Tensions rise north of Elsipogtog as RCMP confronts Mikmaq

first_imgAPTN National News LAKETON, NB–Tensions are high north of Elsipogtog First Nation as a line of RCMP officers is now confronting Mi’kmaq gathering in an attempt to stop thumper trucks operated by SWN Resources Canada.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin said RCMP officers have formed a line in front of the trucks and are confronting increasingly angry Elsipogtog residents.A woman from Elsipogtog First Nation was arrested Thursday morning as SWN Resources resumed its controversial shale gas exploration north of the community.RCMP officers arrested Lorraine Clair, a high-profile Elsipogtog resident who has consistently opposed SWN’s exploration work.New Brunswick RCMP spokeswoman Jullie Rogers-Marsh confirmed one person was arrested for “causing a disturbance.” Rogers-Marsh said no charges have yet been laid.“Things are continuing to be peaceful other then the arrest,” said Rogers-Marsh. “We are going to continue to stay in the area and monitor the situation. We are going to continue to ensure public safety.”SWN’s thumper trucks returned to an area about 46 km north of Elsipogtog. The thumper trucks work with geophones, which were strung along Hwy 11 by SWN Wednesday, to capture images of shale gas deposits underground.RCMP officers were videotaped loading riot gear earlier in the day in Moncton, NB, which sits about 100 km away from SWN’s current exploration area.Heavily armed RCMP tactical units raided a Mi’kmaq-led anti-fracking camp on Oct. 17 to free SWN exploration vehicles which were trapped inside a compound owned by JD Irving Ltd.More to comelast_img read more

NCW writes to UP DGP to enforce complete ban on sale of acid

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Wednesday wrote a letter to Uttar Pradesh DGP O P Singh to enforce a ban on the sale of acid while noting that it is “disturbed” by the rise in incidents of acid attacks in the state.According to NCW’s letter, they have come across the media report of the acid attack where a woman was allegedly attacked with acid by her two brothers who later dumped her in Kot village in Greater Noida’s Dadri on May 9. “The Commission is disturbed by the rise in the acid attack in the state of Uttar Pradesh,” reads the letter. “Considering the gravity of the matter, it is requested that action be taken to enforce the ban on the sale of acid in the state and a detailed action taken report in the matter may be sent to the Commission at an early date,” NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma said. In a tweet from NCW reads”The NCW has taken Suo-Motto cognizance in the matter reported by the media” Greater Noida: Two men push sister out of car, throw acid at her “urging the DGP, Uttar Pradesh @dgpup, to enforce ban on the sale of acid in the state and a team of NCW has gone to visit the victim.” The incident of throwing acid is not new. Recently in South Delhi, a 22-year-old woman has alleged that an acid attack attempt was made at her by two bike-borne men. They had threatened her to withdraw a rape case that she had slapped against a person, she alleged. In June 2018, a 40-year-old man allegedly threw an acid like substance on his wife and two daughters and then drank it to kill himself in northeast Delhi’s Karawal Nagar, police said on Sunday. The law enforcement agency claimed that initial probe asserted that regular quarrel between the couple was the reason behind the incident. In 2016, police arrested a man for allegedly throwing acid at his wife after she refused to go to her in-law’s house following marital discord. Recently, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) had issued a notice to Divisional Commissioner (Revenue) of Delhi government seeking a complete ban on the sale of acid in the city since the unregulated acid sale is a major cause for continued acid attacks on women. “Citing data from NCRB, the notice says that there have been 20 incidences of acid attack in Delhi, the third highest state after West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh,” said a press statement of Delhi Commission for Women.last_img read more

January car production slips 37 per cent

Provisional output data released today by the Office for National Statistics show: Total production fell 3.7 per cent or 5,286 units in January 2005 Output for home market climbed 4.3 per cent in January ‘Car production in the UK continues to benefit from positive news’, said SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan. ‘Investment at the Nissan and MINI plants already announced in 2005 will take the total to around £3bn for volume car plants in the last five years. In a global industry, it is these decisions that endorse the UK’s strength as a production base, with more car makers than any other in Europe and some of the world’s most efficient car plants.’ Strong commercial vehicle exports in January Provisional output data released today by the Office for National Statistics show: Strong export growth contrasts with lower home market production January CV output volume down 13.5 per cent on January 2005 2005 outlook – modest growth after last year’s near 11 per cent growth ‘Last year was a great year for commercial vehicle building in the UK’, said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘UK plants showed themselves more than capable of meeting a big increase in European demand. New models should help to maintain the UK market this year. We expect very good numbers and may match last year’s record CV registration total.’ For more information and full production figures please see attached.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Brock names its new VP Finance and Administration

