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Iran receives its first batch of foreign coronavirus vaccine

first_imgTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has received its first batch of foreign-made coronavirus vaccines as the country struggles to stem the worst outbreak of the pandemic in the Middle East. The shipment consists of 500,000 doses of Russian-made Sputnik V vaccines, semi-official Fars news agency reported. They arrived at Tehran’s Imam Khomeieni International Airport on Thursday from Moscow. Iranian state TV quoted Tehran’s ambassador to Russia, Kazem Jalali, as saying that Iran has ordered 5 million doses from Russia. Last month, Iran announced it was banning the import of American and British vaccines and had began in December the human test phase of its homemade vaccine.last_img read more

Tickets Available Now for Between Riverside and Crazy Off-Broadway

first_img The cast of Between Riverside and Crazy features Stephen McKinley Henderson, Victor Almanzar, Rosal Colón, Liza Colon-Zayas, Michael Rispoli and Ray Anthony Thomas. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 23, 2014 Tickets are now on sale for the world premiere of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Between Riverside and Crazy. The Atlantic Theater production, under the direction of Austin Pendleton, begins preview performances on July 10 at the Linda Gross Theater. The play will open on July 31 and run through August 16. Between Riverside and Crazy tells the story of Walter “Pops” Washington, an ex-cop and recent widower, who, with his recently paroled son Junior, struggle to hold on to one of the last rent-stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive. The Old Days seem to be dead and gone for the two as old wounds are opened, sketchy new houseguests turn up and a final ultimatum is delivered. View Comments Related Shows Between Riverside and Crazylast_img read more

Ant Queens

first_imgIn most colonies, ants work in service of a single reproductive queen, but that’s not always the way ant societies function.Researchers at the University of Georgia have found colonies of tropical fire ants, native to Florida and coastal Georgia, that thrive with multiple queens and in close proximity to single-queen colonies of the same species.“The coexistence of two dramatically different social structures fascinated me,” Lacy said, “I had to know more.”Lacy, who is currently a graduate fellow at The Rockefeller University but received his master’s degree in entomology from UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 2018, worked with UGA fire ant researcher Ken Ross and University of Tennessee’s DeWayne Shoemaker to isolate and document the multiple-queen colonies.Their work will appear in the April 2019 edition of Current Biology. An online version of the paper was published April 11 at www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(19)30316-1. Lacy worked with colleagues at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service in Gainesville, Florida, to help find and isolate the communities of native fire ants that still fill the shoulders and medians of Florida highways.In these areas, they found that multi-queen “polygyne” colonies would be nestled right next to single-queen “monogyne” colonies of the same species. Nests with single queens were found as close as 5 feet away from nests with as many as 13 queens, Lacy said.“They can exist right next to each other, but their social structures remain intact,” Lacy said.  Many fire ant colonies are founded by a single queen, mated to a male ant from a different colony, who produces all of the eggs to start a colony of her own. However, it’s not unheard of for ants of the same species to develop alternative reproductive habits.Ross, who has studied fire ant genetics and social structures for decades, previously documented the coexistence of monogyne and polygyne colonies in populations of Georgia’s invasive red imported fire ants. In polygyne colonies of this species, all of the ants share a “social chromosome” that is absent from individuals in single-queen colonies. This chromosome apparently induces what Ross described as the “polygyne syndrome.”In addition to the number of queens, polygyne colonies of red imported fire ants differ from monogyne colonies in many ways, including lower levels of aggressiveness toward non-nestmates and smaller body sizes of individual ants. But despite these differences, the fundamental mode of reproduction is the same in both types of colonies — all daughters (both queens and workers) are produced sexually.Lacy was surprised to find that in the tropical fire ant, the reproductive modes of the two types of colonies differed. Just like the red imported fire ants, queens of monogyne colonies produce all daughters sexually. By contrast, in tropical fire ant colonies with multiple queens, Lacy found that the queens reproduce asexually. All reproductive queens and daughter queens inside the colony have been shown to be genetically identical.The worker ants in these colonies displayed a much greater genetic diversity; unlike the queens, they were not clones. Controlled experiments revealed that queens were produced asexually and workers were produced sexually in polygyne colonies.“That was a surprise because we also found that the male ants in these colonies seem to be sterile,” Lacy said.  Lacy and Ross found that queens from multi-queen colonies were mated to males from single-queen colonies. This practice helped facilitate clonality in multi-queen colonies by introducing new genetic material into the colony to maintain genetic diversity, but there is no clear benefit for the male ants.“(Evolutionarily speaking,) the males get nothing out of it because their sperm goes to produce workers that are sterile,” Ross said. “Those males’ genetic lines end there.”Lacy and Ross have described the behavior of polygyne queens as “sperm parasitism.”“Different species of ants have displayed different forms of social parasitism before, and this is just one more example of that behavior,” Ross said.The genetic underpinnings of asexuality and the multi-queen syndrome in the tropical fire ant are currently unknown. However, genetic studies suggest that asexual queens may have evolved from sexually reproducing queens in monogyne colonies.Understanding more about the biology of the tropical fire ants is important because, while they have been displaced by invasive fire ants in some communities in coastal Georgia and Florida, they’ve become invasive pests across Africa, southeast Asia and even the Galapagos Islands.For more information about fire ant research being conducted at UGA, visit ent.uga.edu/people/faculty/ken-ross.html.last_img read more

