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Orlando Pirates capture PSL title

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first_imgGoal differencePirates’ 60 points trumped Ajax’s 60 by four goals on goal difference. Interestingly, Chiefs, in third, had a better goal difference than either team, and Sundowns, in fourth, had the best goal difference in the league, further underlining how tight the title race had been. PromotedJomo Cosmos, after only a year in the First Division, are headed back to the PSL after beating Bay United 5-4 in a penalty shootout at the Makhulong Stadium on Sunday. Black Aces, who will be playing in the First Division next season, ended their campaign with a 2-0 home loss to Moroka Swallows. Vasco Da Gama, meanwhile, thumped fellow Cape Town club Santos 3-0. Despite the win, they still finished second from bottom on the log and will go into the promotion/relegation playoffs. Ajax will be gutted to have missed out on the title after managing only one point from their last two matches in which there were six points on offer. A 4-0 defeat at the hands of Chiefs in their penultimate match was regarded by many as a temporary setback as they faced Maritzburg United, who had barely escaped relegation, in their final game, with home ground advantage. Cosmos topped the Inland Stream of the First Division by a healthy 10 points over Pretoria University, while Bay United edged Thanda Royal Zulu by a single point in the Coastal Stream. In other results, BidVest Wits and Platinum Stars drew 1-1, while three-time champions SuperSport United finished their season on a high with a 1-0 win at Free State Stars. Pirates’ coach Ruud Krol told the club’s website that the victory was one of the finest moments of his coaching career. He said: “From my experience the teams who are on top of the log heading into the last match never win their last matches and that happened today. It was good for us. Of course what it means is that I’m happy and I’m happy for my players. RockyHowever, less than 20 minutes into the second half their chances of finishing top of the table looked decidedly rocky after Maritzburg United took a 2-1 lead. The Urban Warriors appeared on course for the title, and a fairytale ending for coach Foppe de Haan in his last match before retiring, when they took lead in the 43rd minute through Khama Billiat. When the dust had settled on a fascinating day’s action, the Buccaneers were the champions on goal difference over Ajax, with Chiefs only a point behind them and Mamelodi Sundowns two points off the pace. PSL CHAMPIONS The Sea Robbers had taken the lead in the 38th minute through Bongani Ndulula, but it lasted only three minutes. Collins Mbesuma, a nemesis for Pirates in the past while with their great rivals Chiefs, headed past Senzo Meyiwa to level matters. Pirates’ victory and title suddenly leaves the club with the possibility of a season for the ages. They have won the PSL title and earlier in the season claimed the MTN 8 crown. Next up, they face First Division side Black Leopards in the final of the Nedbank Cup on Saturday. Win and they will secure a sparkling treble.center_img “I saw my team this season bouncing back after some big defeats and we were coming back in the race for the championship and only big teams can do that and that is the consistency that you need to win something.” One of the most famous sayings in sport is attributed to New York Yankees’ legend Yogi Berra, who said: “It ain’t over till its over.” And so it proved on a thrilling final day of the PSL season as Orlando Pirates came from behind to snatch the title from Ajax Cape Town on Saturday. 23 May 2011 Heading into the final round of matches, three teams were in with a shot at claiming the honours. Ajax were in the pound seats, leading Pirates, in second, by two points, while Kaizer Chiefs were three point adrift and needed the two front-runners to trip up to lift the silverware. ‘We deserved it’“I told my players that we deserved it because we worked hard. They worked hard for 11 months. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Chiefs, Sundowns victoriesChiefs finished their season with a victory away from home, downing AmaZulu 2-1 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Fourth-placed Sundowns completed their season with a 3-1 win over fifth-placed Bloemfontein Celtic at the Peter Mokaba Stadium. The Urban Warriors pulled one back in the 87th minute through Sameehg Doutie. It wasn’t enough, however, as Pirates claimed a 2-1 win over Golden Arrows at the Orlando Stadium. Late goalThe game was decided only six minutes from time by a stunning long range shot from Isaac Chansa. 2010/11: Orlando Pirates2009/10: SuperSport United2008/09: SuperSport United2007/08: SuperSport United2006/07: Mamelodi Sundowns2005/06: Mamelodi Sundowns2004/05: Kaizer Chiefs2003/04: Kaizer Chiefs2002/03: Orlando Pirates2001/02: Santos2000/01: Orlando Pirates1999/00: Mamelodi Sundowns1998/99: Mamelodi Sundowns1997/98: Mamelodi Sundowns1996/97: Manning Rangers Gert Schalkwyk pulled the visitors level after goalkeeper Hans Vonk made a mess of a back pass and eight minutes later, in the 63rd minute, Maritzburg were awarded a penalty when a shot by Schalkwyk struck Nazeer Allie’s hand. Diyo Sibisi netted against his former club to seriously dent their title hopes.last_img read more

