Hope as family cut off by collapsed bridge to meet Minister today

first_imgA family who have been virtual prisoners in their own home since an access bridge to their home was destroyed in August are to meet the Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands. Seán Kyne, will meet with the O Duibhir family in Bunbeg, West Donegal today.It is hoped the Minister will see first-hand the serious problems being faced by the family in trying to get to and from their home close to the River Clady. Sean O Duibhir confirmed to Donegal Daily he is to meet with Minister Kyne today.He said “I am delighted to be able to meet the Minister and I am hopeful he will see first hand the problems we have.“I am grateful that I am being given a chance to show him our situation and what we are going through.Mr O Duibhir Snr at the ambulance.“Hopefully something can be done when the Minister sees what we are facing every day.” The family face problems on a daily basis and have to walk to the local road to drive their cars to the local school and to shops.Last month Sean’s 79-year-old father had to be trolleyed more than 200 yards into an ambulance because the footbridge to his home has not been replaced.Mr O Duibhir Snr, who is confined to a wheelchair, collapsed at his home.However, emergency medical personnel could not get their vehicle near the family’s home his home after the footpath collapsed and was washed away during flooding in August when the local River Clady burst its banks.Instead, the frustrated paramedics were forced to wheel the man more than 200 yards from his home to the main road where he could be taken by ambulance to hospital. Local county councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig said he is hopeful the Minister’s visit will end the family’s daily turmoil.Hope as family cut off by collapsed bridge to meet Minister today was last modified: November 26th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bridgeBunbegMinister KyneRiver Cladylast_img read more

Players and plotlines: What A’s fans should watch for in 2019

first_imgFor more 2019 MLB preview stories, check out our Bay Area baseball guide.Heading into 2019, the A’s again have major questions about their starting rotation. Last season, they were able to piece together a rotation good enough to reach the AL Wild Card Game, but it’ll be a big task to do it again.There’s also the more existential concern of how the Athletics will be able to move into the future with the possibility of a new stadium in Oakland.Two areas where the A’s know their cards are the …last_img read more

Photo competition to showcase a positive Africa

first_imgPhotographers could win up to $4 000 in this year’s Africa Agility photo competition. The aim of the event is to show positive aspects of the continent to counter-balance the many negative perceptions people have of it. The Africa Agility photo competition is a chance for photographers to showcase positive development on the continent. • Africa urged to invest in artists as visionaries • Done right, urbanisation can boost living standards in Africa • A tribute to South Africa’s neighbours • Documentary focuses on plight of albinos • Woman spreads love on street with cake Priya Pitamber All too often, people carry negative perceptions of Africa. It has a reputation as a continent ravaged by famine, poverty, disease, and corruption. A photographic competition hopes to change that, and show off a vibrant and vast continent at work.The 2015 Africa Agility photo competition wants budding photographers from across the world to capture an “Africa booming with tech-savvy, youthful consumers, fast-paced urbanisation, and enormous long-term economic prospects”. Agility is a provider of integrated logistics.“Much of the world’s perception of Africa is outdated,” said Geoffrey White, the chief executive of Agility Africa. “Today, seven out of 10 of the world’s fastest growing economies are in Africa. This photo competition is intended to highlight a dynamic market with opportunity.”He said world media often reported bad news from Africa, but there was a lot to be proud of on the continent. “We hope this photo competition will demonstrate some of the positives revealing the real progress and development that Africa is making.”There are three categories for photo submissions: Industry, Technology, and Cities. The winner in each category will receive $2 000, and the overall winner will get an additional $2 000.“The photo competition is an engaging way to encourage photographers to present modern, fast-changing Africa through images that show its successes,” White said.“We want to capture images reflecting the robust modernisation happening every day, from sustainable farming to manufacturing to oil and gas production. We hope, as a result, perceptions of Africa will become more balanced, and [that people] will come to see Africa as a significant contributor to the world economy.”The competition is open to amateur and professional photographers and will run from 1 June to 1 September. There is no limit on the number of entries per person.To enter:• Complete the online entry form and include your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, photo, photo location, and photo caption. • Specify to which category your entry belongs.There is more information on the competition’s website. The winning images will be shown on a CNBC Africa broadcast and published in Forbes Africa magazine.Africa 2015 Agility Photo Competition. The story of today’s Africa needs to be told. http://t.co/J4jMF97hJI — Aries Setiadi (@ariessetiadi) June 8, 2015Agility is launching a global photo competition to highlight the success of emerging Africa @StartupGrindCPT @FNBSA http://t.co/YfMiZN81cK — SA Innovation Summit (@innovsummit) June 2, 2015last_img read more

