Australian teams named for the 2014 Trans Tasman Series

first_imgTouch Football Australia is pleased to announce the Australian Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open teams that will play New Zealand in the 2014 Trans Tasman Series from Friday, 25 April until Sunday, 27 April at the Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex in Mudgee, New South Wales. Nine players will debut for Australia in the Series, with several players also returning to the teams after a few years away. The Australian teams will be looking to win back the prestigious Trans Tasman trophy following their loss to New Zealand in the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series, with the Women’s team the only side of the three to claim their division. Last time the teams played in Mudgee at the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, Australia were 3-0 series winners. The 2014 Trans Tasman Series is the last time the Australian and New Zealand teams will meet before the 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup in Coffs Harbour in April/May next year. TFA wishes to congratulate the following players who have been named in the Australian teams for the 2014 Trans Tasman Series. Australian Men’s Open TeamWillie BishopStuart BriertySam BrisbyScott BuckleyDrumayne Dayberg-MuirTerry DeeganNick GoodTim GoodDylan HennesseyBen MoylanRob NakhlaPete NormanJonathan PalauMatt ProwseSteve RobertsMatt TopeAustralian Women’s Open TeamNicole BeckKristin BossElizabeth CampbellDanielle DavisSamantha HopkinJessica McCallSarah PeattieLeah PercyKirsty QuinceAshleigh QuinlanPeta RogersonCatherine SargentSarah SpacieClaire TandekMarikki WategoLouise WinchesterAustralian Mixed Open TeamScott BundySimon LangMichael LawJustin MitchellCameron NichollsSebastian ReyMichael SinghDean SpringfieldDylan ThompsonTrent ToumaKristy BrennanKylie HilderPatricia MichaelopoulosElin MortimerLaura PeattieSamantha RodgersRelated Files2014_australian_teams_announcement-pdfRelated LinksAussie teams announcedlast_img read more


Weve Had Mixed Success Predicting LeBrons Moves

Our most recent take on James was last summer, after the Heat won their second consecutive NBA championship. We looked at the odds of James catching up to Michael Jordan’s six championship wins, the most in the salary-cap era (since 1984-85). We put the odds of the Heat winning the 2014 championship at about 33 percent, with the chances getting lower each subsequent year. So given this year’s loss, James might be making a smart move with his current opt-out. But given James’s win shares, we put his odds at winning a championship — regardless of the team — at about 20 or 25 percent. We were partially right — Wade and Bosh did show solidarity in a move to Miami. But we were wrong in predicting James’s decision. In a follow-up piece, we further evaluated the merits of James joining the Heat. There was a major hit to his popularity because of the way he announced the decision and because of Miami’s relatively small fan base. We argued this could have reduced his earning potential by $150 million. We conceded that “James may able to redeem himself through athletic success,” which turned out to be the case: He made $42 million from endorsements in 2013, which dwarfs the $28 million he made in 2009 when he was with Cleveland. The world is abuzz with the news that LeBron James is opting out of his contract with the Miami Heat. There’s plenty of speculation about what this means and where he might decide to go, if anywhere, but we thought it might be interesting to take a look at our own history of guessing James’s future. Here’s a roundup of predictions that we’ve made, and how accurate they turned out to be:The last time James opted out of his contract was in 2010, when he left the Cleveland Cavaliers and signed with the Miami Heat, joining Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh there. Before he announced that decision, we analyzed his value as a player, as well as the different options available to him, and tried to determine the best route for him to take with regard to his personal brand. We decided he’d be best off trying to both win a championship and do so in a way that would be perceived as overcoming a challenge. We doubted that “forming a ‘dream team’ with Wade and Bosh in Miami would do that much for him,” so it was most likely that he would stay with Cleveland or join the Knicks, while Wade and Bosh would stick together in either Chicago or Miami. read more


