communicate from afternoon. Mobile phones are not reachable… Please help,” he added.- ‘Extremely grave’ -Other messages have been sent from people trapped inside temples and hospitals as well as their homes.The Kerala government has said it faces an “extremely grave” crisis and state chief minister Vijayan warned of a new wave of rainfall hitting the battered region over the weekend. Strong winds have also been predicted for Saturday and Sunday.Indian navy and rescue personnel evacuate local residents in a boat at Aluva, in the Indian state of Kerala, on 16 August, 2018. Photo: AFPThe gates of dozens of dams and reservoirs across the state have been opened as water levels reach danger levels, inundating many other villages.North and central Kerala have been worst-hit by the floods with the international airport in the main city of Kochi shut until at least 26 August.At least 220,000 people displaced from across the state are taking shelter in more than 1,500 relief camps.On top of tourist cancellations, Kerala’s valuable rubber industry has been badly hit by the floods.The government says 10,000 kilometres (6,000 miles) of Kerala roads have been destroyed or damaged, along with thousands of homes.News reports said electricity supplies to more than half the state have been cut. The state power company said that only one million people were affected, however.The home ministry announced meanwhile that 868 people have been reported dead in seven Indian states including Kerala since the start of the monsoon in June.last_img

Houstons Bike Plan Moves Closer To A Vote But City Officials Question

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Gail DelaughterHouston B-Cycle Executive Director Carter Stern addresses the City Council Transportation Committee on the Houston Bike Plan. Gail DelaughterHouston cycling advocate Rose Nolen rode to the meeting in high heels on the bike she named “Batman.”The plan calls for hundreds of miles of new bike routes and it also features guidelines for future infrastructure projects. Houston Planning Director Patrick Walsh says they’re focused on about $50 million worth of bike projects over the next decade.But members of the City Council Transportation Committee question whether they should use money from ReBuild Houston, the voter-approved initiative for street and drainage work. Walsh says they’re seeking funds from different sources but he thinks ReBuild money would be appropriate. “ReBuild Houston is our primary means for reconstructing streets,” says Walsh. “And ReBuild Houston today does reconstruct streets including sidewalks.”  Discussion of the Bike Plan comes a little over a week after two cyclists died in separate accidents involving light rail trains.  Cyclist Rose Nolen told the committee there’s a sense of urgency in getting the plan approved. “My biggest pull is for the children,” says Nolen. “You don’t put a dollar amount on a person’s life.”It’s expected City Council will act on the Bike Plan later this month. X 00:00 /01:08 Sharelast_img read more

