Video: A notable first trip to the nation’s capitol

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One of the Ohio Farm Bureau county presidents in Washington DC this week is Matthew Damschroder. He visited with Ty Higgins about his first trip to the nation’s capital and what he hopes to accomplish.last_img

West Bengal Assembly bypolls: Over 75% polling recorded

first_imgMore than 75% of the 7 lakh electorate on Monday cast votes in the bypolls to the three Assembly seats in West Bengal, amid allegations that Trinamool Congress activists orchestrated an attack on the BJP candidate from Karimpur segment, Joy Prakash Majumdar.The turnout was 77.17% in Kaliaganj, 67.62% in Kharagpur Sadar and 81.23% in Karimpur. Video footage aired by local television channels showed that a group of people surrounded Mr. Majumdar, staged a demonstration, and then started slapping and punching him before pushing him into the nearby bushes.  The BJP candidate blamed the Trinamool for the attack and alleged that West Bengal’s ruling party was trying to “murder democracy”. ‘Attempt to murder’West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh called it an “attempt to murder” the party candidate and said the Trinamool was looking at an imminent defeat.The Trinamool leadership said the BJP leader was trying to garner sympathy. “This was a planned act to garner sympathy from the people,” Trinamool Congress secretary general and State Minister Partha Chatterjee said.In another incident at Kaliaganj, BJP candidate Kamal Chandra Sarkar was seen helping his wife cast her vote. The presiding officer of the polling booth was removed after the incident. In Kharagpur Sadar’s booth number 140, the BJP agent complained that the Electronic Voting Machine was strategically placed beside a mirror wall.Over 7.34 lakh voters were eligible to vote in 801 polling stations. Voters had to choose their representatives from among 18 candidates, including three women.Vacant seatsThe polls at Kharagpur Sadar and Karimganj were necessitated after the MLAs from the respective seats contested and won the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Dilip Ghosh, BJP MLA from Kharagpur Sadar, was elected from the Medinipur Lok Sabha seat and Mahua Moitra, MLA from Karimpur, won the Krishnanagar seat in Nadia district. The seat in Uttar Dinajpur district in Kaliaganj had been vacant after the death of Congress MLA Pramath Nath Roy in May 2019.last_img read more

Started as pacer but coach advised to switch to spin bowling, says Ekta Bisht

first_imgLeft-arm spinner Ekta Bisht, member of the Indian women’s cricket team that reached the final of the World Cup recently, said on Thursday that she learnt bowling with a plastic ball during her initial days in game.However, she was a pace bowler during her initial days before coach Liyakat Ali advised her to switch to spin bowling.Bisht, who scalped five crucial wickets against arch-rivals Pakistan in the World Cup, also revealed that she was also a good batswoman but her decision to focus totally on improving as a spin bowler has caused a sharp decline in her batting skills.”When I used to play with plastic ball, I was a pacer and also a good batswoman but when I went to my coach, he advised me to bowl spin and started giving training to me,” Bisht told IANS.Bisht, who earned her national cap after facing many hardships, said it’s tough to play without proper ground and facilities, especially for those hailing from small towns. But her coach and family helped her a lot during that period.Asked about the final match against England, Bisht said, “It is obvious to be nervous when you play such a big tournament but players like Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami helped me a lot which made me comfortable.”The Indian eves appeared in the World Cup final for the second time. Earlier, India played the final in 2005 under the same skipper, Mithali, when they had lost to Australia.Bisht said that now it is important to increase the number of tournaments at the domestic level to promote the game.advertisement”Now in order to promote the game, tournaments at domestic level should be increased because it will help women players a lot,” Bisht said.Despite seeing the increase in the popularity of the shorter format of the game, Bisht backed Test cricket.”To make your base strong, Test cricket is important but twenty-20 gets more limelight than Test. All the formats are important.”last_img read more

Texas A&M Football: This Awesome “Gig ‘Em” Cake Looks Too Good To Eat

first_imgA general view of Texas A&M fans at a game.COLLEGE STATION, TX – OCTOBER 08: Texas A&M Aggies fans cheer from the stands in the first half of their game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Kyle Field on October 8, 2016 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)College sports-themed celebratory cakes seem to be a hot trend. Lollie Houch of LollieCakes of Baytown, Tex., has gotten in on the act, and here’s a look at a gorgeous Texas A&M “Gig’em” cake she created.That looks incredible, almost too nice to eat. For good measure, Lollie also made some Aggie-related sugar cookies.Texas A&M cookies! Whoop! #lolliecakes #sugarcookies #tamu #a&m #whoop #gigemaggiesPosted by LollieCakes on Friday, June 12, 2015Aggie fans, if you’re in the mood for some baked goods, hit her up.last_img read more

