first_img No data available! view more view less Akshay Ramesh ChennaiApril 27, 2019UPDATED: April 27, 2019 11:44 IST IPL 2019: 19-year-old Rahul Chahar has been performing consistently for Mumbai Indians ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMy coach and uncle used to bring his DVDs and show his highlights: Rahul ChaharRahul Chahar has picked up 9 wickets from 8 matches for MI in IPL 2019Captain Rohit Sharma is mighty impressed with the 19-year-old leg-spinnerShane Warne is arguably one of the greatest, if not the greatest spinner to have played the sport. The legendary Australian leg-spinner has inspired quite a few young cricketers across the globe and Mumbai Indians’ teenage leggie Rahul Chahar is no exception.Rahul Chahar did not think twice before saying “Shane Warne” when he was asked who his role model was during a post-match press conference in Chennai on Friday.”I think Shane Warne (my idol). When I was young, my coach and uncle used to bring his DVDs and show his highlights to me. I started watching and learning from him when I was eight years old,” Rahul Chahar said after Mumbai Indians’ 46-run win over Chennai Super Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.Rahul Chahar put the brakes on Chennai Super Kings’ scoring rate in Mumbai Indians’ defence of 155 on a slow turner in Chennai. Despite not picking up a wicket, the 19-year-old leg-spinner just conceded 21 runs in his four-over quota.It’s no surprise that Rahul Chahar has impressed his captain Rohit Sharma. The leg-spinner has been one of the breakout performers of IPL 2019. After getting a chance earlier in the season when first-choice MI spinner Mayank Markande was sidelined with an injury, Rahul Chahar stepped up and made the most of the opportunities that has come his way.With 9 wickets from 8 matches, the young leg-spinner has sealed his spot in the star-studded Mumbai Indians playing XI. More importantly, Rahul has conceded at a miserly economy rate of 6.43.advertisementRahul, who made his IPL debut for Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017, is much like the modern-day leg-spinner who prefers to bowl with some pace.Ellaborating on his preference for being slightly quicker in the air, Rahul Chahar said: “Since childhood I was also told that the times are changing and bowling slower won’t be as effective as it was in the past. Since childhood, I was told that I should focus on getting turn while bowling faster.”Rahul Chahar also credited the Mumbai Indians support staff for being there whenever he has needed them. The 19-year-old pointed out the backing he has been receiving from Shane Bond and Zaheer Khan in IPL 2019.”I was with Mumbai Indians last season as well and I got the opportunity to learn a lot through my coaches such as Shane Bone. Zaheer Khan has also helped me a lot,” Rahul added.”Slowly I am starting to gain confidence as I am bowling well in the ongoing season. Shane Bond and Zaheer Khan have backed me well. During net sessions, they guide me. Whenever I need them, they are there.”Also Read | Rahul Chahar a smart guy, love his attitude, says RohitAlso Read | MS Dhoni’s absence quite a big void: Stephen Fleming after MI crush CSKAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rahul ChaharFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow IPL 2019Follow Shane Warne graphs advertisementcenter_img commentary IPL 2019: Started learning from Shane Warne when I was 8, says Rahul ChaharMumbai Indians leg-spinner Rahul Chahar has seized the opportunities that has come his way in the ongoing season of Indian Premier League. The 19-year-old talks about how Shane Warne played a part in shaping his cricketing career scorecardlast_img read more

