Houston Announces QB D’Eriq King Will Redshirt, Play For Cougars In 2020

first_img pic.twitter.com/2VgH8XR6Gc— Houston Football (@UHCougarFB) September 23, 2019Through four games, Houston is only 1-3. The Cougars lost in bizarre, heartbreaking fashion on the final play of the game last Thursday at Tulane.Ostensibly, King and Corbin will redshirt this year and then play for an improved UH team as fifth-year seniors in 2020. However, the pair could always opt to transfer at a later time.We’ll see how it all plays out. For now, Houston has averted disaster with its dynamic QB and another top player. Houston QB D'Eriq King throws pass while wearing school's throwback jersey.HOUSTON, TX – NOVEMBER 10: D’Eriq King #4 of the Houston Cougars throws a pass in the first half against the Temple Owls at TDECU Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)In the last few hours, the D’Eriq King saga has taken a couple of twists and turns. Now it looks like the Houston quarterback is staying put, though he will redshirt this season.Earlier today, reports emerged saying that King would sit out the rest of the 2019 season, utilizing a redshirt year. He would then look to graduate transfer in the offseason.Those reports cited a tweet from King’s father, but the dynamic dual-threat himself said he still had to meet with UH coach Dana Holgorsen before making a final decision. Now, King’s choice has been revealed.Houston announced moments ago on Twitter that King and wide receiver Keith Corbin will redshirt this season with the goal of suiting up for the Cougars in 2020.last_img read more

Steering problem forces authorities to pull more than 600 Quebec buses off

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec public transit corporations had to pull more than 600 buses off the road today after the manufacturer detected a technical problem.Nova Bus of St-Eustache, Que., ordered immediate inspections after finding a fault with the power steering in hybrid buses delivered between 2016 and 2019 to operators in the province’s nine largest cities.Montreal had to remove 285 of the buses, and it advised commuters to expect delays.Other cities affected were Quebec City, Laval, Longueuil, Outaouais, Sherbrooke, Saguenay, Levis and Trois-Rivieres, for a total of 610 buses.The association representing the transit corporations said Nova Bus has identified a permanent fix for the problem, but it does not have all the necessary parts on hand.In the meantime, it said temporary repairs will be made so the buses can quickly return to service.Marc-Andre Varin, the association’s general manager, said it was necessary to remove the buses from service to respect provincial safety rules.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Malala Yousafzai Makes Donation For Reconstruction Of Gaza Schools

first_imgAs the United Nations ramps up its reconstruction efforts of war-ravaged Gaza, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai has announced a contribution of $50,000 to help with the rebuilding of UN schools heavily damaged during the recent fighting in the enclave.According to a news statement released by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Ms. Yousafzai made the announcement as she accepted the prestigious World Children’s Prize in Stockholm, Sweden, commending UNRWA’s “heroic work” in helping the Palestinian children and noting that the needs in the Palestinian territory were “overwhelming.”“I am honored to announce all my World’s Children’s Prize money will go to help students and schools in an especially difficult place – in Gaza,” said Malala. “I am donating these funds to The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, which is performing heroic work to serve children in Gaza, in very difficult circumstances.“The needs are overwhelming – more than half of Gaza’s population is under 18 years of age. They want and deserve quality education, hope and real opportunities to build a future.“This funding will help rebuild the 65 schools damaged during the recent conflict. Innocent Palestinian children have suffered terribly and for too long. We must all work to ensure Palestinian boys and girls, and all children everywhere, receive a quality education in a safe environment. Because without education, there will never be peace. Let us stand together for peace and education because together we are more powerful.”The Nobel Laureate noted that the $50,000 donation would help towards the rebuilding of the 65 schools damaged during the recent 51-day conflict which saw entire neighbourhoods flattened and almost one-third of Gaza’s population uprooted.The violence killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, including more than 500 children, and more than 70 Israelis.UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl commended the donation, saying the UN was “deeply touched” by the gesture and that it would “lift the spirits” of a quarter of a million UNRWA students and “boost the morale” of the more than 9,000 teaching staff there. In addition, he praised Ms. Yousafzai for her personal courage and her role as “a symbol of the boundless potential that lies within each and every child on Earth.”“UNRWA shares with you the profound belief in the importance of education as a means to lift young girls and boys out of isolation, exclusion or oppression,” Mr. Krähenbühl continued.“Acquiring skills and knowledge to improve prospects for the future is profoundly engrained in the Palestinian consciousness.”Following the devastation wrought by the conflict, UNRWA announced it is providing food, water and sanitation services to over 40,000 displaced people in 18 of its installations, psycho-social support particularly for children, cash grants to the homeless for rent, as well as urgent repairs to a total of 118 UNRWA installations.Source:United Nationslast_img read more

