Sandhya wins silver and helps lift the gloom

first_imgFull credit to Sandhyarani Devi Wangkhem for ensuring India won at least one medal on Wednesday as the Manipur girl clinched a silver in wushu.This edition of the Asian Games has been one of huge disappointments and surprises for India. If the shooters and weightlifters have performed miserably, swimming, gymnastics and now a Chinese martial art have partially lifted the gloom.Having sustained an injury in the semi-finals, Sandhyarani fought bravely against her Iranian rival Khadijeh Azadpour in the final before losing on points. As the defending champion, Khadijeh used her experience to good effect against the Indian at the Nansha Gymnasium where the number of Indians present in the hall was indeed surprising.To be sure, Sandhyarani has never seen this kind of support for her, though from a medal point of view, her feat needs to be lauded. That she was not fully fit could be gauged from the fact that the Indian could not kick well. Khadijeh apparently knew her rival’s injury and knew where to attack. “I was trying to use my arms but that did not work,” Sandhyarani said.From the start, Khadijeh was aggressive as she twice pushed the Indian out of the zone on the floor. The tall Iranian was indeed quick on her feet and used her height to good advantage.As the contest progressed, Sandhyarani, who is a CRPF officer, tried using defensive tactics, but it did not work. “I am sad not to have won gold. I was hoping for the best but my calf injury prevented me from giving my best,” said Sandhyarani.advertisementAnother problem for the Indian was that she had to change her weight category. “I compete in the 56kg category. Since that category was not listed in the competition I entered in the 60kg,” said the Indian. Her bodyweight now is 59kg at a height of five feet four inches. “If only I had won gold it would have been very good,” lamented Sandhyarani.Wushu was introduced as a medal sport at the Asian Games in Beijing in 1990. There are many forms of this martial art which has its roots in China. The forms comprise basic movements like stances, kicks, punches, jumps, sweeps and throws.In the Asian Games, ‘sanshou’ is the name given to the form of wushu where speed, alertness and reflexes matter. However, for an Indian to win silver in the event is indeed a welcome surprise.last_img read more

17 days agoNakhi Wells keen on QPR stay

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nakhi Wells keen on QPR stayby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNahki Wells would welcome a permanent switch to Queens Park Rangers.The Burnley striker has excelled during his second loan spell with West London, having scored seven goals this season.Asked about joining QPR permanently, Wells said: “That’s all stuff that’s beyond any of my decision-making of course.”But I think the club, the fans, the board – everyone knows what my decision would be.”I love it here, it feels like home to me.”Of course football is a business though and there’s a lot more that goes into it than just me saying I’d like to stay here.”But if it was possible I wouldn’t hesitate one bit.” last_img read more