first_imgzoom Inmarsat, a provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has staged the inaugural ‘Smart Operations’ conference, the first in a series of events seeking an open debate in the maritime industry over the operational benefits of integrated thinking on shore and ship communications.With the first of the three new Global Xpress® satellites already in orbit – a prelude to the global launch of the world’s first high-speed mobile broadband satellite service to the maritime industry, scheduled for early 2015 – the ‘Smart Operations’ conference took place at Inmarsat headquarters in London (February 12th) attended by leading figures in the maritime communications industry. Event organiser Fathom has already set 2014 dates for further conferences in Hamburg, Hong Kong and Athens.“Ship to shore connectivity has not kept pace with the unprecedented data access available ashore after the internet revolution, but things are changing fast,” Inmarsat Maritime President Frank Coles told an audience including key end-users. “The industrial internet is here and shipping will have to accept it. With ships already featuring ever increasing numbers of sensors, smart operational decision-making is available through advanced analytics. Inmarsat is developing the platform that will enable the Maritime Industrial Internet age.”Mr Coles said ultra-fast data transfer rates were in sight. Communications would be the enabler of operationally efficient technologies, he said.“The shipping industry is innovative, but in its own way,” said Mr Coles. “Today, we send data in 2MB bundles, but tomorrow it will be 15-20MB. The point is it is no longer about getting data ashore, but about analysing it and sifting it to ensure smart operations.”David Balston, UK Chamber of Shipping Director – Safety and Environment, outlined the commercial and regulatory pressures facing owners in 2014. High fuel prices and disastrous charter rates persisted while regulatory restrictions could cost shipping half a trillion dollars between 2015 and 2025, he said.Quoting a McKinsey projection that 50 billion devices will be internet-connected by 2020, Mr Coles also cited an Engineering Software Reliability Group estimate to argue that $20 billion could be captured across 100,000 ships through smart decisions on energy efficiency, predictive maintenance and downtime avoidance. Again, the future of compliance with environmental rules lay in collecting, analysing and acting on real time data, he said.Many are keen to fill expanded communications capacity. Introducing the ShipServ Match offer to save buyers money by analysing and rating the performance of 53,000 ship suppliers, Shipserv Chief Executive Paul Ostergaard envisioned a time when some purchasing decisions could devolve to crew. Meanwhile, Lloyd’s Register Lead Environmental Specialist Paul McStay said owners were seeking urgent guidance on which technologies would yield efficiency gains.Lawrence Poynter, Product Management Director from software developer iOra cautioned the industry that effective communications relied more on data management than data transfer speeds. Despite operating dedicated satellites, for example, the US Navy has a strict three tier data transfer regime: general; vessel type data; and ship specific information.“Critical in all of this is reliable, fit for purpose communications,” said Mr Coles. “I believe shipowners cannot be expected to manage the data available alone and it is the engine and other equipment manufacturers and software developers who are taking the lead in developing the large network centres to help manage this. Vendors will drive change. They are doing it already.”Inmarsat, February 19, 2014last_img read more

first_imgzoom German short sea container shipping company Oldenburg-Portugiesische Dampfschiffs-Rhederei (OPDR), a subsidiary of French giant CMA CGM, has revealed its plans to open a new agency in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on August 1.With this move, the company said that it will reinforce its presence in the Baltic region and further its growth plans in Russia.OPDR added that it is working on launching a new faster direct reefer service from Morocco to Saint Petersburg.The new service would link Agadir and Casablanca to Saint Petersburg in eight days.According to OPDR, the new agency would bring the company in close collaboration with CMA CGM.The announcements comes less than two months after the company launched its CAVA service to connect the Spanish east coast with Northern European ports.The CAVA service links the two major Spanish ports Valencia and Cartagena to four of the main ports in northern Europe: Tilbury, Antwerp, Rotterdam, and Saint Petersburg.OPDR deployed six 1,800 TEU container vessels capable of carrying pallet-wide equipment on the service.last_img read more

first_imgPICTOU COUNTY: East River East Side Road, Plymouth East River East Side Road (Route 348) in Plymouth will be closed north of the railway overpass for culvert replacement from Monday, Aug. 12 until Wednesday, Aug. 14. Civic number 4868, and numbers higher, can still be accessed using the East River East Side Road. Lower civic numbers will use the detour route. Detour signs are in place. -30-last_img

