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India’s star women crickters and wrestlers at Mind Rocks

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Raptors and Rockets to play 2 preseason games in Japan

Posted On Nov 27 2019 by

first_img1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Japanese internet company Rakuten President and CEO Hiroshi Mikitani, left, speaks via video call with Adam Silver, right on the screen, the commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA) to announce NBA Japan Games 2019 during a press conference Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Tokyo. Mikitani announced that the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets will play on Oct. 8 and Oct. 10 at the Saitama Super Arena this year.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO — The Toronto Raptors and the Houston Rockets will play two pre-season games in October at the Saitama Super Arena, the basketball venue for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.In a statement Tuesday, the NBA said it has staged 12 regular-season games in Japan, beginning in 1990 when the Utah Jazz played the Phoenix Suns. The NBA says this was the first regular-season game played outside North America by a U.S. sports league.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES View comments Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan PLAY LIST 03:03Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan01:00Duterte to fly to Japan for Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement00:54Latest auto creations on display at Tokyo Motor Show02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Dwyane Wade passes Michael Jordan for most blocked shots by a guard The Rockets played two regular-season games in Japan in 1992. The Raptors will be making their first visit to Japan.Houston is led by James Harden and Chris Paul. Toronto is led by Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, and Marc Gasol.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Saitama Super Arena is located northwest of central Tokyo. MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more


Have only learned from failures, not successes: Ranbir Kapoor

Posted On Nov 17 2019 by

first_imgMumbai, Jun 17 (PTI) He may be one of the most promising young stars of Bollywood, but Ranbir Kapoor says his failures have taught him more than his successes.The 35-year-old actor, whose last release “Jagga Jasoos” did not do well at the box office, overtook Fox Star Hindi’s official Twitter handle today for a Q & A with his fans ahead of the release of his film “Sanju”.When one of the users asked him how he handles failures and stays positive, Ranbir said, “I have only learned from my failures and not from my successes. “The actor added he always wanted to be in movies and is “grateful” to be able to pursue acting as a career.”What I have learned since I became a star is that I am very grateful, that I get to do what I love!”Asked how he celebrates success, Ranbir said, “By wiping the sweat off my forehead and muttering ‘bach gaye’ (good save) to myself.”The actor, who essays the role of Sanjay Dutt in the upcoming film directed by Rajkumar Hirani, said it is both “terrifying and exciting” to star in someone’s biopic.Ranbir is not active on social media. So, when one of the admirers asked him how it felt to be on Twitter, he said it is “strange” but he is happy to connect with fans on Father’s Day.The actor shared an exclusive snippet from “Sanju”, in which he and Paresh Rawal, who plays veteran actor Sunil Dutt in the film, can be seen recreating the memorable ‘Jaadu Ki Jhappi’ moment from “Munna Bhai MBBS”.advertisementAsked if he quarrelled with his real-life father, Rishi Kapoor, Ranbir said he is scared of him and joked he does not even know his eye colour.”I don’t even know what his eye colour is because I’ve never looked into his eye. However, Happy Father’s Day papa. I love you! (sic)” he wrote.The actor, who previously worked with Rishi in “Besharam”, said he would love to collaborate with him again.Ranbir shared some quality time with his father when they recently watched Argentina play Iceland at 2018 FIFA World Cup”I am a football fan and papa’s a cricket fan! But we watched the Argentina-Iceland game together. It was fun educating him about the sport!” he said.Also starring Dia Mirza, Vicky Kaushal, Sonam K Ahuja, Anushka Sharma, among others, “Sanju” releases June 29. PTI RDS SHDSHDlast_img read more


10 months agoBurton Albion reach Carabao Cup semifinals via Hesketh winner

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first_imgBurton Albion reach Carabao Cup semifinals via Hesketh winnerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurton Albion are into the Carabao Cup semifinals after their 1-0 win over Middlesbrough.On-loan Southampton midfielder Jake Hesketh drilled low beyond Darren Randolph from the edge of the area at the start of the second half to ensure Burton’s memorable run in the competition continues, with the Brewers now having overcome higher-ranked opposition in four of their five EFL Cup ties this season.Burton are also the first team from the third tier to reach the semi-finals of the competition since Sheffield United, then managed by current Brewers boss Nigel Clough, in 2014-15.Middlesbrough, who were bidding to reach the last four for the first time since they won the trophy in 2004, had a great chance to equalise late on but Aden Flint headed Marcus Tavernier’s cross wide from two yards. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


10 months agoMan Utd midfielder Herrera: De Gea was killing me over clean sheets!

