CWG scam: PM ignored Mani Shankar’s warning letters

first_imgDuring his recent interaction with the media, an editor asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about the letters written by former sports minister Mani Shankar Aiyar exposing glaring financial irregularities in the run up to the Commonwealth Games (CWG). But the prime minister claimed that the content of Aiyar’s letters was “purely ideological”. Two days after the prime minister’s statement given at his 7 RCR residence, Headlines Today accessed those letters which clearly go beyond ideology. These letters were written by Aiyar over a span of two years starting 2006. Aiyar’s letters quoted specific figures of financial bungling by the sacked chairperson of the CWG organising committee (OC) Suresh Kalmadi and his team during the preparation for the 2010 Games. In one of these letters, written on March 9, 2006, Aiyar stated: “I write to seek a meeting with you to discuss gargantuan gap between expenditure projections given in 2003 and present projected figures. As against the figure of Rs 150 crore for physical infrastructure, current estimates have been ramped up to over Rs 500 crore. On organisation of games, the figure has been ramped from Rs 250 crore to Rs 900 crore.” In another letter, which directly targets the former OC boss, Aiyar stated on October 25, 2007: “I grow increasingly alarmed at the profligacy of CWG OC chairman. Military Games held with nearly 3 quarters the number of athletes and officials expected for CWG came to under Rs 200 crore. Present projections of CWG expenditure have topped Rs 20,000 crore!” ‘I didn’t want to share a cell with Kalmadi in Tihar’Confirming that he did write to the prime minister warning about the CWG scam, Aiyar said he “didn’t carry the conviction” while warning the head of the government about it. He was talking to Headlines Today over phone from Kathmandu after the news channel showed his letters. “It (CWG fiasco) was entirely avoidable. But I will blame myself,” Aiyar said, adding, “My fault is I didn’t carry the conviction… everyone thought it was a personality clash.” “My primary concern was ideological. Then I realised there was a great deal of financial impropriety,” he said. “I am sure publication of letters will refresh the prime minister’s memory. I brought it to the attention of the prime minister, cabinet ministers and the group of ministers (GoM). I was overruled in the GoM by the finance minister. The seriousness of my charges was dismissed by the GoM,” Aiyar said. “The next step was that I was sacked and Suresh Kalmadi was retained,” Aiyar said, adding, “But now I am sitting in Kathmandu, while Kalmadi is grieving in Tihar jail.” “I did not want to share a cell with Suresh Kalmadi in Tihar jail,” the senior Congress MP said. PM trashed Aiyar’s letters as ‘purely ideological’It was on June 29 when T.N. Ninan of the Business Standard raised the issue of CWG scam citing Aiyar’s letters ahead of the games before the prime minister as the latter launched a public relations drive using the media platform in a bid to explain his policies and address government’s concerns on a host of issues. In reply, the prime minister said: “You have also written Mr Ninan that our friend Mani Shankar Aiyar wrote to me, but he wrote to me on purely ideological grounds. He was opposed to hosting the Commonwealth Games.”advertisementlast_img read more

Federer advises Kyrgios to improve worth ethic after another Shanghai meltdown

first_imgAustralian tennis player Nick Kyrgios made another controversial exit at the Shanghai Masters when he went down to an American qualifier on Monday.The 23-year-old Kyrgios was involved in a row with French official Damien Dumusois during his shock first round loss to world No. 104 Bradley Klahn, who won 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.Dumusois told Kyrgios a point early in the second set “was really borderline”, which prompted a fiery response from the Australian who reacted by saying “I don’t care”.Kyrgios has previously courted controversy at the same event.Last year he was fined $10,000 and forfeited his first-round loser’s cheque following a decision to walk off after losing the first set against Steve Johnson.In 2016, he was banned for eight tournament weeks and fined a total of $41,500 after he was beaten 6-3 6-1 by Mischa Zverev in a second-round match in which Kyrgios put in a series of half-hearted serves and appeared to be walking off court before the unseeded German had returned the ball to him.Monday’s controversy was also the second time within the last six weeks that Kyrgios’ effort has been questioned by an official.Swedish umpire Mohamed Lahyani was reprimanded by U.S. Open organisers for going “beyond protocol” when he climbed down from his chair to give Nick Kyrgios a mid-match pep talk during his second round match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.Roger Federer, the top seed and the defending champion in Shanghai, advised Kyrgios to work towards realising his own potential.”I think it’s really up to him where he wants to go and what his potential really holds. We don’t really know and I don’t think he really knows exactly what his potential is.advertisement”And only through understanding work ethic and scheduling and whatever it might be, creating the right team around himself, only then can you unlock the potential really,” Federer said.The 20-time Grand Slam winner further added that Kyrgios must follow the right process in order to taste success in future.”But there is still a process in place that he needs to do like any other player needs to go through in order to be successful,” he added.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Flying High | The Sports Stars

