Seat-sharing will be done soon after receipt of BJP’s proposal, says Nitish Kumar

first_imgBihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) president Nitish Kumar on Monday said his party’s seat-sharing with the BJP would be done soon after a proposal on this came from that party in three-four weeks.“But, nothing has been done on it now…there will be one-to-one talk with the BJP on this issue”, he told journalists on the sidelines of his weekly Lok Samvad (people’s interaction) programme in Patna.Party insiders told The Hindu  that the JD(U) would get at least 12 out of the total 40 parliamentary seats in the State in the seat-sharing formulae with the BJP.RLSP’s standOn Sunday, Upendra Kushwaha, chief of another alliance partner of the BJP, the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), said that “unless all alliance party leaders sit together, seat-sharing among the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) constituents will not be done”.The RLSP, said NDA insiders, was likely to get two seats now. In the 2014 general election, the party won all the three seats it got. However one of its party MPs from Jehanabad, Arun Kumar, later rebelled against Mr. Kushwaha and is likely to be accommodated in the BJP quota of seats this time.Special status for BiharMr. Kumar said the special status grant for Bihar had been an old demand and “Bihar must be accorded special status as it is a land-locked State”.“We will raise this demand again at [sic] the all-party meeting”, he said. “Earlier too, we had sought time from former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for this but he had not given us time.We’ve come to know that all parties of Bihar have given their consent for the demand of special status grant to Bihar”, he said.last_img read more

Leopard in Gujarat court causes panic

first_imgA sub-adult leopard took shelter in a court building in Chotila town of Gujarat’s Surendranagar district on Friday, causing panic.The animal was first spotted in an abandoned house next to the magistrate’s court, following which locals alerted forest officials, said Deputy Conservator of Forest G.A. Zala. “When we tried to catch the leopard, it entered the court premises. It then jumped into a room through the window,” he said. “Ten staff were in the room, but they made a quick exit and bolted the door from outside. Then we learnt that two more were still inside. Luckily, they could lock themselves up in a chamber inside the room,” said the officer. The forest officials rescued them by breaking the window of the chamber. “We then entered the room and caught the leopard using a tranquilliser gun,” he said.last_img read more

Indian-American Becomes Highest-paid Public Employee in New York City

first_imgAn Indian American sewer worker named Bhavesh Patel has earned a total of $539,098 in wages last year after he put in 1,992 hours of overtime on top of his 2,086 regular hours.The New York City employee worked close to 80 hours a week for all 52 weeks last year, thus working 16 hours every day, in and around the New York City sewers.Read it at News India Times Related Itemslast_img

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris out for two weeks with groin injury

first_imgTottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will be out of action with a groin injury for at least a couple of weeks, France head coach Didier Deschamps said on Thursday.Deschamps said that France captain Lloris had torn a muscle in his groin during the London club’s 3-1 win over Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.Lloris was therefore left out of the France squad to face Wales in a friendly on Nov. 10 at the Stade de France and against Germany in Cologne four days later.The 30-year-old will also miss his club’s Premier League fixture against Crystal Palace on Sunday.last_img