Brian Hutchings has been named Brock’s new Vice-President, Finance and AdministrationBrock University is pleased to announce that veteran senior administrator Brian Hutchings will become its new Vice-President, Finance and Administration.Hutchings is currently a senior staff member at the Niagara Region, where he is Commissioner of Corporate Services as well as Regional Treasurer. He joined the Niagara Region in 2000 and has held numerous managerial and administrative positions.He oversees a staff of 185 in the Region’s Corporate Services department, who provide support to all regional departments, boards, agencies and commissions.Hutchings commences his role at Brock on Nov. 5. The position became vacant earlier this year when Steven Pillar left to take a senior position at Trent University. In the interim, the duties have been covered by senior administrators Tom Saint-Ivany, Joanne McKee and Barbara Sainty. The position is one of four vice-presidencies at Brock, the others being VP Academic, VP Research and VP Advancement.Brock President Jack Lightstone said the University is very pleased to welcome a seasoned administrator who has experience with large organizations, and also has deep roots in community involvement.“This is very good news,” said Lightstone. “Many of us at Brock have worked alongside Brian and other key players at the Region on various partnerships. His hard skills will serve us very well, but his values of community engagement also make him a good fit for Brock.”Hutchings said he is “very excited” to join the team at Brock.“I have been very fortunate to collaborate with a group of terrific colleagues, community partners, and Regional Councillors at Niagara Region, and I’ll always be appreciative of having that opportunity,” he said. “But life is about new challenges, and I am looking forward to working with Jack Lightstone and the team at Brock. The University has some exciting projects on the go and I look forward to contributing to their success.”A Niagara native, Hutchings is a Certified General Accountant. He is a graduate of Ridley College in St. Catharines and earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University in Nova Scotia before playing for the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League.His community involvement has included serving with the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the St. Catharines and District United Way, West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Board and the Lincoln Leaper Jump Rope Club. In 2003 he was named Citizen of the Year by the Grimsby Chamber of Commerce and in 2011 he received the BEC Partnership award. read more

Brock celebrates 50th birthday party at Niagara Wine Festival

Brock President Jack Lightstone and Alumni Association President Darren Fox at Brock’s tent at the Niagara Wine Festival on Saturday.Brock’s 50th anniversary celebrations took to the community this weekend with a birthday party Saturday afternoon at the Niagara Wine Festival.University President Jack Lightstone and Alumni Association President Darren Fox led onlookers in Montebello Park in singing happy birthday while cutting a ceremonial 50th anniversary birthday cake at Brock’s tent in the park. Volunteers also handed out Brock swag as well as more than 2,000 cupcakes to festival attendees.“Niagara is home to more than 22,000 Brock grads, and there are 30,000 alumni in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area,” said Darren Fox on Saturday. “So it made perfect sense for us to host this 50th birthday celebration in the heart of our community at the Niagara Wine Festival.” In addition to the party, Brock’s 50th anniversary float won a top award in the 63rd annual Grande Parade earlier in the day. More than 200 University faculty, staff and students dressed in red marched alongside the winning float through downtown St. Catharines. Brock was a festival sponsor of this year’s Niagara Wine Festival.Yesterday’s party capped off a record-breaking week of 50th anniversary Homecoming celebrations for the University that saw more than 1,000 graduates and friends return to Brock and Niagara from across Canada and the USA.Brock’s 50th anniversary celebrations will continue in the coming months with the seventh annual General Brock’s October Soiree on Oct. 25 and the unveiling of a Sir Isaac Brock sculpture in the new Isaac Brock Plaza in front of the Schmon Tower.The $1.2-million sculpture project is being paid for by a gift from businessman David S. Howes, a longtime supporter of the University and past chair of its Board of Trustees. read more