LICJ to Make Submission for Geospatial Legislation

first_img The move, he said, will reposition the country and bring it on par with other Caribbean territories such as The Bahamas, which already has such statute in place. “Advancing geospatial information management and the creation of spatial data infrastructures will assist to alleviate global issues such as poverty, food security and natural disasters,” he contended. Chairman of the Land Information Council of Jamaica (LICJ), Alexander Williams, says that body will shortly be submitting a proposal to the Government regarding the crafting of legislation to govern the country’s geospatial and land information management framework.He said the Council has reviewed the policy guidelines, “and we are about to make recommendations to the Cabinet to put in place a basic legislative framework”.The move, he said, will reposition the country and bring it on par with other Caribbean territories such as The Bahamas, which already has such statute in place.Mr. Williams was speaking at the opening of the inaugural two-day Jamaica Geographic Information System (GIS) User Conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday, October 10.The LICJ Chairman noted that Jamaica has been a pioneer in the English-speaking Caribbean in the use of geospatial technology and land information management.He said this dates back to 1992, when the LICJ was established to coordinate the implementation of the National Land Information Policy and Strategy as well as develop a national GIS network.He pointed out, however, that “we have not been a pioneer… with the (creation of) a legislative framework”.The LICJ Chairman said many countries have recognised the value of using geospatial information and tools to plan, develop policies, make decisions and manage their physical and natural resources in order to address challenges and improve the lives of citizens.“Advancing geospatial information management and the creation of spatial data infrastructures will assist to alleviate global issues such as poverty, food security and natural disasters,” he contended.Against this background, Mr. Williams said the GIS Enterprise Licence Agreement (ELA) signed between the Government and American technology firm, Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) in 2015, represents a major investment in national development.The four-year ELA provides ministries, departments and agencies with unlimited access to Esri’s suite of GIS technology software, which has served to boost their operations in areas of land administration and management; planning, hazard mitigation and emergency management; environmental science; national security; and utilities and infrastructure.“By getting the ELA established in Jamaica, the Government has provided the platform to ministries, departments and agencies to use, so that they can exploit the layers of geospatial data and information and (related) data in diverse locations for planning and making strategic decisions,” Mr. Williams added.The two-day conference, which concluded on Wednesday, October 11, was jointly staged by the LICJ and National Spatial Data Management Division under the theme ‘Geospatial Technologies: Mapping Our Way to Secure Communities’.It formed part of the activities marking the LICJ’s 25th anniversary. Story Highlights Chairman of the Land Information Council of Jamaica (LICJ), Alexander Williams, says that body will shortly be submitting a proposal to the Government regarding the crafting of legislation to govern the country’s geospatial and land information management framework.last_img read more

UMM Salal Runs Aground off Malaysia

first_imgzoom An ultra large container vessel (ULCV) owned by the UAE-based United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has run aground off Port Klang, Malaysia, according to Marine Traffic data. The 13,500 TEU UMM Salal is currently located in the Malacca Strait, the ship’s AIS data shows.The boxship, built by South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in 2011, is deployed in UASC’s Asia/Gulf Express 1 (AGX1) service.Featuring a length of 365.9 meters and a width of 51.2 meters, UMM Salal flies the flag of Malta.World Maritime News contacted UASC for more details on the incident, however, the company is yet to reply.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Vancouver businessman David Sidoo pleads not guilty in US college bribery case

first_imgThe Canadian Press BOSTON — Lawyers for a prominent Vancouver businessman say their client has pleaded not guilty in court in an alleged college admissions scam in the United States.The U.S. attorney office in Massachusetts says in a tweet that David Sidoo has been released by the federal court in Boston on a secured bond of US$1.5 million and his travel restricted to Canada and the United States.Sidoo was charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud as part of a prosecution by United States authorities of an alleged college admissions scam involving dozens of accused people.An indictment released Tuesday alleged Sidoo paid $200,000 in total for someone to take an entrance exam on behalf of both his sons, and that he also paid an undisclosed amount for someone to fly to Vancouver and take a high school test.St. George’s School says a review of its records from 2012 indicates no school or provincial exams were written at the school by the student in question on or around the date referenced by the indictment.Sidoo, known for his philanthropic causes in British Columbia, was CEO of Advantage Lithium and is a former Canadian Football League player for the B.C. Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders.At least nine athletic coaches and 33 parents, including Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, are among those who have been charged in an investigation dubbed Operation Varsity Blues.No students were charged. Authorities have said that in many cases the teenagers were not aware of what was going on.Advantage Lithium said Thursday that Sidoo has taken a leave of absence from his executive role as company president and that his responsibilities as CEO have been assumed by another executive on an interim basis.The law firm representing Sidoo says he “looks forward to fully contesting the charges in a well-respected court and not in the media.”“He will be returning to his home in Canada and asks people not to rush to judgment.”The U.S. Justice Department says Sidoo, 59, was arrested in San Jose, Calif., on March 8.An indictment alleges Sidoo paid $100,000 in 2011 to have an individual secretly take the Scholastic Assessment Test, or SAT, in place of his older son. It also asserts that Sidoo emailed copies of his son’s driver’s licence and student card for the purpose of creating a falsified identification card for the individual. The individual, whose name is redacted, flew from Tampa, Fla., to Vancouver to take the SAT on behalf of Sidoo’s son, the indictment alleges.The indictment says the test score was emailed to an administrator at Chapman University, a private California university, where Sidoo’s son was admitted and later enrolled.The indictment also alleges Sidoo agreed to pay another $100,000 in 2012 for someone to take the SAT in place of his younger son.It claims that in 2013 and 2014 the falsified SAT scores obtained on behalf of his younger son were sent to universities, including Yale and Georgetown, as part of his college applications. The score was also sent to the University of California-Berkeley, where the younger son was accepted and later enrolled, it says.Sidoo’s legal team has said the two sons have not been accused of any impropriety.If convicted of the charge, Sidoo must forfeit any property that is derived from proceeds traceable to the offence, the indictment says.last_img read more

