Jefferson Dahn, who is accused of stabbing to death Antoinette Nettie Peters, took the witness stand, on Thursday June 5, alleging that the victim was murdered by her boyfriend, Bonfrer Adidee, a Ugandan UNMIL civilian staff.Dahn, a private security guard employed by Adidee, was indicted for allegedly murdering Nettie in early January 2013.Testifying in the murder case at Criminal Court ‘A’ at the Temple of Justice, defendant Dahn explained that while he was performing his normal duty, his bossman, Adidee, approached him and said he wanted him, Dahn, to do something for him.He alleged that Adidee did not tell him what he Adidee wanted him (Dahn) to do during the discussion.Instead, he asked him to open the compound gate, got into his vehicle and left that morning for work at the UNMIL head office.Following his departure, Dahn further alleged that the victim, Nettie asked him to buy her a Comium scratch card, which, according to him, he did, but was gone for several hours.He claimed that before leaving the compound, he left the gate key with the victim.He also explained to the court that after he returned with the scratch card, he met the compound locked and he decided to knock on the gate.Surprisingly, he claimed, his boss Adidee, who had left for work, opened the gate and asked him to enter the compound.When he entered, Dahn alleged Adidee asked him where he was coming from.“And I answered him that Nettie sent me to buy her scratch card,” Dahn explained to the Court.“He instructed me to follow him into his living room, and I did,” Dahn further narrated.When both of them entered the living room, Dahn alleged that Adidee asked him to go in his bed room and bring Nettie outside.“I refused to obey his order and asked him since I started work with him, he had never asked us to do such a thing. Why it is that he wants me to do that,” the defendant further alleged.Dahn claimed that after he refused to bring Nettie outside of Adidee’s bedroom, his bossman offered a dell laptop, two phones and a bag containing US$600, but he again refused the offer.He further claimed that the UNMIL staff also left his bundle of key with him, but could not say what he wanted him to do with the keys.While he and Adidee were in the living room, Dahn alleged that his UNMIL bossman said to him, “Dahn go bring two glasses, which I did.”The Defendant in his testimony alleged that when brought the two glasses to Adidee, he (Adidee) asked him to open his freezer (ice box) and bring to him a bottle of juice, which he did.“Adidee took the bottle of juice and put it into the two glasses and asked both of us to drink.”After drinking the juice, Dahn alleged “I fell asleep in his living room, and upon waking up I could not see anyone, neither hear a voice.”He added, “While sitting in the living room, it was when I saw blood spreading from Adidee’s room into the living room.”“I then took the bundle of key and opened the door, and it was when I saw Nettie lying on the floor dead,” defendant Dahn explained to the court.“I hurriedly came outside and called one of my friends, Nickerson Tomah, and I explained everything that had happened in the compound to him.”Closing arguments are to follow on a date yet to be announced by the Court, after which the jury will render its verdict.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A Brazilian man was chopped to death during an altercation with another man at Sourie Backdam, Puruni, Region Seven on Friday evening. The dead man has been identified as 47-year-old Helio Batista Xavier Neves.According to reports, an argument ensued between the now dead miner and another man over the disappearance of some parts belonging to an excavator. The argument quickly turned into a scuffle during which the suspect armed himself with a cutlass and dealt Neves several blows to the body.The Brazilian sustained severe injuries and was rushed to the Bartica Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The suspect has since fled the scene. The Police were summoned and a manhunt has been launched for the suspect.Police have recorded some 91 murders so far this year.