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Extension SNAP-Ed making strides in addressing Ohio’s nutrition issues

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Three years ago, one of Ohio State University Extension’s community nutrition programs started making a special effort to expand its reach to children and teens.By any measure, the effort has been a wild success.Known as SNAP-Ed, it’s the nutrition education program for recipients of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, and for other low-income Ohioans. Ohio SNAP-Ed has always had a youth component, but in 2012, before the expansion began, it reached just 18,443 children and teens, said Pat Bebo, director of Community Nutrition for OSU Extension.Compare that to the number reached during the 2015 federal fiscal year that ended Sept. 30: 171,229. That’s an increase of 927% over 2012. The program grew primarily by expanding its involvement with schools with a significant low-income population — those that have 50% or more students eligible for free or reduced-price meals.“For the most part, schools are very receptive. They’re very interested in providing this information for their students,” said Bebo, who is also interim assistant director in charge of OSU Extension’s Family and Consumer Sciences program.SNAP-Ed also works with libraries, preschools, childcare centers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program  — “anywhere children are” — to provide nutrition programming, she said. Helping young people make healthy food choices can have a long-lasting benefit and generate a ripple effect for the entire family, Bebo said.“Prior to coming to Ohio, when I was in Massachusetts, we did an evaluation of parents of children who participated in our SNAP-Ed programs,” Bebo said. “It showed that children were change agents for the family.“When children come home and say, ‘Let’s have water with dinner because soda is not the best choice,’ or ‘Let’s have vegetables with each meal,’ parents pay attention. If children say they want a healthier cereal with whole grains instead of the cereal with high sugar content, parents will buy that healthier cereal.“Often what it takes is educating the child on what the difference is, and why certain options are better for them. And they’ll choose it. It’s a simple thing. They’re willing to learn anything.“Children really can help the whole family change behaviors, which is one of the reasons why we really put an emphasis on reaching them.”Bebo provides leadership for Extension’s county-based community nutrition programs, which include SNAP-Ed and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). Designed for low-income consumers, the federally funded programs focus on helping people choose higher quality, nutritionally dense foods and include other aspects of healthy living, including food safety and physical activity.In 2015, SNAP-Ed, which is offered in 69 Ohio counties, also reached 40,766 adult participants. In addition, EFNEP, which is offered in 19 Ohio counties and is specifically geared for low-income families with children, reached 3,767 adults and 10,766 youths.“These are probably the best-evaluated nutrition education programs around,” Bebo said. “Year after year, we see that people who participate increase their intake of fruits and vegetables and increase their food safety behaviors. It’s significant.”Bebo related a story from Scioto County, where SNAP-Ed program assistants included taste-testing of mangoes in both their adult and school programs in September as a way to encourage eating a wider variety of produce.The result? The produce manager at the local grocery store had trouble keeping mangoes in stock.“He wasn’t sure what was going on,” Bebo said. “This speaks to the impact of children learning what different fruits and vegetables taste like, and then turning around and influencing the family.Despite the nutrition programs’ positive impact on participants, the issue of hunger is more complex than many people realize. But it’s something Bebo considers daily.According to a USDA report released in September, 7.5% of Ohio households experienced “very low food security” from 2012 to 2014. That was an increase from Ohio’s 6.4% average from 2009 to 2011. And it’s worse than every state but Arkansas, Missouri and Maine. Nationwide, the prevalence of very low food security has held steady over the last few years at 5.6%.“Food insecurity” is the term used for households that face uncertainty or limited ability to provide enough food. As part of a team working on a special project for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the national organization of nutrition professionals, Bebo examined how registered dietitians could get engaged in community initiatives designed to help fight hunger.“We have all these supports,” Bebo said, including community gardens, food banks and food pantries, “healthy corner store” programs, farmers market programs that help stretch SNAP benefit dollars, and educational programs such as those Bebo oversees.“But even with all these programs, individual food insecurity isn’t getting better,” Bebo said. “When a family goes to a food pantry, we’re plugging a hole.“It helps — significantly — but it doesn’t get to the reason why people are food insecure.” What’s needed, Bebo said, is additional research on the underlying issues of food insecurity.Bebo believes substantive behavior changes take place when messages are reinforced in many different ways.“We can’t solve these issues in a silo,” she said.When children hear a nutrition message in a SNAP-Ed program, are presented with healthier choices in school meals, and see more whole-grain breakfast cereals advertised on television, the combination makes a difference.“When you put messages in front of people in different ways, you will influence them to change.”OSU Extension’s Community Nutrition programs are continually improving, Bebo said, trying new ways to reach target audiences. They are part of the larger support system addressing food insecurity, but Bebo wants to continue to work on the underlying issues that remain elusive.“There absolutely has to be that safety net. It’s critically important for people to have that support and have ways they can provide nutritious food for their families,” she said.“But what are we not following through on? Are we missing something that would make a foundational difference?“I think the conversation we need to have has to be oriented around policy and culture, and we have to tease out the sociological and psychological components. It’s a very complicated issue and we need to learn to understand it so we can target interventions that truly will address a family’s food security.”last_img read more