Pressley Officially Massachusetts 1st Black Congresswoman

first_imgBy WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated PressBOSTON (AP) — Ayanna Pressley didn’t campaign to make history, but she did on Tuesday, officially becoming Massachusetts’ first Black woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.The Democrat sailed through the general election unopposed, two months after unseating 10-term Rep. Michael Capuano in a national political stunner in the state primary.In this Oct. 1, 2018 file photo, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley speaks at a rally at City Hall in Boston. On Nov. 6, Pressley became Massachusetts’ first black woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File)“Activists and agitators have brought us to this very moment,” Pressley told cheering supporters Tuesday night. “None of us ran to make history. We ran to make change … and change is on the way.”“Can a congresswoman wear her hair in braids? Rock a black leather jacket?” she added — and the crowd roared.With no Republican in the race in the heavily Democratic district, her September upset victory had all but assured Pressley the keys to the office, with only the remote possibility of a write-in campaign to potentially stop her. That unlikely scenario behind her, she’ll now represent the 7th Congressional District — the first in Massachusetts where minorities make up a majority of the voting population.“It is hard to believe that in the 230-year history of our delegation, there’s never been a person of color,” she said on “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien.”(Although that’s true of the House, Republican Sen. Edward Brooke of Massachusetts, who took office in 1967, was the first Black politician to be elected by popular vote after the 17th Amendment was ratified in 1913.)Pressley, 44, is also the first African-American to serve on the Boston City Council.Endorsed last month by former President Barack Obama, she got a big early boost from fellow congressional upstart Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who similarly knocked off veteran Rep. Joe Crowley of New York in June.Both rode a rising wave of pro-woman sentiment to Washington as the party embraced diversity and liberal politics as the recipe for success in the Trump era.“With her victory tonight, Ayanna Pressley has not only made history as the first Black woman ever elected to represent Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives, she’s ensured that Democrats have the voice of a young, Black progressive woman helping lead the fight for inclusive populist reforms,” the political action committee Democracy for America said Tuesday night in a statement.In the run-up to the midterms, Pressley held off on saying where she stands on Nancy Pelosi, the Democrats’ embattled House leader.From the outset, Pressley made clear that she meant serious business, telling voters before she sent Capuano packing that she viewed the race as “a fight for the soul of our party and the future of our democracy.”The district includes a wide swath of Boston and about half of Cambridge, as well as portions of neighboring Chelsea, Everett, Randolph, Somerville and Milton. It includes the neighborhood of Roxbury, the traditional center of Boston’s Black community.Ideologically, Capuano was much like Pressley: liberal, a self-described progressive. But the White, middle-aged incumbent didn’t look like many voters in his district, even though Pressley herself had bristled at the notion that race was a defining issue in the contest.She flashed that defiance during a debate, saying: “I happen to be Black and a woman and unapologetically proud to be both, but that is not the totality of my identity.”But Pressley also made clear the importance of diversity in the nation’s halls of power.“I do think that our democracy is strengthened by an engagement of new and different voices,” she told college newspaper editors in Boston in October.___For AP’s complete coverage of the U.S. midterm elections: http://apne.ws/APPoliticslast_img read more

Cardinals Release 2019 Volleyball Schedule

first_imgNovember will begin with the Cardinals in Beantown for a matchup with Boston College Nov. 1 before heading to Syracuse on Nov. 3 for a match.  UofL stays on the road for a tilt with Miami (Nov. 8) and Florida State (Nov. 10) in the Sunshine State. Story Links The University of Louisville volleyball team has released its 2019 schedule and the Cardinals will play 19 matches against regionally ranked opponents, 15 of which were also nationally ranked with 11 matchups coming against 2018 NCAA participants. ACC play opens up the weekend of Sept. 27 when the Cardinals begin a home stand of four matches, beginning with NC State (Sept. 27), UNC (Sept. 29), Georgia Tech (Oct. 4) and Clemson (Oct. 6). Coming down the homestretch, the Cards will host Syracuse (Nov. 15), Miami (Nov. 22) and Miami (Nov. 24).  Louisville will complete the regular season slate at Pitt on Nov. 27. Louisville will wrap up non-conference play with matches on the road against two of its oldest rivals, at Kentucky on Sept. 20 and at Cincinnati on Sept.  22. UofL will begin the season by hosting two tournaments in the newly named L&N Federal Credit Union Arena. The Cardinal Classic will feature NCAA participants Dayton and Florida as well as SEC opponent Texas A&M.  The Fleur de Lis Tournament invites Arizona State, intrastate rival Western Kentucky and Tennessee Tech.center_img Back home again in the L&N Federal Credit Union Arena, the Cardinals will host Virginia (Oct. 25) and last year’s ACC Champion Pittsburgh (Oct. 27) to wrap up a busy month of October.  Print Friendly Version The Cardinals then hit the road for the Lipscomb Tournament which will host Louisville, Purdue and Xavier the weekend of Sept. 13.  UofL faces Purdue on Sept. 13 and Lipscomb on Saturday, Sept. 14. The Cardinals made their 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament this season led by ACC Setter of the Year Wilma Rivera and 2017 Defensive Player of the Year Molly Sauer, who were both seniors. Louisville will be led by returning AVCA All-East Region and First Team All ACC Melanie McHenry along with returning starters Piper Roe, Emily Scott, and Mia Stander.  Redshirt freshman Aiko Jones, transfer setter Tori Dilfer  and transfer middle Anna Stevenson will help fill gaps left by departing seniors as the Cards await the arrival of their No. 16-ranked recruiting class this summer.   Then the Cardinals flip the script and play four straight matches on the road starting with Duke, one of six nationally ranked ACC teams from 2018 on Oct. 11 followed by Wake Forest (Oct. 13). UofL will travel for a midweek tilt in South Bend against the Irish of Notre Dame, another of the ACC’s nationally ranked teams. On Oct. 20, UofL will head to Blacksburg for a match versus the Hokies of Virginia Tech.last_img read more

