Brice Ramsey Replacing Greyson Lambert At Quarterback For Georgia During Alabama Rout

first_imgBrice Ramsey of Georgia looks out onto the field.Twitter/@ChrisPorterFCNToday’s game in Athens has been nothing short of a debacle for Georgia. The Dawgs trail Alabama 24-3 late in the first half, having allowed two quick scores via blocked punt and 50-yard play action bomb, and now Georgia is making a change at quarterback. Redshirt sophomore Brice Ramsey is in to replace Greyson Lambert.Brice Ramsey is entering at QB for Georgia— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) October 3, 2015Yup, Brice Ramsey in with 35 seconds left in the half. Not much you can do here, but he may get a shot in the second half.— Seth Emerson (@SethEmersonAJC) October 3, 2015Lambert has struggled, completing just 7-of-17 passes for 70 yards. If Ramsey can’t give Georgia a spark, this one could get extremely ugly.last_img

UPDATED Power outages near City Hall in Fort St John and in

first_imgThe map of this morning’s power outage in Dawson Creek. Photo by BC Hydro.Another outage is affecting ten customers in Dawson Creek. That outage occurred ten minutes before the outage in the Energetic City, and Hydro crews are anticipated to arrive on the scene at 8:00 to begin repairs. The cause of that outage is also under investigation. UPDATE 10:05 a.m: BC Hydro says that crews are currently on site to get power restored in Fort St. John. Hydro said on its website that a cable fault caused the power outage, and that crews anticipate having power restored by 3:00 p.m.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A power outage has left a number of Fort St. John residents in the dark this morning.According to BC Hydro’s website, the outage occurred at around 6:50 Friday morning. The outage is affecting 74 customers between 100th and 98th Streets, and between 106th and 107th Avenues. BC Hydro says that crews have been assigned to restore the power outage, though there’s currently no estimate on when power will be restored. The cause of the outage is under investigation.last_img read more

New affordable rental homes to be built in BC for families and

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – With the current housing crisis, the Government plans to create more affordable housing in 42 communities as part of the Building BC: Community Housing Plan.The Province is providing a $1.9-billion investment over ten years, building 4,900 new mixed-income rental homes to address the current housing crisis by creating housing for growing families and seniors.“Years of inaction on the B.C. housing crisis left families struggling to get by and unable to get ahead,” said Premier John Horgan. “These new, affordable rental homes are an important step toward addressing the housing crisis and giving families in every part of the province a break from skyrocketing housing costs.” Building BC: Community Housing Fund, is building affordable rental homes for seniors, families and low- and middle-income earners, individual buildings will contain units that will house a range of income levels. Many projects are to include childcare and rentals for seniors will be deeply subsidized, there will be space for people on fixed incomes and low wage workers as well as middle-class families.“Through the Community Housing Fund, we are building housing so that growing families, aging seniors and low- to moderate-income individuals can afford homes in the communities they live and work in,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “These new homes will have life-changing impacts for people and communities right across the province.”The Government, through BC Housing, chose the first projects based on targeted clients and the impact the projects are expected to have in reducing housing needs yet the Peace Region was not included in the proposed building projects as seen on the proposal map VIEW HERE“This historic investment in the community housing sector is an investment in British Columbians struggling to find safe, secure and affordable housing,” said Jill Atkey, CEO, BC Non-Profit Housing Association. “Non-profit housing partners are hard at work turning these dollars into homes and are committed to ensuring that what is affordable in our sector today, will remain affordable for generations to come.”last_img read more

NEB reports crude by rail exports rose to a record 269829 bpd

first_imgThe province has called on Ottawa to help increase crude-by-rail shipments, estimating the discounts are costing the Canadian economy as much as $80 million per day.Meanwhile, oilsands producers such as Cenovus Energy Inc. and Imperial Oil Ltd. are ramping up crude-by-rail volumes to get barrels to markets where they will receive better prices.Cenovus has called on the province to impose production cuts to reduce the oil oversupply in Alberta but the suggestion has been panned by rivals who are insulated from discounts because they have firm pipeline contracts or use their oil in their own refineries. CALGARY, A.B. – The National Energy Board says crude-by-rail exports from Canada rose to a record 269,829 barrels per day in September.That’s up more than 17 percent from 229,544 in August and just over double the 134,132 barrels per day recorded in September 2017.Pipeline export constraints are being blamed for a glut of oil in Western Canada that caused the price discount to peak at more than US$50 per barrel in October for Western Canadian Select oilsands blend versus New York benchmark West Texas Intermediate.last_img read more