14 November 2008United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for an end to rocket attacks from Gaza against Israel and called on Israel to allow urgently a steady and sufficient supply of fuel and humanitarian aid to the Strip. “The Secretary-General is deeply concerned at the deterioration of the humanitarian and security situation in Gaza and southern Israel, and at the potential for further suffering and violence,” a statement issued by his spokesperson said. “He calls on all parties to uphold international humanitarian and human rights law.”The Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) reported that all crossings into Gaza were closed today, including for fuel and aid workers. It has now been nine days in a row that commercial and humanitarian food deliveries have been kept out of Gaza.Reiterating his condemnation of rocket attacks, Mr. Ban called for them to end and urged full respect by all parties of the calm that has been in effect since 19 June.“The Secretary-General is concerned that food and other life-saving assistance is being denied to hundreds of thousands of people, and emphasizes that measures which increase the hardship and suffering of the civilian population of the Gaza Strip as a whole are unacceptable and should cease immediately,” the statement said.“In particular, he calls on Israel to allow urgently, the steady and sufficient supply of fuel and humanitarian assistance. He also calls on Israel to resume facilitating the activities of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and all humanitarian agencies, including through unimpeded access for UN officials and humanitarian workers.”Because the fuel pipelines into the Strip were blocked today, parts of Gaza are now experiencing power cuts of 8 to 12 hours a day, UNSCO said. Among the items that UNRWA is trying to get into Gaza is wool for a rehabilitation centre where blind women knit sweaters.Yesterday UNRWA was forced to suspend food distributions to half of Gaza”s 1.5 million residents as the continued border closures prevented delivery of vital supplies.In a separate statement, the UN Bureau of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People voiced its “utmost alarm” about the humanitarian situation in Gaza, condemned Israel”s decision to close all crossings and expressed alarm at the renewed violence, including Palestinian rocket fire into Israel and Israeli air strikes at Gaza. read more

Two Niagara politicians toured Brock University labs Tuesday after researchers were awarded $2.4 million in federal government funding.Members of Parliament Vance Badawey (Niagara Centre) and Chris Bittle (St. Catharines) saw first-hand the impact of Brock’s research on the Niagara community and beyond. The labs they toured are two examples of the 2016 science research that the federal government is funding at Brock University.The federal granting agency Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) announced the results of the 2016 Discovery Grants, scholarships and fellowships competitions for universities across the country June 23.“I am pleased to be on campus again today to continue the already well established relationship between Brock and the Government of Canada,” says Bittle.“I am excited to see this investment of $2.4 million in NSERC grants to support a number of the key researchers who call Brock home,” he says. “The ability of our local post-secondary institutions to attract and help foster key researchers who continue to conduct some of the most cutting-edge research in their fields, highlights the strength of our University. I congratulate all those receiving funds on a job well done, you continue to make Brock and Niagara proud.”“This money will help fund 22 cutting-edge projects at Brock University,” says Badawey. “Investments such as these ensure that our community will continue to develop the next generation of researchers and innovators who will help grow the Niagara Region and create jobs in new and emerging sectors.”During their June 28 tour, Bittle and Badawey visited Professor of Psychology Catherine Mondloch, whose research aims to understand the mechanisms underlying the development of expert face recognition across the lifespan.Understanding how we recognize faces can help caregivers or the public look for older adults who may have wandered away from home, or assist teachers in recognizing grandparents who come to pick children up from school. Eyewitness testimonies can also be given a boost with more knowledge on face recognition.As well, the MPs called on Assistant Professor of Health Sciences Adam MacNeil, whose research team identified the activation of several enzymes in the formation of mast cells and is now working to better understand the cell-signaling mechanism in this process.Given the breadth of important roles mast cells play in defending us from bacteria, viruses and parasites, as well as their driving role in pathologies like allergy and asthma, the results obtained could have broad biological applications.“Brock’s researchers did extremely well in this year’s NSERC competition,” says Associate Vice-president Research (Natural and Health Sciences) Joffre Mercier. “We are very proud of the outstanding work our researchers are doing at Brock.”The $2.4 million funding includes studies being done under the Discovery Grant and the Discovery Development Grant programs.Subject areas of some of these grants include: how experience influences expert face recognition; how mast cells form from bone marrow; documenting climate-induced changes to the landscape and water in Old Crow Flats, Yukon; and examining the Plio-Pleistocene paleoceanography of the northern and western Pacific.Also included is $262,500 funding in graduate student scholarships. The research ranges from the role of hormones in sleep loss to how West Nile is spread in Ontario to examining the eastern carpenter bee.“NSERC funding provides our graduate students with much needed financial support to continue with projects that are pushing the boundaries of research in exciting directions,” says Mike Plyley, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.“The scholarships are true recognition to graduate students that the scope and calibre of their work hold great promise in contributing to discovery and innovation in Canada.”To see a full list of researchers receiving funding, see the related story in The Brock News. read more

