Researchers develop new method and strain of bacteria to study TB

first_imgNotre Dame researchers have developed a new strain of Tuberculosis (TB) as well as a new method to study the disease in an effort to increase the global health community’s understanding of the disease, according to a University press release.The National Institutes of Health funded the study in which Notre Dame researchers improved upon analytical techniques that measured the mass of proteins. Before their efforts, the proteins were unsuitable with current analytical methods. After this study, scientists were able to study the functions of the EsxA protein more thoroughly.Matthew Champion, research associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry in the Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Facility in McCourtney Hall, and Patricia Champion, associate professor of biological sciences, improved the analysis of the EsxA protein along with their research team. The bacteria mycobacterium tuberculosis causes TB and secretes the EsxA protein, a key protein enabling the bacterium to cause disease, Matthew Champion said.The study attempted to support the scientific community’s efforts to block the secretion of the EsxA protein which would then mitigate a TB infection and reduce the need for the bacterium to develop a resistance to antibiotics.Tags: research, science, TB, tuberculosislast_img read more

Registrar to continue using DART for class registration

first_imgNotre Dame will continue using the DART registration system over NOVO for the upcoming class registration period, the Office of the Registrar announced in an email to students Monday.DART and NOVO have been the University’s class registration systems for over two years. In 2015, the Office of the Registrar announced NOVO would be replacing DART as the primary system for class registration. Following a NOVO system malfunction during class registration in fall 2017, however, the registrar reverted back to utilizing DART last spring. “The DART registration performs better at higher volumes than NOVO does,” Chuck Hurley, the University registrar, said. “So just like last April, we’ll have DART on in class search during the six business days of peak registration there, and then NOVO will be off during those days.”“Peak registration” period will take place Nov. 12-19, when all students taking courses at Notre Dame next semester will register for classes according to class level. Seniors register Nov. 12, juniors on Nov. 14, sophomores on Nov. 16 and freshmen the following Monday, Nov. 19.Registration time tickets will remain the same as last semester as well, Hurley said, with the first registration wave at 6:30 a.m. each day and the last at 8:20 a.m., with 10-minute intervals in-between.“Right now we’re pretty standard with the registration practices that the University has been utilizing for the last several years,” Hurley said. “We receive a lot of input on that from the advising deans of the University, and they like the system that we have at this point where we have advising going on for a couple of weeks and then the registration taking place over about a week and a half.”In Nov. 2017, the Office of the Registrar tested a new class registration planning tool called “ND Academic Planner.” Created collaboratively with student government, the feature allowed students to add entire schedule plans to their official schedules on registration days with two clicks.Though the tool was scheduled to be implemented this fall, Hurley said ND Academic Planner will not be implemented yet because it uses NOVO, which will be turned off during peak registration period.“[The Academic Planner is] a very good tool, but the vendor has to fix the challenges with NOVO first before we could implement the Academic Planner,” he said. “The Academic Planner is something we built here at Notre Dame in-house, but it requires NOVO to function at higher load levels than it is currently.”Though DART hasn’t brought up any problems, the plan is to eventually transition into using NOVO again, Hurley said. However, that goal is on hold until the vendor for NOVO, Ellucian, provides a fix to the system’s low tolerance for “higher loads.”“The schedule display within NOVO is very nice; you can see a grid schedule across the week kind of like a Google Calendar,” Hurley said. “So the look and feel of it is a little bit better but … the functionality doesn’t operate as well at higher loads.”Coursicle is a third-party vendor providing an additional academic planning tool for Notre Dame students. Even so, Hurley said Coursicle has “nothing to do with” Notre Dame contract-wise and can be a source of potential registration problems. “If students want to utilize that information, then they can, but it’s not up-to-date information, either,” Hurley said. “We often see a delay — a student will say, ‘Well it looks to me like Coursicle says this about a class.’ Well, it had been changed days before that in our system, and so Coursicle just doesn’t update theirs as much as ours.”Most challenges arise from lack of preparation, Hurley said. He advised students to check their desired classes beforehand for prerequisites and co-requisites and to be on the “eduroam” WiFi network if registering on campus. Should any problems with class registration arise, the Office of the Registrar can be contacted at or 574-631-7043.“The more prep work that students do beforehand — checking prerequisites, co-requisites, recording the CRNs that they want to register for — the better off they are once they get to the registration time,” Hurley said.Tags: Chuck Hurley, class registration, DART, NOVO, Office of the Registrar, registrationlast_img read more

