Hi-five for Jamaica athletes

first_imgThere were five wins for Jamaican athletes at the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet at the National Stadium on Saturday night, with the Stephen Francis-coached Janieve Russell and Elaine Thompson leading the way with big wins, while there were also wins for Kemar Bailey-Cole, Asafa Powell, and Javon Francis.There were also top-three finishes for Jamaican females Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, Novlene Williams-Mills, Danielle Williams, and Stephenie-Ann McPherson.A finalist in the women’s 400 metres hurdles at last year’s World Championships in Beijing, China, Russell ran a well-controlled race and hit top form in the latter stages to get by early leader Leah Nugent of the United States, to win in a personal best of 54.61 seconds, the second-fastest time this season. Ristananna Tracey finished strongly for second in a season best 55.31 seconds, while Nugent was third in 56.24.”I am feeling extremely happy after my performance, knowing that I did a PR so early in the season, and this has set the tone for the rest of the season. (The) fast time was not on my mind as I ran to the instructions of my coach, to take it easy, as I went out a bit slow and finished strong at the end as the objective was to finish among the top three, and this is telling me and Jamaica that something special will happen this year as for the first time, I am running injury-free early, and I am very excited,” said Russell.Thompson, the World Championships 200m silver medallist, defended her JII 100m title with a big performance, clocking a wind-aided 10.71 seconds (+2.4 metres per second wind reading). American English Gardner was second in 10.85 seconds, with third going to Trinidad and Tobago, Michelle Lee-Ahye, in 10.98 seconds.Defending champion Shaunae Miller of The Bahamas, the world leader in the women’s 400m, cantered away from rivals to win the 200m in 22.14 seconds (+2.2 mps), with McLaughlin-Whilby second in 22.70, and the United States’ Shalonda Solomon third in 22.80 seconds.NO START FOR SHELLYJamaica’s World and Olympic champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who was expected to compete, did not start in the event.Billed as the female race of the meet, the women’s 400 did not disappoint. It was close going all the way before 2014 winner and last year’s second-place finisher Francena McCorory of the United States won in 50.52 ahead of Williams-Mills, 50.87, while McPherson placed third in 51.20.Competing in her first race at home since winning the 100m hurdles World title a year ago, Williams, in a blanket finish, was nipped for third in 12.55 seconds. The United States pair of Brianna Rollins, 12.52 and Queen Harrison (12.54) took first and second, respectively.Among the men, Bailey-Cole, who was missing from the track most of last year due to injury, won a close 100m in 10.01 seconds. The United States’ Mike Rodgers was second in 10.03, with local Julian Forte third in 10.06.”I am happy going into the Trials this year as I didn’t have a win on my mind as I just came out to see where I am because of the hamstring injury I had, but definitely, this win has really boosted my confidence for the remainder of the season,” said Bailey-Cole.Powell led from the start and took the men’s 200 metres in 20.45 seconds.Beejay Lee of the United States was second in 20.52, the same time done by third-place Jamaican Rasheed Dwyer.Francis closed the show by winning the men’s 400m in a season best 44.85 seconds, getting the better of Vernon Norwood of the United States (45.00) and Kevin Borlee of Belgium, 45.17.Earlier, there was a vintage performance from World Junior 400m hurdles champion Jaheel Hyde. He upstaged his more senior rivals, only to be edged out by Bahamian Jeffrey Gibson (48.96).Hyde clocked a season best 49.16 seconds, with experienced American Bershawn Jackson third in 49.29 seconds.- R. G.last_img read more

Why Texas Might Turn Blue in 2018 – For Real This Time

first_img Share X Listen 00:00 /15:07center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Marjorie Kamys Cotera – Texas Tribune Texas is going to turn blue in the next election. We’ve been hearing that prediction for a while now, but it never happens.However, Houston Chronicle columnist Erica Grieder says there’s reason to think it could happen in 2018. It might not – but it could.She recently wrote a column explaining her reasons, and she joins Houston Matters to explain.last_img read more

Major breakthrough WBSU identifies proteins facilitating entry of JE virus inside brain

first_imgKolkata: The Microbiology department of West Bengal State University played a significant role in a new study conducted by National Brain Research Centre (NBRC), where it has identified proteins which facilitate the entry of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) virus inside brain cells.The study points out that JE, a leading form of viral encephalitis is caused by mosquito-borne JE virus, which belongs to the same genus as dengue and yellow fever.The research team of NBRC has identified two brain cell proteins — PLVAP (Plasmalemma vesicle-associated protein) and GKN3 (Gastrokine3) that facilitate the entry of the virus into brain cells. It may be mentioned that JE infection occurs when viral attachment proteins interact with cellular membrane proteins of host cells.”There were around six such proteins that were under consideration on part of the research team. However, analysis of these proteins would have been time consuming and an expensive affair. In this context, NBRC research group collaborated with our research team,” said Sibani Chakraborty of WBSU’s Micro biology department.She further said the department’s bioinformatics section identified two brain cell proteins — PLVAP and GKN3 those are present on neuronal cell surface. “These findings helped in identifying their role in the viral entry into the neurons,” added Chakraborty.The experimental work performed by NBRC has been carried out in laboratory mice.The identification of host proteins, important for viral entry into neurons, provided the researcher team with candidates, whose targeting may be useful to block viral infection thus reducingdisease severity.Researchers have found that reducing PLVAP receptor in neurons decreased JEV entry and upregulating (increasing) them increased the viral entry on the other hand. “We are planning to collaborate with some pharmaceutical companies to identify potential drug/drugs which may be able to block this receptor proteins,” Chakraborty maintained.The research team included Dr Anirban Basu, Sriparna Mukherjee, Nabonita Sengupta, Irshad Akbar, Noopur Singh of NRBC Manesar, Ankur Chaudhuri and Sibani Chakraborty of WBSU and Arindam Bhattacharyya of Calcutta University and Amol Ratnakar Suryawanshi (Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar).The study has been published in the journal — ‘Scientific Reports’.last_img read more