Register 2 separate FIRs against Babul Supriyo EC

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has instructed the District Election Officer (DEO) of West Burdwan to register two separate FIRs against Babul Supriyo. The Commission issued instructions after Supriyo had allegedly snatched a video camera from an official deputed by the Commission who was capturing videos as part of the surveillance that is being carried out by the Election Commission.The district official has been directed to file an FIR for the incident. Another FIR would be registered against him as he failed to submit any convincing reply as to why he released and played the controversial theme song of his party after being banned by the Commission. Meanwhile, the Commission has sought a report from the district administrative officials in West Burdwan on the incident in which BJP activists led by Asansol sitting MP Babul Supriyo stormed into the room of an Officer-in-Charge at the local police station and threatened him. A complaint was lodged with the Election Commission following which the DEO has been asked to submit a report on the entire incident that unfolded in Asansol. Supriyo had triggered controversy on a number of occasions since the notification of the Lok Sabha elections. He was earlier show-caused by the Election Commission after he released a theme song for his party. In the most recent incident, Supriyo has been accused of threatening an on-duty police officer at Kulti police station. The BJP leaders in the district claimed that some cops from the local police station ransacked the house of a BJP leader on Saturday evening. Women members of his family were also heckled by the policemen, alleged BJP. Many BJP leaders including women members of the party gheraoed the police post on Saturday night. The police officer told Supriyo that he respects him and urged him to talk properly. But Supriyo allegedly threatened him and said he would not seek any respect from the officer.last_img read more

Gang of robbers busted mobile phones worth Rs 2 crore seized

first_imgGreater Noida: Three persons have been arrested by Greater Noida’s Kasna police for allegedly stealing nearly 1500 mobile phones of OPPO company while they were being transported by a truck. Police have recovered nearly 1240 mobile phones, worth Rs 2 crore, from the possession of accused persons.According to police, the arrested accused were identified as Devendra native of Dadri area in Greater Noida, Firoz Khan from Meerut and Alimuddin. Cops said that the accused persons were involved in various incidents of heinous crime. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesVineet Jaiswal, Superintendent of Police (rural) said that the the accused persons used forged documents to get job of a driver in various transport companies and allegedly rob the consignment while transporting. “The robbery incident occurred on May 1 from Kasna area of Greater Noida when the accused persons robbed a truck carrying around 1470 mobile phones of OPPO company. Police teams were formed to work out the case and they managed to arrest the accused from P3 round about on Monday, following a tip-off,” said Jaiswal. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe officer further said that the accused confessed to have committed the robbery while they have also confessed to have been involved in other incidents of loot. “During sustained interrogations, the accused confessed to have committed a robbery in sector 58 police station area of Noida where they robbed a truck carrying tires on February 2. The gang members also told police that they have their agents in Meerut, Delhi and other cities of NCR regions by the help of whom they used to sell the stolen material,” added Jaiswal. Meanwhile police have recovered 1240 mobile phones and Rs 44, 400 cash from the possession of accused persons. “Police have recovered mobile phones worth Rs 2 crores from the possession of accused persons. Two of their other accomplices, Raghvendra and Sharad Goswami, are absconding,” said Jaiswal.last_img read more