Gareth Southgate: England boss wants Premier League to reconsider using five substitutions | Football News

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate wants the Premier League to reconsider its limit of three substitutions per match as injuries mount amid a congested schedule. Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson have both withdrawn from the national squad ahead of their final Nations League group stage game against Iceland on Wednesday with fitness concerns.- Advertisement – The English top-flight is the only major European league that decided against continuing with the system this season, used towards the end of the last term after the coronavirus pandemic truncated the length of the 2019/20 campaign.“We were able to make five changes against Belgium, we made four in the end and clubs don’t have that option,” Southgate said.“What will it take for that to change? There were a couple of less serious injuries against Belgium but what do we do? Wait until we get a load of really nasty ones?” The Premier League is not expected to reintroduce the five-substitute rule this season despite some strong support from at least half of its clubs.Sky Sports News has surveyed 18 of the 20 teams and, while eight say they are still against it, 10 are in favour, with two of those having changed their mind on the issue in recent weeks.However, a rule change needs 14 votes to pass and the issue has already been voted down twice at recent meetings – and Premier League chief executive Richard Masters told MPs on Tuesday: “I don’t see it changing for the foreseeable future”. 0:27 I hate Suzie Sky Sports Scores promo – Advertisement – Diogo Jota replaces Sadio Mane for Liverpool Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said earlier this month it is “necessity” for clubs to have five substitutes per match in the Premier League, while Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola labelled the current three subs limit a “disaster”. Premier League chief executive Richard Masters told a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee meeting that he does not expect the reintroduction of five substitutes The Premier League is not expected to reintroduce the five-substitute rule this season despite some strong support from at least half of its clubs, following a survey of the clubs by Sky Sports News earlier this month.Southgate, who is also unhappy at the lack of a winter break this season, said England had taken measures to try and help players recover physically but he worries the issue will persist if something is not done soon.“I have to be fair to the club managers. They are their players firstly and they have the right to play them as they see fit,” he added.“(Injuries are) a worry in the longer term because with no winter break, something has to give.”Chelsea full-back Ben Chilwell was the latest England player to pick up an injury during Sunday’s 2-0 defeat in Belgium, which ended their hopes of reaching the Nations League finals.PL ‘unlikely’ to reintroduce five subs rule this season despite strong support Tottenham Hotspur's Portuguese head coach Jose Mourinho (L) speaks to substitute Tottenham Hotspur's English midfielder Dele Alli during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on October 4, 2020. Sky Sports News’ Rebecca Williams reveals that nine Premier League clubs are in favour of increasing the number of substitutes allowed per match from three to five, while eight teams are against the change 0:56 0:20 – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Sky Sports Scores just got faster and has free Premier League goals. We hope you like using the app more than Suzie!last_img read more