Dwight Howard I Grew From Trade Rumor Experience

Dwight Howard‘s became NBA bad guy No. 1 after last season’s incessant complaining about his situation, where he would be traded to, his coach and just about anything else. Out of it came the nickname “Dwightmare.”Looking back on it now as a Los Angeles Laker, Howard said the whole protracted, tried saga made him stronger.“I think there’s a reason why everything happened the way it happened,” said Howard, who ended up traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. “So far it’s been an unbelievable experience for me. It’s like a dream come true.”Howard endured a tumultuous final season with the Orlando Magic in 2011-12. The three-time defensive player of the year demanded a trade to the Brooklyn  Nets at the beginning of the season, but the two sides couldn’t reach a deal.I did want to go to Brooklyn. That’s a place where I told the Magic that I really wanted to go,” to Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco on ESPN NewYork 98.7 FM. “[But] I was traded to the Lakers, and I think it was a blessing in disguise.“I thought I was going to get traded at the beginning of the year, actually; that’s when I asked for it. But everything happened for a reason. I had to go through last year to get to where I’m at today. It’s made me a stronger and better person for it. I had to go through the hell and the stormy forecast to come out to a place like this . . . and I’m thankful for it.”Going through it, however, was tumultuous. The perception was that Howard changed his mind about his loyalties every other day, fostering an impression of unsteadiness.“The whole year a lot of people were making up a lot of stories about ‘This deal is getting close, that deal is getting close to being done,’ or whatever, but none of those deals were ever close,” Howard said.Eventually, despite myriad trade rumors all the way up to the trade deadline, Howard stunningly agreed to waive his early-termination option and committed to stay with Orlando through the 2012-13 season.“I think a lot of it was people just felt like I was going back and forth with the whole thing,” Howard said. “But the business side, people don’t understand, when you’re doing business you have to be a shark. You have to demand things. If you don’t, people will run over you, and that was a lesson that I learned.“At the end of the day, you can’t please everybody. There’s gonna be people happy about me staying, there’s gonna be people happy about me leaving. I’m over that now. I can’t control the way how people feel about me.” read more


Battle Royale Potential replacements must prove theyre the right candidate

Saturday’s spring scrimmage might mean spring practices are coming to an end, but a number of position battles are just starting to heat up. Because of graduation and suspensions, at least 14 of 22 starters from last season won’t be on the field come the opening game of the season against Akron. The spring scrimmage is the players’ last chance to make a positive impression on the coaches before summer practice. Here’s a look at the top position battles to watch Saturday. Quarterback The most high-profile battle is undoubtedly at the quarterback position. Senior Joe Bauserman, redshirt freshman Taylor Graham, redshirt sophomore Ken Guiton, and freshman Braxton Miller are all vying to replace the suspended Terrelle Pryor for the first five games of the season, but none has made a strong enough case to be named the starter. Bauserman seems to be the first guy on the depth chart, but a senior getting the nod in a close battle is no surprise on a Jim Tressel-coached team and all candidates are getting reps with the first team offense. “They shine their own day,” redshirt junior Jake Stoneburner said. “They all seem to be getting a good grasp of the offense.” With Pryor still sidelined from surgery on his left foot, look for all quarterbacks to get equal opportunity on Saturday. Cornerback Perhaps the fiercest battle of the spring has been for the second starting cornerback position. Junior Travis Howard has arguably been the most impressive player on the Buckeye team this spring and has locked up a starting job, but the other corner spot is wide open. Coming into spring, Tressel spoke highly of sophomore Dominic Clarke. “We’ve kind of seen a transformation from (Clarke) not unlike we’ve seen from (former Buckeye Malcolm Jenkins),” Tressel said. But Clarke has some competition. Dionte Allen, a transfer from Florida State, has shown a great open-field tackling ability in addition to coverage skills. Sophomore Bradley Roby wasn’t necessarily expected to be in the picture for a starting job, but has played his way into the conversation. He’s shown playmaking ability and a nose for the football, intercepting two passes in last Saturday’s scrimmage. Howard said he’s not sure how the fight will end. “They’ve all been battling and each of them have their days,” Howard said. “I’m looking forward to see who actually comes out on top because those are three great cornerbacks.” Left tackle Senior Mike Adams’ suspension for the first five games leaves a hole on the offensive line at left tackle. Sophomore Andrew Norwell and redshirt sophomore Marcus Hall have emerged as the leading candidates to fill the gap. Norwell was the favorite entering spring practice, but Hall has been impressive, especially after being separated from the team last year because of academic issues. Saturday’s scrimmage could go a long way in determining who ultimately gets the starting job, but Adams says either one would be more than adequate to replace him. “Those guys filling in at left tackle are doing a great job. They’ve really made a lot of progress since we’ve started,” Adams said. “When you’ve got two big guys like that who are athletic, as long as they know what they’re going to do, they’ll be fine for the season.” Linebacker Senior Andrew Sweat and redshirt junior Etienne Sabino are clear starters at linebacker, but sixth-year senior Tyler Moeller, juniors Storm Klein and Jonathan Newsome, and redshirt freshman Dorian Bell all have a chance to see the field in the upcoming season. Moeller hasn’t participated in spring scrimmages thus far, so look for Klein, Newsome, and Bell to fight it out Saturday. read more