Government rejects allegations raised by Mahinda

Karunanayake said the Mattala Airpot, Srilankan Airlines and Hambanthota Investment zone will have Public Private Partnership Investment (PPP) without selling off or privatizing any assets of the nation as alleged by former President and his allies which is malicious and misleading.“It is pity that even certain trade unions are making the same allegations giving life to the vicious circles of those politicians. After the budget – 2017 was presented in Parliament Mahinda Rajapaksa has unleashed another canard to say that the Central Bank of Sri Lanka is to be privatized. At the time the Government has taken the steps to convert the country into a manufacturing economy all stake holders representing all sectors of the economy have hailed the budget as a positive step towards it. The Government perceives these acts by former President as malicious and misleading attempts with an ulterior motive to jeopardize the economic development of the country,” the Finance Ministry said.The Government says the assets of this nation was sold off to foreigners during the regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa. Accordingly, the Hambanthota Port which failed to bring return on its huge investment will be converted in to a joint venture between the Sri Lanka Ports Authority and China with the equity of over one billion US dollars.This, he says, will enable the Government to retire a sizeable portion of the loan obtained for the Hambanthota Port. The Minister said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe during his recent visit to China held successful discussion with Chinese authorities to convert these credits into equity. However the Finance Minister says no sooner this Government came into office it took the initiative to retake the land given freehold to China bringing them under the Sri Lankan jurisdiction. (Colombo Gazette) “The cost for Hambanthota Port and Mattala Airport initially made as unsolicited proposals were later doubled at the time of implementation. As a result the government’s revenue gradually deteriorated to an average of 11 % of the GDP,” the Finance Minister said. “The land of the Army Headquarters at Galle face and a land at Hambanthota were given as a freehold to a foreign company to construct Hotel complex. At that time there was a 100 % levy on land purchased by foreigners. But this was waived off by the previous Government at the behest of the then Minister Basil Rajapaksa. In addition, at the Colombo Port city the then Government not only gave the foreign company the portion of reclaimed land as freehold but also excluded it from the Sri Lankan jurisdiction as well,” the Minister said. The Government today rejected allegations raised by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and insisted that National assets are not being sold.Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said the previous Government put the Nation in a debt trap making the country unaffordable to bring any returns on its development. read more

Annan urges global effort to fight terror calls attention to needs of

Speaking to reporters as he entered UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Annan said the struggle against terrorism “is going to be a long one” which would embrace all countries. Noting that various groups might join forces to “do specific things” such as share information or intelligence, he said he would want to see “a broader coalition of UN membership determined to do whatever they can to end this terrorist scourge.” Asked about the UN’s role in this effort, Mr. Annan said the Security Council was likely to take action on the issue, “perhaps with specific proposals as to how governments can cooperate in fighting terrorism.” He added that the General Assembly would also take measures, including by drafting a comprehensive anti-terrorism convention which would pull together the existing 12 UN treaties on the issue. To a question on the situation in Afghanistan, the Secretary-General emphasized the need to bring to justice those responsible for the recent terrorist attacks against the United States. “It is clear we should go after the perpetrators and those who committed this crime but we should also be sensitive to the needs of the Afghan people who have lived through several decades of war, live under a leadership they did not elect freely and cannot remove, and have gone through three years of drought,” he said. “UN humanitarian assistance has been an essential part of their daily existence, so I think it is important that as we move forward we do not forget the needs of the average Afghan.”Asked what message he would like to convey to the Taliban, the Secretary-General replied that they should “honour the obligations that the [Security] Council has demanded of them and – for the sake of their own people and country – to cooperate with the international community in making the culprits accountable by releasing them to the international community.”Security Council sanctions, first imposed on the Taliban after Usama bin Laden was indicted in the US for the bombings of the country’s embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam, were tightened last year. Council resolutions demand the handover of bin Laden “to appropriate authorities in a country where he has been indicted or to appropriate authorities in a country where he will be returned to such a country, or to appropriate authorities in a country where he will be arrested and effectively brought to justice.” The Council also demanded that the Taliban act swiftly to close all terrorist training camps in territory under the group’s control. read more