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first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Herrera: De Gea was killing me over clean sheets!by Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAnder Herrera says David De Gea was “killing his mind” over Manchester United’s lack of clean sheets.The Red Devils grabbed only their sixth clean sheet across all competitions in last night’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United.And Herrera is thankful that United’s defence is beginning to improve under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”It’s very important, also because they have a fantastic striker (in) Salomon Rondon,” Herrera told reporters post-match.”He was scoring a lot of goals and our two centre-backs were really, really good. Even in the first-half, they had a small confusion and Jona made a fantastic tackle into the box.”I think all of us are in good form, clean sheet as well.”Very important for David as well. We wanted to make David happy because he was a little bit disappointed the last games.”I had to cope with him after the game, killing my mind, telling me that he wanted a clean sheet and I’m happy for him as well because he got a clean sheet.” last_img read more


Texas Football Staffer Took Shots At Texas A&M And Baylor’s QB Development During NFL Draft

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first_imgMike Giglio says how certain Texas schools don't teach enough about football.Texas Staffer Takes Shot At A&M, BaylorAs strange as it sounds, Baylor has been the dominant college football program in Texas over the last few seasons, and Texas A&M is still basking in the glow of its move to the SEC and the exciting Johnny Manziel era in College Station. Texas, meanwhile, is in the middle of a full rebuild under Charlie Strong, who enters his second season in Austin. That isn’t preventing Texas director of player personnel Mike Giglio from taking shots at Baylor and A&M. During today’s final day of the NFL Draft, Giglio used an ESPN clip to promote Strong-product Teddy Bridgewater over an unnamed Manziel, and took a shot at Baylor’s quarterback development after the Jets took Bryce Petty in the fourth round.Sounds like that’s what helped @teddyb_h2o become NFL Rookie of the Year instead of that spread QB taken before him pic.twitter.com/n1UGmGFlRb— Mike Giglio (@MikeMGiglio) May 2, 2015Not much teaching going on up there huh? @McShay13 said he identified fronts in HS! Come to ATX & learn to be a pro! pic.twitter.com/w7cIuiz2Dw— Mike Giglio (@MikeMGiglio) May 2, 2015The NFL Draft is a tremendous opportunity for top programs to promote themselves to fans and recruits. For the most part, they don’t do it by putting down rival teams, but Giglio doesn’t seem to have any issue with taking some shots today. [247Sports]last_img read more


Joe Lunardi’s Latest Bracketology Has Both Pitt, Syracuse Among Final Teams In

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first_imgJoe Lunardi's hair looks suspect.Twitter/@RPreslanWe’re just five days away from Selection Sunday, and college basketball fans – especially those in Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Storrs and Cincinnati – are starting to freak out. Which teams are locks? Which teams are on the bubble? Which teams need to win their conference tournaments to get in? ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has the answers.Wednesday morning, Lunardi dropped his latest version of bracketology, which makes a few things clear. Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh in the ACC Tournament is likely a play-in game. UConn vs. Cincinnati in the AAC Tournament like is too.Lunardi currently has Syracuse, St. Bonaventure, Monmouth and Saint Mary’s as the last four teams in. He has UConn, Oregon State, Tulsa and Valparaiso as the first four out. Here’s his entire bracket, via ESPN.Just Posted: The newest Bracketology, via @ESPNLunardi, heading into today’s action https://t.co/H59p1D2lP9 pic.twitter.com/mKsa6aAbZd— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) March 9, 2016 College basketball fans – does Lunardi have it right? Will you be watching all of the action today?More: The 10 CFB Teams That Could Go Undefeated In 2016 >>>last_img read more


National MMIWG Inquiry sets dates for final submissions

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first_imgAPTN NewsThe National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls announced Wednesday that it will hear final submissions in Calgary and Ottawa before commissioners start to write their final report.According to a release from the inquiry, the hearings are scheduled for Nov. 26-30 in Calgary and Dec. 10-14 in Ottawa.There are about 100 individuals and groups with standing listed on the inquiry’s website.They have a direct interest in the subject matter, as well as expertise and a perspective commissioners say will inform their final report.Chief Commissioner Marion Buller said their contribution is important.“We are confident that their diversity of perspectives will deepen our understanding of this national tragedy and help inform the development of meaningful recommendations for government,” she said in a release.The hearings mark the end of evidence gathering for the inquiry, which is due to deliver its conclusion and recommendations to the Trudeau government by April 30, 2019.news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more


