New Zealand Warriors join the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership

first_imgNRL Touch Football has today confirmed the Warriors will join the NRL Touch Premiership for the first time in 2019 fielding both men’s and women’s teams.Touch Football is a major participation sport in New Zealand with 27,000 players competing in Auckland alone.From an elite perspective, New Zealand hosts the international trans-Tasman event bi-annually and is seen as a heavyweight internationally in the sport.The opportunity to have elite Warriors men’s and women’s teams in the NRL Touch Premiership will provide the club with a direct link to a huge and highly-engaged community.Vodafone Warriors CEO Cameron George said joining the NRL Touch Premiership makes sense because it will attract a new audience to the club and add to the game day experience in 2019.“Next year we want to engage and entertain as many people as possible at our games and significantly grow our fan base,” said George.“Not everyone can play contact sport so our partnership with Touch New Zealand is really important as it now provides a pathway for touch footy players to play in the NRL at the elite level for the Warriors. It’s really fantastic for New Zealand.“We are excited to be a part of the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership and the development of community programmes and commercial opportunities, both locally and through TV broadcast.”The games will be broadcast nationally and across the Tasman through a mix of live and delayed TV broadcasts with the teams playing in Warriors-branded kit.NRL Touch Football CEO Steve Mitchell is delighted to be aligning with the Vodafone Warriors and growing both touch and tackle versions of rugby league.“We look forward to working closely with the Warriors and Touch New Zealand on bringing the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership to life. We will be releasing the official draw shortly and cannot wait!” he said.Touch New Zealand chief executive Joe Sprangers sees enormous opportunity for both touch and rugby league through this collaboration.“We look forward to the excitement that will be generated around the Touch Premiership League with the inclusion of the Warriors touch teams,” he said.“This is certainly something the membership will embrace”.The breakthrough announcement means the club will now field six Warriors teams in its 25th season in 2019. Three Vodafone Warriors teams will again compete in the NRL, the Intrust Super Premiership and the under-20 Jersey Flegg Cup along with the Warriors team in the second NRL women’s premiership and now two Warriors teams will line up in the NRL Touch Premiership.For more information about the NRL Touch Premiership please visit https://touchfootball.com.au/nrltouchpremiership/To play Touch Football this summer in New Zealand find your nearest club at http://www.touchnz.co.nz/To play Touch Football this summer in Australia find your nearest club at https://playnrl.com/last_img read more


a month agoLiverpool legend Aldridge: We must be ready for Klopp’s eventual departure

first_imgLiverpool legend Aldridge: We must be ready for Klopp’s eventual departureby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend John Aldridge says the club must prepare for manager Jurgen Klopp’s eventual departure.Klopp this week laughed off a suggestion from his agent that he could leave Liverpool because of the inclement English weather with the comment coming amid constant speculation over whether he will sign a new Reds deal. “It will be a sad moment when the time does come for him to say goodbye but hopefully that’s a long way off yet,” Aldridge said in his column for the Liverpool Echo. “I’d love him to stay forever but ultimately we can trust him to do what’s best for himself and Liverpool Football Club.”One thing we do know… when he does go, he’ll leave us in a really good situation and a better state than he found us in when he arrived, which is not always the case with other managers. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Here’s An Updated 2016 NCAA Tournament Bracket Ahead Of The Sweet 16

first_imgSweet Sixteen Bracket for the NCAA bracket.If the first two rounds of the 2016 NCAA Tournament weren’t the most exciting in the event’s history, they’re certainly in the running. We saw a 15-seed knock off the national title favorite. We saw numerous buzzer-beaters – including one from half-court. We saw a 12-point comeback in just 44 seconds. And we witnessed historic dominance from one conference – the ACC.Now, we’re onto the Sweet 16 – where the insanity seems to have settled. In fact, Gonzaga – winner of the West Coast Conference – is the only school from a non-power league left. That being said, the Bulldogs are dangerous.Here’s an updated look at the bracket. All four No. 1 seeds remain – though many have tough matchups this week. One week from now, we’ll know which teams will be participating in the Final Four.Sweet Sixteen BracketHere’s the schedule for games on Thursday and Friday. Elite Eight contests will be played Saturday and Sunday.Thursday:(2) Villanova vs. (3) Miami: 7:10 PM ET on CBS(2) Oklahoma vs. (3) Texas A&M: 7:37 PM ET on TBS(1) Kansas vs. (5) Maryland: 9:40 PM ET on CBS(1) Oregon vs. (4) Duke: 10:07 PM ET on TBSFriday:(1) Virginia vs. (4) Iowa State: 7:10 PM ET on CBS(6) Notre Dame vs. (7) Wisconsin: 7:27 PM ET on TBS(10) Syracuse vs. (11) Gonzaga: 9:40 PM ET on CBS(1) North Carolina vs. (5) Indiana: 9:57 PM ET on TBSIt’s been a historic year. Are there more surprises in store?last_img read more