Prison smuggling…says steps are being taken to address contraband smugglingFollowing a recent series of attempts to smuggle contraband and the discoveries of various illicit items at several prison facilities across the country, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has expressed his disgust at the acts, saying that steps are being taken to curb this practice.Minister Ramjattan told reporters on Friday that these incidents, especially those involving prison officers, makes him angry and feel a sense of despair. To this end, he revealed that he has approached the Finance Ministry to acquire scanners to be installed at the entry and exist points of the various prison facilities.“It’s like the abnormal seems to be the rule there, you know, and we are trying asSome of the illicit items seized during last week’s raid at the Lusignan Prisonmuch [as we can]. I now have to get technological about it. You’d have to get scanners at the door that can pick up these things because I don’t think you can collude with scanners but… these scanners are very expensive and I hope people are not going to bypass the scanners too, that’s another problem but we’re gonna have cameras to ensure that the people will be seen who try to bypass,” the Minister said.Furthermore, he went on to recognise that the lack of proper management at these facilities is probably contributing to the increasing instances of smuggling attempts and the discoveries of dozens of contraband within the system.“When these things happen, it is obviously an administrative/management problem and you can say that some people have indicated what can better the situation. There’re some previous prison officers, who were of very high ranks that have indicated their suggestions to me. But it comes back, if the individual know – that prison warden know or the family members bringing in the things in foods and all of that – that that thing can be a disastrous thing, it can create a major problem for our security, why do they do it?” Ramjattan questioned.Moreover, the Public Security Minister further decried the actions of inmates, who recently posted photos of their merriment on social media while in jail.“We have these guys posting on Faceboook, having Ciroc on Mother’s Day. It is very embarrassing and disappointing, extraordinarily, so we have to still struggle with it but we must never give up… And so what we have to do is further strategise and get better recruits and teach them the consequences of not doing their jobs or doing it in a rogue fashion… and hopefully in better days coming we can also have better salaries and conditions of work,” asserted the Minister.Only last Saturday, an inmate at the Lusignan Prison was caught with a cutlass and a knife. This was followed by an attempt to throw several parcels of marijuana over the fence at the New Amsterdam Prison the same day.These incidents come on the heels of ranks of the Joint Services unearthing over 60 illicit items during a three-hour routine search at the East Coast Demerara penitentiary last week.Following these incidents, Prison Director (ag) Gladwin Samuels, reiterated pleas to the public to cease such acts.“I wish to encourage members of the public to desist from introducing contraband into the prison as it is a criminal offence that can lead to imprisonment and it also affects the security of the prison,” he appealed.The smuggling of contraband items remains a perennial problem within the prisons system and while authorities have been working to curb the practice, several prison officers have been caught facilitating the illegal trade, which is said to be a “big business”.
**SubmittedGilbert Bilodeau staged a great come-from-behind effort to win Sunday’s Montney-Rose Prairie Loop 47 km road race. He won a close one with a time of 1:28:41 over Sven Svenson who came in a mere 13 seconds later. Roger St. Jean was third at 1:29:04, Pat Ferris 1:30:42 and Bob Andrews 5th at 1:33:18.Ten riders started under iffy weather conditions. The pack split up on the Rose Prairie road hills. Eventually, Pat Ferris, Sven Svenson and Roger St. Jean pulled away from the chasers. Gilbert Bilodeau caught the group on the switchback downhill and teamed up with Sven Svenson to leave Ferris and St. Jean on the steep Montney Creek hill. Gilbert then got a short lead to the finish for the win.- Advertisement -Richard Wood was 7th at 1:35:47, Ken Nix 1:37:00 and Sam Keats and George Gamble tied for 9th at 1:41:25.Coming up:-Thursday, Baldonnel time trial at 7 PM.