Global LAG-3 Antagonist Pipeline Insight Report 2021: Emerging Drugs Include Tebotelimab (MacroGenics) & LAG525…

first_img Previous articleCockburn, Dosunmu lead No. 5 Illini past Northwestern 73-66Next articlePandemic politicking: Israel’s election sprint echoes US’s Digital AIM Web Support Local NewsBusiness Facebook Twitter Global LAG-3 Antagonist Pipeline Insight Report 2021: Emerging Drugs Include Tebotelimab (MacroGenics) & LAG525 (Novartis) – ResearchAndMarkets.com Pinterest WhatsApp TAGS  LAG-3 Antagonist Pipeline AnalysisTherapeutic AssessmentUnmet NeedsImpact of Drugs LAG-3 Antagonist Report AssessmentPipeline Product ProfilesTherapeutic AssessmentPipeline AssessmentInactive drugs assessmentUnmet Needs Key Questions Answered Current Scenario and Emerging Therapies:How many companies are developing LAG-3 Antagonist drugs?How many LAG-3 Antagonist drugs are developed by each company?How many emerging drugs are in mid-stage, and late-stage of development for LAG-3 Antagonist?What are the key collaborations (Industry-Industry, Industry-Academia), Mergers and acquisitions, licensing activities related to the LAG-3 Antagonist therapeutics?What are the recent trends, drug types and novel technologies developed to overcome the limitation of existing therapies?What are the clinical studies going on for LAG-3 Antagonist and their status?What are the key designations that have been granted to the emerging drugs? Key PlayersMacroGenicsNovartisMerck Sharp & DohmeCrescendo BiologicsF-star TherapeuticsMICROBIO GroupBristol-Myers SquibbOno PharmaceuticalsSymphogenAvactaAbeome Corporation Key PlayersTebotelimabLAG525FavezelimabCB213FS-118SNA-03RelatlimabSym022AVA-0017LAG3 antagonist For more information about this drug pipelines report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/pa9rkx View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210216005575/en/ CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager [email protected] For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 KEYWORD: INDUSTRY KEYWORD: HEALTH PHARMACEUTICAL SOURCE: Research and Markets Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/16/2021 05:10 AM/DISC: 02/16/2021 05:10 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210216005575/en By Digital AIM Web Support – February 17, 2021 Twitter Facebook DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 16, 2021– The “LAG-3 Antagonist – Pipeline Insight, 2021” drug pipelines has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. This “LAG-3 Antagonist – Pipeline Insight, 2021,” report provides comprehensive insights about 20+ companies and 20+ pipeline drugs in LAG-3 Antagonist pipeline landscape. It covers the pipeline drug profiles, including clinical and nonclinical stage products. It also covers the therapeutics assessment by product type, stage, route of administration, and molecule type. It further highlights the inactive pipeline products in this space. Report HighlightsThe companies and academics are working to assess challenges and seek opportunities that could influence LAG-3 Antagonist R&D. The therapies under development are focused on novel approaches for LAG-3 Antagonist.On 5th May 2020 Crescendo Biologics and Cancer Research announced a Clinical Development Partnership to progress one of Crescendo’s novel bispecific Humabody immunotherapies, CB213, into clinical trials targeting cancers of high unmet medical need. Under the terms of the agreement, Cancer Research UK’s Centre for Drug Development will sponsor and fund a future Phase I clinical trial for CB213, in patients with solid tumors. LAG-3 Antagonist Emerging Drugs Chapters This segment of the LAG-3 Antagonist report encloses its detailed analysis of various drugs in different stages of clinical development, including phase III, II, I, preclinical and Discovery. It also helps to understand clinical trial details, expressive pharmacological action, agreements and collaborations, and the latest news and press releases. LAG-3 Antagonist Emerging DrugsTebotelimab: MacroGenics Tebotelimab (previously known as MGD013) is an investigational, first-in-class bispecific, tetravalent DART molecule targeting PD-1 and LAG-3. Tebotelimab has been engineered to bind PD-1 and LAG-3 concomitantly or independently and disrupt these non-redundant inhibitory pathways to further restore exhausted T-cell function.LAG525: Novartis LAG525, also known as IMP701 is an investigational molecule being developed to potentially treat a range of solid tumors. It is a high-affinity, ligand-blocking, humanized anti-LAG-3 IgG4 antibody which blocks the binding of the known LAG-3 ligand MHC class II to LAG-3. Immutep began the development of LAG525 and is now being continued by Novartis in collaboration with the Australian biotechnology company Prima BioMed. LAG-3 Antagonist: Therapeutic Assessment This segment of the report provides insights about the different LAG-3 Antagonist drugs segregated based on following parameters that define the scope of the report, such as: Major Players working on LAG-3 Antagonist There are approx. 20+ key companies which are developing the LAG-3 Antagonist. The companies which have their LAG-3 Antagonist drug candidates in the most advanced stage, i.e. Phase II/III include, Bristol-Myers Squibb/Ono Pharmaceuticals. The report covers around 20+ products under different phases of clinical development likeLate-stage products (Phase III andMid-stage products (Phase II andEarly-stage products (Phase I/II and Phase I) along with the details ofPre-clinical and Discovery stage candidatesDiscontinued & Inactive candidatesRoute of Administration LAG-3 Antagonist pipeline report provides the therapeutic assessment of the pipeline drugs by the Route of Administration. Products have been categorized under various ROAs such asInfusionIntradermalIntramuscularIntranasalIntravaginalOralParenteralSubcutaneousTopicalMolecule Type Products have been categorized under various Molecule types such asVaccinesMonoclonal AntibodyPeptidesPolymerSmall moleculeProduct Type The drugs have been categorized under various product types like Mono, Combination and Mono/Combination. LAG-3 Antagonist: Pipeline Development Activities The report provides insights into different therapeutic candidates in phase III, II, I, preclinical and discovery stage. It also analyses LAG-3 Antagonist therapeutic drugs key players involved in developing key drugs. Pipeline Development Activities The report covers the detailed information of collaborations, acquisition and merger, licensing along with a thorough therapeutic assessment of emerging LAG-3 Antagonist drugs. LAG-3 Antagonist Report Insights Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