Celebrities Spotted At Project Green Music Lounge

first_imgA plethora of stars were spotted at the Project Green Music Lounge with Fortunate Angels at the Re:Treat during Sundance.Alicia Keys at SundanceCredit/Copyright: Extreme Public RelationsCharity Founders Kim Kreiss & Patrycja Siewert-Towns with Fortunate Angels invited Sundance celebrity guests to spread good Karma in the ” Honest Tea Honest Compliments” booth during Sundance Film Festival while being interviewed by Entertainment Tonight among other media outlets. Kim and Patrycja, Executive Producers of “Alive! Expo Green Pavilion & Project Green Music Lounge were pleased sponsor this RE:Treat along with Entertainment Tonight and MTV at Sundance 2013.Guests were invited to “Relax Pamper & Refresh” with Landis AVEDA Make Up & Hair Touch Up/Aromatherapy Candle Warmers Inc., Aubrey Organics Hand Massages, “Detox & Clarify” with Simply Rasberry Ketones aProvenProduct, Cultures For Health and treated to Verve Healthy Energy Drink.This event benefitted the children’s charity Project Green.Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Naomi Watts, Jesse Eisenberg, Michael Cera, Kristen Bell, Jane Lynch, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Tony Danza, Alfred Molina, Shailene Woodley, Mariel Hemingway, Tim Daly, Matthew McConaughey, Mathew Moon and Natalie Gelman among others were treated to the “Honest Tea VIP Gift Bag” that included: (Landis AVEDA), selection of plant-derived bodycare products; Simply Rasberry Ketones – aProvenProduct, says DR. OZ is a “Miracle in a bottle” weight loss aid; Aubrey Organics, natural hair & skin bodycare; Brush On Smile, Made in USA on-the-go teeth whitening pen; Candle Warmers Inc., flameless scented candles; Cultures For Health, real food lifestyle probiotic starter kit; Honest Tea, Honest Fizz zero calorie soda; Vemma, Verve Healthy Energy Drink balanced fast acting energy formula.Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more


