Australia will be part of the 2018 Youth World Cup

first_imgExciting news! NRL Touch Football Australia has recently reconsidered its position to not attend the 2018 Youth Touch World Cup.NRL Touch Football is committed to international development and, in particular, international youth development. The opportunity for our youth athletes to compete at the highest levels of international competition and experience international touring is also a key element of our Touch Football pathway. It is for these reasons that we will now be attending the 2018 Youth World Cup and entering teams.Australia will enter teams in the 19’s and 17’s Boys, Girls and Mixed divisions.The Youth World Cup will be held In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 8th to 11th August 2018.The primary focus of the Youth Program over the next eight months is to ensure the best young players represent Australia at the 2018 Youth World Cup. The National Youth Squads have not been selected at this stage, though potential players, who have demonstrated impressive talent, skills and attitudes, have been notified that their development will be monitored and assessed by High Performance personnel. Selected players will be notified after the 2018 National Touch League in March.We’re looking forward to the journey to the YWC and an exciting time in Malaysia in August 2018!For information about Junior Development Pathways, click here.last_img read more

13 days agoBirkenhead-born Lewis Warrington inks Everton deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Birkenhead-born Lewis Warrington inks Everton dealby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBirkenhead-born Lewis Warrington has signed his first professional contract with Everton.The youngster has put pen-to-paper on a deal which will keep him with the Blues until June 2022.The 17-year-old has been at Everton for 11 years.”I’ve put in a lot of hard work and sacrifices, so to make this next step and sign a pro deal means everything,” Warrington, a season-ticket holder in the Gwladys Street, told”I’ve been at Everton for 11 years and the support has been immense from the start.”The coaching I’ve had here has been incredible. Every coach I have had has added something to my game.”They’ve helped make me the player I am, and I’ve got to keep going.” last_img read more

8 days agoLeyton Orient name Carl Fletcher as head coach

first_imgLeyton Orient name Carl Fletcher as head coachby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeyton Orient have named Carl Fletcher as head coach.The 39-year-old has agreed a two-year contract at Brisbane Road and arrives from Bournemouth, where his most recent position was loan manager.Fletcher takes over from caretaker boss Ross Embleton, who has filled the vacancy since the death of Justin Edinburgh in June.Orient director of football Martin Ling told the club website: “The board went through the interview process with Carl and he kept coming out on top.”He has leadership skills, which he obviously had as a captain of many teams he was at including his country. Everything that we were looking for, he ticked every box.”Everyone we spoke to said everything we wanted to hear. We spoke to Stephen Purches at Bournemouth, we had people speak to Eddie Howe and Charlie Daniels.”We spoke to a couple players who played under him at Plymouth as well as the people at board level at Bournemouth and they all said the same thing – they believe he’s going to make a top-class football manager.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Remembers Crew Of Edmund Fitzgerald On 40th Anniversary Of Shipwreck

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines listens in on an offensive huddle during the Michigan Football Spring Game.ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines listens in on an offensive huddle during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Today is the 40th anniversary of the wreck of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior off the coast of Michigan. The ship’s entire 29-man crew died in the tragedy. It’s a haunting historical event for many who live in the area. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has already admitted that his favorite song is Gordon Lightfoot’s “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” which is a tribute to the captain and crew of the ill-fated ship. This afternoon, Harbaugh tweeted out a link to Lightfoot’s song as a way of remembering those who perished in the storm 40 years ago. Remembering the captain and crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald today. God Bless You and Yours!— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) November 10, 2015Harbaugh truly is a Michigan Man, in more ways than one.last_img read more