High-volume cellphone users seeing cheaper bills: study AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jul 15, 2014 8:02 am MDT Keeping up with the latest technology may mean your cellphone bill is a little lighter, according to a new report by Wall Communications. The study found higher-volume voice, text and data plans have become 15 per cent cheaper over the past several years, while low-cost voice only plans have increased by about 16 per cent over the same time period. The report shows the federal government’s attempt to attract a fourth national wireless carrier, by reworking regulations and offering incentives, has helped with the cheaper, higher volume bills.The National Post reports Ottawa is pushing Rogers Communications Inc., BCE Inc., and Telus to come up with cheaper, entry level cellphone plans. Rogers Communications is the parent company of 660News. read more

General Motors to pay $575M to settle lawsuits filed over faulty ignition switches by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Sep 17, 2015 7:56 am MDT Last Updated Sep 17, 2015 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – General Motors will pay $575 million to settle hundreds of civil lawsuits filed against the company over faulty small-car ignition switches, including the bulk of pending wrongful death and injury cases.The company on Thursday said it reached a deal with Texas personal injury lawyer Bob Hilliard to settle 1,385 death and injury cases that he filed over crashes caused by the switches. The money also will be used to settle a 2014 class-action lawsuit filed by shareholders claiming that GM’s actions reduced the value of their stock.Neither GM nor Hilliard would say how much money was set aside for the death and injury claims, but Hilliard said the number was substantial and he is confident it’s enough to settle all the lawsuitsThe announcement comes the same day that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan detailed an agreement with GM to settle a criminal investigation into the switch case. It will be a costly close to a sad chapter in the company’s history. In addition to the $575 million, GM is expected to pay a $900 million fine to the government to avoid prosecution on wire fraud charges.With the settlements, GM is taking big steps toward moving past the ignition switch scandal, which tarnished the company’s reputation but touched off a series of companywide safety reforms. CEO Mary Barra appointed a new safety chief who reports directly to her and added 35 product safety investigators to its staff. The company changed its product development process to focus more on safety and it started a program that encourages employees to speak up if they find a safety issue.GM also reviewed a backlog of safety issues in 2014 and issued a record 84 recalls covering more than 30 million vehicles, including 27 million in the U.S. By comparison, this year it has issued 33 recalls covering 2.6 million cars and trucks.In the wrongful death cases, Hilliard said a special master will be appointed to decide how much to offer each of the plaintiffs he represents. He says the lawsuits include 45 deaths. Including 124 death cases settled previously by GM compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg, that brings the number of deaths caused by the switches to 169. Hilliard estimates that number will rise to 250 by the time all cases are settled or tried.Even with the settlements, another 454 death and injury cases remain part of the consolidated federal court claims against GM. Hilliard, one of the lead attorneys in the consolidated cases, said he is encouraging the company to set aside money to settle those as well. Six cases have been scheduled for trial, including a trial that is to start in January.Hilliard also said he would try to get GM to settle lawsuits filed in crashes that happened before GM emerged from bankruptcy protection in 2009. A federal bankruptcy judge has ruled that those claims can’t be filed against the new General Motors Co. that arose from the bankruptcy, but the ruling is being appealed. The pre-bankruptcy cases include 31 deaths, Hilliard said.The shareholder case was filed in 2014, with the New York State Teachers Retirement System named as the lead plaintiff. It alleged that investors bought stock as GM concealed the ignition switch problems.___Auto Writer Dee-Ann Durbin contributed to this report. read more