TGen and City of Hope announce letter of intent to develop new

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 5 2018City of Hope, a world-renowned independent cancer research and treatment center, and its affiliate, Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), have announced a letter of intent to develop a state-of-the-art cell therapy manufacturing facility in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, a move that would improve the speed at which stem cell research and cancer treatment is delivered.The Phoenix facility would model City of Hope’s three Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) facilities in Duarte, California, which have produced well over 1,300 cell and gene therapy products and oncology drugs for many cancer clinical trials across the nation. City of Hope is one of a small number of select cancer centers in the U.S. to provide both biological and chemical GMP manufacturing at a single institution. Its facilities have the ability to produce both gene therapy viruses and cells needed for CAR T therapies.”City of Hope is dedicated to innovation in biomedical science and has one of the most comprehensive CAR T cell programs in the world with 16 ongoing CAR T clinical trials,” said Robert W. Stone, president and chief executive officer of City of Hope as well as vice chairman of the TGen board of directors. “Cancer patients need effective treatments now. City of Hope and TGen are working to quickly move effective therapies from the laboratory to patients’ bedside. Additional cGMP facilities will help us expand our capabilities to serve people in Arizona and across the nation.”Demand for clinical cell therapies is expected to grow 42 percent annually over the next decade, according to “Cell Therapy Manufacturing Market.” Most cell therapy manufacturing facilities are at capacity or over capacity because demand is outpacing production rates.”This significant investment further enhances Arizona’s reputation as a hub for bioscience and health care innovation,” said Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. “Our state offers a strong concentration of talent ready to meet the needs of this facility. The work being conducted by City of Hope and TGen is critical in the fight against cancer, and Arizona is proud to play a role in it.”Related StoriesAlternate cell growth pathway could open door to new treatments for metastatic cancersStudy: Megakaryocytes play an important role in cell migrationSlug serves as ‘command central’ for determining breast stem cell healthThe planned facility would meet an urgent need of accelerating cures for patients in Arizona, Southern California and elsewhere. The facility would also provide additional opportunities to partner and collaborate with scientists in Arizona, an important objective for TGen, an affiliate of City of Hope.At this future facility, chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells, which have demonstrated durable cancer remission in blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma, would be among the cells that are produced. The new facility could also support the cell therapy production needs of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies who need this kind of specialized GMP capability to move clinical trial programs forward.”The road to future cancer cures requires genomic-enabled medicine and the type of immune-system enhancements that would result from this cell therapy manufacturing facility, which will provide local access to new treatments for Arizona patients,” said Jeffrey Trent, Ph.D., TGen president and research director. “City of Hope’s clinical and manufacturing expertise in immunotherapy is at the forefront of this field, and combined with TGen’s genomic testing, offers patients new hope for their future.”The Arizona Commerce Authority will work in partnership with City of Hope and TGen to provide workforce development assistance through its Navigator and local One-Stop programs. Source:https://www.tgen.org/news/2018/november/01/city-of-hope-tgen-intend-cell-therapy-facility/last_img read more


Researchers reveal method to produce the perfect cheese fondue

first_img Source:https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/presspacs/2019/acs-presspac-february-20-2019/a-scientific-method-for-perfect-fondue.html Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Feb 20 2019Cheese fondue is an icon of Swiss cuisine and a dinner party staple. While it may seem like a simple dish, getting the texture right can be a challenge for optimal mouthfeel, dipping and flavor release. This requires the perfect balance of cheese, wine and starch. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Omega reveal how to use these key ingredients to produce deliciously melted fondue.Once a fad of the 1970s, fondue has made a resurgence in recent years. And on a cold winter night, there’s nothing better than dipping a piece of bread into warm, gooey cheese. But that’s only part of the picture. Traditional versions also include wine and seasonings, as well as starch for cohesion. Chemically speaking, fondue is a multiphase system of colloids that require just the right inputs to achieve cheesy perfection. One wrong move could leave the preparer with an unappetizing bowl of separated cheese solids and oils. So, to gain further insight into the flow of fondue, Pascal Bertsch, Laura Savorani and Peter Fischer wanted to assess the effect of starch and wine on the dish.Related StoriesSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTThe researchers started with equal amounts of two traditional fondue cheeses — Gruyère and Vacherin — in water. The addition of a potato starch slurry prevented irreversible separation of the dish. To mimic the effects of wine, they added a mixture of water and ethanol. This decreased the viscosity of the fondue, which is required for optimal mouthfeel and dipping coverage. They also incorporated acid to study the effect of lowering the pH, and this generally had the effect of lowering the fondue’s viscosity. The researchers also explored alternative thickening agents. Less carrageenan and xanthan gum were required compared to the amount of potato starch needed, but it was carrageenan that provided the creamiest results. Overall, the study shows that a few minor tweaks can result in cheesy perfection every time the fondue pot is brought out.last_img read more


