SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH…

first_imgWelcome to the latest edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch, live from Coffs Harbour where we are for the National 18 Years and Under Championships. We’re a little disappointed the sun isn’t right out yet, but for the moment the rain clouds are holding off, so hopefully the weather will be fine for the tournament… * The teams have all arrived in Coffs Harbour, thankfully arriving safely, with no problems on the road. Touch Football Australia (TFA) staff have been busy setting up the fields, merchandise and doing general tournament work…tournament director Jon Pratt is getting a little worried as it all seems to be going just a little too smoothly!! * A coaching forum for those who coach our Australian Youth players is being held this afternoon from 3:00-4:00pm. It will be hosted by Gary Madders, current Australian Mixed Open Coach and Cathy Gray, TFA Elite Programs Director. Others invited to attend are Peter Bell, former Australian Womens Open coach. The forum will be held in Coffs Harbour International Stadium, Marquee (Referees tent) at the rear of the Stadium. * The Opening Ceremony for the Under 18 Championships is being held tomorrow at 11:00am. Make sure you get out to the stadium for the ceremony which will be both an opening ceremony for the event and also a farewell and best wishes to the ten Australian sides that are traveling to Christchurch. New Zealand in a few weeks for the All Nations Championships. NRL players Joe Williams and John Sutton will be on hold, and Peter Bell (TFA Hall of Fame member) will be presenting the Aussie flag to the All Nations representatives. * Managers meetings are being held this afternoon at 2pm and 4pm….Managers make sure you get there!! * `From the Fishbowl’ is up and running with Kane Weeks in town for the event, make sure you check out the daily rundown from the Fishbowl…it’s sure to entertain. * Top marks to Media assistant Lisa Plummer’s champion boyfriend Tim…who had flowers delivered to Coffs Harbour for their anniversary…the room mates were very impressed! * The merchandise room is set up and overflowing with gear…make sure you check out the new gear, kooldri t-shirts, headbands, singlets, silicon wristbands and more. Also, there is a massive table with $5 gear…plenty of old t-shirts and so forth going out at $5 each! * In non-18’s Touch news, the move to sign on new affiliates is underway with Brisbane Metro Touch Association and Berserkers Touch (formerly Central Queensland University Touch) signing on first. A restructure of the sport in Australia has resulted in the affiliates (local competitions) becoming direct members of the national body. The new structure, recommended by an independent report produced in June 2004, is being implemented across Australia. Chief Executive of TFA, Kevin Thompson, said today “It is great to see that the local competitions appreciate the benefits of the new model and are signing up. The whole theme of the restructure is to reduce duplication and administration and to divert more resources to the grass roots. The players, officials and coaches in BMTA and Berserkers will be the first to benefit.” Keep an eye on the website for the upcoming full story and all the latest info on the Unitary Model of Management and Affiliation with Touch Football Australia. * The Queensland All Schools Championships have attracted a record 198 teams…make sure you keep an eye on the website this week, we’ll be talking to Queensland School Sport legend Peter Bell about the upcoming event. * Remember, results from the Under 18’s will be updated at the end of every round throughout the tournament, make sure you keep checking the website regularly. By Rachel Moylelast_img

Touch Football Australia Joins Sports Super

first_imgTo our passionate and committed players, administrators and officials, you are now eligible to join Sports Super – the super fund that is as committed to Touch Football as you, and we invite you to find out more to see if this could be an appropriate superannuation program for you. Sports Super has low fees for all members, is secure and strong – part of Australia’s largest super fund, has a strong and consistent performance history, and is quick and easy to join. Unlike all other fund programs Sports Super pays part of your fees directly back into our great sport. This is a fantastic new revenue opportunity for the sport of Touch Football which will allow us to continue to provide first class training and development programs.  Score now with a great, secure, low fee fund with proven returns that uniquely benefits the whole Touch Football community. You may also be able to make some significant super fee savings. To find out more about this opportunity, email sportssuper@myclubfinancialservices.com.au. A superannuation fee comparison between Sports Super and your existing arrangement can be provided upon request.last_img read more