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Oklahoma State Honoring Members Of Basketball Program Who Died In Plane Crash 14 Years Ago Today

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first_imgOklahoma State honors 2001 plane crash victims.On January 27th, 2001, the Oklahoma State basketball program suffered an unthinkable tragedy when eight members of its family (two players and six staffers and broadcasters) died in a plane crash while returning from a game in Colorado. In the years since that traumatic event, the 10 people who died in the crash –including the pilot and co-pilot–have been memorialized with a banner hanging in the rafters of OSU’s home court, Gallagher-Iba Arena, and a memorial located inside the Athletics Center. Also, each year, at the home game closest to the date of the crash, Oklahoma State honors the 10. This post from the Cowboys’ official athletics Instagram account has all the details on the ceremony before tonight’s game against Baylor: Very touching and appropriate tribute for those whose lives were inexplicably cut short, and it’s incredible to think 14 years has passed since this tragedy happened.last_img read more

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Video: Maryland Beat Wisconsin On Melo Trimble’s 3-Pointer With 1.2 Seconds Remaining

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first_imgMelo Trimble hits game-winning three-pointer as time expires.Melo TrimbleWe just had a Big Ten thriller in Madison. No. 3 Maryland defeated Wisconsin 63-60 on a long three-pointer by point guard Melo Trimble with 1.2 seconds remaining.Trimble’s triple came after Wisconsin’s Bronson Koenig buried a three of a his own to knot the score at 60. Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon elected not to signal for a timeout, instead trusting his All-American point guard to win the game.Good decision.  That shot is the definition of long range. Note ESPN color commentator Dan Dakich saying “Too late” in the background. Dakich thought Trimble took too long before trying to attack.Looks like he knew what he was doing.last_img

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Child welfare agency points finger at Sioux Lookout hospital over suicide of