Two-year-old ‘sexually assaulted’ in Kolkata playschool

first_imgA two-year-old boy was allegedly sexually assaulted at a playschool in south Kolkata’s Behala area earlier this week. The alleged incident occurred on Monday and the matter came to light on Thursday, a day after the parents lodged a police complaint at Thakurpukur Police station.The FIR, registered under Sections 4 & 6 of the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012, mentions that when the child went to the playschool located on Diamond Harbour Road in Sakher Bazar area on the morning of July 2, he was subjected to “aggravated penetrative sexual assault by unknown persons of the school.”School denies plea to provide CCTV footageIn the complaint to the police, the father of the child said that the Principal of the playschool denied their request to provide the CCTV footage of the particular day. The father said the school authorities had told him that they did not have CCTV footage between June 26 and July 3.“When my son came out of the playschool he was crying. He was not able to stand or sit. The doctor suggested that we visit the school and check the CCTV footage,” the father said. The parents took the child to a state-run health facility where a medical examination was done.Representatives of the playschool said that they had organised “a doctor’s day event in the school on Monday” when a doctor medically examined the children.“This child, however, was not checked by the doctor. He was with the teachers and nanny in another room, and at 11.30 a.m., the parents came and picked the child up. They came 24 hours later making these allegations,” the playschool representative told journalists.Last year incidentIn December 2017, an allegation of sexual assault on a kindergarten student at a south Kolkata school triggered massive protests by parents. The school had to be closed for weeks before arrests were made and the principal of the school was removed from office.last_img read more

Tripura police arrests suspected member of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen

first_imgPolice arrested a suspected member of extremist outfit of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen in Tripura on Tuesday. Director General of Police Akhil Kumar Shukla claimed that detainee Nazir Sheikh, a resident of Murshidabad district in West Bengal, was involved in ‘terror activities’ in India.Mr. Shukla stated that Tripura police had received information on Nazir Sheikhi’s presence in the State. “Based on intelligence inputs we have arrested him,” the DGP added but refused to disclose the location of his arrest.In a hastily convened press briefing at his office, the DGP said the detainee was trained to deal with Improvised Explosive Device (IED). He said that police and intelligence officials were questioning Mr. Sheikh to extract information on various security related aspects.DGP Shukla did not rule out the link between terror organisation and drug mafias. He asserted security agencies were on alert ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.last_img read more

WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON Rep Seth Moulton Concerned Emergency Declaration Could Cost Massachusetts

