first_img…Indonesian official expected in Guyana soonHaving been promised a lucrative salary and proper accommodation, 26 adult male Indonesians travelled approximately 12,000 miles to take up employment with an established fishery in Guyana. They are now stranded after the company failed to meet its obligation.The men had been working with the company for several months, frequenting the seas on the tuna vessels, but they got fired after they objected to the payment and living conditions they were receiving.The men have, for the past three days, been seeking refuge at the Providence Sunnatul Masjid on the East Bank of Demerara. When this publication visited the Masjid on Saturday, the men were observed cooking and hanging around the compound. they were however unable to communicate with the <> because of the language barrier.A female member of the Masjid told this publication that the men reported that they were offered US$400 (5,367,200 Indonesian Rupiah) per month to come and work with the popular fishing establishment, but what they were being paid in Guyana dollars did not translate into the promised amount. She said the men objected to this, but got no satisfactory answer, and were ordered out of the establishment’s compound.“The (men) were saying that they were not getting enough food and thing to eat at the back there, so eventually they came over here, like three days now, and the brothers at the Masjid are helping them to buy foodstuff, so that they can cook and eat,” she informed.The woman said they were informed that the owner of the fishing company was out of the country, and is expected back on Sunday, but it is unclear whether he would accede to the men’s request. However, she said the brothers at the masjid made contact with the Indonesian Embassy in neighbouring Suriname, and a representative is expected in Guyana on Monday to address the men’s situation.When contacted, State Minister Joseph Harmon told <> that he is yet to receive any information regarding the incident, and that he is unclear whether the embassy officials had contacted the Foreign Affairs Ministry. Further efforts to contact Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and Citizenship Minister Winston Felix proved futile.For now, the men remain in the compound of the masjid, and are being taken care of by members of the community in collaboration with the administration at the mosque. They dwell in the yard of the compound during the day, and at night they would sleep on mattresses in a section of the masjid.last_img read more

first_imgAfleet Alex won’t run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, after all. Trainer Tim Ritchey and veterinarian Patricia Hogan said Monday that the Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner’s leg injury is not fully healed and the popular horse won’t be ready for the Breeders’ Cup on Oct. 29. “It came down to crunch time, to enter him in a prep race, and there just wasn’t enough time,” said Hogan, who has viewed X-rays every two weeks since Afleet Alex was sidelined with a fractured left-front cannon bone July 21. “I was very much on the fence. It was a tough decision, but it’s better to be safe and just wait.” Afleet Alex, the star of the Triple Crown series with his acrobatic Preakness win and overpowering Belmont victory, had two strong workouts on the comeback trail and was looking to run in the Classic after a prep race. TENNIS: Aivaras Balzekas, a member of the Lithuanian national tennis team, died Sunday night at Delray Medical Center in Boca Raton, Fla., after a pickup truck crashed into him and another Lynn University student as they pushed a car, hospital spokeswoman Marlene Wotell said Monday. OLYMPICS: The U.S. Olympic Committee is campaigning for softball to be reinstated for the 2012 Games, chairman Peter Ueberroth said Monday. Softball and baseball were dropped from the Olympic program after 2008 in July. “The USOC is dedicated to see to it that women’s softball does not miss its turn in 2012,” Ueberroth said at the 2006 U.S. Olympic team media summit in Colorado Springs, Colo. “We’re hopeful and, in a humble way, hope to try and influence people to reconsider a decision that was a bad decision to eliminate a women’s sport.” FOOTBALLL: Temple football coach Bobby Wallace, 19-66 since taking the job in 1998, is leaving at the end of the season when his contract expires. Time Inc. has settled a $20 million defamation suit filed by former Alabama football coach Mike Price over a Sports Illustrated article about a night of drinking at a topless bar in Florida. center_img Virginia offensive lineman Brad Butler was suspended for one game by the school for throwing a chop-block in Saturday’s loss to Boston College. Butler will sit out Saturday’s game against Florida State, the university said in a statement. Connecticut quarterback Matt Bonislawski underwent surgery to repair a broken collarbone and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. Texas freshman tailback Jamaal Charles is should be ready to play Saturday when the No. 2 Longhorns face No. 24 Colorado, coach Mack Brown said. Charles ran for 116 yards, with an 80-yard touchdown, in the Longhorns’ 45-12 win over Oklahoma before leaving the game with an ankle injury in the third quarter. HOCKEY: Oilers forward Ryan Smyth will miss at least two games with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. The Chicago Blackhawks placed forward Eric Daze on injured reserve and recalled forward Jason Morgan from Norfolk of the American Hockey League. