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Charlotte de Vries, Laura Graziosi named to All-ACC preseason team

first_imgThe Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Syracuse field hockey members Charlotte de Vries and Laura Graziosi have been named preseason all-Atlantic Coast Conference selections for the 2020 season. The Orange will begin the year as one of three schools with at least two all-ACC players on their roster. de Vries, a sophomore, was named a NFHCA second-team All-American following a freshman season in which she led SU in both goals (15) and points (31). Graziosi, a junior, tallied nine points on three goals and three assists while starting all 18 games of her sophomore season.SU returns its entire starting midfield (Graziosi, Carolin Hoffmann, Claire Cooke and Tess Queen) from last season.The Orange were picked to finish sixth out of seven in conference play. The ACC is the only conference in the country to go through with a field hockey season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse begins its 10-game season against Duke on Sept. 18. The Blue Devils were picked to finish fourth in the conference and feature one all-conference selection. Published on September 9, 2020 at 4:58 pm Contact Tim: [email protected] Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


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49ers review safety after fan hit by fireworks debris during Panthers game

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The San Francisco 49ers are reviewing their pyrotechnic safety practices after a fan was hit by fireworks debris at Levi’s Stadium before the start of last Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, officials said.According to a witness, and confirmed by the team, the fireworks were set off at the end of the national anthem, and a golf-ball-sized remnant fell out of the sky and hit a man in the shoulder. Kickoff was scheduled for 1:05 p.m. that day.The fan who was hit was …last_img