Buckeye looks to rebound after missing season with injury

In the first week of last year’s season, the Ohio State women’s lacross team lost their leading goal-scorer to a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Brittney Zerhusen was looking to improve upon a great sophomore season, but with a torn ACL those hopes ended. In her sophomore season she started all 18 games and recorded 36 goals.Zerhusen had her knee medically repaired and went through intensive rehab.The hardest thing for Zerhusen was getting back in shape. For three months she was unable to run or make any cuts.“It had been eight months [after the surgery] before I could play with the team,” Zerhusen said. She went on to say at first that she was very nervous when running full speed and making cuts.After playing with the team for a little bit, Zerhusen said she was able to play without thinking about her knee and if it would hold up.Women’s lacrosse trainer Kristen Bretz said Zerhusen was able to get back to being healthy because of her work ethic. Bretz said Zerhusen was a little ahead of schedule and now her knee is 100 percent healthy. “She did a great job rehabbing,” coach Sue Stimmel said.Zerhusen said it was bittersweet because she wasn’t able to play, but she was able to see the team do well. Although Zerhusen wasn’t able to play, she said she did benefit from her injury. “You’re always upset when someone gets hurt but it can be a great learning experience,” Stimmel said. She added that Zerhusen learned as much from watching as she would have learned from playing.Stimmel called Zerhusen’s injury “crushing” because they weren’t sure how they would do without their leading scorer. The Buckeyes went on without Zerhusen and had others step up and lead the team.Getting Zerhusen back will be an added weapon to the already loaded team. In the past two years the Buckeyes have had the American Lacrosse Conference Rookie of the Year.In the 2008-2009 campaign, Kelly Haggerty was a Tewaaraton Award semifinalist.Haggerty was fourth in points and seventh in overall scoring in the NCAA.“I think we will do outstanding with the depth that we have,” Zerhusen said. read more

Allegri praised his sides league opponents

first_imgJuventus are very likely to win the Scudetto once again but this season, it hasn’t been that easy for the Old Lady and Massimiliano Allegri admitted that their opponents made it difficult for them.Especially Napoli were competing with Juventus for the title almost until the very last round but in the end, the more experienced side showed their skills – meanwhile, AS Roma made it to the Champions League semifinals…The experienced Italian coach spoke about these two sides as he said, according to ESPN:Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Napoli improved a great deal this year, winning games that they wouldn’t have won last year. They’ve just come up against a Juventus side whose statistics have been remarkable, but they must be complimented.”“We just did really well to remain calm after losing the head-to-head [with Napoli].”“It was not easy to have a season (for Roma) like this after they had got 87 points under [Luciano] Spalletti last year. This year, they’ve made it to a remarkable semifinal in the Champions League and Eusebio is one of the best and most interesting emerging coaches.”last_img read more

Mariano Díaz thanks Lopetegui for his chance

first_imgThe Spanish striker returned to Real Madrid during the summer thanks for the former Los Blancos manager Julen LopeteguiAfter debuting for Badalona in Spain, striker Mariano Díaz started playing for Real Madrid C in 2012.He was so good that two years later he was with Real Madrid B and in 2016 he debuted for Los Merengues’ first team.But after spending one year with French Ligue 1 club Lyon, the Spaniard with Dominican citizenship returned to Los Blancos.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.And it was all thanks to recently-sacked manager Julen Lopetegui.“I will always be grateful to Julen Lopetegui, one of the people who made it possible for me to return home,” the 25-year-old wrote on Twitter according to The Daily Mail.“I wish him the best for the future. Now we only have to fight more than ever to get out of this situation.”last_img read more

MLS legend Schmid dies at age 65

first_imgFormer Los Angeles Galaxy manager Sigi Schmid has died at the age of 65, his family has announced.Schmid, who has the most wins as a manager in the history of the Major League Soccer, was admitted to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center earlier in the month, needing a heart transplant.The cause of Schmid’s death was not disclosed, but his family released the following statement, as quoted by ProSoccerUSA:“On Tuesday, December 25, Sigi Schmid passed away at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles due to a personal health matter.”Chile, Alexis SanchezAlexis Sanchez rules out move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami Andrew Smyth – September 5, 2019 Alexis Sanchez reckons he’s still got another “five or six years left” of European football in him amid links of a move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami.“Our family is deeply saddened by his passing and is taking this time to grieve the loss of a tremendous husband, father, leader and mentor.”“We also recognize how much Sigi meant to so many people across the U.S. Soccer landscape and around the world at different levels of the game. That community meant a great deal to him as well, and for that reason, it was important to us that we share the news of his passing.”“While we mourn his loss, we appreciate privacy during this challenging time and will not be issuing further statements. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family asks to please consider a memorial gift to support the men’s soccer program at UCLA, Sigi’s alma mater. Donations in memory of Sigi may be directed to the attention of Emily Lerner of UCLA Athletics at 310-206-3302 or”last_img read more

