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

Change needed at QB position

first_imgAllan Evridge. That’s probably all that needs to be said. The mere mention of UW’s backup quarterback should be enough to reveal the entire point of the column. The name has probably been bouncing in your head for a while, since Saturday maybe? Since the loss to Illinois? From the start of the season? Doesn’t matter. The point is you’ve thought about it, thought about benching incumbent quarterback Tyler Donovan and going to the junior transfer, Allan Evridge. You know what’s coming then. Allow me to write it anyway.After consecutive losses that have dropped the Badgers from No. 5 in the polls and atop the Big Ten to an unranked spot and in the middle of the conference, it’s easy to call for the era of Donovan behind center to end. Wisconsin’s two losses were marked by Donovan throwing key interceptions in critical situations, and in the team’s five wins to open the season Donovan never looked too impressive. With the offense struggling to score points consistently, bringing in a new quarterback is the most obvious of the remedies.In fairness to Donovan, he was put in a difficult position from the get-go. Expectations were high — probably too high — heading into the season and things didn’t get easier once it started. Running back P.J. Hill, expected to significantly lighten the load for Donovan, has underperformed, which along with the defense’s ineptitude has put a lot of pressure on the signal-caller to put up points through the air. That, coupled with the injuries to starting receivers Paul Hubbard and Luke Swan, has meant Donovan has been asked to do a whole lot more than a first-year starter should have been. Now, though, after two losses and games against top-ranked Ohio State and Michigan still to come, it’s time to start thinking about the future. Donovan’s a senior and won’t be back next season. Any hopes of a Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl, or even Capital One Bowl appearance this season seem dashed, which means the focus now has to be on next year. Evridge, barring a dramatic occurrence, will be the starting quarterback a year from now and it would be advantageous if he got playing time now so the learning curve for next year is reduced. Letting Donovan finish out the year may help the Badgers win an extra game in this already tainted season, but throwing Evridge into the fire would pay off for the yet-to-be-beaten 2008 squad.Inevitably, those calling for Evridge to usurp Donovan elicit one of two reactions. The first: that Tyler Donovan is taking too much criticism. The second: that he isn’t taking enough.Donovan, obviously, hasn’t been all-bad for the Badgers this season. He’s taken a lot of hits, made some big plays and has always given his best out there. You can’t ask for anything more than that from your quarterback. The defense’s inability to make tackles and their willingness to give up big plays has certainly been as much, if not more, a cause of the Badgers’ struggles this season. At this point, though, starting him over Evridge just doesn’t make sense. Perhaps Donovan’s biggest advantage over Evridge — experience in the system — has turned into his greatest liability. So comfortable has Donovan become with tight end Travis Beckum, and the injured Swan, that he tends to lock onto the receiver, refusing to look somewhere else regardless of the coverage he faces, which has often led to interceptions. Evridge, without a rapport with the receivers, is less likely to succumb to this problem.Not being harsh enough? Well, as stated before, Donovan has given it all for UW this season and you can’t fault a guy too much when he is doing the best that he can. Plus, at least it’s only the quarterback drawing the criticism in this column. If the disappointment that Badger fans are experiencing now was taking place in the Southeastern Conference, everyone with any relationship to the team — from the most loyal of fans to the objective media — wouldn’t just be calling for the quarterback’s head, but for the coach’s. Bielema’s lucky that it isn’t him being singled out for replacement.Validity of criticisms aside, this weekend is the perfect time to make the switch to Evridge. Northern Illinois comes to town, giving the junior a chance to wet his feet against a (relatively) weak opponent before the Badgers make the trek to current No. 1 Ohio State in two weeks. Eventually, Evridge is going to be the starting quarterback for the University of Wisconsin, and with this season already established as a disappointment, now’s as good a time as any to give him a chance.Mike Ackerstein is a sophomore majoring in poultry science. If you agree its time to make a quarterback switch but think Dustin Sherer is the right choice, he can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more

Jumbo landfill collects 3 votes

first_img“It’s a sad commentary for the citizens of Granada Hills and the San Fernando Valley, but at least there is a closure date now,” said Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who represents the Valley and had urged colleagues to reject the deal entirely. But, he added, “the county has more stringent regulations than the the city of Los Angeles so the county will enforce stronger oversight.” The supervisors had granted preliminary approval to the merger last June to allow BFI to run the side-by-side landfills – one in the county outside city limits, the other in Granada Hills – as a single operation. Neighborhood activists had worried that the merger could draw tons of unwanted trash from outside the county, but that provision was not included in the final conditional-use permit. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who represents the Valley and also opposed the deal, said he was disappointed that the dump couldn’t be closed in 20 years. “I’m disappointed the county did not put tougher conditions on BFI,” Yaroslavsky said. “We want alternative fuel for dump trucks to be a serious and credible condition. It’s not. It has an escape clause. “The loophole is big enough to drive a truck through. All this was designed to limit environmental damage in the Granada Hills area. But BFI was able to get a longer period of time and less protections.” But BFI Project Director David Edwards noted that the permit contains 83 conditions. “We have worked through the previous proposed conditions and implemented, … through a very rigorous process, those conditions considered to be more protective of the environment and community,” Edwards said. Conditions include installing a double-liner in new landfill cells and video monitors to ensure that BFI is complying with the conditions. BFI is also required to pay for an independent consultant to monitor the company’s compliance with the permit conditions. “BFI pays for them, but we manage them,” said Paul Novak, planning deputy for Antonovich. “It’s really just one more enforcement mechanism. We have our own staff who are watching the landfill. And we’ll have this consultant out there who will file reports with us.” City Councilman Greig Smith said he was pleased that BFI won’t be able to accept trash from outside the region. And Smith said the city will issue a request for proposals next week to build L.A.’s first commercial-scale facility using technology to convert trash into products or energy. “There are five different technologies,” Smith said. “We are not saying which one we’ll choose yet. … It’s the future of America, and we hope to be one of the first cities out there doing it, if not the first city doing it at a major commercial-size facility.” [email protected] (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The controversial Sunshine Canyon Landfill in Granada Hills will become one of the nation’s largest dumps under a plan approved Tuesday by county officials that allows it to stay open for 30 more years and doubles the amount of trash it can take in daily. The plan, narrowly passed 3-2 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, formally merges the city and county portions of the landfill into a single 1,528-acre mega-dump. The supervisors doubled the amount of trash the landfill can accept daily – from 6,000 tons to 12,000 tons. Landfill operator Browning Ferris Industries had sought approval to bring in trash from outside the region, but county officials rejected that request and also imposed some new restrictions on the landfill operator. last_img read more