Shelter home case: order on framing of charges on March 25

first_imgA Delhi court on Monday said it will decide on framing of charges in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual assault case on March 25. Additional Sessions Judge Saurabh Kulshreshtha posted the matter for the next date after hearing arguments of the CBI, which has chargesheeted 21 people. During the arguments the accused denied the allegations levelled against them. Several girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused at an NGO-run shelter home in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. The incidents came to light following a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). An FIR was lodged in the case on May 31, 2018. During the arguments, the accused told the court that there was lack of evidence against them to put them on trial. “There were several contradictions in the agency’s case. At one place they say something else, the medical report produced by them says something else,” said Advocate Dheeraj Kumar Singh, who appeared for the prime accused Brajesh Thakur and others. Rape, POCSO chargesCBI had earlier claimed in the court that several girls were sexually assaulted in the shelter home and charges for the offences under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) including Section 375 (rape) and POCSO Act were made out against the accused. On February 7, the Supreme Court had ordered transfer of case from Bihar to a court for Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) in Saket District Court complex in Delhi.last_img read more

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Amid skid, Cavaliers dress up for Halloween; LeBron is Pennywise

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Dwyane Wade and wife Gabrielle Union took over the dance floor as German R&B duo Milli Vanilli when they won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1990. The Cleveland Cavaliers may be struggling early in the season, but they have not forgotten how to party.For the third straight year, Cleveland star LeBron James threw another mean Halloween bash and his teammates pulled out all the stops to dress the part.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH YOOOOOO @TheRealJRSmith and @kevinlove are killing it!!!! pic.twitter.com/D9mfIdqdtu— DJ Steph Floss (@djstephfloss) October 31, 2017Kyle Korver, who joined the Cavaliers early this year and also missed last year’s event, came as Willy Wonka (complete with the oompa loompas) while Channing Frye made for a convincing superhero “Blankman.”. @KyleKorver AMAZING!!!! pic.twitter.com/vLpwR6L8CX— DJ Steph Floss (@djstephfloss) October 31, 2017 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Isaiah Thomas, meanwhile, dressed as late rapper Eazy-E and nailed every detail of his costume. This was the first time that the new Cavaliers guard attended James’ annual party. Read Next Jae Crowder pulled off a Prince Akeem from the movie “Coming to America” while Tristan Thompson was Khal Drogo from the hit TV show “Game of Thrones.” (His girlfriend Khloe Kardashian was Daenerys Targaryen).Photo from DJ Steph Floss’ Instagram story.Photo from Jae Crowder’s Instagram story.Not to be outdone was the host of the party, who came as killer clown Pennywise (with the red balloons to boot) from the movie “It” and seemed to be in character all night. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort JR Smith and his wife attended as characters from the movie “Coneheads” while Kevin Love showcased his inner WWE fan and was wrestler Sting for the night while his girlfriend was Hulk Hogan.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pyeongchang gets Olympic flame ahead of 100-day relay Last year, James went straight up savage as his party poked fun at Golden State’s blown Finals lead and featured cookie tombstones memorializing Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.last_img read more

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20 days agoBrighton boss Potter delighted with Alzate deal

first_imgBrighton boss Potter delighted with Alzate dealby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Graham Potter is delighted with Steven Alzate’s new deal.Alzate signed a new four-year deal with the Seagulls yesterday.Potter said, “He’s been with us from the start and has done very well since he came into the group.“He’s not looked out of place at all; sometimes youngsters can come into the group and have a session or two where you might notice a difference in levels, but that hasn’t happened with Steven.“The others can see his quality every day he’s with us, that naturally grows his confidence. It’s never straightforward, but he performed well against Newcastle and I think he can continue to develop and improve.“Against Chelsea he showed his adaptability in terms of starting in one role and then ending the game in midfield, so I’ve been really pleased with him. We have to make sure he’s playing to his strengths as often as we can – he can take the ball in tight situations and is good physically too, as well as being dynamic in his movement.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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7 days ago​AC Milan reveal continuing losses for 2018/19