Womens Hockey Ohio States Emma Maltais given chance to shine on international

Ohio State freshman forward Emma Maltais (17) heads back out on the ice to start the second period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignEmma Maltais is coming off one of the most impressive freshman campaigns in Ohio State women’s hockey history, scoring a team-high 40 points in the 2017-2018 season.She plans to build off that year after recently being invited to participate for the Under-22 USA vs. Canada women’s series. Maltais joined two of her fellow Buckeye teammates, redshirt junior defenseman Jincy Dunne and senior defenseman Lauren Boyle, in being selected for this series. However, unlike her two teammates, Maltais was chosen to represent her native country of Canada.This was not the first time that Maltais has been selected to play for Canada, as she has had an eventful career playing internationally before she came to Ohio State. The Buckeye sophomore forward played for the Under-18 women’s team for Canada back in 2016 and competed in the 2018 Nations Cup with Team Canada out in Germany, playing against other national teams from several countries including Finland, Sweden, Germany and Russia. “Nothing is taken for granted,” Maltais said. “You never know when the last time you’ll be wearing the jersey is. So, every time you’re out there trying out is always an opportunity, so you have to leave it all out there.” Despite all this history, the Under-22 USA vs. Canada women’s series offered a little twist for Maltais. The Team Canada head coach was Nadine Muzerall, head coach for the Ohio State team.Muzerall’s presence brought a sense of familiarity for Maltais. “It was really cool learning that I was going to play under coach Muzerall,” Maltais said. “I’ve never had that before, so I thought that knowing a little bit of her system with practices and practice drills would help me out a lot. She’s an amazing coach, and it made me more comfortable in the sense that it was like being back in Ohio.”The actual series itself went in favor of Team USA, as the team swept the series. Maltais herself did not score any points but, in the three games played, she showed Dunne why she was on Team Canada. “Emma’s one of the best sports all around,” Dunne said. “Off the ice, she’s a great friend, but on the rink, she was wearing a Canada jersey. It’s awesome to play against someone so talented. Every time I go up against, I know that she’s going to push me, and I know I have to bring my best game.” As the days dwindle down to the beginning of the 2018 season, Maltais said she looks forward to building off of this experience and the successes of the Buckeyes last season making the Frozen Four. “All of this builds confidence,” Maltais said. “Making the Frozen Four last year with our team was the definition of hard work paying off. Having that confidence and experience moving forward into this series really helped me as a player and an individual. I also think that by participating in that series, I can bring that experience back to OSU and that will really help the team this year.” read more

Microbrewing up a storm How Irelands craft beers are making their mark

first_imgTHIS COMING ST PATRICK’S festival will see Irish eyes smiling as the world and their mother claim Irish heritage for the week that’s in it.While the parade trundles down O’Connell Street in a sea of green, white and orange, there will be a smaller celebration in Dublin’s IFSC.Artisan producers of ale and lager are set to bring their craft beers to the Irish Craft Beer Village, as brewers the length – Cork and Antrim will be there – and breadth – Galway and Dublin are also represented – of Ireland make an appearance.And let’s not forget Carlow, Kildare, Waterford, Kerry, Offaly, and Tipperary…A different business, a different beerFar from the mega-corporations that churn out unknown hectolitres in the time it takes to read this sentence, an increasing number of smaller breweries are making their own way in the world.Matching this is an ever-increasing number of beer connoisseurs who want to take their time over their tipple, seeking out new and interesting beers, and spending as much time poring over the details of the ingredients and brewing processes as they spend pouring the end result.Carley Donegan, who is involved in the upcoming event, says that Ireland’s craft beer and microbrewing industry is going from strength to strength.So much so, in fact, that demand in certain cases is starting to outstrip supply. “There are some microbreweries from which it’s very difficult to get stock,” Donegan said.One such example is the Franciscan Well Brewery & Brewpub in Co Cork, who couldn’t take part in the upcoming event due to a lack of stock.Being a microbrewer gives brewers that niche, but demand can quickly outstrip supply.Microbrewer and event co-founder Seamus O’Hara, of O’Hara’s Brewery, knows of at least two new microbreweries and a number of cider producers that have set up in the last six months, and can only see the trend continuing.The issue of supply isn’t going to go away any time soon, however. For tax reasons, microbreweries limit their output to less than 20,000 hectolitres per year.“Pubs and off-licenses are the main sellers of craft beers and when events [like this] come up, they haven’t got the stock to give,” he said.“From the craft brewing side, we need events such as this to raise our profile,” he continues. “We’re locked out of a lot of major events where the main sponsor would be a major beer brand.”Describing the timing of the event, O’Hara thinks it will offer something different. “It’s more relaxed to be honest,” he said. “People are a little bit more chilled. They like to savour the beer and the atmosphere. It’s not as hectic.”Read: Czech’s historic breweries trying to get back on tap >last_img read more