ESPN Releases Game Times For 10 Opening Weekend Games

first_imgESPN College Football Playoff logo.ESPN ESPN AnnouncersESPNThe opening weekend for this year’s college football season, simply put, is going to be epic. Monday, ESPN/ABC released game times for 10 of the best matchups we’re going to see.South Carolina and Vanderbilt will kick things off on Thursday, September 1 at 8:00 PM ET, oddly enough in an SEC regular season tilt. Georgia Tech and Boston College will play in Dublin Ireland, at 7:30 AM ET on Saturday morning.Here are the rest of the games – including Oklahoma vs. Houston, LSU vs. Wisconsin, USC vs. Alabama, Clemson vs. Auburn, Notre Dame vs. Texas and Ole Miss vs. Florida State.9/1/2016: South Carolina at Vanderbilt on ESPN (8:00 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Georgia Tech vs. Boston College on ESPN2 (7:30 AM ET) 9/3/2016: Oklahoma vs. Houston on ABC (Noon ET) 9/3/2016: Hawaii at Michigan on ESPN (Noon ET) 9/3/2016: LSU vs. Wisconsin on ABC (3:30 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Georgia vs. North Carolina on ESPN (5:30 PM ET) 9/3/2016: USC vs. Alabama on ABC (8:00 PM ET) 9/3/2016: Clemson at Auburn on ESPN (9:00 PM ET) 9/4/2016: Notre Dame vs. Texas on ABC (7:30 PM ET) 9/5/2016: Ole Miss vs. Florida State on ESPN (8:00 PM ET)Which will you be watching?last_img read more

Lady Buckeyes lose to North Carolina 5754

Like the men’s team, Ohio State’s women’s basketball team made a trip to the “Tobacco Road” portion of the state of North Carolina. They will bring a loss home. The No. 15-ranked Buckeyes were unable to win on the road in their visit to No. 22 North Carolina, falling short to the Tar Heels, 57-54. With the loss OSU falls to 4-2 on the season. Both of their losses have come against ranked opponents. OSU senior guard Tayler Hill scored a game-high 24 points on 9-21 shooting led OSU, but the Buckeyes’ likely could have used another scoring option as no other player reached double figures. Conversely, three different Tar Heels scored 11 points in the game. It was a close contest, but the Buckeyes had to claw their way back from a large deficit to make it a game. Midway through the second half, OSU trailed by 16 points at 44-28. With Hill leading the way the Buckeyes were able to cut the margin, and even took a two-point lead with 1:26 left to play. But the Tar Heels answered in a big way, forcing two turnovers down the stretch and scoring the game’s final five points to clinch the upset win. OSU returns home this weekend for a noon tipoff against Evansville. read more

Arthur to join Barcelona this summer

first_imgBrazilian midfielder Arthur confirms Barcelona transfer ahead of the 2018-19 season.The Gremio star was expected to join the Catalan club in January of 2019 but the two clubs are believed to be working on a deal that could see the midfielder move to Spain this summer.Both clubs agreed on a £35million transfer in March of 2018 that would see the 21-year-old Brazilian join Barcelona in January 2019 but the Catalans want the player in their team this summer.With the departure of Andres Iniesta, the club want the former U-20 Brazilian midfielder to beef up the number of midfielders in the club. Arthur has already announced he’s leaving the Brazilian club this summer.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I wanted to go out in a press conference for the love I have for the Gremio fans,” Arthur said, as reported by As.“I have a chance to fulfil a dream and I have to thank Barcelona for this opportunity. This isn’t goodbye as I hope I can come back to this club someday.”“Barce asked to arrive this summer and I really couldn’t turn down the chance to move to my dream club in earnest.”A deal is expected to be finalised this weekend, as confirmed by Gremio Sporting Director Andre Zanotta.last_img read more