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Human Cloning Is Back

first_imgIf you thought work on human cloning and embryonic stem cell research went out of style with the discovery of induced pluripotent stem cells, watch out.  The pro-cloning people, who never lost their lust for toying with human embryos, are back.Writing for Science Magazine, Gretchen Vogel titled an article, “Human Stem Cells From Cloning, Finally.”  She seems delighted that researchers may be able to treat humans like farm animals:This time it looks like it’s for real: Researchers have made personalized human embryonic stem (ES) cells with a method similar to how Dolly the sheep was cloned—though with an added jolt of caffeine.The success, which produced stem cells carrying DNA belonging to a baby with an inherited disorder, comes 9 years after South Korean researchers claimed in a famously faked paper that they had achieved a similar feat. After their story unraveled, a handful of researchers continued trying, but human eggs, or oocytes, responded poorly to the techniques that have worked in sheep, mice, cows, pigs, and other animals.Now, thanks to years of work in monkey cells, a group led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov of the Oregon National Primate Research Center in Beaverton reports a recipe that works for human cells.Of course, there are those people troubled by the ethics of such research:While welcomed by many researchers, who envision creating personalized stem cells for therapies or research, the achievement is also likely to stir up old ethical debates about human SCNT [somatic cell nuclear transfer], including whether it should be regulated to prevent attempts at reproductive human cloning. In the short term, that shouldn’t be a worry, Mitalipov says.Who’s worried?  After all, the scientists don’t really want to clone human beings for a Star Wars army — at least not in the short term.  They just want to get their hands on those precious embryonic stem cells (ES), and this “success” opens the door for them.  Even so, “the team had surprisingly good success generating embryos,” Vogel said.But this begs the question: who needs ES cells, when induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) are just as good without the ethical problems?This high efficiency could mean that SCNT is not as impractical for creating personalized human stem cells as many observers had expected. But it faces stiff competition from the current method of making genetically matched pluripotent cells, called induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. By adding extra copies of several genes to skin or other cells, scientists can reprogram them to behave like ES cells. That technique is much easier than SCNT, and it doesn’t require a supply of human oocytes. (The oocytes used in Mitalipov’s experiments were donated by healthy volunteers for research purposes; donors were paid $5000 for their time and trouble, the local rate paid to egg donors for fertility treatments.)Some researchers have found evidence, however, that there may be subtle but potentially significant differences between the genes expressed in iPS cells and ES cells derived from embryos. The chance to compare SCNT-derived human ES cells with iPS counterparts is one of the most important aspects of the new advance, Daley says. “There may be advantages to SCNT-ES cells, but this must be rigorously proven,” he says. In practice, he says, making iPS cells “remains considerably easier.“So just on the supposition that there might be a difference, some researchers are willing to destroy human embryos to find out.  Does that sound ethical?  She quoted a researcher who thinks both methods are “useful” — the language of pragmatism, not ethics.  Vogel had no further ethical qualms.To the editors at New Scientist, it’s “back to the future” all over again.A few years ago, therapeutic cloning looked like the future of medicine. It promised to realise the dream of repairing damaged tissues and organs using a patient’s own cells. But it also had a dark side: producing its supply of stem cells required the creation of human embryos which were later destroyed.What did Nature say about this?  David Cyranoski wrote in Nature this week wearing ethics on his sleeve from the first paragraph:It was hailed some 15 years ago as the great hope for a biomedical revolution: the use of cloning techniques to create perfectly matched tissues that would someday cure ailments ranging from diabetes to Parkinson’s disease. Since then, the approach has been enveloped in ethical debate, tainted by fraud and, in recent years, overshadowed by a competing technology. Most groups gave up long ago on the finicky core method — production of patient-specific embryonic stem cells (ESCs) from cloning. A quieter debate followed: do we still need ‘therapeutic’ cloning?Mitalipov’s experiment “is sure to rekindle that debate,” Cyranoski continued.   He described how Mitalipov used a “university advertising campaign” to attract women to donate eggs for his lab at the Health and Science University in Beaverton, Oregon.  (He first practiced on skin cells obtained from fetuses.)  His method sounds a little Frankensteinish, using electric jolts and caffeine to coax the stubborn skin cells to form stable stem cell lines.  