Durant burns Fox Sports reporter on Twitter for second time this week

first_img … Kevin Durant is *extremely* online this week.For the second time in three days, Durant is going after Fox Sports 1’s Chris Broussard on Twitter.Broussard said on FS1’s Undisputed that he and KD had “texted for 2, 3 hours straight about life, about basketball, about media, about faith.” He said that he and Durant have pushed each other on their shared Christian faith.But Durant put Broussard on blast in a tweet of his own, saying the reporter does not even have his phone number.last_img read more

Stem Cells Getting Healthier

first_img(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Over the past decade, stem cells have been a hot news item.  Here are some late breaking news stories about them.How they work:  Researchers in the Netherlands found a new way to culture mouse embryonic stem cells in vitro.  They found to their surprise, according to Science Daily, that the stem cells seem to be “on hold,”, their gene expression inhibited, rather than actively transcribing genes as previously believed.  “From this state, the ES cells can efficiently specialize,” the article said.Embryonic self-sacrifice:  Researchers at the North Carolina School of Medicine found that embryonic stem cells will commit suicide rather than risk DNA damage.  A protein called Bax, responsible for programmed cell death, is activated but kept in a safe place in the Golgi apparatus for the crucial days of embryonic development.  If DNA damage occurs, Bax migrates to the mitochondrion, where it initiates cell death.  PhysOrg titled its report, “Stem cells poised to self-destruct for the good of the embryo,” as if they will fall on their swords for the good of the organism rather than let DNA damage propagate.Safe adult cells:  Techniques for inducing pluripotent stem cells from tissues (iPS) continue to improve.  PhysOrg reported that researchers at Johns Hopkins verified that iPS cells contain no more genetic changes than normal cells.  This adds confidence that therapies developed from them will be safe, not adding cancer risk.Skipping a step:  According to Science Daily, researchers at Duke University were able to generate heart muscle tissue from scar tissue without going through a stem cell stage by programming microRNAs to turn scar cells back into heart muscle cells.  By eliminating the need for a stem cell transplant, this promises to improve the hopes of damage repair for heart attack patients.Dystrophy hope:  It seems like forever that people have raised money for muscular dystrophy patients.  Is any progress being made?  Yes; according to PhysOrg, researchers at the University of Minnesota have demonstrated a therapy using iPS cells that has “been shown to be effective in the treatment of muscular dystrophy.”  The mouse model sets the stage for human clinical trials.  Researchers were able to deliver muscle progenitor cells from iPS cells.  “Upon transplantation into mice suffering from muscular dystrophy, human skeletal myogenic progenitor cells provided both extensive and long-term muscle regeneration which resulted in improved muscle function,” the article said.The good work continues to come from adult stem cells and iPS cells which, unlike embryonic stem cells (ES), are ethically sound (not involving the destruction of a human embryo).  The ES promoters offer hope with hype.  “Due to these unique properties, expectations for the use of ES cells in the clinic are high, but ES cells therapies have not yet been developed to full potential,” the first Science Daily article stated.  If iPS cells do better with fewer problems and no moral concerns, why is there a dispute?  Let human embryos develop into human beings, but let adult tissue cells be reprogrammed to heal.last_img read more