Rallying should be banned from Donegal forests

first_img Facebook WhatsApp Rallying should be banned from Donegal forests LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Google+ Google+ Forestry owners have called on Coilte to ban car rallying in state forests because of the “collateral” damage to private property.Coilte gets annual government grants under the forest road scheme 2008 to construct forestry roads for the extraction of timber.But it allows rally driving on them in return for lucrative fees.Private forest owners say rallying and motorsports should be banned on forest roads. They say that before, during and after legal rallies, illegal joyriding is rampant and spills over onto their land. Wrecked cars are dumped and there is destruction of private property.John Jackson, a forest owner near Stranorlar, says he’s against rallying in forests:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/john1pm.mp3[/podcast] Previous articleRadiotherapy centre still on course for 2015Next articleFive men have lucky escape in Killybegs boat accident News Highland By News Highland – August 10, 2010 Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Twitter Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp Pinterest Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Facebook Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson News Twitter Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margeylast_img read more

[Breaking] Prashant Bhushan Contempt Case: SC Mutes VC Hearing; Seeks Explanation/Apology [Read Order]

first_imgTop Stories[Breaking] Prashant Bhushan Contempt Case: SC Mutes VC Hearing; Seeks Explanation/Apology [Read Order] Sanya Talwar4 Aug 2020 4:48 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Tuesday sought an explanation/apology from Advocate Prashant Bhushan in the contempt case taken against him over his remarks made in 2009 that at least half of the former Chief Justices of India were corrupt.In the order passed, the bench observed that it has not received the explanation/apology submitted by Mr. Prashant Bhushan/ Respondent No.1 and Mr….Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Tuesday sought an explanation/apology from Advocate Prashant Bhushan in the contempt case taken against him over his remarks made in 2009 that at least half of the former Chief Justices of India were corrupt.In the order passed, the bench observed that it has not received the explanation/apology submitted by Mr. Prashant Bhushan/ Respondent No.1 and Mr. Tarun Tejpal/Respondent No.2.”In case we do not accept the explanation/apology, we will hear the matter. We reserve the order”, the bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, B R Gavai and Krishna Murari noted in the order.Muted VC hearing in morning sessionIn the morning session, after the hearing continued for approximately 10 minutes, the bench proceeded to conduct the rest of the session “in-camera”, muting the video conferencing hearing till afternoon.When the hearing commenced, Justice Arun Mishra told Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhavan (appearing for Bhushan)  that there existed a “line” between freedom of speech guaranteed by the Constitution and Contempt, which Bhushan “may have” crossed.At this juncture, the bench sought Dhavan’s assistance and asked him as to how the issue could be accounted for. Dhavan informed the bench that when Senior Advocate Ram Jethmalani appeared for Bhushan earlier, he had offered an explanation for his Client’s remarks. This, Dhavan stated, could be taken note of so as to “put an end to this”.After this, the bench muted the VC hearing and conversed with Senior Advocates Dhavan and Kapil Sibal (appearing for Tarun Tejpal) over the phone, and asked if the parties will issue statements of apology.Bhushan refused to tender an apology but agreed to submit a statement of explanation.  Tejpal, however, submitted a statement of apology for the offence caused to the SC due to the publication of the interview.SC bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra to hear the contempt case taken against Advocate Prashant Bhushan @pbhushan1 in 2009 over his interview to ‘Tehelka’ magazine.The contempt case was taken on the basis of a complaint by Sr Adv Harish Salve pic.twitter.com/1ktDS2ydFu— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) August 4, 2020 SC bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra to hear the contempt case taken against Advocate Prashant Bhushan @pbhushan1 in 2009 over his interview to ‘Tehelka’ magazine.The contempt case was taken on the basis of a complaint by Sr Adv Harish Salve pic.twitter.com/1ktDS2ydFu— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) August 4, 2020 SC bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra to hear the contempt case taken against Advocate Prashant Bhushan @pbhushan1 in 2009 over his interview to ‘Tehelka’ magazine.The contempt case was taken on the basis of a complaint by Sr Adv Harish Salve pic.twitter.com/1ktDS2ydFu— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) August 4, 2020 On the last date of hearing, i.e. on July 24, the bench had adjourned the matter stating. “We need to hear the matter, will give you time so as to let you prepare to your satisfaction”, Justice Arun Mishra, who lead the bench, told Senior Advocate Rajeev Dhavan, who appeared for Bhushan.As per the press release issued by Prashant Bhushan’s office Mr. Bhushan refused to tender an apology but agreed to issue the following statement.In my interview to Tehelka in 2009 I have used the word corruption in a wide sense meaning lack of propriety. I did not mean only financial corruption or deriving any pecuniary advantage. If what I have said caused hurt to any of them or to their families in any way, I regret the same. I unreservedly state that I support the institution of the judiciary and especially the Supreme Court of which I am a part, and had no intention to lower the prestige of the judiciary in which I have complete faith. I regret if my interview was misunderstood as doing so, that is, lower the reputation of the judiciary, especially the Supreme Court, which could never have been my intention at all.”  Mr. Tejpal’s statement to the court apparently contained a conditional apology for the offense it had caused the institution of the Supreme Court, as mentioned by Mr. Sibal appearing for Mr. Tejpal during the hearing. The court however reassembled in the afternoon and when Justice Mishra indicated that he may pass an order holding that any statement of corruption in the judiciary would amount to per se contempt, he was told by Dr. Dhavan, that such a finding cannot be and should not be rendered without hearing the parties. The earlier discussion over whatsapp was only regarding whether the proceedings could be dropped in the light of the statements. Therefore Dr. Dhavan told the court, if the Hon’ble judges wanted to render any finding on whether the interview amounted to contempt or not, they would have to hear the parties fully, on facts and law. The court thereafter reserved judgment.  Background:The suo moto case was taken on the basis of a complaint made by Senior Advocate Harish Salve.The contempt proceedings pertain to allegations made by Salve towards Bhushan where Bhushan allegedly said that half of the last 16 Chief Justices were corrupt. As per the complaint, Bhushan also said in the interview that he had no proof for the allegations.The complaint was filed by Salve through an interlocutory application filed in the Sterlite case, in which he was the Amicus Curiae.On November 6, 2009, the complaint was placed before a bench comprising the then Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice S H Kapadia, which directed that the matter be listed before a 3-judge bench in which Justice Kapadia was not a member.On January 19, 2010, a bench comprising Justices Altamas Kabir, Cyriac Joseph and H L Dattu issued notices to Bhushan and Tarun Tejpal, the Editor-in-Chief of Tehelka magazine.Incidentally, the same bench – which also includes Justices B R Gavai and Krishna Murari – had issued notice to Bhushan on July 22 in a suo motu case registered over two of his recent tweets about the judiciary.Click here to download the orderRead OrderNext Storylast_img read more

Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland welcomes significant Enterprise Ireland support

first_img WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland welcomes significant Enterprise Ireland support Homepage BannerNews Google+ Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Google+ A company which is part owned by the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation has begun operations in Monaghan, with work due to start on a major plant in Killybegs next year.Bio-Marine Ingredients Ireland has now commenced full commercial production at its processing facility in Lough Egish, Co Monaghan.The Killybegs facility, which will make marine protein ingredients, suitable for human consumption, will be ten times the size of the Monaghan plant.Bio-Marine Ingredients Ireland is engaged in developing hwat it terms a new source of sustainably produced marine protein ingredients, suitable for human consumption.The company says with ongoing food ingredient inflation and a rising demand for quality protein in the food manufacturing sector, there is a strong and increasing demand for marine derived nutritional and bioactive ingredients which can both substitute and be complementary to vegetable and animal ingredients.After confirming a further tranche of funding for the project, Enterprise Ireland CEO, Julie Sinnamon said BII is entering a significant phase of growth through the development of the new facility in Co. Monaghan and the subsequent creation of further jobs.The Monaghan facility has capacity for 12,500 tonnes of fish, while the has planning permission for a second larger marine ingredients processing facility in Killybegs, Co Donegal which will cost an estimated €35million to develop and will have capacity for 120,000 tonnes of fish. Construction is provisionally scheduled to get underway in 2018.center_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – November 1, 2017 Twitter Facebook Previous articleWoods and Doherty named on Player of the Year nominationsNext articleWork begins on safety works on Glenfin Road outside Ballybofey News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty last_img read more

Redfin, CoreLogic and CoStar’s love triangle

first_imgFirst-day stock pop for tech IPOs in 2021, double last year’s average, per Dealogic Tracking proptech SPACsBlink and you’ll miss a new SPAC.With billions of dollars flowing into blank-check firms, a growing number of real estate players are targeting proptech.Last week alone, Scott Rechler’s RXR Realty launched a $250 million blank-check firm; Silverstein Properties’ Tal Kerret and Charles Federman (who co-founded Silvertech Ventures) began raising a $250 million SPAC; and Zillow co-founder Spencer Rascoff announced his third SPAC (which is raising $250 million).As an alternative to the traditional IPO, special-purpose acquisition companies made a comeback last year with 248 blank-check firms going public, raising $83 billion, according to SPACInsider. As of Feb. 19, 160 SPACs have gone public so far this year, raising $48.3 billion.The Real Deal is now tracking proptech SPACs, so bookmark this page and make sure to come back for updates. Renting a desk for lessPart of WeWork’s turnaround includes lower prices.The flexible-office firm slashed prices for desks and small offices in November and in January, according to Bloomberg News. Discounts ranged between 5 percent and 25 percent, with an average discount of 10 percent. Although the discounts weren’t advertised on WeWork’s website, they were found within its source code, according to an analyst who compiled the data for Bloomberg.CEO Sandeep Mathrani has been getting WeWork back on its feet after its failed IPO in 2019. WeWork has cut costs and is evaluating underperforming locations.But the office backdrop is uncertain. Office rents have dropped, and according to CBRE, they could drop 7 percent more by 2022 before rebounding. States Title adds $150M to warchestStates Title, a startup that’s taking on the arcane title insurance industry, has raised $150 million in debt. HSCM Bermuda, a prior