July 22 2002The bee colonies in the Arcosanti Gar

first_imgJuly 22, 2002The bee colonies in the Arcosanti Gardens have been busy. The very light and tasty honey is harvested by putting the trays into a centrifugal extractor. [Photo & Text: SA] Bee-keeper Tom Dobuovitch [right] is operating the hand-crank on the extractor. His helper is scraping the smoke-stunned bees from a tray before the tray gets inserted into the extractor. This is a very compact and efficient operation right on the back of Tom’s pick-up truck. [Photo & Text: SA] The honey harvest happened very timely. Or maybe this bear smelled it from far away. The bear has been an evening visitor in camp for a few days now and on his first visits took apart some of the bee colonies. Tom and resident Gregor Knauer had to build a sturdy new fence around the hives. [Photo: Stephen Ramsey & Text: SA]last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet The Class A, B and C Drugs seized by police in the Waterside area on FridayA 44-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a number of drugs offences under the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act.The arrest was made after a quantity of suspected class A, B and C drugs were seized in Derry on Friday, October 6 by  PSNI Foyle’s Waterside Critical Neighbourhood Team.The drugs were uncovered during what police have described as a ‘proactive search’ at a property in the Sheskin Gardens area, close to the Dungiven Road in the Waterside. Dungiven RoadMAN ARRESTED OVER ‘PROACTIVE’ DRUGS BUST IN DERRYPSNISHESKIN GARDENSWatersidecenter_img The arrested male remains in custody at Strand Road PSNI station assisting police with their enquiries.MAN ARRESTED OVER ‘PROACTIVE’ DRUGS BUST IN DERRY was last modified: October 9th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