After loss to No 1 Virginia silver lining apparent for Ohio State

The No. 4 Ohio State men’s tennis team is looking to keep its undefeated record at home this season in tact when it hosts Notre Dame and LSU this weekend. The Buckeyes (10-2) head into the matchups coming off a trip to the semifinals in the International Tennis Association (ITA) Team Indoor Championship in Seattle, Wash. OSU secured shutout victories against two ranked opponents during the tournament run, beating both then-No. 13 California and then-No. 5 Pepperdine, 4-0, before falling to No. 1 Virginia, 4-3, in semifinal play. In the semifinal loss to the Cavaliers, OSU doubles tandems continued their 2013 win streak when the teams of junior Blaz Rola and redshirt sophomore Kevin Metka and redshirt senior Devin McCarthy and junior Ille Van Engelen won their matches, 8-4 and 8-6, respectively. In singles, after a 6-4, 6-2 victory from Rola, OSU forfeited its 2-0 lead as redshirt sophomore Hunter Callahan, redshirt freshman Chris Diaz and McCarthy all lost their individual matches. A win by senior Connor Smith tied the match 3-3 before the Cavaliers captured the winning point in a showdown featuring the top two players in the nation, Virginia’s Alex Domijan (No. 1) and OSU’s redshirt junior Peter Kobelt (No. 2). The scoreboard favored Domijan, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. “We got the doubles point, and seemed to be off on the right foot,” said coach Ty Tucker. “Overall, the guys fought hard and played hard.” The close loss against the nation’s top team in Virginia gave the Buckeyes optimism for how the team will fare down the stretch. “We noticed that we have a pretty good team,” McCarthy said. “We have some guys who are stepping up. We obviously lost to the No. 1 team in the country, so just trying to build upon that and realizing that at the end of the year we could win a national title.” Van Engelen said the team knew they had the potential to knock off Virginia but fell short. “(The loss) is also perspective for the future, because they are the No. 1 team in the country and have amazing players, so if we can compete with them so closely now, that’s perfect,” Van Engelen said. Since both losses for the Buckeyes this season have taken place on the road, facing off against No. 25 Notre Dame and No. 24 LSU in Columbus should serve as an advantage for OSU, which has not lost at home in more than 150 matches. “The guys are comfortable here. We have two very good teams coming in, and we need to play good tennis,” said assistant coach Justin Kronauge. “After a tough loss, I think they are ready to get out there and put on a good show this weekend.” With only several matches before conference play kicks off, OSU players plan on keeping a high level of intensity on the court. “Especially since we are traveling to North Carolina right after (this weekend), it’s important to get back into the rhythm, win our matches and get back in the flow,” Van Engelen said. McCarthy credited Tucker for always telling the team to focus on “getting 10 percent better” and then seeing where the team is by the end of the season. “I think it’s kind of to this point where it’s ‘push through,’” McCarthy said. “You never know at the end of the season – we might win (a national title).” The matches against Notre Dame and LSU are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Both matches are set to begin at noon at the Varsity Tennis Center. read more


Commentary SECs depth argument seems unrealistic

In college football it is widely accepted the Southeastern Conference is the best.Seven straight national championships is hard to argue with, especially when six of those title games have been by double digits.But the argument that the SEC is the deepest conference in America because any team can beat any team doesn’t seem to be realistic.From the start of the 2012 season until last Friday, the top six teams in the SEC based on their conference record: Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas A&M had a combined total of one loss to the bottom eight teams in the conference.Now after five of those teams lost to lower tier SEC squads – LSU to Ole Miss, Texas A&M to Auburn, South Carolina to Tennessee, Florida to Missouri and Georgia to Vanderbilt – the conference is being touted as the deepest in America.That just doesn’t seem logical, you cannot go from being blatantly top heavy to ultra deep just because the stars lined up one weekend and a bunch of teams lost.One week simply does not make a deep conference.If things continue along this trend and the top teams continue to falter then maybe that argument could be made, but for now, it doesn’t have enough merit.Even if you look at the SEC’s national titles over its collective run of dominance it is top heavy. Of the four championships won since Florida claimed their second in 2008-09, Alabama has won the title three times, with arch-rival Auburn being the only team to unseat them.And after the BCS rankings were released Sunday, the Crimson Tide, ranked No. 1, look poised to bring home another this year.If you are a league that supposedly boasts parity then shouldn’t those championships be more spread out? Wouldn’t you expect a team like Georgia or Texas A&M to contend for a championship?Last season the argument was made that the Big Ten conference was made up of Ohio State, who could not participate in the postseason because of sanctions stemming from tattoo-gate, and then everyone else.Couldn’t you make the same argument with Alabama this season?Sure, until someone manages to unseat the SEC as reigning national champions they will remain as the class of college football. But the conference doesn’t need the added hype making it seem better than it is.The gap in talent between conferences is closing, but until the SEC is brought back down to earth things will remain as they are in college football. read more


