Lions All Star football games set today at Shasta College

first_imgRed Bluff >> Sixteen recent graduates went through the final football practice of their high school careers Friday morning at Sacred Heart School in preparation for today’s, June 18, Lions All Star Football Nor-Cal eight-man matchup at Shasta College in Redding. While the game represents the end of an era for some players from the South squad others hope it will signal the start of a college career, including Los Molinos’ Tyler Winter, who hopes to play at Butte College or elsewhere in the …last_img read more

SA ‘becoming a knowledge economy’

first_img31 July 2012 The focus of 2012 National Science Week is on South Africa’s move towards a “knowledge economy”, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said at the launch of the week at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus on Monday. Also at the launch was the German Ambassador to South Africa, Dr Horst Freitag; Swiss Ambassador to South Africa, Christian Meuwly; the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Ihron Rensburg; and about 6 000 learners from schools in Gauteng. Running from 30 July to 4 August under the theme “The Role of Science & Technology in Economic Development”, National Science Week confirms the department’s contribution to the gradual transformation of South Africa’s resource-based economy to a knowledge economy, Pandor said. “It’s no doubt that science and technology have changed the world tremendously and countries that excel in the sector become powerful players in the economy of the world,” she said. “The onus is therefore on every country to establish how it wants to positions itself. Recent developments, such as the bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), as well as the collaboration with the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) generated a worldwide interest in science and the possibilities it offers for humanity.” She believed South Africa and its other eight African partner countries, who will host the majority of the SKA dishes, will soon get to a place where they can provide answers about the early history of the universe, dark matter and gravity.Science as an enabler of economic development Rensburg said science and technology were the differentiators between countries that were able to tackle poverty effectively by growing and developing the economy, and those that were not. “The extent to which developing economies emerge as economic powerhouses depends on their ability to grasp and apply insights from science and technology and use them creatively. Innovation is the primary driver of technological growth and living standards,” he said. Rensburg said the university was proud to partner with the Department of Science and Technology in this regard. “In biomedical engineering, we have developed advanced image processing techniques to better diagnose tuberculosis.” He said UJ engineers had also developed advanced artificial intelligence techniques that used microarray data for diagnosis of leukaemia, as well as a rapid prototyping infrastructure used in the design and manufacture of an operational aircraft engine for Adept Technology. “Our Laser Research Centre is leading efforts to investigate the field of phototherapy with specific emphasis on Low Intensity Laser Irradiation as applied to diabetic wound healing, Photodynamic Therapy used as a therapeutic modality for cancer and the augmentation of stem cells as applied to regenerative medicine,” he said. National Science Week 2012 celebrations will be conducted in collaboration with higher education institutions and science councils countrywide. For those wishing to participate in the activities, information is available on the department’s Facebook page or they can follow @ScienceWeekSA on Twitter using the hashtag #NSW2012. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

New protein for gene editing may improve disease treatment, crops, sustainable manufacturing

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Gene editing has been a much sought after and controversial technology. Last month, part of the World Health Organization called for an international registry to track all research into editing the human genome.Purdue University researchers have developed a new technology that could change how gene editing is approached. NgAgo is programmed with guide DNA (red) to cut DNA (purple) at specific regions, enabling precise genetic modifications. (Image provided)Purdue University researchers, including one who was inspired by the cancer death of a close friend, have developed a new technology that could change how gene editing is approached in the future. The research team presents the work on April 4 at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Orlando.One of the most widely used methods for gene editing is CRISPR-Cas9 technology. The method requires a certain sequence or motif for function that restricts modifications.“CRISPR can be programmed to cut DNA at specific regions to make precise edits in an organism that can increase sustainable manufacturing, treat disease and even create better crops,” said Kevin Solomon, an assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering, who leads the Purdue research team. “However, it requires a certain sequence for function that restricts modifications to certain regions.”Many diseases in humans, including several types of cancer, are caused by mutations at specific sites in the genome. The Purdue team created a method that uses the protein Argonaute from Natronobacterium gregoryi (NgAgo) and supplied DNA as a guide to enable modification anywhere on the genome, providing new options to potentially improve manufacturing, disease treatment, drug discovery and crop production.“While there is still work to do, we have shown that these molecular scissors can edit regions of DNA previously inaccessible by current technologies,” said 2nd Lt. Michael Mechikoff, a master’s student working on the project.“One of my best friends died from a cancer caused by a genetic variant several years ago,” said Kok Zhi Lee, a doctoral student who works on the research team in Solomon’s lab. “I always dreamed of a different scenario for my friend — living in an era where genetic engineering is a regular and safe option to correct genetic disorders. With the potential of our technology, I anticipate a future where genetic disease is history for human beings.”The team has worked with the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization to file a utility patent on the technology. They are looking for partners and others interested in developing and licensing it.last_img read more