Womens gymnastics coach Carey Fagan named Ohio State Assistant Athletics Director

Carey Fagan was named the Assistant Athletics Director for Ohio State on May 8. Credit: Jay LaPrete | Courtesy of OSU AthleticsOhio State women’s gymnastics coach Carey Fagan is moving on from coaching and will become OSU’s Assistant Athletics Director for Sport Administration and Student-Athlete Well-Being, the university announced on Monday.In her new role, Fagan will be assigned sports to oversee, act as a mentor for student-athletes and coaches and provide guidance and education while maintaining awareness of team cultures and dynamics, the press release said.“Although it was a difficult decision to leave coaching, this is truly an opportunity of a lifetime and I am extremely excited and grateful to be a part of (OSU Senior Vice President and Athletics Director) Gene (Smith)’s vision for our department,” Fagan said in a statement.Fagan spent 13 years coaching the women’s gymnastics team and was named Big Ten coach of the year twice in her tenure. In 2012, OSU reached the NCAA National Championships for the first time in 23 years and she was named NACGC/W National Coach of the Year. In Fagan’s final season as coach, OSU placed fifth at the NCAA Champaign Regional.She is replacing former assistant athletics director Martin Jarmond who was hired as Boston College’s Director of Athletics last month.“She has built this program into a constant contender in the Big Ten and the NCAA overall,” said OSU Associate Athletics Director for Sport Administration Shaun Richard in a statement. “She is leaving the program in great shape for the next leader.” read more

Waterford twins honoured at Volunteer Awards for search and rescue service

first_imgAnimals & Environment: John Power, Dunmore East Tidy Towns, Co. Waterford.Arts, Culture & Media: Alice Mannion, Kilmurry Drama Group, Co. Roscommon.Campaigning & Awareness Raising: Frankie Forde-Waldron, Mayo Roscommon Hospice, Co. MayoChildren & Youth: Killian O’Kelly, Foróige, Bundoran, Co. Donegal.Community: Daniel Downey, Cavan Community Radio & others, Cavan.Education & Training: Fintan Mulligan, 121digital, Ashford, Co. Wicklow.Health & Disability: Lorraine Dempsey, Special Needs Parents Association, Aughrim, Co Wicklow.International Development: Anne Copplestone, The Hope Foundation, Cork city.Social Work: Liam Hendry, Assisting Leo Garvey, Ballina, Co. Mayo.Sports & Recreation: John McCarthy, Irish Wheelchair Association Sport, East Cork.Read: Ireland is the most generous country in Europe, says World Giving Index >More: Costello launches initiative to encourage retired public servants to volunteer > TWIN BROTHERS HAVE been crowned Volunteers of the Year for saving over sixty lives since 2010.Darryl and Declan Barry received the honour from Volunteer Ireland last night for their work with Waterford Marine Search and Rescue, which the pair set up themselves in 2010.Over the past three years, the organisation has saved 69 lives through the work of 40 volunteers at the centre.It provides search and rescue cover for region at all times throughout the year.The twins were nominated by David Hearne, a volunteer at Waterford Marine Search and Rescue, who praised the positive impact they have made on his own life, and their local community.“I can’t say how much they have changed the lives of hundreds of people by setting up this organisation”, he said.The twin also provided the ground-work to the introduction of suicide prevention patrols in other regions, such as Wexford and Limerick.Here’s the full list of winners at the Volunteer Ireland Awards 2013:last_img read more