Two Cardinals Named to the 201819 NABC Honors Court

first_imgStory Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced the 2018-19 NABC Honors Court, recognizing those men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season. The list includes Louisville’s Ryan McMahon and V.J. King who excelled in the classroom last season. McMahon earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing with a cumulative grade point average of 3.447.    McMahon was named a member of the 2019 All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball Team and was also named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.  He is also a six-time Red and Black Scholar. Additionally, he was on the Dean’s List in the spring and fall of 2018.King has a cumulative GPA of 3.375 and will earn his degree in sports administration. Like McMahon, King was a member of the 2019 All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball Team and the ACC Academic Honor Roll.  He was named a Red and Black Scholar six times in his three seasons with the Cardinals.  King was also named to the Dean’s list in the Fall of 2017 and the spring and fall of 2018.In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows: 1. Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player. 2. Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year. 3. Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution. 4. Member of a NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.The men’s basketball team has attained a collective 3.0 GPA for 21 of the last 22 semesters, including a 3.176 cumulative team mark for the Spring 2019 semester. The Cardinals produced a collective 3.265 grade point average for the 2018-19 academic year.  About the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC)Located in Kansas City, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve and enhance the sport. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Model predicts religiosity gene will dominate society

first_imgAll individuals, whether they have religious or secular upbringings, have a chance of defecting. Rowthorn explained that the rates of defection from religious to secular and from secular to religious preferences depend on time and place.“Amongst Christian Churches in Europe and North America, defection rates are higher than conversion rates,” he said. “In some cases, such as the Amish, these losses are greatly outweighed by their very high fertility. However, for mainstream Churches, such as the Catholics or Anglicans, the birth rate is not high enough on its own to offset defections and they rely on immigration to maintain their numbers. In certain other parts of the world, such as East Asia, mainstream Christian Churches are growing through conversion.”Rowthorn’s model shows that, even when the religious defection rate is high, the overall high fertility rate of religious people will cause the religiosity allele to eventually predominate the global society. The model shows that the wide gap in fertility rates could have a significant genetic effect in just a few generations. The model predicts that the religious fraction of the population will eventually stabilize at less than 100%, and there will remain a possibly large percentage of secular individuals. But nearly all of the secular population will still carry the religious allele, since high defection rates will spread the religious allele to secular society when defectors have children with a secular partner. Overall, nearly all of the population will have a genetic predisposition toward religion, although some or many of these individuals will lead secular lives, Rowthorn concluded.“The rate at which religious people abandon their faith affects the eventual share of the population who are religious,” Rowthorn said. “However, it does not alter the conclusion of the article that the religiosity allele will eventually take over. If the defection rate is high, there will be lots of children who are brought up as religious and carry the religiosity allele, but who give up their faith. Such people will carry the religiosity allele into the secular population with them. Many of their descendents will also carry this allele and be secular. In this case, the high fertility group is constantly sending migrants into the low-fertility secular population. Such migrations will simultaneously boost the size of the secular population and transform its genetic composition.”Rowthorn acknowledges that he can only speculate on how a genetic predisposition toward religion may manifest itself in a secular context. Previous research has suggested that a genetic predisposition toward religion is tied to a variety of characteristics such as conservatism, obedience to authority, and the inclination