Arsenal eye Lucas Torreira’s former midfield partner to replace Aaron Ramsey

first_imgArsenal eye Lucas Torreira’s former midfield partner to replace Aaron Ramsey Advertisement Lucas Torreira was at Sampdoria with Arsenal transfer target Dennis Praet (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are set to revive their interest in Sampdoria midfielder Dennis Praet this summer.The Belgium international was first identified as a potential target by Arsene Wenger after Praet impressed against his side playing for Anderlecht in the Champions League five years ago.Praet has subsequently enhanced his reputation in Serie A with Sampdoria where he formed a solid midfield partnership with Lucas Torreira, before the Uruguayan moved to north London after last summer’s World Cup.Corriere dello Sport claims Unai Emery, whose transfer budget will largely depend upon whether he can secure Champions League qualification, with a €20million move.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Dennis Praet has scored just two goals and registered two assists this season (Picture: Getty)Regardless of how Arsenal finish the season, Emery will need to strengthen in midfield give Aaron Ramsey’s impending departure to Juventus.Arsenal will listen to offers for Mohamed Elneny, while Granit Xhaka also recently claimed he may assess his options come the end of the season.Emery, meanwhile, will not retain the services of Denis Suarez who has made just six substitute appearances since his January loan move from Barcelona and is likely to miss the rest of the season with a groin strain.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citycenter_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 23 Apr 2019 7:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link491Shareslast_img read more

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: Your Best Protection is Early Detection

first_img 35 Views   no discussions LifestyleLocalNews Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: Your Best Protection is Early Detection by: – January 25, 2020 Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share                                                Yvonne AlexanderJanuary is world Cervical Awareness Month and the Dominica Cancer Society whose mission is to advocate and educate on cancer prevention and care is promoting pap smears.Yvonne Alexander, president of the society, says no one has to die from cervical cancer or even have a decreased quality of life.“Cervical cancer is considered the most common cancer affecting women worldwide and in Dominica. Interestingly, it can be detected early and treated so that there is no spread and no one has to die as a result of being diagnosed with cervical cancer,” she effuses.“Pap smears are readily available at most major health facilities across Dominica. No woman has an excuse for not having a pap smear. It is a very simple procedure or examination which can be done by a nurse or someone can go privately to their doctor,” Alexander adds.A pap smear is a method of cervical screening used to detect potentially precancerous and cancerous processes in the cervix or colon.Alexander explains, “A pap smear probably takes five minutes at the most. It not painful- not as painful as a bikini wax, it takes less time than a manicure or pedicure and it has a lifetime of benefits. If there is anything wrong it can be identified, located, treated and you survive.”She insists that women stop taking a casual approach to life and health and take preventative measures.“So we are again encouraging women to please have a pap smear done if you have not done so in a while. Individuals who are diagnosed with cervical cancer to the extent that it spreads to other organs of the body are always those who have not had a pap smear in many, many years.”The Cancer Society reminds that your best protection is early detection. Sharelast_img read more

‘State of Higher Education’ address set for Monday

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Teresa Lubbers from the Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education will give the sixth-annual State of Higher Education Address at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 9 at the Indiana Statehouse. This year’s address will highlight the increasing importance and demand for higher education in a time of skepticism about its value.The public is welcome.last_img