Chimpanzés les EtatsUnis veulent accroitre la protection des singes captifs

first_imgChimpanzés : les Etats-Unis veulent accroitre la protection des singes captifsMardi, le service américain de la pêche et de la faune a proposé d’étendre la protection des chimpanzés vivant en liberté à ceux qui vivent en captivité, en plaçant ces derniers sous la loi des espèces en danger.Ces 30 dernières années, les populations de chimpanzés qui vivent en liberté ont chuté de plus de 65% dans le monde. Une baisse dramatique due principalement à la perte de leur habitat et à un braconnage important, alimenté en partie par l’exploitation de ces primates dans plusieurs pays. C’est notamment le cas aux Etats-Unis où le singe est employé dans le divertissement mais aussi dans les laboratoires de recherche. C’est ainsi une proposition exemplaire qu’a faite mardi l’US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Le département a suggéré que la protection des chimpanzés ne concerne plus seulement les spécimens vivant en liberté mais aussi ceux vivant en captivité. En effet, actuellement, les chimpanzés sont reconnus comme une espèce en danger d’extinction mais cette loi ne s’applique pas aux animaux captifs des Etats-Unis, ce qui laisse la porte ouverte à leur exploitation. Changer ce statut pourrait donc avoir un impact important sur cette pratique et la survie des espèces sauvages, juge dans un communiqué l’USFWS. Le département avait été saisi en 2010 par une coalition d’organisations de préservation des chimpanzés, parmi lesquelles le Jane Goodall Institute. Mais cette décision doit encore faire l’objet d’un débat public de 60 jours avant de devenir effective. Si elle le devient, alors toute utilisation de chimpanzé requerra un permis et les demandes seront examinées par l’USFWS au cas par cas, afin de déterminer si les activités proposées promouvront la conservation des espèces.Les chimpanzés libérés des laboratoiresÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?De nombreuses études ont montré que les représentations des chimpanzés dans les médias, comme les publicités, augmentait la demande de ces primates comme animal de compagnie et diminuaient le soutien de l’opinion pour leur conservation. Aussi, cette décision pourrait également aider à réduire la demande en rappelant la menace qui plane sur ces animaux. Elle s’ajoute par ailleurs à l’autre décision récemment prise par les National Institute of Health (NIH) de ne plus financer les recherches menées sur les chimpanzés.Cette mesure fait suite à une étude qui n’a pas identifié un seul champ de recherche médical dans lequel l’utilisation de chimpanzés était essentiel. Aussi, un comité a recommandé que les quelque 350 singes se trouvant actuellement dans les laboratoires des NIH soient libérés et transférés dans des sanctuaires. Autant de bonnes nouvelles pour la survie de cette précieuse espèce de singe.Le 13 juin 2013 à 12:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Salmonella listeria concerns spark recall

first_imgMary’s Harvest Fresh Foods in Portland is recalling about 916 pounds of ready-to-eat salad and wrap products that contain a corn ingredient that might be contaminated with salmonella and listeria monocytogenes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.The ready-to-eat salad and wrap products were produced from Oct. 5 through Oct. 13. The following products are subject to recall:• Seven-ounce clear plastic-wrapped packages containing “Mary’s Harvest southwest chicken wrap with rib meat” with “use by” dates from Oct. 15 through Oct. 23.• Eleven-ounce clear plastic clamshell packages containing “Trader Jose’s Mexicali inspired salad with chili seasoned chicken” with “best by” dates from Oct. 15 through Oct. 19.The products subject to recall have establishment numbers “P-39928” or “40310-M” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Oregon and Washington.The problem was discovered Monday when Mary’s Harvest received notification that corn used in the production of their ready-to-eat salad and wrap products was being recalled by their corn supplier due to listeria monocytogenes and salmonella concerns.There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a health care provider.last_img read more