Screen Australia boosts gender equality and cultural diversity

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason has publicly committed to reform on the gender front, focusing “on female-led creative teams rather than individuals”.In conjunction with national broadcasters, Screen Australia is working on a new benchmark study on cultural diversity in TV drama, which it expects to release in 2016.Screen Australia has put $5 million on the table over the next three years for its Gender Matters program, at a time when it has faced savage cuts across the emerging sector, in documentary and soon in the innovative multimedia and games sector, not to mention the shortage of women directors in television.Gender Matters is a direct response to the status of women in the screen industry, but Screen Australia recognises that there are other groups that are under-represented.While Screen Australia does not want to dilute its gender strategy, it acknowledges it is part of a wider issue about representation by and about minorities. The release describes four new subsidised programs promoting women in the industry as well as individuals with an ethnic background.Moreover, assessment criteria changes are to be made across Screen Australia, aimed at encouraging projects that promote gender and cultural diversity, plus at removing the barriers faced by women who take time out of the workforce.“The guidelines will be prepared and reviewed quickly, so the first call-out can be made at the end of January or early February. Applicants will have six weeks to prepare their proposals, and the whole first round will be finished by the end of the financial year,” the statement explains. Fiona Cameron has confirmed that Screen Australia is already working on this study, and that both the ABC and SBS have agreed to co-operate. While this is a solid base point, it will go wider to explore diversity in commercial FTA and subscription television.Meanwhile, Screen NSW is also to set a formal target by the end of 2018, reflecting the sentiment expressed by the Australian Directors Guild in its announcement just last week.last_img read more

Les glaciers dAlaska fondent moins vite que ne lavaient prédit les scientifiques

first_imgLes glaciers d’Alaska fondent moins vite que ne l’avaient prédit les scientifiquesAlaska – Une étude menée par des glaciologues du Laboratoire d’études en géophysique et océanographie spatiales (Legos) a montré que les glaciers d’Alaska ont fondu moins vite entre 1962 et 2006 que ce qui avait été estimé par les scientifiques.En 44 ans, les glaciers d’Alaska ont perdu environ 42 km3 de glace par an, contribuant à la hausse du niveau des mers à raison de 0,12 millimètre par an et non de 0,17 comme l’avaient prédit des travaux publiés en 2002 par des chercheurs de l’université d’Alaska. Cette fonte est 34% inférieure à ce qui avait été estimé auparavant, souligne l’équipe franco-canadienne qui a mené l’étude publiée dimanche par la revue scientifique Nature geoscience.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Les précédentes recherches n’auraient pas pris en compte les débris rocheux qui constituent une protection pour les glaciers. Protégée du soleil par ces débris, la glace fond en effet moins vite, explique le CNRS dans un communiqué. Aidés par les satellites Spot5 et Aster, les chercheurs ont pu obtenir une “meilleure résolution spatiale” et donc des relevés plus précis, leur permettant ainsi de mesurer les pertes des trois quarts des glaciers d’Alaska.L’étude de 2002 était également basée sur des mesures concernant un nombre limité de glaciers, or la fonte de ces derniers est très hétérogène et il est donc particulièrement difficile de parvenir à une estimation globale.Le CNRS tient à souligner que ces résultats ne peuvent en aucun cas remettre en cause l’importance de l’amincissement et du recul des glaciers. “De plus, l’accélération spectaculaire des pertes de masse depuis les années 1990, correspondant à une contribution de 0.25 mm/an à la hausse du niveau marin, n’est pas remise en cause et s’avère un signe inquiétant pour la hausse future du niveau marin” insiste le centre de recherches.Le 18 janvier 2010 à 16:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