-Sunday, the second Annual Terry Stone Memorial 40 k time trial will start at 10 am from the Hudson’s Hope entrance.www.ferrisfastcycles.com
4. Rare smiles with England… and Ray Winstone – Steven Gerrard is undoubtedly one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players and talkSPORT has decided to celebrate his career with 21 memorable images that you would not have seen. 19. Anfield’s hero – Steven Gerrard is undoubtedly one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players and talkSPORT has decided to celebrate his career with 21 memorable images that you would not have seen. No.21 Stevie G to the rescue… again! Click the arrow on the right to relive some amazing moments in the career of Steven Gerrard – Steven Gerrard is undoubtedly one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players and talkSPORT has decided to celebrate his career with 21 memorable images that you would not have seen. 20. A young talent with Michael Owen – Steven Gerrard is undoubtedly one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players and talkSPORT has decided to celebrate his career with 21 memorable images that you would not have seen. 18. 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FA Cup winners in 2001 – Steven Gerrard is undoubtedly one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players and talkSPORT has decided to celebrate his career with 21 memorable images that you would not have seen. 21 Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will announce he will leave the Reds at the end of the season, talkSPORT understands.The midfielder, who will turn 35 in May, is out of contract in the summer, but, despite being offered a new deal, appears to have decided the time is right to leave and pursue a fresh challenge.Former Reds midfielder Terry McDermott paid tribute, saying: “Mark my words Gerrard is the greatest player to have played for #lfc sad sad day for everyone connected with the club.“Kenny (Dalglish) and Souey (Graeme Souness) shone in great great LFC teams…Gerrard has played in LFC teams that were at best mediocre and he carried them to trophies”.To celebrate Gerrard’s incredible career, talkSPORT picks out 21 memorable pictures, which you probably will not have seen. Click the arrow on right to see the images.Liverpool fans, where does Steven Gerrard rank among your greatest ever players? Let us know your thoughts below. 3. A few downs, but mostly ups – Steven Gerrard is undoubtedly one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players and talkSPORT has decided to celebrate his career with 21 memorable images that you would not have seen. 21 21 21 21 13. Silencing the opposition – Steven Gerrard is undoubtedly one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players and talkSPORT has decided to celebrate his career with 21 memorable images that you would not have seen. 21 21 21 21 14. Rivals for club, but team-mates with Rooney for England – Steven Gerrard is undoubtedly one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players and talkSPORT has decided to celebrate his career with 21 memorable images that you would not have seen. 6. Ball boy assistant! – Steven Gerrard is undoubtedly one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players and talkSPORT has decided to celebrate his career with 21 memorable images that you would not have seen. 21 11. Meeting rugby’s Jonny Wilkinson – Steven Gerrard is undoubtedly one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players and talkSPORT has decided to celebrate his career with 21 memorable images that you would not have seen. 8. Family man – Steven Gerrard is undoubtedly one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players and talkSPORT has decided to celebrate his career with 21 memorable images that you would not have seen. 5. Ticket to Istanbul sealed – Steven Gerrard is undoubtedly one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players and talkSPORT has decided to celebrate his career with 21 memorable images that you would not have seen. 16. Good times with Luis Suarez – Steven Gerrard is undoubtedly one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players and talkSPORT has decided to celebrate his career with 21 memorable images that you would not have seen. 21 21 7. Signature free-kick – Steven Gerrard is undoubtedly one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players and talkSPORT has decided to celebrate his career with 21 memorable images that you would not have seen. 21 21 10. Combative captain – Steven Gerrard is undoubtedly one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players and talkSPORT has decided to celebrate his career with 21 memorable images that you would not have seen. 21 21 21 15. Never one to blow his own trumpet – Steven Gerrard is undoubtedly one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players and talkSPORT has decided to celebrate his career with 21 memorable images that you would not have seen. 21 9. Saluting the Anfield crowd – Steven Gerrard is undoubtedly one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players and talkSPORT has decided to celebrate his career with 21 memorable images that you would not have seen. 1. Heading for MLS? – Steven Gerrard is undoubtedly one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players and talkSPORT has decided to celebrate his career with 21 memorable images that you would not have seen.