Case Studies Show Big Economic Benefits of Soil Health Practices

first_imgInformation provided by the National Association of Conservation Districts.Soil health practices such as cover crops and no-till can result in an economic return of over $100 per acre, according to a set of case studies jointly released by the National Association of Conservation Districts and Datu Research, LLC.The American Soybean Association (ASA) provided a letter of support in 2014, which helped secure the funds for the project.Cover crops and no-till can limit soil loss, reduce run-off, enhance biodiversity, and more. Naturally, farmers who are considering adopting these practices are keen to know how they will affect their farm’s bottom line.“These case studies quantify for producers, policy-makers, and researchers alike what the economic advantages of using no-till and cover crops are, and why it makes good sense for farmers to try them and for organizations like NACD to support and even incentivize their use,” said Jeremy Peters, NACD CEO. “We have loads of anecdotal data that says conservation practices benefit the land and producers’ pocketbooks, but now we have run the numbers and know how much.”During the three-year study period, corn-soybean farmers experimented with cover crops and/or no-till, and quantified the year-by-year changes in income they attributed to these practices compared to a pre-adoption baseline. They found that while planting costs increased by up to $38 per acre:Fertilizer costs decreased by up to $50 per acreErosion repair costs decreased by up to $16 per acreYields increased by up to $76 per acreThe studies also found that with adoption of these conservation practices, net farm income increased by up to $110 per acre. Included in the farmers’ calculations was the considerable time they spent attending workshops or searching the internet to learn about no-till or cover crop practices.“That time turns out to be an excellent investment, when bottom lines start improving,” said Marcy Lowe, CEO of Datu Research, which conducted the case studies in partnership with NACD. “Farmers who switch to these practices can see losses at first. But thanks to these case study farmers who are generously sharing what they’ve learned, that learning curve will speed up for other farmers.”One of the case study subjects, Michael Willis, farms 1,000 acres in northwestern Missouri with his family. His advice for future cover crop adopters is this: “Start small enough so it doesn’t freak you out, but large enough to matter.”Datu Research and NACD intend to continue contributing to the scientific literature on the economic advantages of implementing conservation practices and systems on working lands. The case studies released today can be viewed and downloaded here and the parent report is available on request.last_img read more

NTSB To Investigate In Alaska After Deadly Midair Collision

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A team of federal accident investigators is expected to arrive in Alaska Tuesday to try to piece together what caused a deadly midair collision between two sightseeing planes. Weather conditions in the area on Monday included high overcast skies with 9 mph (14 kph) southeast winds. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives and the families of those impacted by today’s accident. Princess Cruises is extending its full support to traveling companions of the guests involved,” Princess Cruises said in a statement. A spokeswoman for Taquan Air, operator of the Otter, said the company had suspended operations while federal authorities investigate the deadly crash. Local emergency responders worked with state and federal agencies and good Samaritan vessels to help rescue and recover victims. Eleven people were inside Taquan’s single-engine de Havilland Otter DHC-3 when it went down as it returned from Misty Fjords National Monument, which is part of the Tongass National Forest, the nation’s largest. Ten people were taken to a Ketchikan hospital. Three people who died were among five people aboard the second plane, a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, according to Coast Guard Lt. Brian Dykens. It’s unclear which plane carried the fourth victim, whose body was recovered during a Monday night search, Rios said. The floatplanes collided under unknown circumstances, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said in an email to The Associated Press. Floatplanes have pontoons mounted under the fuselage so they can land on water. “We are devastated by today’s incident and our hearts go out to our passengers and their families,” Taquan said in a statement. Four people were killed after the floatplanes carrying cruise ship tourists collided Monday near the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan, the Coast Guard said. Two others were missing, said Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios, a Coast Guard spokesman. The Washington, D.C.-based investigative team from the National Transportation Safety Board is expected to arrive in Ketchikan Tuesday afternoon, agency spokesman Peter Knudson said. He said board member Jennifer Homendy also is traveling with the so-called “Go Team,” which investigates major accidents.center_img The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating. Photo courtesy of  Dustin Safranek/Ketchikan Daily News via AP “It’s been a long day and the crews have been working really hard to rescue people and recover the deceased,” Deanna Thomas, a spokeswoman for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, the local government, said Monday evening. Cindy Cicchetti, a passenger on the Royal Princess cruise ship told the AP that the ship captain announced that two planes were in an accident Monday. She said the ship is not leaving as scheduled and there weren’t any details as to how the accident will affect the rest of the trip. In June 2015, a pilot and eight passengers died when a de Havilland DHC-3 Otter operated by Promech Air Inc. crashed into mountainous terrain about 24 miles (39 kilometers) from Ketchikan. The NTSB later determined that pilot error and lack of a formal safety program were behind the crash. The ship left Vancouver, British Columbia, on May 11 and is scheduled to arrive in Anchorage on Saturday. It’s not the first time a major plane crash has occurred near Ketchikan, a popular tourist destination. All patients were in fair or good condition, according to Marty West, a spokeswoman for PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center. The passengers were from the cruise ship Royal Princess and were on sightseeing flights, one of which was operated by flightseeing company Taquan Air.last_img read more