Nick Cannon Grand Marshals Walk to End Lupus Now

first_imgMulti-talented entertainer and television personality Nick Cannon will serve as the Grand Marshal at the Walk to End Lupus Now event in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 19.Cannon will cut the opening ceremony ribbon and lead the more 4,000 walkers down Pennsylvania Avenue towards the Capitol, shedding light on the cruel mystery that is lupus. Cannon was diagnosed with lupus nephritis (lupus kidney disease) in 2012 and has been a tireless advocate for increased awareness of lupus and the importance of research.“Join me in our nation’s capital for the Lupus Foundation of America’s Walk to End Lupus Now event on April 19th. Together, we can rally public support for this disease and call attention to the importance of lupus research and participation in clinical trials,” says Nick Cannon. Nick Cannon’s participation in the DC Walk to End Lupus Now event is supported by Bristol-Myers Squibb.Cannon will be joined by Walk Ambassador and New England Patriots defensive back Tavon Wilson. Eileen Whelan, meteorologist for ABC7, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.Lupus has impacted Wilson, a Washington, D.C. native, closely — both his aunt Regina and cousin Dionne are battling the disease.“When the opportunity came up to help create more awareness for this devastating disease, especially in my hometown, I jumped on it. I wanted to be a positive voice in the community because those with lupus deserve a cure for it,” said Wilson.Organized by the Lupus Foundation of America, Walk to End Lupus Now events are held in more than 60 cities across the country, making it the largest lupus walk program in the entire world The walk events bring together community members — people with lupus, friends, families, health care providers and celebrities — to raise money for lupus research and education programs, increase awareness of the disease and rally public support for those who feel the brutal impact of lupus.“The Lupus Foundation of America diligently works to ensure that federal and state funds are provided for lupus research and education programs. We must continue to make our voices heard and educate our elected officials about the impact of lupus on individuals and their families. The Walk to End Lupus Now in our nation’s capital serves as the perfect platform to accomplish this,” explained Sandra C. Raymond, President and CEO of Lupus Foundation of America. “More resources for research will further our efforts to find a cure for this unpredictable and devastating disease. We urge the community and Congress to join us in our fight to end lupus.”“Every dollar raised from Washington, D.C.‘s Walk to End Lupus Now event, supports the Lupus Foundation of America’s efforts to solve the mystery of lupus, while we continue to provide services to the thousands of residents that turn to us every year for answers and support,” said Jessica Gilbart President and CEO, Lupus Foundation of America, DMV ChapterRegistration for the walk is open online at Participants can also create a personal fundraising page on the walk website to raise money, recruit new team members and get valuable fundraising tips.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Breastfed babies are more likely to be right handed

first_imgNewborn baby being breastfed, study on breastfeeding and handedness. Image Credit: Lumen Photos / Shutterstock Hujoel noted that children who were bottle fed were more likely to develop their left hands as their dominant hands. While children who had been breast fed for nine months or more had a greater prevalence of right handedness. The reason the researcher says could be in the dominant side of the brain that controls the hand. Hujoel, a dentistry professor at the UW School of Public Health said, “We think breastfeeding optimises the process the brain undergoes when solidifying handedness… That’s important because it provides an independent line of evidence that breastfeeding may need to last six to nine months.”Related StoriesResearch questions whether tongue-tie surgery to improve breastfeeding is neededRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpThe study looked at 62,129 mother-child pairs from five nations (including United States, United Kingdom and Ireland) for this study and found that breastfeeding could be classified as; By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDJan 8 2019Babies who are breast fed for a longer duration are more likely to be right handed finds a new study. The study titled, ‘Breastfeeding and handedness: a systematic review and meta-analysis of individual participant data’, by Philippe P. Hujoel of the University of Washington is published in the journal Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition. The research found that babies who breast fed for less than one month had a 9 percent decreased chance of left handedness compared to bottle fed babies. This was raised to 15 and 22 percent respectively among babies who were breast fed for one to six months and over six months respectively. Breastfeeding for more than six months reduced the chances of left handedness from 13 to 10 percent, they found.The author writes, “Breastfeeding for more than 6 months, when compared to bottle feeding, was associated with an absolute 3 per cent decreased prevalence for nonrighthandedness, from 13 per cent to 10 per cent, respectively. Twenty-two percent, or about one in five cases of non-righthandedness among bottle-fed infants may thus be attributable to a lack of breast feeding for more than 6 months.”Hujoel emphasised that the study does not say that breast feeding can lead to right handedness. He explained that handedness is predominantly set while the baby is still within the womb and is influenced by genetics. He said that the reasons behind these findings could be the nutritional content of breast milk and formula that could be influencing the hormones of the baby. For less than one month For one to six months For more than six monthslast_img read more