LeBron James Gets 1st Win as a Laker in Romp over Suns

first_imgPHOENIX (AP) — In his fourth game, LeBron James finally got his first victory as a Los Angeles Laker.James flirted with what would have been his 74th career triple-double, finishing with 19 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter of a 131-113 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.“It feels great,” he said. “It is a win, period, but it feels good to know what we have been doing over training camp and these first few games to continue to get better.”Lance Stephenson had 23 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, JaVale McGee added 20 points and Kyle Kuzma had 17 for the Lakers. They had seven players in double figures.The Suns’ Devin Booker had 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists but left the game in the third quarter with a strained left hamstring. Deandre Ayton, the No. 1 overall pick this year, had 22 points and 11 rebounds.Los Angeles was without Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram for their roles in an altercation with the Houston Rockets on Saturday night. Wednesday night was the first of a three-game suspension for Rondo and a four-game suspension for Ingram.Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)But the Lakers didn’t miss them in this one, blowing it open with a 44-point second quarter.Neither team led by more than six points in the first quarter and the Suns were down only 46-41 after Isaiah Canaan’s driving layup with 7:09 left in the half.But Phoenix committed four turnovers in a 17-2 Los Angeles outburst that put the Lakers up 63-43 on Josh Hart’s running dunk with 3:51 left in the first half.“That is what we keep harping on. That is what we will continue to harp on throughout the season is our defensive approach,” James said. “How we approach the game, our physicality, our communication and that is what we did in the second quarter.”Los Angeles outscored the Suns 44-24 in the second quarter.“Our defense picked up,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “To start the game our defense was soft. They missed some shots but that was the same thing that happened against San Antonio, but they made shots. We need to get better at that. We need to start games with the same mentality that we started the second quarter.”Phoenix committed eight turnovers in the second quarter, resulting in 15 Lakers points.Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) rebounds over Los Angeles Lakers guard Lance Stephenson during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)“In the first quarter we had a defensive presence,” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said. “We had a couple good defensive possessions and showed some kind of resistance defensively and we had a close game. But in the rest of the game, starting with the turnovers, we were thinking too much.”The Lakers led 76-54 at the break and Phoenix never got closer than 16 in the third quarter.“The Lakers are a good team,” Kokoskov said. “We were talking about this morning that we’re not buying in their record right now. They’re much better than the record is saying. But I’m not pleased with any part of game, including defense.”TIP-INSLakers: James has five fewer triple-doubles than Wilt Chamberlain. James has three triple-doubles in his career against Phoenix. … Stephenson scored 12 points in the first half on 6-of-7 shooting. … Lakers have won four straight in Phoenix after losing 11 in a row there. … Like Ayton, current Lakers broadcaster and former player Mychal Thompson was born in the Bahamas and was the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA (by Portland).Suns: Booker fell two points shy of becoming the first Suns player to score 25 points or more in the first four games of a season since Charlie Scott in 1972-73. … Phoenix has lost its last three games by 28, 20 and 18 points. … Ayton found himself defending James one-on-one twice in the second half. James missed a 3 the first time and drove for a layup, which rimmed out, on the second.UP NEXTLakers: Host Denver on Thursday night.Suns: At Memphis on Sunday night.—By BOB BAUM , AP Sports WriterLos Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives past Phoenix Suns forward Trevor Ariza during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Khaleel Ahmed says IPL exposure helped him in international cricket

first_imgIndia’s left-arm paceman Khaleel Ahmed has credited the Indian Premier League for his success in international cricket.Khaleel has been impressive since his debut in the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates in September. On Tuesday, Khaleel once again starred with the ball up front in India’s series-clinching 71-run victory over the West Indies in the second Twenty20 International.Khaleel had even convinced skipper Rohit Sharma to hand him the new ball at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.Khaleel pegged the West Indies back with two early wickets dismissing both the openers — Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer — to unsettle the West Indies chase after India posted a massive 195/2 thanks to Rohit’s thunderous fourth century.Read – Rohit Sharma 1st man to score 4 T20I hundreds, 2nd highest run-scorer in history”It’s a big help if you are a part of the IPL. You’re already sharing dressing rooms with a lot of international players and hence you’re constantly learning.”So, when you come into the Indian team you have already [playing like] a professional. You know how to correct your mistakes, which is why I feel IPL is a massive help,” Khaleel said at the post match press conference.2nd T20I: MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD | PHOTOSThe 20-year-old pacer also said he thrives on responsibility and never lets pressure affect his performance.”I had more responsibility today as I was bowling with the new ball. I enjoy the responsibility a lot. When I was young, I always dreamt of playing for India and now I have achieved that. If I feel pressure now I can’t perform to my potential,” Khaleel said.advertisement”My only aim is to do well for India and for that I need to enjoy my game. I am confident of my abilities. If you enjoy your game, hunger to do well, will also increase.”Also read – Rohit Sharma glad to put a smile on fans’ faces with blockbuster hundred in LucknowKhaleel had grabbed the headlines during the Asia Cup, but his time of reckoning came in the ODI series against the West Indies where he finished as the third-highest wicket-taker with seven wickets in four matches.Read – Sunil Gavaskar, Sanjay Manjrekar escape unhurt after glass door of commentary box shattersThe 20-year, who played for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last edition of the Indian Premier League, was behind spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav in the list.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Follow: @osustudios