Consumers fuel Germanys recovery

first_imgConsumers fuel Germany’s recovery363 viewsConsumers fuel Germany’s recovery363 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Consumers fuel Germany’s recovery363 viewsBusinessThe nation of savers – is now spending… and at a rapid rate. Consumers are fuelling Germany’s recovery – with Q4 GDP data showing the economy grew by 0.7%. Morale is at its highest rate in 13Ventuno Web Player 4.50The nation of savers – is now spending… and at a rapid rate. Consumers are fuelling Germany’s recovery – with Q4 GDP data showing the economy grew by 0.7%. Morale is at its highest rate in 13last_img read more

IS claims twin Kabul attacks

first_imgMap of Kabul, Afghanistan, locating a deadly twin suicide blasts. AFPThe Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a double suicide bombing in Kabul on Monday that left at least 21 people dead, including four journalists.In a statement issued via its propaganda agency Amaq, it said the first bomber had hit the Kabul headquarters of Afghanistan’s intelligence services and security forces, with a second blast targeting journalists who had rushed to the scene.The statement from IS’s “Khorasan” province, the group’s Afghan branch, said a first attacker “struck the headquarters of the Afghan intelligence services in Kabul”.“Apostate security forces, media and other people rushed to the scene of the operation, where a brother took them by surprise and martyred himself with his explosives vest,” it added.It gave the name of the first bomber as “Kaaka al-Kurdi”, suggesting he was of Kurdish origin, and the second as Khalil al-Qurashi.According to a provisional toll by the health ministry, at least 21 people were killed, including four reporters.Among them was Shah Marai, AFP’s chief Kabul photographer.last_img read more

RNA editing responsible for colder water survival in octopus

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Researchers have discovered that when it comes to the survival of an octopus living in frigid waters, the reasoning is not a difference in the gene DNA but rather a difference in the RNA editing. Octopus vulgaris. Image: Wikipedia. Citation: RNA editing responsible for colder water survival in octopus (2012, January 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-rna-responsible-colder-survival-octopus.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further More information: RNA Editing Underlies Temperature Adaptation in K+ Channels from Polar Octopuses, Science, Published Online January 5 2012. DOI: 10.1126/science.1212795ABSTRACTTo operate in the extreme cold, ion channels from psychrophiles must have evolved structural changes to compensate for their thermal environment. A reasonable assumption would be that the underlying adaptations lie within the encoding genes. Here, we show that delayed rectifier K+ channel genes from an Antarctic and a tropical octopus encode channels that differ at only four positions and display very similar behavior when expressed in Xenopus oocytes. However, the transcribed mRNAs are extensively edited, creating functional diversity. One editing site, which recodes an isoleucine to a valine in the channel’s pore, greatly accelerates gating kinetics by destabilizing the open state. This site is extensively edited in both Antarctic and Arctic species, but mostly unedited in tropical species. Thus, A-to-I RNA editing can respond to the physical environment.center_img Journal information: Science Scientists tap into Antarctic octopus venom The new study, led by molecular neurophysiologist Joshua Rosenthal and his graduate student, Sandra Garrett, from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan was published in Science.When it comes to cold temperatures, certain proteins that are responsible for nerve signals can be hampered. As a nerve cell fires, protein channels open or close to allow potassium ions in or out. Cold temperatures can delay the channels’ closing and stop the neurons ability to fire.Rosenthal and Garrett believed that in order for an octopus to survive in the frigid cold waters of the Arctic and Antarctic seas, they would have had to have changes in the DNA sequence.To test this theory, the researchers compared octopus species from the cold waters of the Antarctic as well as warm water octopus from the Puerto Rican reef. When they examined the potassium channel genes, they discovered almost identical DNA sequences.They then took the genes and inserted them into frog eggs cells in order to measure the electrical activity of each channel. Again they discovered that both species functioned in the same manner. But if the cold water octopus fired at the same rate as the warm water species, the channel would close 60 times slower so how could the octopus survive?They realized that RNA editing must be in play. In RNA editing, the cells synthesize an RNA version of the particular DNA with an amended nucleotide sequence which will alter the amino acids and change the proteins function. When the researchers looked at this, they discovered that the Antarctic species edits its RNA in nine different locations to change sequence of amino acids in the potassium channel.On site, known as I321V, is important for the survival in cold weather as it changes the potassium channel’s closing speed by more than 50 percent. The colder the octopus’ habitat is, the more likely they are to find edits at this location.This study shows that RNA editing can play a significant role in organism adaptation. 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

