Genes ex silico Computerdesigned virus yields phenotype expression benefits

first_img Dr. Wadie F. Bahou, MD, in Stony Brook’s Department of Medicine, works with a research group consisting of Varsha Sitaraman and Dmitri V. Gnatenko in the Department of Medicine; Patrick Hearing, Eckard Wimmer and Steffen Mueller in the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Department; and Steve Skiena and Charles B. Ward in the Computer Sciences Department.“Our group is composed of individuals with long-standing interests in computational biology, virology, and gene therapy using viruses,” says Bahou. Thus, my group has been most interested in modifying genomes as strategies for gene therapy, Eckard and Steffen are pioneers in recoding viruses for vaccine development, while Steve and Charles provide the critical common thread for all our computational studies.”The key step in their achievement was to computationally redesign Rep 78/68 so that it was better tolerated by adenoviral vectors. “Prior research by our team had previously developed a computational algorithm for redesigning genes based on synonymous codon pair recoding,” Bahou notes. “The real leap of faith was to ask whether the algorithm could be applied to the case of viral/viral interactions. The redesign was relatively straightforward using the previously developed computational algorithm.”The methods that the team used to demonstrate that their leap of faith was justified were equally innovative. As Bahou explains, “The real innovation here is progressive evidence that synonymous pair bias actually can be manipulated to change fundamental characteristics of biological functions. Members of our team have previously demonstrated this for poliovirus and influenza virus, and in this case, we have shown its relevance for generating a novel gene therapy adenovirus.”Bahou also sees a number of potential avenues for further developing the group’s line of research. “Certainly the possibility of using these reengineered viral systems for vaccine development is an obvious application. For applications directly related to this most recent manuscript,” he continues, “it provides a unique opportunity for safe methods for long-term gene delivery. On a broader application, one could envision entire cell systems with recoded genes as a means of altering cellular function in general. This is a forward-thinking statement, but certainly predicated on the status of genome synthesis coupled with progressive information on genetic pathways that regulate cell functions.”Those applications, he adds, will most likely feature the ability to rapidly characterize and synthesize attenuated genomes as new vaccines. In addition, “we are currently testing our ability to safely use this technology for gene replacement strategies which have been limited by concerns for insertional mutagenesis” – mutations caused by inserting genes into a genome. “Such an issue is especially relevant for benign diseases such as hemophilia where cellular transformation using integrating lentiviruses should be considered an unacceptable risk for long-term gene replacement strategies. Therefore,” Bahou points out, “our collective group is currently trying to apply this research as a safe means of long-term gene replacement. At the same time, Bahou stresses that “It’s important to note that genome reengineering using synonymous codon pair restructuring is a relatively new concept, and we fully anticipate that the applications will broaden over time. In theory,” he concludes, “we should be able to modify genomes for both attenuated expression and enhanced expression, depending on the situational requirements. In that respect, the technology is relevant for many other biological systems, especially when developing computational approaches to modifying cellular systems at many levels.” Viruses evolve to play by host rules Citation: Genes ex silico: Computer-designed virus yields phenotype expression benefits (2011, August 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-genes-silico-computer-designed-virus-yields.html 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. More information: Computationally designed adeno-associated virus (AAV) Rep 78 is efficiently maintained within an adenovirus vector, Published online before print August 15, 2011, doi:10.1073/pnas.1102883108 , PNAS August 23, 2011 vol. 108 no. 34, 14294-14299 Functional characterization of single-backbone Ad/AAV/dRep hybrid virus. (A) Schema of Ad/AAV/dRep with predicted monomeric (M) and dimeric (D) forms resulting from productive Rep 78 cleavage of endogenous AAV integrating elements p5IEE and AAV TR (Fig. 2 shows excision model). Sizes are as follows: ψ, Ad packaging sequence (0.4 kb); pCMV/EGFP cassette (1.6 kb); pTK/NeoR, (1.1 kb); Ad, Ad base pairs 3,330 to 3,940 (0.6 kb); p5IEE, 135 bp; AAV TR (145 bp each plus G-C tail); and dRep, approximately 1.9 kb. (B) Ad/AAV/dRep was serially passaged in 293 cells, and at indicated passages (P), Hirt DNA was isolated for genomic analysis using the approximately 0.2-kb Ad left end inverted TR (ITR base pairs 1-194) as probe (horizontal bar). *Parent Ad/AAV/dRep virus. © PHAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1102883108 (PhysOrg.com) — Gene therapy is medicine’s rising star with adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors – nonpathogenic parvoviruses – among the most promising supporting actors, due largely to their capability to integrate into transcriptionally silent genomic regions (areas that do not, via RNA polymerases, make a messenger RNA copy of DNA-stored genetic information). That being said, there’s been a downside in assembling AAV vectors into adenoviral (Ad) viral backbones, which are used extensively in genetic research and therapy: They rely on replication (Rep) proteins – in this study, the Rep 78/68 polypeptide – which limit viral amplification methodologies. Recently, however, researchers at Stony Brook University have used computational microbiology to reengineer the Rep gene through synonymous codon pair recoding, a technique in which the meaning of a codon (a set of three base nucleotides) is changed in a dynamic site- or mRNA-specific way – that is, it competes and shares expression with the standard. The experimental results demonstrate the value synonymous codon pair reengineering can have in modifying endpoint expression. Copyright 2011 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Minteye offers notype CAPTCHA as a security twist