Sherwood: Townsend will come good

first_img “Obviously I like Andros and I know what his qualities are. He gets past people, he makes goals and he can score goals. “He needs to slow himself down on his shooting and he knows that, but he is probably one of the most two-footed players in that squad. He cuts in from the left and shoots with the right, he does the same on the other side and is probably more accurate on his right side than he is on the left.” Sherwood worked with the Spurs academy before moving to the first-team set-up and sees no reason why the club should not give some of its promising youngsters a chance – just as he has done with 19-year-old France midfielder Nabil Bentaleb. “My job in the development phase – I was banging on the door all the time for a lot of the boys. I now know that the manager has his head on his block and it is up to him to make that decision,” he said. “If the club are buying players and have got more comfort with the international players who are coming in, they have got to go that way and can only go with what they trust. “I don’t think anyone gave Andros more opportunity than Andre, and he was a foreign coach. “Andros really did take his opportunity under Andre, and it is (all about) the football club where they are at.” And Sherwood sees no reason why the Spurs academy product cannot enjoy a successful end to the season for both club and country. “Andros backs himself to be better than anyone else in the world, that is the sort of character he is. He needs to get himself fit and firing again and I am sure you will see the best of it,” said Sherwood, whose side beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at White Hart Lane on Saturday. “I have known him since he was a kid and he is a good lad. He is a top trainer and he wants to be playing in every minute of every game, but he will get his opportunities and I am sure he will be productive between now and the end of the season for us. Sherwood, who took over from the sacked Andre Villas-Boas in December, feels Townsend can offer something different. “He wants to play wide and attack people. Wherever you put him on the pitch he will try and take people on,” said the Spurs boss. “He can still learn from others and Aaron (Lennon) for instance at how to be more responsible when you are tracking back. Also other players can learn from Andros at how direct you can be at times as there’s no point playing safe. The kid doesn’t know how to play safe. He wants to put people on their backside and does it a lot of times. “He can learn more, but who are we judging him on? We are not judging him against Bale or Ronaldo at the moment, but you can certainly judge him against anything in the England squad. “Give me a wide player in the England squad and I will give pros and cons for both of them. I am not going to be biased towards my own players. Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood is confident Andros Townsend has the character to regain full match fitness and play his way into the England World Cup squad. The winger has been sidelined with a hamstring problem since before Christmas and had been set to feature for Spurs’ Under-21s against Newcastle at Bishop’s Stortford on Monday evening, but his comeback has been put on hold after the match was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch. With Arsenal forward Theo Walcott suffering a serious knee injury which ended his own World Cup dreams, the door would seem to open for Townsend to secure his seat on the plane to Brazil, having impressed when handed his opportunity for the senior England team during the final qualifying fixtures. Press Associationlast_img read more

Arkansas St., La.-Lafeyette meet in Sun Belt tourney

first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 9 seed Arkansas State (16-15, 8-12) vs. No. 8 seed Louisiana-Lafayette (13-18, 8-12)Sun Belt Conference Tourney First Round, Cajun Dome, Lafayette, Louisiana; Saturday, 12 a.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Arkansas State is set to match up against Louisiana-Lafayette in the opening round of the Sun Belt tournament. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last met on Feb. 26, when the Ragin’ Cajuns forced 19 Arkansas State turnovers and turned the ball over just 11 times en route to a 77-74 victory. TEAM LEADERSHIP: Louisiana-Lafayette’s Jalen Johnson has averaged 15.3 points and 6.6 rebounds while Cedric Russell has put up 14.2 points. For the Red Wolves, Marquis Eaton has averaged 13.5 points while Caleb Fields has put up 10.8 points.EFFICIENT EATON: Eaton has connected on 38.8 percent of the 121 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 7 of 14 over the last three games. He’s also converted 80.8 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Louisiana-Lafayette is 0-9 this year when it scores 65 points or fewer and 13-9 when it scores at least 66.WINNING WHEN: Arkansas State is a perfect 5-0 when it holds an opponent to 63 points or fewer. The Red Wolves are 11-15 when opponents score more than 63.DID YOU KNOW: Arkansas State has attempted the second-most free throws in all of Division I. The Red Wolves have averaged 25.4 free throws per game, including 27.9 per game against conference foes.___ March 5, 2020center_img For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Arkansas St., La.-Lafeyette meet in Sun Belt tourneylast_img read more

Di Matteo “excited” at prospect of facing Barcelona in the Champions League

first_imgChelsea’s interim boss Roberto Di Matteo said he was “excited” by the prospect of a Champions League semi-final showdown with Barcelona.His team struggled to overcome 10-man Benfica but Di Matteo insisted he expected the Portuguese side to put up a real fight.“We knew before that we would face a difficult game and so it proved,” he told ITV.AdChoices广告“They (Benfica) are a good side. They’ve shown it many times before. It was just the second goal that was missing for us. We missed a lot of chances.”Di Matteo added: “Barcelona are probably one of the best teams in the world, if not the best. They have great players. We’re happy and excited to be able to play a semi-final against them.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more