first_imgAlso, here’s a look at their new home in Stillwater.Visited the future home of #OKState’s Orange Power Studios this morning. pic.twitter.com/UUfGkv1Wob— Jordan Smith (@Doafhat) April 23, 2014 There are some really good OSU follows on the Internet whether on YouTube, Twitter, Instragam, or the WWW. Here’s one of those.I’m pretty excited about the possibilities for this endeavor. OSU is forking over the cash (finally?) for a good multimedia studio and this is the Twitter portion of that.They haven’t done a ton so far but have been pretty steady with video updates and good interviews. And they have a quality staff. A must follow for those who like player video interviews and Gundy saying Gundy things.The guy heading up the operation sounds like he’s the real deal.“I’m extremely excited to be back on a college campus,” said CJ Lickert. “Video production and content has become an important part of the college landscape on various fronts, and I’m anxious to get Orange Power Studios up and running.”Follow here: If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

TruLeaf Secures 250000 in Venture Capital

first_imgA Nova Scotia company developing an indoor farming system for leafy greens is enhancing its product with an investment from the province. TruLeaf has secured $250,000 in venture capital from Innovacorp. “Innovative, knowledge-based start-ups like TruLeaf are the way of the future and play an important role in growing our province’s economy,” said Truro-Bible Hill MLA Lenore Zann, on behalf of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “The fact that TruLeaf’s technology could one day grow fresh produce anywhere in the world is astounding and could be a huge help for NGOs fighting against world hunger. “This provincial investment supports the innovation and competitiveness priorities of jobsHere, our plan to grow the economy.” The company’s TruLeaf SmartPlant System is a multi-layer plant farm that grows fresh produce anywhere in the world, regardless of environment, 365 days a year. The system integrates growing technologies in a controlled environment to grow high-quality, predictable-yield, price-competitive leafy greens. “The demand for sustainably grown food is increasing with global population growth, rising consumption and resource scarcity,” said Thomas Rankin, investment manager at Innovacorp. “TruLeaf’s technology platform and innovative business model has the potential to transform the agricultural sector and provide customers with a healthier, fresher product market.” The company was founded in 2011 by Gregg Curwin, a veteran of the medical device and biological sector. Mr. Curwin started thinking about ways to improve people’s heath by using food to reverse and avoid disease. The company has research and development operations in Truro and offices in Halifax. “Our unique systems grow fresh, healthy plants in scalable farms that we can build almost anywhere in the world,” said Mr. Curwin, president and CEO of TruLeaf. “This investment will help us meet an urgent demand for sustainable agricultural solutions in the global market.”last_img read more

US gambling operators have 90 days to comply with new rules

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The Department of Justice will wait 90 days to implement a legal opinion that will affect online gambling.Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Tuesday issued a memo saying the delay will allow businesses to adjust their operations.The legal opinion that became public Monday says a federal law that prohibits interstate wagering applies to any form of gambling that crosses state lines, not just sports betting.It is a reversal for the department, which in 2011 determined that online gambling within states that does not involve sporting events would not violate the federal Wire Act.Legal experts say casino operators and online lotteries will likely take the issue to court.Becky Harris is the chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board. The gambling regulator says the agency is carefully reviewing the opinion.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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