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first_imgKenneth Jackson, Todd LamirandeNation to NationNation to Nation has an exclusive update in the $5.9 million lawsuit filed over the death of Kanina Sue Turtle, 15, who filmed her suicide in a Sioux Lookout, Ont. foster home.A third-party claim has been filed against the Sioux Lookout Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre and what appears to be every doctor, nurse or counsellor that treated Turtle in the days leading up to her death Oct. 29, 2016.The claim was filed last week by Tikinagan Child and Family Services.“Tikinagan pleads that Kanina’s untimely death and its resulting damages were the result of the joint and/or several negligence of the Third Parties,” Tikinagan alleges.The Turtle family first sued Tikinagan back in September alleging her “wrongful” death could have been prevented in part because she was left alone in her room for 46 minutes before anyone checked on her.That foster home is owned and operated by Tikinagan.The third party claim now draws in nearly everyone that had contact with Turtle before she died. The Meno-Ya-Win hospital has not responded to a request for comment from Nation to Nation.The claim also allows the judge, if Tikinagan is found to be liable, to spread out the damages among all parties.Turtle’s condition was well-known to everyone in contact with her in the weeks leading up to her death. She was struggling with suicidal thoughts and severe self-harming.Tikinagan’s claim lists all the times it took Turtle to Meno-Ya-Win, which it alleges failed to ensure Turtle received “appropriate assessment and treatment by a qualified psychiatrist.”There’s a long list of alleged negligence in the claim.“(Meno-Ya-Win) failed to provide suicide counselling services and therapeutic counselling in a timely fashion which were appropriate to Kanina, who they knew was at risk of suicide and self-harm,” Tikinagan alleges.It goes on the say staff were “insufficiently trained or incompetent”.The claim also alleges Turtle was under 24-hour watch for approximately 48 hours, two days before her death which was not previously known, at least publicly.Tikinagan alleges Turtle was last assessed Oct. 27 by a doctor at Meno-Ya-Win and “no further continued one-on-one supervision was ordered.”The next day Turtle ran away with her girlfriend and didn’t return until the morning of Oct. 29.She died hours later when Tikinagan says its worker in the home was making Turtle dinner. They allege the worker was gone for just over 30 minutes. The video shows it was over 46 minutes.Tikinagan also takes aim at the Sioux Lookout First Nation Health Authority, particularly a counsellor that was supposed to be treating Turtle before she died.APTN previously reported that Turtle missed every appointment with the counsellor, Violet Tuesday, in the five days before her death. Tuesday made notes, which were obtained by APTN, that detail her difficulty reaching Tikinagan because Turtle wasn’t attending appointments.Tikinagan’s claim doesn’t mention this. It does say they showed up for one appointment on Oct. 26, however the counsellor was late and couldn’t meet with Turtle.The health authority didn’t respond to a request for comment.Nation to Nation also speaks to the chief of a Pictou Landing First Nation who appeared before a Senate committee early this week that is studying how energy projects are approved.“It is important to have that dialogue with Indigenous people. And especially if there’s gonna be an industry that’s going to have an impact,” Chief Andrea Paul said.As well, we have the latest from a First Nation entrepreneur who is trying to turn coffee into clean drinking water on First Nations across Canada.Mark Marsolais-Nahwegahbow said Birch Bark Coffee Company is taking off but what he started is turning out to be about a lot more than just water.kjackson@aptn.caThe Canada Suicide Prevention Service enables callers anywhere in Canada to access crisis support using the technology of their choice (phone, text or chat), in French or English:Phone: toll-free 1-833-456-4566Text: 45645Chat: crisisservicescanada.caWatch the full episode of Nation To Nation here:last_img read more

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Government faces balancing act on marketing packaging of legal marijuana