Kanhaiya Kumars candidature from Begusarai became dealbreaker between CPI and RJD for

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first_imgNew Delhi: Candidature of former JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar from Begusarai constituency in Bihar was the “deal-breaker” between CPI and RJD as the Lalu Prasad-led party doubted Kumar’s winnability quotient in view of several controversies surrounding him.According to Rajya Sabha MP and RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha, the CPI-RJD alliance could not be forged also because his party was not willing to compromise on its candidate Tanveer Hassan, considering his popularity and the work done by him in Begusarai. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”RJD has been a very strong force. Even in the so-called Modi wave in 2014 elections, our candidate got almost four lakh votes and since then he has never left Begusarai. It was impossible for us to set aside Tanveer Hassan’s candidature. We have a strong cadre and that wanted Tanveer Hassan and there is nothing we could have done. It is all about our cadre, our people, therefore, another candidature than his became a deal-breaker,” he told PTI. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Hasan had finished second by losing to BJP’s Bhola Singh by a small margin of over 55,000 votes. CPI’s Rajendra Singh was at a distant third with nearly 1.92 lakh votes. Sources in the RJD claimed that there were “several strong factors” –being an old face, non-controversial image and minority tag–which were in favour of Hassan and contributed to the party’s decision to let go of the alliance. Significantly, according to sources in the CPI’s Bihar unit, there was also discontentment among a section of leaders about the party nominating Kumar and compromising on the alliance. Jayant Jigyasu, who was a close aid of Kanhaiya during the sedition row but later parted way’s to establish RJD’s student wing in JNU, said it was “Kumar’s arrogance and ignorance that led to the alliance fallout”. “Kanhaiya was massively supported in JNU by different factions because he was seen as a leader and not an opportunist. As a leader he should have thought of forming the alliance and defeating the BJP collectively rather than being adamant for the sake of his political career. “There is nothing wrong in having political ambitions but there is much more he could have brought to the table rather than him just becoming a deal breaker for a crucial alliance,” Jigyasu said. Kanhaiya did not respond to repetitive calls made to seek his comment on the alliance fallout. Kanhaiya, who has emerged as a prominent face of Left politics, is pitted in a three-way contest with NDA’s Giriraj Singh and RJD’s potential leader from the constituency Tanveer Hassan. The former JNU leader shot to fame in 2016 and was later arrested on sedition charges following an event on hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. On January 14, Delhi Police had filed a charge sheet in the court against Kumar and others, saying he was leading a procession and supported seditious slogans raised in the JNU campus during an event on February 9, 2016.last_img read more


Chargesheet leak Delhi court reserves order on Michels plea

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first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi Court Thursday reserved order on a plea by Christian Michel, alleged middleman arrested in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case, which accused the Enforcement Directorate of politicising the case by leaking the charge sheet to the media.Special judge Arvind Kumar said the order would be pronounced on May 3 in the case after lawyers from both the sides concluded their arguments. Advocate D P Singh, appearing for the agency, told the court that there was nothing wrong if the media published or broadcast its contents as the court has already taken cognisance of the case and only the fresh accused had to be summoned. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He said the plea filed by Michel should be dismissed as there was no merit in it. Countering his submission, the lawyer appearing for Michel argued that there was a media trial due to the leakage of the charge sheet. The agency had on April 12 told the court that the charge sheet was a public document and there was nothing wrong if someone accessed it. In his application, Michel’s lawyer had told the court that the copy of the charge sheet was provided to the media before it was provided to the accused. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Michel has not named anyone in his statement before the agency which is being leaked to media. This is only to make the matter sensational and prejudice the case against my client,” he said. The court then directed the ‘ahlmad’ (court staff) to file a report containing information related to the charge sheet, including how many copies were filed by the agency. ED had on April 6 also urged the court to issue a notice to a news organisation asking it to explain how it accessed the documents, while terming the matter as “serious”.last_img read more