Iran Government takes hard line on supporters of rights of women UN

27 November 2008Two independent United Nations experts on human rights issues today voiced deep concern over the Iranian Government’s increasingly severe crackdown on advocates of the rights of women in recent years. Defenders of the rights of women are facing a progressively difficult situation, including harassment and intimidation in the course of their non-violent activities, the two UN Special Rapporteurs said in a joint statement.“Peaceful demonstrators have been arrested, detained and persecuted with prison sentences having been imposed on many of them,” said Margaret Sekaggya, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders and Yakin Ertürk, Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences.Men and women involved in the One Million Signatures Demanding Changes to Discriminatory Laws campaign have been particularly targeted, according to the two experts.The campaigners aim to collect one million signatures from Iranians demanding the revision and reform of current laws which discriminate against women, such as those regulating marriage practices, divorce, criminal acts, and inheritance rights.“To date, 18 communications have been sent to the Iranian authorities concerning violations committed against over 70 human rights defenders involved in the campaign, and on 5 April 2007 a press release was issued on the situation,” said Ms. Sekaggya and Ms. Ertürk.“Until now, we have received only three responses from the Government,” they added.In their joint statement, the Rapporteurs urged the Government “to abide by its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women, and respect the rights of women’s rights activists to freedom of association and peaceful assembly, and to freedom of opinion and expression”. read more

UN official projects Headquarters renovation will finish within budget

Michael Adlerstein, the Executive Director of the Capital Master Plan (CMP), told a news conference that there are now financial commitments for the CMP totalling approximately $1.5 billion, representing over 75 per cent of the project. “The procurement of the project is progressing well,” he stated, adding that the projected cost overrun of the CMP has been reduced from being 10 per cent over budget during the first year of the project to now less than 4 per cent over budget. In 2007, the projected cost to complete the CMP was $219 million over the approved budget of $1.87 billion. Now, it is down to $80 million over budget, he said. Mr. Adlerstein also told reporters that significant progress has been made during the project’s second year of construction. This includes fitting out swing spaces in several leased buildings, completing the construction of the North Lawn Building and relocating several thousand staff to off-site and on-site swing spaces. Consistent with original projections, he said it is expected that the reoccupation of the Secretariat Building will start with the return of staff in mid-2012, completing the return to the Secretariat within 2012. When completed, the landmark 39-storey building towering over the East River and First Avenue in Manhattan will possess the 21st-century trappings of eco-friendly energy conservation, and its now dulled glass façade will be replaced with a new glass curtain resplendent with the same bluish-green tint as in its first incarnation in 1952. “We project a 50 per cent reduction in energy consumption, as compared to pre-CMP conditions,” said Mr. Adlerstein. “Our greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by 45 per cent, and our water consumption will be reduced by 40 per cent.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged two years ago to make the UN complex “a model of environmental stewardship” by reducing electricity and water usage, and by removing harmful materials that were used in the original construction. Speaking at the opening today of the new energy-efficient UN office complex in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, Mr. Ban said the world body is aiming to make its Headquarters complex in New York one of the cleanest, greenest buildings in the world. He lauded the new complex in Nairobi – with its 6,000 square metres of solar panels and a host of other environmentally-friendly features – as a “model for green architecture in Africa and beyond” and said he hoped all UN offices will reach the very high bar set by those in Nairobi. 31 March 2011Nearly three years into the major renovation of the United Nations Headquarters complex in New York, the project is on track to being completed within its almost $2 billion budget, the official overseeing the overhaul said today. read more