It took longer to get human cells to work than monkey cells, he said, because much of the time was spent “navigating US regulations on embryo research.”Mitalipov is apparently most concerned about making his process more efficient, why? to attract funding:Such improvements might be necessary to convince people that SCNT research is still worthwhile. Egg donors for the experiment received US$3,000–7,000 in compensation. This is expensive and, according to some bioethicists, risks creating an organ trade that preys on the poor. Because the technique requires the destruction of embryos, funds from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) cannot be used to make or study SCNT-derived cell lines, hampering further clinical research. (Mitalipov maintains a separate laboratory for NIH-funded research.)Another “sticking point” is public fear of human cloning.  Stem-cell opponents might “capitalize on” such fears, the article says.  Mitalipov is trying to convince opponents that creation of a human clone, like Dolly the sheep, is not possible (at least, at this time).But other stem-cell researchers are wondering why Mitalipov is wasting his time.  “Honestly, the most surprising thing [about this paper] is that somebody is still doing human [SCNT] in the era of iPS cells,” said a specialist in regenerative medicine.  Watchers will be waiting to see whether iPS and ES cells really differ in significant ways.New Scientist thinks the ethical battles will be muted during the Obama era:Will we now see a revival of the stem cell culture wars in the US? Probably, but they should be less polarised this time round. The Bush-era laws were relaxed by President Obama in 2009 to no great hullabaloo. The fact that the breakthrough work was done in Oregon may also help: home-grown success has a way of changing hearts and minds. What is clear is that we have entered a new phase in the long-running stem cell soap opera. Expect drama aplenty.But if this is a “soap opera,” it’s one where innocent human lives are at stake — and not only the lives of fertilized human embryos, but potential adult clones.  Live Science asked if this might lead to human cloning someday.  What worried reporter Rachael Rattner more, the pragmatics, or the principle of the thing?Although it would be unethical, experts say it is likely biologically possible to clone a human being. But even putting ethics aside, the sheer amount of resources needed to do it is a significant barrier.Rattner concentrated on practical problems with human cloning.  “It’s like sending your baby up in a rocket knowing there’s a 50-50 chance it’s going to blow up,” she quoted one researcher quipping.  “It’s grossly unethical.”  Practical problems, though, can be remedied with enough research.  If Rattner is willing to put ethics aside rhetorically, the day could come when unscrupulous, pragmatic researchers with government funding will put it aside for real.This story is very disturbing on the heels of the Kermit Gosnell trial.  Remember that abortion was sold in the 1970s in terms of concern for poor women who needed access to “reproductive health” needs.  The callous disregard for human life that resulted from that slippery slope has shocked the nation with revelations about Gosnell’s and other abortion mills described as “houses of horror” by investigators, who found abortion doctors twisting the heads off babies born alive, leaving them struggling for 20 minutes before severing their spinal cords with scissors, and telling mothers that the dead baby in the womb after chemical abortion is just “meat in a crockpot.”  Horrified nurses would find babies swimming in toilets and packed in bloody bags in refrigerators.  Do you think for a minute that “sanctity of human life” will fare any better among those who want free rein with human embryos?Speaking of abortion, Tanya Lewis wrote an interesting article for Live Science about ultrasound and how it has changed attitudes about abortion.  While ultrasound can backfire in cultures that want to use it for sex selection (aborting many female babies), for the most part it has given expectant mothers a view the abortionists never told them about: their baby is a living human being.Ultrasound has enjoyed an enthusiastic reception by pregnant women. In addition to revealing the baby’s health, the images themselves provide a keepsake. “Overwhelmingly, pregnant women expect to be scanned, and are moved and excited by seeing the fetus,” Nicolson said — especially if the baby moves. In fact, Nicolson said, some women report not feeling pregnant until they’ve seen the ultrasound image.Seeing a developing fetus has a humanizing effect, too. Donald, the physician who helped develop the technology, was a devout High Anglican, and knew the images carried moral significance for women contemplating having an abortion.Lewis cited anecdotal evidence that expectant mothers who see their baby with ultrasound are less likely to terminate their pregnancy.  Each moving baby that the mother rejoices to see on the ultrasound scanner was a single cell just a few months earlier.  The DNA for a full human is there in both cases; the difference between a moving baby in the womb and a fertilized cell is only a matter of time. 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Global malaria deaths drop 60% over the last 15 years