Passing first test

first_imgLATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Matthew Wright against Blackwater defenders. PBA IMAGESTwo teams made their tournament debuts in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Friday night, but only one ended up satisfied with the result.Phoenix Pulse coach Louie Alas, in fact, seemed pretty amazed at how his team held off a young and pesky Blackwater side, 103-98, at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra has picked up veteran Jared Dillinger after the former national team standout was dropped to the unrestricted free agent pool by Meralco.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ The Bolts leaned on a strong third quarter to seize control of the game and not even the 31-point output of Rain or Shine import Denzel Bowles could alter the outcome.Matthew Wright scored a team-best 22 points for Phoenix, 16 of which came in the third period, where he lit the wick of a strong breakaway for the Fuel Masters, who also exploited the sudden absence of leadership on the Elite’s bench.Former best import Rob Dozier and Jason Perkins then took charge in the final period, holding off repeated rallies by Blackwater there.“I expected it,” Alas said when asked about Blackwater’s rally down the stretch. “They’re not 3-0 for nothing. They worked for it. They’re deep. They have three marquee players for nearly every position.”Blackwater, which lost for the first time in four games, kept it close for two quarters before losing momentum when coach Aris Dimaunahan was ejected for flagrant misconduct.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warcenter_img Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “I was looking at the stat sheet and we nearly did everything we had hoped to do,” Alas said.The Fuel Masters were the No. 1 team at the end of the elimination round of the Philippine Cup but lost in a semifinal duel with eventual champion San Miguel Beer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe No. 2 team at the end of the same round then was Rain or Shine, which lost to eventual all-Filipino runner-up Magnolia also in the semifinals.Unlike the Fuel Masters, though, the Elasto Painters didn’t get the midseason conference debut they wanted after dropping a 91-84 to steady Meralco in the second game. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:24Group urges Senate to pass bill on liquor, vape tax hike before yearend02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts02:42PH 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 Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Thurman must be told why he’s ‘B’ side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Dybala a Champions League doubt for Juve