El Niño set to have a devastating impact on southern Africas harvests

Figure 1: Figure 2: Southern Africa is currently in the grip of a drought that has expanded and strengthened since the earliest stages of the 2015-2016 agricultural season, driven by one of the strongest El Niño events of the last 50 years, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today in a joint statement with the World Food Programme (WFP), Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). Across large swathes of Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, and Madagascar, the current rainfall season has so far been the driest in the last 35 years. Agricultural areas in northern Namibia and southern Angola have also experienced high levels of water deficit. Much of the southern African sub-region has consequently experienced significant delays in planting and very poor conditions for early crop development and pasture re-growth. In many areas, planting has not been possible due to 30 to 50 day delays in the onset of seasonal rains resulting in widespread crop failure, according to the agencies. Although there has been some relief since mid-January in certain areas, the agencies warn that the window of opportunity for the successful planting of crops under rain-fed conditions is nearly closed. Even assuming normal rainfall for the remainder of the season, cropwater balance models indicate poor performance of maize over a widespread area. Seasonal forecasts from a variety of sources are unanimous in predicting a continuation of below-average rainfall and above-average temperatures across most of the region for the remainder of the growing season, says the statement. The combination of a poor 2014-2015 season, an extremely dry early season (October to December) and forecasts for continuing hot and drier-than-average conditions through mid-2016, suggest a scenario of extensive, regional-scale crop failure. Drought emergencies have been declared in most of South Africa’s provinces as well as in Zimbabwe and Lesotho. Water authorities in Botswana, Swaziland, South Africa and Namibia are limiting water usage because of low water levels. Power outages have been occurring in Zambia and Zimbabwe as water levels at the Kariba Dam have become much lower than usual. While it is too early to provide detailed estimates of the population likely to be food-insecure in 2016-2017, FAO and its partners say it is expected that the population in need of emergency food assistance and livelihood recovery support will increase significantly. Additional assistance will be required to help food-insecure households manage an extended 2016 lean season. In the short term, the agencies recommend: continued close monitoring of the season to inform decision-making on programming and targeting; immediate additional assistance to help currently food-insecure households; updating of contingency plans, intensification of advocacy and resource mobilization to address the impact of an extended post-2016 harvest lean season; and increased awareness-raising of the need for a regional approach to address the effects of drought that are becoming more frequent and intense. read more

Beside The Points For Monday Jan 29 2018

See more NBA predictions Oh, and don’t forgetOvechkin has the fastest stick in the league We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe NBA Things That Caught My EyeBad news, PhillyThe New England Patriots have participated in 37 playoff games since 2001, losing nine of them. That alone is absolutely insane. Here’s the stat that should give Philadelphia pause: The Patriots are 15-0 when they hadn’t played the competitor at some point over the course of the season, as is the case with the Eagles. [FiveThirtyEight]Waivered JagrJaromir Jagr, current NHL old guy and the second-highest point scorer of all time, has been placed on waivers by his latest team, the Calgary Flames, a move that may signal the end of the 45 year old’s NHL career. He is 34 games shy of Gordie Howe’s record for most games played. [ESPN]The reality behind “injury prone”A Football Outsiders analysis has put some serious numbers to the idea of being injury prone: looking at 8,585 player-seasons from 2009 to 2016, 40 percent of players who played in Week 1 went on to miss one or more games due to injury over the course of the season. However, that’s high compared to players who did not have any injuries in the previous two years, only 26 percent of which missed a game or more. [Football Outsiders]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Nobody’s undefeated in the OWLThe new Overwatch League, an esports attraction that just ended its third week, has shown the kind of parity that even the NFL can only dream of. Each of its 12 teams — even the powerhouses in London, Seoul and New York — have at least one win and only one team (Shanghai Dragons) are still at 0-6. Indeed, the most exciting story of the young league may be the Houston Outlaws swinging from league worst 0-2 to fourth-place 4-2 in just two weeks. [ESPN, ESPN, OWL]Golden Knights making the house loseThe Las Vegas Golden Knights are crushing it at home this season, and home just happens to be the only town in America where you can bet on the local team before walking to the arena. This means that not only are lots of people betting on Vegas — something like 10 to 15 times the typical NHL handle — but those gamblers are often winning. [ESPN]Big Number10 percentRoger Federer defeated Marin Cilic to win the Australian Open on Sunday, his 20th Grand Slam title. Here’s the cool part: Federer has now won 10 percent of all the men’s Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era since 1968. [ESPN]Predictions NFL All newsletters See more NFL predictions read more