Scores suffer gas inhalation as Israeli police storm Aqsa compound

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first_imgJERUSALEM – Since Wednesday, Israeli forces have imposed tight restrictions on worshippers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, withholding worshippers’ identification cards at the compound’s entranceScores of worshippers, including Turkish tourists, suffered gas inhalation on Friday after Israeli police stormed the Aqsa Mosque compound, the Islamic movement inside Israel said.Israeli police surrounded a number of worshippers inside the compound, the movement said on its website.“A state of curious calm prevails,” the movement said.Since Wednesday, Israeli forces have imposed tight restrictions on worshippers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, withholding worshippers’ identification cards at the compound’s entrance.On Wednesday, Muslim worshippers stood up to an attempt by Jewish settlers to place a menorah – a Jewish religious symbol – atop the Dome of the Rock inside the Al-Aqsa compound.In recent weeks, groups of Jewish settlers, often accompanied by Israeli security forces, have repeatedly entered the Aqsa Mosque complex.The frequent violations anger Palestinian Muslims and occasionally lead to violent clashes.For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world’s third holiest site.Jews refer to Al-Aqsa as the “Temple Mount,” claiming the area was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.last_img read more


Bill Cosby charged with sexual assault

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first_imgRelated posts:Cosby’s wife forced to testify in defamation case over sexual-assault allegations ‘Finally, we’re all validated’: Bill Cosby’s alleged victims react to his arraignment UN peacekeepers routinely trade sex for goods UPDATE: US ‘affluenza’ teen arrested in Mexico NEW YORK — Comedian Bill Cosby has been charged with sexual assault in Pennsylvania over an incident that took place in 2004, a prosecutor said Wednesday — the first criminal charges filed against the actor after dozens of women claimed abuse.“Mr Cosby is charged with aggravated indecent assault. This is a felony,” Kevin Steele, assistant district attorney for the state’s Montgomery County, told reporters in Norristown, in the suburbs of Philadelphia.Cosby, 78, was to be arraigned later Wednesday. If found guilty, the veteran television star could face up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.More than 50 women have already publicly claimed abuse by the pioneering African-American comedian, who attained his greatest fame for his role as the lovable family doctor and pater familias in the hit 1980s sitcom “The Cosby Show.”But his attorneys have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing by Cosby, who has gone from megastar to pariah in the face of the allegations, which span four decades. Earlier this month, he filed a defamation suit against seven of his accusers.The Pennsylvania criminal charge stems from allegations made by a former employee of Temple University in Philadelphia, who says the television legend assaulted her at his home in the suburb of Cheltenham in 2004.“On the evening in question, Mr Cosby urged her to take pills that he provided to her and to drink wine — the effect of which rendered her unable to move, (or to) respond to his advances, and he committed aggravated indecent assault upon her,” Steele said.Steele said the charge — which prosecutors later clarified is a felony of the second degree — stemmed from new evidence in the case that came to light in July, prompting the reopening of the investigation.“A prosecutor’s job is to follow the evidence wherever it leads and whenever it comes to light,” Steele said.“Today, after examination of all the evidence, we are able to seek justice on behalf of the victim,” he added, urging anyone with information about similar incidents with Cosby to come forward.In a statement, prosecutors accused Cosby of fondling the woman and penetrating her with his fingers.Statute of limitationsSteele did not name the victim, but the facts of the case correspond with allegations made by Andrea Constand. Constand’s lawyer, Dolores Troiani, confirmed to CNN that the charge was connected to her.In 2005, an initial investigation did not result in criminal charges against Cosby in Constand’s case.In a deposition Cosby gave as part of a civil suit filed by Constand, which was settled in 2006, the actor insisted all relations with Constand were consensual, and accused her of lying about the assault.“I think Andrea is a liar and I know she’s a liar because I was there. I was there,” Cosby said in the deposition, cited by The New York Times.Prosecutors said the release of court documents in July and the subsequent release of the deposition had in part led to the reopening of the case. Steele said the victim had said she was willing to cooperate with prosecutors.Statutes of limitations have prevented most of the women who have accused the comedian of sexual assault from taking legal action. In the Pennsylvania case, the statute of limitations was set to expire early next year.The accusations against Cosby have led television networks to back away from projects connected to him, and several universities have stripped him of honorary degrees. Facebook Commentslast_img read more


Sports network Eleven Sports has secured a new liv

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first_imgSports network Eleven Sports has secured a new live exclusive rights agreement with the English Football League for the next five years covering Belgium, Luxembourg and Poland.The deal will give Eleven rights to show coverage of Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One, Sky Bet League Two and Carabao Cup competitions in the three countries. The agreement follows an initial two-season deal that was agreed before the start of the 2015-16 season.Eleven will show games delayed and on repeat in addition to a minimum of 55 Sky Bet Championship matches and up to 30 Carabao Cup matches exclusively live across linear and OTT channels.We cooperate closely with rights holders to help them connect and engage with fans in innovative ways. Our partnership with the EFL for five more years is a testament to the work we have done together to deliver thrilling football action with a fresh tone of voice for the fans. We’re very pleased to continue with EFL competitions in Belgium, Luxembourg and Poland – markets where football is extremely popular,” said Danny Menken, Group Managing Director, Eleven Sports.“We are very pleased to extend our agreement with Eleven Sports to show matches from across the Sky Bet EFL and Carabao Cup. The proliferation of the global game means having a regular and prominent presence internationally has never been as important and is very significant to our Clubs who are looking to further establish themselves in key overseas markets including those territories Eleven Sports have secured the rights in,” said EFL CEO Shaun Harvey.last_img read more