first_imgUEFA Champions League Boost for Tottenham as Dybala ruled a Champions League doubt for Juventus Matthew Scott 20:50 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dybala - cropped Getty Images UEFA Champions League Juventus Juventus v Sassuolo Serie A Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur Massimiliano Allegri is concerned that the Argentine forward may not be fit in time for the first leg of a last-16 showdown with Spurs Paulo Dybala may not return from a thigh injury in time to take on Tottenham in the Champions League last 16, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has warned.Dybala has not played since a 1-0 win over Cagliari on January 6, although Juve have won each of their three games since then without conceding.Indeed, the Bianconeri’s run of consecutive victories stretches back nine games, a sequence that has maintained their position a point behind Napoli at the top of Serie A. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Federico Bernardeschi and Douglas Costa both picked up injuries at Atalanta in midweek, but he will not rush Dybala back.”Dybala is recovering well but in terms of being ready for the Champions League we’ll still have to evaluate,” he told reporters.”It’s not going to be just a one-off match against Tottenham.”Bernardeschi is not fully fit following his knock, but Allegri admits the winger may have to play through the pain barrier with Juve’s options depleted.”Naturally if Dybala, [Juan] Cuadrado and Douglas Costa are out Bernardeschi is the only one left, so he has to grit his teeth and play regardless,” he added.”Unless he feels enormous levels of pain, he will play.”If Bernardeschi doesn’t make it, we could play with someone a little deeper, or simply use different characteristics in the position of right winger.”Otherwise it’d be shaking things up that don’t need shaking up right now.”Before thoughts turn to Tottenham, Allegri has Sunday’s Serie A clash with Sassuolo to prepare for.The Juve coach expects a tough test, despite Sassuolo languishing in 14th, without a win in four.”It will be important to approach the game in the right way, we played a great match in Bergamo and there must be no dips in focus. We can’t afford to lose any points.”Sassuolo have players with good technical ability going forward, and with the signing of [Khouma] Babacar they’ve added physicality. They drew with Roma and beat Inter so this is a match that we have to start on the front foot.”last_img read more

10 months agoFulham striker Mitrovic named Serbia’s Player of the Year

first_imgFulham striker Mitrovic named Serbia’s Player of the Yearby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has been named Serbia’s Player of the Year.He played a major role in Fulham’s promotion to the Premier League by scoring 12 times in the Championship following a January move from Newcastle.”It’s nice when you are appreciated in the country where you play, but there’s nothing more beautiful than when you are at home, with your people,” Mitrovic told the Serbian FA’s website.Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic, ex-Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and former Manchester City left-back Aleksandar Kolarov are among the previous recipients of the award. About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoMarseille urged to move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Marseille urged to move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayiby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrench pundit Pierre Menes has urged Olympique Marseille to re-sign Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.The Belgian has just had his loan at Valencia cut short and will not be returning to the Blues.Instead, Valencia are helping Batshuayi to find a new club.Menes, meanwhile, says OM should move for him:Houhou l’OM c’est pas une bonne idée ça? RT @lequipe Valence : Michy Batshuayi officiellement indésirable https://t.co/htcZe4MFrI— Pierre Ménès (@PierreMenes) January 10, 2019 last_img read more

9 days agoSpain coach Moreno dedicates Euros qualification to Luis Enrique

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Spain coach Moreno dedicates Euros qualification to Luis Enriqueby Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSpain coach Robert Moreno has dedicated Euros qualification to Luis Enrique.La Roja have made the 2020 Euros after their 1-1 draw with Sweden.And Moreno says qualification is tribute to former Barcelona coach Enrique, who stepped down earlier this year to be with his daughter before her passing.Moreno said, “We have played a good game, and even if we had lost, I would have been happy. Because we have played more with our style. We are qualified and now we have to try to be the top of the group.”Spain is a high-level national team and qualification is a must, but achieving it has its value I want to take the opportunity to dedicate this to Rubiales and Molina because they trusted me, and also Luis Enrique. “It releases tension and doubt, and gives us time to work more comfortably, but without losing tension because the goal is to be one of the six best to go to the draw as seeded teams. It will not be easy, but we will try.” last_img read more

Bell Rogers CBC join group seeking to have CRTC find and block

first_imgTORONTO – Prominent members of Canada’s entertainment industry are calling for a new federal agency to locate and shut down websites that are portals for illegally obtained video and audio content.Bell Canada, Rogers Communications Inc., Quebecor Inc., Cineplex Inc., the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and several other organizations have banded together to create FairPlay Canada.They argue that Canadian jobs are at risk because consumers can get access to TV shows, movies and music from websites that don’t pay for the content that they stream to consumers.They want the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to use its power as a regulator to require Canadian internet service providers to shut down access to the pirated material.They also want the CRTC to set up an independent agency to help locate the pirate websites.The CRTC is in the final weeks of public consultations about the distribution of music, TV and other content via the internet.The agency has set Feb. 13 as a deadline for final comments in order to submit its report to the federal cabinet by June 1.Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE, TSX:RCI.B, TSX:QBR.B, TSX:CGX,last_img read more