Hasina asks army to uphold constitutional continuation

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a parade of the 6th Reunion of the Bangladesh Army Engineer Corps at the Engineer Centre and School of Military Engineering (ECSME) at Qadirabad Cantonment, Natore on Thursday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday directed the officers and soldiers of Bangladesh Army to stay ready always to address any external and internal threat to the country’s constitution and sovereignty.”You’ll have to keep a constant vigil to face any internal and external threat to safeguard the country’s constitution and sovereignty,” she said while addressing a parade of the 6th Reunion of the Bangladesh Army Engineer Corps at the Engineer Centre and School of Military Engineering (ECSME) at Qadirabad Cantonment.The prime minister said the army will have to play an important role in building a modern, developed, happy and prosperous Bangladesh alongside upholding country’s democratic and constitutional continuation.”You’ll have to keep the trend of democracy and constitution and make more important contributions to establishing a modern, developed and prosperous Bangladesh,” said Hasina, also president of ruling Awami League.She also put emphasis on maintaining peace and discipline in the country, saying her government does not want anyone to get involved in terrorism, militancy and drug addiction. “You must remain alert so that the country’s law and order is maintained.”Praising the role of army in the country’s development, Sheikh Hasina said members of this force earned trust and confidence of all through their integrity, efficiency and various welfare-oriented activities.She said their glorious role in the UN peacekeeping missions has brightened Bangladesh’s image across the world while the armed forces has set a unique example in facing natural disasters as well as providing help and assistance for the affected people during any accident. “Bangladesh is now a ‘brand name’ in maintaining peace in the UN peacekeeping missions which is a matter of pride for the country.”Appreciating the army for their works for the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals who fled to Bangladesh, the prime minister said their activities have further brightened the country’s abroad.She said her government continues its efforts for further development and modernisation of the force through formulating forces goal-2030 following the defence policy of Bangabandhu.The prime minister described the corp of engineers as a very important and a traditional organisation of the army.To further strengthen the corp of engineers, she said, the government has already constituted Engineer Construction Brigade and Engineer Battalion. Besides, the formation of RE Battalion, Engineer Construction Battalion and DIV engineer Battalion is under process, she said.Hasina urged all to work together to establish Bangladesh before the world as a dignified country, saying various development projects are being implemented with country’s own resources and none can now neglect Bangladesh.She said her government has established Bangladesh as a digital country and it has now entered into the era of 4G network from the 3G.Bangladesh is now marching ahead keeping pace with the world as Bangladesh Army has also been playing very important role in its overall development, she said.The prime minister said the government has taken various measures for turning the professional armed forces into world-standard modern forces imbued with the Liberation War spirit.Elaborating the government’s tremendous achievements in different fields, she said the aim of her government is to ensure development and people’s welfare.Hasina said Bangladesh is going to be elevated to a developing country from the least developed one as it has already fulfilled all criteria in this regard. “We’ll turn Bangladesh into a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed one before 2041 Insha Allah,” she said.The prime minister expressed her optimism that huge experience, guidelines and advices of the seniors at the reunion will inspire members of the army of the new era to work with honesty, patriotism and dedication. Hasina was given a guard of honour by a smartly turned out contingent of the army. She took salute at the parade, and inspected the parade riding an open jeep.Earlier on her arrival at the ECSME Parade Ground, Hasina was received by chief of army staff General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq and the colonel commandant and the commandant of the ECSME.Later, the prime minister attended the annual commanders’ conference of the Army Engineer Corps.last_img read more