Ohio State womens soccer goes winless on weekend roadtrip

OSU then-sophomore midfielder Michela Paradiso (9) approaches a defender during a game against Pittsburgh Aug. 28, 2013 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 2-0Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State women’s soccer team ended its weekend road trip with a double overtime draw against Minnesota and a loss to No. 13 Wisconsin.The Buckeyes traveled to Minneapolis on Sunday to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers for their second game in three days.Minnesota got on the scoreboard early in the 11th minute when senior forward Olivia Schultz scored off an assist from junior defender Haley Helverson.The Buckeyes tied the game up in the 33rd minute after sophomore midfielder Alexis Degler drilled a shot off of a Minnesota defender inside the right post after a corner kick by freshman midfielder Nikki Walts. Junior midfielder Michela Paradiso came close to giving OSU the lead late in the first half but her shot from 10 yards sailed over the crossbar.The game remained tied heading into the half with OSU holding an 8-5 lead in shots, 2-1 on goal.Senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber gave the Buckeyes a chance after gathering a loose ball but her shot from 12 yards was deflected by Minnesota sophomore goalkeeper Tarah Hobbs. Degler tried to give the team the lead in the 74th minute but missed a shot from 10 yards in the box.In the final minutes of regulation, Minnesota sophomore defender Ashley Pafko had a wide open shot from eight yards away but redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Megan Geldernick made a leaping save to send the game into overtime.The Buckeyes posted a 14-13 lead in shots during regulation while the Golden Gophers held a 6-4 advantage in shots on goal.The Buckeyes got a few chances early in overtime but were unable to find the back of the net in the first 10 minutes. The game went to a second overtime with neither team finding a way to score.OSU tallied a season-high 23 shots to Minnesota’s 17 with a 10-6 advantage in shots on goal to give the Buckeyes their first tie of the season.On Friday, the Buckeyes traveled to face No. 13 Wisconsin.The first half featured a lot of back-and-forth action between the teams. The game remained scoreless until the 44th minute when Wisconsin sophomore midfielder Rose Lavelle lofted a free kick past Geldernick to give the Badgers a 1-0 lead heading into halftime.Through the first half, the Badgers held an 8-3 lead in shots and a 3-1 lead in shots on goal.In the second half, the Badgers capped the scoring during the 65th minute when senior forward Cara Walls nailed a strike just under the crossbar.OSU didn’t respond for the rest of the game, taking the shutout loss.The Buckeyes fell to 5-7-1 overall and 2-4-1 in the Big Ten. The team’s next matchup is set for 7 p.m. Saturday against Maryland at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more



5yearold Florida girl with rare cancer passes away after heartbreaking photo goes

first_imgGULF BREEZE, Fla. (WSVN) — A little girl in north Florida has passed away after the story of her cancer battle spread across the world.The family of 5-year-old Braylynn Lawhorn originally shared a heartbreaking photo of her with her grandfather weeping by her bedside in an effort to raise awareness of the deadly Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma tumor.Just days after the devastating picture went viral, Braylynn passed away.“Princess Braylynn has left us,” her mother wrote on Facebook Monday evening. “She can finally enter her kingdom. She fought so hard for so long, she exceeded everyone’s expectations.”According to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, the tumor starts in the brain stem and usually affects children between the ages of 5 and 10. Experts say the rare tumor also has a low survival rate.“DIPG is a monster,” said Braylynn’s mother Ally Parker in a Facebook Post. “It seems as if it targets the people who have the most to lose, who are supposed to be the happiest, but also the people who are strong enough to deal with this gracefully and courageously.” According to a GoFundMe page for the family, Braylynn was diagnosed with the tumor on Dec. 7 and was given about a year to live. However, the family said on Jan. 4 Braylynn went to the hospital feeling congested. A few days later she was placed in hospice care, unconscious and unresponsive.That is when Braylynn’s mother Ally Parker wrote on Facebook, “In a few days I will have to bury this beautiful little girl. Months, maybe even weeks, later, I will have to bury my father. Both of my heroes, gone, within the same year…”The accompanying photo showed little Braylynn in her hospital bed while her grandfather wept at her bedside. Parker said her father has been diagnosed with ALS, and doesn’t have much longer to live.The family said they hope that by sharing the photo and showing their struggle with the disease, they can increase awareness of the illness.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