Bartering community Bunz faces questions about ethos with cryptocurrency plan

first_imgTORONTO – Bunz, the Canadian online bartering community known for promoting a cash-free economy, is not abandoning its ethos with plans to launch its own cryptocurrency, company CEO Sascha Mojtahedi said Monday in the wake of some user revolt.Founded in Toronto in 2013 by Emily Bitze, Bunz began as a Facebook group that encouraged users to trade their unwanted goods rather than seeking cash. Because users’ wish lists didn’t always align neatly, booze, transit tokens and — somewhat controversially — gift cards became commonly requested in trades.On Monday, Bunz announced it was launching BTZ, a digital currency for the community that can also be used at participating retailers. Mojtahedi said BTZ is not yet an actual cryptocurrency but the plan is to eventually convert it into one. New and existing users of the Bunz app will get 1,000 units of BTZ, which the company says has a current value of about three coffees.“Because it’s a bartering community we’ve had a number of issues around value disparity … the divisibility of goods and all these problems can be solved by a cryptocurrency,” Mojtahedi said.“I think this just gives our community more flexibilty.”The initial reaction to the announcement on social media leaned negative, with Facebook user Melissa Neill writing “So much for subverting capitalism” and Ray Wilkes posting “RIP Bunz spirit & integrity.”“Develop something to help poor people get around the financial constraints of capitalism. Capitalize the hell out of it. Develop your own currency for it (but don’t call it money lol). Stand back and watch something that was once beautiful die a protracted, awkward death,” Wilkes added.Mojtahedi said the launch of BTZ should not be seen as Bunz heading in a new corporate direction, even though the company has secured funding from institutional investors.“I actually see it as doubling down rather than diverging from the ethos Bunz represents,” he said.Khatereh Vesal, a self-professed “crypto nerd and Bunz nerd,” said she has no issues with the use of cryptocurrencies on Bunz, but objected to the fact that the company’s announcement claimed BTZ was an actual cryptocurrency.“It’s like they just kind of decided this was a neat idea — and it might be, as a loyalty points program kind of thing — but we have to be very careful what we’re calling it because it’s not technically on a blockchain yet and it’s not really even an initial coin offering yet,” Vesal said, adding she wished the company had more information for users lined up before making its announcement.Mojtahedi said Bunz wanted “to create something that people could interact with” and “learn from the data and the information and the (user) behaviours” before converting BTZ into a cryptocurrency. He added that it’s not yet determined whether there would be a mining element to the cryptocurrency as is the case with Bitcoin.“I think we’re looking at a number of different solutions around mining that are pretty different than the way the market approaches it currently,” Mojtahedi said.While the local businesses that are now accepting BTZ have essentially set a baseline value for the currency — one Toronto cafe is charging 300 BTZ for a latte while a bar is asking 600 BTZ for a pint of beer or order of fries — Mojtahedi said he doesn’t want to interfere in setting its value. He also wants to avoid speculation in the currency.“We’re not offering any inference of the foreign exchange value because we don’t know, we’re really just starting. We’ve established a value with our shops and we think it’s an opportunity to learn from the community themselves rather than trying to peg some value to this currency,” he said.Jean-Paul Lam, an associate professor of economics at the University of Waterloo, has used Bunz as an example when teaching students about concepts around money as a medium of exchange and bartering.“Any type of barter system creates problems with finding partners and you have to spend a huge amount of time to find the right partner and find an exchange that would be satisfying to both parties. So I can understand why they are trying to introduce that medium of exchange that is standardized,” Lam said.“But at the same time, it completely defeats the purpose of what it was in the first place, which was a cashless society that would exchange goods for goods.”last_img read more