For some teams Iditarods final miles make the biggest difference

first_imgWade Marrs, mushing along the Iditarod Trail on the outskirts of Nome. (Photo: Emily Schwing, KNOM)The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race is 1,000 miles long, but for a couple dog teams, the most competitive stretch of trail came down to the final mile.Download AudioThe crowd cheered as Wade Marrs came bounding down Nome’s Front Street behind his dog team.Somewhere between Koyuk and Elim, musher Pete Kaiser gained nearly two hours on Marrs.In the end, Marrs refused to give up.“He did make me work for it,” Marrs said. “My legs are like shaking right now.”Marrs was out of breath, panting and sweating. He collapsed on the seat of his sled once his lead dogs crossed the finish line.He says he was running for miles as Pete Kaiser’s sled dogs bared down on his team. Kaiser Minutes later, they came into the finish cute.Pete Kaiser, mushing down Front Street. (Photo: Emily Schwing, KNOM)Kaiser’s team probably could have continued. His sled dogs were banging at their harnesses to go, even after he dropped his snow hook and parked his sled.“They did good and they looked good,” Kaiser said. “We managed them right and I think we got the best possible performance we could have got I think, so I am happy with that.”Wade Marrs was also impressed with Kaiser’s team.“From what I’ve seen, he’s got the best looking dog team on this race,” Marrs said. “They are beautiful. I knew he’d be coming hard. I actually fully expected for him to catch me and pass me, but I wanted to make him work for it and he made me work really hard and I don’t know how I stayed in front of him.”A similar race for Nome played out only a few hours later.From Koyuk, Scott Smith slowly started to close a nearly five-hour gap on Burmeister. By the time the two teams reached White Mountain, 76 miles later, the difference was roughly an hour.Scott Smith says he made the move in order to avoid getting caught himself. Paul Gebhardt and Richie Diehl were hot on his heels.“I had Richie and Paul behind me and they can have some speed so if I went after Noah and I caught him great, but if I didn’t then at least I’d stay in front of them,” he said.This is Smith’s sixth Iditarod. He’s never placed higher than 26th. He was driving a dog team he thought might have what it takes to finish up front,“Earlier in the year, I just thought they were a really nice group and I thought I definitely could be possible you just gotta go out and race it if you’re gonna get it though, you know,” Smith said.When he crossed the finish line, Smith had no idea how well he had placed.“I broke the top ten?” he asked. “Wow, that feels good for sure.”Smith says he wasn’t sure he’d able to overtake Burmeister. He had to stop and change his runner plastic just before he got to Safety.“It benefitted me though, no complaints,” he said.Six minutes later, Nome’s own Noah Burmeister pulled in.Burmeister hasn’t driven a dog team in the Iditarod in a decade, but he maintained a position in the top-10 throughout the race.Back in Rohn, he said he wanted to prove he could do more than train puppy teams for his older brother Aaron. After crossing the finish line in 11th place, he said he felt he had done just that.“I feel real good about it, I learned a lot this year and I’ll change some stuff around and come back better next year,” Burmeister said.When he arrived under the burled arch, Burmeister’s older brother and well-known musher Aaron Burmeister was there to greet him.Mushers and dog teams will continue to arrive in Nome through the end of the week.Some will race to get there, others will find pride in simply completing the journey.last_img read more

HIDCO to increase green cover of New Town

first_imgKolkata: Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) will set up more urban forests in New Town to increase its green cover.A meeting was held between senior officials of HIDCO and their counterparts in the state Forest department, to make plans to plant saplings during monsoon. HIDCO had planted 65,000 saplings in 2017. A survey was conducted to find out how many saplings have died and following that, new saplings were planted in those areas. In 2018, thousands of saplings will be planted on Forest week. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe Wasteland Forest Development Corporation has set up a tall tree nursery and tall tree saplings are being sold from there at affordable prices. There is enthusiasm among the residents of different housing complexes to plant tall trees and look after them.Big trees are being grown on 3 acres of land in Eco Park. Another urban forest comprising only Neem trees will come up on 5 acres of land. HIDCO has decided to plant trees in small parks and similar land, to increase the green cover of New Town. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedTo water the roadside trees, waste water is being recycled and specially designed vehicles are being deployed to water the plants. There are parks in every block and they are being maintained carefully. Swapno Bhor, a retreat meant for senior citizens, has a lush green park covering an area of 3 acres. Trees are also being planted throughout New Town.Eco Park, the biggest urban park in Bengal, which stands on 480 acres of land covered by 112 acres of waterbody, has trees all around. There are flower gardens and gardens for medicinal plants.It may be mentioned that after coming to power in 2011, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had taken the initiative to make New Town a green city. The erstwhile Left Front government, which had constructed New Town, did not make any plan to increase its green cover and the entire area used to look like a barren desert.last_img read more