first_imgTagsSerie A NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​AC Milan reveal continuing losses for 2018/19by Ian Ferris7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan are set to post a loss of €145.9 million (US$162.3 million ) for the 2018/19 season, according to their latest financial filings, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The figure makes for grim reading for the Serie A club, with losses approximately €20 million (US$22.3 million ) greater than the previous year.Revenue has also fallen 6.1 per cent to €241.1 million (US$268.8 million), according to the filing. This is despite an increase in revenue from broadcast rights, which rose from €113.8 million (US$126.9 million) to €113.8 million (US$22.3 million).The decline can partly be attributed to revenues from sponsorship income, which fell from €44.7 million (US$49.6 million) to €38 million (US$42.3 million), player management, down from €42 million (US$46.6 million) to €25.5 million (US$28.4 million) , and competition revenue, which dropped from €35.3 million (US$39.3 million ) to €34.1 million (US$37.8 million).Milan also saw business costs increase, jumping 5.1 per cent to €373 million (US$415 million).Personnel costs rose more than €34 million (US$37.7 million) to €184.8 million (US$205.5 million), with depreciation and amortisation increasing from €86.4 million (US$96.1 million) to €89.1 million (US$99.1 million). last_img read more

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2 days agoMoyes praises Man Utd vice-chairman Woodward

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Moyes praises Man Utd vice-chairman Woodwardby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United manager David Moyes has praised the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.Moyes had the chance to work with Woodward for less than a year, after he was fired before the end of his first season in charge of the club.The Scotsman was picked by Sir Alex Ferguson as the latter’s successor, but he could only manage to lead United to seventh place in the league that season.”I found him [Woodward] fine to work with, I’ve got to say. He was really new to the job,” Moyes told talkSPORT.”One of the big losses I found was probably David Gill leaving Manchester United, because he was the one who worked with Sir Alex.”And with both Sir Alex and David Gill going it was new for myself and Ed Woodward going in.” last_img read more

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Tiger found dead at Corbett

first_imgDehradun: A tiger was killed in a fight for territorial supremacy with another tiger, said an official at the Corbett Tiger Reserve Saturday. The 10-year-old tiger’s carcass was found with deep injury marks near a water body in the Amdanda forest beat of the Bijrani range Friday, Tiger Reserve Director Rahul said. “The deep wounds on the carcass suggested that it died of injuries sustained in a fight with another tiger over territorial supremacy,” he added.last_img

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March Madness Crib Notes For Sundays Games

While Saturday’s top-billed matchups (specifically, Arizona-Ohio State and Kentucky-Cincinnati) looked sexier on paper than any in store on Sunday, day No. 2 of the round of 32 offers some solid games of its own — as well as fewer sleepers. Keep a particular eye on the trio of 2-versus-7 matchups, each of which should be reasonably competitive by the standards of this round.Here’s what else to look for:South RegionalGame to watch: No. 1 Duke vs. No. 8 San Diego State (a harmonic mean of 88.0) at 2:40 p.m. EDT on CBSUpset alert! No. 7 Iowa (27 percent win probability) vs. No. 2 Gonzaga at 7:10 p.m. EDT on TBSIN DEPTHDuke (85 percent win probability) vs. San Diego StatePlayer to watch: Jahlil Okafor, DukeAfter taking care of Robert Morris with ease in its opener, Duke moves on to face the slow-paced, defensively focused Aztecs. San Diego State has a tall team that ranks among the nation’s best at limiting opponents’ shooting efficiency and keeping them from getting to the line. But watch for Duke’s offensive rebounding (spearheaded by All-Everything center Jahlil Okafor) to offset some of SDSU’s defensive advantage. And when the Aztecs have the ball, scoring might be an ordeal. Neither of San Diego State’s two go-to guys on offense — Winston Shepard and Dwayne Polee — could even match the Division I average for efficiency when they ended an Aztec possession, a trend that figures to continue against a solid Blue Devils defense. Midwest RegionalIN BRIEFGame to watch: No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 7 Wichita State (87.6) at 5:15 p.m. EDT on CBSUpset alert! No. 5 West Virginia (55 percent) vs. No. 4 Maryland at 8:40 p.m. EDT on TNTIN DEPTHKansas (57 percent) vs. Wichita StatePlayer to watch: Fred VanVleet, Wichita StateWichita State’s offense clicked in the second half of its victory over Indiana on Friday, but the points may not come as easily against a strong Kansas defense that ranks ninth nationally in Ken Pomeroy’s schedule-adjusted ratings. The game may come down to whether Wichita State can execute its pick-and-roll — according to Synergy Sports, the Shockers’ pick-and-roll ball-handling efficiency ranked in the 93rd percentile of Division I schools; the Jayhawks’ defense was in the 85th percentile at stopping the play. At the other end, it’s worth watching whether the more interior-focused Kansas offense can adapt to take advantage of a Wichita State defense that dares opponents to move the ball around and shoot from the outside. West RegionalIN BRIEFGame to watch: No. 1 Wisconsin vs. No. 8 Oregon (87.3) at 7:45 p.m. EDT on TruTVIN DEPTHWisconsin (87 percent) vs. OregonPlayer to watch: Frank Kaminsky, WisconsinOregon’s offense — far and away the strength of the team — came to the rescue against Oklahoma State in the round of 64 as the Ducks shot 55 percent from the floor to outgun the Cowboys in a 79-73 win. But securing enough stops to beat Wisconsin might be a struggle for the defensively challenged Ducks. According to Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, Wisconsin easily owns the best offense in the country, a unit primed to take advantage of Oregon’s weak shot defense and inability to force turnovers. The Ducks also lack the risky traits that sometimes help heavy underdogs chance their way into upsets. But one path the Ducks might navigate to victory is to force the tempo and make the Badgers play at their pace. Oregon had the 33rd-fastest offense in the country this season (as measured by seconds per possession), while Wisconsin had the third-slowest. East RegionalIN BRIEFGame to watch: No. 2 Virginia vs. No. 7 Michigan State (89.5) at 12:10 p.m. EDT on CBSUpset alert! No. 5 Northern Iowa (55 percent) vs. No. 4 Louisville at 9:40 p.m. EDT on TBSIN DEPTHVirginia (72 percent) vs. Michigan StatePlayer to watch: Anthony Gill, VirginiaVirginia didn’t exactly look dominant against a stubborn Belmont team Friday, and now the Cavaliers must face an even tougher opponent in Michigan State. The Spartans have the talent to stick with Virginia — they’d have a 37 percent chance of the upset here if we based our prediction on preseason ratings alone — and their coach is familiar with deep tournament runs. Plus, Virginia operates its offense at a veritable crawl, slowing down the game and inviting the kind of variance that can prove deadly for a favorite. But other than their snail-like pace, the Cavaliers play a sturdy style as upset-proof as any, relying primarily on two-point shooting, ball security, rebounding, and an old-fashioned big, tough interior defense. It all makes for a team with few clear weaknesses, something Michigan State will likely learn the hard way.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