Motsepe Foundation gives R117m to South African education

first_img25 November 2015The Department of Basic Education has received a donation of R117-million – to be made over a period of 10 years – from the Motsepe Foundation towards sporting and cultural competitions.Of this, R55-million will be allocated over the first five years to the Kay Motsepe Schools Football Cup, the ABC Motsepe Schools Choral and Traditional Eisteddfod, and the Kay Motsepe Schools Netball Cup. The announcement was made on 24 November in Johannesburg.In the subsequent five years, from 2021 to 2025, the Motsepe Foundation will contribute another R62.5-million.The foundation is committed to supporting and developing innovative solutions, leadership activities, internships and development programmes and other initiatives that will enhance education, sustain and provide opportunities for the benefit of the current and emerging generation of leaders, according to the organisation.The department and the foundation are in discussions to identify prizes for the winners of the various categories of the choral and traditional eisteddfod, as well as the netball cup.The football cup has been running for the past 10 years and is believed to have the largest prize money in a schools competition in the world. The winning school receives R1-million from total annual prize money of R3.4-million. Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga. (Image: South African Government News Agency)There were 25 000 public and private schools in South Africa, said Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, and each school, from rural and urban areas, would be invited to participate in all three competitions.“Sporting and cultural activities in education help advance social cohesion and are an integral part of a holistic education system,” she said at the announcement. “As the Department of Basic Education, we are extremely grateful to the Motsepe Foundation for this generous contribution, which we believe will go a long way in advancing the development of our learners within the system.”These educational programmes would help to enhance the national identity of learners and promote the country’s diverse cultural understanding. Co-founder and deputy chairperson of the Motsepe Foundation, Precious Moloi-Motsepe.(Image: The Motsepe Foundation)Sport and music made an important contribution to the growth and development of youth; they also helped young people to become good role models, said Precious Moloi-Motsepe, the co-founder and deputy chairperson of the Motsepe Foundation.“My father-in-law, ABC Motsepe, loved choral and traditional music and before he started his businesses, the school where he was the headmaster participated in choral and traditional music competitions. I am also excited that we will be sponsoring netball, which is very popular among our girls,” she said.The South African Football Association (Safa) has also supported the Motsepe Foundation and the department in promoting football in schools.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

SA companies on a mission to Thailand, Taiwan

first_img28 July 2014A South African business delegation arrived in Bangkok on Sunday on the first leg of a trade and investment mission to Thailand and Taiwan.The mission, organised and sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), will give the South African delegates – representing companies in the agro-processing, jewellery and automotive sectors – the opportunity to introduce their products and services directly to buyers in high-growth Asian markets.The delegation will participate in various business-to-business meetings, site visits and trade and investment seminars in both countries.Golden Touch Manufacturing Jewellers, based in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, is one of 18 companies taking part in the mission. Company director Mbulelo Singapi told the DTI that his company was looking forward exchanging business ideas with local businesspeople.Singapi said that, despite being a small manufacturer, Golden Touch had the capacity to scale up production, and would be able to meet any order they might secure in Thailand or Taiwan.Another participant, Pitto Limited, grows export-quality grapes along the Orange River outside Kakamas in the Northern Cape. Commercial manager Lorna Basson said this was the sixth DTI-sponsored mission that the company was taking part in.“Out of the five trips in which we participated, we managed to establish solid trading relations in countries like China, Germany, Poland, and Ghana,” Basson said, adding that Pitto was currently exporting to China, Poland and Ghana.She said the DTI’s missions had given her company “direct access to foreign markets, and cut on a lot of costs since there are no third party agents involved. It is also a great opportunity for us to trade in person and sustain our foreign export relations”.According to the DTI, South African exports to Thailand totalled R4.6-billion in 2013, while imports – nearly half of which were vehicle components – totalled R26.5-billion.Total trade between Taiwan and South Africa was worth R21.7-billion in 2013, with a trade balance of R3.7-million in favour of South Africa.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