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first_imgVANCOUVER – David Brown’s marijuana marketing students are often shocked to learn how difficult it is to — well — market marijuana.Advertising medical cannabis is essentially banned in Canada, with some exceptions. Restrictions on recreational weed are set to be a bit looser, but Brown still advises students to think of the constraints as opportunities.“These limitations can really aid in creativity. Marketing weed isn’t difficult, but marketing a highly regulated cannabis product is a lot more of a challenge,” said Brown, an instructor in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s cannabis professional series.As legalization looms, observers say Ottawa faces a tricky balancing act on marketing. Large growers say branding is necessary to convince consumers to switch to the legal market, while health advocates call for plain packaging and strict advertising limits.The Cannabis Act, which would legalize recreational marijuana next July, would restrict marketing similarly to tobacco. It would ban promotion that appeals to youth, contains false or misleading statements or depicts people, celebrities, characters or animals.It would allow ads that present facts or promote brand preference. But they could only be shown in places where youth are not legally allowed, or broadcast if “reasonable steps” have been taken to ensure they “cannot be accessed by a young person.”The rules have been criticized as hazy. It’s unclear, for example, whether a commercial could air before a TV show or movie that is intended for adult audiences or how Internet ads would be policed.Health Canada spokeswoman Tammy Jarbeau said the “reasonable steps” to ensure an ad cannot be seen by a young person would depend on the circumstances. For example, websites could use age verification mechanisms, she said.“This would provide an opportunity to communicate factual information about cannabis, as well as information about a product’s brand characteristics, to allow adult consumers to make informed decisions,” she said.She said the government was not considering changes to the advertising provisions of the legislation, but if it’s passed by Parliament, Health Canada will develop guidance documents to help industry comply with the rules.Seventeen licensed producers have formed a Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Branding and put forward proposed guidelines, including that ads be allowed on TV, radio and websites where at least 70 per cent of the audience is expected to be over 18.Provinces can introduce additional marketing rules. Quebec’s framework allows some ads in newspapers and magazines where 85 per cent of readers are of the legal age, as well as in displays inside cannabis stores.“Offloading it to the provinces is not the answer,” said Lindsay Meredith, a Simon Fraser University marketing professor, who added it can lead to “spillover advertising,” where ads that comply with rules in one province are shown in another where they don’t.Mark Zekulin, president of Canada’s largest licensed producer, Canopy Growth, said branding breeds accountability. If consumers are going to be more likely to remember their experience, companies will put more effort into ensuring it’s a good one.“If everybody’s in the same white packaging, maybe they’ll remember what they bought, maybe they won’t,” he said.Health Canada recently proposed regulations that would limit the use of colours and graphics on packages and require labels to have specific product information, mandatory health warnings and a standardized THC symbol.They would also restrict brand elements, including requiring a standard font, size and colour relative to other information on the package. Public consultation on the rules ends Jan. 20.Restrictions on fonts, graphics and colours open the door to brand prohibition, limiting the ability of companies to differentiate from each other and the black market, said Brendan Kennedy, president of Tilray, a leading licensed producer.“What you’ll see is a race to the bottom, where all these products are essentially competing on price,” he said. “You’ll see less investment in high-quality products.”Rebecca Jesseman of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Addiction said the regulations were positive overall but restrictions on brand elements should be clearer.“It’s a tricky balance, because we don’t want to promote increased use and we don’t want (packaging) to be flashy, but we do certainly want to use it as a way to convey information effectively,” she said.“I think we’re looking at something that’s informative, truthful and perhaps a little bit bland.”Canada can learn from U.S. states that have legalized pot. Colorado allows print, radio, TV and Internet ads if there’s reliable evidence that 70 per cent of the audience is over 21, while Washington state requires ads to contain a number of warnings.Colorado banned promotions that appeal to kids when it legalized cannabis, but over time the rules became more specific, including prohibiting edibles shaped like animals, said Lewis Koski, the state’s former marijuana enforcement director.The federal government has given itself extra time to allow edibles, such as candies and cookies, in the marketplace, with regulations expected by July 2019. Koski, co-founder of consulting firm Freedman & Koski, praised the strategy.“Health Canada has done a really, really good job,” he said. “They’ve been very thoughtful in their approach and they recognize that this is going to take some time and it’s going to evolve.”The department said companies that violate the advertising or packaging rules, if passed, could face licence suspensions or revocations, fines of up to $1 million and potentially be referred to police.Brown, the Kwantlen instructor, said he expects Health Canada to make examples of those who don’t comply early on. The department already sends a stern letter about once a year to all the licensed medical producers, he said.“Inevitably, it’s a cycle where they all agree and they all comply, and then six or seven months later, they tend to drift away from that compliance,” he said. “We’ve yet to see any enforcement of that.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