first_img25 September 2015In 2000, the Millennium Development Goals pledged to halt and to begin to reverse the incidence of malaria by 2015. By September 2015, according to new research by the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the rate of new infections had declined by some 37% and deaths by 60%, saving 6.2 million lives in Asia and Africa. But there is still much work to be done before the disease is eradicated.This new report and its encouraging statistics hold particular resonance for South African health care, with health being one of the pillars of the National Development Plan Vision 2030.Malaria cases in South Africa, according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in December 2014, have dropped from 11071 in 2010/11 to just 9245 in 2013/14.Africa, however, remains one of the most prevalent regions for malaria infection, yet much work is being done by not only the UN and the WHO, but also through solid investments by African governments and NGOs.And the good news is that all the hard work is paying off. Malaria deaths worldwide have fallen by 60% since 2000, the UN reported last week, with improved diagnostic tests and the massive distribution of mosquito nets aiding dramatic progress against the disease.Just 15 years ago, an estimated 262 million malaria infections killed nearly 840 000 people. Today, a significant dent has been made in that number.Beds nets have saved millions of children’s lives from malaria since 2000. #DefeatMalaria pic.twitter.com/jDEWcK3efz— UNICEF (@UNICEF) September 17, 2015Projections for 2015 indicate that some 214&nsp;million cases are likely to cause 438 000 deaths, according to the joint report from WHO and Unicef. “Global malaria control is one of the great public health success stories of this century,” said WHO director-general Margaret Chan in presenting the report at the UK’s Houses of Parliament in London on 17 September.Had malaria infection and death rates remained unchanged since 2000, another 6.2 million people would have died, according to the report.Chan raised hopes that the disease could one day be eradicated with more investment in vaccines and medicines, saying that “malaria has been tamed, but by no means defeated. You either surge ahead or you sink.” She noted that children under five still made up the overwhelming majority of malaria victims.#INFOGRAPHIC Malaria killed an estimated 584,000 people in 2013, and drug-resistance is growing pic.twitter.com/LfZMVdPHBE— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) February 20, 2015Most of the gains were recorded in Asia and South America; in Africa the picture was less encouraging. Sub-Saharan nations accounted for nearly 80% of global malaria deaths this year and efforts to curb infection rates in the region lagged substantially behind other parts of the world.Chan warned that because of uneven progress, more attention and resources had to be paid to the hardest-hit nations. “Eliminating malaria on a global scale is possible – but only if we overcome these barriers and accelerate progress,” a statement accompanying the report said.Highlighting the steps that helped to curb infection rates, the report said that about one billion insecticide-treated nets had been distributed in Africa since 2000. At the start of the millennium, less than 2% of children under five were sleeping under the specialised nets. That figure had risen to 68% over the last 15 years.With mosquitoes largely circulating at night, the report indicated that this mass distribution of nets in high malaria areas had helped significantly to bring down infections, especially among children.WATCH: how motorbike nurses help expectant mothers fight #malaria in #DRCongo http://t.co/QePNs25525 #DRC #DefeatMalaria— UNICEF (@UNICEF) April 24, 2015Nets had also got better, the report said, citing new technology developed since 2000 that eliminated the need for insecticide to be re-applied every few years.Great Britain has been a leading proponent of bed nets and Justine Greening, its minister for international development, promised that the country would continue to invest in programmes in Africa “to end malaria once and for all”.Greening also called on the governments of the countries worst affected by the disease to boost their own efforts. “We want to see countries stand on their own two feet.”One of the more prevalent hindrances to treating the disease in Africa had been a tendency among patients and medical workers to treat all fever-like symptoms as malaria, which had hurt the supply of treatment available to those who actually had the disease.But the introduction of new testing kits that gave fast and accurate results had helped medical workers in the developing world distinguish between malarial and non-malarial fevers more quickly, “enabling more timely and appropriate treatment”, the report said.Increased urbanisation worldwide had also helped as people living in cities were often closer to health services.Funding for malaria had increased 20-fold since 2000, said Unicef and WHO. It included a significant contribution from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which invested over $2-billion (R27.3-billion today) in prevention and research, plus another $2-billion in the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which provides about 50% of international funding for malaria control worldwide. But the report noted that more resources were needed to step up the fight against the disease and advocate for sustained and increased funding of malaria-related efforts by donor governments and endemic countries.Bill Gates hopes to solve some of the world’s biggest problems using a new kind of philanthropy. Watch the video: https://t.co/g0OJb7LrlK— Empoweractive (@Empoweractive) September 18, 2015The two UN agencies set a target to reduce infections by another 90% by 2030.“We know how to prevent and treat malaria,” Unicef executive director Tony Lake said at the London presentation. “Since we can do it, we must.”Also attending the presentation was former Namibian health minister and malaria campaigner Richard Kamwi, who warned that the “biggest mistake we can make is to pat ourselves on the back. We have not won the war.”Source: News24Wirelast_img read more