Severe Weather Alert Andros Exuma among the islands warned

first_img Severe Weather alert for Bimini in The Bahamas, tornado and waterspouts possible Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Severeweatheralert Severe Weather Alert for Abaco from Bahamas Met Officecenter_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 4, 2017 – Nassau – Boaters were told to get out of the water and residents told to stay indoors in areas impacted by a severe weather alert issued by the Bahamas Department of Meteorology after 4pm today.    The weather alert for a treacherous thunderstorm and lots more is the forecast for at least until 7pm.  South Andros, Exuma, Long Cay, Rum cay and adjacent waters were all put on alert.The radar picked up on the horrible weather, satellite imagery depicted a cluster of thunderstorms associated with a trough of low pressure moving westward across the islands.   Some of these thunderstorms will be severe at times, causing strong gusty winds, dangerous lightning, heavy downpours, flooding in low lying areas and there is even a chance for hail and waterspouts or tornadic activity.#MagneticMediaNews#Severeweatheralertlast_img read more

Penton Launches Online Auction Business

first_imgFor many publishers, “e-commerce” means dabbling in sales of intellectual property, such as work plans (August Home Publishing, Hanley Wood). With the launch of a new auction site, Penton Media will be facilitating the sale of heavy machinery. Penton Online Auctions will start by auctioning off excess agriculture equipment and expand to transportation equipment and public infrastructure equipment by the end of the year. AssetNation, which creates private label marketplaces, provides the back-end of the site. Penton says customers are currently consigning equipment for the first agricultural equipment auction, which closes on March 8. “Penton’s strategy is to provide more vital services to users within our vertical communities,” said Warren Bimblick, Penton’s senior vice president of strategy and business development at Penton. “Our research concluded that our equipment-using communities had interest in an efficient online marketplace tool, and even with our soft launch, we are seeing a good deal of interest.”last_img read more

311 The Offspring Continue Trek Across US Cover Each Others Songs

first_imgNews In celebration of the tour, and in a nostalgic twist of role-reversal, the two bands recorded covers of each other’s classics, with the Offspring doing their own rendition of “Down” and 311 taking a stab at “Self Esteem.” The results give fans of both bands a surreal trip to an alternate musical universe and two more reasons to catch the Never-Ending Summer Tour.Before the tour began, the Recording Academy caught up with Nick Hexum of 311 and Noodles of the Offspring, going behind the scenes in the place they both call home, Los Angeles.In the latest episode of On Location, Nick Hexum, the guitarist of 311, and Noodles, the guitarist of the Offspring, talk with host and singer-songwriter Charlie Tavers while touring of the City of Angels. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jul 18, 2018 – 7:41 pm Take The ‘On Location’ Tour Of Los Angeles “For me it’s always been about a combination of being outside and creativity,” Hexum says in the episode. “I still, being in the music business, like to be in a city, so L.A. is perfect, you can have kind of both lives.”Noodles and Travers visit the International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach during the episode, where he explains that it used to be Safari Sam’s, a music club where the local bands would jam out. He shares how punk rock and surf and skate culture go hand in hand.”Punk rock is about breaking the rules. All rock and roll, really, is about breaking the rules,” Noodles says. The ’90s alt-rockers close out their summer tour together, release covers of each other’s hits, and share some of their favorite things about Los AngelesAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Aug 16, 2018 – 5:30 pm 311 and the Offspring, two of the ’90s biggest alt-rock hitmakers, joined forces earlier to keep the dream alive with their Never-Ending Summer Tour, which closes out in September and features Gym Class Heroes as support. 311 & The Offspring Continue Trek Across US, Cover Each Other’s Songs You can listen to 311 and the Offspring covers above, and catch the rest of their tour in a city near you. Visit Ticketmaster for more info on the tour.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morecenter_img Facebook 311 & Offspring Continue Tour, Cover Other’s Hits 311-offspring-continue-trek-across-us-cover-each-others-songs Email Twitter last_img read more