Space bound

first_imgCan art activate a building and stimulate a multi-sensory experience between the artwork and the structural form it occupies? At Khoj Studios, nine artistes have achieved in doing just that through an exhibition of on-site, multi-media works that explore light, colour, shape, size and unusual material within the white shell of the Khoj building.Titled Activating Space: A Sculptural Enquiry, the exhibition, including drawings, video, mixed media installation, mirrors, metal, and even shadows, commenced on April 23 and will be on till May 15. Activating Space is also a unique new program that departs from the specific, thematic orientation of most of the other residencies and exhibitions organised by Khoj. It invites sculptors, architects, visual artists and other creative practitioners to engage with the loose and accommodative rubric of site-specificity.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The participating artistes are Gagan Singh, Lleah Smith and James Gatt, Pooja Iranna, Priyamwada Singh, Samrudh Dixit, Sanket Jadia, Shaily Gupta and Henri Fanthome, Sikan Kumar Panda, and Teja Gavankar.“The project invites the most unusual, unique and bizarre materials into Khoj to permeate the exterior space and explore realms which otherwise can go by un-noticed. No interior studio or project space will be used in the installation of the exhibition,” says Promona Sengupta, Program Manager, Khoj.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSeven individual artistes and two art collectives use its pre-existing architecture/facade to sculpturally investigate the form and the site, to ignite a sense of discovery and wonder and to find an interesting dialogue between the two forms. Elements of exploration, disguise, and emphasis are all equally at play as artists are encouraged to explore the divisions of subtly and strength and harmony and contrast in the work and the building.Gagan Singh has made miniature size paper cut outs, mostly depicting himself in various situations, and placed these all over the Khoj staircase, railings and even walls. Lleah Smith and James Gatt are part of the art collective Dandelion which is an artist collective based in Sydney, Australia. Their work Oasis includes a staircase laden with paper flowers and plastic bags filled with coloured water scattered on the rooftop. Pooja Iranna has been working on the subject of architectural spaces for decades and is known not only for her watercolours, staple pin sculptures, photographical work but also videos. Her work is titled as Swaas. Priyamwada Singh’s work is a chime-like installation work at Khoj is titled Time Traces — A Sensory Experiential placed right at the entrance. Samrudh Dixit has worked nationally on trans-disciplinary innovation projects that have spanned product and space design through/to music, structural design and services. Her rooftop installation is titled Cede which is a canvas based canopy with nylon strings.Sanket Jadia’s work Identical Universe, Inverse Reality is a 16 by 16 feel wall made of 10 mirrors that reflects the entire Khoj building is an attempt to engage with the dynamics of the existing space and architecture. Architects Shaily Gupta and Henri Fanthome are working at Khoj together.They say, “The building of Khoj, in its present shape and form, and with its numerous stairs and landings, creates a spatial framework. Within the white walls, the stairs, the landings and with the tree – mixing the real with the imagined, the permanent, with the transient, the accessible with the inaccessible is the aim.”Sikan Kumar Panda is a Delhi-based visual artist and a graduate in printmaking from University of Hyderabad. He says about his thread sculptural work Invisible Ways. Teja Gavankar’s project is called Over Consuming which is a state of being occupied with many things.When: On till May 15Where: Khoj Studioslast_img read more

