PREMIUMModified mosquitoes bring much hope in dengue-endemic Indonesia

first_imgLinkedin Topics : Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account Google In Indonesia, where dengue remains endemic, recent trial results suggesting that releasing mosquitoes carrying a certain bacteria could lead to a 77 percent reduction of dengue cases have brought much hope.Researchers from the World Mosquito Program (WMP) of Australia’s Monash University, along with Indonesian partner Gadjah Mada University (UGM), have deployed Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes in Yogyakarta as part of a randomized controlled trial that started in 2017.Wolbachia is a bacterium that competes with viruses like dengue, making it harder for viruses to reproduce inside mosquitoes, thus reducing their ability to transmit dengue to humans. The bacteria naturally exists in 60 percent of insect species, but not in Aedes aegypti, the main transmitter of dengue and several other viruses.The researchers announced recently that the trial results had shown “a 77 per… Facebook #dengue dengue dengue-fever Wolbachia-carrying-mosquitoes mosquito health #health #COVID19 COVID-19last_img read more

Anelka requests personal hearing

first_img The FA further alleged it to be an aggravated breach, in that it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief. The Frenchman faces a potential five-match ban at least if found guilty. A statement from the FA read: “Nicolas Anelka has today replied to a charge in relation to an incident that occurred during the West Ham United versus West Bromwich Albion fixture at the Boleyn Ground on 28 December 2013. “Anelka, the West Bromwich Albion player, has denied the charge and requested a personal hearing.” A statement from West Brom confirmed the FA’s position, adding “the club will make no further comment until the FA’s disciplinary process has reached a conclusion”. The case is a minefield for the FA as it is mired in French politics and beliefs, resulting in them hiring an independent expert to assess the symbolism of the ‘quenelle’ before laying down the charge. The man behind the salute, French comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, believes Anelka should be allowed to continue to perform the gesture as it signifies his liberation from slavery. Dieudonne has strongly denied the gesture has any anti-Semitic or racist connotations, and instead is effectively an ‘up yours’ to the French establishment. The Football Association has confirmed West Brom striker Anelka is to argue his case at a forthcoming Commission hearing, although no date has yet been scheduled. Anelka was charged by the FA on January 21 with making a gesture which was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper after scoring during Albion’s 3-3 draw at Upton Park on December 28. Nicolas Anelka has requested a personal hearing after denying that his “quenelle” gesture at West Ham was anti-Semitic or racist. Dieudonne, a friend of Anelka, told Sky News: “The ‘quenelle’ salute, it’s simply a salute. “At the beginning, an insult, a little like this. I’m not sure how you do it in England (placing his left hand on his right arm and then raising the latter with a clenched fist). “In France it means simply a gesture against the system, and then after time it became a gesture of emancipation. “Many Africans like me, descendants of slaves, it’s for self-liberation.” Performing the ‘quenelle’ by placing an upturned left hand across his right bicep, Dieudonne added: “That means liberation from a system, and it’s because of that Nicolas Anelka did it. “It’s a gesture against submission to a system, a gesture belonging to the descendants of slaves who say ‘Stop. It’s done. I’m done’. “There’s no hint of racism. Racism is a bad thing.” Dieudonne feels Anelka should not be facing the prospect of sanctions from the FA simply for displaying his beliefs. “It’s strange because if they (the FA) are independent, if they love football, they should be more interested in what’s happening in the match,” added Dieudonne. “When an athlete is technical like Anelka, one of the able ones, he scores goals, people applaud him. “Anelka is a descendant of slaves and if he wants to remark on his history then he has a right to do so. “We are very proud he does that, all of us, because Nicolas Anelka is hope. “So if those who are pro-slavery deny us, the slaves, our emancipation, it’s serious.” Further underlining he is firmly behind Anelka, Dieudonne said: “He has all my support. We see him as a brother in our humanity. “He’s someone who shows courage and is someone for whom we have lots of respect and admiration. “We are all behind him in solidarity, and we are, above all, proud of him because of his noble position. To us, he is a prince. “You have princes, queens in England, but us, we prefer Nicolas Anelka. He’s our prince, no?” Via his Facebook page on Wednesday, Anelka had reqested the FA drop the charge, insisting he is “not anti-Semitic or racist”. Anelka believed he had the backing of a Jewish community leader in the battle to clear his name. However, Roger Cukierman, the president of CRIF (Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France) clarified earlier remarks he gave in a video interview to Le Figaro, further expressing his unhappiness with Anelka’s actions. “I was disappointed with the attitude of Anelka, whose behaviour is the opposite of what a top athlete must show the youth of our country,” said Cukierman. “I was troubled by the fact the public man he is – a symbol for some of the youth of our country, and so he must therefore be perfect in his behaviour – can make this gesture ‘to show his friendship to his friend Dieudonne’, whose motivations are without a doubt anti-Semitic.” Press Associationlast_img read more