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the appointment of Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo of Brazil as the next Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Having served as Permanent Representative to the WTO, Mr. Carvalho de Azevêdo is “well placed to ensure that the WTO will continue its important work to develop an open, rule-based, predictable and non-discriminatory trading system,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.The WTO, according to its website, is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business.The General Council, which is the WTO’s highest-level decision-making body in Geneva that meets regularly to carry out the functions of the organization, today approved Mr. Carvalho de Azevêdo’s appointment during a special meeting. Mr. Ban called today’s action “important and timely at this critical juncture in the world economy,” adding that he looks forward to working closely with the new WTO chief to ensure that international trade will achieve inclusive, sustained and equitable growth, help fight poverty and promote global sustainable development.Mr. Carvalho de Azevêdo will begin his term on 1 September 2013. The current WTO Director-General, Pascal Lamy, has pledged to work closely with his successor to ensure a smooth transition.Addressing today’s meeting of the General Council, Mr. Carvalho de Azevêdo noted that, regardless of their size, geographical circumstances, and level of development, all WTO members benefit from a predictable, rules-based multilateral trading system.“In my term, I shall do my best to unremittingly help members in building consensus and achieving the goals set out in the Agreements establishing the World Trade Organization,” said the Brazilian ambassador, who has been working in and with the WTO for the last 15 years. “I have seen it in much better days. I pledge to all members that I will work with them, with unwavering and steadfast determination, to restore the WTO to the role and pre-eminence it deserves and must have.” read more

“Just as much as we condemn terrorism, particularly at a time when the international community reaffirms its unreserved commitment to combat it, we must demand that human rights be respected in the context of such a challenge,” said Ben Emmerson, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, and the UN Special Rapporteur on religious freedom, Heiner Bielefeldt, in a press release issued today. Pointing to the recent terrorist attack against Kenya’s Garissa University College in which at least 147 students and lecturers were killed, the two experts said the incident once again showed the “urgent need to re-think counter-terrorism responses based on law enforcement and military force,” adding that Member States needed to confront the non-religious driving forces of terrorism “more seriously.” “This is particularly true when confronting challenges such as armed conflict, poor governance, environmental degradation, endemic corruptions, intricate historic legacies of a country, extreme poverty, social, cultural, economic and political discrimination, as well as marginalization of large sections of the population, or prolonged periods of State collapse.” These circumstances, the experts continued, provide “a fertile soil for recruitment” for extremist movements that promise a prospect for change from the status quo but then resort to “unacceptable means” of acts of terrorism to achieve their goals. “By actively promoting and protecting human rights, States contribute to preventing terrorism in an effort to address its root causes and risk factors,” Mr. Emmerson and Mr. Bielefeldt added. “This is not solely a question of legitimacy; it is also a question of effective prevention.” In the press release, the UN experts also suggested that Member States recognize the suffering of victims of terrorist acts and accept “a special obligation” to victims of terrorism occurring on their territory. However, they warned, the suffering of victims should never be misused as a pretext to deny the human rights of those suspected of terrorism. “This adds to the vicious circle of terrorism by contributing to the dehumanization of victims of terrorism,” the independent experts concluded. “Genuine respect for the humanity of the victims requires that the protection of human rights is not invoked to curtail human rights.” To that point, they said, Member States should move towards the adoption of a specific international instrument setting out the rights of victims of terrorism and the corresponding obligations on States. read more