Study provides new insight into blood cell and immune cell production

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 22 2019A healthy adult makes about 2 million blood cells every second, and 99 percent of them are oxygen-carrying red blood cells. The other one percent are platelets and the various white blood cells of the immune system. How all the different kinds of mature blood cells are derived from the same “hematopoietic” stem cells in the bone marrow has been the subject of intense research, but most studies have focused on the one percent, the immune cells.”It’s a bit odd, but because red blood cells are enucleated and therefore hard to track by genetic markers, their production has been more or less ignored by the vast number of studies in the past couple of decades,” said Camilla Forsberg, professor of biomolecular engineering in the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz.In a new study, published March 21 in Stem Cell Reports, Forsberg’s lab overcame technical obstacles to provide a thorough accounting of blood cell production from hematopoietic stem cells. Their findings are important for understanding disorders such as anemia, diseases of the immune system, and blood cancers such as leukemias and lymphomas.”We’re trying to understand the balance of production of blood cells and immune cells, which goes wrong in many kinds of disorders,” Forsberg said.The process by which hematopoietic stem cells give rise to mature blood cells involves multiple populations of progenitor cells that become progressively more committed to a specific “fate” as they develop into fully mature cells. A major fork in the road is between “lymphoid progenitors,” which give rise to white blood cells called lymphocytes, and “myeloid progenitors,” which give rise to other kinds of white blood cells, as well as red blood cells and platelets. The majority of cells in the bone marrow are in the myeloid lineage.Related StoriesInnovative microfluidic device simplifies study of blood cells, opens new organ-on-chip possibilitiesRadiometer’s ABL9 blood gas analyzer awarded Red Dot Design AwardDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustA key finding of the new study is that all progenitor cells with myeloid potential produce far more red blood cells than any other cell type. This was surprising because many previous studies in which progenitor cells were grown in cell cultures (“in vitro”) found they had limited capacity to produce red blood cells and platelets. Forsberg said those results now appear to be an artifact of the culture conditions.”It’s been hard to make sense of a lot of those experiments, because we know our bodies need to make a lot of red blood cells and platelets,” she said. “Our results show that these progenitor cells retain a lot of red blood cell potential. In fact, we propose that red blood cell production is the default pathway.”In experiments led by first author Scott Boyer, a graduate student in Forsberg’s lab, researchers transplanted different progenitor cell populations into mice and tracked the production of red blood cells as well as platelets (the second largest component of blood) and immune cells. Boyer was also able to transplant single progenitor cells and then identify the blood and immune cells it produced.By quantifying the numbers of mature blood cells produced from transplanted progenitors, the researchers were able to show that red blood cells were by far the most abundant cell type produced by every type of progenitor cell, with the exception of lymphoid progenitors. Their findings led to the development of a model of hematopoietic differentiation that focuses on red blood cells as the default pathway for all myeloid progenitors.Source: read more