first_img Explore further The user has to move the slider until the user sees the image as normal. Minteye kicks in to see if the user moved the slider to the correct position and alerts the website that the user is human so that further navigation can occur. The company said it built its product on a cross-technology platform. Its SLIDING CAPTCHA supports common Web languages such as PHP, Java and ASP.NET and plugins for content management systems such as WordPress and Drupal.The slide-to-fit CAPTCHA has a success-rate of 94 percent, impressive if compared to the industry standard of 76 percent for text-based tests. Enabling user happiness in not having to struggle with repeat efforts to translate CAPTCHA strings, however, is only a part of the company’s mission. With offices in North Bergen, New Jersey, and Tel Aviv, Minteye is presenting this solution as a way to monetize the CAPTCHA process for site owners and advertisers.A product name in the image would be the money-maker that wins users and influences better brand recognition. The company’s mission is “to combine CAPTCHA security technology with advertising.” Minteye’s team says it is “dedicated to delivering nonintrusive advertising products that overcome online advertising blindness.”The SLIDING CAPTCHA is designed to work with a mouse or with a finger slide, which means it would be just as able to operate on a tablet and smartphone as on a mouse-connected PC. In turn, the company believes it has the potential of becoming an appealing opportunity for CAPTCHA-seeking industry players in mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. Site owners get a share of advertising revenues. Advertisers use the tool customized to their targeted audience and budget.CAPTCHA stands for Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart. The test is attributed to a Carnegie Mellon University computer science graduate student and his advisor in 2000 who wanted to provide a security tool that could safeguard web sites from automated bot attacks and spammers. As such, it has become an effective way for site owners to make sure that a submission for registration is coming from a real person. Nonetheless, a staunch belief in security circles is that 100 percent CAPTCHA security would only be fiction. As for the slide technique that is being presented by Minteye, similar doubt is expressed outside Minteye that computers, not humans, will always remain stumped by this process. Speaking in Technology Review, however, Gadi Hadar, the CEO of Minteye, is also not harboring any illusions. He said there is no CAPTCHA in the world that cannot be cracked. CAPTCHA evokes sympathetic (aka correct) response Citation: Minteye offers no-type CAPTCHA as a security twist (2012, December 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-minteye-no-type-captcha.html © 2012 Phys.orgcenter_img (Phys.org)—Minteye is offering a no-type option to annoying CAPTCHA tests where users’ first tries turn into third and fourth tries to get the blurry, blotched letters and digits correct for entry. The company Minteye, made up of “engineers, designers and entrepreneurs,” has come up with a solution that is targeted both at advertisers and web site owners, called SLIDING CAPTCHA, with the idea being “slide to fit.” Minteye’s flavor of a CAPTCHA appears as a twisted, wavy, deformed, image with a small slider below the image. More information: www.minteye.com/products.aspx 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

Using nanowires to build alloptical logic gates

first_img The graphs, color-coded, correspond with the input above. Credit: Aalto University Structural and optical properties of InP and AlGaAs crossbar NW networks. (A) False-color scanning electron microscopy image of the crossbar InP and AlGaAs NW networks (illustrated with different colors); InP NWs are combed along the vertical direction and an AlGaAs NW along the horizontal direction to form six pairs of crossbar junctions. (B) PL spectra of the NWs measured at a single exemplary measurement spot. The polarization direction of the excitation lasers (at 532 and 730 nm) is labeled. arb. units, arbitrary units. (C) HRSTEM image of InP NWs. The inset shows the diffraction pattern demonstrating the ZB crystal structure and the formation of frequent twin planes along the NW growth axis. (D) EDX measurement results of AlGaAas NWs show the Al and Ga composition along the NW growth direction (that is, [111] crystal direction). The line scan location is shown in the inset. Credit: Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aar7954 Explore further As the potential for speed increases diminishes for conventional computer technology, scientists look for new possibilities, such as using light to represent information rather than electrons. Unfortunately, despite a lot of time and effort, optical computers still are not a viable option. One of the major sticking points has been the development of workable all-optical logic gates—the parts of computer circuitry that are used for decision processing. The researchers note that all-optical logic gates have been developed, but they have proven to be too difficult to make in quantities needed for commercial computers. That might be changing, however, as they claim to have developed a new way to build them, which they believe could be commercialized.The idea behind the new gates is to use nanowires to transmit photons. To allow them to serve as junctions, which form the basis of logic operations, the group used two different kinds: some made of indium phosphate and some of aluminum gallium arsenide. Junctions are formed by allowing the two types to cross one another—like four-way stops on roads. The group reports that in using such nanowires, they were able to create and run all-optical logic gates that were capable of carrying out traditional computer logic operations such as OR, AND and NAND—doing so allowed them to carry out simple math problems. © 2018 Phys.org A team of researchers at Aalto University in Finland has found a way to use nanowires to build all-optical logic gates—a major step toward building a light-based computer. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes their new approach, how well it worked in testing, and what they believe needs to happen next to allow for the use of such gates in an actual computer. 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.center_img More information: He Yang et al. Nanowire network–based multifunctional all-optical logic gates, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aar7954AbstractAll-optical nanoscale logic components are highly desired for various applications because light may enable logic functions to be performed extremely quickly without the generation of heat and cross-talk. All-optical computing at nanoscale is therefore a promising alternative but requires the development of a complete toolbox capable of various logic functionalities. We demonstrate nanoscale all-optical switches by exploiting the polarization-dependent light emission property of crossbar InP and AlGaAs nanowire networks. These networks can perform various logic operations, such as AND, OR, NAND, and NOR binary logic functions. Furthermore, on the basis of these logic operations, our networks successfully enable all-optical arithmetic binary calculations, such as n-bit addition, to be conducted. Our results underscore the promise of assembled semiconductor nanowire networks as a building block of on-chip all-optical logic components for future nanophotonics. Journal information: Science Advances A little light interaction leaves quantum physicists beaming The researchers suggest their logic gates could be used in much the same way that electron-based logic gates are currently used in computers, or in entirely new ways. They note that the process of creating the nanowires was very straightforward—they were simply grown. But they also acknowledge that the quality of the nanowires would have to be improved to provide the type of accuracy needed in a computer. Citation: Using nanowires to build all-optical logic gates (2018, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-nanowires-all-optical-logic-gates.htmllast_img read more

Study shows proximity to industrial facilities does not translate to better jobs

first_img Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domain Citation: Study shows proximity to industrial facilities does not translate to better jobs for minorities (2018, October 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-proximity-industrial-facilities-jobs-minorities.html 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. In the United States, as in other parts of the world, government officials are often faced with deciding whether the harm caused by industrial polluters is worth the jobs they provide. In such cases, it is often argued that such facilities will offer more or better jobs to people who live in the area. In this new effort, Ash and Boyce argue that such claims may not be true for minorities. To learn more about how minorities fare in such situations, they pulled information from the U.S. Environmental Agency and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission databases and sorted the data by the amount of pollution emitted, job opportunities and race.They found that living near facilities such as oil and gas refineries or coal processing plants did not significantly bolster minority employment. Instead, they found that while minorities are more likely to be exposed to pollutants from such facilities, they could not count on them for jobs.More specifically, after looking at data from 712 heavily polluting industrial facilities, they found that just 10.8 percent of the jobs at such facilities were held by black people. Also, only 9.8 percent of such jobs were held by Hispanic people. They also found that people of color held less than 7 percent of jobs that were considered to be higher paying across all of the industrial sites listed. Sadly, they also found that black people experienced 17.4 percent of exposure to air pollutants from the facilities, and Hispanics experienced 15 percent.The researchers noted that the oil and gas industry, which includes some of the worst polluters, offered very few opportunities for minorities—just 9 percent of the workforce was black. Even worse, black people were paid 23 percent less on average than white people. Meanwhile, twice as many black people as white people were found to be exposed to pollutants from such plants.The researchers conclude by claiming their data shows that black and Hispanic people are exposed to a larger share of pollutants than non-minorities, compared to the number of jobs they hold in the facilities they studied. More information: Michael Ash et al. Racial disparities in pollution exposure and employment at US industrial facilities, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1721640115center_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2018 Phys.org A pair of researchers at the University of Massachusetts has found that minorities living close to industrial facilities do not necessarily gain an employment advantage. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Michael Ash and James Boyce describe their study and comparison of environmental and job data from government agencies and what they found. Searching for diversity in Silicon Valley tech firms – and finding somelast_img read more