Novel sensor monitors beating heart cells with minimal disruption

first_img Source:http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 2 2019For the first time, engineers have demonstrated an electronic device to closely monitor beating heart cells without affecting their behavior. A collaboration between the University of Tokyo, Tokyo Women’s Medical University and RIKEN in Japan produced a functional sample of heart cells with a soft nanomesh sensor in direct contact with the tissue. This device could aid study of other cells, organs and medicines. It also paves the way for future embedded medical devices.Inside each of us beats a life-sustaining heart. Unfortunately, the organ is not always perfect and sometimes goes wrong. One way or another research on the heart is fundamentally important to us all. So when Sunghoon Lee, a researcher in Professor Takao Someya’s group at the University of Tokyo, came up with the idea for an ultrasoft electronic sensor that could monitor functioning cells, his team jumped at the chance to use this sensor to study heart cells, or cardiomyocytes, as they beat.”When researchers study cardiomyocytes in action they culture them on hard petri dishes and attach rigid sensor probes. These impede the cells’ natural tendency to move as the sample beats, so observations do not reflect reality well,” said Lee. “Our nanomesh sensor frees researchers to study cardiomyocytes and other cell cultures in a way more faithful to how they are in nature. The key is to use the sensor in conjunction with a flexible substrate, or base, for the cells to grow on.”For this research, collaborators from Tokyo Women’s Medical University supplied a healthy culture of cardiomyocytes derived from human stem cells. The base for the culture was a very soft material called fibrin gel. Lee placed the nanomesh sensor on top of the cell culture in a complex process, which involved removing and adding liquid medium at the proper times. This was important to correctly orient the nanomesh sensor.Related StoriesImplanted device uses microcurrent to exercise heart muscle in cardiomyopathy patientsResearch opens possibility of developing single-dose gene therapy for inherited arrhythmiasHeart disease is still the number 1 killer in Australia, according to latest figures”The fine mesh sensor is difficult to place perfectly. This reflects the delicate touch necessary to fabricate it in the first place,” continued Lee. “The polyurethane strands which underlie the entire mesh sensor are 10 times thinner than a human hair. It took a lot of practice and pushed my patience to its limit, but eventually I made some working prototypes.”To make the sensors, first a process called electro-spinning extrudes ultrafine polyurethane strands into a flat sheet, similar to how some common 3D printers work. This spiderweb like sheet is then coated in parylene, a type of plastic, to strengthen it. The parylene on certain sections of the mesh is removed by a dry etching process with a stencil. Gold is then applied to these areas to make the sensor probes and communication wires. Additional parylene isolates the probes so their signals do not interfere with one another.With three probes, the sensor reads voltage present at three locations. The readout appears familiar to anyone who’s watched a hospital drama as it’s essentially a cardiogram. Thanks to the multiple probes, researchers can see propagation of signals, which result from and trigger the cells to beat. These signals are known as an action or field potential and are extremely important when assessing the effect of drugs on the heart.”Drug samples need to get to the cell sample and a solid sensor would either poorly distribute the drug or prevent it reaching the sample altogether. So the porous nature of the nanomesh sensor was intentional and a driving force behind the whole idea,” said Lee. “Whether it’s for drug research, heart monitors or to reduce animal testing, I can’t wait to see this device produced and used in the field. I still get a powerful feeling when I see the close-up images of those golden threads.”last_img read more

SDSU study finds ways to reduce secondhand smoke in homes with children

first_img Source:https://www.sdsu.edu/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Mar 5 2019A San Diego State University study found some parents who smoke at home can be nudged outdoors with a combination of coaching, lights and sound.”Project Fresh Air” installed equipment in nearly 300 homes that flashed a warning light and emitted a tone whenever air monitors detected secondhand smoke. The result was an apparent near-20 percent reduction in smoking and other activity that set off the alerts.Mel Hovell, who led the study at SDSU’s Center for Behavioral Epidemiology and Community Health, said his goal is to protect children from the harm associated with secondhand smoke–including asthma, bronchitis and ear infections.Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationChaos in the house and asthma in children – the connection”If they’re living in a home that’s contaminated by tobacco, they’re being damaged every single day,” he said. “If they’re breathing active smoke it’s even worse.”The study was the first to combine motivational coaching on smoking with an immediate form of feedback, and follows decades of previous research by Hovell and others at SDSU on secondhand smoke and the residue from thirdhand smoke left on carpets, furniture and other household materials.Families throughout San Diego County were invited to participate. All had at least one child under 14 (the average age was 4). Researchers provided up to four sessions of coaching aimed at encouraging smokers to take their habit outside.When they didn’t, the smoke they produced caused a light on the installed home device to switch to yellow and the equipment to emit a low-frequency tone: three quick pulses. Continued exposure would lead to an even louder tone and a red light. The goal, Hovell said, was to reduce smoking inside the home by delivering almost immediate feedback.Collecting dataHovell’s team left the equipment in the homes for up to three months, including a one-month baseline period prior to the lights and sounds. They then crunched the data from a combined 27,443 days of measurement and compared them to a control group.The figures showed a 19.35 percent reduction in the air “particle events” that triggered the alarms, compared to the period before the intervention efforts. In the control homes, particle events actually increased slightly.”Smoking outdoors is relatively easy to do,” said Hovell. “Our job is to move them outside.”last_img read more