first_imgFor far too long, India has looked to its cricketers alone for sporting glory. But the past few years have seen a fresh stream of sports stars from diverse disciplines, thanks to the establishment of domestic leagues such as Pro Wrestling and Pro Kabaddi, and live coverage of international events,For far too long, India has looked to its cricketers alone for sporting glory. But the past few years have seen a fresh stream of sports stars from diverse disciplines, thanks to the establishment of domestic leagues such as Pro Wrestling and Pro Kabaddi, and live coverage of international events like the Asian Games and the badminton Super Series, to name a few.The men and women, and in one case a boy-16-year-old shooting sensation Saurabh Chaudhary-profiled here all possess a spirit that has seen them overcome tremendous odds to succeed in their chosen sport. The uplifting stories are not restricted to just athletes who shone on the big stage. Behind every champion are also devoted coaches, or people passionate about their product, like Kashmir willow batmaker Rifat Masoodi. These people are proof that India’s villages and small towns are a powerhouse of talent, the engine that ensures that the country punches above its weight as a sporting power.last_img read more

Buckeye switch Former Buckeye Aaron Pettrey replaces Mike Nugent as kicker for

The Cincinnati Bengals signed former Buckeye kicker Aaron Pettrey on Tuesday afternoon. Pettrey will replace Mike Nugent, another former Buckeye kicker. On Monday, Pettrey was excited about trying out for the Bengals. On Tuesday, he made the roster of the team he grew up rooting for. “It’s pretty cool,” Pettrey said. “My dad is excited. My family is already looking for tickets.” Pettrey’s signing came on the heels of Nugent’s season-ending knee injury. Nugent won AFC Player of the Month for September but struggled in November, missing two of three field goal attempts in two games. “It’s bittersweet,” Pettrey said. “It’s nice being here, but I’d like to see Mike keep kicking this year. Under the circumstances, I wish it were a different route.” Nugent was upset about his injury but happy for Pettrey’s opportunity. “He’s a really good guy,” Nugent said, “works really hard and is the kind of person Coach (Jim) Tressel likes to bring in. He’s one of those people that makes you look at your character and how hardworking you can be.” Pettrey recovered from an MCL tear that kept him sidelined for three games in OSU’s 2009 season. Devin Barclay took over Pettrey’s kicking duties while he was injured. “I learned a lot from him,” Barclay said. “He’s a tough kid. Mentally strong, a great leg, kind of a guy who leads by example. Just a class act all-around.” Pettrey played multiple positions in high school but knew kicking is what would take him to the highest level. “That’s what I really wanted to do,” Pettrey said. “Kicking and eventually making it to the NFL, at the highest level.” read more

Neuer From now on we only have finals

first_imgCaptain Manuel Neuer insists that Germany must consider their two remaining group games in the World Cup as “finals” from now onThe reigning champions suffered a disastrous start to the defence of their crown when they lost 1-0 to Mexico on Sunday with a Hirving Lozano first-half goal proving to be the difference at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Germany will be under an extreme amount of pressure to defeat Sweden this weekend in Sochi in order to avoid a shocking early exit at Russia.Neuer, who recovered in time from a broken foot, to take his place as Joachim Low’s number one goalkeeper for the World Cup insists that the team must take each game now as seriously as a final.“From now on, we only have finals. The players have to show what they can do but I am convinced that we can do it,” said Neuer, according to Punchng.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…The 32-year-old is refusing to get overly concerned by the situation and believes that the best remedy is to turn their full focus on to Sweden now.“Complaining about what happened doesn’t change anything, we all know that,” he said.“We have to try to put this behind us as quickly as possible.”Germany are hoping to become the first team since Brazil in 1962 to successfully defend their world title.last_img read more