Photograph showing a person’s leg with a skin cancer lesion that looks pink and raised.IRISH people who work in the outdoors need to be more aware of the dangers of skin cancer, experts have warned.According to a new European report, almost 14.5 million workers in Europe spend at least 75% of their working time outside. After just five years of working outdoors, these workers have a two-fold increased risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancer.People living in Donegal believe that with our often wet weather they are immune to skin cancer. They aren’t. In fact non-melanoma skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Ireland, with around 6,300 new cases every year.The report, Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer by Solar UV. The Neglected Occupational Threat, was written by the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV). It noted that outdoor workers were significantly less likely to try to prevent skin cancer and had poorer health literacy.Health literacy refers to a person’s ability to read, understand and use healthcare information to make appropriate decisions about their health, including following instructions for treatment.The report calls on European member states to recognise non-melanoma skin cancer as an occupational disease. It also calls on the EU Commission to revise the 2006 Directive on Artificial Optical Radiation to include solar UV radiation within its scope. This directive currently only defines limits for exposure of workers to artificial optical radiation to the eyes and skin. It completely excludes the exposure of workers to sunlight.“Far too many of our patients diseased with work-related skin cancers ask us ‘why has nobody told me before? I would then have protected myself’. This has to change. Prevention is simple and cheap,” commented one of the editors of the report, Prof Swen Malte John, of the EADV.The report is published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. DD HEALTH WATCH: OUTDOORS WORKERS WARNED ABOUT SKIN CANCER RISKS was last modified: March 31st, 2016 by John2Share 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:donegalskin cancerWarning
Join Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy for the best bits of Monday’s Sports Bar show.They discuss Everton’s summer spending spree, take calls from Spurs fans over their club’s lack of transfer activity and debate whether there is more passion in lower league football than there is in the Premier League.Listen above or click here to subscribe and download from iTunes.
Hungry Finn Harps stretched their unbeaten run to nine games with a terrific 2-0 win over fancied Athlone Town at Finn Park tonight.Peter Hutton’s side claimed their first win of the season over the Midlanders and have secured the fourth place spot in the league standings.Striker Paul McVeigh continued his rich run when he netted for the fifth time in nine outings to give Harps the lead. McVeigh picked up on a poor back-pas by Athlone to nip in and give Harps a half-time advantage.And when veteran striker Kevin McHugh made it 2-0 after the break from 12 yards, the points were in the bag barring a disaster.Athlone did rally towards the last quarter but Harps defence held solid to claim a deserved victory. HIGH-FLYING HARPS ADD ATHLONE TO THEIR UNBEATEN LIST WITH 2-0 WIN was last modified: September 8th, 2012 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:Athlone Townfinn harps
East African children reading newspapersin school. (Image: East Africa in Focus)MEDIA CONTACTS• New Vision+ 256 (0414) 337000RELATED ARTICLES• Google’s SMS internet for Uganda• Africa science reporting shapes up• The media and open justice • Africa’s first children newspaperBongani NkosiUganda’s Vision Group is planning to overhaul the process of printing newspapers in the East African country following the acquisition of a high-capacity R65.6-million (US$9-million) printing press.The group said in a report on 4 April that its new printing press will “boost efficiency and improve delivery times of its products onto the market”.The “ultra-modern printing press” was assembled in a purpose-built R36.4-million ($5-million) factory in China and is already in use; its first task was printing the 2 April, 48-page edition of New Vision.Vision Group, listed on the Uganda Stock Exchange, is owned by both the government and public, with the latter holding 47% of shares. It publishes New Vision, a leading newspaper with about 65% market share of total daily newspaper sales in Uganda. It also brings out four leading regional titles, including Bukedde and Orumuri. It boasts four magazine titles, including City Beat and Flair, and an online division.Their new machine, the group said, is able to print 40 000 copies per hour with 64 pages of full colour “in one run”. It’s part of the group’s R101.98-million ($14-million) expansion project.The company held a staff party to celebrate the arrival of the new press. According to the April report, Robert Kabushenga, the group’s CEO, described it as a “milestone in Uganda’s media industry”.Kabushenga said the press was a new design in East Africa. It’s also the third new printing press to be imported to Uganda in the history of the country.Beating print deadlinesThe press will help Vision Group reach deadlines more efficiently, it said. It will also make it easier to include breaking news and advertisements that arrive late for print. “We can now wait for an advert until 10pm and still have it published,” said Kabushenga. “Advertisers can also send their pages directly to pre-press.”Broadcast venturesDuring the party, held at its headquarters in the capital city, Kampala, Vision Group also celebrated the completion of a modern studio for Bukedde TV, which the company introduced in 2009. The studio was completed on 22 March, coinciding with the group’s 24th anniversary, reported New Vision.Bukedde TV is an 80% entertainment station that broadcasts in Luganda, one of the most widely spoken languages in the country. Vision Group’s second television station, TV West, will start broadcasting in April. The group also launched five regional radio stations recently.The launch of the radio stations has boosted newspaper sales, Kabushenga said, with a 100% increase in circulation.