backer, provided the financing, which will give the startup “greater capacity to tackle this enormous market,” CEO Max Simkoff said in a statement.Founded in 2016, States Title uses machine learning to speed up the title process (and by extension, closings). The latest financing follows a $123 million funding round in May 2020, which valued the company at $623 million. States Title said it will use the debt to optimize its available cash and launch new technology.In addition to HSCM Bermuda, prior investors include Greenspring Associates, Fifth Wall Ventures and Foundation Capital.STAT OF THE WEEK63% Tags Knock, knock. Is the landlord home?Knock, a startup that bills itself as the “front-office tech stack” for apartment landlords, has raised $20 million in growth equity to roll out new products like virtual touring and leasing.The round, led by Fifth Wall Ventures, brings its total funding to $47 million. Previous backers Madrona Venture Group, Lead Edge Capital, Second Avenue Partners and Seven Peaks Ventures also participated in the round.Based in Seattle, Knock’s core product is a customer relationship manager (CRM) for multifamily owners. It was founded in 2014 by Tom Petry and Demetri Themelis.Using Knock’s software, property owners can manage correspondence with prospects and stay on top of calendar items — from showings to renewals. “Every operational touch point is managed within Knock,” Themelis said.Small bytes? Metropolis, an AI platform for parking lots, raised a $41M Series A led by equity firm 3L. Starwood Capital, former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and RXR Realty are also investors.? Eden Health, which has worked with flex-office startup Convene to provide in-office healthcare, raised a $60M Series C.? Opendoor launched iBuying in San Diego and Asheville, North Carolina.? InTheMarket, an office leasing startup, is looking to raise a $2M seed round through crowdfunding.? Audience Town, a real estate ad company, landed $2.1M in seed funding.? Realm, which evaluates a property’s potential value, closed a $3.2M seed round.? Leasecake raised $3M to expand its software, which helps businesses manage work spaces. Click here to join the thousands of knowledgeable readers who subscribe to Future City. center_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink What CoStar wants, Redfin getsThe battle lines have been drawn on rental listings.Taking on the likes of Zillow and CoStar, Redfin struck a deal to buy RentPath for $608 million, the company said Friday. Yes, that’s the same RentPath that called off a $588 million sale to CoStar last year, after federal regulators blocked the deal on antitrust grounds. With Redfin, there are no such concerns since Redfin is new to the rental game.During an investor call, Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman said one-third of Americans are renters, and to dominate the listings game the company needed to add rental inventory. (RentPath owns Rent.com, Rentals.com and ApartmentGuide.com, and averages 16 million monthly viewers from those sites.)“The websites that are ahead of us as real estate destinations have rentals,” he said. “We don’t. The only way to climb that mountain is by building that inventory.”But CoStar isn’t backing down.While it may have lost RentPath, it’s fighting tooth-and-nail to win CoreLogic — a residential real estate data company that would massively boost CoStar’s muscle in that market.After losing out to Stone Point Capital and Insight Partners, which agreed to pay $6 billion, CoStar came back last week with a $6.9 billion offer.In a letter to CoreLogic’s board, CoStar CEO Andy Florance said he was stunned CoreLogic went with Stone Point and Insight. He cited reports that Stone Point secured $5.5 billion in debt to finance the deal. “If true, that implies leverage of over ten times,” he said, “a crushing debt load, with potentially devastating consequences.”“This combination would triple CoStar Group’s total addressable market.”— CoStar’s Andy Florance on CoreLogic bid Share via Shortlink Future CityProptechlast_img read more