Rep Brann named to key budget committee positions

first_img State Rep. Tommy Brann, of Wyoming, will have strong input for the state’s budget over the 2017-18 session, after being named to the House Appropriations Committee and four subcommittees Thursday.Brann will be chair of the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs-Insurance and Financial Services subcommittee, as well as vice chair of the Judiciary subcommittee.“Managing budgets are crucial and I know that from growing a small business over the past 45 years,” Brann said. “We have to be practical when going through our state’s annual funding line-by-line, picking what is needed, what we can afford to grow, and putting the budget together ahead of schedule. I am honored by the trust placed in me by House Speaker Tom Leonard.”Brann was also named as a member of the Appropriations subcommittees for State Police and Community Colleges.### Categories: Brann News,News 27Jan Rep. Brann named to key budget committee positionslast_img read more

Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners EdRIP h

first_imgEdmond de Rothschild Investment Partners (EdRIP) has entered into exclusive negotiations about taking an equity stake in Thomson Video Networks.The private equity firm is in talks with Fonds de Consolidation & Développement des Entreprises (FCDE), a firm that specialises in growth capital investments and counts Thomson among its portfolio of companies.EdRIP is in talks about taking a stake in Thomson in partnership with the company’s management and said it is dedicated to minority investments in privately owned companies.“The proposed investment by EdRIP in partnership with the management team would mark a new milestone in our company’s history,” said Thomson Video Networks president, Christophe Delahousse, thanking FCDE for its “outstanding partnership.”“We would be delighted to work with this new partner to continue advancing state-of-the-art broadcast and multi-screen OTT services and driving the compression and video quality requirements of every device — today and tomorrow.”Thomson Video Networks offers video delivery solutions targeted at media companies, video service providers, and broadcasters.Sylvain Charignon, a partner at EdRIP, said: “Thomson Video Networks already occupies a solid position in the market, and we see strong potential for additional growth and opportunities in both current and new markets. The company would be an ideal addition to our portfolio as we continue to expand our strategy for sustained investment in global-growth enterprises.”FCDE partner, Amélie Brossier, added: “Thomson Video Networks is now poised to enter a new period of growth building on its innovative products, international reach and quality management.”last_img read more