CES 2019 opens to a flying car a boxing robot and a

first_imgCES 2019 on Tuesday officially opened its doors (after two days of major pre-announcements and ramp-ups), as tens of thousands of attendees clogged Las Vegas’s roadways or rode the monorail (What’s it called?!) to attend one of the many show venues around town. In fact, it’s not just the Las Vegas Convention Center anymore: CES now has large outposts at the Sands Convention Center (Tech West) and the Aria (Tech South), not to mention countless hotel suites and pop-up venues throughout the city. Miss the early part of the week? Catch up here:Sunday CES highlights: CES 2019 is here: A cleaner litter box, the Bread Bot and more early highlightsMonday CES highlights: LG’s rollable TV wows and a car walks as CES 2019 prepares to openAs for Tuesday, here are the highlights: The Honor View 20 has a lovely backside.  Jessica Dolcourt PhonesThe Honor View 20 is a gorgeous powerful phone with a 48-megapixel rear camera that uses AI technology to create a detailed shot. Sorry, BlackBerry fans (yes, I know you’re still out there), you won’t see any 5G BlackBerries this year.bellthing123The Bell Nexus air taxi could fly you to work. CNET Things that goMercedes-Benz managed to close part of the Las Vegas Strip to give us a ride in its autonomous Vision Urbanetic concept car. Mercedes also announced a 2020 version of its CLA-Class with more tech and a swoopier design.BMW showed a riderless motorcycle with a spin in the convention center parking lot.I have a CES soft spot for anything that flies so the Bell Nexus air taxi is high (get it?) on my CES must-see list. It’s a concept design for a hybrid electric air taxi with seats for five and huge rotors that will lift it into the air. A first flight is scheduled for 2020. More from CES CES 2019 is here: A cleaner litter box, a Bread Bot and more early highlights LG’s rollable TV wows and a car walks as CES 2019 prepares to open The weirdest, wackiest products from CES 2019 2 Huawei Honor View 20 Now playing: Watch this: Gadgets Smart Home TVs Car Tech Laptops Computers Phones Light Bulbs Automobiles Concept Cars More amazing stuffGoogle came to CES believing “go big or go home.” The search giant announced a ton of new integrations and features for its Google Assistant. The company also had a massive pavilion to showcase its wares and an interactive ride that’s “part ride, part marketing stunt.” (It’s hard to explain so watch the video.)09-lg-booth-massive-curve-of-natureLG’s OLED waterfall is pretty. Sarah Tew/CNET After LG’s rollable TV, more TV coolness came today in the form of LG’s OLED waterfall.IBM unveiled the Global High-Resolution Atmospheric Forecasting System (GRAF), a new global weather forecasting system designed to provide more accurate and timely forecasts around the world. It updates every hour and provides forecasts for smaller, more specific areas.This story originally posted January 8 at 7:10 p.m. PST.CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Smart homePhilips Hue announced a new weatherproof motion sensor for your front porch and three new lighting fixtures, two of which can change colors.When you forget your keys, enter your home by using the face-scanning Elecpro US:E lock instead. alienware-area-51m-08Officially Alienware’s Area 51m laptop doesn’t exist. (Just kidding.) Sarah Tew/CNET PCsLenovo’s Yoga S940 supports Amazon Alexa and Microsoft Cortana voice assistants, and has an Intel eighth-gen Core i7 processor and a built-in infrared (IR) camera that lets you sign in with facial recognition.Dell says its new Alienware Area-51m laptop is “the world’s most powerful gaming laptop.” It’s a monster with a 17-inch screen, eight-core processors, 2.5Gbit Ethernet and 64GB of RAM. Join us on Google’s small world-style theme park ride… Health techVerde’s treadmill gives you a workout and generates electricity for your smart home at the same time.Forget battling a punching bag, the BotBoxer is a boxing robot with sensors that adapt to your stance and coach you through your workout. Mentioned Above Huawei Honor View 20 (midnight black) See itcenter_img $437 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 4:29 CES Products Dell Google IBM Intel Lenovo LG Philips Share your voice Tags Review • Honor View 20: The first standout phone of 2019 85 Photos CES 2019 Commentslast_img read more