Designing lightharvesting organic semiconductor microcrystals with wavelengthtunable lasers

first_img More information: Kang Wang et al. Exciton funneling in light-harvesting organic semiconductor microcrystals for wavelength-tunable lasers, Science Advances (2019). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw2953 I. D. W. Samuel et al. Organic Semiconductor Lasers, Chemical Reviews (2007). DOI: 10.1021/cr050152i Luis Cerdán et al. FRET-assisted laser emission in colloidal suspensions of dye-doped latex nanoparticles, Nature Photonics (2012). DOI: 10.1038/nphoton.2012.201Mingjian Yuan et al. Perovskite energy funnels for efficient light-emitting diodes, Nature Nanotechnology (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2016.110 Illustration for exciton funneling in the light-harvesting systems. (A) Schematics of light harvesting, where the wide-bandgap hosts (gray spheres) act as antenna and locally formed CT complexes with narrow bandgap (pink spheres) act as acceptor. (B) Diagram for exciton funneling in light-harvesting systems. The black arrows represent the exciton transfer process. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw2953 They introduced C60 into OPV to achieve light-harvesting ability and balanced the carrier mobility. The OPV and C60 interactions formed localized CT complexes with narrowed bandgap to function as acceptors in the light-harvesting system. Wang et al. synthesized the OPV microcrystals doped with controllable amounts of C60 using liquid-phase self-assembly to form strong intermolecular interactions and engineer a one-dimensional structure, which they confirmed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images. Lasing performances in the light-harvesting microwires. (A) PL spectra recorded from a typical C60@OPV microwire (doping concentration, 5.6 mol %) pumped with different laser energies. Inset: PL images of the C60@OPV below and above the lasing threshold. Scale bar, 10 μm. (B) Emission intensity (red) and full width at half maximum (FWHM) (black) as a function of pump fluence. (C) Normalized lasing spectra of the OPV microcrystals with different C60 doping concentrations. Inset: Corresponding PL images of the doped OPV microcrystals pumped above lasing thresholds. Scale bars, 10 μm. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw2953 , Chemical Reviews , Nature Photonics 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. Explore further Preparation and structural characterization of C60@OPV light-harvesting microcrystals. (A) Chemical structures of OPV and C60, and molecular structure of the resulting CT complex. (B and C) SEM images of typical OPV and C60@OPV microwires. Scale bars, 5 μm (B) and 2 μm (C). (D and E) TEM images of individual OPV and C60@OPV microwires. Scale bars, 2 μm. (F and G) SAED patterns of the corresponding microwires in (D) and (E). Scale bars, 2 1/nm. (H) Raman spectra of individual OPV, C60, and C60@OPV microwires. a.u., arbitrary units. The C60 doping concentration of the C60@OPV microcrystals used for these characterizations is 5.6 mol %. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw2953 Theoretical investigation of the CT processes in light-harvesting systems. (A) Molecular orbital diagrams of OPV, C60, and CT complex calculated by density function theory. (B) Schematic of efficient exciton funneling for the formation, accumulation, and radiative deactivation of CT excitons in the C60@OPV light-harvesting systems. (C) Maximum emission wavelength of microcrystals versus C60 doping concentration. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw2953 In this way, Kang Wang and co-workers reported on exciton funneling and stimulated emission in light-harvesting organic semiconductor microcrystals. Using theoretical and experimental demonstrations they controlled the CT complexes for effective lasing and regulated the emission of light-harvesting microcrystals to build wide wavelength-tunable micro-lasers. While at present the results only provide detailed insight into the exciton funneling process in light-harvesting systems to enable electrically driven organic lasers. The outcomes of the work offer a promising route to develop efficient organic materials and achieve electrically driven lasers for full-color laser displays in the future. To provide in depth insight to the light harvesting systems at the level of energy-orbitals, Wang et al. performed theoretical studies and calculated the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) of the separate molecules and the C60-OPV CT complex. While the HOMO electron density of OPV was distributed across the entire molecule, LUMO was mostly localized on different sites of the molecule. Using the experimental and theoretical results, Wang et al. drew an energy diagram of exciton evolution in a light-harvesting system and observed the comprehensive process that formed exciton funnels. The researchers subsequently conducted optically pumped lasing measurements to test the lasing performance in the light-harvesting microwires using a micro-photoluminescence (micro-PL) system. They verified the occurrence of lasing in the C60@OPV microwires at different pump intensities and controlled the emission from CT complexes by doping varying concentrations of C60 in to the OPV hosts. The scientists could tune the light-harvesting molecules in the present work to provide a key step to ultimately synthesize organic laser diodes in further studies. center_img Scientists develop polariton nano-laser operating at room temperature Exciton funneling into the CT states in the organic light-harvesting microcrystals. (A) Absorption spectra of OPV (green), C60@OPV (red) microwires, and C60 dispersed in polymer hosts (black). a.u., arbitrary units. (B) Fluorescence microscopy images of OPV (top) and C60@OPV (bottom) microwires. Scale bars, 20 μm. (C and D) Streak camera images and PL spectra of OPV (C) and C60@OPV (D) microcrystals excited with a 400-nm pulsed laser (~100 fs, 1 kHz). tD and tDA are the average lifetimes of donor (~551 nm) in the absence (pure OPV) and presence (C60@OPV) of the acceptor, respectively. The C60 doping concentration of the C60@OPV microcrystals used for these characterizations is 5.6 mol %. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw2953 In its pure form, the OPV microcrystal displayed a well-defined wire-like appearance with smooth and flat surfaces. Upon introduction of C60, the resulting microcrystal maintained similar morphology to indicate that C60 did not significantly alter the morphology of OPV crystals. The scientists verified the structure of the crystal microwires using Raman spectra, transmission electron microscopy(TEM), select-area electron diffraction (SAED) and X-ray diffraction. The results suggested a strong presence of OPV with C60 doped in its matrices. The interaction between C60 and the OPV molecules generated a new CT state, which Wang et al confirmed using absorption spectra. When observed under ultraviolet excitation (UV), the C60@OPV molecules showed red emission, in sharp contrast to the yellow emission in pure OPV microwires and non-luminescence in the C60 microwires. The scientists identified the new CT excitation state of C60@OPV crystals using photoluminescence and calculated the efficiency of the energy transfer to show effective funneling potential between the molecules and efficient energy accumulation in the CT states of the light-harvesting microcrystals. Journal information: Science Advances To synthesize the light-harvesting microcrystals, Wang et al. used a cyano-substituted molecule referred to as OPV (for oligo-(α-phenylenevinylene)-1,4-bis(R-cyano-4-diphenylaminostyryl)-2,5-diphenylbenzene) and fullerene (C60). The two molecules met conditions where; OPV is a typical p-type semiconductor with high optical gain, and C60 is a typical n-type semiconductor with high electron mobilities and large absorption cross-sections. They surrounded locally formed CT complexes containing narrow bandgaps with hosts of high levels of energy to behave as artificial light-harvesting systems. They captured the resulting excitation light energy using hosts to deliver to the CT complexes for their function as exciton funnels in order to benefit lasing actions. Wang et al. expect the preliminary results to offer in depth understanding of exciton funneling in light-harvesting systems to develop high-performance organic lasing devices. The new results are now available on Science Advances. Organic semiconductor lasers that function across the full visible spectrum are of increasing interest due to their practical applications from multiband communication to full-color laser displays. Although they are challenging to attain, electrically pumped organic lasers can advance the existing laser technology to rival organic light-emitting diodes. Wang et al. formed localized CT complexes by adding a small amount of electron acceptor/donor into the electron donor/acceptor host matrix. The setup contained CT complexes with a narrow bandgap, surrounded by the host matrix with high energy levels to serve as artificial light harvesting antennas. The harvested excitation light energy produced excitons, which were transferred downstream to the acceptors to function as an ‘excitation funnel.” In the present work, Wang et al. investigated the process of exciton funneling in light-harvesting systems to offer guidance to design high performance organic optoelectronic materials for electrically pumped lasers. , Nature Nanotechnology © 2019 Science X Network Organic solid-state lasers are essential for photonic applications, but current-driven lasers are a great challenge to develop in applied physics and materials science. While it is possible to create charge transfer complexes (i.e. electron-donor-acceptor complexes among two/more molecules or across a large molecule) with p-/n- type organic semiconductors in electrically pumped lasers, the existing difficulties arise from nonradiative loss due to the delocalized states of charge transfer (CT). In a recent report, Kang Wang and a team of researchers in the departments of chemistry, molecular nanostructure and nanotechnology in China demonstrated the enduring action of CT complexes by exciton funneling in p-type organic microcrystals with n-type doping. Citation: Designing light-harvesting organic semiconductor microcrystals with wavelength-tunable lasers (2019, June 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-light-harvesting-semiconductor-microcrystals-wavelength-tunable-lasers.htmllast_img read more