Virus killing protein could be the real antiviral hero finds study

first_imgSingle strand ribonucleic acid, 3d illustration – Credit: nobeastsofierce / Shutterstock By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDJul 9 2019Researchers have identified a protein that can kill viruses and it forms the missing clue to the natural antiviral mechanism of the body that can target the viruses based on their genetic patterns. This newly identified protein is called KHNYN.The results of the new study from the researchers at the King’s College and University College, London, have been published in the journal eLife. The study is titled, “KHNYN is essential for the zinc-finger antiviral protein to restrict HIV-1 containing clustered CpG dinucleotides.”The team of researchers explain that antiviral mechanisms of the body are a vital area of study because it can help develop not only vaccines against these viruses but also drugs to treat them as well as anticancer drugs. They discovered that the genetic basis of a virus particle is its RNA. They have earlier found that a protein called ZAP (Zinc finger activated protein) can bind to special place on the RNA nucleotides of the virus and the protein is often sandwiched between a cytosine and a guanosine amino acid (CpG). Inhibition of a viruses by ZAP depends on the number of CpG on its RNA. There has been research to show that the HIV1 virus has fewer CpG in its genome. This helps the virus escape the ZAP. The team explained that presence of the number of CpG on the HIV1 viruses determined how fast and effectively the virus would multiply. When the team could successfully insert a few CpGs in its genomic sequence, ZAP could easily finish off the HIV1 viruses, the researchers explained. The next question was how to make the ZAP break down the RNA of the virus all on its own.First author of this study, Mattia Ficarelli, a PhD student in Chad Swanson’s Lab, Department of Infectious Diseases, King’s College London, said, “As ZAP can’t degrade RNA on its own, we believed that it must recruit other proteins to the viral RNA to destroy it. So, in the current study, we set out to identify new human proteins that are essential for ZAP to target viral RNAs for destruction.”Related StoriesRNA-binding protein SRSF3 appears to be key factor for proper heart contraction, survivalSorting protein in neurons protects against neurodegenerative disordersScientists discover hundreds of protein-pairs through coevolution studyAs a result of their investigation, the team came up with KHNYN protein that interacts with ZAP. They increased the amount of this newly found protein in the cells that had been infected with HIV1 virus with smaller number of CpGs. As a comparison they also took cells infected with HIV1 that was genetically engineered to contain more number of CpGs. Results revealed that when the HIV1 had fewer CpGs, their ability to multiply was more and addition of KHNYN reduced this ability by five times. On the other hand the capability of multiplication of genetically engineered HIV1 with more CpG was reduced by up to 400 times by the addition of KHNYN.To further their experiment the team then looked at the collaboration between ZAP and KHNYN. They tool cells without ZAP and infected them with HIV1. Addition of the protein KHNYN to these cells failed to kill them effectively despite the fact that the HIV1 viruses in the cells were rich in CpG (a factor that made them more susceptible to ZAP inhibition). On the other hand they took cells infected with HIV and a mouse leukemia virus with many CpGs in them and removed KHNYN from them. Results showed that the ZAP was unable to kill these viruses.Thus both sets of experiments proved that both ZAP and KHNYN were working in tandem to kill the virus particles and further virus particles with more CpGs were more susceptible to these virus killing mechanisms.Professor Stuart Neil, Department of Infectious Diseases, King’s College London, and correspondent author of the study said, “We have identified that KHNYN is required for ZAP to prevent HIV from multiplying when it is enriched for CpGs.” He explained that this newly found protein KHNYN was mostly likely to be an enzyme that helps to cut up the virus RNA after ZAP is bound to it.Lead author lecturer Chad Swanson, from the Department of Infectious Diseases, King’s College London added, “An interesting potential application of this work is to make new vaccines or treat cancer. Since some cancer cells have low levels of ZAP, it may be possible to develop CpG-enriched, cancer-killing viruses that would not harm healthy cells. But much more research is necessary to learn more about how ZAP and KHNYN recognise and destroy viral RNA before we can move on to explore such applications.” Journal reference:Mattia Ficarelli, Harry Wilson, Rui Pedro Galão, Michela Mazzon, Irati Antzin-Anduetza, Mark Marsh, Stuart JD Neil, Chad M Swanson, ‘KHNYN is essential for the zinc finger antiviral protein (ZAP) to restrict HIV-1 containing clustered CpG dinucleotides’, eLife 2019;8:e46767 DOI: 10.7554/eLife.46767, https://elifesciences.org/articles/46767last_img read more

New network for children and youth with special health care needs seeks

first_imgCYSHCNet has relationships with Family Voices, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), American Academy of Pediatrics (APA), state Medicaid programs, and the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA), as well as research networks working in other areas of child and adolescent health. These stakeholders and others have collaborated to create a national research agenda for CYSHCN, which will be published later this year. In collaboration with CHA, the network hosts teams working on secondary database projects related to important health system topics for CYSHCN, including emergency and urgent care, transition to adulthood, disability and Social Security Income, multimorbidity, neonatal care, post-acute care, and chronic medication use.Related StoriesRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationResearchers develop new technique to accurately detect ASD in childrenWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenThe first of these secondary database projects, led by Dr. James Feinstein (University of Colorado) and Dr. Berry, focusing on opioid exposure in CYSHCN, has been published in the Journal of Pediatrics. Study findings will heighten parental and clinician awareness about choosing whether to prescribe opioids to CYSHCN and, if so, when and how follow-up should occur. Findings will also inform opioid prescribing guidelines and policies for CYSHCN at the hospital and governmental levels such as Medicaid Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committees to ensure the safety of opioid use in CYSHCN. A second completed study on polypharmacy in CYSHCN has also recently been published in the Journal of Pediatrics.”The secondary data and analytics core of the network is thriving,” said Dr. Berry. “Over time, the core will fuel a portfolio of impactful health systems research on CYSHCN.”Prospective network projects underway include assessing factors that boost parents’ confidence in caring for their children during times of stress; models of collaboration between academic medical centers and community clinicians for children with medical complexity; and a peer mentoring program to help youth with special health care needs transition from pediatric to adult health care. Source:Children’s Hospital Colorado We are very proud to lead the new network. It will be a ‘big tent’ for child health research across the United States, where researchers practice, and policy groups, and patient and family groups can work together. We are kicking it off with 11 major institutions and partners, and eventually will include even more. The more diversity in the network, the better information we will get to help improve health care for children with special needs throughout the country.”Christopher Stille, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 12 2019A new research network for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCNet), led by researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital Colorado and Boston Children’s Hospital, will lead, promote and coordinate national research activities to improve their systems of care.Funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the 11-site research network will lead, coordinate and promote health systems research for CYSHCN. The network’s work will strengthen the base of evidence related to key components of a comprehensive, high-quality system of care for CYSHCN. It will respond to a need among CYSHCN and their families for evidence about how best to deliver and coordinate care for their conditions.The new network is led by Christopher Stille, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado; Jay Berry, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital; and Charlene Shelton, RN, PhD, program manager at the University of Colorado Denver.last_img read more