23 July 2014Construction company Murray & Roberts has become one of the first beneficiaries of diamond giant De Beers’ R20-billion expansion of its Venetia mine in South Africa, winning a R2.6-billion contract to develop the shafts, tunnels and associated infrastructure for the new underground operation.Venetia is currently an open pit mine and South Africa’s largest producer of diamonds, contributing around 40% of the country’s annual production.Last year, De Beers announced that it would be investing R20-billion in converting the mine to an underground operation, to begin producing its first diamonds in 2021, ramp up to full production in 2024, and continue producing beyond 2040.President Jacob Zuma, speaking at the official launch of construction work on the project in October, said it signalled that South Africa’s mining sector was poised for new growth, adding: “This project is also significant because it demonstrates confidence in South Africa as an investment destination of choice by both foreign and South African companies.”On Wednesday, Murray & Roberts was awarded the contract to build a decline shaft, two vertical shafts, horizontal access tunnels, loading levels, and associated ventilation, ground and water handling infrastructure for the project.Company group chief executive Henry Laas said this was the first of a series of potential awards to Murray & Roberts Cementation, and “potentially represents the single largest opportunity to Murray & Roberts since the Eskom power build programme”.Laas said the “more advanced” Canadian shaft sinking methodology would be used for sinking the vertical shafts, adding that Cementation Canada, “who is recognised as leaders in applying this methodology, will be providing specialist training of the shaft sinking crews.“Although good sinking rates are possible with this methodology, the primary drive in the transition to this methodology is improved safety, as no concurrent shaft sinking activities are required,” Laas said.SAinfo reporter
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#Machine Learning#TCS#top How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Related Posts Shuvro Sarkar Follow the Puck One of the latest trends in the world of technology and engineering is “machine learning” — in fact, all of the big technology companies today have invested in artificial intelligence and machine learning projects.The term “machine learning” was first defined by Arthur Samuel, way back in 1959. He defined it as “the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed,” which basically means that a machine could learn from its own mistakes and reprogram itself to improve its performance over time.The idea gained popularity in the 90s when the concept of data mining came into existence. Data mining uses algorithms to look for patterns in a given set of information, which led to data-driven predictions and decision making. This encouraged engineers to develop complex machine learning algorithms by making use of data mining and predictive analytics.Innovations that are driving business advantageToday, machine learning algorithms are already being used widely in various ways. Here are some, everyday uses of machine learning that you probably didn’t know.The face detection feature in your phone camera is an example of what machine learning can do. Cameras can automatically click when someone smiles or take photos by simply blinking, looking at your phone. This is possible because of the advances in machine learning algorithms.The face recognition feature with which a computer can identify an individual from a photo is another use of machine learning. We use it often on Facebook, while automatically tagging friends in photos they appear.Have you ever noticed that your phone sometimes suggests freeing up space by deleting duplicate photos, photos containing the same image, which it automatically detect? This would not be possible without machine learning.Every time you search something on the Internet you make use of machine learning. Google uses machine learning to improve search results and search suggestions.Machine learning is used in anti-virus and anti-spam software to improve detection of malicious software, spyware, or adware on your devices.Machine learning is also changing the way vehicle systems are engineered and built. It is being used extensively in self-driving cars.Machine learning becomes mainstreamThe technology is advancing at a rapid pace as we continue to find new ways of using machine learning. Enterprises too, are keen to get a hold of machine learning for the betterment