DZIF scientists reveal problems with available diagnostics for Zika and chikungunya virus

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first_img Source:http://www.dzif.de/en/news_media_centre/news_press_releases/view/detail/artikel/zika_and_chikungunya_viruses_diagnostic_pitfalls/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 18 2019Millions of people have contracted Zika and chikungunya virus infections since the outbreaks that have been striking Latin America since 2013. Particularly Zika-related malformations in newborns warrant reliable diagnostics. DZIF scientists from the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin demonstrate the problems with the currently available diagnostics, particularly for Zika virus detection, and develop combined testing methods that have higher reliability.”False positive results can have fatal consequences,” emphasizes Prof Felix Drexler, who heads the Virus Epidemiology group at the Charité and has been working on developing detection methods for viruses at the DZIF for years. A particular cause for concern for the people affected is an increase in the number of cases of brain malformations in newborns (microcephaly), for which a link with Zika virus infection has meanwhile been confirmed. Can a pregnant woman complete her pregnancy or does she perhaps have an undiagnosed Zika virus infec-tion? The increase of illegal abortions in Latin America during the Zika outbreak highlights the dramatic consequences of unreliable diagnoses.We need reliable laboratory diagnostics, particularly in outbreak regions like Brazil. “However, this is certainly not the case at the moment,” explains Drexler. “Our study in that region has shown that correct antibody diagnostics for Zika were successful in only half of the patients at best”. The results for chikungunya virus confirmation are much better. This virus is also widespread in Latin America and can cause symptoms similar to those of Zika infections but presumably does not cause malformations. Here, antibody diagnostics are indeed reliable, the researchers say.Molecular detection methods: requirements and realityAcute infections are predominantly confirmed by detecting viral genomes in blood and urine. However, this method can only be used about one week after presentation of the first symptoms. Subsequently, infections can solely be confirmed by detecting the antibodies against the virus produced by the infected individual. However, vaccinations and infections with similar viruses hamper precise antibody detection. In a study conducted in Brazil, Drexler and his team investigated the requirements for and the reality of this together with scientists from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Rio de Janeiro.The studyPatients with confirmed Zika or chikungunya virus infections were included in the study. The scientists took follow-up samples in a period of up to 90 days after the acute infection. They applied and combined different methods for molecular and antibody detection.The resultsFor both viruses, molecular detection by means of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) revealed low virus concentrations, even just a week after the presentation of symptoms. In Zika virus infections, the virus concentration is already so low in the first week that particularly sensitive testing is required and combined antibody testing should be done.Related StoriesNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairImmunotesting for the antibodies showed severe shortfalls. “We were able to see that the sensitivity of a frequently used immunotest for antibodies in acute Zika infection was only about 30%.” However, the scientists were able to increase this sensitivity by using Immunoglobulin A (IgA) as a marker instead of the usual Im-munoglobulin M (IgM). The results for chikungunya testing were unambiguous and the people affected could consequently rely on the diagnosis.The reliability problem”We can see very clearly that a combination of several testing procedures must be used to obtain precise Zika virus test results, particularly in tropical regions where people contract infections with many viruses that are related to each other,” Drexler concludes. However, the researchers still need larger studies with more patients in order to develop the best testing methods. The scientific data from this and following studies will enable the translation into routinely applicable tools to be developed by companies. According to Drexler, it is not only about giving pregnant women and couples more reliability. Both the implementation of public health preventive measures and conducting further research are also dependent on reliable risk estimations.BackgroundResearch teams led by Felix Drexler and Christian Drosten, formally University Hospital Bonn, now Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, have developed novel Zika virus tests as well as a standard test for the MERS coronavirus (MERS for Mid-dle East Respiratory Syndrome), which is being used globally. At the DZIF, they are very well equipped for emerging virus diagnostics. The Zika diagnostics project in Brazil was brought underway by the DZIF in order to appropriately tackle the danger of emerging infections.Zika and chikungunya viruses Zika viruses are usually transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, but can also be trans-mitted sexually. Symptoms of Zika virus infection include rashes, headaches, joint and muscle pain, conjunctivitis and sometimes fever. However, these symptoms are described as mild in comparison to other tropical diseases transmitted by mosquitoes. The virus can cause foetal malformations of the brain during pregnancy. Chikungunya viruses are also transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes and cause symptoms similar to Zika virus infections. They therefore also cause fever and joint pain, which can be very severe and persist for months after the infection.last_img read more