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NDIT appointed by BC Hydro to administer Site C agricultural compensation fund

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first_imgNDIT is an independent corporation that was established in 2005 that has managed more than $80 million in funding for partner organizations, including administration of BC Hydro’s $800,000 Generate Opportunities, or GO Fund.Hydro said that NDIT will manage the fund and act as a secretariat to the regional decision-making board, which is responsible for overseeing the management and disbursement of the fund.Northern Development Initiative Trust and the board will work together to develop a strategic five-year plan, fund application packages and evaluation criteria, as well as a financial management plan.For more information about the Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund, visit www.sitecproject.com/AgFund. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro announced today that it has appointed the Northern Development Initiative Trust as the financial administrator of its Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund.The $20-million fund, which was launched earlier this year, supports agricultural priorities in the Peace Region.Hydro said it set up the fund to recognize the role that agriculture plays in the local economy and the potential effects of the Site C project on agriculture.last_img read more

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BSNL Finance Director replaced amid financial crisis

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first_imgNew Delhi: Amidst the acute financial crisis at BSNL, the Department of Telecom (DoT) has handed over the responsibility of the Finance Director at the cash-strapped PSU to current Director Mobile as well as fixed line, Vivek Banzal divesting the charge from Sujata Ray. Official sources said Banzal, who is already holding two key charges, has been given the charge of Finance Director and this was effected by the DoT on February 28. Banzal would now be looking at all the three key wings — fixed line, mobile and finance at BSNL. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep The sources said that the government decides responsibilites and such things were routine and although more realignment of responsibilities were likely to be effected from DoT in BSNL. Ray is slated to retire in April. But it is not clear if any new Finance Director would be appointed shortly or Benzal will be given this post as full time given the poor financial health of the PSU, the post is vital. > Banzal took charge on March first week as Finance Director. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs The reasons for the sudden replacement have not been cited but it was seen in the context of the present cash crunch position of BSNL which is expected to linger on given the low tariff regime and BSNL itself not having full range of services like 4G. Going through its worst financial crisis, BSNL recently failed to pay salaries for the first time in 19 years. With heightened competition unleashed by Jio with low tariffs, BSNL’s revenues have further dried up as it does not have 4G LTE service. Its loss is at Rs 7,999 crore for 2017-18.last_img read more

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Synthetic peptide may help treat Alzheimers disease

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first_imgWashington: Scientists have developed synthetic peptides that target and inhibit build up of small, toxic proteins which trigger Alzheimer’s disease. The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may be pave the way for treating the neurodegenerative disorder at an early stage. Alzheimer’s is a disease of aggregation. Neurons in the human brain make a protein called amyloid beta. Such proteins on their own, called monomers of amyloid beta, perform important tasks for neurons. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHowever, in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, amyloid beta monomers have abandoned their jobs and joined together. First, they form oligomers — small clumps of up to a dozen proteins — then longer strands and finally large deposits called plaques. For years, scientists believed that the plaques triggered the cognitive impairments characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. However, newer research implicates the smaller aggregates of amyloid beta as the toxic elements of this disease. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsResearchers at the University of Washington in the US have developed synthetic peptides — which are designed to fold into a structure known as an alpha sheet — can block amyloid beta aggregation at the early and most toxic stage when oligomers form. The team showed that the synthetic alpha sheet’s blocking activity reduced amyloid beta-triggered toxicity in human neural cells grown in culture, and inhibited amyloid beta oligomers in two laboratory animal models for Alzheimer’s. These findings add evidence to the growing consensus that amyloid beta oligomers — not plaques — are the toxic agents behind Alzheimer’s disease. The results also indicate that synthetic alpha sheets could form the basis of therapeutics to clear toxic oligomers in people, according to Valerie Daggett, a professor at University of Washington. “This is about targeting a specific structure of amyloid beta formed by the toxic oligomers,” said Daggett. “What we’ve shown here is that we can design and build synthetic alpha sheets with complementary structures to inhibit aggregation and toxicity of amyloid beta, while leaving the biologically active monomers intact,” she said. The peptides protected laboratory animals from toxic oligomer damage. In brain tissue samples from mice, the team observed an up to 82 per cent drop in amyloid beta oligomer levels after treatment with a synthetic alpha sheet peptide. Administering a synthetic alpha sheet to living mice triggered a 40 per cent drop in amyloid beta oligomer levels after 24 hours. In the common laboratory worm Caenorhabditis elegans, another model for Alzheimer’s disease, treatment with synthetic alpha sheets delayed the onset of amyloid beta-induced paralysis. Daggett’s team is continuing experiments with synthetic alpha sheets to engineer compounds that are even better at clearing amyloid beta oligomers. “What we’re really after are potential therapeutics against amyloid beta and diagnostic measures to detect toxic oligomers in people,” said Daggett.last_img read more