Solly March enjoying a central role

first_imgBrighton & Hove Albion midfielder Solly March is happy with his central position, saying it will improve his understanding of football.March came up through the Brighton youth team system as a winger but has now started the last five league games playing behind a striker.The 24-year-old provided two assists for Lewis Dunk in their last two games against Everton and Cardiff City.Pep Guardiola: “Aymeric Laporte’s injury doesn’t look good” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Aymeric Laporte’s injury “does not look good” and fears the defender will be out for a long time.“I’ve got a couple of assists now in that position and it’s a role I’m enjoying – it’s felt more successful in the last few weeks which is to be expected, so the more I play it the better I’ll get,” March told the club’s website.“It’s about learning the differences in positioning between there in the more central role as opposed to out on the wing.“It’s about learning when and where to get on the ball in certain areas, but there’s also work to be done there, out of possession especially – about when to press and when to pick up certain players, but it’s getting better all the time.”last_img read more

Free health camp held

first_imgNagole: Division Corporator Cherku Sangeetha Prashanth Goud participated in a free medical health checkup conducted by Primary Health Care (PHC) in Blinds Colony at Nagole division. Speaking on the occasion, the corporator said, “People should use these free medical health camps and be healthy.” Dr Mounika, Rani, Lalitha, ward members Uma Devi, Anjamma, Shoba Rani and others participated in the camp.last_img

Peugeot owner PSA to buy Opel Vauxhall brands from General Motors

first_imgA Peugeot car is pictured at the Opel plant in Bochum October 22, 2012ReutersGroupe PSA, parent of Peugeot, Citroen and DS Automobiles car brands is reportedly in talks with American automobile giant General Motors for buying out latter’s European business. In a deal that could have significant implications for the European automotive industry, PSA will buy out Opel brand which also owns the Vauxhall brand in the UK.Also read: Peugeot to re-enter India with CK Birla Group; to use Hindustan Motors plant in Chennai”PSA confirms that it is exploring a number of strategic initiatives with GM with the aim of increasing its profitability and operating efficiency, including a potential acquisition of Opel,” company spokesman Bertrand Blaise said, BBC reported.If the deal gets through, PSA would overtake Renault to become the second-largest European carmaker, after Volkswagen. General Motors has not released an official statement on the new development. PSA previously confirmed it was in talks with General Motors but indicates its dealings with Opel and Vauxhall have recently centered on the possible expansion of current projects. This include: launching various models between the two car makers share common platforms and drivelines.While an agreement could be reached in the coming weeks, PSA shares rose 4.9 per cent to 18.81 euro at 1:04 pm GM, which has controlled Opel for nearly 90 years, has been active in recent years for a co-operation with Peugeot in order to cut costs and improve profitability at Opel and Vauxhall. PSA and GM signed an agreement in 2013 in Europe that involved former taking a seven per cent stake in PSA. But it was not as successful as envisaged.Sale of Opel, Vauxhall brands will not be a loss for GM. The company has reported a loss of $257m from its European operations last year. It is the sixteenth consecutive loss-making year for GM in Europe. Hence it is logical to do away with the loss-making brands.last_img read more