of future products and accomplishment of strategic goals.Machine learning brings value to all the data that enterprises have been saving for years, by churning high volumes of data and helping gain deeper insights and improve decision-making. The figure below depicts some of the applications of machine learning across multiple industries.Source: TCSFuture application to use machine learningMachine learning algorithms are being used extensively to re-engineer business processes such as sales, marketing, logistics, procurement etc. across industries. The beauty of it all is that these algorithms keep getting better with time by itself.The real reason behind this accelerated adoption of machine learning is that the algorithms are iterative in nature, repeatedly learning and probing to optimize outcomes. Every time an error is made, machine learning algorithms correct itself and begins another iteration of the analysis. And all of these calculations happen in milliseconds making it exceptionally efficient at optimizing decisions and predicting outcomes.Machine learning makes it easier to devise sophisticated software systems without much human effort. Instead of spending years coding features or fine tuning a system with a lot of parameters, we can use machine learning to get done in a much shorter time span. Don’t be surprised if you soon begin to see and use technology and gadgets, which is as of now seen in science fiction movies. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …
The book is always better than movie. There’s a reason that this is true. If you read the book first, you’ve already created the picture in your mind. Your pictures are the right pictures. Now some big shot Hollywood director comes along and shares his vision of what the pictures look like, and it’s nothing like your pictures. He gets it all wrong.The director leaves out some of the scenes that you loved. He takes some artistic liberties and changes things to make the picture flow. He even adds characters that don’t appear anywhere in the book. Even your friends say that the movie isn’t as good as the book.But your friends wouldn’t like your movie any better than you would like theirs. Your picture is not only different than the director’s picture, it’s different than your friend’s picture too. What you see in your mind, even though you are reading the same text, is uniquely your own, isn’t it?We can’t see the mental images we conjure up in someone else’s mind. Even when we have words that communicate some meaning, the way we interpret those words can be unique. What is “a long time?” What does “fast” mean? What does “better quality” mean? What does “expensive” mean?The more work you do to understand and see someone else’s pictures, the greater likelihood that you can help them achieve their vision. The quicker you are to believe that you know what someone else means without grasping their real vision, the more likely you are to disappoint them with the picture that you present.QuestionsWhat book have you read that you loved way more than the movie?Why is your picture different than someone else’s?How do you uncover your prospect’s pictures?What do you do to ensure you understand what that picture looks like? Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now
The microbes that live in your body outnumber your cells 10 to one. Recent studies suggest these tiny organisms help us digest food and maintain our immune system. Now, researchers have discovered yet another way microbes keep us healthy: They are needed for closing the blood-brain barrier, a molecular fence that shuts out pathogens and molecules that could harm the brain.The findings suggest that a woman’s diet or exposure to antibiotics during pregnancy may influence the development of this barrier. The work could also lead to a better understanding of multiple sclerosis, in which a leaky blood-brain barrier may set the stage for a decline in brain function.The first evidence that bacteria may help fortify the body’s biological barriers came in 2001. Researchers discovered that microbes in the gut activate genes that code for gap junction proteins, which are critical to building the gut wall. 