More care should be taken while planting trees Experts

first_imgKolkata: City based ecologists feel that the state Forest department, as well as the Parks and Squares department of Kolkata Municipal Corporation, should strictly adhere to some basic theories of urban plantation when they go for planting trees in the city. The observation comes in the wake of nearly 150 trees toppling in the city on Tuesday evening.”Rapid urbanisation in the city is emerging as a bane for the trees. Work for underground sewerage, underground telephone cables and underground electric wires are taking place on a regular basis, which is often destroying the roots of the trees, making them vulnerable to storms and squalls,” feels noted ecologist Nandadulal Parui. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to Parui, trees that usually follow a lateral growth pattern can withstand greater wind velocity than those that have a vertical growth pattern. “Trees like Bakul, Jarul, Gulmohar and Shirish have a lateral growth pattern. They grow to a medium height and have the capacity to withstand high wind velocity, which trees with vertical growth pattern cannot. In urban areas, taking care of the nature of trees before plantation is of utmost importance. There are trees whose wood is tough enough to withstand the velocity of wind,” he maintained. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSoumitra Paul, Assistant Professor of the Botany department of Calcutta University, however, feels that the state Forest department and KMC plants trees in a much more scientific manner than what was done ten-twelve years ago. “Trees are not getting proper space to expand because of rapid urbanisation. The soil is losing its strength to hold the trees, resulting in their felling,” Paul said. He feels that putting concrete, cement or any sort of barrier at the bottom of the tree allows it to absorb rain water or precipitation of similar nature in a better way and is favourable factor for its growth. “If a tree is situated at an upward or sloping level, the water flows downwards and the trees fail to absorb water properly. We should remember that a tree uproots because of problems in its roots that lie below the ground. It has nothing to do with cement or concrete surrounding the tree above the ground,” Paul said.It may be mentioned that in well-planned cities, especially in Europe, a minimum of 50 cubic feet of soil is provided for a tree’s root system to expand. However, in the city, hardly 10 cubic feet of soil is available on an average for a tree’s root system to grow and therefore, toppling of trees during squalls and thunderstorms is becoming a common phenomenon every year, according to the environmental experts.last_img read more

CM begins public meetings at Kaushambi party office

first_imgThe office was flooded with people who had gathered with their complaints and waited eagerly to personally meet the Chief Minister.“I will meet the public on three days in the week for an hour,” said the Chief Minister. “I used to conduct ‘public meetings’ but it was discontinued during the election campaign,” he added. The public meeting was, however, kept low profile and informal without any publicity. Millennium Post was the first to report on February 13 in its report ‘Power, water, primary agenda; no Janata Darbar at Delhi Secretariat’ about changed format of his previous tenure’s ‘Janata Darbar’ as party agreed to learn lessons from its failure. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreThe Kaushambi headquarters of the party in Ghaziabad had a different scene as hundreds thronged the first Janata Darbar. The authorities, who had witnessed chaos and mismanagement during a similar programme during his 49-day tenure in Delhi last year, made elaborate security arrangements. People from various walks of life gathered since early morning as the public meeting was scheduled between 9 am to 11 am. As the district police is providing Z-plus security despite rejection from the newly elected Chief Minister, the entire area was cordoned off by putting barricades on various roads. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedThe people who had gathered had various kinds of problems. Few had job-related issues while others had grievances regarding finance. Still others complained of delay in business due to corruption. Water and power related queries also came up in their complaints. “I, along with 50 female home guards were suspended from duty about 18 months back without giving a proper reason. They said that we would be reinstated for the next five years but the promise has not been kept. Shockingly, services of male guards were redressed while the women were barred from rejoining,” said a 29-year-old woman not wishing to be named.More than two dozen contractual workers of the Jag Pravesh Chandra Hospital met Kejriwal and told him that they had been expelled from their jobs around three months back and demanded to be reinstated.last_img read more