This week: CECL talks Wednesday, NAFCU testifies Friday

first_imgNow in the final scheduled week of the legislative calendar, Congress will need to pass a government funding bill to prevent a partial government shutdown and extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) before it lapses; both are currently set to expire Friday. Also this week, NAFCU is set to testify before the House Financial Services Committee on housing finance reform.NAFCU witness Rick Stafford, president and CEO of Tower Federal Credit Union (Laurel, Md.), will share with lawmakers credit unions’ priorities and concerns with a bipartisan housing finance reform bill during a hearing slated Friday before the House Financial Services Committee. This will be NAFCU’s 12th overall time testifying during the 115th Congress. Stafford also testified in October 2017 during a hearing on housing finance reform priorities before a House Financial Services subcommittee. This hearing was rescheduled from its original date of Dec. 6; read more here.This week:The House and Senate are expected to continue work on government funding legislation, including the financial services and general government (FSGG) appropriations measure. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Presented application for the development of cycling tourism – Croatia Bike Routes

first_imgPresented application for the development of cycling tourism – Croatia Bike Routes The general goal of the Cyclotourism Development Program on the continent is to raise the competitiveness of Croatian tourism with the affirmation of Croatia as one of the leading international tourist destinations. You can see more about the app on the website, and you can see more about the projects and work of the Coordinating Body for the Development of Cyclotourism at the following link: The Minister of Tourism signed agreements with representatives of five Slavonian counties (Brod-Posavina, Osijek-Baranja, Požega-Slavonia, Virovitica-Podravina and Vukovar-Srijem counties) on grants based on Cyclotourism development program on the continent in 2019. years. Based on the Decision on project selection and grant award, a total of funds for co-financing of 14 development projects in the amount of HRK 4.974.900,00 were approved. The aim of the application is to provide domestic and foreign cyclists with the necessary information in a modern way and to adequately promote cycling tourism facilities in Croatia, and the content of Slavonia and part of continental Croatia is currently being developed.center_img As part of the signing of the Agreement, the Ministry of Tourism, through the work of the Coordination Body for the Development of Cyclotourism, presented the application CROATIA BIKE ROUTES.  “The CBR is more than a mobile guide for cyclists. In addition to the presentation of destinations as cycling destinations, it is a modern presentation of natural sights and peculiarities of the regions and cultural and catering facilities in the vicinity of the routes.”Stands out in the description of the CBR application. Attachment: Cyclotourism Action Planlast_img read more

Tidal array demo project off France comes to end

first_imgOpenHydro tidal turbine (Photo: Naval Energies) Naval Energies and EDF Group have decided to bring the Paimpol-Bréhat tidal energy array demonstration project to a close.Namely, the companies will not be reinstalling OpenHydro tidal turbines at the Paimpol-Bréhat site off Brittany, as they have completed the lesson learning from construction, deployment and testing of the turbines as part of the project, according to Naval Energies.The information gathered from the demo array project will be used for other tidal energy developments, mainly Cape Sharp Tidal’s Bay of Fundy tidal array project, Naval Energies said.“The feedback form the Paimpol-Bréhat project will be used to inform and benefit the Cape Sharp Tidal demonstration project in the Bay of Fundy (Canada) demonstration project, led by Naval Energies. “These two demonstration projects, Paimpol-Bréhat and Cape Sharp Tidal, although deployed within very different receiving environments, have yielded important data which allow us to optimize the design, reliability and performance of OpenHydro’s tidal turbines,” Naval Energies said in a statement.Earlier this year, Naval Energies retrieved the second 500kW OpenHydro turbine that was deployed at the 1MW Paimpol-Bréhat tidal array. Both turbines are currently in Cherbourg where they were shipped for maintenance works.Naval Energies noted it is continuing with the development of 14MW Normandie Hydro tidal farm in Raz Blanchard, off France, together with EDF Group.“It is intended that, once sufficient data has been recovered from the Cape Sharp Tidal project, EDF will be able to launch the industrial phase of the Normandie Hydro project,” added Naval Energies.last_img read more