UK firms to reveal bossstaff pay gaps under draft law

first_img Citation: UK firms to reveal boss-staff pay gaps under draft law (2018, June 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-uk-firms-reveal-boss-staff-gaps.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. © 2018 AFP Companies listed in Britain will be required to reveal the gap between the salaries of their chief executives and employees under draft legislation introduced in parliament on Monday. All public companies with more than 250 employees will have to disclose and explain every year their “pay ratios” under legislation planned to come into effect from January 2019.”Most of the UK’s largest companies get their business practices right but we understand the anger of workers and shareholders when bosses’ pay is out of step with company performance,” Business Secretary Greg Clark said in a statement.”Requiring large companies to publish their pay gaps will build on that reputation by improving transparency and boosting accountability at the highest levels, while helping build a fairer economy that works for everyone,” he said.The move comes after years of shareholder and public outrage over the pay for top executives, including at companies that have performed poorly. There has been a series of shareholder rebellions over pay at company annual general meetings this year.Frances O’Grady, leader of Britain’s Trades Union Congress, said: “Publishing and justifying pay ratios is a first step, but more is needed.”Fat-cat bosses are masters of self-justification and shrugging off public outcry. New rules are needed to make sure they change,” she said, calling for worker representatives to be included on boardroom pay committees for added fairness.Rebecca Long Bailey, business spokeswoman for the main opposition Labour Party, said the proposals were “half-baked” and “do nothing to tackle the entrenched inequality”.The government earlier this year implemented legislation forcing all UK companies with 250 or more employees to publish details of the salary difference between male and female employees.center_img All companies with more than 250 employees will have to disclose and explain their “pay ratios” London firm revamps pay by letting staff set salaries Explore furtherlast_img read more

Google joins tech move east to invest 1 bn in New York

first_img Report: Google planning big New York City expansion 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. © 2018 AFP The move by Google comes following Amazon’s announcement of new headquarters sites in New York and suburban Washington DC worth some $5 billion, and Apple’s $1 billion expansion to Texas and other areas.Google parent Alphabet’s chief financial officer Ruth Porat said it would lease large office buildings in lower Manhattan, which will become the centerpiece of a campus of more than 1.7 million square feet (160,000 square meters).The new campus, which should be operational starting in 2020, will be known as Google Hudson Square and “will be the primary location for our New York-based Global Business Organization,” Porat wrote in a blog post.”New York City continues to be a great source of diverse, world-class talent—that’s what brought Google to the city in 2000 and that’s what keeps us here,” she said.Alphabet earlier this year said it was buying the Manhattan Chelsea Market for $2.4 billion, and planned to lease space at Pier 57 on the Hudson river. The company currently employs some 7,000 people in New York.”With these most recent investments in Google Chelsea and Google Hudson Square, we will have the capacity to more than double the number of Googlers in New York over the next 10 years,” Porat said. She said the company’s “investment in New York is a huge part of our commitment to grow and invest in US facilities, offices and jobs.”The new site is a former industrial area adjacent to the Greenwich Village and Soho districts.The expansion would make California-based Alphabet one of the city’s largest commercial tenants, The Wall Street Journal reported.Finding new workersAlphabet, Amazon and Apple are three of the world’s most valuable corporations and have been outgrowing their home bases even with new headquarters building.Google this month released an updated plan for expanding its Mountain View, California, headquarters to create a new village-type campus with more than 6,000 new homes, some of which would be available to low-income residents.Both Google and Apple handled their expansion plans quietly, while Amazon asked for municipalities across North American for proposals, prompting critics to call it a “Hunger Games” contest.All three companies have been struggling to attract workers with technology skills, and that appears to have been a key factor in the three expansion moves.The massive growth in the tech sector has however passed over much of America’s industrial heartland, creating economic and social rifts.Porat said the latest investment “is a huge part of our commitment to grow and invest in US facilities, offices and job,” and added that “we’re growing faster outside the (San Francisco) Bay Area than within it, and this year opened new offices and data centers in locations like Detroit, Boulder, Los Angeles, Tennessee and Alabama.” Citation: Google joins tech move east, to invest $1 bn in New York campus (2018, December 17) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-google-parent-alphabet-bn-nyc.html Google became the latest US tech giant to announce a major expansion plan, unveiling a $1 billion investment Monday to create a new campus that could double its New York City workforce to 14,000. Explore furtherlast_img read more