Hues of love

first_imgArtist Kumar Umesh recently held a solo painting exhibition at  Hotel  Taj Palace that commenced on February 23 and was on till March 1. Love and wait are the two universal emotions , each one of us has experienced them in some or the other way. Umesh has worked upon these ethnic themes as he has shown images where a lady is waiting for her beloved. This thing about the works make them more universally appealing as a person from any city or country can understand, enjoy, connect as well as appreciate the art.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Knowingly or unknowingly art always reflects the places from were artist belong or has seen in his earlier stages and which left an impact on him. In the show one can see the beautiful ghats of Banaras, old Delhi streets and monuments. He created a magical effect by simply potraying some beautiful emotions which come out directly from heart.Umesh said “Born in the family of artists, it was quite obvious to indulge into this beautiful world of art. I have always been trying to carry forward the legacy of my father as well as the legacy of great painter who revolutionlised the Indian art Raja Ravi Verma.”last_img read more

Showcasing stunning crafts

first_imgOne can welcome the new year by visiting an exciting  crafts mela as the Dastkari Haat Samiti is going to hold the 30th edition of its annual Dastkari Haat Craft Bazaar, where more than 170 craftsmen from villages, towns and cities across India will be bringing together different crafts to the national Capital. The mela which will begin from Jan 1, 2016 at Dilli Haat, will highlight crafts like shell craft, basketry, mat weaving, handloom textile weaving, hyacinth grass weaving and jewellery, which are crafted by the craftsmen of Myanmar.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The group of women will exhibit the world famous Pathein umbrellas, puppets, velvet slippers, lacquer work and jade items. The mela will be held in collaboration with Dastkari Haat Samiti and supported by Ministry of External Affairs, Embassy of India in Myanmar, Corriandar Leaf, Yangon and Air India.  Myanmar craftsmen will also be  at Dilli Haat for a crafts and skill development workshop. The crafts mela promises to be one of its kind, where new design developments will take place in collaboration with craftsmen from Myanmar and India.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThere will also be live demonstration of the weaving looms, from more than 12 states along with National and state-awardees from Bihar, Gujarat, Jammu Kashmir, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and others. A unique feature of the crafts mela will be that the visitors will be able to interact, learn, appreciate and explore Indian and Burmese handicrafts and textiles. The entire fortnight’s collaboration will result in new product designs, long term friendships and shall provide unique inputs to the crafts sector while enhancing economic wellbeing and diplomatic ties at the ground level. Jaya Jaitly said, “The Samiti has constantly worked towards expanding opportunities for craftsmen as conservationists of Indian heritage. The Samiti’s artisan-members have travelled all over and collaborated with local artisans in other developing nations to create utility-based and market-friendly products. We aim similar participation for the Myanmar crafts as well.”  The opportunity provided by the Samiti has enabled many members to travel across the globe and collaborate with artisans in other developing nations, creating products that are utility-based and market-friendly.The folk and cultural performances, which will take place between 11 am and 8 pm, will showcase a myriad of folk music from Rajasthan, the exotic Kalbelia gypsy dance, Langa group, Bhavai performers with a number of earthen pots balanced on their head and the tribal martial Chhau dancers from West Bengal. With elements like these, the crafts bazaar by Dastkari Haat Samili promises to be a cultural treat. Jaya Jaitly, Founder Dastkari Haat Samiti, has been working relentlessly with diverse craftsmen across the country to produce beautiful, economical and purposeful crafts, for more than four decades. A strong propagator of bringing Indian goods to the forefront, she has been innovating newer ways to sustain crafts and its practitioners. To give credence to her philosophy, Jaitly also Founded the immensely popular Dilli Haat, where she organises the eagerly awaited yearly cafts mela.When: January 1 to 15Where: Dilli Haat, opp INA Market, New Delhi Timings: 11am – 9pmlast_img read more

Natya Shastra to come alive

first_imgThe rich cultural heritage of India is visually soothing and enriching to the dance and music connoisseurs, who come from all across the world to catch a glimpse. Different dance forms that have originated from various parts of the country and have been practiced accordingly, can only be witnessed at once, under one roof when a festival organises for a perfect blend of classical dance forms for enthusiasts.To make the enthusiasts come together for two days of excitement, Pracheen Kala Kendra is organising its 5th quarterly Baithak programme under the series ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ in the national Capital.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival which will be held on April 15 and 16 at Triveni Kala Sangam will feature well known talented artists of the country such as Dr Samira Koser (Kathak); Ankita Kaushik and Himanshu Srivastava (Bharatnatyam Jugalbandi); Vasu Krishna Maharaj and Vaibhav Krishna Maharaj (Kathak Duo) and Meenu Thakur & troupe (Kuchipudi Dance).With a view to create more awakening about salient features of the Indian classical dances of various forms, the Kendra has ventured to organise a two-day feast of classical dances at Triveni Kala Sangam studded with young artists. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPracheen Kala Kendra is one of the organisations engaged in the promotion of classical musical and dance in the region. With the kind patronage of the public, the Kendra has emerged as an institute of multidimensional excellence. With an aim to promote and nourish the young talented artists, the Kendra is working hard towards its goal. Pracheen Kala Kendra having its headquarters in Chandigarh, enormous sister set-ups in Mohali and Kolkata, besides liaison offices at Ludhiana and Bhubaneswar, and newly setup regional office at New Delhi, is one of the premier organisations dedicated to the promotion, preservation and dissemination of Indian classical art and culture. Established in 1956, it is the only organisation of its kind which was founded by the artists, run by the artists and which is working for the promotion of artists. It is a pioneer and professionally equipped examining and affiliating institution of national importance with a network of more than 3500 training and examination centres functioning as its affiliates all over the country and abroad including USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Mauritius, Singapore, Dubai, South Africa, Bangladesh, Nepal, Kuwait, etc.  The student strength of 2.6 lakh makes it the largest organisation of its kind in the field of arts education. The certificates and diplomas awarded by the Kendra in the subjects of Indian Classical music (vocal and instrumental), classical dances and fine arts (painting) are not only recognised by various Education Boards, Universities and state governments for employment purposes as teachers/lecturers in schools/colleges but the same are treated as equivalent to degrees under their respective jurisdictions. WHEN: April 15-16WHERE: Triveni Kala SangamTIME: 6:30 pmlast_img read more