First Video of DNA Organization Settles Scientific Debate

first_imgA condensin protein complex creates a loop in DNA. (Credit: Cees Dekker Lab TU Delft/Scixel)For all its precise helical structure, the DNA inside our cells is a mess.When a cell isn’t preparing for the process of splitting itself in two, our DNA lies in a massive tangle inside the cell nucleus; a strand more than six feet in length jumbled like an earbud cord. But when it comes time to undergo cellular division, this disorderly strand must be packaged neatly into chromosomes to be passed onto daughter cells — stuffed into a space much tighter than before.Around and AroundTo accomplish the task, a protein complex known as condensin grabs onto a strand of DNA and passes it through a ring-like structure to coil it into orderly loops perfect for packaging — a process that researchers have caught on camera for the first time. A team of researchers from Germany and the Netherlands was able to stain the proteins responsible so they could be viewed in action under a microscope and fix the DNA in place in order to watch the process happen in real time. The feat settles a debate about how condensin works and could provide insights into hereditable diseases and some forms of cancer.[embedded content]That condensin is responsible for looping DNA has been suggested for years now — the idea, in fact, seems to have come to one researcher as he handled ropes and climbing equipment during a mountaineering expedition — but researchers weren’t quite sure if that theory or another was accurate. Either condensin looped DNA, or it relied on hook-like structures to tie it together. The video, part of research published Thursday in Science, makes clear that the former mechanism is the right one.After staining the condensin with a fluorescent protein and pinning down a strand of DNA in the lab, the researchers introduced a slight current that would stretch any resulting loops out clearly. After that, all they had to do was bring it into focus with a microscope. The resulting footage shows condensin drawing in a strand of DNA and spooling it out in a clear loop.[embedded content]And the protein complex is good at its job, too. Opponents of the looping theory had suggested that such a mechanism would suck up too much energy, in the form of ATP, for it to work. The researchers newest work indicates that condensin is actually quite efficient, likely because it reels DNA in many base pairs at a time, as opposed to one by one. It’s fast, too, operating at a relatively high rate of around 1,500 base pairs per second. Intriguingly, they also observed that condensin only pulls on one of the two sides of the loop it is gathered, something they still can’t explain.The findings aren’t only visual evidence of a crucial cellular process, they could also help elucidate the causes of certain genetic diseases related to the protein family condensin belongs to, called SMC. Arranging chromosomes during cell division, something that condensin also helps with, can lead to cancer if done incorrectly. The new insights into how it operates could provide further avenues for research in that direction as well.last_img read more

Tacos4Ticos gives back through football

first_imgRelated posts:La Sele announces 23-man roster for Copa América tournament Costa Rican Noelia Bermúdez named best goalkeeper in Spain’s La Liga Photos of new La Sele jerseys leak amid New Balance bribery accusations Costa Rican footballer Álvaro Saborío suddenly retires due to ‘unfair insults’ When Adam Baker and his colleague Richard Bexon began their community outreach program that donates football equipment to impoverished kids in the western San José district of Pavas, Baker admits the first practices and donation sessions were complete chaos.“At first it was a free-for-all,” Baker said. “It was a bit mad with everyone grabbing for the equipment and not wanting to share or having bad attitudes during our practices.”The two England natives work in the Pavas area as travel agents with Namu Travel Group and wanted to give back to the community through a passion they share with their adopted country: football.In February, they began the nonprofit Tacos4Ticos, which provides football gear, coaching and games to kids from the largely destitute Lomas neighborhood of Pavas. Adam Baker, left, doles out new gear to kids in the Tacos4Ticos program. (Courtesy of Namu Travel Group)The name “Tacos” comes from the Costa Rican slang word for football cleats. As the nonprofit continues to grow, there are more and more tacos to go around for the kids.Baker said the group has received 12 donations from travel agency clients since March, when they put up a small advertisement on the Namu website.“And it’s not just a few cleats we’re talking about, we’ve had clients drop off whole sports bags of equipment,” he said.Baker and Bexon make up part of the Namu team that plays against the youth team, known as the Pavas Pumas. Last week, the kids beat their elders from the travel agency 5-2 in a match held at Ernesto Rohrmoser Stadium, where the group practices every Thursday.Before the game, Baker and company gave four duffle bags full of football gear to the more than 25 kids in attendance. Though it’s been a tough process, Baker said, he sees positive growth in the children.“I’ve seen this respect begin to grow in them,” he said. “They’re very grateful. They know that we’re not getting paid for this and that we’re taking time out for them, so they’ve begun to give respect back.” Practice sessions are held at Ernesto Rohrmoser Stadium in Pavas every Thursday at 4 p.m. (Courtesy of Namu Travel Group)Tacos4Ticos works directly under the local charity Educación Plus, a much larger nonprofit that has worked with at-risk children all over San José since 1994. The Namu Travel Group has donated $3,000 towards the Tacos4Ticos program. Baker and Bexon also provide the spaces for English classes for the players through Idioma Internacional.Baker said that in the short time since they’ve started the football-centric charity, the kids’ attitudes and confidence levels have improved dramatically through the medium of a team sport.“The kids have improved on the field as well as off it,” Baker said. “These are good kids but they grow up in a neighborhood that’s in violence constantly. It’s about getting them out of that area. And we try to treat them as equals.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