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall (29) breaks up a pass intended for Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) in the first quarter at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, on Sunday, September 8, 2013.Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe Bengals held on for a 20-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday night in Cincinnati in a game that felt like it should not have been that close.The Steelers were still in the game late in the fourth quarter until Bengals safety Reggie Nelson intercepted a tipped pass thrown by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger deep in Cincinnati territory.Early on, it seemed as if the Bengals (1-1) were sleepwalking through the game with quarterback Andy Dalton looking nervous and inaccurate. His passes were high and uncatchable, including two in which 6’6” tight end Tyler Eifert was the target. The Bengals defense though was able to hold the Steelers (0-2) in check.A change occurred late in the first quarter when Giovani Bernard was inserted into the offense, his first carry resulting in eight yards. The run got the crowd back in the game and seemed to help Dalton relax.Following a 61-yard completion from Dalton to Eifert, Bernard scampered seven yards for a Bengals touchdown.In the third quarter, Bernard continued to make the inconsistent Dalton look good by taking a screen pass 27 yards for Cincinnati’s only other touchdown of the game. Bernard’s quickness allowed him to jog into the endzone untouched.The defense played reasonably well, creating two turnovers, holding Pittsburgh to 44 yards rushing and sacking the Steelers’ quarterback twice.But it was somewhat of a disappointment for Cincinnati fans who had expected to handle their AFC North rivals. While on paper the Bengals formidable front four should have been able to rattle Roethlisberger, he held his own and turned in a valiant effort.Pittsburgh was without Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey, lost for the year with a major knee injury. They were forced to start Fernando Velasco against one of the league’s best defensive tackles, Geno Atkins, and former Steeler and Defensive Player of the Year, James Harrison. However, Roethlisberger made a number of spectacular plays, including one in which he decided not to hand off to his running back as he saw two Bengals defenders closing in for the tackle. Instead, he kept the ball and picked up six yards.Roethlisberger escaped Cincinnati pressure on a numerous occasions during the game, looking particularly impressive on a drive near the end of the first half where he completed all four of his passes for 65 yards and a touchdown.It was a reversal of fortune for a Pittsburgh team that had won 10 of its previous 11 games in Cincinnati.The Steelers have much to figure out if they want to make the playoffs this year. At the same time, the Bengals should not be overly optimistic after the win.Dalton’s early mistakes could have cost Cincinnati the game had they been facing a team more complete than Pittsburgh. But there were a lot of promising signs that could indicate improvement is on the horizon. Much depends on offensive coordinator Jay Gruden figuring out how to get the most out of his players. If he is successful in that regard, the Bengals will be able to score more consistently. read more

“We need to utilise assessment methods that promote learning and at the same time reduce the likelihood that contract cheating can happen”.Prof Newton’s study, How Common Is Commercial Contract Cheating In Higher Education And Is It Increasing? A Systematic Review, is published in Frontiers in Education. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. As many as one in seven university students have cheated on their degrees by paying someone else to write their essays for them, according to a new study.Increasing numbers of graduates are said to have acted dishonestly by using “essay mills” during the last four years.A study by Swansea University reviewed questionnaires dating back to 1978 where students were asked if they had ever paid for someone else to complete their work.The findings – covering 54,514 participants – showed a 15.7 per cent rise in the number of students who admitted cheating between 2014 and 2018.The study also noted that cheating at universities was on the increase worldwide.Essay mills are currently legal in the UK despite being outlawed elsewhere, and an active petition is calling for the Government to ban their use.They are difficult to identify as the essays are tailored for individual subjects and appear original. Professor Phil Newton, from Swansea University, said the UK is at risk becoming a haven for those selling essays to students.He said: “The UK risks becoming a country where essay mills find it easy to do business.”These findings underscore the need for legislation to tackle essay mills, alongside improvements in the way students are assessed and awareness-raising of the fundamentals of academic integrity. read more

first_img Image: Shutterstock/nobeastsofierce THE GENE WHICH causes sudden death in young people and athletes has been identified.The gene, called CDH2, causes arrhythmogenic right ventricle cardiomyopathy (ARVC), and has been isolated by researchers in Canada, South Africa and Italy.The gene is a disorder that predisposes patients to cardiac arrest and is a major cause of unexpected death. The discovery, published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics, is the result of international collaboration that began 15 years ago. It is led by a South African team headed by Bongani Mayosi, a professor of cardiology at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital, along with researchers of the Italian Auxologico Institute of Milan and the University of Pavia.A team of investigators from the Population Health Research Institute of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences, led by Dr. Guillaume Paré, performed the genetic sequencing, as well as the bioinformatics analysis for the study.“This is important news for families who have had a young family member suffer a sudden cardiac death, for them to know a genetic cause has been identified,” said Paré.Our team was happy to contribute to the finding that a mutation in CDH2 is the underlying culprit in a portion of these patients. This will pave the way for preventative interventions and genetic counselling.For 20 years, Mayosi followed a South African family affected by ARVC that had experienced several cases of juvenile sudden death. Excluding all genetic causes known at the time, the Italian researchers sequenced all the coding regions of the genome in two ill members of the family.The genetic mutation responsible for the disease in the family, CDH2, was narrowed down from more than 13,000 common genetic variants present in the two ill patients.The researchers said identifying the gene is important because it helps to clarify the genetic mechanisms underlying ARVC, and it also makes the early detection of ARVC possible in otherwise unsuspecting people.This may lead to a reduction of cases of sudden death in patients with the mutation, the researchers concluded.Read: Getting people to care about the environment? It’s all in the pupils… Gene that causes sudden death in young people identified This may lead to a reduction of cases of sudden death in patients with the mutation. By Paul Hosford 42,410 Views Image: Shutterstock/nobeastsofierce Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 11th 2017, 11:00 AM Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 11:00 AM Share Tweet Email7 Short URL 15 Comments last_img read more