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They tested how leaky the blood-brain barrier was in developing and adult mice. Some of the rodents were brought up in a sterile environment and thus were germ-free, with no detectable microbes in their bodies. Braniste then injected antibodies—which are too big to get through the blood-brain barrier—into embryos developing within either germ-free moms or moms with the typical microbes, or microbiota.The studies showed that the blood-brain barrier typically forms a tight seal a little more than 17 days into development. Antibodies infiltrated the brains of all the embryos younger than 17 days, but they continued to enter the brains of embryos of germ-free mothers well beyond day 17, the team reports online today in Science Translational Medicine. Embryos from germ-free mothers also had fewer intact gap junction proteins, and gap junction protein genes in their brains were less active, which may explain the persistent leakiness. (The researchers didn’t look at the mice’s guts.)Germ-free mice even have leaky blood-brain barriers as adults. But those leaks closed after the researchers gave the animals the microbes from normal mice for 2 weeks, Pettersson says.The microbes have “a striking effect,” says Elaine Hsiao, a neurobiologist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena who was not involved in the study. The work suggests “a role for the [microbes] in regulating brain development and function.”But how? In the gut, bacteria may influence the gut wall’s integrity through one of their byproducts, energy-laden molecules called short-chain fatty acids. So Pettersson and his colleagues infected germ-free mice with either bacteria that made these fatty acids or ones that did not. The blood-brain barrier improved only when the bacteria made these fatty acids, Pettersson says. He thinks that these molecules may get into the blood and stimulate gene activity that leads to the closure of the barrier.The study is not perfect. “Germ-free mice are useful tools for studying the microbiota, but the germ-free condition is artificial and involves widespread disruptions” in how the body functions, such as impaired immunity and loss of gut integrity, Hsiao says. So these results in germ-free mice need to be confirmed in humans.But at the very least, the findings point toward a new understanding of human health and disease, says Lora Hooper, an immunologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas who was not involved in the work. With multiple sclerosis, neurobiologists are at a loss to explain why the disease progresses so erratically, so the idea that changes in the body’s microbes may alter the blood-brain barrier to make the brain more vulnerable to damage is appealing, Pettersson notes.Scientists, Hooper adds, should also investigate whether microbes help spur the development of the human fetus’s blood-brain barrier. It could be that taking antibiotics at the wrong time during pregnancy is creating abnormalities in the blood-brain barrier of the child, she says.*Correction, 21 November, 11:22 a.m.: A misspelled name has been corrected and two attributions have been eliminated.
The UK government on Monday concluded that caste discrimination among the Indian community does not require separate legislation and said it can be covered as part of emerging case law in the country.The ‘Caste in Great Britain and Equality Law – A Public Consultation’ had been launched in March last year to gather the public’s views on how best to ensure that there is “appropriate legal protection” against caste discrimination in Britain.Read it at NDTV Related Items
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — It was quite a night for a New York state college basketball fan who made a half-court shot to win a $500 gift card and received a marriage proposal seconds later.Erin Tobin took part in a Dunkin’ Donuts promotion during Thursday night’s Manhattan-Siena game at the Times Union Center in Albany. As the company’s mascot stood nearby, the 30-year-old Siena graduate and season ticket holder banked in her half-court, one-handed heave.After celebrating, Tobin turned around to see the mascot’s giant coffee cup costume being removed to reveal her boyfriend, 31-year-old Steve Duckett, on his knee and holding an engagement ring. A very surprised Tobin said yes as the crowd cheered.Adding to an already big night, Siena beat Manhattan 94-71.TweetPinShare11 Shares