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img COMMENT hockey SHARE Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL China will be competing in the Hockey World Cup for the first time ever after they pipped South Korea to qualify for the 2018 edition in India.China’s place was confirmed yesterday when South Korea drew 1-1 with Malaysia in the Asia Cup in Dhaka, a result which put the Malaysians into the final against India.While China created history, it was a dark day for the South Korean team which will not be part of the World Cup for the first time since 1998 event in Utrecht, Netherlands.Under FIH regulations, the team that wins its continental qualifier automatically qualifies for the World Cup.However, as both India, as hosts, and Malaysia — who finished fourth at the Hero Hockey World League Semi-Final in London earlier this year — have already qualified for next year’s showpiece, a World Cup qualification spot opened up for the team next in line that had not yet qualified for the event.That team was China, who take the ticket to Bhubaneswar courtesy of their eighth place finish in the World League Semi-Final in London.Korea finished one place below Asia rivals China at the World League event in London, a placement that was not going to be enough for a World Cup berth. Winning the Hero Asia Cup 2017 was Korea’s final chance to achieve World Cup qualification, but that dream was ended in heartbreakingly dramatic fashion.A last-gasp penalty corner from Malaysia’s Faizal Saari tied the match at 1-1 to put the Malaysians into the championship match at the expense of Korea.China is the 15th team to qualify for the World Cup, joining host India, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Spain and France at the prestigious 16 nation event.The final men’s World Cup qualification place will be decided by the outcome of the Africa Cup of Nations competition, which takes place between October 22-29 in Ismailia, Egypt.The Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup in Bhubaneswar will be held at the Kalinga Stadium from November 28 to December 16, 2018. × October 22, 2017center_img South Korea While China created history, it was a dark day for the South Korean team which will not be part of the World Cup for the first time since 1998 Under FIH regulations, the team that wins its continental qualifier automatically qualifies for the World Cup. Image for representational purpose only.   –  PTI Under FIH regulations, the team that wins its continental qualifier automatically qualifies for the World Cup. Image for representational purpose only.   –  PTI China COMMENTSlast_img read more

first_imgSDSU West collects over 100,000 signatures for SDCCU stadium site proposal KUSI Newsroom Updated: 4:08 PM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Backers of an initiative that would pave the way for San Diego State University to acquire the SDCCU Stadium property for campus expansion announced Friday that they have collected 100,000 petition signatures, far more than necessary to qualify for the ballot.“Supporters have successfully gathered many more than the required 71,646 signatures,” said Kim Kilkenny, of the Friends of SDSU Steering Committee.“Once verified, these signatures will qualify SDSU West for a 2018 ballot,” Kilkenny said. “With overwhelming support for SDSU and the positive impacts the university provides to our community, San Diegans clearly support SDSU West to ensure the Mission Valley stadium site is used to benefit the public, provide a place for SDSU to grow and thrive, and guarantee a permanent, public river park and open space.”The Friends group had until the end of March to collect signatures but members previously indicated that wanted to wrap up the signature drive by the end of the year. They plan to submit the petitions to the county Registrar of Voters next week.If enough signatures are verified, the City Council will decide whether to adopt the initiative or place it before voters. A competing initiative, which would result in a soccer-centric commercial development, qualified earlier this year and will go onto a 2018 ballot.It’s believed that if both SDSU West and SoccerCity are approved in an election, the one that receives the most votes would be adopted.The initiative would lead to the sale of the property to SDSU, which would be required to create a comprehensive development plan.Last month, school officials outlined their vision for the project, including 1.6 million square feet of classroom and research buildings, a river park and open space, 4,500 housing units, retail shops, a pair of hotels and a multi-use, 35,000-seat stadium for college football and other sports.SDSU Interim President Sally Roush and JMI Realty CEO John Kratzer said the project would be mostly funded by public-private partnerships, and wouldn’t rely on taxpayer financing. The main exception would be the stadium, which would be funded by bonds that are paid back by future revenues.The land is three trolley stops from the built-out main campus. December 29, 2017center_img Posted: December 29, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: SDCCU Stadium, SDSU West FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