Zaniolo excited about his football career

first_imgThe 19-year-old has debuted for Roma against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League and recently he was called to the national teamNicolo Zaniolo debuted with Italian Lega Serie A club Roma in a UEFA Champions League match against Real Madrid this season.His good performances have also made him shine and was called to the Italy national team too.And the 19-year-old is very excited about this.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“I expected a lot less to happen than what actually did. I would like to continue on this path. My debut at the Bernabeu against Real Madrid for the Champions League was crazy, I could not describe it,” he told Gianluca Di Marzio.“My legs were trembling, thank goodness De Rossi was there to give me a hand. Once on the pitch, however, I only thought about playing football.”“I did not expect the call-up to the Italian National Team. I was in front of the TV when I found out. I called my father and we went to Coverciano,” he commented.“I hope that in the future I will succeed, I played with champions like Chiellini and Bonucci and I tried to learn as much as I could although I had little time available. Mancini told me that he believes in me very much and that now he will show me how much I’m worth.”last_img read more

Gattuso on Suso and Milans team for Olympiacos

first_imgGennaro Gattuso has dropped a hint on Suso’s fitness concerns and game plan ahead of the Europa League decider against Olympiacos.Milan can go through with a draw or even a defeat, depending on goal difference but Gattuso is cautious of his approach for the tie“This is a fundamental game for the club and all of us. We’ll be in a fiery atmosphere, but that disappears once you take to the field. We’ve got to focus on the game on a technical and tactical manner, not just psychological,” said the Coach in his Press conference published on Football Italia.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I have to use my experience and pass that on to the players for how they should face the game. Every player is different and has his own characteristics, so not everyone needs the grit I put into matches.“Olympiacos is one of the best sides in Europe when it comes to possession and we mustn’t underestimate the match. We can’t just play in the old-fashioned Italian style of defend and counter. I want to see some character and for us to take control.“It’s important to point out that Olympiacos play good football, they’re not just heart and nothing else. If we look at their players, they’ve got more international experience than us. We cannot underestimate them.”last_img read more

Possible Champions League draw for English teams

first_imgWith all English teams set to feature in the draw for the Champions League last 16, there is a huge possibility they could face some tricky ties considering their group stage positions.Man City finished as group winners despite an opening day defeat at home to Lyon, while Liverpool, Spurs, and United could only settle for the second spot.While the three second-place finishers will be delighted to move onto the next stage, they might not be as happy when they learn their fate in the last 16 draws on December 17.UEFA rules state that teams who played in the same group cannot be drawn against each other, and neither can teams from the same country.With that in mind, these are the potential opponents for the Premier League teams in the upcoming draw.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Man City’s potential last 16 opponents: Roma, Ajax, Schalke, Atletico MadridMan United’s potential last 16 opponents: PSG, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Porto.Spurs’ potential last 16 opponents: PSG, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Porto, Juventus.Liverpool’s potential last 16 opponents: Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Porto, Juventus, Barcelona.last_img read more