PARIS (AP) — With voting for the 2018 Ballon d’Or closing this week, Antoine Griezmann boosted his chances of lifting the most prestigious individual trophy in soccer with an inspired display and a goal in his 50th Champions League game on Tuesday.Griezmann helped Atletico Madrid bounce back from a heavy loss to Borussia Dortmund with a 2-0 win over the German club, a result that sent last year’s semifinalist Monaco crashing out.Liverpool was handed a 2-0 shock loss at Red Star Belgrade while Barcelona, without Lionel Messi, drew 1-1 at Inter Milan in the evening’s showcase match to become the first team to progress to the knockout stage this season.Red Star’s victory left Group C wide open after Napoli was held to a 1-1 home draw by Paris Saint-Germain, with all four teams still in contention in a very tight pool.PSG’s Neymar, right, and Napoli’s Raul Albiol vie for the ball during a Champions League, group C soccer match between Napoli and Paris Saint Germain, at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)Griezmann, who has scored 10 goals in his last 10 home matches in the tournament, was set up by midfielder Thomas Partey and concluded the smooth counterattack with a soft touch from inside the area in the 80th minute after Saul Niguez had put the hosts ahead.Dortmund and Atletico are atop Group A. Dortmund routed Atletico 4-0 last month at home in what was the Spanish team’s worst loss under coach Diego Simeone.Earlier, Monaco was handed a humiliating 4-0 defeat by Club Brugge that prematurely ended the club’s Champions League ambitions as Thierry Henry once again failed to secure a first win as coach. It was Club Brugge’s first group win in 13 years.Hans Vanaken scored twice, Brazilian forward Wesley made it 3-0 and captain Ruud Vormer completed the rout. Monaco — which is winless in its last 15 matches — can’t qualify for the knockout phase.BARCELONA THROUGHWithout Messi, Barcelona was still the better team but failed to convert its chances at San Siro stadium.Despite the draw, the Catalan team sealed its spot in the next round.Atletico Antoine Griezmann controls the ball during the Group A Champions League soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)Messi had traveled with the team to Milan but Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde opted not to risk the star forward, who hasn’t played since fracturing his arm last month. Substitute Malcom scored with seven minutes remaining but Mauro Icardi leveled in the 87th for the hosts.Barcelona is top of Group B, three points ahead of Inter and six ahead of Tottenham, which beat PSV Eindhoven 2-1. Harry Kane scored two late goals for Tottenham, which looked in danger of exiting the competition after just four games when the hosts went behind after only 61 seconds at Wembley.Instead, Kane’s goals — in the 78th and 89th — gave the English team a glimmer of hope of a top-two finish.RED STAR SHINES AGAINRed Star Belgrade revived memories of its time as one of Europe’s top teams. Milan Pavkov scored in the 22nd and 29th minutes as the Serbian champions earned a first win in their debut appearance in the Champions League group stage. It last played in the European Cup in 1991 as holders, when beating the likes of Liverpool would not have been regarded as such a surprise.Back then, eastern European teams were genuine contenders for club football’s biggest prize — Steaua Bucharest of Romania was European champion in 1986 — and Red Star had some of the world’s best players like Robert Prosinecki and Dejan Savicevic.Red Star goalkeeper Milan Borjan celebrates after the Champions League group C soccer match between Red Star and Liverpool at Rajko Mitic stadium in Belgrade, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Red Star won 2-0. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)Nearly three decades on, Red Star doesn’t have a household name in its squad and needed to qualify for the group stage through the playoffs. It was thrashed 4-0 by Liverpool at Anfield when the gulf between the sides was huge.In a competitive Group C, last season’s runner-up Liverpool and Napoli have six points each after the Italian side and Paris Saint-Germain drew 1-1. Making his Champions League debut for PSG, goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon could not stop Lorenzo Insigne’s equalizer from the penalty spot after Juan Bernat’s opener just before halftime.VINTAGE PORTOPorto moved even closer to a spot in the knockout stage after beating Lokomotiv Moscow 4-1 to end the Russian champion’s qualifying hopes.After scoring at Lokomotiv last month, Hector Herrera and Moussa Marega both netted again to help put Porto on 10 points at the top of Group D. With Schalke beating Galatasaray 2-0 in Tuesday’s other game, Porto needs one point from its last two games to be sure of qualifying. Lokomotiv has lost all four games.—By SAMUEL PETREQUIN , AP Sports WriterMoscow forward forward Eder, left, and Porto forward Jesus Corona eye the ball during the Champions League group D soccer match between FC Porto and Lokomotiv Moscow at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Araujo)TweetPinShare0 Shares