Largest Eid congregation at Sholakia held peacefully

first_imgThe country’s largest Eid prayer gathering head peacefully at Kishoreganj Sholakia. Photo: Tafsilul AzizThe country’s largest Eid prayer gathering at Sholakia was held peacefully.The prayers began at 10:00am with over a hundred thousand devotees coming from different parts of Bangladesh and from abroad 2-3 days ahead of Eid to attend the historic Eid jamaat at the Sholakia Eidgah.It was the 190th Eid jamaat at the Sholakia grounds. The jamaat began following the customary blank fire at 10am. Chairman of Islahul Muslimeen Council and President of Jamaat-e-Ulema Maulana Md Fariduddin Masud conducted the Eid prayers this year. A special munajat was also be offered seeking divine blessings for peace, development and welfare of the people of the country as well as Muslim Ummah.Against the backdrop of the last year’s militant attack on the Eid gathering in Sholakia, the government has taken unprecedented security measures for the country’s largest Eid congregation. The devotees were searched before they entered the ground in four phases, to avoid any untoward situation. They were allowed only to carry their prayer mats. The police, RAB, BGB and other secuirty forces were vigilant on the occasion.Read more:Sholakia Eidgah under tight securitylast_img read more

Pakistan says India crossborder fire kills 4 soldiers

first_imgPakistan’s military on Sunday accused India of hitting a military vehicle and killing four soldiers in cross-border firing in the disputed Kashmir region.The latest incident between the nuclear-armed neighbours took place in Athmaqam in Pakistan-administered Kashmir’s scenic Neelum Valley, where military officials said they responded to the Indian “ceasefire violation”.“The vehicle fell into the Neelum river. Four soldiers drowned. Body of one shaheed (martyr) recovered, search for remaining three in progress,” the military said in a short statement.Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the firing and “praised the prompt response by Pakistan army in thwarting the attack,” a statement by his office said.There was no immediate reaction from New Delhi.Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947. Both claim the Himalayan territory in full and have fought two wars over the mountainous region.The hostile neighbours regularly exchange mortar fire across the Line of Control, the de facto Kashmir border, despite signing a ceasefire in 2003.At least nine people were killed and seven others wounded last November when cross-border fire hit a passenger bus in the village of Nagdar, in same valley in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.Tensions reached dangerous levels again last September, with both sides blaming one another for cross-border raids.There have since been repeated outbreaks of firing across the frontier, with both sides reporting deaths and injuries including of civilians.last_img read more

YouTube celeb gets 10 yrs in prison for child porn

first_imgA YouTube musical celebrity was sentenced Friday in a Chicago courtroom to 10 years in prison for enticing girls as young as 14 to produce sexually explicit videos of themselves.Austin Jones, who posted online videos of himself performing songs for a fan base of primarily teenage girls, was arrested in 2017 and pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of child pornography.As part of his plea, Jones admitted to a total of six identified victims and approximately 30 attempts to persuade other girls to send him child pornography, according to prosecutors.A federal judge on Friday imposed a 10-year prison sentence on the 26-year-old, who could have gotten as little as five years or as many as 20, according to sentencing guidelines.Prosecutors, pointing to text messages, alleged in a sentencing memorandum filed with the court that Jones targeted young girls under the pretense of “auditions” for modeling and other opportunities.”I’m just trying to help you! I know you’re trying your hardest to prove you’re my biggest fan. And I don’t want to have to find someone else,” Jones told one 14-year-old victim via Facebook messenger, according to the court filing.Prosecutors said Facebook tipped off the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about Jones’s conversations with 14- and 15-year-old girls using the social media service’s private messaging feature.Jones’s defense lawyers had asked that he be sentenced to five years on the basis of mitigating circumstances having to do with the man’s childhood.”Austin was a victim of sexual and emotional abuse by his father from age six until age 10. He was young, helpless and scared,” his attorney’s wrote in a court filing.They claimed Jones suffered from severe depression and other mental health problems.last_img read more

Is The Weather In Texas More Unpredictable Than Other Places

first_img Share Danielle RobinsonHouston just experienced a rare bout of freezing weather that more or less shut the city down for two days. Is this some strange, freak occurrence — or is it less surprising than we think?You often hear the old saying that goes something like, “If you don’t like the weather in Texas, just wait five minutes.” But is that saying unique to us? No. No it’s not.State climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon talks about the climate in Texas and in Greater Houston. And he discusses whether our weather is more predictable than other places.last_img