President Trump Explains Support For Oil Drilling In Arctic Refuge

first_imgAddressing fellow Republicans at the House and Senate Republican Member Conference in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, mentioned the wildlife refuge known as ANWR in Alaska’s northeast corner as he recounted accomplishments in the last year, including the tax bill passed by Congress in December. Trump said he “never appreciated ANWR so much” but was told of its importance by others. The comment had a major impact, Trump said. But drilling is strongly opposed by environmental groups and Gwich’in Natives in Alaska and Canada who depend on the Porcupine Caribou Herd for their subsistence lifestyle. The director of the Alaska Wilderness League in a statement condemned Trump’s comments. Oil in the refuge, Trump said, is one of the great potential fields anywhere in the world. He called it a retreat from the GOP great conservation legacy stretching back to Theodore Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower. Millions of Americans do not want to see the country squeeze every drop of oil out of national parks and refuges just to increase exports, he said The 200,000-animal herd migrates 200 miles (320 kilometers) annually from Canada’s Yukon Territory to the refuge, where females give birth to calves on the coastal plain, a strip of flat tundra between the mountains and Arctic Ocean.center_img “It’s clear from President Trump’s remarks that jamming Arctic Refuge drilling in the tax bill was always about politics and not a thoughtful energy policy,” said Adam Kolton. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday he “really didn’t care” about opening a portion of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling but insisted it be included in tax legislation at the urging of others. “That by itself is a big bill,” he said. Most Alaska elected officials supported drilling in the refuge, home to polar bears, muskoxen, wolves and grizzlies. “I really didn’t care about it, and then when I heard that everybody wanted it — for 40 years, they’ve been trying to get it approved, and I said, ‘Make sure you don’t lose ANWR,’” Trump said. “A friend of mine called up, who’s in that world and in that business, and said, ‘Is it true that you’re thinking about ANWR?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I think we’re going to get it, but you know.’ He said, ‘Are you kidding? That’s the biggest thing, by itself.’ He said, ‘Ronald Reagan and every president has wanted to get ANWR approved.”last_img read more


Digital Security Bill wont gag journos voice says PM Hasina

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said there is nothing to be worried about the Digital Security Bill 2018 as it will not gag the voice of the journalist community, reports UNB.“I’ve seen several noted editors, journalists and wise persons of society giving their opinions against it. They’re only concerned about whether their voice is gagged. But their voice has not been gagged,” she said.The PM told parliament while delivering the valedictory speech of the 22nd session of the 10th parliament.She said had the voice been gagged they would not have had the capability to give opinions.She said the government must provide security to people and protect society, families and people’s character so that children and young generation do not take the wrong path and the adults do not get addicted (following the misuse of digital devices).“Considering this aspect, we’ve passed the Digital Security Bill. So, there’s nothing to be worried about it,” Hasina added.Noting that the interest of any particular group should not be considered here, she said, “Why’re our journalists getting very sensitive and worried? What’s the reason? I think there’s no logic behind it.”“What we’ve done is for the wellbeing of the country, the nation and the children,” she said.PM Hasina said it is very regrettable that some people gave opinions considering their own interest or from the perspective of their own organisations. “They haven’t thought for a single time about the interests of the entire society and the country.”She said the journalist community only considered the matter of journalism, but journalism should be constructive and accountable to the country and its people, and society.Journalism will surely not be for increasing conflict and harm to the country or tarnishing its image, Hasina said, adding that such kind of journalism should be practised which will take the country forward and develop confidence among people, not mislead them or create conflicts among them.She said journalism should not create any confrontational atmosphere or instigate terrorism and militancy.Noting that there was only one television channel in the country in the past, she said her government first dared to allow the private television channels and private radio stations.Mentioning that there are both merits and demerits of the social networking sites, including Facebook and YouTube, as well as digital devices, Hasina said there are bad impacts of the social media platforms and digital devices everywhere from the family to society. “So, considering this aspect, we think that it’s very essential to ensure security of minor children, students, youths and even elderly people.”“We’ve built the country as Digital Bangladesh and let people enjoy its benefits and remain away from its bad impacts. With this goal, we’ve passed the Digital Security Bill,” said the prime minister.last_img read more