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Final phase of LS polls in Bihar 4 Union ministers among 159

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first_imgPatna: Four Union ministers, a former Lok Sabha Speaker and an actor-turned-politician are among the 159 candidates left in the fray for eight Lok Sabha seats in Bihar after the last date for withdrawal of nomination papers for the seventh and final phase ended Thursday. The final phase of the election will be held on May 19. According to the Election Commission, a total of 227 candidates had filed their nomination papers for Patna Sahib, Patalputra, Arrah, Jehanabad, Karakat, Buxar, Sasaraam and Nalanda constituencies between April 22 and April 29. Out of which only 162 withstood scrutiny. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Of those remaining, one candidate each withdrew nomination from Patna Sahib, Pataliputra and Buxar, leaving 159 in the fray. With 35, Nalanda has the highest number of candidates. The constituency is the home district of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who has represented the Lok Sabha seat a number of times. His confidant Kaushalendra Kumar is seeking re-election for the third consecutive term. The JD(U) MP is locked in a straight contest with Mahagathbandhan candidate Ashok Kumar Azad who has been fielded by former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM). Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Patna Sahib, which comprises a major part of the state capital and where 18 candidates are in the fray, will witness a clash of titans as Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad seeks to win the seat for the BJP thwarting sitting MP Shatrughan Sinha’s bid to retain it for the third consecutive term but this time on a Congress ticket. In adjoining Pataliputra, 25 candidates are in the fray, though the contest is being seen primarily between Union minister and sitting BJP MP Ram Kripal Yadav who is pitted against RJD’s Misa Bharti daughter of his former mentor Lalu Prasad. The lowest number of 11 candidates, for the phase, are in Ara where sitting BJP MP and Union minister R K Singh’s bid to retain the seat has been challenged by young CPI(ML) candidate Raju Yadav whose chances have been bolstered by the Mahagathbandhan supporting his candidature. In Buxar, another Union minister and sitting BJP MP Ashwini Kumar Choubey is facing the challenge mainly from RJD’s Jagadanand Singh who had won the seat in 2009 although the total number of candidates in the fray is 15. An equal number of candidates are in the fray in Sasaram, a reserved seat which former Lok Sabha Speaker and veteran Congress leader Meira Kumar seeks to wrest back from BJP MP Chhedi Paswan. Karakat, which has 27 candidates, is represented by RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha who resigned from the Union council of ministers and quit the NDA in December last year before joining the Mahagathbandhan. His principal challenger is JD(U)’s Mahabali Singh. Jehanabad was won by RLSP’s Arun Kumar in 2014. He was, however, expelled from the party later on and he is in the fray as the candidate of the parallel outfit Rashtriya Samata Party (Secular). However, the main contest is being seen as between RJD’s Surendra Prasad Yadav who is the Mahagathbandhan candidate and JD(U)’s Chandreshwar Prasad who represents the NDA.last_img read more

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