UA College partners with Space Tango to develop an easy way to

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first_img Source:https://uahs.arizona.edu/news/ua-college-partners-space-tango-test-diagnostic-tool-space-0 Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 26 2019Researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix are partnering with Space Tango, a private aerospace company that designs, builds and operates facilities on the International Space Station, to develop an easy way to test astronauts’ health in space.Led by Director and Professor Frederic Zenhausern, PhD, MBA, the UA Center for Applied NanoBioscience and Medicine (ANBM) has received three independent NASA grants. The latest funding will allow researchers to develop a diagnostic tool – a miniature syringe-like device that can detect bioagents and hundreds of biomarkers in blood or saliva – and test it in space.”This is the next step in the evolution of this technology toward use on a test flight,” Dr. Zenhausern said, referring to the “vertical-flow” device, a novel technology patented and licensed by Tech Launch Arizona, which helps bring UA innovations to the world through commercial pathways.Center researcher Jian Gu, PhD, an associate professor in the college’s Basic Medical Sciences Department, will work with the Kentucky-based company to integrate the diagnostic platform into Space Tango’s automated hardware.Jana Stoudemire, director of commercial innovation at Space Tango, said the company is pleased to partner with the research team at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix. The device will be part of a payload housed in one of its autonomous CubeLabs that can provide near real-time data and monitoring in microgravity.”Everything in the CubeLab has to be extremely well-designed and simple to use in the contained environment of a space mission and the International Space Station,” she said.The basic questions researchers have to answer are: How do you take a blood or saliva sample in microgravity and how is it processed by an astronaut en route to Mars?Dr. Zenhausern said in the Center’s first NASA grant, the chemistry of the device was tested for protein markers. Its application to nucleic acid detection was demonstrated under a second NASA Human Research Program grant, led by Center researcher Jerome Lacombe, PhD, an assistant professor in the medical school’s Basic Medical Sciences Department.Related StoriesDogs and cats relieve academic stress and lift students’ mood, according to a new studyTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairThis latest grant – $100,000 from NASA and its Translational Research Institute for Space Health – will pursue with Space Tango development of the diagnostic test using a human factor engineering approach to validate its performance in microgravity.”What is exciting is that NASA is investing more funds in space exploration and is considering human health as its first priority to succeed in long-duration missions,” Dr. Zenhausern said. “Until now, very little monitoring of the health of astronauts has occurred, but deep space travel will require cutting-edge technologies for astronaut health and performance.”Recent news about the health of U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent a year at the International Space Station in the confines of microgravity, have questioned the promise for long-term human space travel. Other reports earlier this year that space flight could activate dormant viruses like shingles, chickenpox and herpes heighten the importance of developing ways to monitor and treat health conditions of astronauts in space.Leroy Chiao, PhD, a former NASA astronaut, International Space Station commander and ANBM consultant, said he was not surprised by the March report.”We know that under stress, certain genes can turn on and off,” he said. “Your body in space is under stress, so it makes sense that the stress can cause some genes to turn on and others to turn off.”Dr. Chiao said one of the major concerns of many astronauts is how their bodies will react to exposure to radiation. He said he is impressed with the Center’s most recent project and its portfolio of technologies for radiation countermeasures. “If this takes us one step closer to learning more about radiation resistance, that’s great,” he said.last_img read more