Baylor Head Coach Art Briles fired amidst sexual assault and rape cover

first_imgIn addition to broader University failings, Pepper found specific failings within both the football program and Athletics department leadership, including a failure to identify and respond to a pattern of sexual violence by a football player and to a report of dating violence. Actions by University administrators directly discouraged some complainants from reporting or participating in student conduct processes and in one instance constituted retaliation against a complainant for reporting sexual assault. BREAKING: #Baylor is firing head coach Art Briles, source tells @FoxSports. 1st reported by Craig Smoak.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) May 26, 2016Previous investigative reports by the media, including ESPN’s Outside the Lines, have implicated Briles and the Baylor administration of having knowledge of sexual assaults and rape by its players, but taking no action.Former players Tevin Elliott and Sam Ukwuachu have been convicted of rape.Earlier this week, Baylor President Ken Starr was was dismissed from his position. He will remain with the school as a chancellor and law school professor.Today in The Herd, Colin said the Baylor scandal, like the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State, occurred in a small college town where the football program is king, and allegations are routinely covered up. Advertisement There are significant concerns about the tone and culture within Baylor’s football program as it relates to accountability for all forms of student athlete misconduct. “USC, Reggie Bush, that got out. Nevin Shapiro. Miami. Coral Gables. That got out. Why? Those are big cities. A lot of media. Aggressive media. The media’s not intimidated by the local football coach.Where do we find stories get suppressed? Penn State. Sandusky. Florida State. Cops covering up Jameis Winston. Tallahassee PD. Waco, Texas. Little old Waco, Texas. Stories.  Assaults. Sexual victims. Administrators. Coaches. Broke federal laws. ‘I’m not going to talk about it. That’s just a rumor. I’m not going to talk about it.”Bruce Feldman joined Colin to discuss the Briles firing.“The crimes here were so egregious that had been perpetrated by the players. I think what people here need to understand is, people got confused with a lot of this I think. As it relates to the laws with colleges, it’s not the coaches decision whether to determine, ‘Okay, nothing happened here. I think our player’s innocent.’If there is an allegation, as some of these were. Or Many of these were. They had to do their due diligence.  You can’t keep letting players play.”Baylor released a statement on the findings of its internal investigation by outside counsel Pepper Hamilton into the scandal and cover up. An excerpt from the statement includes details of the investigative findings:“Key findings of the investigation reflect a fundamental failure by Baylor to implement Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA). The findings include:The University’s student conduct processes were wholly inadequate to consistently provide a prompt and equitable response under Title IX; Baylor failed to consistently support complainants through the provision of interim measures; and in some cases, the University failed to take action to identify and eliminate a potential hostile environment, prevent its recurrence or address its effects. Over the course of their review, Pepper investigated the University’s response to reports of a sexual assault involving multiple football players. The football program and Athletics department leadership failed to take appropriate action in response to these reports.” Earlier today, news broke that Baylor has fired Head Football Coach Art Briles following the release of an independent investigation. The investigation implicated Briles and the Baylor administration in the cover up of rape and sexual assault by Baylor football players.Craig Smoak, of ESPN1660 in Waco, was first to report the news.  Multiple reports confirmed.Baylor expected to release announcement at 11am dismissing HC Art Briles.— Craig Smoak (@CraigSmoak) May 26, 2016 Baylor dismisses coach Art Briles, source told @ESPN. Briles informed players via text, source said. Announcement expected at noon ET— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 26, 2016last_img read more