MReport Exclusive Dave Worrall President of LoanCare

first_img October 2, 2017 1,021 Views MReport Online Editor Brianna Gilpin sits down with Dave Worrall, President of LoanCare to discuss the challenges servicers may face in the upcoming months at the 2017 Five Star Conference and Expo in Dallas, Texas. Following the hurricanes that have devastated parts of the U.S. and eventual ending of moratoriums, Worrall explained the different aspects servicers should focus on as well as the possibility of regional microbubbles.  in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Media, News, Servicing Dave Worrall loanCare Servicing 2017-10-02 Brianna Gilpincenter_img MReport Exclusive: Dave Worrall, President of LoanCare Sharelast_img

Taxi drivers angered by authorities snub

first_imgTaxi drivers threatened on Wednesday to step up strike measures next month because no one in authority showed any interest in their two-hour work stoppage at Larnaca airport earlier in the day.During the stoppage, which started at 8:30am, taxi drivers at Larnaca airport expressed their grievances about buses offering shuttle services to other cities.Andreas Katsikides, vice president of the Larnaca taxi drivers association said the shuttle companies worked without proper licenses and “created unwanted competition.”They argued that an amendment to the legislation meant “any company can, without problems start regular routes to and from Cyprus’ airports and from the free areas of Famagusta.”Katsikides said taxi drivers want the licences for a company offering a shuttle service from the Famagusta district cancelled.Taxi drivers went on a two-hour work stoppage outside the Larnaca airport.No representative from the transport ministry, road transport department or deputies were at the airport to hear the taxi drivers’ grievances.“We informed them but no one came so we’ll escalate measures. In January, we’ll strike and close off roads until someone listens to us,” said Katsikides.Passengers were not in any way inconvenienced, he said.A spokesperson for Kapnos airport shuttle, which offers routes from the airport, said there had not been any disruption to services.The taxi drivers had gathered where the shuttle bus stop is outside Larnaca airport during their work stoppage. They claimed shuttle buses did not run on schedule, as the driver would wait until a bus were full before departing. rather than leaving at a set time.Earlier this week, Katsikides had also expressed his association concern about the application of a company to offer a shuttle service to Ayia Napa and Protaras from Larnaca airport.He said passengers should make better use of the bus service. They could take a bus from the airport to the city centre and then take the inter-city bus, “for the operation of which taxpayers contributed millions, as it is a state supported service” to another city.This inter-city bus service would not be the answer as buses do not run after 9pm. The last bus from Larnaca (starting at Finikoudes) to Nicosia is at 8pm and 8:30pm to Limassol. People would have to use a taxi, after 8.30pm.“We have been discussing this problem for years and had many meetings with the relevant ministries and road transport department but we have not received any answer nor clarification as to what the routes are and what the role of the shuttles is,” Andreas Themistocleous, head of the Larnaca airport taxi drivers said.You May LikeFreedom Debt ReliefPeople In Heavy CC Debt Are In For Big SurpriseFreedom Debt ReliefUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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