ODA introduces new tools for water quality

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There are many things that farmers can control with regard to their role in improving Ohio’s water quality, but there is one thing they can’t: the weather. And, it just so happens that this factor beyond human control is also the most significant factor in water quality. A big, unexpected rain can undo the best of on-farm intentions for water quality stewardship.The Ohio Department of Agriculture recently introduced a couple of new tools to help address this perennially challenging problem.“ODA firmly believes science and technology must be at the forefront of all water quality issues and these new and innovative tools are impactful steps that will merge the ideas of precision farming and precision conservation,” said David T. Daniels, Ohio Department of Agriculture director. “The agricultural community continues to take the necessary steps to maintain agricultural productivity, while protecting our natural resources and reducing nutrient runoff to improve water quality in Lake Erie and surrounding waterways.”The Ohio Applicator Forecast is a new online tool designed to help nutrient applicators identify times when the potential nutrient loss from a fertilizer or manure application is low. The Ohio Agricultural Stewardship Verification Program is a pilot certification for farmers implementing best management practices on their farms. Ohio Applicator ForecastThe Ohio Applicator Forecast is a feature on the Ohio Department of Agriculture website that takes data from the National Weather Service and predicts potential for runoff to occur in a given area in Ohio. The forecast considers snow accumulation and melt, soil moisture content and forecast precipitation and temperatures to help in the decision making process when applying nutrients.“At the National Weather Service we model the river basin hydrology across the entire Ohio River Basin and Great Lakes drainages on a daily basis. We track how the water moves from the atmosphere into the ground. That information can be used to help alert farmers to the potential for runoff events that would produce nutrient runoff into streams and rivers. We’re able to take our analysis of rainfall that has fallen and will be falling into the future,” said Brian Astifan, the development and operations hydrologist with the National Weather Service Ohio River Forecast Center in Wilmington. “This tool will let farmers know when conditions are possible for nutrient runoff based on soil conditions, how wet or dry it is and also how much rainfall is coming that might impact runoff. We are taking information we are already generating and using it in a different application for the state of Ohio to generate an advisory level. Is there a low potential of runoff or a high potential of runoff? Farmers can use that information to decide when they might or might not apply nutrients.”A similar tool has already been in use in Wisconsin and has been expanding to other states.“The pilot program in Wisconsin has grown to include most of the Great Lakes states. We are able to produce this information on a fairly high-resolution basis. There will always be some uncertainty with the weather but the state of weather science has come a long way in the last 20 years,” Astifan said. “We are much more confident in our rainfall predictions than we were even five or 10 years ago. It is not an exact science, but the uncertainty is taken into account so you can leverage that information to make better decisions.”The announcement about the kickoff for the Ohio Applicator Forecast was held at Drewes Farms in Custar. Tyler Drewes thinks the tool will be useful for nutrient application decisions on their farm in the Western Lake Erie Basin Watershed.Tyler Drewes talks to his grandpa before getting back to planting this spring.“I think we’ll use it all the time. We have multiple times when we apply fertilizer throughout the year. We deal with a couple of dairies and receive 20 million gallons of dairy manure and apply it after wheat harvest and corn silage harvest and after fall harvest,” Drewes said. “The website will allow us to check things out and let us know if it’s a good time to apply the manure from the dairy and our commercial fertilizer to make sure what we are putting down will connect with the soil and stay there.”Because the tool covers every corner of the state it can be useful for a broad range of decisions for large and small farms throughout Ohio, Director Daniels said.“The weather tool allows a producer — whether they are planting 1,000 acres of corn or two tomato plants — to see soil conditions and the chances of runoff. It looks out seven days to let them know the best opportunity to apply nutrients,” he said. “Let’s say it shows a tenth of an inch of rain today. It’ll show ground saturation points so if you’re looking at a tenth of an inch there is probably not much of a chance on runoff on a dry field. Now three or four days down the road if we are looking at a tenth, a half inch or an inch, it will show you that the further down that week you go the more chance there is for runoff. It lets you know what you can do today, it also lets you plan four or five days out for what might be a potential problem. It lets you know what the saturation is on two different depth levels too and you can zoom right down in on your field or your garden and see the potential for runoff. They can also use it as a planting tool.”And, specifically in the Western Lake Erie Basin Watershed, the Applicator Forecast is one more tool to help farmers stay in compliance with the state regulations in place.“Last year with the prohibition of application of nutrients on frozen and snow covered ground in this watershed it only makes sense that we announce this weather app here in the watershed,” Daniels said. “We are not only asking producers to do this but we are also providing some tools to help them manage through that.” Ohio Agricultural Stewardship Verification ProgramThe Ohio Agricultural Stewardship Verification Program certifies farmers in the targeted watersheds of Henry and Wood counties who apply and meet criteria developed by ODA’s Division of Soil and Water Conservation. Criteria for the certification include developed nutrient management plans, accurate soil tests and documented best management practices, among others. The program will begin as a pilot with an intention to expand the program to all of Ohio.“We are excited to be one of the first farms in Ohio to prove our commitment to improving water quality through this verification program,” Drewes said. “Farming as many acres as we do in the Western Lake Erie Basin region, we know we play a very important role in the long-term improvement of the lake’s water quality. We want to be part of the solution and this program will help farmers toward that goal.”The Verification Program reinforces the need to do the right things on farms and also showcases the positive actions being taken within agriculture to address water quality challenges.“This is an excellent tool to show people outside of agriculture what is being done. We want to set the bar for those best producers going over and above and this is one method to show industry and the general population what agriculture is doing,” said Kirk Hinds, with the Ohio Department of Agriculture. “The stewardship verification pilot program is just for Henry and Wood Counties with intent to go statewide. We just want to get it fine tuned before moving forward in the whole state.”The ODA will continue to reach out to farmers and applicators in the coming months to make them aware of the new tools that were announced in mid-May, Daniels said.“Farmers can voluntarily take part in this certification program that verifies that they are using best management practices and doing what they are supposed to be doing with the 4Rs. This shows that you are doing things that are conservation minded and environmentally sensitive,” Daniels said. “We are rolling this out where the focal point of the water quality discussions have been in the state and that is the Western Basin of Lake Erie. We are happy to see the verification program take shape.”Those interested in applying for the Agricultural Stewardship Verification Program can visit their local Soil and Water Conservation District office to find out how to become involved.last_img read more