JASON CULLUM SELECTED AS A CCO “OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD WINNER FOR…

first_imgEPD SERGEANT JASON CULLUM SELECTED AS A CCO “OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD WINNER FOR 2019(Sgt. Cullum Founded Cops Connecting with Kids)The City-County Observer is proud to announce that EPD SERGEANT JASON CULLUM has been selected a City-County Observer “Outstanding Community Services Award” winner for 2019.Jason Cullum is an extremely likable person and is involved in every aspect of our community.In 2013, Sgt. Cullum founded Cops Connecting with Kids. To date, this unique partnership between law enforcement, schools, and the community has provided all-expenses-paid trips to Walt Disney World for 166 underserved kids from Evansville.Sgt. Jason Cullum is a 20 year veteran of the Evansville Indiana Police Department. He has served in many assignments that include co-founding the first-ever EPD Bike Patrol Unit, SWAT team member, Filed Training Officer. He also served as the Crime Prevention Unit supervisor for 3 years.He is currently assigned as the agency’s Public Information Officer and also coordinates the department’s Speaker’s Bureau program.Sgt. Cullum is an Evansville native and returned home to serve his community after a 4-year enlistment in the United States Air Force, where he served as a Military Working Dog handler and a Korean National Police Liaison.In 2016, Sgt Cullum also served as a Fellow for the Office of Community Policing (COPS office) in Washington D.C. where he served as a subject matter expert for community policing development and law enforcement social media.FOOTNOTE: This year’s awards luncheon will be held at Tropicana-Evansville Walnut rooms A and B on October 25, 2019. The registration begins at 11:30 am, the event officially starts at 12 noon.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Ocean City Schools to Close on Monday as Winter Storm Approaches