to follow rituals. In this instance of evolution, it’s possible that these characteristics may become widespread not for their own fitness but by hitching a ride with a high-fitness cultural practice. Study: Religious belief declines in Britain Rowthorn has developed a model that shows that the genetic components that predispose a person toward religion are currently “hitchhiking” on the back of the religious cultural practice of high fertility rates. Even if some of the people who are born to religious parents defect from religion and become secular, the religious genes they carry (which encompass other personality traits, such as obedience and conservativism) will still spread throughout society, according to the model’s numerical simulations.“Provided the fertility of religious people remains on average higher than that of secular people, the genes that predispose people towards religion will spread,” Rowthorn told PhysOrg.com. “The bigger the fertility differential between religious and secular people, the faster this genetic transformation will occur. This does not mean that everyone will become religious. Genes are not destiny. Many people who are genetically predisposed towards religion may in fact lead secular lives because of the cultural influences they have been exposed to.”The model’s assumptions are based on data from previous research. Studies have shown that, even controlling for income and education, people who are more religious have more children, on average, than people who are secular (defined here as having a religious indifference). According to the World Values Survey for 82 countries, adults attending religious services more than once per week averaged 2.5 children, those attending once per month averaged 2.01 children, and those never attending averaged 1.67 children. The more orthodox the religious sect, the higher the fertility rate, with sects such as the Amish, the Hutterites, and Haredi having up to four times as many children as the secular average. Studies have found that the high fertility rates stem from cultural and social influences by religious organizations rather than biological factors.But while fertility is determined by culture, an individual’s predisposition toward religion is likely to be influenced by genetics, in addition to their upbringing. In the model, Rowthorn uses a “religiosity gene” to represent the various genetic factors that combine to genetically predispose a person toward religion, whether remaining religious from youth or converting to religion from a secular upbringing. On the flip side, the nonreligiosity allele of this “gene” makes a person more likely to remain or become secular. If both parents have the religiosity allele, their children are also more likely to have the religiosity allele than if one or both parents did not have it. However, children born to religious parents may have the nonreligiosity allele, while children born to secular parents may have the religiosity allele. Having the religiosity allele does not make a person religious, but it makes a person more likely to have characteristics that make them religiously inclined; the converse is also true. Citation: Model predicts ‘religiosity gene’ will dominate society (2011, January 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-religiosity-gene-dominate-society.html Explore further Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.center_img More information: Robert Rowthorn. “Religion, fertility and genes: a dual inheritance model.” Proceedings of the Royal Society B. DOI:10.1098/rspb.2010.2504 A variety of religious symbols. A new study has investigated how the differing fertility rates between religious and secular individuals might affect the genetic evolution of society overall. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons. (PhysOrg.com) — In the past 20 years, the Amish population in the US has doubled, increasing from 123,000 in 1991 to 249,000 in 2010. The huge growth stems almost entirely from the religious culture’s high fertility rate, which is about 6 children per woman, on average. At this rate, the Amish population will reach 7 million by 2100 and 44 million by 2150. On the other hand, the growth may not continue if future generations of Amish choose to defect from the religion and if secular influences reduce the birth rate. In a new study, Robert Rowthorn, emeritus professor of economics at Cambridge University, has looked at the broader picture underlying this particular example: how will the high fertility rates of religious people throughout the world affect the future of human genetic evolution, and therefore the biological makeup of society? This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Which came first the head or the brain