Ibrahimovic rules out January loan move

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has put an end to speculation linking him with a loan move to a European club in JanuaryThe 37-year-old striker had been linked with moves to former clubs Manchester United and AC Milan with even Real Madrid being touted as a possible destination.But, on the back of his first season in the MLS with new club LA Galaxy, Ibrahimovic has no plans on going anywhere.“If I belong to Galaxy, I am a Galaxy player,” said Ibrahimovic, according to Sky Sports.“I don’t go abroad and do these things – loan and this… I don’t need that.“I mean if I belong to one club, I stay in one club. I focus on that club and I give all my attention to that club, so that is not in my mind.”After failing to reach the MLS Cup playoff places, Ibrahimovic insists that Galaxy must challenge for silverware if he is to remain.“For me to return, I want to be able to challenge for the trophy,” Ibrahimovic said. “I am not here for a vacation. I am here for the challenge.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I want to feel I have a chance to be the best in MLS – my team, not me, because I am the best. I want to feel my team against the other ones.“In the long term, I don’t know how it looks like. It is new for me – I am here six or seven months.“But the club knows all my wishes and all my demands. It is up to them what they want.“But they are positive and they have been very good to me. They have helped me and my family with whatever I need.“Let’s say I am not worried.”Galaxy president Chris Klein also confirmed Ibrahimovic remains a part of their plans for next season.The Swede finished last season with 22 goals and seven assists in 26 MLS games for Galaxy.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Customer Service Representative at Stafford Manufacturing Corp.Full-Time Research Associate at CuriRx, Inc.Full-Time Research Assistant at CuriRx, Inc.Full-Time Financial Analyst at Charles River LabsFull-Time General Service Manager at Limbach Facility ServicesFull-Time Buyer II at SymboticFull-Time Information Systems Security Manager at L3 Technologies Full-Time Accounts Payable Clerk at AramarkFull-Time Customer Service Specialist at Super Service TodayFull-Time SOX Manager at NRS Global Partners (Contract)(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)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… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

PUBG Mobiles most exciting update brings helicopters RPGs and more

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:50Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:50?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close This has to be the coolest PUBG Mobile trick, EVER!!!center_img PUBG Mobile has become a household name in India and across the globe. Be it for good or bad reasons, PUBG Mobile is a hot topic of discussion among friends and families. For its players, PUBG Mobile brings an ultimate gaming experience without having a gaming setup in place. But that’s not the only reason why PUBG Mobile is so popular.Tencent Games, developer of PUBG Mobile, is constantly updating its battle royale game with new features and content that is attracting new players while keeping existing ones engaged to the game. But an upcoming update to PUBG Mobile has to be the most exciting one ever as it brings fresh weapons and content straight out of players’ wild imaginations.PUBG Mobile has updated its Chinese beta version of the app to introduce helicopters, new combat vehicle, enhanced weapons like RPGs and much more. Sadly, there’s no word on if and when the new content will arrive for the masses, but it could eventually make it to the rest of the world when the developers think it’s ready.For now, players can either wait in the excitement of the new update or try downloading the Chinese version of the game on the phone to test the new features. But doing so won’t sync your game progress, neither will it allow you to play with your mates unless they also have the Chinese version installed on the phones. PUBG Mobile updateScreenshotRegardless of what option you choose, it’s worth checking out the new content in the upcoming update before it is officially released.HelicoptersThis has to be the single best thing in PUBG Mobile. We played Call of Duty Mobile and found the choppers to be quite exciting. Bringing helicopters to PUBG Mobile enhances the gameplay by taking the combat to the skies. Helicopters also make it easier to commute and spot enemies to take them out while flying.The controls are pretty simple, top arrow to lift, down arrow to land and the direction is controlled separately. The chopper in the game replicates the real-life Boeing AH-6 Light Helicopter and it appears up to 4 people can sit in it.As the pilot flies the chopper around, other players will be able to engage in the combat, just like in the case of a car or jeep. But a sample video shows that the helicopters won’t be a part of the Classic mode in Erangel, but a special Arcade mode. The details of it remain to be uncovered.RPGs, grenade launcher and moreWith a new mode of transport included in PUBG Mobile, players need to be equipped with capable weapons. PUBG Mobile also comes with RPG and grenade launchers so players in the chopper or on the ground can engage in a fair fight. Both these new weapons don’t have a long-range, so players would need to get close to the enemies to take them out. PUBG Mobile Lite has RPGsIBTimes India/Sami KhanAdditionally, there are several new items for players, such as a repair kit for the chopper, binoculars and more. Players also get a chute to land safely if they jump out a flying chopper.Combat vehicleIn addition to the choppers and new weapons, PUBG Mobile also has a new BRDM combat ground vehicle, which can withstand gunfire and explosions. The vehicle is already seen in the PC version of the game and it can travel both on land and in water. If not a helicopter, this can be a really cool mode of transport in the game.Check out a video published by Mr. Ghost Gaming on YouTube, which has been taken from a Chinese beta tester of the game.Let us know what you think and if the new additions are exciting.last_img read more