Nine killed as US jet crashes into apartment building

first_imgA firefighter walks up a driveway as an apartment building burns in Akron, Ohio, where authorities say a small business jet crashed yesterday. (PHOTO:AP)AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Seven associates of a Florida real estate investment company were on the second day of a multicity Midwestern trip to look at property for potential shopping centres when their small jet crashed into an Ohio apartment, killing all nine people onboard.The crash in Akron yesterday afternoon — two miles from the small airport where the plane was to land — killed two executives and five employees at Pebb Enterprises, a Boca Raton-based company that specializes in shopping centres. The two pilots also were killed.“Our hearts are broken this morning with the news of the tragic accident that took the lives of two principals and five employees of Pebb Enterprises,” said a statement on the company website yesterday. “We are shocked and deeply saddened for the families, colleagues and friends of those who perished.”Officials haven’t released names of the victims, but family members at the crash scene said the dead included 50-year-old Diane Smoot, who was with the group from Pebb Enterprises, her sister told chartered plane left Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Monday and stopped in St Paul, Minnesota; Moline, Illinois; and St Louis before arriving in Cincinnati, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware.The plane departed from Cincinnati on Tuesday morning and stopped in Dayton before crashing on its approach to Akron Fulton International just before 3:00 pm.The 10-seat Hawker H25 business jet clipped utility wires and crashed into a four-unit apartment building, sparking a fire that destroyed the building, Ohio State Highway Patrol Lieutenant Bill Haymaker said. Nobody was home at any of the apartments, and there were no other injuries.A man who lived in the unit that plane crashed into said he wasn’t home because he’d gone to the store to buy Hot Pockets, a brand of microwavable turnovers.Jason Bartley told the Akron Beacon Journal that he feels lucky but also in shock over the crash. The 38-year-old factory worker said he was coming home when he saw the flames.Investigators are trying to determine what caused the crash, which shook furniture in homes several blocks away and left behind fiery debris.It could take days to recover and identify the victims, said Lieutenant Bill Haymaker with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.“It’s going to be extensive,” he said.The Summit County coroner yesterday sought the expertise of a forensics team from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, to help local officials at the site of the crash. The team specializes in crime scene and airplane crash recoveries of human remains.Witnesses, including Carrie Willis, who lives several blocks away, said they heard explosions when the plane hit.“I heard a big bang, and my couch shook twice,” Willis said.Roberta Porter, who lives about a block from the site, said she was driving home when she saw the plane crash and burst into flames.“This plane just dropped out of the sky, veered and crashed into the apartment building,” Porter said.She said it’s scary to think that if she had been driving faster the plane might have clipped her car. Sharing is caring! Share Share 179 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Share InternationalLifestylePrintTravel Nine killed as US jet crashes into apartment building by: Associated Press – November 12, 2015last_img read more

LIU Brooklyn seeks revenge on Wagner

first_img February 26, 2020 TEAM LEADERS: Long Island-Brooklyn’s Raiquan Clark has averaged 20.3 points and 7.4 rebounds while Ty Flowers has put up 14.4 points and 10.2 rebounds. For the Seahawks, Alex Morales has averaged 13.3 points and 5.7 rebounds while Elijah Ford has put up 9.3 points and 5.3 rebounds.ACCURATE ALEX: Morales has connected on 38.1 percent of the 63 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 12 over his last five games. He’s also made 69.3 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: The Sharks are 0-8 when they score 66 points or fewer and 13-8 when they exceed 66 points. The Seahawks are 0-12 when they fail to score more than 64 points and 8-7 on the season, otherwise.WINNING WHEN: Wagner is a perfect 5-0 when it holds an opponent to 64 points or fewer. The Seahawks are 3-19 when opponents score more than 64.DID YOU KNOW: Long Island-Brooklyn is ranked second among NEC teams with an average of 76.7 points per game.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWagner (8-19, 5-11) vs. Long Island-Brooklyn (13-16, 8-8)Steinberg Wellness Center, Brooklyn, New York; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Long Island-Brooklyn seeks revenge on Wagner after dropping the first matchup in Staten Island. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 20, when the Seahawks shot 47.1 percent from the field while limiting Long Island-Brooklyn’s shooters to just 43.8 percent en route to a 72-64 victory. LIU Brooklyn seeks revenge on Wagnercenter_img For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, Associated Press last_img read more