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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, May 2, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Scattered showers are back in over the state today, after most of the region picked up a few hours of rain free weather yesterday into last night. The action today features better chances this afternoon and evening than this morning, but the overall feel of the day will be wet. We look for a few hundredths to .4″with coverage at around 60%. Rain and thunderstorm action picks up for tomorrow, with rains of .25”-1” and 90% coverage. Then on Saturday we see another round of precipitation, mostly from I-70 southward. We can see thunderstorms near the Ohio River. Rain totals end up from .1”-4” in most areas, but down near the river we can see those thunderstorms trigger rains of half to 1.5″, and even some strong to severe weather. Coverage will end up being around 80% of the area from I-70 southward, but we have nothing really up north. Sunday starts with some lingering leftover showers in eastern parts of the state, in the morning, but that action gives way to some afternoon sunshine. Monday brings mostly sunny skies.Sun will be followed by increasing clouds on Tuesday, with scattered showers and thunderstorms showing up later in the afternoon and evening. We like rain totals from .25″-.75″ from I-70 northward and 60% coverage. Moisture fills in some more for next Wednesday, bringing another .1″-.6″ and 60% coverage. Then Thursday rain and thunderstorms will be moving through . That action stays mostly north of US 20 in the morning, but from midday through Thursday night into Friday morning, it moves through the rest of the state. Combined we see half to 2 inch rain totals there with coverage at 100% of the state. These days combined will bring another significant batch of rain to all of Ohio. The maps at right shows moisture from this morning through next Friday morning…8 day rain totals. Clearing works in for next Friday afternoon, and for now we can say we don’t expect any new precipitation through the weekend, Saturday and Sunday, the 11th and 12th. That takes us into the extended 11-16 day forecast window. Unfortunately, the dry period ends there, and at max evaporation, that means we lose .75” of moisture for the period, after picking up half to 2 inches immediately before…so, no net drying there.Showers return for Monday the 13th, coming in from the SW and spreading northeast across the state. Rain totals can be from .25”-.9” with 100% coverage. Then after a drier window from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday, showers develop again for Thursday and Friday, the 16th and 17th. In that batch, we have moisture totals at .25”-1.5”, with the upper third of the range limited mostly to thunderstorm development. Still, it means we really do not see any good, sustainable drying over the state. Field work expectations still have to be pretty low through mid-month.last_img read more