WWII bomb to force mass evacuation in Berlin

first_imgThe discovery of an unexploded World War II bomb will force a mass evacuation around Berlin’s central railway station Friday, covering several government ministries and a hospital, police said.Buildings and streets in a radius of 800 metres (875 yards) around the site north of the busy train station will be cleared from 0700 GMT until the 500-kilogramme (1,100-pound) explosive is safely defused, they said on Twitter Wednesday.The evacuation zone covers the central railway station, the economy and transport ministries, an army hospital and the embassies of Indonesia and Uzbekistan, a police spokesman told AFP.Police said it was not yet clear how many thousands of people would be affected but predicted to local media that “it will be big, it will be a major hassle”.The Deutsche Bahn rail company and urban transport operators prepared for large-scale disruptions around the central hub for trains, trams and buses.The bomb, which was discovered during construction work on Heidestrasse in the district of Mitte, was “safe for now”, police said, reassuring nearby residents that “there is no immediate danger”.Allied planes blasted Nazi Germany during the Second World War, and vast urban and industrial areas remain littered with unexploded bombs and other ordnance often found during construction projects.Last Friday in the state of Bavaria, an ordnance disposal team defused a 500 kilogramme bomb which had forced the evacuation of 12,000 people in the city of Neu-Ulm-the third unexploded bomb to be disarmed in recent weeks in the city of 50,000 people.last_img read more

For lowcost DNA nanostructures recycle sticky ends

first_img At left, a sketch of two grids connected by two generic sticky-ends (circled) and one specific sticky-end (right end). The atomic force microscopy image is at right, with the scale bar equal to 40 nm. Credit: Constantin Pistol, et al. DNA could be backbone of next generation logic chips In the second method, Pistol and Dwyer used all specific sticky-ends to connect two 4 x 4 grids. They found that, after the grids were connected, the sticky-ends could be reused in other connections. In this method, the scientists assembled four 4 x 4 grids to produce a 64-motif structure. “Once the two sticky-ends have joined into a double helix, their sequences can be re-used in another part of the system,” said Dwyer. “This requires that the nanostructure be formed hierarchically.”At a molecular weight of 8960 kD, the 64-motif structure is one of the largest programmable synthetic nanostructures ever synthesized. The scientists also predict that this method can be scaled even further before reaching a limit imposed when the generic interactions begin to dominate the process. However, studies in periodic DNA crystal formation suggest that the scale limit is nearly macroscopic.In analyzing their structures for defects, Pistol and Dwyer found that missing motifs were common, requiring defect-tolerant designs in future large-scale assemblies. If DNA nanostructures can be fabricated at the scales Pistol and Dwyer predict, then not only biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry would benefit, but future computer systems may use DNA, as well.“One of the benefits of DNA nanostructures for computers is device density,” Dwyer said. “The grid has a pitch of 20nm, and this is about half of the smallest device feature in Intel’s latest lithography process. The other benefit is manufacturing scale. Each experiment created a vast number of structures (~1012 or more) and this holds the promise of more complex and higher performance computers in the future.”Citation: Pistol, Constantin, and Dwyer, Chris. “Scalable, low-cost, hierarchical assembly of programmable DNA nanostructures.” Nanotechnology 18 (2007) 125305 (4pp).Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. In their recent paper in Nanotechnology, Constantin Pistol and Chris Dwyer explain DNA’s advantages over silicon in terms of its easy synthesis, control and asymmetrical complexity. While recent advances in the field of fabricating DNA nanostructures have produced rigid sequences, Pistol and Dwyer focused on developing a self-assembly method that enables simple and inexpensive scaling of the DNA structures. In addition, their grid-like structures consist of components that can be independently modified to create arbitrary patterns for different purposes.“The independent chemical modification of the motifs in the grid is important when generating templates on the grid,” Dwyer told PhysOrg.com. “Our computer architecture research is investigating how the DNA grids might act like scaffolds for other materials, such as carbon nanotubes. Arbitrary patterns of these materials are necessary to implement the kinds of circuits that we use to build computers.” The hierarchical approach to building nanostructures from DNA, beginning with nine oligonucleotides and resulting in an 8 x 8 grid. Credit: Constantin Pistol, et al. In their study, the scientists use a hierarchical approach: nine oligonucleotides (the structural units of DNA) form a cross-like motif, and 16 motifs annealed with streptavidin can form a grid. To build larger structures from these 4 x 4 grids, the scientists experimented with using two types of sticky-ends. “Sticky-ends are single-stranded pieces of DNA that can hybridize, or form a double helix, with their complements,” Dwyer explained. “A well designed sticky-end has only one true complementary sticky-end in the system.”The first type, the “generic” sticky-end, binds with only one helix instead of the normal two. This binding provides a relatively unstable interaction, which makes it easier to individually program two adjacent grids later on. The second type, the “specific” sticky-end, provides a stronger interaction and can control the weak interactions between the generic sticky-ends.In one fabrication method, the scientists bound together two 4 x 4 grids, using two generic sticky-ends and one specific sticky-end (the fourth grid arm was left open for identification purposes). The scientists found that the single specific sticky-end could dominate the entire connection, providing a scalable assembly method.center_img Explore further Citation: For low-cost DNA nanostructures, recycle sticky ends (2007, March 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-03-low-cost-dna-nanostructures-recycle-sticky.html Scientists from Duke University have recently demonstrated a new method for assembling large, low-cost DNA nanostructures, in part by reusing the “sticky-ends,” the broken DNA strands used to connect the nanostructures. In their hierarchical self-assembly method, the scientists have demonstrated one of the largest programmable synthetic nanostructures ever synthesized. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Regular bedtime may boost your heart metabolic health