Lightning strikes kill 126 in two months

first_imgLightning strikeAt least 126 people were killed by lightning strikes across Bangladesh in May and June this year, according to data compiled by a non-government organisation, reports UNB.The organisation, Save the Society and Thunderstorm Awareness Forum, said it gathered the data from at least 10 local and national newspapers, some online portals and televisions.The victims include 21 women, seven children and 98 men, said the organisation in a statement on Saturday.Most of them were killed while fishing or bringing cattle back home from the field. Some of the victims died while sleeping in houses made of corrugated tin-sheet, and standing under trees.Fifty-three people were also injured in lightning strikes during this period.Sixteen of the deaths were reported in Kishoreganj, three in Habiganj, 10 in Rajshahi, nine in Chapainawabganj, six in Pabna, seven in Dinajpur, four in Nilphamari, four each in Jamalpur and Sherpur, six in Naogaon, five in Sirajganj, three in Moulvibazar, four in Khulna, 11 in Satkhira, and four were killed in Tangail.The organisation highlighted some reasons for the increase in lightning strikes such as climate change, decreasing number of tall trees, installation of a large number of mobile phone towers, and global warming.It said a rising temperature will also lead to a higher number of lightning strikes.What to do when lightning strikesContrary to a popular belief, lightning can strike the same place more than once. The common advice is to remain indoors and find a safe and enclosed shelter when thunder roars.When dark clouds gather, people should avoid staying in open space or rooftops. People are advised not to stand beside windows.If there is no available shelter, then people should crouch low, with as little of the body touching the ground as possible. Lightning causes electric currents along the top of the ground that can be deadly over 100 feet away, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The CDC suggests staying away from concrete floors or walls as lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.One should remember that staying at home does not guarantee protection from lightning. In fact, about one-third of lightning strike injuries occur indoors, the CDC said.Also, remember that staying in a car is not as safe as staying inside a building but it is a safer than staying in the open.Lightning can travel through electrical systems and radio and television reception systems and hence, avoiding all types of electronic equipment is advised.Lightning can travel through plumbing, too, and it is unsafe to stay in pond or water bodies while thunderbolt occurs.The organisation also suggests to plant palm trees or other tall ones to reduce the casualties and damage.And if anyone is struck by lightning, the person should be treated like an electric shock victim.last_img read more