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Does Rich Rodriguez need a signature win

When Rich Rodriguez first arrived on campus in December 2007, the Michigan football program had plenty of reason for optimism. The Wolverines were coming off a bowl win over the Florida Gators and welcoming in a coach who had amassed a 60-26 record in his seven years at West Virginia. In the last two-plus years, that optimism has turned to impatience. Expectations are high in Ann Arbor, Mich. In 13 years under Rodriguez’s predecessor, Lloyd Carr, the Wolverines were 122-40, never missing a bowl game. Their worst season under Carr was 7-5, and they never won fewer than five conference games in a season. In his third year, Rodriguez has yet to reach the five-win plateau. He has a 15-20 record heading into Saturday’s season finale, committed NCAA violations and failed to guide his team to a winning record until this season. “When I took the job, I thought about building the best program in America,” Rodriguez said Monday during his weekly press conference. The Wolverines have taken a step in the right direction in 2010. At 7-4, Michigan is bowl-eligible for the first time in Rodriguez’s tenure. Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said he has been impressed by Rodriguez’s work. “I think, just from a universal standpoint, there’s always unrest if you don’t win every game at this level,” Tressel said. “Secondly, the thing that is impressive to me is that I’ve watched them for three years and I haven’t seen them blink. I mean, they have gone out and they’ve played every game to the end, and that means something good is going on.” Nonetheless, at just 6-17 in Big Ten play, Wolverine fans are becoming weary. Some see Saturday’s contest as a litmus test for the Michigan headman, but Wolverine players don’t see it that way. “I don’t think about that really,” senior offensive lineman Stephen Schilling said. “I think we’ve shown progression the last three years under coach Rod and no, I don’t think that way.” OSU captain Bryant Browning said the Buckeyes will not look at the game like that from the opposite sideline either. “That’s not something that we try to think about. We know that he is going to have his team ready to go and try to get his first win in the rivalry,” Browning said. “That is something that he has on his team’s mind to stay focused on, and I know the players and their seniors and everyone at the university is going to be fired up for it.” Although Michigan sophomore defensive end Craig Roh said they are not playing as if their coach’s job is on the line, he did say, “It would be a great win for Rich Rod.” Amid the uncertainty, Rodriguez remains for now, and his players wouldn’t have it any other way. “I love Rich Rod as a coach,” Roh said. “He’s just a tough-working guy and through all that he’s been in he’s kept such a positive attitude. He’s really affected me and a lot of other guys with the way he comes in and just kind of emits positivity.” But the players aren’t the ones who sign his paycheck. With a big test ahead for the Wolverines and his job security in limbo, Rodriguez might be undergoing an employee performance evaluation Saturday in the Horseshoe. read more