What time does the NASCAR race start today? Schedule, TV channel for Texas

first_imgThe start time for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is a little later than it was before the event was rescheduled amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The spring race at Texas is now a summer race at Texas with not only a new date and a new start time, but also a new TV network.Due to the same coronavirus pandemic-related issues that shut down live sports in March, NASCAR created a modified schedule of races for May, June and July that continues today at 3 p.m. ET at the 1.5-mile oval located in Fort Worth, Texas. It is the first NASCAR Cup Series race scheduled to be shown on NBCSN this season. The previously postponed races at Dover and Michigan are now part of Saturday-Sunday doubleheaders at those respective tracks in August.Because New York requires people to quarantine for 14 days after traveling from one of the states impacted heavily by COVID-19 (including North Carolina), the Watkins Glen race on Aug. 16 was moved to the Daytona road course. According to The Athletic, NASCAR tried to get a quarantine waiver for its Watkins Glen races but was denied by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.The Aug. 16 race will be the NASCAR Cup Series’ first on the road course at Daytona. Scheduled to take the green flag shortly after 3 p.m. ET, Sunday’s race at Texas will feature 334 laps for a total of 501 miles.Below is all you need to know about the schedule for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Texas and beyond.MORE: Watch today’s NASCAR race live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)What time does the NASCAR race start today?Race: O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor SpeedwayDate: Sunday, July 19 Start time: 3 p.m. ETThe green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas will wave shortly after 3 p.m. ET, assuming there are no rain delays as there have been so often since NASCAR returned to live racing in May.Sunday’s Texas race, rescheduled after it was postponed in March, was moved back to 3 p.m. ET rather than 2 p.m. ET as originally scheduled. The race is scheduled for 334 laps around the 1.5 mile oval.Texas Motor Speedway does have lights, so the later start time won’t impact NASCAR’s ability to get the race in Sunday in the event weather threatens to push it to Monday.What channel is NASCAR on today?TV channel: NBCSNLive stream: NBC Sports Go | fuboTV (7-day free trial)NBCSN is the TV channel for Sunday’s race at Texas now that Fox officially has finished its portion of the broadcast schedule. Of the 20 NASCAR Cup Series races NBC will broadcast in 2020, 12 were scheduled to be shown on NBCSN with the other eight on NBC’s flagship cable network.Because of the schedule shake-up, NBC now gets two Texas races rather than just the October playoff race.As for Sunday’s race on NBCSN, the network has a channel finder feature for viewers to find the TV channel options in their areas.As is the case for all the Cup Series races on NBC and NBCSN this season, Rick Allen will call the race with the assistance of analysts Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte.NASCAR live stream for Texas RaceAnybody who has a cable or satellite subscription can stream Sunday’s NASCAR race at Indianapolis live via NBCSports.com or the NBC Sports app. This should be the preferred route for a viewer who has such a subscription but isn’t able to get in front of his or her TV.For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five OTT TV streaming options that carry NBC and NBCSN — Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV, fuboTV and AT&T Now. Of the five, Hulu, YouTubeTV and fuboTV offer free trial options.Below are links to each.SlingHulu (free trial)YouTubeTV (free trial)fuboTV (free trial)AT&T NowNASCAR schedule 2020NASCAR on July 8 released its latest revised Cup Series schedule through August of 2020. It remains committed to running 36 races, four of which were completed before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sports world. NASCAR hopes to keep its 10 playoff races in the fall intact and at their original tracks.Below is the schedule revision for the Cup Series regular season, starting with the races at Darlington the Cup Series ran in its return in May.DateTrackTV channelStart timeSun., May 17DarlingtonFOX3:30 p.m. ETWed., May 20DarlingtonFS17:30 p.m. ETSun., May 24CharlotteFOX6 p.m. ETWed., May 27CharlotteFS18 p.m. ETSun, May 31BristolFS13:30 p.m. ETSun, June 7AtlantaFOX3 p.m. ETWed, June 10MartinsvilleFS17 p.m. ETSun, June 14Homestead-MiamiFOX3:30 p.m. ETSun, June 21TalladegaFOX3 p.m. ETSat., June 27PoconoFOX3:30 p.m. ETSun., June 28PoconoFS14 p.m. ETSun., July 5IndianapolisNBC4 p.m. ETSun., July 12KentuckyFS12:30 p.m. ETWed., July 15Bristol (All-Star Race)FS18:30 p.m. ETSun., July 19TexasNBCSN3 p.m. ETThurs., July 23KansasNBCSN7:30 p.m. ETSun., Aug. 2New HampshireNBCSN3 p.m. ETSat., Aug. 8MichiganNBCSN4 p.m. ETSun., Aug. 9MichiganNBCSN4:30 p.m. ETSun., Aug. 16Daytona (road course)NBC3 p.m. ETSat., Aug. 22DoverNBCSN4 p.m. ETSun. Aug. 23DoverNBCSN4 p.m. ETSat., Aug. 29DaytonaNBC7:30 p.m. ETThe Darlington race on May 17 ran instead of the the Chicagoland race that was originally scheduled for June 21. The Darlington race on May 20 ran instead of the postponed Richmond race that was originally scheduled for April 19. The Charlotte race on May 27 ran instead of the Sonoma race that was originally scheduled for June 14.The Pocono doubleheader remained as previously scheduled for the final weekend of June, with the Cup Series racing on back-to-back days. Those races were presented on Fox (and FS1) rather than on NBC. Fox closed its coverage this season with the All-Star Race at Bristol on July 15.last_img read more