first_imgAll Ocean City schools will be closed on Monday (March 3) as a winter storm threatens to dump as much as a foot of snow on the island.New weather forecasting models updated on Sunday show the potential for a significant snowfall for Ocean City and southern New Jersey on Monday.A National Weather Service winter storm warning is in effect from 9 p.m. Sunday  through 4 p.m. Monday.The latest forecast predicts 6 to 12 inches of snow will accumulate in Ocean City on Monday after precipitation starts as rain, freezing rain and sleet on Sunday night. Snow forecast maps released by the NWS on Saturday had called for 10 to 14 inches. Wind gusts up to 40 mph out of the north are possible on the coast late Sunday night through Monday. The marine forecast suggests winds will be strong enough to send a light freezing spray onto the island.With a new moon having passed on Saturday, minor tidal flooding is possible with the highest tides expected at 9:32 a.m. and 9:55 p.m. on the bay side of Ocean City, where flooding is usually worse. Residents on low-elevation streets may want to consider moving their vehicles to higher ground.Near record cold will follow the storm with the low temperature on Monday night predicted at 11 degrees. Philadelphia is just 6 inches shy of the second snowiest winter on record (65.5 inches in 1995-96). As in most winters, the coastal region saw less snow. Atlantic City International Airport in nearby Egg Harbor Township has recorded 28.2 inches this winter.The Ocean City Police Department reminds residents that all parked cars must be removed from the entire length of West Avenue (snow emergency route) when the roadway is covered by snow. Violators will be ticketed.The ocean water temperature is 36.9 degrees, and for summer lovers, there are just 84 days until the start of Memorial Day Weekend.last_img read more

Viral villains

first_imgIf a disease outbreak in a field could be considered a crime scene, then the “CSI” lab for such viral suspects is on the University of Georgia campus in Tifton, Ga., where samples collected from the scene are sent and tested. The culprits are always identified.“Every crop we put in fields is susceptible to many viruses in Georgia,” said Stephen Mullis, a research professional with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, who oversees the viral lab. “And what we do here in the lab is determine what virus is present and at what levels.”Georgia’s hot, humid environment is good for growing many crops, virtually year-round. Unfortunately, that same weather is perfect for plant diseases, too. Over the past decade alone, viruses have cost farmers hundreds of millions of dollars in damage or in control measures. And no disease has caused more problems than the tomato spotted wilt virus, the disease that prompted the viral lab’s creation. TSWV hit Georgia in the mid-1980s. By the ‘90s, it was at epidemic levels, particularly on peanut and tobacco plants, said Alex Csinos, a CAES plant pathologist.“Necessity is the mother of invention,” Csinos said. “We had a serious outbreak of tomato spotted wilt virus in the early ‘90s. Since it was a new virus and no one else was doing any kind of work on that particular virus, we decided for us to save some of our crops from the destruction from this virus we needed to start our own laboratory on site to take care of the needs and requirements of the researchers that were studying the disease.”The lab was established in Tifton, where samples could be efficiently handled in the heart of the state’s row-crop production area. Primary funding to get the lab started came from Phillip Morris International and the Georgia Tobacco Commission.One sample is typically a leaf, stem or whole plant placed in a zip-close bag. Samples mostly come from research plots, where scientists conduct tests to learn more about viruses and discover ways farmers can treat or prevent them. “On a normal day, we run a few hundred samples. And in any given year we run 60,000 to 70,000 samples through this lab,” Mullis said.The lab mostly serves the state’s tobacco industry, which has declined in recent years due to many farmers getting out of the business after the government dropped its depression-era quota system. Farmers now contract their crops directly with tobacco companies, and profit margins are tight, said Fred Wetherington, a tobacco farmer in Lowndes County near the Florida line. Staying ahead of diseases is a major and costly problem.“For us, the lab in Tifton has been crucial,” said Wetherington, the chairman of the Georgia Tobacco Commission. “If it wasn’t for research, we’d be in a lot worse shape. Whether it is new varieties, new herbicides or nematocides, the research dollars up in Tifton have gone a long way for us.” For the first time in a long time, Georgia’s tobacco harvest, which recently finished, is good, Wetherington said. Weather was helpful and new research-based strategies to control TSWV seem to be working more widespread across the state.“We’ve got the best tobacco crop we’ve had in 12 or 13 years,” he said.When not handling tobacco, the lab gets samples of other crops like peanut and vegetables. Six years ago, the lab was on the forefront of the discovery of a mysterious virus threatening the state’s official vegetable: the Vidalia Onion. Iris yellow spot virus caused major concerns then, but its damage has been minimal since.last_img read more