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Ohio State golfers sweep Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors

Never in the history of Ohio State has the university had the distinction of having both the men’s and women’s golf teams have a freshman win Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in the same season. Until now. The Big Ten handed out their annual golf awards May 1, and among them were Kendall Prince and Grant Weaver, winning for women’s and men’s golf, respectively. Weaver is only the second freshman men’s golfer in OSU history to win the award, the first time going to Chris Smith in 1988. Prince shares the honor with six other Buckeyes, the last being teammate Vicky Villanueva, who won in 2009. “It’s a pretty big honor,” Prince said. Making it even more special, she said, was getting the award despite the “up-and-down roller coaster of health issues” she’s had this year. Prince found out she has an autoimmune disorder affecting her liver that at least once led to her being rushed to the hospital. But with consultation from her doctors, she was able to recover and again focus on golf. “She’s a real tough kid, no doubt about it,” said women’s coach Therese Hession. “She’s very driven … so there’s not going to be too much that gets in her way. She’ll come back as quick as possible from all these illnesses and injuries … more than most kids because she’s very committed to making her goals.” Compounded on top of her autoimmune disorder, she had emergency surgery on her appendix the day before the Big Ten Championship. That came two weeks ago after finishing a career-best third overall in the field in the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational. Due to missing the Big Ten Championship, Hession said it dropped her one-tenth of a point from making first-team All-Big Ten. The appendectomy is also keeping her from playing in the first three rounds of the NCAA Central Regionals taking place Thursday through Saturday in Columbus. Despite all of the setbacks, Prince still made second-team All-Big Ten along with being named Freshman of the Year. She was the top finisher on the team three times, tying junior Amy Meier a fourth time. She averaged a 75 (per 18 holes) for the year, was under par four times and shot in the 60’s twice, including a career-best 67. That score came on her second set of 18 holes, where she played a total of 36 holes in one day during the Lady Northern Invitational in French Lick, Ind. She said it’s hard to imagine that at one point, she preferred soccer over golf. “I was huge into other sports,” Prince said. “I always thought I was going to play soccer (in college) until my sophomore year (in high school), and I switched my focus (to golf).” And when she committed to OSU, there was one thing on her mind. “Once I came in here, I was like, ‘That’s my goal, to be Big Ten Freshman of the Year,” she said. Although feeling honored for his achievement, Weaver said he didn’t even know the award existed until men’s coach Donnie Darr told him on the day the awards were announced. “I never really thought about it. It came as a complete surprise,” Weaver said. That might sound flippant, but it’s quite the opposite for the true freshman from Waynedale High School in Wooster, Ohio. He said his focus is more about teamwork rather than concentrating on how well he performs individually, attributing his humble attitude to his parents. “They always told me not to be conceited,” Weaver said. “Also, I played team golf in high school, so I’ve had the joys of winning as a team and it’s something that I want to continue and experience again. It’s a lot more fun when you’re playing as a team.” Weaver’s humility comes as no surprise to Darr. “He’s very, very mature for his age (and) controls his emotions very well, which is a huge asset for a college player, because a lot of college guys struggle with that part of their game,” Darr said. Weaver has helped the men’s team to a 67-49-2 record this year and an appearance in the NCAA regionals May 17-19 in Ann Arbor, Mich. He averaged a score of 75 (per 18 holes) for the season, including a career-best 69 on the first day of the FAU Spring Break Championship on March 23 in Lake Worth, Fla. Despite playing in junior golf tournaments since he was nine years old, Weaver said he never had a full-time instructor, just occasional lessons “here and there.” And he still wouldn’t give himself full credit for what he’s achieved this year. “I think that if he just continues to do what he has done and continues to work on the fundamental things … then he’s going to have great success,” Darr said. read more

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Womens Volleyball Ohio State splits games against No 9 Penn State and