first_img(Phys.org) —A fundamental question in the evolution of animal body plans, is where did the head come from? In animals with a clear axis of right-left symmetry, the bilaterians, the head is where the brain is, at the anterior pole of the body. Little is known about the possible ancestor of bilaterians. Fortunately their sister group from that same progenitor, the cnidarians, can be studied in parallel today to give some clues. Cnidarians are creatures like jellyfish, hydra, and sea anemone which possess rudimentary nerve nets, but no clear brain. They all have just a single orifice to the external world, which basically does it all. In a recent paper published in PLOS Biology, researchers from the University of Bergen in Norway compared gene expression patterns in sea anemone (Nematostella vectensis, Nv) with that from a variety of bilaterian animals. They found that the head-forming region of bilaterians is actually derived from the aboral, the opposite-oral, side of the ancestral body plan. Pioneering developmental biologist Lewis Wolpert, is often credited with having observed: “It is not birth, marriage, or death, but gastrulation which is truly the most important time in your life.” Almost all animals undergo a similar gastrulation process early in their development. The point where the cells first invaginate during gastrulation, the blastopore, uniquely defines an embryonic axis. After this stage however, all bets are off—attempts to define phyla according to hardline criteria, like blastopore = anus, are invariably met by counterexample where it instead becomes the mouth. Gene expression, while not always constrained into single contiguous areas, therefore provides a baggage-free way to assign homology across species.Wolpert’s concept of positional information in development has been largely vindicated by the discovery of hox gene codes in a wide variety of animals. While hox genes are the critical regulators of axial patterning, in most bilaterians they are not expressed in the anterior head-forming region. The researchers focused instead on the genes six3 and FoxQ2, transcription factors which have been shown to regulate anterior-posterior development. Six3 knockouts in mice, for example, fail to develop a forebrain. In humans six3 regulates forebrain and eye development.Sea anemone, like Nematosella, are curious creatures. As larvae they swim about with their aboral pole forward. As adults they plunge this region into the sea floor, and permanently anchor themselves in. Their bodies then undergo various changes but their oral pole remains intact for feeding. By using knockdown and rescue experiments in Nemostella, the researchers were able to show that six3 is required for the development of the aboral region, and the expression of further regulatory genes. This suggests that the region distal from the cnidarian mouth parallels development of the bilaterian head. The researchers also looked at the expression of the forkhead domain protein foxQ2, which functions downstream of six3. Forkhead box genes are an important class of transcription factors which frequently lack the signature homeodomains and zinc-finger regions common to other transcription factors. Instead they have a unique DNA-binding region that has the shape of a winged helix. The forkhead gene, fox2p, in humans has recently garnered a lot of media attention for its apparent role in neural development, and in even more esoteric functions like speech development. FoxQ2 is known to be a well-conserved marker for the most anterior tip of a variety of bilaterians including sea urchines, drosophila, and cephalochordates. The researchers established that before gastrulation in cnidarians, foxQ2a was expressed in the aboral pole, and in a small number cells resembling neurons. Afterwards the expression of this “ring gene” was excluded from a central spot. In conclusion, the expression of genes for anemone head development, away from the mouth region, suggests that head development came first and was a separate event from mouth development. Secondarily, the head and a coalescing brain appear to have merged to become a centralized control center. Where does our head come from? Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2013 Phys.org Journal information: PLoS Biology Citation: Which came first the head or the brain? (2013, March 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-brain_1.html More information: Sinigaglia C, Busengdal H, Leclère L, Technau U, Rentzsch F (2013) The Bilaterian Head Patterning Gene six3/6 Controls Aboral Domain Development in a Cnidarian. PLoS Biol 11(2): e1001488. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001488AbstractThe origin of the bilaterian head is a fundamental question for the evolution of animal body plans. The head of bilaterians develops at the anterior end of their primary body axis and is the site where the brain is located. Cnidarians, the sister group to bilaterians, lack brain-like structures and it is not clear whether the oral, the aboral, or none of the ends of the cnidarian primary body axis corresponds to the anterior domain of bilaterians. In order to understand the evolutionary origin of head development, we analysed the function of conserved genetic regulators of bilaterian anterior development in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis. We show that orthologs of the bilaterian anterior developmental genes six3/6, foxQ2, and irx have dynamic expression patterns in the aboral region of Nematostella. Functional analyses reveal that NvSix3/6 acts upstream of NvFoxQ2a as a key regulator of the development of a broad aboral territory in Nematostella. NvSix3/6 initiates an autoregulatory feedback loop involving positive and negative regulators of FGF signalling, which subsequently results in the downregulation of NvSix3/6 and NvFoxQ2a in a small domain at the aboral pole, from which the apical organ develops. We show that signalling by NvFGFa1 is specifically required for the development of the apical organ, whereas NvSix3/6 has an earlier and broader function in the specification of the aboral territory. Our functional and gene expression data suggest that the head-forming region of bilaterians is derived from the aboral domain of the cnidarian-bilaterian ancestor.Synopsys: www.plosbiology.org/article/in … journal.pbio.1001484last_img read more