first_imgDownload AudioA contingent of Alaskans is travelling to Greenland to participate in the Arctic Winter Games. Alaska’s is one of 9 regional teams descending on the northern nation’s capital of Nuuk  for next week’s games.  The remote arctic city is going all out to host them.Nuuk, Greenland’s has 17 thousand residents, and a lot of them are involved in putting on the 2016 Arctic Winter Games.“Four out of five people in Nuuk are involved in the games, either as a volunteer or as an employee,” said Piplauk Lind, an Arctic Winter Games logistics assistant in Nuuk.Lind is frank when asked about the challenge of hosting the games.“I think the shortest way to answer that question is saying overwhelming,” Lind said.Lind said Nuuk is drawing on experience from previously hosting the biennial games in 2002, adding that getting ready for the influx of several thousand people in the remote arctic city presents some obvious needs.“We’ve had to import a bunch of containers, toilets and showers for all the participants and a bunch of other stuff of that kind.,” said Lind.Lind says local schools will house athletes and other existing facilities will provide venues for 14 AWG sports, but hockey will be played a 2 hour flight away on rinks in Iqaluit, Nunavut. She says challenges aside, Nuuk is excited to host the games.“The Arctic Winter Games are on everyone’s list in Nuuk and everyone is counting down,” Lind said. “We have volunteers in the city center. There’s a countdown clock telling down to seconds how much time is left until the opening ceremony starts.”Getting to Nuuk in time for Sunday’s opening ceremony involves a lot of air travel for far away teams like Alaska’s. Team Alaska co-director Kathleen Rehm says transporting Alaska’s 300 participants to Nuuk is complicated by the city’s small size.“The airport in Nuuk is unable to hold large passenger planes so you have to take multi-leg journeys,” said Rehm. “It’s going to be a huge adventure for these young athletes.”Arctic Winter Games typically attract athlete’s families and friends, but Rehm says access to Greenland during the games is very limited, and it’s been tough for spectators to book a trip.“Those that were successful, they found their airline tickets months ago,” Rehm said. “And it’s been a popular event so the tickets have sold out.”Rehm adds that the journey is expensive: about 4 thousand dollars per person for Team Alaska, noting that a state grant reduces what athletes pay. The 2016 Arctic Winter games run March 6th through the 11th.last_img read more

first_imgYouTube awards Prothom Alo Silver Play Button. Photo: Prothom AloVideo-sharing site YouTube has acknowledged Prothom Alo for its video contents.Prothom Alo has been awarded Silver Play Button – an award YouTube gives to those channels which surpass 100,000 subscribers – as it has recently attained 100,000 subscribers on its YouTube channel.Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman and video content team pose with YouTube`s Silver Play Button award on Saturday. Photo: Prothom AloOther awards include the Gold Play Button for YouTubers who surpass the 1 million mark and the Diamond Play Button for YouTubers who surpass the 10 million mark.Prothom Alo crossed 100,000-subscriber mark last August and now has more than 200,000 followers.Currently, Prothom Alo has four channels on YouTube. The channels are Prothom Alo, Prothom Alo News, Prothom Alo Recipe, and Prothom Alo Beauty and Style.last_img