US searches of phones laptops at airports rising suit says

Posted On Jul 18 2019 by

first_imgU.S. government searches of travelers’ cellphones and laptops at airports and border crossings nearly quadrupled since 2015 and are being conducted for reasons beyond customs and immigration enforcement, according to papers filed Tuesday in a federal lawsuit that claims going through electronic devices without a warrant is unconstitutional. Lawsuit targets searches of electronic devices at US border The government has vigorously defended the searches, which rose to 33,295 in fiscal 2018, as a critical tool to protect America. But the newly filed documents claim the scope of the warrantless searches has expanded to enforce tax, bankruptcy, environmental and consumer protection laws, gather intelligence and advance ongoing law enforcement investigations.Agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement consider requests from other government agencies in determining whether to search travelers’ electronic devices, the court papers said. They added that agents are searching the electronic devices of not only targeted individuals but their associates, friends and relatives.The new information about the searches was included in a motion the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts.”The evidence we have presented the court shows that the scope of ICE and CBP border searches is unconstitutionally broad,” said Adam Schwartz, senior staff attorney for the EFF, based in San Francisco.”ICE and CBP policies and practices allow unfettered, warrantless searches of travelers’ digital devices and empower officers to dodge the Fourth Amendment when rifling through highly personal information contained on laptops and phones,” he said.The Department of Homeland Security did not respond to a request for comment. Both ICE and CBP said they did not comment on pending litigation.When the suit was filed against the government in 2017, DHS officials said U.S. citizens and everyone else are subject to examination and search by customs officials, unless exempted by diplomatic status. The department has contended that no court has concluded that border searches of electronic devices require a warrant. Searches, some random, have uncovered evidence of human trafficking, terrorism, child pornography, visa fraud, export control breaches and intellectual property rights violations, according to the department.The original case was filed on behalf of 10 American citizens and a lawful permanent resident from seven states who alleged the searches violated their constitutional rights. They asked the court to rule that the government must have a warrant based on probable cause before searching electronic devices at airports and other U.S. ports of entry.A year ago, U.S. District Judge Denise Casper in Boston rejected the government’s request to dismiss the lawsuit, allowing the case to move forward. The ACLU and the foundation began gathering documents and deposition testimony. Based on the new information, they filed a motion Tuesday asking the judge to rule in their favor without a trial.”This new evidence reveals that the government agencies are using the pretext of the border to make an end run around the First and Fourth Amendments,” said ACLU attorney Esha Bhandari. “The border is not a lawless place. ICE and CBP are not exempt from the Constitution and the information on our electronic devices is not devoid of Fourth Amendment protections. We are asking the court to stop these unlawful searches and require the government to get a warrant.”The court documents claim that the agencies also assert the authority to search electronic devices when the subject of interest is someone other than the traveler, such as the business partner of someone under investigation. Both agencies also allow officers to retain information from travelers’ electronic devices and share it with other government entities, including state, local and foreign law enforcement agencies, the court papers claim. Explore further © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: US searches of phones, laptops at airports rising, suit says (2019, April 30) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-laptops-airports.html 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


Joshua Trees Will Be AllButExtinct by 2070 Without Climate Action Study Warns

Posted On Jul 18 2019 by

first_imgJoshua trees — some of the most unusual and iconic plants of the American Southwest — have survived as a species for some 2.5 million years in the inhospitable Mojave Desert. Now, they may face imminent extinction due to climate change. In a new study published June 3 in the journal Ecosphere, researchers and volunteer scientists surveyed nearly 4,000 trees in southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park to figure out where the oldest trees tended to thrive during historic periods of extreme heat and drought. (A single Joshua tree can live up to 300 years.) Then, the researchers estimated how much of these Joshua safe zones (or “refugia”) would survive to the end of the century based on a range of climate change predictions. [Desert Green: Images of Joshua Tree National Park] The study authors found that, if greenhouse gas emissions are seriously curbed and summer temperatures are limited to an increase of 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees Celsius), about 19% of the park’s Joshua tree habitat would survive after the year 2070.Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65953-climate-change-destroying-joshua-trees.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  If no action is taken to reduce carbon emissions and summer temperatures rise by 9 F (5 C) or more, however, only 0.02% of the tree’s habitat would survive to the end of the century — leaving the rare tree a hair away from extinction. “The fate of these unusual, amazing trees is in all of our hands,” lead study author Lynn Sweet, a plant ecologist at the University of California, Riverside said in a statement. “Their numbers will decline, but how much depends on us.” Survivors in the sand Joshua Tree National Park covers 1,200 square miles (3,200 square kilometers) of sandy, hilly terrain in the desert between Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Arizona. The spiny-armed Joshua trees have survived millions of years of climate ups and downs by holding on to large amounts of water to carry them through the region’s harshest droughts. However, the study authors wrote, young Joshua trees and seedlings aren’t able to store enough water to weather these dry spells. During long droughts — such as the epic, 376-week-long one that lasted from December 2011 to March 2019 in California — various parts of the park became too parched to support young Joshua tree growth, preventing the species from reproducing properly. As global temperatures rise, more and longer droughts are expected to occur around the world, and that means fewer and fewer new Joshua trees surviving to adulthood. To find out which parts of the tree’s desert habitat were safest and which were most at risk of drying up, a team of park researchers and volunteers counted thousands of trees in various parts of the park, noting each tree’s height (which helped predict the tree’s age) and the number of new sprouts in the area. They found that, in general, trees growing in higher-elevation spots, which tend to be cooler and retain more moisture, survived much better than those in lower, drier regions. The team compared these survey results with historic climate records to predict how much of the Joshua tree’s habitat was likely to shrink as temperatures rise and rainfall decreases over the rest of the century. Under the best-case scenario, they found, just 1 in 5 Joshua trees will survive the next 50 years. Taking swift action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is the only way to save the Joshua trees from extinction, the researchers found. However, even trees in the best-hydrated habitats will still face a serious threat from wildfires, which have also been occurring with greater frequency and intensity as the climate warms, they said. According to the researchers, fewer than 10% of Joshua trees survive when wildfires rush through their habitats — thanks, in part, to car exhaust coating desert shrubs with flammable nitrogen. This, at least, is a threat that can be addressed on a local level, right now. “Fires are just as much a threat to the trees as climate change, and removing grasses is a way park rangers are helping to protect the area today,” Sweet said. “By protecting the trees, they’re protecting a host of other native insects and animals that depend on them as well.” Of a Feather: Photos Reveal Stunning Birds of the Southwest Desert Mistletoe: Photos of ‘Tree Thieves’ in the American Southwest Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoTop 10 Best Meal DeliveryMeal Kit Wars: 10 Tested & Ranked. 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Lifeline for Rohingya children