first_imgEver thought why a good night’s sleep is incredibly important for your health? A new study has found that regular bedtime and wake time may help you revive yourself and boost your heart and metabolic health.The study found that people with irregular sleep patterns weighed more, had higher blood sugar, higher blood pressure and a higher projected risk of having a heart attack or stroke within 10 years than those who slept and woke at the same times every day. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPeople with irregularity in sleeping pattern were also more likely to report depression and stress than regular sleepers, suggests the study, published in the journal Scientific Report.”From our study, we can’t conclude that sleep irregularity results in health risks, or whether health conditions affect sleep. Perhaps all of these things are impacting each other,” said lead author Jessica Lunsford-Avery, Assistant Professor at the Duke Health in Durham. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the study, the research team involved 1,978 older adults aged between 54 and 93. They used devices that tracked sleep schedules to learn whether even subtle changes – going to bed at 10:10 p.m. instead of the usual 10 pm – were linked to the health of participants.The study also tracked the duration of participants’ sleep and preferred timing – whether someone turned in early or was a night owl. According to these measures, people with hypertension tended to sleep more hours, and people with obesity tended to stay up till late. The team also found that people with irregular sleeping habit experienced more sleepiness during the day and were less active – perhaps because they were tired.last_img read more

Rep VerHeulen joined by first responders for Sept 11 ceremony

first_img08Sep Rep. VerHeulen joined by first responders for Sept. 11 ceremony Categories: News,VerHeulen News PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Rob VerHeulen, of Walker, on Thursday hosted Sparta Fire Chief Jerold Bolen and Walker Fire Chief Robert Walker as his guest for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The service remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year. Pictured with Rep. VerHeulen are (from left) Kentwood Deputy Fire Chief Greg Ginebaugh, a guest of state Rep. Steven Johnson, of Wayland; Walker; Bolen; and Plainfield Fire Chief Steve McKellar, a guest of Rep. Chris Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids.#####last_img

The Global BBC iPlayer has secured the rights to t

first_imgThe Global BBC iPlayer has secured the rights to two UK sporting events, the Grand National and the London Marathon.This follows the recent signing of rights to the University Boat Race.This month, coverage of the Grand National horse racing event and the London Marathon will be made available to international subscribers within days of their original broadcast in the UK.A package of highlights from the Grand National will be available on the Global BBC iPlayer in Australia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, France, Portugal, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg. Coverage from the London Marathon will be available in Australia, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and Luxembourg.Matthew Littleford, general manager, Global BBC iPlayer said: “Our subscribers wanted iconic British sport, and here they have it. The Grand National and London Marathon are packed with action, heritage and some of the sporting year’s biggest talking points, and I’m glad that we can bring them to our users around the world.”last_img read more