Then-freshman defensive specialist Hannah Gruensfelder (7) makes a dig for the ball at the Ohio State women’s volleyball game against Michigan atSt. John’s Arena in Columbus, Ohio on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes lost the match 3-1. Credit: Maggie Jones | For The LanternAfter back-to-back matches on Friday and Saturday, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team ended the weekend with a win against Rutgers and a loss to Penn State. On Friday the Buckeyes dug their way out of a 2-1 deficit and beat Rutgers in five sets (18-25, 25-19, 23-25, 25-18, 15-9), and the Scarlet Knights dropped to 6-12 and 0-5 within the conference. The Buckeyes had strong offense against the Scarlet Knights. Sophomore middle blocker Lauren Witte and freshman outside hitter Adria Powell both struck 17 kills, which was a career high for Powell. Freshman opposite hitter Vanja Bukilic had 13. Junior outside hitter Ana Beatriz Franklin led the team with 11 kills the next night against Penn State. Rutgers boasted its defense with 13 total team blocks compared to Ohio State with seven. Witte and Rutgers freshman middle blocker Merle Weidt each led their respective teams with 19 points.Sophomore defensive specialist Hannah Gruensfelder tallied a match-best 14 digs, followed by Franklin with 13. Freshman defensive specialist Camryn Moeller dug a career-high nine balls.The Buckeyes fell to No. 9 Penn State on Saturday at University Park in three straight sets (25-13, 25-22, 25-22), following their win against the Nittany Lions at home two weeks ago. Following the match, the Buckeyes stand at 11-7 and 2-4 Big Ten, and the Nittany Lions at 13-3 and 4-2. Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Jordan Fry  succeeded in nine of 15 error-free swings for a career-high .600 hitting percentage.Ohio State doubled Penn State in service errors 10-5.Penn State freshman defensive specialist Jenna Hampton put out four service aces, more than the Buckeyes had altogether. Redshirt senior outside hitter Nia Reed led both teams in kills with 15.The Buckeyes will return home to St. John Arena to host Michigan on Oct. 12 and Michigan State on Oct. 14. read more

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Juventus strongly interested in rehiring Paul Pogba

first_imgJuventus reportedly study various ways to lure Paul Pogba back to Turin, probably in the next summer transfer windowThe 25-year-old star has spent five years at the Allianz Stadium where he established himself as one of the best midfielders in Europe.Still, the tall Frenchman has decided to return to Manchester United where he started his football career. During his 3-year spell at Old Trafford, Pogba became a cornerstone of Red Devils’ midfield along with Nemanja Matic.However, a recent argument with Jose Mourinho seems to have made a negative impact on the France international.Ever since Mourinho has announced he won’t be handing the captain’s armband to his headline performer, Pogba’s displays have dropped notably.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…Currently unhappy with his life in the Premier League and nostalgic about his time in Serie A, Pogba allegedly thinks of making another switch.According to the Italian publication, Calciomercato, Juventus Sporting Director Fabio Paratici hopes to capitalize on current Pogba’s situation to bring him back to Italy.The EPL giants have already expressed their interest in two Bianconeri players, with both Alex Sandro and Medhi Benatia ending up in Mourinho’s crosshairs.Therefore, Paratici plans to offer both defenders to Manchester United, hoping it could soft Red Devils to renounce Pogba’s services to resolve their defensive problems.Although no timeline for a potential deal was mentioned, it seems most likely that the transfer would be completed in the summer unless the reigning Serie A champions find a reason to push for a deal in January.last_img read more

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Alaska Legislature Passes Budgets Ends Extended Session