Short Position

first_img Corporate News , Short Position Related News With the suspension, PBJV is unable to bid for new projects undertaken by Petronas, including its subsidiaries and any petroleum arrangement contractors for a period of three years.Barakah said it is seeking clarification and appealing against the suspension. However, PBJV is still allowed to complete its existing and ongoing contracts with the national oil company, which essentially means there are cash flows coming in.In the mean time, pending the appeal, it is perhaps a good time for Barakah to look internationally for future projects. It could also expand its scope to non-Petronas jobs.Kenanga Research in a recent report noted that while contract flows in oil and gas have started to show signs of improvement, an upcoming upcycle may still be long and gradual, instead of an instant “boom” that match the peaks seen in 2013-2015.Barakah can also leverage on its strategic alliance with Singapore-listed Vallianz Holdings Ltd, which is majority-owned by Saudi Arabia’s Rawabi Holding Company Ltd. Vallianz has exposure in the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Latin America.So, while the going may be tough, all may not be lost if Barakah is able to take this opportunity to reset. As the saying goes, when one door closes, another opens.FGV’s asset saleLoss-making FGV Holdings Bhd’s recent move to dispose of its non-performing China-based palm oil refinery business is a step in the right direction, although the sale was made at only half of its initial cost of investment.After all, the business – FGV China Oils Ltd (FGVCO) – has never made a profit since it was acquired in 2015.At the time of acquisition back in March 2015, FGVCO was expected to be the plantation giant’s beneficiary of China’s large demand for edible oils.However, as a result of the intense competition from other regional edible oil suppliers, FGVCO failed to become an important catalyst for FGV as envisioned previously.Instead, the business’ losses dragged down FGV’s financials, which were already affected by inefficient operations and the volatility in crude palm oil prices.In financial year 2018, FGVCO registered a loss after tax of 25.43 million yuan, with total borrowings of 85.79 million yuan. However, it is worth noting that the palm oil refinery has seen a significant decline in its losses over the years.Borrowings, on the other hand, have increased. Given FGV’s current condition and the urgent need to return to profitability, it makes sense for the plantation giant to dispose its loss-making ventures and focus only on profitable and core businesses.For context, FGVCO’s shareholder funds as at Dec 31, 2018 were 108 million yuan. FGV’s original cost of investment in FGVCO was 320 million yuan.With FGVCO off its balance sheet post-disposal, FGV’s bottom line is likely to improve. Moving forward, more asset disposals are expected to be announced by FGV, in line with the objectives of its 2020 transformation plan.FGV has said that several non-core businesses and assets with an estimated value of RM350mil have been identified for disposal. The group also aims to save at least RM150mil in 2019 by “plugging leaks and addressing inefficiencies”.It remains to be seen whether FGV will successfully regain investor confidence with its ongoing three-year transformation plan. At listing in 2012, FGV’s market capitalisation was RM16.6bil. Today, it is only about RM4.2bil.What’s left in Putrajaya Perdana?Putrajaya Perdana Bhd, a construction company, used to command a hefty premium because of its shareholders.At the moment, the company that undertook some of the biggest construction jobs, including constructing the Finance Ministry in Putrajaya several years ago, is 70% owned by Cendana Destini Sdn Bhd, with Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) holding the remaining 30%.Cendana Destini is owned by Datuk Rosman Abdullah, an accountant by profession with extensive experience in corporate Malaysia.Before Cendana Destini came into the picture, Putrajaya Perdana used to be owned by fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, who is wanted for his role in causing huge losses in 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).When former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was in power, Putrajaya Perdana was touted to be a beneficiary of government jobs by virtue of TH being a shareholder and the company’s association with its former owner.However, after the 1MDB scandal broke out, Putrajaya Perdana’s premium eroded.In an announcement earlier this week, MTD ACPI Engineering Bhd went into a heads of agreement with Putrajaya Perdana to acquire its construction arm and a development company. The new name for Putrajaya Construction is Orangebeam Construction.MTD ACPI is in the construction space as it manufactures and supplies, among others, beams to the sector. It is not known for its prowess in the area of construction. On that score, the proposed acquisition of Orangebeam fits its strategy to be a well-rounded company in the area of construction.The value of the deal would likely be based on the order book of Orangebeam. A few years ago, the construction arm was said to be valued at more than RM700mil. It was ripe for a listing that was supposed to be the exit strategy for TH.Whether that remains will be known when more details on the proposed transaction emerge. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} What now for Barakah?JUST as things were starting to look up for Barakah Offshore Petroleum Bhd by way of a white knight coming in to revive its fortunes, it was dealt with another blow. The operating licence for its unit, PBJV Group Sdn Bhd, was suspended by Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) due to reported non-performance.The white knight is Singapore’s Lecca Group Ptd Ltd, which is to emerge as the single largest shareholder in Barakah with a 44.87% stake as part of the plan to help regularise its financial condition and lift itself out of the Practice Note 17 or PN17 category.But where does this unexpected development leave Lecca? Stock on the Move 09 Jul 2019 Quick take: White knight rides to Barakah’s rescue, shares soarcenter_img Corporate News 10 Jul 2019 MTDI ACPI signs HOA to acquire two firms from Putrajaya Perdana Stock on the Move 11 Jul 2019 Quick take: MTD ACPI jumps 20% on plan to acquire Putrajaya Perdana assets Tags / Keywords: Related Newslast_img read more