Immigration Authorities Cite Fewer Serious Crimes In Deportation Paperwork

first_img Listen Nationally, only 2.8% of recent deportation-related filings were based on alleged criminal activity.The TRAC report also shows that nationally, criminal activity as a reason for deportation has dropped in half in the last five years.Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC)“Where previous administrations had focused on people with criminal convictions, the natural, logical conclusion is a higher percentage of people were going to be those without criminal convictions, because they are just picking up everybody,” said Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative deportation defense attorney Julie Pasch.In January 2017, the Trump administration did away with immigration enforcement priorities that encouraged Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to target dangerous criminals for removal. “Under the Trump administration there are a new set of priorities and essentially anyone [in the country without documentation] is a priority now,” said Susan Long, director of Syracuse University’s TRAC research center.However, just because a serious crime isn’t cited, doesn’t mean someone didn’t commit a crime, according to Pasch. Sometimes prosecutors list a lesser immigration offense because it’s easier to prove, she said.  00:00 /00:54 X U.S. Immigration and Customs EnforcementU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrest company employees on federal immigration violations at a trailer-manufacturing business in Sumner, Texas.Serious crimes are showing up less and less in deportation paperwork filed by federal officials, according to new data from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). Serious criminal activity was cited in 3% of 24,000 deportation-related court filings in the Houston area over the last nine months, including data from immigration courts in Conroe and Houston. center_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

Get to Know Kristen Pezzullo

first_img Get to know freshman attacker/midfielder Kristen Pezzullo.Favorite sports team: Dallas Cowboys, New York YankeesFavorite Athlete: Shaquem Griffin — he inspires me that anything can be done if you are willing to put in the work, give it your all and never give up.Best compliment ever received: The best compliment I have ever received is when two younger girls told me that I was their role model and they chose my jersey number because they wanted to be just like me. Also, when the parents compliment me for being a role model in every aspect of life for their kids.Perfect pizza: Baked ziti on pizzaFavorite musical group/singer: Kane BrownFavorite movie: Notebook & Lizzie McGuireBest subject in school: I love all subjects!Worst subject in school: Don’t totally have one because each class has something valuable to teach, even if it is working through a subject that may not be the most interesting or enjoyable.Favorite food: Peas and Macaroni made by my grandma :)Favorite TV show: Nashville & Gossip girlIf you could have a super power what would it be: I would love to be able to fly and be invisible.Favorite cartoon character: Winnie the PoohMost influential person in your life: Both of my parents are so influential in my life.What do you like to do outside of playing lacrosse: Yoga & live music, especially country concertsWhat’s one thing not many people know about you: I was born without a hipBiggest celebrity Crush: Channing TatumFunniest player on the team: Sarah BlalockBest dancer on the team: Rachel FloreckBest singer on the team: Kirsten ParkerPregame routine: Blasting music and singing it super loud while dancingBest part of your game: My aggression and hustle!!Favorite thing about UofL: My favorite thing about UofL is how it treats its students like royalty and the school does everything possible for you to succeed and be your best self; no matter if that means on a field or in the classroom.Favorite Coach Teeter Saying: “You don’t need a stick to practice” and “Pay the price”Why you chose Louisville: I chose the University of Louisville because when I first stepped on campus it automatically felt like home. I got instant butterflies in my stomach and when I heard the train running through campus it reminded me of home. I also love how Louisville gives their students and student athletes every possible way to succeed. On top of that, I knew that I wanted to play Division 1 lacrosse and I knew that I wanted to play at the highest level possible, the ACC. There is so much to offer on this campus and I just knew it was for me.Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