first_imgWASHINGTON, DC — This week, Massachusetts House Armed Services Committee Members Representatives Seth Moulton (MA-06), Lori Trahan (MA-03), and Bill Keating (MA-09) condemned President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency so that the president can circumvent Congress and use military construction funds to build his border wall. The decision to use military construction funds directly jeopardizes $90 million designated for use at the Hanscom Air Force Base to construct a Compound Semiconductor Laboratory-Microelectronics Integration Facility, and $42,600,000 at the Westover Air Reserve Base.“Whether President Trump recognizes it or not, we are competing with Russia and China to develop the next generation of advanced technologies that will allow us to lead the world in the 21st Century,” Rep. Seth Moulton (MA-06) said. “The proposed lab at Hanscom Air Force Base is exactly the type of investment the government should be making to keep our nation safe. The president’s decision to raid these funds from Hanscom–to pay for a 5th Century wall to address a 21st Century immigration problem–isn’t just a waste of money, it is a conscious decision to play politics with our national defense and economic competitiveness.”“The President declared an emergency over a crisis that doesn’t exist – even going so far to say during his press conference that he ‘didn’t need to do this.’ Now that he has, $90 million worth of military construction projects at the Hansom Air Force Base alone are at risk of being diverted to construct the President’s ineffective, wasteful wall that does nothing to secure our border. This is an outrage,” Rep. Lori Trahan (MA-03) said. “No president, Donald Trump included, has the right to undermine the authority of Congress by declaring a fake national emergency just because they didn’t get their way. I will be joining my colleagues in Congress to do our constitutional duty to protect our system of checks and balances and take strong action against the President’s emergency declaration which has now become a clear threat to our actual security and military readiness.”“This Administration’s emergency declaration is at best a reckless politicization of our military and at worst will threaten critical military construction projects,” Rep. Bill Keating (MA-09) said. “Last year, senior Department of Defense leaders testified before Congress about a backlog of $116 billion of unfunded facility requirements and that 32% of their facilities were in poor or failing condition. Just this week, there have been several articles highlighting the poor living conditions that military members and their families are facing on military bases throughout the country. Using military construction funds endangers military readiness and decreases the well-being of our servicemen and women. Additionally, Massachusetts has a number of critical infrastructure projects carried out by the US Army Corps of Engineers that could be threatened by this declaration, including maritime and public safety projects.”(NOTE: The above press release is from Rep. Seth Moulton’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Moulton, Stewart Introduce Bill To Designate “9-8-8” For Suicide Hotline Dialing CodeIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Moulton Secures Local Wins In National Defense Authorization ActIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Moulton Urges President Trump To Take Steps To Bring Afghan Allies, Translators To SafetyIn “Government”last_img read more

Baltimore Fire Official 6 Kids Presumed Dead after Fire

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on a house fire that injured four and left six children missing (all times local):11:10 a.m.A fire official says six children are presumed dead after a fire tore through a northeast Baltimore home.Baltimore City firefighters remain on the scene early Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, after a fire on Springwood Avenue in northeast Baltimore. Several children and an adult were taken to an area hospital. Six children are still missing. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)Fire department spokesman Chief Roman Clark said Thursday that one body has been found at the home and six children from the family who were missing after the fire are presumed dead.Clark says responding firefighters found heavy fire coming from all three floors of the northeast Baltimore home when they arrived early Thursday.A woman and three other children were injured. Clark says she and two of the children are in critical condition and the third child is in serious condition.___10:55 a.m.A neighbor says a fire at a Baltimore home that injured four and left six children missing was a complete inferno.Fifty-five year-old Michael Johnson lives a block away from the home where the fire broke out early Thursday, injuring a woman and three children. Fire officials say six other children are unaccounted for.Johnson says fire was coming out of every window and as firefighters sprayed it, “it seemed like the fire was fighting back.” He added that he was praying for the people inside. He says it was so intense that he didn’t think anyone would survive.Johnson says he saw a woman come out of the house screaming.___10:30 a.m.The father of the children who were injured and missing after a fire in Baltimore says one of the children has been released from the hospital.William Malone told The Associated Press that he was not home at the time of the fire early Thursday because he was at work for a restaurant. Malone said one of the three children who were taken to the hospital after the blaze has since been released.Malone said he had no update on the status of the six children who were missing. Malone said all nine are his children with Katie Malone, a staff member of Rep. Elijah Cummings’ district office. William Malone said Katie Malone, who was also injured in the fire, is in stable condition.William Malone said he is “still in shock” about the fire. He said he does not know what may have caused the fire.___9:50 a.m.A Baltimore Congressman says a fire that injured four and left six children missing involved a staffer from his district office and her family.Baltimore City firefighters remain on the scene early Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, after a fire on Springwood Avenue in northeast Baltimore. Several children and an adult were taken to an area hospital. Six children are still missing. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)Rep. Elijah Cummings said in a statement Thursday that Katie Malone has worked as a special assistant in his Catonsville office for nearly 11 years. He says she serves constituents in the areas of immigration, postal services, and the military, including service academy nominations. He says “this unimaginable tragedy is shocking and heartbreaking to us all.”Fire department spokesman Chief Roman Clark says responding firefighters found heavy fire coming from all three floors of the northeast Baltimore home when they arrived early Thursday. He says the woman and two of the children are in critical condition and the third child is in serious condition. He says another six children who live at the home are unaccounted for.The cause is under investigation.7:20 a.m.A fire official says a woman and three children are injured and six more children are unaccounted for after a house fire in northeast Baltimore.Fire department spokesman Chief Roman Clark says responding firefighters found heavy fire coming from all three floors of the home when they arrived early Thursday.Clark says a woman and three children escaped the home. He says the woman and two children are in critical condition and the third child is in serious condition. He says another six children who lived at the home are unaccounted for.Clark says the third floor collapsed and the second floor partially collapsed. He says the blaze is contained, but hasn’t been placed under control.The cause is under investigation, but investigators haven’t been able to enter the building.last_img read more

