About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford defender Kabasele taken to hospital after collision in Chelsea defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford defender Christian Kabasele was immediately taken to hospital after colliding with a post in defeat to Chelsea.Kabasele was taken to hospital and given oxygen to numb the pain after being forced off.Despite returning to his feet momentarily, television pictures towards the end of the first half showed the former Genk man being wheeled into an ambulance on a stretcher with the aid of oxygen. With games coming thick and fast over the Christmas period, it is a blow for Watford to lose one of their key men at the back.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea defender David Luiz: We must find consistencyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz says finding a winning consistency is key to returning to the top.Luiz knows Chelsea need consistency, after their win over Manchester City was sandwiched between defeats against Wolves and Leicester.He said: “In those games we had the same problem after the goal we conceded. We changed our style. We have to be consistent in the way we play, and after that the results are going to come.”Luiz praised Eden Hazard, who has been playing as a false nine recently. “He’s a fantastic player, an intelligent player,” he said. “He is playing a different position but intelligent players can play anywhere. He is doing well and he deserves it.”
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Cyprus-based dry bulk shipping company Castor Maritime has entered into a time charter contract with Germany’s Oldendorff Carriers for Magic P, a Panamax vessel. The charter commenced on March 12, 2019.The gross charter rate is USD 11,250 per day, for a period of a minimum of five up to a maximum of about eight months. For the first 30 days, the daily gross rate is USD 9,000, according to the company.Castor Maritime said the employment is anticipated to generate approximately USD 1.6 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter and could reach USD 2.6 million should employment be extended to its maximum period.Built in Japan in 2004, Magic P has a deadweight of 76,453 tons. Previously known as Silver Freedom, Magic P has a market value of USD 9.4 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.Castor Maritime provides shipping transportation services through its ownership of the dry bulk vessel. The company’s vessel is employed primarily on medium-term charters and transports a range of dry bulk cargoes, including such commodities as coal, grain and other materials along worldwide shipping routes.
Source:http://www.fetfx.eu/story/can-nanotechnology-rewire-injured-spinal-cord/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 21 2019The ByAxon project is developing a new implant that restores the transmission of electrical signals in an injured central nervous system.According to the World Health Organization, up to half a million people around the world suffer a spinal cord injury each year. Often caused by road traffic crashes, accidents or violence, the loss of motor control or paralysis significantly impacts quality of life and requires years of treatment and care. Spinal cord injury is also associated with lower rates of school enrolment and economic participation, and carries substantial individual and societal costs.Current methods for spinal cord injury treatment involve cumbersome brain-machine interfaces, with many cables linking the patient and a computer to restore limited motor functions. Other methods to map brain activity, such as magnetoencephalography, require very large machinery and particularly low-temperature working conditions.Related StoriesNovel technique that uses nanotechnology and photonics prevents bacterial infections on surgical implantsTexas A&M researchers receive grant to develop super-repellent, anti-fouling food surfacesMultifunctional nanoparticles could revolutionize treatments for complex bone diseasesTo improve the quality of life of those suffering a spinal cord injury, ByAxon – an EU project funded by the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme – is bringing together a consortium of researchers from across Europe (Spain, Italy, France and Germany) to devise a new generation of spinal cord treatments. The four-year project started in January 2017 and is seeking to create implants that restore sensory functions.Project Co-coordinator Dr Teresa González from IMDEA says they are focusing on recovering sensitive functions. “We want signals that start from the extremities go back to the brain. This is very important since it has been shown that therapies focused on recovering the sensitive part as soon as possible are usually more successful in recovering also the motor part.”The new nanotechnology implants called ‘nanowire-coate electrodes’ can act as a neural interface coupled with sensors able to read the magnetic signals of neurons. Special nanomaterials used in conjunction with the nanoelectrodes, such as carbon nanotubes, would also serve as a supportive framework for nerves cells, enabling them to pass signals over the spinal cord injury, effectively creating an active bypass. The nanotubes or ‘neuronal prosthetics’ could promote neuroplasticity processes and, as a final goal, contribute to the restoration of neural activity in the spinal cord.If successful, ByAxon could have a huge medical and social impact in the long term. Not only would it enable sufferers of spinal cord injuries to regain sensory functions, but the technology could also serve as a basis for a new applications. Advanced neural interfaceswith utility in retinal implants, brain-recording systems for patients with epilepsy, and deep brain stimulation devices for Parkinson disease could all benefit from the project’s research. The new sensors could be used beyond medical applications in a variety of everyday brain-machine interfaces that, for example through wireless communication, can be used to control computers, drones or robots using thought alone.
Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 1 2019UCL scientists have discovered the key brain region for navigating well-known places, helping explain why brain damage seen in early stages of Alzheimer’s disease can cause such severe disorientation.The study, published today in Cerebral Cortex, is the first to identify the specific brain regions used in guiding navigation of familiar places.Researchers observed that a brain region long-known to be involved in new learning – the hippocampus – was involved in tracking distance to a destination in a ‘newly learned’ environment.However, when navigating a familiar place, another brain region – the retrosplenial cortex – was found to “take over” tracking the distance to the destination.Related StoriesMercy Medical Center adds O-arm imaging system to improve spinal surgery resultsAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia risk”Our findings are significant because they reveal that there are in fact two different parts of the brain that guide navigation,” says Professor Hugo Spiers (UCL Experimental Psychology), senior author on the study.”Which part gets used depends on whether you are in a place you know well or a place you only visited recently. The results help to explain why damage to the retrosplenial cortex in Alzheimer’s disease is so debilitating, and why these patients get lost even in very familiar environments.”The research team worked with students from UCL and Imperial College London. The students’ brain activity was monitored as they navigated a simulation of their own familiar campus and the other university’s campus, which was ‘newly learned’ days before.The researchers also explored the impact of Sat-Navs by having students navigate the campuses with directions overlaid on the route in front of them. Strikingly, neither the hippocampus nor retrosplenial cortex continued to track distance to the destination when using this Sat-Nav-like device.”We wondered whether navigating a very familiar place would be similar to using a Sat-Nav, seeing as you don’t need to think as much about where you’re going in a familiar place,” says Professor Spiers. “However, the results show this isn’t the case; the brain is more engaged in processing the space when you are using your memory.””This has significant implications for ongoing research into Alzheimer’s disease,” says Dr Zita Patai (UCL Experimental Psychology), first author on the study. “Specifically, how the deterioration of different brain regions contributes to fundamental behaviors such as memory and navigation, and how this changes over time.” Source:https://www.ucl.ac.uk/
politics agriculture Protest SHARE Published on RELATED COMMENTS COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL Farmers protest with human skulls and bones in New Delhi on Friday. Thousands of farmers are gathered for a two-day rally to demand guaranteed remunerative prices and loan waivers – Kamal Narang November 30, 2018 Govt waives loans of the rich, not farmers: Rahul Opposition parties rallied behind farmers who marched from Delhi’s historic Ramlila Maidan to Jantar Mantar on Friday, with Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, NCP leader Sharad Pawar, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and a host of others foregrounding the raging agrarian crisis.The Trinamool Congress, SP and RJD were among other parties that pledged support to the protest.Addressing the Kisan Mukti Morcha, a protest rally organised by 210 farmers’ organisations, almost all Opposition leaders pledged support to two Bills aimed to ensure guaranteed remunerative prices and complete loan waiver for farmers. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, however, dismissed the protest as “drama and confusion”.Some farmers marched with skulls of family members who had committed suicide while others braved the Delhi winter bare-chested as a mark of protest.Rahul, who has focussed his ongoing campaign for Assembly polls in five States on rural distress, said: “The BJP government has waived ₹3.5 lakh-crore worth loans of the 15 richest people over the past four-and-a-half years.“(Prime Minister) Narendra Modi and (Finance Minister) Arun Jaitley have termed another ₹12.5 lakh-crore as non performing assets, to waive them in the future.“If this amount can be waived, farm loans of crores of farmers can also be waived.”Divisive politicsYechury said whenever there is talk of alternative policies, the BJP comes up with divisive and communal politics. “Now they have again taken up the Ram Mandir issue,” he said.Modi and BJP President Amit Shah “are like (Mahabharata characters) Duryodhan and Dushasan, and they will be defeated by the unity of farmers”, he added.Pawar, a former Agriculture Minister, said the issues can be addressed through the two Bills drafted by farmers’ organisations. UPA-I had successfully waived farm loans after taking inputs from farmers on how to go about it, he added. Kejriwal expressed hope that farmers will unseat Modi in 2019.Also read p11 Delhi Farmers urge Centre to hold special session on agrarian distress