Research team devises better method for mapping orbitals of molecules

first_img Molecular orbitals represent regions in a molecule where an electron is likely to be found; they are derived using mathematical formulas and are represented by cloudlike drawings with multiple nodes that are supposed to represent where electrons can go and are meant to demonstrate how molecules can share those electrons in chemical interactions or bonding. Since it was first invented in 1981, using the STM has generally been the best method available for creating images of individual atoms and their electronic properties. The STM is basically a piece of equipment with a metal appendage that has a tip width of just a few atoms. The tip is moved back and forth in the air very close to a sample being studied. Voltage is then applied allowing electrons to move between the tip and the sample. Doing so allows for measuring of the density of electrons on the surface of the material being studied which is then used to build the models.Unfortunately however, traditional STM has not been able to map orbitals of single molecules. This is because the density of electrons on the surface of an object, don’t give up the mathematical orbital nor does it have a fine enough resolution. Also there is the problem of having to place the sample on a metal surface which can hide what is going on with the molecules that comprise the sample. In the new approach the team solved the easiest part of the problem by coating the surface that the sample lays on with salt. Next, to improve resolution, they stuck a single carbon monoxide molecule on the end of the tip; this because carbon monoxide molecules have the property of having its outermost lobes paired close, with one positive the other negative phased. Such an arrangement makes the tip more sensitive to the sample material placed below it. Using this method the researchers were able to map the structure of the nodes of the molecular orbitals which allowed them to create images based on the places that held electrons. © 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: High-Resolution Molecular Orbital Imaging Using a p-Wave STM Tip, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 086101 (2011) DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.086101AbstractIndividual pentacene and naphthalocyanine molecules adsorbed on a bilayer of NaCl grown on Cu(111) were investigated by means of scanning tunneling microscopy using CO-functionalized tips. The images of the frontier molecular orbitals show an increased lateral resolution compared with those of the bare tip and reflect the modulus squared of the lateral gradient of the wave functions. The contrast is explained by tunneling through the p-wave orbitals of the CO molecule. Comparison with calculations using a Tersoff-Hamann approach, including s- and p-wave tip states, demonstrates the significant contribution of p-wave tip states.via Physics Viewpoint Experiments Prove Existence of Atomic Chain Anchors 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 Explore further Citation: Research team devises better method for mapping orbitals of molecules (2011, August 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-team-method-orbitals-molecules.html (PhysOrg.com) — A team of physicists comprised of members from IBM Research in Switzerland and the University of Liverpool in the U.K. have figured out a way to improve on results obtained using a Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM) that allows for the orbitals of single molecules to be mapped. They have published a paper on Physical Review Letters describing their procedure.last_img read more

Researchers find similarities in the way birds and babies learn to talk

first_img Citation: Researchers find similarities in the way birds and babies learn to ‘talk’ (2013, May 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-similarities-birds-babies.html Explore further Credit: CDC.gov © 2013 Phys.org 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. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen More information: Stepwise acquisition of vocal combinatorial capacity in songbirds and human infants, Nature (2013) doi:10.1038/nature12173AbstractHuman language, as well as birdsong, relies on the ability to arrange vocal elements in new sequences. However, little is known about the ontogenetic origin of this capacity. Here we track the development of vocal combinatorial capacity in three species of vocal learners, combining an experimental approach in zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) with an analysis of natural development of vocal transitions in Bengalese finches (Lonchura striata domestica) and pre-lingual human infants. We find a common, stepwise pattern of acquiring vocal transitions across species. In our first study, juvenile zebra finches were trained to perform one song and then the training target was altered, prompting the birds to swap syllable order, or insert a new syllable into a string. All birds solved these permutation tasks in a series of steps, gradually approximating the target sequence by acquiring new pairwise syllable transitions, sometimes too slowly to accomplish the task fully. Similarly, in the more complex songs of Bengalese finches, branching points and bidirectional transitions in song syntax were acquired in a stepwise fashion, starting from a more restrictive set of vocal transitions. The babbling of pre-lingual human infants showed a similar pattern: instead of a single developmental shift from reduplicated to variegated babbling (that is, from repetitive to diverse sequences), we observed multiple shifts, where each new syllable type slowly acquired a diversity of pairwise transitions, asynchronously over development. Collectively, these results point to a common generative process that is conserved across species, suggesting that the long-noted gap between perceptual versus motor combinatorial capabilities in human infants1 may arise partly from the challenges in constructing new pairwise vocal transitions.center_img (Phys.org) —A team of researchers from Japan, Israel and the U.S. has found evidence that suggests birds and human infants learn to string syllables together in roughly the same way: through stepwise improvement. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they taught songbirds to sing a new tune and compared an analysis of the results with sounds made by human infants saved in a database. Journal information: Nature The remarkable process that allows humans to learn to talk as they move through various stages of development has been the focus of a lot of research. To gain some insight into the process, researchers have often turned to the animal world—less complicated systems are easier to study. In this new effort, the researchers looked first at zebra finches. Prior research has led most in the field to believe that songbirds such as finches learn how to voice syllables by listening to the birds around them. After that, the ability to string them together into song is innate—it just happens. In this new research, the team has found evidence that it’s not innate, but is instead the result of a lot of work on the part of the bird.To come to this conclusion the team removed three young finches from others of their kind and taught them to sing in the lab. As expected, the birds picked up syllables rather quickly, mimicking the sounds they were played. Next, they were taught to string two syllables together, such as sound A and sound B. Then, they added another syllable, but introduced it as a pair, BC. Then finally, they asked the birds to sing the whole song, ABC, ABC, etc. But that was only the beginning, next the researchers taught the birds to sing another song that was made up of the same sounds, but in a different order: ACB. In studying how the birds went about learning the new song, the researchers discovered that they did so in stepwise fashion, trying out different parts before putting the whole song together. That proved, the researchers claim, that learning songs in songbirds, is not innate. Left turn in speech research—Key insights in study of zebra finches Play Example of step-wise learning of vocal transitions in a songbird and a human infant. Credit: Ofer Tchernichovski and CHILDES database But that wasn’t the end of the study, the researchers found another team in Japan had been conducting a very similar study with Bengalese finches and came up with nearly identical results. Intrigued, they began looking at sounds made by babies that have been stored in a research database. After much analysis, they discovered that the infants were following a nearly identical path in learning to string syllables together to make words as the birds had done to make songs.The results of this research suggest that the basic underpinnings that lead to language development in people, is similar to song development in birds.last_img read more