Austin City Council Bans The Sale Of Used Police Guns

first_imgGabriel C. Pérez/Texas StandardThe City of Austin will stop selling used police guns to the public through gun dealers.The decision comes in the wake of an investigation by Texas Standard and the Center for Investigative Reporting finding that 21 of the 50 largest law enforcement agencies in Texas sold over 10,000 weapons in the last decade. That includes firearms sold by the Austin Police Department, which offloaded over 1,100 handguns to Bailey’s House of Guns, a Houston-area gun store. Money from those sales went towards the department’s acquisition of new duty weapons.The sales raised a host of concerns by city officials, chief among them the probability that former Austin police weapons may slip into the hands of criminals. In a Austin City Council work session held on Tuesday, council member Alison Alter described her issues with the process. “The concern that drove this resolution was one that we did not want our police department to be contributing guns out into the community … guns that could then be turned to and be used on our police and on our community.”While former Austin police guns are released to licensed gun dealers who are required by federal law to run background checks on prospective buyers, the city resolution states the current background check system may not be wholly adequate. The council resolution cites holes in the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which came to light after Sutherland Springs shooter Devin Kelley was able purchase weapons despite a criminal record that should have blocked him from doing so. The resolution also refers to the inability to adequately track if former police guns are being used in crimes due to the Tiahrt Amendment, a congressional law blocking federal gun trace data.The city started moving on a resolution to stop sales after state Rep. Gina Hinojosa, D-Austin, lambasted city officials in front of thousands of demonstrators during a March For Our Lives event at the Texas State Capitol back in March, saying “it boggles the mind that here in our own city we allowed our APD to sell its used guns back into the private market.” Demanding the city stop the practice, she ended her speech saying, “Now that we know, never again!”Before a 2003 congressional law blocked public access to federal gun trace information, it was widely reported that sold police guns were being used in crimes. A 1999 investigation by the Denver Post found that former police weapons showed up in crimes across the nation on an average of three times a day. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says that sold police guns continue to show up in traces of crime guns, but are unable to talk specifics due to the secretive nature of trace data. The Center for Investigative Reporting is currently suing the Department of Justice and the ATF for the release of more detailed information regarding how often police guns show are involved in crimes. The lawsuit is currently pending in federal court. Sharelast_img read more


Entomologists discover first instance of intact neurons without nucleus in fairy wasps

first_img 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. Flight Artists film smallest insect in flight More information: Arthropod Structure & Development, Volume 41, Issue 1, January 2012, Pages 29-34. doi:10.1016/j.asd.2011.09.001 A cell’s nucleus is of course, usually pretty important, it’s where the DNA is generally stored after all. It’s also usually the part of the cell that runs things, like causing a replenishment of proteins to keep cells alive, etc. This of course got the researchers to wondering how an insect could survive if most of its neurons had no nucleus.The secret, the team writes, lies in the fact that the insect is so small, that neurons (with nuclei intact) that develop during the pupa stage apparently make enough protein to last the full five days of its adulthood, so, not needing them any longer, all but a few hundred of the nuclei are destroyed by bursting, making the cell smaller and saving room for other more important cells. The team notes that this is the first recorded instance of neurons existing in the wild without benefit of nuclei.The team also found that the fairy wasp has one of the smallest nervous systems around, with just 7,400 neurons, but can still fly, search for food and figure out where to lay it’s eggs; which is inside the eggs of another tiny insect, the thrips, which itself is no bigger than a millimeter in length. It manages this feat by cramming virtually all of its nervous system into just its head, hence the need for downsizing the number of neurons and reducing cell size wherever possible.The fairy wasp also has other adaptations that allow it to survive in its small state. It has a reduced wing surface for example which means wings that amount to little more than bare strands as opposed to the rather broad based flappers other larger insects sport, just enough to allow it to coast along with moving air. Citation: Entomologists discover first instance of intact neurons without nucleus – in fairy wasps (2011, December 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-entomologists-instance-intact-neurons-nucleus.htmlcenter_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further Fairy wasps are really tiny; so tiny, they can barely be seen with the naked eye. They’re so tiny that they’re the smallest organism when shown on a slide alongside an amoeba and a Paramecium. And because of this, a group of researchers from Moscow State University began wondering how a neurological system in such a tiny insect could work at all. As it turns out, as they describe in their paper published in Science Direct, the fairy wasp (M.mymaripenne), the third smallest of all insects, has a lot of neurons without any nucleus.last_img read more