Samara Polytech scientists develop simulators for the lower jaw

first_imgA plastic 3D model of a unique device that fits over the head and fastens on the jaw followed the calculations and drawings.” Anatoly Litikov, head of the laboratory of the “Building Mechanics and Resistance of Materials” department of the Samara Polytechnic Faculty of Industrial and Civil Engineering Source:Samara Polytech (Samara State Technical University) The device operates in two planes: sagittal (up – down) and frontal (left – right). Following the guide the jaw as well.The resulting simulator must take into account all the peculiarities of the movement of the human lower jaw.Now this device, up to each node, is patented.center_img Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)May 30 2019Today, according to various estimates, up to 60 percent of the world’s population suffers from TMJ pathologies. Unfortunately, there is still no effective solution to this problem. There are simple models of simulators for the lower jaw, but their use is fraught with some difficulties.According to the orthopedic dentist who deals with this topic, Yulia Reshetnikova, the existing simulators do not allow patients to independently develop the muscles of the maxillofacial area, and specialists cannot monitor the treatment process by setting the impact forces and the amplitude of the opening of the jaw.In general, TMJ pathologies are considered complex and multidisciplinary. Not only dentists, but also vertebrologists, chiropractors and neurologists are often involved in their treatment. A group of scientists from Samara State Medical University under the leadership of Professor Dmitry Trunin decided to seek help from engineers.For scientists of the Samara Polytech, the topic was absolutely new. They had to delve into it from scratch.last_img read more


Study could lead to new strategies for slowing the growth of glioblastoma

first_imgThe field has postulated for years that cancer stem cells are a small population within the tumor but critical because they mediate treatment resistance and cancer resistance. We’ve now found proof of that speculation.”Dr. Sunit Das, a scientist at St. Michael’s Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science and The Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumor Research Centre at SickKids Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 10 2019Researchers are hopeful that new strategies could emerge for slowing the growth and recurrence of the most common primary brain cancer in adults, glioblastoma, based on the results of a study published today in Cancer Research.Research led by Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) suggests the protein ID1 is critical to tumor initiation and growth and also impacts the disease’s response to chemotherapy. ID1 is a protein that keeps other genes from being activated or repressed by binding to their activators or inhibitors. In this work, scientists found that ID1 helps maintain cancer stem cells in glioblastoma, making them less susceptible to treatment. Researchers found that when they “turned off” the protein ID1 in lab models and human cells using CRISPR technology or a drug that is traditionally used to treat psychosis and Tourette’s syndrome – pimozide – glioblastoma tumors slowed down. The team also found that turning off the protein altogether helped tumors become less resistant to chemotherapy.Glioblastoma is an aggressive form of brain cancer, representing 15 per cent of all primary brain tumors, and is often difficult to treat. Therapy generally involves the combination of several approaches to control the disease, but there is currently no cure. The diagnoses of the late Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie and U.S. Sen. John McCain have raised the profile of glioblastoma in recent years.Related StoriesNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerMother calls for protein shake regulation after daughter diesBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancer”The average survival rate for glioblastoma is less than two years and we unfortunately don’t have too many options to offer these patients,” said Dr. Das, who is also a neurosurgeon at St. Michael’s.”Our findings suggest that we may be able to enhance the effectiveness of therapies we already have, such as chemotherapy, as opposed to taking many years to create entirely new therapies.”In lab models, researchers found that inhibiting ID1 slows the progression of tumors in glioblastoma, breast adenocarcinoma and melanoma. In human tissue, they found that the protein caused cells to be more resistant to chemotherapy treatment in glioblastoma. Turning off this protein using the medication pimozide increased overall survival and caused glioblastoma tumors to recur less frequently, progress less and grow more slowly.”Targeting the protein with medication may present a novel and potentially promising strategy for patients with glioblastoma,” Dr. Das said.The next steps for this research, Dr. Das explained, are to look at the development of new inhibiting medications for ID1 and commence a trial to ensure that the targeting is effective. Source:St. Michael’s Hospitallast_img read more