first_imgThe operating budget included $10 million above what Walker proposed for the University of Alaska. It included funding for additional prosecutors and law enforcement positions and for 20 positions to address a backlog in public assistance applications. Despite running long, the session lacked the drama of the past several years, which were marked by drawn-out special sessions and bitter fights over the budget and taxes. The budget bills now go to Walker for review. The end of session merited a “fist pump in the air for everybody,” Edgmon said. Senate discussion on the budget included hopefulness about a recent rise in oil prices and the positive impact that could have on the budget. North Slope oil was about $77 a barrel on Thursday. It was around $50 a barrel at this time the past two years. Saturday started slowly, with lawmakers meeting behind closed doors and trying to reach final agreement on what would be needed to finish up. Floor sessions scheduled for the morning started hours late. The operating budget that was ultimately approved Saturday would be paid, in part, using Alaska Permanent Fund earnings, an outcome lawmakers were essentially forced into after years of drawing down on savings to fill a budget deficit that has persisted amid slumping oil revenues. When Edgmon announced on the House floor Saturday that it would be last day of work, it drew a smattering of hands pounding on desks — the legislative equivalent of applause. The package also includes another $28 million for Medicaid, though Walker’s budget director Pat Pitney said that falls short of what is needed and could lead to delays in provider payments. Lawmakers chose to cap dividend checks at $1,600 for this year, a level Gov. Bill Walker has said he supports. The dividend calculation in state law already had been ignored the past two years amid gridlock over how best to fill the deficit. Legislation passed, too, setting up a raffle to benefit schools, which Alaskans could enter using all or a portion of their Permanent Fund dividend checks. Seventy-five percent of entry dollars would go toward public schools and a new education endowment. The remaining 25 percent would go toward a prize fund. Legislative leaders have said there was insufficient support this year to pay out a full dividend under that calculation, which would have been about $2,650. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers ended the extended legislative session early Sunday after passing state spending plans and a flurry of other bills in the waning hours.center_img Senate Majority Leader Peter Micciche said lawmakers wanted to complete their work and get back to their districts. He said he wasn’t happy with the outcome but said compromise was needed — and demanded by Alaskans tired of gridlock. Lawmakers also passed a flurry of other bills, including a statewide smoke-free workplace bill that had languished for months in the House despite widespread support. Walker told reporters he had no plans to call a special session, which he said was a testament to the work lawmakers accomplished. On the House side, Republican critics of the budget said the package was too large and unsustainable. The permanent fund is a nest egg, seeded with oil money, which has grown through investments. The fund’s principal is protected, but fund earnings can be spent. Use of earnings in the past, however, has been limited to things like paying out dividends.Lawmakers also agreed to use money from the constitutional budget reserve, a state savings account, to help fill the deficit. Lawmakers worked past the 90-day, voter approved-session limit in mid-April. They finished within the constitutional time limit; the constitution permits sessions of up to 121 days, a limit that would have been reached Wednesday. The measure calls for a withdrawal of $1.7 billion from Permanent Fund earnings to help pay state government costs and another $1 billion for the yearly dividend checks residents receive from the oil-wealth fund. House Speaker Bryce Edgmon said legislators in both chambers decided they would have to trust one another, work together and compromise “in order for us to get out of here in an orderly manner.”The Senate has a Republican-led majority. The House majority coalition is composed largely of Democrats. The capital budget, which emerged from House Finance late Saturday, isn’t solely an infrastructure package. It also includes health and safety projects and school funding — an additional $20 million for public schools for the fiscal year starting July 1, and $6 million over two years for pre-kindergarten programs. Heading into the day, the major unresolved pieces were the operating and capital budgets. A tentative agreement had been reached on the operating budget earlier in the week but needed House and Senate approval. The capital budget was being worked on in the House Finance Committee. The capital budget also puts money toward two projects Walker had previously halted: a bridge over Knik Arm to provide another way of connecting Anchorage to the state’s fastest-growing area and a project to help connect Juneau to the road system.last_img read more

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Communication channel between cells and machines paves way toward biohybrid robots