Two Protected Elk Found Dead in Western North Carolina

first_imgAccording to a story filed today by the Smoky Mountain News, two young bull elk were found dead on a North Carolina dairy farm on Tuesday, January 31.The elk were discovered on or near—the exact location appears to be a matter of dispute—the Ralph Ross and Sons Dairy Farm, an area with a known history of “human-elk conflict.”Though elk hunting was approved by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission back in October of 2016, regulated seasons have not yet been implemented, and the animals will remain fully protected until “sustainability and allocation of harvest among state, federal and tribal lands are determined.”Just last winter, the same dairy farm was in the news after seven elk were shot on the property. According to the Smoky Mountain News, no charges were filed in this particular elk shooting, but the N.C. Wildlife Commission did install a fence intended to keep the elk off the farm.In that incident, the owner of the farm claimed he shot three elk because they were feeding on his winter wheat crops, but when officials showed up to investigate they found several more than the three reported carcasses.Related: Lone Elk Found in South Carolina for the First Time in CenturiesIn the more recent incident the two elk were found by an N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission technician. When he returned the next day, he found that the animals had been buried by members of the Ross family.“The landowner came back and dug the bulls back up and allowed us to look them over. There was no sign, that we could tell, that the bulls had been shot,”  the officer told the Smoky Mountain Times.Though still relatively fresh, the officer claimed that the carcasses were to decomposed to produce any viable tissue samples.Though native to the Southern Appalachian Mountains, elk were completely exterminated some two centuries ago due to loss of habitat and unregulated hunting, but reintroduced in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in 2001 and to parts of Eastern Kentucky as early as 1997.last_img read more

Petitions for readmission/reinstatement

first_imgPetitions for readmission/reinstatement Petitions for readmission/reinstatement Brodie applies for Bar readmission Sidney Z. Brodie of Coral Gables has submitted an application for readmission to The Florida Bar.Brodie resigned pending disciplinary proceedings from the practice of law in Florida pursuant to an April 12, 2001, order of the Supreme Court under allegations he failed to properly disburse funds to a mortgagee.The Florida Board of Bar Examiners will conduct a public hearing on Brodie’s application for readmission. All members of the Bar are invited to write to the board regarding their knowledge of Brodie, particularly in relation to his character and fitness for readmission.Anyone wanting to be notified of the time and place of the hearing, may submit a written request to Eleanor Mitchell Hunter, Executive Director, The Florida Board of Bar Examiners, 1891 Eider Court, Tallahassee 32399-1750. Aguilera petitions for Bar readmission Antonio Miguel Aguilera of Miami has submitted an application for readmission to The Florida Bar.Aguilera resigned during disciplinary proceedings from the practice of law in pursuant to a June 6, 1996, order of the Supreme Court under allegations he failed to maintain a trust account properly. The Florida Board of Bar Examiners will conduct a public hearing on Aguilera’s application for readmission.All members are invited to write to the board regarding their knowledge of Aguilera, particularly in relation to his character and fitness for readmission.If you wish to be notified of the time and place of the hearing, submit a written request to Eleanor Mitchell Hunter, Executive Director, Florida Board of Bar Examiners, 1891 Eider Court, Tallahassee 32399-1750. Jackson petitions for reinstatement Pursuant to Rule 3-7.10(b), Marvin Preston Jackson of Brandon has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.The court suspended Jackson from the practice of law for three years in an October 1, 1998, order in in case numbers 92,676 and 93,671, for violating rules regarding honesty; competent representation; reasonable diligence; keeping a client reasonably informed; explaining a matter to the client; trust accounting; giving the client information to make informed decisions regarding the representation; dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; and failure to respond in writing to The Florida Bar.Jackson, was further suspended from the practice of law for a period of one year, consecutive to the above mentioned three year suspension, by an August 24, 2000, order in case number SCOO-479, for violating rules regarding diligence; failure to keep a client reasonably informed; upon termination of representation, failure to take reasonable steps to protect a client’s interest; and failure to respond to The Florida Bar.Any person having knowledge bearing upon Jackson’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Joy Ann Demas, Assistant Staff Counsel, The Florida Bar, 5521 W. Spruce Street, Suite C-49, Tampa 33607-595 8, phone (800) 940-4759. January 15, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more