19 killed in South Yemen clashes

first_imgAt least 19 people have been killed in Saudi-led coalition air strikes and clashes between pro-government forces and rebels in Yemen’s south, military sources said.The air strikes took place late Friday and targeted two rebel vehicles on a road linking the central province of Ibb province to Daleh province further south, the sources said. Forces loyal to Gulf-backed Prez Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi recaptured Daleh and four other southern provinces in July.last_img


Peace will be restored at Amdanga assures Abhishek

first_imgKolkata: Abhishek Banerjee, All India Trinamool Youth Congress president and party MP, on Thursday urged the people to work together to restore peace at Amdanga.Addressing a party rally at Amdanga on Thursday afternoon, Banerjee said he would ensure that peace is restored in the area. “I will personally look after Amdanga and I assure you that peace will be restored here,” he said.Coming down heavily on CPI(M), Banerjee alleged that the party was unnecessarily trying to create trouble in the area, just to stall the development work taken up by Mamata Banerjee. “CPI(M) has joined hands with Congress and BJP to destabilise the area. But we cannot allow that to happen. Rest assured, peace will be restored soon,” he said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe said in 2016, CPI(M) had formed an alliance with Congress and the result was disastrous. “The party has been washed away. But they have not learned anything from the past and are now trying to create trouble with the help of Congress and BJP,” Banerjee said. He said that during the Maheshtala by-election, central forces were there and CPI(M) had alliance with Congress, but despite that Trinamool Congress candidate Dulal Das had won by 65,000 votes. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe said Trinamool Congress does not believe in bloodshed. “We believe in peace and development. In the past seven years, the development that has taken place is Bengal is remarkable. We will not allow anyone to stall that development,” he said.Banerjee said CPI(M) had unleashed a reign of terror in Bengal for 34 years, during which thousands of Trinamool supporters had been killed. “If Trinamool had the intention of taking revenge, we could have taken law into our own hands after winning on may 20, 2011. But Mamata Banerjee asked us not to take revenge and we followed her instructions. We believe in democracy and peace,” Banerjee said.last_img read more


Know who is most likely to help you at office

first_imgShedding new light on how status affects workplace relationships, a new study has found that workers are most likely to help colleagues who are moderately distant from themselves in status — both above and below them.“The sweet spot for helping seems to be those who are moderately distant from you in status,” said study co-author Robert Lount, associate professor of management and human resources at The Ohio State University in the US.The study did not examine why colleagues who were moderately distant in status were most likely to help each other. But it may be related to how workers perceive their own status within the company, lead researcher Sarah Doyle from The Ohio State University noted.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Someone near you in status poses more of a threat” Doyle said. Those who are far above or below you in status could require a lot more time and effort to help, which could hurt your own job performance.Those colleagues who are moderately distant do not pose much of a threat and offer the best opportunity for workers to demonstrate their willingness to cooperate with their teammates. The findings appeared online in the journal Academy of Management Discoveries. The researchers conducted two separate studies — one in a real workplace  and both reached similar conclusions. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn the first study, 267 undergraduate students read a work scenario in which they imagined they were part of a 15-person work group in a large sales organisation.Participants were told that one of their group members was close to securing a large account, but was running short on time. The participants were asked if they would be willing to provide help, knowing that helping was optional. Results showed that participants were most likely to say they would help a team member who was moderately different from them in status.The real-world study was conducted in a large customer call centre. For the study, 170 employees completed an online survey asking a variety of questions.  Included was a question asking each employee to list co-workers who regularly came to them for help and co-workers whom they regularly went to seek help.In this real-world office, the finding of the first study was confirmed. Workers were most helpful to teammates who were just the right distance away as far as status goes —not too close and not too far. The findings might be useful when assigning people to train new employees.last_img read more