Black Friday sales dominate National Day of Thanksgiving holiday in TCI

first_img Related Items:black friday, building materials, cyber monday, kb home, kishco, sunny foods Tiki Hut host Job Fair then Hurricane Relief fundraiser, Oct 27 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 27 Nov 2015 – On the public holiday in the Turks and Caicos today there was, in the original plan, expected to be religious services held to thank God for the islands and its people and its prosperity. However, Magnetic Media observes that the day is continuing with the trend from nearby USA and remains a weekend of shopping bonanzas. Black Friday sales and specials are promoted around the country and residents are turning out in strong numbers to cash in on the savings. Since 5am Kishco welcomed a stream of shoppers and will give the first 200 people to show up Apple Watches. KB Homes, another major retailer is marking down prices by a giant 25% on all home, building, holiday décor and gift items ahead of the opening of a new depot in Provo’s industrial area. Grocery items are also marked down this weekend at various stores. Graceway IGA is saving patrons money on festive food items especially; IGA now has its stock of real Christmas Trees set up. Meanwhile Sunny Foods is promising low, low prices on thousands of food items for Black Friday until Sunday. This weekend will also see the 31st anniversary and grand reopening of BML Do it Center in Grand Turk; where prices are slashed by 20% at the place where it all began for the Adams’ family. Black Friday is an American tradition where shoppers pay no taxes on popular consumer items; it has evolved to embrace new methods in shopping and some savings spill into the weekend and have even forged Cyber Monday. Grocery Specials at Sonny Foods – SALE on NOW Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp GET TO KNOW KISHCOlast_img read more

Fire breaks out at shoe store none hurt

first_imgKolkata: A fire broke out at a shoe store in the Hatibagan area on Thursday night triggering tension among locals.Around five fire tenders were pressed into action to douse the flames. The store caught fire at around 11 pm on Thursday. The locals spotted smoke billowing out the shoe shop situated on the ground floor of a building at Hatibagan More. The matter was immediately reported to the fire brigade. Senior police officers rushed to the spot and cordoned off the entire area and traffic movement was restricted. The fire fighters initially faced difficulties to reach the source of the fire due to the thick black smoke covering the area. They later managed to enter the store and detected the source of the fire. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe fire personnel restricted the fire from spreading to other adjacent buildings. They also ensured that other shops in the building do not get affected by the fire. The fire personnel brought the situation under control at around 12.30 am. According to the preliminary investigation, the fire officials and police suspect that an electrical short circuit might have caused the fire. The store was badly damaged in the incident. The fire officials are investigating if the building had fire fighting mechanism in place. The exact cause of the fire and the extent of the damage are yet to be ascertained. The local shop owners are being interrogated in this connection so far. A probe has been initiated in this regard. In another incident, a fire broke out at a heap of garbage on Armenian street at around 4 pm on Friday. One fire tender swung into action and brought the situation under control at around 4.30 pm. Locals panicked as the area is congested and there is always a chance of the fire spreading to the adjacent buildings. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.last_img read more