592 Beer Inter-Village Football Championship reaches knockout stage

first_imgWITH the exciting group stage having concluded, the quarterfinal section in the inaugural 592 Beer Inter-Village Football Championship will commence on Sunday with an exciting double-header at the Buxton Community ground.In the opening match, Mahaica will match skills with Friendship at 20:00hrs. The weight of expectation in securing a semi-final berth will rest on the shoulders of Azuma Roberts, Eion Abel and Shameer Nazir come kick-off time.Meanwhile, the trident of Dillon Wright, Clive Andries and Okenny Fraser will marshal the dangerous Friendship outfit, a side who have grown with each outing and will have the partisan home support in their corner. In the second fixture, home side Buxton will tackle Paradise at 22:00hrs.Paradise are considered one of the main contenders to secure the coveted title by several analysts. This label is justified due to quality players such as Quincy Adams and Tyreek Cummings on their roster. However, the battle-hardened Buxtonians will be no pushovers and possess the skill set to create issues for their opponents, led by the dynamic Eon Costello.Tournament coordinator Eon Havercome revealed that the event will now officially conclude on January 1, 2020. He stated that the decision to extend the event was based on the response of the players, fans and sponsors. following a prolonged absence of structured football in the region.According to Havercome, the staging of the event highlights that football is truly alive in the East Coast Demerara area, positing that the intention is for the tournament to be an annual affair. The competition continues with the second night of quarterfinal action on Christmas Day at the same venue.The eventual champions of the event will pocket $500 000 and the championship trophy. The second-, third- and fourth-place finishers will receive $200 000, $150 000 and $100 000 respectively and the corresponding trophy.Similarly, individual prizes will also be awarded for: Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament, MVP of the finale, Best Goalkeeper of the tournament and the Best Goalkeeper of the final.Major sponsors of the tournament include Bakewell Guyana Incorporated, ExxonMobil, NSC and Colin Talbot Construction Services.In the second round of quarterfinal matches scheduled for Christmas Day, Golden Grove will match skills with Brusch Dam in the opening match from 20:00hrs while Beterverwagting (BV) will oppose Ann’s Grove in the second encounter at 22:00hrs.last_img read more

Wellington track competes in Chaparral; Noah Wolff signs; busy schedule today…

first_imgNoah Wolff, front, center signs with Concordia Friday. (Steve Sturgis photo)•••••Sports schedule for today and tomorrow:Monday, April 8WHS TENNIS —Wichita Collegiate, away, 3 p.m.WHS GOLF — Andover Central at Terradyne Country Club, 3 p.m.WHS BASEBALL — Andale, home, 4 p.m. (JV)WHS SOFTBALL — Andale, home, 4:30 p.m. (JV).WMS TENNIS — Andover Central, away, 3:30 p.m. Boys: Team scores: Andale 220, Rose Hill 157, Wichita West 66, Arkansas City 63, Chaparral 46, Wellington 28, Garden Plain 23, Clearwater 20, Medicine Lodge 16, Caldwell 8, Andover 1.100 — Devin McCue, seventh, 11.76; Tyler Clift, eighth, 11.86.400 — Caleb Hunt, fifth, 56.73; Brendon Troutman, sixth, 57.00.110 high hurdles — Colin Reichenberger, third, 15.20.800 — Austin Pfalzgraf, fourth, 2:15.27.Long jump — Clift, fifth, 19-4.5.Pole Vault — Ian Stallbaumer, fifth, 12-0.Discus — Norris, eighth, 109-10.5.4×100 relay — Wellington, sixth, 46.84.••••• By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington track team traveled to Chaparral Friday, Noah Wolff signs with Concordia College to play baseball, and there is plenty of sporting activity in Wellington today and tomorrow…Chaparral Track meet: The Wellington Crusader track team travelled to Chaparral for its second track meet of the year, and the first where team scores were tallied.The Wellington girls finished fourth, while the boys placed sixth.Those who placed in the top six from Wellington are as follows:Girls:Team scores: Andale 178, Garden Plain 80, Rose Hill 71, Wellington 64, Arkansas City 58, Chaparral 44, Wichita West 37, Caldwell 32, Clearwater 27, Medicine Lodge 6, South Barber 5, Andover 4.100 — Megan Campbell, first, 12:10;200 — Campbell, first, 25:52; Dietra Sober, sixth, 28.53.400 —Leah Nelson, fourth, 1:05.60.800 — Jaedyn Ledesma, first, 2:39.56.Long jump — Micah Rogers, fifth, 15-6.Triple jump — Cajen Shore, seventh, 31-4.5.High jump — Holly Wright, 5-0.4×400 relay — Wellington, 4:22.95.Shot put — Halynn Page, third, 32-9.4×100 relay — Wellington, second, 52.50. Tuesday, April 9WHS TENNIS —Maize South, away, 3 p.m.WMS TRACK — Goddard, Wellington at Ark City, 3:30 p.m.center_img Wolff signs with Concordia:Wellington High School Senior Noah Wolff signed a letter of intent Friday at WHS to play baseball at Concordia University located in Seward, Neb. in 2013-14.Present at the signing with Noah were his parents, Michael and Jennifer Wolff. Standing from left: WHS head baseball coach Jesse Dale and WHS head basketball Coach and Activities Director Brian Buchanan. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more