Posted On Jul 16 2019 by

first_img A GROUP of Rohingya refugees have come together to set up a school for children from the community.The Darul Hedayah Rohingya Academy, which is located on the first floor of a shoplot near Jalan Lahat, Ipoh, was set up five years ago.Rohingya Association Perak branch chairman Mohammad Hassan Miya Huson, 36, said the academy is providing a lifeline to young children.“I have been living in Ipoh for almost 12 years. When I first arrived, there were only Rohingya adults but now many children are living here,” he said. Rohingya children learning to read and write at the academy. Related News The Darul Hedayah Rohingya Academy has 39 pupils aged between four and 13. — Photos: RONNIE CHIN/The Star “I realised many of them could not read or write. As there was an acute need, my friends and I decided to start a school for the children,” he added.Mohammad Hassan said getting funds to set up the school was not easy.“We went to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to seek financial help. Mohammad Hassan says they had to close down the school twice due to lack of funds. “Unfortunately, we could not meet their requirement back then, which was to have a minimum of 25 pupils aged over five years,” he said.“We tried to get help from several non-governmental organisations but to no avail,” he added. Mohammad Hassan said they had to raise funds to start the school themselves.“We have had to close the school twice due to lack of funds. Children listening attentively to Hasnizah as Mohammad Hassan looks on. Nation 22h ago Fitting end to a great campaign “Luckily, things got better when I was made a coordinator to conduct refugee mental health assessment under the Australian Refugee Health Programme,” said Mohammad Hassan, adding 39 pupils aged between four and 13 were currently studying in the school.“The children learn Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mathematics, History and Islamic Studies,” he said, adding that there are eight volunteers teaching the children for free.A local university has provided funds to buy teaching materials so that lessons can be carried out more effectively at the academy.A volunteer, Hasnizah Jalaluddin, 57, began teaching the children about three years ago.The former teacher said teaching the children might be challenging but it was also rewarding.“It is not as easy as teaching Malaysian children but they are quick learners,” said Hasnizah, who teaches English and Mathematics. Metro News 08 Jul 2019 Why English is important Community Sports 22h ago Four more qualify for Taiwan showdown Central Region , Rohingya Related News Tags / Keywords: “Some of my friends who are also teachers plan to volunteer here once they retire,” she added. Faruk Abdul Rashid, 11, felt lucky to be able to learn at the school.“My favourite subject is English because during class, we get to sing. I am happy to be able to read and speak in English.“When I grow up, I want to return home and become a policeman. I want to protect my family and my people,” he added.Muhammad Miran Abdul Razak, 12, said he did not know if he would return to Myanmar.“I was born in Malaysia and cannot speak my native language. My family and I used to live in Penang but my mother sent me here. “I’m happy to be with my friends here as we can learn and play together,” he added. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more