Startups tackle Indian womens toilet woes

first_imgA survey of 200-odd toilets by Action Aid last year found 70 percent of them unclean and without a water supply.Entrepreneurs abroad have also created products to help women but they are often prohibitively expensive in a country where hundreds of millions of people live on less than a dollar a day.For instance the reusable, silicone GoGirl stand-and-pee device costs $9.99 apiece in the United States, while the Shewee goes for $12.But a pack of 10 single-use, locally produced PeeBuddy funnels costs 200 rupees ($3) and a pack of two PeeSafe 75 ml sprays 350 rupees.Deep Bajaj, the brains behind PeeBuddy, came up with the idea during a road trip when he noticed women in his group were not drinking anything.”Men are so blessed, we can stand and pee almost anywhere,” Bajaj told AFP, checking a consignment for dispatch at his chock-a-block warehouse. Museum seeks to convince Indians that toilets are not dirty Explore further Founder of ‘Pee Buddy’ Deep Bajaj shows how to use a portable female urination device Prime Minister Narendra Modi says his government has made significant progress in improving access to toilets in India Such issues are set to figure highly at the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention, running from Saturday to Tuesday.The event, coinciding with Gandhi’s 150th birthday, is hosted by Modi with UN chief Antonio Guterres in attendance alongside ministers and experts.A lack of sanitation remains a burning issue for India—and much of the developing world—despite an aggressive drive by Modi’s government since he came to power in 2014.His government says it has slashed the number of people forced to defecate in the open from 550 million in 2014 to less than 150 million today.But the state of existing toilets still shocks. The capital Delhi, for example, a megacity teeming with 19 million people, has just a few hundred public washrooms. Indian toilets “are a breeding ground for infections”, gynaecologist Anshu Jindal told AFP.New businesses tackling the problem are tapping into a feminine hygiene sector forecast by Euromonitor to grow to $522 million by 2020 from $340 million now as India’s middle class swells.India’s first female urination device, the PeeBuddy, is a simple candy-green cardboard funnel laminated with water-resistant coating allowing women to keep their distance from loo seats.PeeSafe meanwhile, dispensed from a purple spray can, is a seat sanitiser.”We have sold 750,000 units in the last 18 months and we are now present in 10 other countries,” said Vikas Bagaria, founder of PeeSafe.Innovations like these have helped to “liberate” women like Malla, she says, meaning they don’t have to think twice before hitting the road. With her bladder fit to burst on a recent ride with an all-female motorbike club, Vidhi Malla chugged on her 350cc “Thunderbird” into a fancy highway eatery near New Delhi and rushed to the toilet. Citation: Startups tackle Indian women’s toilet woes (2018, September 30) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-startups-tackle-indian-women-toilet.html Stand-and-pee But to her disgust, if not to her surprise, the facilities stank and the seat was splattered with urine, forcing the 34-year-old to get back on her bike and wait till she got home.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will trumpet progress in improving access to toilets at a Delhi convention starting this weekend—but as Malla’s experience shows, there is still a long way to go.Some help is at hand from local startups providing ways to avoid coming into contact with or clean up filthy toilet seats, which doctors warn pose a health risk to many women.”Toilets are a huge issue. Once I caught an infection from using a loo in a big hotel,” Malla, a public relations consultant, told AFP.Malla’s friends in her bike gang recounted their own horror stories—from bins overflowing with used toilet paper to wiping the seat with the edge of their dresses.Using a dirty toilet, not drinking enough water or holding urine for a long time puts women at a greater risk of urinary tract infections, a painful complaint that half of women report having had at least once. A lack of sanitation remains a big problem in India, and doctors warn unclean toilets are a health risk for women © 2018 AFP India’s first female urination device costs 200 rupees ($3) for a pack of ten 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.last_img read more


Sikkim remains cutoff for 2nd day as multiple landslides block NH31

first_imgSikkim remains cut-off for 2nd day as multiple landslides block NH-31The officials from General Reserve Engineering Force (GREF) said significant sections of the hills have collapsed and blocked the highway at five locations between Setijhora and Kalijhora in West Bengal.advertisement Press Trust of India GangtokJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 21:52 IST In Sikkim, landslides have occurred near Rangpo and 32 Number on the highway, officials said. (Representational image: PTI)Sikkim remained cut-off from the rest of the country for the second day on Friday as multiple landslides triggered by heavy and continuous rainfall have blocked the arterial NH-31A, officials said.The officials from General Reserve Engineering Force (GREF) said significant sections of the hills have collapsed and blocked the highway at five locations between Setijhora and Kalijhora in West Bengal.In Sikkim, landslides have occurred near Rangpo and 32 Number on the highway, they said, adding that the ongoing repair and restoration work is being hampered by heavy and continuous rains.The MeT Department has warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall with extremely heavy falls over sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim.Also Read | Indian Army rescues over 2,500 stranded tourists in SikkimAlso Read | Floods affect 4 lakh in Assam, 10 dead across northeast as rains lash region Also Watch | In Depth: Decoding the link between floods and droughtsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow SikkimFollow Landslide Nextlast_img read more