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Dabholkar murder case: Sanatan lawyer remanded in CBI custody till June 23

first_imgA special court on Thursday remanded right wing lawyer Sanjeev Punalekar, counsel for the fringe outfit Sanatan Sanshtha, in the custody of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for the third time till June 23 in connection with the 2013 murder of rationalist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar.A court of Additional Sessions Judge R.M. Pande was hearing arguments on the CBI’s plea seeking the accused lawyer’s custody yet again on grounds that it needed to interrogate Mr. Punalekar on the allegedly incriminating documents and files seized from his laptop during his arrest on May 26.Seeking further custody, special public prosecutor Prakash Suryavanshi submitted before the court that certain documents recovered from Mr. Punalekar’s laptop allegedly contained information regarding the Nallasopara arms haul case.He further said that the documents mentioned mobilising 10-12 advocates who used to work for the Sanatan Sanstha to defend charges against the fringe right wing outfit.Mr. Suryavanshi further said that a certain letter (allegedly written by Mr. Punalekar) addressed to a ‘sadguru’ (godman) was found among the documents.“We have retrieved a letter written by Mr. Punalekar which was addressed to Dr. Dabholkar in 2012. Furthermore, a folder titled ‘Dabholkar’ was saved in the laptop,” he said, stating that the CBI needed time to probe these findings.Arguing against the CBI’s plea for further custody, defence counsel Virendra Ichalkaranjikar said that merely narrating the court proceedings of a case (the Nallasopara arms haul case) or making some observations about the conduct of the judge in that case could not be termed as “incriminating” by “any stretch of imagination”.He further said that the idea of mobilising any number of advocates for defending cases instituted against any particular organisation including the Sanatan Sanstha was in no way outside the Constitutional and legal framework.“Addressing a person as “sadguru” in itself is not incriminating. Even if this reference to “sadguru” is read in the context of the other contents of the said letter referred to in the CBI’s application, it can neither be linked with the present crime [Dr. Dabholkar murder] with which CBI is concerned nor is any element of criminality on advocate Punalekar’s revealed here,” said advocate Dharmraj Chandel, another defence counsel.He further said that Mr. Punalekar’s opposition to Dr. Dabholkar was no secret and that merely being opposed to, or critical about the deceased rationalist was neither an offence in itself nor could be connected with the crime.“Advocate Punalekar’s criticisms about Dr. Dabholkar are in the public domain. So, there is nothing secret about such letters. Furthermore, why couldn’t the CBI uncover anything of substance during the 11 days it had custody of Mr. Punalekar’s laptops?” Mr. Chandel asked.The CBI, on June 19, had moved an application in court seeking a further five-day custody of Mr. Punalekar.The court had already remanded Mr. Punalekar, and his aide, Sanatan Sanstha member Vikram Bhave, to judicial custody on June 4 after two spells in CBI’s custody.In their application, the agency reiterated the extreme antipathy of the Sanatan Sanstha and the Hindu Janjagruti Samiti (HJS) towards rationalists like Dr. Dabholkar.The application had mentioned how Dr. Dabholkar’s alleged shooter, Sharad Kalaskar visited Mr. Punalekar’s office in Mumbai’s Fort area where he allegedly told the lawyer of his role in the crime following which he advised Kalaskar to destroy the firearms allegedly used to murder the rationalist.CBI had sought Mr. Punalekar’s custody on grounds that the Dabholkar murder was “a case with national and international ramifications and was connected to three other murder cases” (that of veteran Communist leader Govind Pansare, scholar M.M. Kalburgi and journalist Gauri Lankesh).In September last year, seeking an extension of Mr. Kalaskar’s custody, the CBI had told the court that in July 2018, the accused had allegedly dismantled four country-made pistols and thrown them in the creeks of Greater Mumbai and Thane, while suggesting that one of the firearms could be the weapon used to kill Dr. Dabholkar.In his statement to the CBI last year, Mr. Kalaskar had allegedly said that Mr. Punalekar, known for his defamatory statements against Dr. Dabholkar, had asked him to destroy the weapons.According to the CBI, Mr. Kalaskar had further revealed that it was Thane-based Mr. Bhave who had allegedly planned the reconnaissance, and pointed out Dr. Dabholkar to the assailants and even planned the getaway route for the shooters after the crime.last_img read more


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Meet Jennifer Aniston At The LA Premiere Of CAKE

first_imgHere is your chance to meet Jennifer Aniston when you attend the premiere and premiere after-party of SAG and Golden Globe-Nominated film CAKE on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 in Los Angeles!A new celebrity charity auction is giving you this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to raise money for FutureCorps, a non-profit that unites innovative and deep-thinking professionals from diverse backgrounds in health, education and economic empowerment to tackle the most pressing issues of our time. Find out more about FutureCorps here.Don’t miss your chance to congratulate Jennifer Aniston and her fellow cast-mates on their critically acclaimed performances! The film’s producer, Kristin Hahn, is looking forward to personally introducing you and your guest to attending cast members at this very special event.CAKE is an American drama written by Patrick Tobin, directed by Daniel Barnz, and starring Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Anna Kendrick, and Sam Worthington. Aniston portrays an acerbic woman who becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic-pain support group. As she uncovers the details of the suicide, she grapples with her own personal demons. Jennifer’s performance has earned her best actress nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award.This auction is open until January 12, and can be accessed here.last_img read more


Rep Crawford announces May coffee hours

first_img08May Rep. Crawford announces May coffee hours Categories: Crawford News State Rep. Kathy Crawford of Novi will host district coffee hours on Monday, May 20 to meet with residents of southwest Oakland County.“Talking with members of our community is one of the most enjoyable parts of my job as state representative,” Rep. Crawford said. “With the current discussions on the budget, road funding and other issues facing our state, I want to hear your thoughts on what you care about most.”Rep. Crawford will meet with residents at the following time and location:11 a.m. at Lyon Township Public Library, 27005 Milford Road in South Lyon.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Crawford at 517-373-0827 or via email at [email protected]last_img read more