New type of kill switch to prevent genetically modified microbes from wreaking

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. Science Fiction writers dreamed up the idea of mad scientists creating microorganisms that somehow get out into the world and kill everyone long before modern scientists had the skill to actually do it—but now that technology does exist and along with it fear that in trying to do something good, such as creating a cure for a bacterial disease, researchers could create a monster virus that not only harms patients, but jumps to others and causes serious harm or death. That fear is not ungrounded, as most biological researchers will attest, and that is why some of them are working on making genetically modified organisms safe. The idea is to modify genes to cause the organism to note when some chemical is present, and if so, to self-destruct—a modified virus or bacteria, for example, would die if exposed to a chemical present in the atmosphere. While such an approach is deemed practical by many, others would like to have access to a means for using the same technique on different organisms—those who hold patents on GMOs, for example, would like to be able to kill off their product if it gets into the hands of another entity. To meet that need, the researchers with this new effort came up with two new types of kill switches, which they have named ‘Deadman’ and ‘Passcode.’The Deadman solution is a new take on the kill switch idea from old time trains, a certain chemical must always be present or the modified microbe will die. Passcode, on the other hand is more complex, it combines the idea of a needed chemical and the absence of another. Microbes could be modified to be able to live only in the presence of two different molecules, for example, and the absence of another, or the reverse could be true. The designer could choose whichever “passcode” they desire.The main hurdle facing these new ideas and any others that may come along, of course, is in being able to prove that the microbes they modify will not evolve in ways that overcome the kill switches, either alone or by interacting with native microbes, making such efforts moot and possibly putting everyone at risk. Citation: New type of kill switch to prevent genetically modified microbes from wreaking havoc (2015, December 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-genetically-microbes-wreaking-havoc.html More information: Clement T Y Chan et al. ‘Deadman’ and ‘Passcode’ microbial kill switches for bacterial containment, Nature Chemical Biology (2015). DOI: 10.1038/nchembio.1979AbstractBiocontainment systems that couple environmental sensing with circuit-based control of cell viability could be used to prevent escape of genetically modified microbes into the environment. Here we present two engineered safeguard systems known as the ‘Deadman’ and ‘Passcode’ kill switches. The Deadman kill switch uses unbalanced reciprocal transcriptional repression to couple a specific input signal with cell survival. The Passcode kill switch uses a similar two-layered transcription design and incorporates hybrid LacI-GalR family transcription factors to provide diverse and complex environmental inputs to control circuit function. These synthetic gene circuits efficiently kill Escherichia coli and can be readily reprogrammed to change their environmental inputs, regulatory architecture and killing mechanism. Researchers use CRISPR to create ‘kill switch’ for GMOs Journal information: Nature Chemical Biology Explore further (Phys.org)—A combined team of researchers from MIT and Harvard has come up with two new ways to hardwire a kill switch into a genetically modified microorganism to prevent it from going rogue. In their paper published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology, the team describes their technique, why they think it is better than other approaches and the ways it could be used. © 2015 Phys.orglast_img read more