Ahead of Panchayat polls Election Commissioner meets Governor

first_imgKolkata: State Election Commissioner A K Singh on Wednesday met Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and briefed him about the preparations for the Panchayat elections scheduled on May 1, 3 and 5.”I briefed him about the security arrangement in place for filing of nominations and also informed him about the security measures that we are planning to put in place during the elections,” Singh told reporters while leaving Raj Bhavan after the meeting. Responding to a question on whether there were discussions about Central Force deployment, Singh only answered in the positive and did not elaborate. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThere have been reports of violence during filing of nominations for the Panchayat polls that had begun from Monday and will continue till April 9.Top brass of the state secretariat, including Chief Secretary Moloy De, met the Governor on Wednesday.BJP workers held a demonstration outside the State Election Commission office, demanding free and fair elections.Alleging that the SEC is “incapable” of holding peaceful elections, the BJP said it has decided to move the Supreme Court with a plea to make arrangements for free and fair polls. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedTrinamool Congress has termed the allegations as “baseless”. The BJP has filed 1,147 nominations, while CPI-M has filed 351. But still they are alleging that they are being prevented from filing nominations,” said Partha Chatterjee, minister of Parliamentary Affairs. A Trinamool Congress delegation will meet the Governor on Thursday.CPI-M state secretary Suryakanta Misra on Wednesday advised workers of all the Opposition parties to go to file the nomination together and resist if there is any violence to stop them. He criticised the State Election Commission for holding poll on the International Workers’ Day, which falls on May 1.last_img read more

Who Needs Drones When Amazon Could 3D Print Your Goods From a

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global February 27, 2015 Register Now » 3 min readcenter_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos once predicted that the 3-D printing revolution wouldn’t take off any time soon, only “far, far in the future.” He also said that “you can’t build interesting objects” with 3-D printers. That was two years ago. Today, in a world where we can 3-D print everything from replacement windpipes to entire houses, it looks like he’s changed his mind.3Dprint.com broke the news this week that Amazon recently filed several patent applications for mobile 3-D printing delivery trucks. The filing hints at a future in which the world’s largest e-tailer quickly prints products on-demand, yes, from a van parked somewhere in the vicinity of the purchaser’s home or office. Suddenly, 30-minute drone delivery doesn’t seem so cool.  Image credit: AmazonRelated: From Eye Shadow to Entire Houses: 7 of the Craziest 3-D Printed Creations YetThe benefits of adopting an innovative “mobile manufacturing hubs” network would be mainly two-fold for Amazon, as laid out in the patent filing. The proposed system would “decrease the amount of warehouse or inventory storage space needed” and “reduce the amount of time consumed between receiving an order and delivering the item to the customer…” It would also presumably save the Seattle-based company a considerable amount of time and money on several fronts.The filing marks Amazon’s latest stab at speeding up the shipping process. In 2014, the ecommerce giant won patent approval for “anticipatory delivery,” a scheme that would allow it to funnel items to shipping centers based on shoppers’ earlier purchases and searches. Basically, as pointed out in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, “Amazon thinks it knows customers so well it can guess what they’ll need before the customers themselves do.”Related: Industry Lobbyists Take Aim at Proposed FAA Drone RulesIn late 2013, Bezos revealed Amazon Prime Air, an ambitious GPS-guided future delivery drone system designed to ferry packages weighing up to 5 pounds and travel within a 10-mile radius. Now that the FAA’s new proposed drone rules threaten to ground Amazon’s drone delivery dreams, perhaps curbside 3-D product printing will have to do, that is if it even becomes a reality. Remember, a patent filing does not a product or service make.Related: Look Ma, No Hands: Drones You Can Fly With Your Mindlast_img read more