Herd U Top storylines from college football Week 7

first_img4. Dark days in South Bend – Many prognosticators had the Irish ranked in the Top 10 to start the year. After yesterday’s 17-10 loss to a Christian McCaffrey-less Stanford, Notre Dame sits at 2-5 on the year and have officially unraveled. Brian Kelly looks like dead man walking in South Bend. It’s hard to remember a coach who’s stock has fallen this far this fast, but it looks like it would take miracle to save Kelly at this point. Another brutal loss for the Golden Domers. Somewhere Charlie Weis is eating a cheeseburger on a yacht, showing his Super Bowl rings to a deckhand.Final Play – Notre Dame falls to Stanford 17-10. #NDonNBC #STANvsND https://t.co/7Rn1ay63m4— Notre Dame on NBC (@NDonNBC) October 16, 20165. Carlos Henderson is going as Julio Jones for Halloween – The Louisiana Tech wide receiver caught 3 bills worth of balls against UMass for the top individual performance of Week 7. Henderson hauled in 12 receptions for a mind-blowing 326 yards and 5 touchdowns in the 56-28 Bulldog blowout. This, following a 232, 3-touchdown effort last week. Sure it’s UMass, but 300 yards receiving is 300 yards receiving. Standout showing for the real Carlos Danger.Carlos Henderson with his 4th TD of the game to give @LATechFB the 35-21 lead over UMass. 11:19 left in the 3Q. @Conference_USA @CUSAFB pic.twitter.com/2tY7WEeSL3— American Sports Net (@LiveOnASN) October 15, 2016 Sunday morning on college campuses is the start of the new day, or the merciful end of the last one. Nothing a Bloody Mary and a breakfast burrito can’t fix. Man up.At Herd U, it’s time to break down the biggest storylines from the college football weekend. Week 7 was all about survival. Ohio State and Clemson remained undefeated with heartstopping wins, and Brian Kelly looks like dead man walking in South Bend. While other top teams were clinging for life, the Crimson Tide stormed into Knoxville and left the Vols on a respirator.Here are 5 takeaways from yesterday’s Week 7 action.Clemson is spared by the missed field goal gods – Clemson hasn’t been impressive so far this year, but they’re still undefeated. That’s all that matters. Yesterday they needed a missed NC State field goal to send the game to overtime, where they squeaked out  out a 24-17 home win. Deshaun Watson threw for almost 400 yards, but the Tigers have not looked like the dominate force that many predicted to start the year. Still, undefeated matters, and they get another week to attempt to figure things out. 2. The Buckeyes outlast the Badgers in Camp Randall – Ohio State was welcomed to Wisky by a Badgers team that had a week off to prepare and showed up ready to play. Wisconsin controlled the game, gashed the Buckeyes defense early, and took  10-point lead into halftime. But, JT Barrett made the big plays when it mattered most. The Buckeyes stormed back in the second half and forced overtime. In OT, Barrett tossed the game winning touchdown pass to wideout Noah Brown, which proved to be the decisive score. Freshman Nick Bosa secured the Ohio State win with a sack of Badger QB Alex Hornibook. An absolute thriller of a college football game in Camp Randall.Hear from @Nb_Eight0 and @Kwon_daTRUTH on the #Buckeyes huge win in Overtime #CampusRush @SInow pic.twitter.com/cYRXJIDmG7— Tino Bovenzi (@OSUTINO) October 16, 2016 Advertisement NC State needed this FG to beat #3 Clemson on the road…and they missed!! pic.twitter.com/oB5OIwiIip— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) October 16, 2016 3. The Tide rolled over the Vols in Knoxville – While Ohio State and Clemson were pulling out heart stoppers, Alabama was busy ripping Tennessee’s heart directly out of their chest. The Vols were a trendy Final Four playoff pick to start the year, but showed they aren’t aren’t even close to being on Saban’s level. Bama dominated in Knoxville with an impressive 49-10 win. Super frosh Jalen Hurts ran for 132 and 3 scores, and Alabama demoralized the Vols with 438 on the ground as a team. This one wasn’t as close as the score indicated.Jalen Hurts answers with a massive 45-yard TD run! #RTR pic.twitter.com/sYGmtCAi3F— Chat Tide (@ChatTide) October 15, 2016 Check back next week and see who shined in Week 8. And go to class!last_img read more