General secys other members of new TMCP committee announced

first_imgKOLKATA: Goutam Bhattacharya and Kunal Samanta along with Abir Noiyogi, Samik Roy Adhikari and Subhasish Chakraborty have been made the general secretaries of Trinamool Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) on Wednesday. It announced the names of secretaries and district presidents. Earlier, Trinankur Bhattacharya was made the president of the TMCP replacing Jaya Dutta. Wahida Khatun, Tirthankar Kundu and Bubai Bose have been designated as the secretaries of Trinamool Congress Chatra Parishad (TMCP). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe TMCP also announced the names of district presidents. Biswajit Roy, Amit Saha, Gopal Roy and Habibur Rahaman have been appointed as the district presidents of North Kolkata, South 24-Parganas, Hooghly and Howrah rural respectively. For Howrah Urban, West Burdwan, East Medinipore, Bankura and Murshidabad, the district presidents are Tufan Ghosh, Koushik Mondol, Anwesha Jana, Chumki Bandyopadhyay and Vismadeb Karmakar respectively. The district presidents for Malda, Nadia, North Dinajpur, East Burdwan, West Medinipur, Alipurduar and Central Kolkata are Prasun Roy, Suranjan Chatterjee, Sourik Mukherjee, Anup Kar, Md Saddam Hossain, Sourav Chakraborty, Sanjay Ghosh and Sunakanta Chakraborty respectively. It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress head Mamata Banerjee had earlier announced the formation of a new TMCP committee. The main purpose of the committees will be to improve the quality of education in colleges. However, they will not have any role in the college admission.last_img read more

Just a week of painkiller use may up heart attack risk

first_imgUsing commonly prescribed painkillers such as ibuprofen and diclofenac for just a week can increase the risk of a heart attack by up to 50 per cent, a new study warns.According to the study published in the BMJ journal, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat pain and inflammation could be raising risk of having a heart attack as early as in the first week of use and especially within the first month of taking high doses of such medication. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPrevious studies suggested that NSAIDs could increase the risk of heart attack, but the timing of the risk, the effect of dose, treatment duration, and the comparative risks between NSAIDs were poorly understood.Researchers, led by Michele Bally of the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) in Canada, set out to characterise the risks of heart attack associated with use of oral NSAIDs under real life practice circumstances.They carried out a review of relevant studies from various healthcare databases including those from Canada, Finland and the UK. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThey analysed results on 446,763 people of whom 61,460 had a heart attack. The NSAIDs of interest to the researchers were celecoxib, the three main traditional NSAIDs (diclofenac, ibuprofen, and naproxen), and rofecoxib.Researchers presented their results as probabilities of having a heart attack. They looked at various scenarios corresponding to how people might routinely use these drugs.The study found that taking any dose of NSAIDs for one week, one month, or more than a month was associated with an increased risk of heart attack. Naproxen was associated with the same risk of heart attack as that documented for other NSAIDs. With celecoxib, the risk was lower than for rofecoxib and was comparable to that of traditional NSAIDs.Overall the increase in risk of a heart attack is about 20 to 50 per cent if using NSAIDs compared with not using these medications. To put this in perspective, as a result of this increase, the risk of heart attack due to NSAIDs is on average about one per cent annually.The type of analysis the researchers used allowed them to conclude with greater than 90 per cent probability that all NSAIDs studied are associated with a heightened risk of heart attack.Further analysis suggested that the risk of heart attack associated with NSAID use was greatest with higher doses and during the first month of use.With longer treatment duration, risk did not seem to continue to increase but the researchers caution that they did not study repeat heart attacks such that it remains prudent to use NSAIDs for as short time as possible.last_img read more

Children too catch poll fever play votevote game

first_imgKolkata: The children have trespassed into the domain of the adults but their parents do not mind, at least in this case. As the lion’s share of reports in media, particularly television, and discussions among people in public transport and at home revolves around the on-going Lok Sabha elections, children take note and improvise it in their own way. They have invented a new game — the “vote-vote game” — that they play in their pool car while going to or returning from school. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Our parents say vote is very important. But we cannot vote till we grow up. So we are playing vote-vote game,” said Samadrita, a 10-year-old girl who studies in class 5. She plays this new game with her friends in the pool car — Trisrota, Nabanita, Ayush, Vidissa, Soumili and others — who are students of two-three schools in the north eastern part of Kolkata. Asked to whom people vote, they said in unison: “Parties”. They do know names of parties. “Trinamool… BJP… Congress..,” said Nabanita, a class 4 student. They came to know from their parents that someone becomes the prime minister after election. So, how is this vote-vote game? Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”We divide ourselves into two parties and elect a prime minister. All of us has to listen to the prime minister,” 7-year-old Soumili was serious. Trisrota said they elect the prime minister by raising their hands and counting them. And in case of a tie, the “driver uncle” of the pool car is entitled to a casting vote. “Even I have to listen to the prime minister. I play the song the prime minister wants to listen to. The prime minister also gets the first share of tiffin,” Prabir Haldar, 30, who drives a pool car, said with a smile. Parents of these children said their wards get excited to inform them about the result of the game. “My son was very excited after returning from school the other day. He was elected the prime minister,” said Shrabani Dutta, mother of Ayush, a class 3 student. “He asked a lot of questions about elections and political parties. He even asked to which party I am going to vote,” she said. Psychologist Shreya Ghosh said children are by nature curious and they learn from their surroundings. “But parents must take care that the game remains as such. Children try to emulate what they see. They should not indulge in the ugly sides of elections like fights,” she said.last_img read more

CBI Addl Director holds meeting with officials

first_imgKolkata: Additional Director of CBI M Nageshwar Rao on Thursday held a series of meetings with senior officials of the central probe agency in the city, sources said. Rao visited the CBI office at CGO complex at Salt Lake and discussed various ongoing cases, after which he went to the anti-corruption branch office of CBI at Nizam Palace, the sources said. According to sources, Rao is scheduled to meet the officials of Economic Offences (IV) wing of CBI on Friday at the Salt Lake office which is dealing with the multi-crore ponzi scam cases like Saradha and Rose Valley. The central probe agency was gearing up to expedite the cases relating to the ponzi scams and bring them to their logical conclusions, sources said. The CBI had also interrogated former Kolkata Police Commissioner and now ADG-CID Rajeev Kumar under the directions of Calcutta High Court in connection with the Saradha scam case.last_img read more