first_img February 18, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The winter storms and flooding in San Diego last week forced mobile blood drives across the county to cancel and that has impacted our blood supply, according to the San Diego Blood Bank.“It’s hard to get out and about when it’s raining that hard,” said Michele Corbett, Vice President of Marketing for San Diego Blood Bank. “We don’t want to say ‘Hey, get out and drive around even more in the rain,’ so we definitely saw a drop in the blood supply this last week.”Corbett said they even had to cancel a high school drive expected to collect 70 pints of blood.“You can’t make blood in a lab,” said Corbett. “You have to have people behind that blood donation coming in on a regular basis.”There’s 8 different blood types and they have unique properties. The different components of blood, like the red blood cells, platelets and plasma, can help treat different conditions.The rarest blood type is O negative, which is also known as the “universal donor” type. It’s the only blood type that can give red blood cells to all the others, so it’s always in high demand, especially in emergency situations.“Those are often used for trauma patients when the doctors don’t have time to test their blood type or it’s used with babies in the NICU,” said Corbett.O positive is the most common, but there’s still a high need for it in our community because more people are coming in for this type. It can give red blood cells to any positive blood types.An A positive blood type is also really important. It’s the second most common and Corbett said it’s ideal for it’s platelets.“Platelets are the the part of the blood that help cancer patients,” said Corbett. “Usually when they’re going through chemotherapy, the chemotherapy kills the platelets and they need that replenished.”You have a unique gift as an AB positive or negative donor because of your plasma, which helps treat clotting disorders, burn and shock victims.“If you’re and AB blood type, you’re actually a universal plasma donor and plasma is often used with burn victims and people who need that rejuvenation while they’re in the hospital,” said Corbett.There’s also A negative, B positive, and B negative, but Corbett said regardless of your blood type, every type is needed and every type can save lives.“Each of those lives is someone in our community, someone may be our family member,” said Corbett. “I know my mom would not have met her grand kids had it not been for a blood donor.”The drives that were canceled because of the storms will be rescheduled.If you want more information on how or where to donate, visit the San Diego Blood Bank’s website.https://www.sandiegobloodbank.org/ , San Diego’s heavy rainfall impacts number of blood donorscenter_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: February 18, 2019last_img read more

first_img © 2018 Phys.org Journal information: Nature Credit: CC0 Public Domain Explore further More information: Shan Li et al. Modulating plant growth–metabolism coordination for sustainable agriculture, Nature (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0415-5AbstractEnhancing global food security by increasing the productivity of green revolution varieties of cereals risks increasing the collateral environmental damage produced by inorganic nitrogen fertilizers. Improvements in the efficiency of nitrogen use of crops are therefore essential; however, they require an in-depth understanding of the co-regulatory mechanisms that integrate growth, nitrogen assimilation and carbon fixation. Here we show that the balanced opposing activities and physical interactions of the rice GROWTH-REGULATING FACTOR 4 (GRF4) transcription factor and the growth inhibitor DELLA confer homeostatic co-regulation of growth and the metabolism of carbon and nitrogen. GRF4 promotes and integrates nitrogen assimilation, carbon fixation and growth, whereas DELLA inhibits these processes. As a consequence, the accumulation of DELLA that is characteristic of green revolution varieties confers not only yield-enhancing dwarfism, but also reduces the efficiency of nitrogen use. However, the nitrogen-use efficiency of green revolution varieties and grain yield are increased by tipping the GRF4–DELLA balance towards increased GRF4 abundance. Modulation of plant growth and metabolic co-regulation thus enables novel breeding strategies for future sustainable food security and a new green revolution. The green revolution was characterized by big increases in crop production in developing countries—it came about due to the increased use of pesticides, fertilizers and changes in crop varieties used. One of the changes to the crops came about as rice and wheat plants were bred to grow less tall to prevent damage from wind and rain. While this resulted in improved yields, it also resulted in the use of more nitrogen-based fertilizers, which are environmentally harmful. In this new effort, the researchers wondered if it might be possible to re-engineer green-revolution crop varieties in such a way as to restrict height and therefore retain high productivity, while also using nitrogen more efficiently.Prior research had shown that proteins in the DELLA family reduced plant growth. Crop breeding in the 1960s led to varieties of rice and wheat with genetic mutations that allowed the proteins to build up in the plants, thus stunting their growth. Unfortunately, DELLA proteins have also been found to be the cause of inefficient nitrogen use in the same plants—as a result, farmers used more of it to increase yields. To overcome this problem, the researchers crossbred varieties of rice to learn more, and found that the transcription factor OsGRF4 was associated with nitrogen uptake. Using that information, they engineered some varieties of rice to express OsGRF4 at higher levels, which, when tested, showed higher uptake of nitrogen. The team then planted the varieties they had engineered and found that they required less nitrogen to produce the same yields—and they were just as stunted. They therefore claim that it is possible to grow green-revolution crops that require less nitrogen.last_img read more