New mitochondriallyderived peptides show what they can do

first_img © 2015 Phys.org More information: The Mitochondrial-Derived Peptide MOTS-c Promotes Metabolic Homeostasis and Reduces Obesity and Insulin Resistance, Cell Metabolism, www.cell.com/article/S1550-413 … (15)00061-3/abstractAbstractMitochondria are known to be functional organelles, but their role as a signaling unit is increasingly being appreciated. The identification of a short open reading frame (sORF) in the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) that encodes a signaling peptide, humanin, suggests the possible existence of additional sORFs in the mtDNA. Here we report a sORF within the mitochondrial 12S rRNA encoding a 16-amino-acid peptide named MOTS-c (mitochondrial open reading frame of the 12S rRNA-c) that regulates insulin sensitivity and metabolic homeostasis. Its primary target organ appears to be the skeletal muscle, and its cellular actions inhibit the folate cycle and its tethered de novo purine biosynthesis, leading to AMPK activation. MOTS-c treatment in mice prevented age-dependent and high-fat-diet-induced insulin resistance, as well as diet-induced obesity. These results suggest that mitochondria may actively regulate metabolic homeostasis at the cellular and organismal level via peptides encoded within their genome. (Phys.org)—There is a whole lot more to the textbook mitochondrial genome then once was thought. A case in point is a multifunctional peptide named humanin that is dual-encoded deep within 16S ribosomal RNA gene in the mtDNA. Pinchas Cohen’s lab was one of three labs that simultaneously co-discovered humanin when screening for proteins that may be involved in Alzheimer’s, IGF-1 signaling, and apoptosis. Cohen’s group just published a report in Cell Metabolism where they described another mitochondrially derived peptide, this time encoded within the 12S RNA-c gene, which has also has some useful properties. A mere 16 amino acids in length, they have demonstrated that this MOTS-c peptide as they call it (mitochondrial open reading frame of RNA-c) has dramatic effects on obesity and insulin resistance. Explore further 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: Cell Metabolismcenter_img Before barreling ahead about the wonders of MOTS-c, we should probably say a bit more about humanin and mitochondrial translation in general. The final working length of humanin depends on where it was produced. If it was made inside the matrix using mitochondrial translation hardware its ends up being 21 amino acids long. If made outside mitochondria in the cytosol it will be 24 amino acids long. Both the tRNAs and rRNAs from mitochondria can end up getting transported into the cytosol, however, the mechanism and logic behind these processes is not yet understood. In a previous post we noted that there are similarities between some nuclear encoded tRNAs (like met-tRNA) and the analogous met-mt-tRNAs, and therefore asked what it would take for mitochondrial to utilize nuclear tRNAs, and similarly vice-versa. The authors recognized the possibility that short peptides, like MOTS-c in particular, might be of nuclear origin due to the well-known phenomenon of nuclear mtDNA transfer (NUMT). After doing so-called BLAST searches they were not able to find any putative NUMT-derived peptides with complete homology to MOTS-c, but a search using human expression sequence tags (EST) found several hits for homologous mRNA sequences to the mitochondrial 12S rRNA locus. This is a somewhat confusing state of affairs to say the least. Rats, for example, don’t have any NUMT sequences for MOTS-c, making mtDNA its exclusive source. For the case of humanin (which in rats the homologous peptide is called, as you may have anticipated, ‘rattin’ ), other research has turned up at least 10 nuclear-encoded ‘humanin-like’ peptides expressed in human tissues. For short length peptides it may be difficult to conclusively say that these are cases of mitochondrial transfer, ie NUMTs, or just sequence convergence effects.As for the question of where MOTS-c is made, its translation obligatorily occurs in the cytoplasm via the standard genetic code. This is because translation using the mitochondria-specific genetic code would yield tandem start and stop codons—hardly a useful message. The authors therefore reasonably suggest that the MOTS-c polyadenylated transcript is exported from the mitochondria. As for how MOTS-c is involved in obesity and diabetes, they point to altered gene expression of enzymes involved in the folate-methionine cycle and de novo purine synthesis. These results came from their microarray analysis and metabolomics profiling studies.The full complexity of the mtDNA code, now unravelling before us, reflects the unique genetic systems of the mitrochondrion’s bacterial ancestors. As we begin to comprehend the entire mitochondrial transcriptome, including its many small RNAs, we will be better equipped to evaluate potential fertilization outcome for issues like mitochondrial transfer in the creation of three parent embryos. Inclusive in any such discussion of effectively editing an entire mitochondrial genome in this blunt way would be consideration of the effects of new and contentious genome-editing techniques as they would be applied to mitohcondria themselves.When we raised the question above about the potential for internexed mito- and nuclear- translation, we also noted recent research on the historically deep multi-read sequences of ribosomal subunits themselves which keynotes aspects of overlapping RNA codes. Although not fully vetted, nor rejected, it may be worthwhile to take a deeper look into that particular ribosome model, where the ribosome itself is a microcosm encoding a complete set of tRNS and accessory proteins, to better understand the origins of the larger genetic system we possess. Citation: New mitochondrially-derived peptides show what they can do (2015, March 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-03-mitochondrially-derived-peptides.html Credit: wikipedia.org Conspicuous tRNA lookalikes riddle the human genomelast_img read more

Essence of Punjab

first_imgDelhi Tourism thrives to celebrate cultures and has specially designed festivals to give an expression to the multi-cultural identity of Delhi. This time again, the Baisakhi Mela will mark a grand celebration at Delhi Tourism’s Garden of Five Senses.Food stalls and cultural performances will lure the visitors and the serene venue will present an opportunity to explore nature at its best. The 20 acre venue for Garden of Five Senses corresponds to the essence of this four-day festival and presents itself as an apt venue for the gala. Having more than 325 species of plants, the venue had various attractions such as court of palm, court of cacti, herbal gardens, tree museum, topiary gardens, Zen gardens, aromatic gardens and butterfly zone. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The garden is designed to stimulate one’s sensory responses to the environment by evoking the awareness of touch, taste, smell, sight and sound.During the evening hours, the Baisakhi Mela will witness colourful cultural programs and artistes from academies like Sahitya Kala Parishad and Punjabi Academy will showcase their talent. These entertaining performances can be enjoyed at the amphitheatre in the Garden premises will enthrall the visitors with their mesmerising presentations.When: On till April 13Where: Garden of Five Senseslast_img read more