BHARAT RANG MAHOTSAV COMMENCES

first_imgThe 19th edition of National School of Drama’s (NSD) International Drama Festival ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ commenced on February 1. The inaugural ceremony was presided over by Ratan Thiyam, Chairman, National School of Drama Society and addressed by Waman Kendre, Director, NSD in the august presence of Chief guest, Dr Sonal Man Singh – renowned Bharatnatyam and Odissi Dancer; Guest of Honour, Mr Narendra Kumar Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India; and Special Guests, Mr Feroz Abbas Khan – eminent film and theatre director and Ms Vera Berzak Schneider – famous theatre director from Israel, whose play in English ‘A Stranger Guest’ will also be performed during the current ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfProf Kendre said, “Today, on the occasion of Basant Panchami, the spring season of theatre has also started.” ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ – an International Drama Festival is Asia’s biggest and also among the largest in the world. Bharat Rang Mahotsav’s this years’ schedule features 94 theatre performances by renowned theater groups from different parts of India and world. This year, in this 21 day festival, theatre lovers of 6 Indian cities including New Delhi, Kurukshetra, Pune, Agartala, Hyderabad and Patna would be treated to scintillating theatre performances. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMr Feroz Abbas Khan said,”I feel that artists should not speak, it is their work that should speak. I appreciate the two doyens of theatre are on the dais – namely Prof Waman Kendre and Ratan Thiyam, who are institutions in their own right. I think festivals means and expresses civilizational values which we cherish. It is during such festivals that the civilizational values like the following comes to the fore: diversity, with their differences and choices are accommodated and welcomed in such festivals.” Chief guest Dr Sonal Mansingh said, “Every day is an auspicious day but today being Basant Panchami, it is considered as one of the most auspicious days according to Hindu calendar. Since ’19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ started today, which is an auspicious day to begin work as it is a day dedicated to Goddess Saraswati – the deity of knowledge. I feel that knowledge will kill all the ignorance and I am still a student and seeker of knowledge. National School of Drama is growing each day and it is leaping ahead, my warm wishes and blessings are with this organization. ’19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ has also invited me and I feel honored to showcase my maiden performance here.” The inaugural play ‘Uttara Rama Charitham’ (in Hindi) was staged before the discerning audience as a tribute to the legendary theatre director, Kavalam Narayana Panikkar. The play was performed by Sopanam Theatre Group of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, which lasted for about 1 hour and 30 minutes. This year 3 plays as a tribute to Indian Theatre Masters – Kavalam Narayan Pannikar, Heisnam Kanhailal and Prem Matiyani who recently left for heavenly abode are being staged. Sopanam Theatre’s maiden Hindi production, ‘Uttara Rama Charitam’ is adapted from Bhavabhuti’s Sanskrit play. The play directed and designed by Kavalam Narayana Panikkar has its text rendition done by Hindi poet Dr Udayan Vajpeyi. The play depicts the dual state of Rama, who is torn between ‘Rama-the family man’ and ‘Rama-the ruler’.last_img read more