Platforms assuring Product authenticity

first_imgNew Delhi: E-commerce companies are taking stong actions to ensure that the fake products do not make their way to customers. So these companies are filing cases and blocking sellers who sell fake goods so the consumers shouldn’t experience a crisis of faith. Also they are implementing on strict guildines and rules, which are drafted by the consumer affairs department, is likely to make e-commerce liable as service providers, instead of being intermediaries. It may also mandate the companies to disclose seller agreements. Here are the platforms assuring product authenticity. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDigital Mall of Asia – Digital Mall of Asia, a premier e-commerce platform reinventing the global retail market by turning it digital. The first-of-its-kind digital e-commerce platform connecting the brands to customers directly. The products are delivered by the supplier directly as every supplier has its own offline outlet in the city which ensures genuine products to be delivered to its customers. Amazon India – It is a multinational technology company focusing on e-commerce, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence. It has the largest e-commerce marketplace because of the trust of customer and that’s why they ensure that products being sold on its marketplace by sellers are genuine by the mechanisms in their FCs and even all sellers listing their products on Amazon.in are required to enter an agreement to list and sell only genuine products. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Flipkart Assured – Flipkart Pvt Ltd. is an Indian e-commerce company based in Bengaluru. It held a 39.5 % market share of India’s e-commerce industry. Flipkart’s team of data scientists has developed a unique algorithm and has unveiled an inclusive customer-focused program i.e. the Flipkart Assured which guarantee high quality and speed benchmark online. Myntra – Myntra aims at providing a hassle free and enjoyable shopping experience to shoppers across the country with the widest range of brands and products on its portal. The brand is making a conscious effort to bring the power of fashion to shoppers with an array of the latest and trendy products. Its value proposition revolves around giving consumers 100% authentic products. Jabong – Jabong.com is an Indian fashion and lifestyle e-commerce portal. It is a young and vibrant company that aims to provide good quality branded products and they strive to achieve the highest level of Customer Satisfaction and they have a highly experienced buying team, agile warehouse systems, and state of the art customer care center provides the customer.last_img read more

Ancient Hidden City Discovered Under Lake Titicaca

first_imgFive minutes away from the town of Tiquina, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, archaeologists found the remains of an ancient civilization under the waters of the lake. The find was made 10 years ago, by Christophe Delaere, an archaeologist from the Free University of Belgium, by following information provided by the locals. 24 submerged archaeological sites have been identified under the lake, according to the BBC.The most significant of these sites is at Santiago de Ojjelaya, and the Bolivian government has recently agreed to build a museum there to preserve both the underwater structures and those which are on land.Lake Titicaca. Photo by Alex Proimos CC BY SA 2.0The project is supposed to be finished in 2020 and will cost an estimated $10 million. The Bolivian government is funding the project with help from UNESCO and is backed by the Belgian development cooperation agency.The proposed building will have two parts and cover an area of about 2.3 acres (9,360 square meters). One part of the museum will be on the shore, and it will display artifacts that have been raised from the lake bottom. The second part will be partially submerged, with enormous glass walls that will look out under the lake, allowing visitors to see the “hidden city” below.Old pottery from Tiwanaku at the Ethnologisches Museum, Berlin-Dahlem.According to the Bolivia Travel Channel, the museum will facilitate the beginning of an archaeological tourism enterprise, which “will be a resort and archaeology research center, geology and biology, characteristics that typified it unique in the world [sic],” according to Wilma Alanoca Mamani, holder of the portfolio of the Plurinational State. Christophe Delaere said that the building’s design incorporates elements of architecture used by the Andean cultures who inhabited the area.Jose Luis Paz, who is the director of heritage for Bolivia’s Ministry of Culture, says that two types of underwater ruins will be visible when the building is complete: religious/spiritual offering sites, primarily underwater, and places where people lived and worked, which were primarily on the shoreline. He went on to say that the spiritual sites were likely flooded much later than the settlements.Chullpas from Tiwanaku epoch. Photo by Diego Delso CC BY-SA 4.0A team of archaeological divers and Bolivian and Belgian experts have located thousands of items in the underwater sites. Some of these pieces will be brought up, but the majority will remain underwater as they are quite well-preserved.Wilma Mamani said that more than 10,000 items have been found including gold and ceramic pieces and various kinds of bowls and other vessels. The items are of pre-Inca Tiwanaku civilizations. Some of the artifacts have been estimated to be 2,000 years old, and others have been dated back to when the Tiwanaku empire was one of the primary Andean civilizations.Gateway of the Sun, Tiwanaku, drawn by Ephraim Squier in 1877.Tiwanaku was a major civilization in Bolivia, with the main city built around 13,000 feet above sea level, near Lake Titicaca, which made it one of the highest urban centers ever built.The city reached its zenith between 500 AD and 1000 AD, and, at its height, was home to about 10,000 people. It’s unclear exactly when the civilization took hold, but it is known that people started settling around Lake Titicaca about 2,000 BC.The Gateway of the Sun from the Tiwanaku civilization in Bolivia.According to Live Science, the city’s ancient name is unknown, since they never developed a written language, but archaeological evidence suggests that Tiwanaku cultural influence reached across the southern Andes, into Argentina, Peru, and Chile, as well as Bolivia.Tiwanaku began to decline around 1,000 AD, and the city was eventually abandoned. Even when it fell out of use, it stayed an important place in the mythology of the Andean people, who viewed it as a religious site.Besides the obvious benefits of being able to study and share the artifacts of ancient civilizations, the project has another benefit as well. Most of the people who currently live in the area make their living in agriculture or fishing.Read another story from us: 9,000-yr-old Stone Mask Gives Face to Ancient CultureThis project brings the possibility of new jobs for local residents, which can keep people from leaving the area due to lack of opportunities, helping revitalize local communities.last_img read more