Active Case Of Tuberculosis Is Detected In A Fort Bend County High

first_imgPhoto: Kempner High School’s websiteAn active case of tuberculosis has been detected in Kempner High School, which is located in Sugar Land and is part of the Fort Bend Independent School District.An active case of tuberculosis has been detected in Kempner High School, which is located in Sugar Land and is part of the Fort Bend Independent School District (FBISD), the school principal told parents and guardians in a letter sent on Monday.In the letter, Principal Lori Oliver, explained that Fort Bend Clinical Health Services has notified Kempner High School about a case of active tuberculosis (TB).Tuberculosis is a bacterial illness acquired through breathing in infected droplets from the cough or sneeze of a person with active TB, but it is not easily transmitted.The illness is spread when a person inhales airborne germs over a long period of time in a confined area from someone with the disease who coughs or sneezes.“I can assure you the school is working actively with Fort Bend County Health and Human Services and taking all necessary steps in order to ensure the health and safety of all our students and staff,” Oliver noted in the letter.The county’s health department has identified a small group of students and staff who will require testing and, according to the letter, they have received separate notification from both the school and the county’s health department.The letter details that the families which haven’t been contacted don’t need to have their children tested at this time, although they have the option to have them tested regardless.You can contact the Fort Bend County Clinical Health Services at 281-342- 6414. Sharelast_img read more

Of mice and molecules In vivo photoacoustic imaging using semiconducting polymer nanoparticles