Altering silkworm genes to cause addition of useful protein into silk production

first_img © 2018 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. For many years scientists have strived to improve on the already impressive attributes of silk—some would like to make it stronger, others to produce silk naturally in different colors, while others yet would like to include features such as antibiotic properties. Such efforts have not always been as fruitful as desired, however; thus, research continues. In this new effort, the researchers sought to change the makeup of silk by causing the silkworm to produce and use unnatural proteins.The researchers sought to induce silkworms to produce an amino acid called 4-azido-L-phenylalanine, which the worms would add to the silk they made. The researchers used tRNA synthetase to get their silk-producing organs to create azidophenylalanine and then to accept it as an added ingredient in silk production. They then used a bacterial screening system to weed out the cells that were not receptive to adding the protein as silk was spun. This was followed by the creation of four altered silkworm strains and adding the genes responsible for causing the creation of azidophenylalanine in only the parts of the worm involved in creating the materials for use in spinning silk—allowing it to make its way to other body parts could have led to undesired side-effects. At this point, the team was ready to test their work by allowing the genetically modified worms to spin some silk. Testing of the silk showed that for two of the strains, more than 6 percent of the natural enzyme had been replaced by azidophenylalanine—proof that their technique had worked. The team then demonstrated that adding a protein such as azidophenylalanine could provide a positive function by conjugating the silk produced by the modified silkworms to fluorescent molecules through the use of click chemistry, which caused the cocoons to glow—one bright red, the other green. Explore further Credit: ACS Silkworms fed carbon nanotubes or graphene produce stronger silkcenter_img A team of researchers with the RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies and the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, both in Japan, has found a way to alter silkworm genes to create silk with useful proteins. In their paper published in ACS Synthetic Biology, the group describes their technique and suggest possible uses for it. Journal information: ACS Synthetic Biology More information: Hidetoshi Teramoto et al. Genetic Code Expansion of the Silkworm Bombyx mori to Functionalize Silk Fiber, ACS Synthetic Biology (2018). DOI: 10.1021/acssynbio.7b00437AbstractThe genetic code in bacteria and animal cells has been expanded to incorporate novel amino acids into proteins. Recent efforts have enabled genetic code expansion in nematodes, flies, and mice, whereas such engineering is rare with industrially useful animals. In the present study, we engineered the silkworm Bombyx mori to synthesize silk fiber functionalized with azidophenylalanine. For this purpose, we developed a bacterial system to screen for B. mori phenylalanyl-tRNA synthetases with altered amino-acid specificity. We created four transgenic B. mori lines expressing the selected synthetase variants in silk glands, and found that two of them supported the efficient in vivo incorporation of azidophenylalanine into silk fiber. The obtained silk was bio-orthogonally reactive with fluorescent molecules. The results showed that genetic code expansion in an industrial animal can be facilitated by prior bacterial selection, to accelerate the development of silk fiber with novel properties. Citation: Altering silkworm genes to cause addition of useful protein into silk production (2018, April 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-silkworm-genes-addition-protein-silk.htmllast_img read more