first_img Explore further Citation: Communication channel between cells and machines paves way toward bio-hybrid robots (2012, November 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-channel-cells-machines-paves-bio-hybrid.html More information: Orr Yarkoni, Lynn Donlon, and Daniel Frankel. “Creating a bio-hybrid signal transduction pathway: opening a new channel of communication between cells and machines.” Bioinspir. Biomim. 7 (2012) 046017 (7pp). DOI: 10.1088/1748-3182/7/4/046017 Copyright 2012 Phys.org 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. Several proteins naturally produce nitric oxide in response to a chemical stimulus, but the researchers wanted to produce nitric oxide in larger amounts and in response to an optical stimulus. To achieve this, the researchers explained how they were able to “hijack” the protein’s electron transfer pathway by severing a particular gene coding for a binding site required by the native pathway. In addition to removing that binding site, the researchers inserted amino acid structures called light-oxygen-voltage (LOV) domains into one or two regions in the protein. Since these structures are capable of accepting an electron from an incoming photon, they make the protein produce nitric oxide in response to light.In experiments, the researchers observed that mutant cells that were modified with LOV domains produced more nitric oxide than the wildtype cells when exposed to light. Increasing the light stimulus further increased the mutant cells’ nitric oxide production, while the wildtype cells exhibited limited photosensitivity. The researchers also found that mutant cells with two LOV domains produced about twice as much nitric oxide as those with only one LOV domain. When coupled to an electrode, the mutant cells could produce sufficient nitric oxide to cause a change in the electrode’s current. By changing the light intensity, the researchers could control the communication signals traveling through this optical-chemical-electrical cascade. Unlike typical solid-state photodetectors, these devices have the ability to self-reproduce and the potential to combine input signals to perform computation. These advantages could be turned into useful applications in a future generation of advanced robots. “This work is part of a bigger project to build a swimming bio-hybrid robot called ‘Cyberplasm,'” Frankel said. “These cells are the ‘eyes’ of the robot able to respond to light and tell the robot to alter its swimming pattern in response. The complete robot is still in development, but we are working on the individual parts. Potential applications are robots that can swim into contaminated areas, detect chemicals and report back.”Co-investigators of the Cyberplasm project are Joseph Ayers at Northeastern University in Boston, Chris Voigt at MIT, and Vlad Parpura at the University of Alabama.The next step for the researchers is to produce cells that can communicate with electronics in response to chemical stimuli, and in addition communicate with each other. One of the major challenges in developing bio-hybrid robots consists of creating an interface to allow communication between the biological and electronic components. This task is inherently difficult because the vast majority of cellular signals are simply not compatible with electronics. Most cellular processes use signals that travel too slowly to interface with electrical signals, and exposure to electrical charges has negative effects on many cells, which can lead to cell death. Despite these challenges, a team of researchers, Orr Yarkoni, Lynn Donlon, and Daniel Frankel from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Newcastle University in the UK, has developed a way to make communication between these two domains possible. In their study, the researchers genetically engineered protein cells from a Chinese hamster ovary to produce nitric oxide in response to visible light. When the mutant cells were coupled to a platinum electrode, the resulting device could convert an incoming optical signal to a chemical signal, which could then be converted into an electrical signal. This signal transduction pathway provides an important step in developing future bio-hybrid robots.”The bio-electronic interface is notoriously difficult to manipulate,” Frankel told Phys.org. “Usually the electronics are modified to fit the biological system of interest with limited success. This is the first time that we have tried an alternative approach, to modify the biology (via genetic engineering) to fit the electronics.”One of the keys to opening a communication channel was identifying nitric oxide as a suitable chemical compound for the middle signal in the pathway. As the researchers explained, nitric oxide is one of the few compounds that meets all the requirements for this role: it can permeate cells, is highly diffusible, has a relatively short half-life, and is one of the rare cell signaling molecules that remains in its gaseous form in any cell environment. As an indication of its aptitude for signaling, nitric oxide is widely used in nature, playing a role in areas such as muscle relaxation, blood vessel widening (vasodilation), inadequate blood flow (ischaemia), penile erection, and stroke. center_img Illustration of the experimental setup used to investigate the production of nitric oxide by genetically modified protein cells in response to light. Image credit: Yarkoni, et al. ©2012 IOP Publishing Ltd Nitric oxide shown to cause colon cancer (Phys.org)—While some advanced humanoid robots already look eerily lifelike, robots in the future may actually become partly alive. Currently, researchers are working on integrating living cells and other biological components with electronic components in an attempt to create bio-hybrid robots. These robots could act autonomously, imitate some animal behaviors, and have the ability to self-replicate some of their parts. 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

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first_img Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, has scheduled three coffee hour events for Monday, Jan. 11, in Norton Shores, Whitehall and Egleston Township, continuing her strong tradition of representing throughout Muskegon County.“Although I work in Lansing, Muskegon County has always been home,” said Rep. Hughes. “I always appreciate representing our community, working together to get a lot done in 2015 and look forward to talking with people throughout the area as we start 2016.”The Jan. 11 coffee hours will take place at:9:30-10:30 a.m. – Toast N’ Jams, 3462 Henry St., Norton Shores11 a.m.-noon – Mr. Quick, 5501 East Apple Ave., Muskegon12:30-1:30 p.m. – Gary’s Restaurant, 906 East Colby St., WhitehallPeople unable to attend the coffee hour events can schedule an appointment or share their thoughts by calling Rep. Hughes’ Lansing office toll-free at 877-633-0331. Rep. Hughes can also be contacted by email at hollyhughes@house.mi.gor or mail at N-1195 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909. Categories: Hughes News,News 18Dec Rep. Hughes schedules January coffee hours across Muskegon Countylast_img read more

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