Southborough police log Aug 23 edition

first_imgSouthboroughThursday, Aug. 11:11 p.m. Turnpike Rd. MVA unknown injury.2:32 p.m. Acre Bridge Rd. Suspicious activity.4:52 p.m. Turnpike Rd. MVA unknown injury.5:34 p.m. Marlboro Rd. MVA unknown injury.Friday, Aug. 212:26 a.m. Turnpike Rd. Assault.1:32 a.m. Turnpike Rd. Suspicious activity.2:10 a.m. Boston Rd. Suspicious activity.8:23 a.m. Crystal Pond Rd. Suspicious activity.10:44 a.m. Main St. Complaint/scam.12:00 p.m. Turnpike Rd. Larceny/forgery/fraud.8:42 p.m. Breakneck Hill Rd. Suspicious activity.Saturday, Aug. 31:28 a.m. Acre Bridge Rd. Suspicious activity.5:10 a.m. Turnpike Rd. Suspicious activity.8:47 a.m. Turnpike/Oak Hill Rds. Erratic operator.4:27 p.m. Turnpike Rd. MVA property damage only.5:20 p.m. Richards Rd. Suspicious activity.Sunday, Aug. 412:20 a.m. Arrested, Brian Arthur Peterson, of Grove Street, Norfolk, for OUI-liquor or .08% 2nd offense, negligent operation of motor vehicle.6:56 p.m. Southville Rd. Animal complaint.10:19 p.m. Constitution Dr. Larceny/forgery/fraud.Monday, Aug. 57:04 a.m. Turnpike Rd./Central St. Erratic operator.10:15 a.m. Woodland Rd. Animal complaint.10;50 a.m. Overlook Dr. Suspicious activity.4:42 p.m. Deerfoot Rd. Vandalism.4:58 p.m. Turnpike Rd. Erratic operator.5:09 p.m. Turnpike Rd. Erratic operator.9:10 p.m. Turnpike Rd. Suspicious activity.Tuesday, Aug. 65:09 p.m. Marlboro Rd. Animal complaint.5:25 p.m. Thayer Ln. Disturbance.8:26 p.m. Cordaville/Turnpike Rds. Suspicious activity.11:55 p.m. Southville Rd. Suspicious activity.Wednesday, Aug. 73:42 a.m. Cordaville Rd. Suspicious activity.6:24 p.m. Southville Rd. Erratic operator.Thursday, Aug. 85:17 a.m. Marlboro Rd. Animal complaint.1:06 p.m. Richards Rd. Suspicious activity.8:25 p.m. Deerfoot Rd. Suspicious activity.Friday, Aug. 912:59 a.m. Turnpike Rd. Suspicious activity.1:45 a.m. Turnpike Rd. Suspicious activity.9:17 a.m. Turnpike Rd. MVA no PI.10:53 a.m. Woodland Rd. Animal complaint.3:04 p.m. Newton St. Animal complaint.11:28 p.m. Boston Rd. Erratic operator.11:59 p.m. Turnpike Rd.Saturday, Aug. 102:03 a.m. Turnpike Rd. Suspicious activity.5:50 a.m. Parkerville Rd. Tree/limb down in roadway.6:16 p.m. Wolfpen Ln. Animal complaint.7:15 p.m. Marlboro Rd. Animal complaint.The information from the police log is obtained directly from the official records maintained at each police station in our circulation area. It contains arrests and samplings of police activity. Those arrested are innocent until proven guilty. The Community Advocate will publish news of acquittals upon notification and a copy of court-issued documentation.last_img read more

15 foot alligator spotted on Florida golf course because its Florida

first_imgFlorida is a great place for sunshine and golf…..and giant man eating alligators.Charles Helms, of Sarasota, went to the Buffalo Creek Golf Course in Palmetto, Florida, probably expecting to see the fairways filled with foursomes of retirees hunting for their wayward drives.Instead, he spotted a 15 foot alligator that looked like an extra from the Jurassic Park.The course has apparently known about the alligator for years, and considers him somewhat of a mascot. Just another day in Florida. Advertisement video via ABC News-Tampalast_img

Kyrie Irving is a better overall player than Steph Curry

first_imgLeBron’s not giving up the East and Kyrie is a better player than StephKevin Love and J.R. Smith are out for the Cavs, Toronto has added mediocre Serge Ibaka via trade and the media is already questioning the certainty of the Cavs making to their 3rd straight Finals. Their lack of faith is disturbing.In Colin’s opinion, it’s absurd to think that Serge Ibaka is going to change the balance of power in the East. LeBron has already played in more games than Michael Jordan with the Bulls and is showing no signs of slowing down. Serge Ibaka isn’t stopping him.If Cleveland is healthy in the Playoffs, or close to it, they should come out East. Colin also thinks that in a matchup with the Warriors, Kyrie Irving is a superior overall player than Steph Curry, as he proved in last year’s Finals.“I think Kyrie overall is a better player than Steph, I think he’s more skilled. I think Steph’s a better shooter.”McGregor’s like Ali, Mayweather’s like…boring.Mayweather/McGregor is reportedly close to going down, and even though Colin thinks the fight is going to be awful, he understands why people want to watch it. Colin thinks the fight itself will be a disaster, but the event will sell record numbers of Pay Per Views because the public always watches interesting and compelling stories.He also thinks that despite his undefeated record, Floyd Mayweather is boring. He’s all about money. Great. That doesn’t make him interesting. The real draw in this fight is McGregor. He’s the most compelling figure in either fight game right now showman instincts in the spirit of Ali. He also thinks he’ll probably get destroyed in the fight.“Conor McGregor is our Ali.”U Conn’s dominance is boring.The U Conn Women’s Basketball team just won their 100th game in a row and there’s no question it’s a remarkable streak and Geno Auriemma is a fantastic coach.While U Conn’s dominance as a program is unquestioned, Colin thinks it’s also fair to point out that their competition level in the women’s game is so poor that they’re rarely even challenged.  He thinks the women’s game has become more of a monument to U Conn than a competitive sport.“Part of the story is, women’s basketball is just a U Conn history museum. That’s all it is.”Draft Mitch Trubisky, but don’t trade for Jimmy Garoppolo? Really?The NFL Draft is coming up and the paralysis by analysis season is well underway. Mitch Trubisky is currently ranked as the top quarterback in the class.Colin is dumbfounded that people are so quick to throw cold water on the idea that teams would give up a first round draft pick for Jimmy Garoppolo, when Trubisky is a one-year starter who struggled against all his best competition.There’s NFL tape on Garoppolo and people aren’t sure, but they’re ready to turn over their franchise to a one-year starter who couldn’t put away Duke. It makes absolutely zero sense.Guests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio to discuss Kevin Love’s knee surgery; if there is any legitimate threat to the Cavs in the East; how many peak years he thinks he has left; if he thinks Magic is the answer to run the Lakers; if he thinks the NBA could make James Dolan sell the Knicks.Glen “Big Baby” Davis – NBA Champ with the Celtics is in-studio discussing LeBron’s remarkable lack of injuries; why he’s amazed by LeBron’s discipline in taking care of his body; what a road trip looks like from an NBA player’s perspective.Phil Savage – Former NFL GM and Executive Director of the Senior Bowl joins the show to talk about this year’s Senior Bowl class; what position he thinks Jabrill Peppers will play in the NFL; if he thinks the SEC has eroded; and what he makes of this year’s college quarterback class.last_img read more

VIDEO Browns DE Carl Nassib gave a presentation to convince his teammates

first_imgIt seems like every pro athlete nowadays is all over social media, but not if Browns defensive end Carl Nassib has his way.During last night’s season premiere of Hard Knocks, Nassib was shown trying to convince his teammates that spending time on Twitter and The Gram is a giant waste of time. He calculated that just two hours on social media a day adds up to an entire month spent scrolling through timelines each year. Good luck with that.Nassib obviously has an uphill battle on his hands, but he does have a point.Carl Nassib is 1,000 percent spot on, yet I know I’ll still find myself scrolling through my twitter timeline for probably close to 2 hours a day 🤦🏻‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/wh5itP9rYG— Nick Riley (@NickRiley117) August 8, 2018 Advertisementlast_img