first_imgThe application of semiconducting polymer nanoparticles (SPNs) to an activatable nanoprobe for imaging reactive oxygen species (ROS) in an edema mouse model. Credit: Jianghong Rao Rao describes some of the paper’s interesting and important findings, starting with their fundamental demonstration that near-infrared light-absorbing semiconducting polymer nanoparticles can serve as an efficient and stable nanoplatform to allow photons to be used to generate ultrasound waves, permitting in vivo photoacoustic molecular imaging. “Semiconducting polymer nanoparticles can absorb a large amount of near-infrared light,” he explains. “The absorbed energy is then dissipated as heat to generate sound waves and these waves can be detected by the ultrasound transducer and in turn exploited for photoacoustic imaging. Addressing another result – that activatable molecular imaging probes can undergo an intrinsic signal evolution upon detecting molecular targets or events, providing a real-time correlation between probe activated versus non-activated states and pathological processes on a molecular level – Rao points out that in this study, the probe produces photoacoustic signals at two different wavelengths (700 nm and 820 nm) before activation by the ROS (reactive oxygen species) molecular target. “After activation,” he adds, “the signal at 820 nm is lost, and the signal at 700 nm remains. Thus this signal change reflects the presence and activity of the target. The imaging acquisition is fast, so the detection can be in real time. The imaging captures molecular change of the probe that reflects the activity of the ROS molecular target in the disease.”The paper emphasizes that full utilization of the potential of photoacoustic imaging at a depth and spatial resolution that is unattainable by fluorescence imaging requires new materials amenable to the construction of activatable photoacoustic probes. “Activatable probes can allow one to detect physiological and pathological molecular events,” Rao explains. “However, most current activatable probes rely on fluorescence, which doesn’t provide the deep imaging depth and high spatial resolution that photoacoustic imaging does.”Moving forward, Rao says, the scientists are continuing to explore their application for imaging – for example, photoacoustic imaging of cancer by attaching a tumor-targeting molecule to the nanoparticle. “Another area will be to explore more polymers that absorb at different near-infrared wavelength,” he adds, “allowing multiple target imaging to be done simultaneously. Moreover, while this work demonstrates the imaging of reactive oxygen species, other molecular targets, such as pH and enzyme species, may be similarly imaged.” Rao also points out that it may be possible for the new approach to be combined with drug delivery, effectively creating so-called theranostic nanoparticles for personalized healthcare applications by testing patients for possible reactions to a new medication, and then tailoring a treatment for them based on the test results.Rao lists a number of applications that will emerge as a result of their research. “Our research will most likely lead to the use of semiconducting nanoparticles for photoacoustic imaging on pre-clinical animal models, such as imaging ROS in deep tissue locations in diseases,” he says. “It could also lead to the development of other semiconducting polymer-based photoacoustic imaging probes, both targeting probes by conjugating a targeting ligand” (a small molecule that forms a complex with a biomolecule to serve a biological purpose) “and activatable probes signal activation by molecular targets other than ROS.”Regarding other areas of research that might benefit from their study, Rao tells that the new nanomaterial should enhance the ability to study cancer, neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, and many other diseases in animal models, and help uncover the role of aberrant RONS (reactive oxygen and nitrogen species) in these diseases and contribute to the development of novel therapeutics. “With the translation of photoacoustic imaging to clinics,” Rao concludes, “it may be applied to clinical research as well.” More information: Semiconducting polymer nanoparticles as photoacoustic molecular imaging probes in living mice, Nature Nanotechnology 9(3), 233–239 (2014), DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2013.302 Explore further Unwanted side effect becomes advantage in photoacoustic imaging Prof. Jianghong Rao discussed the paper that he, Dr. Kanyi Pu and their co-authors published in Nature Nanotechnology. “Firstly, there are several ideal properties a photoacoustic imaging probe should have,” Rao tells “These are no or low toxicity, high photoacoustic efficiency, excellent photostability and chemical stability, absorption in infrared or near-infrared wavelength to avoid the tissue background light absorption and achieve better light penetration, and –for a molecular imaging probe – the ability to generate target-specific photoacoustic imaging contrast.” However, Rao continues, current photoacoustic contrast agents generally do not meet all of these requirements, having either have poor photostability, poor oxidation stability, or toxicity concerns. While photoacoustic imaging promises to significantly advance molecular-level physiological and pathological visualization with deep tissue penetration and fine spatial resolution, photoacoustic molecular imaging probes must first be developed.On the other hand, Rao notes that semiconducting polymer nanoparticles offer a number of attractive features, including being a photoacoustic imaging contrast agent, no use of toxic metals, being biologically inert, having high photostability, are resistant against oxidation, and the ability to be made with high near-infrared light absorption. “The main question,” he explains, “was whether it was efficient for semiconducting polymer nanoparticles to produce acoustic signals after light excitation – and we had to examine the type of polymer to determine this. All this said, the big challenge for molecular photoacoustic imaging probes is whether they can produce a specific signal in response to their molecular targets. This requires a signal activation mechanism controlled by the molecular target.”In addressing these challenges, Rao says that their key insight was that a semiconducting polymer can be formulated into a water-soluble nanoparticle and, depending on its structure, the resultant nanoparticles can be highly efficient for photoacoustic imaging. “Our key innovation in designing semiconducting polymer nanoparticles into a phootoacoustic molecular imaging probe was to introduce ratiometric imaging widely used in fluorescence imaging,” he says. Ratiometric imaging techniques observe emission wavelength shifts of fluorophores (fluorescent chemical compounds that can re-emit photons upon light excitation) or by comparing the emission intensity of a fluorophore combination instead of measuring mere intensity changes. “By exciting the probe at two different wavelengths, the target activation leads to the change in the photoacoustic signal at one wavelength, so the ratio of the signals at two wavelengths will change accordingly. This allowed us to create a target-specific photoacoustic signal.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Nature Nanotechnology © 2014 All rights reserved. Citation: Of mice and molecules: In vivo photoacoustic imaging using semiconducting polymer nanoparticles (2014, March 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( —Photoacoustic imaging is a hybrid biomedical imaging modality, based on the photoacoustic effect, in which non-ionizing laser pulses are delivered into biological tissues. (More specifically, in the photoacoustic effect sound waves form due to pressure changes when a material absorbs varying-intensity modulated or pulsed light. These waves are then detected by, for example, microphones or piezoelectric sensors. The resulting photoacoustic signal is the current or voltage that provides the value indicating how the sound waves vary in time.) Recently, scientists at Stanford University developed a new class of contrast agents for photoacoustic molecular imaging – namely, near-infrared (NIR) light absorbing semiconducting polymer nanoparticles (SPNs) that produce a stronger signal than single-walled carbon nanotubes and gold nanorods – properties that allowed the researchers to perform whole-body lymph-node photoacoustic mapping on living laboratory mice. In addition, these semiconducting polymer nanoparticles possess high structural flexibility, narrow photoacoustic spectral profiles and strong resistance to photodegradation and oxidation – qualities essential to the designing the first near-infrared ratiometric photoacoustic probe for in vivo real-time imaging of the reactive oxygen species (ROS) that mediate many diseases. In short, the researchers say, their results show semiconducting polymer nanoparticles to be the perfect nanoplatform for the development of photoacoustic molecular probes.last_img read more