Green energy is the future according to new report

first_img The National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA) is the first long term view of the UK’s infrastructure needs, and is underpinned by analysis produced by a consortium of the UK’s leading universities, including Oxford University, who led on the work.The report calls for a more joined up view of infrastructure, with significant investments to tackle road congestion, deal with water shortages and provide secure low-carbon energy supplies. It proposes ways of promoting greater innovation, for example through the roll-out of 5G mobile services and the uptake of autonomous vehicles.The move to renewables has long been framed to be an expensive one, however, the report highlights renewable energy as being a “golden opportunity” to make the UK greener and make energy in general more affordable.The academic research that informed the report’s development includes advanced modelling and analysis which scenarios of the future. This adopted methodology has been proposed by the UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium, a consortium of seven of the UK’s leading universities, led from the University of Oxford. The ITRC has developed the UK’s first National Infrastructure Model (NISMOD) which was used by the National Infrastructure Commission to conduct the National Infrastructure Assessment.NISMOD was used to model the changing demand for infrastructure services, including energy and water. The NIC used NISMOD to explore options for provision of secure water supplies in the face of growing water use and uncertain climatic changes. The NISMOD analysis demonstrated that secure water supplies can be provided in future, but doing so requires action to reduce leakage and manage water demand, as well as investment in strategic water supply infrastructure, including pipes and canals to transfer water around the country.Prof Jim Hall, who leads the UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium and is Director, Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University, said: ‘We are very pleased to see the models that we have developed being taken up by the National Infrastructure Commission to conduct the National Infrastructure Assessment. NISMOD has taken us several years to develop, but it now provides a unique capability to simulate Britain’s national infrastructure in the future and to inform the difficult choices that the National Infrastructure Commission is having to make.’The report calls on government ministers to set out a low-carbon route for the economy after previous reports from the Committee on Climate Change warned that it is set to miss its climate targets, despite multi-billion pound efforts to clean up the power sector.It also cautions that low-cost renewables will only be possible if the right decisions are taken now by government, such as continuing to invest in wind and solar resources, ramping up efforts to improve the energy efficiency of the U.K.’s buildings and enabling a rapid switch to electric vehicles. Citation: Green energy is the future, according to new report (2018, July 12) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-green-energy-future.html Postponing Day Zero: Investment in water efficiency will keep taps running Explore further Provided by University of Oxfordcenter_img The UK should seize a ‘golden opportunity’ to move away from fossil fuels, towards cheaper, greener energy sources, according to a new report, published by the National Infrastructure Commission. The UK should move away from fossil fuels, towards cheaper, greener energy sources, according to report launched this week, published by the National Infrastructure Commission. Credit: Shutterstock 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

First female gamers qualify for NBA 2K League draft pool

first_img Citation: First female gamers qualify for NBA 2K League draft pool (2019, March 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-female-gamers-nba-2k-league.html © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Explore further Nike continues esports push with league partnership in China Chiquita Evans from Kentucky and Brianna Novin from New Jersey qualified for the esports draft through the league’s online combine. They are both expected to be at Barclays Center for the event Tuesday night.The 2K League is entering its second season and did not have any female players in its inaugural year. Before last season’s draft, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called the lack of gender diversity “a disappointment for all of us so far.”Women have had difficulty breaking into professional esports. Among the most popular circuits, League of Legends Championship Series and the Overwatch League have each had just one female player. Two female gamers have been invited to attend this year’s NBA 2K League draft, the first time women will be included in the draft pool. 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