Box Score | Photo GalleryBEAUMONT, Texas – In a matchup of the league’s top offense and defense, No. 5 Abilene Christian continued to ride its defense to a 1-0 upset of top-seed Central Arkansas on Friday evening at the Lamar Soccer Complex to advance to the program’s first-ever Southland Conference Championship Match.The Wildcats, who have surrendered just five goals to conference opponents in 2018, secured their 13th shutout, which ties the league’s single-season record.Quality chances were few and far between in the first 22 minutes before Wildcat senior Sophie Standifer forced UCA goalkeeper Lauren Mercuri to make a pair of jumping punch saves in a 40-second span.WSOC: Mercuri with a couple of great saves so far, including this one off a rocket shot from Standifer. @ACU_Soccer and @ucabearswsoccer scoreless with 17:30 to go in 1st.Watch on Southland Digital Network.?? https://t.co/5dEr6sBNqX???? Southland Conf apps pic.twitter.com/cTA0hd1lj5— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 2, 2018ACU broke up the tie with just under 15 minutes to play as Brittany Harris issued a textbook cross to Shay Johnson, who finished in the lower right corner for her second goal of the tournament.WSOC: @ACU_Soccer goal credited to Johnson, assist by Harris. Wildcats take 1-0 lead over top seed @ucabearswsoccer with 75:37 expired.Watch NOW on Southland Digital Network.?? https://t.co/5dEr6sBNqX???? Southland Conference apps pic.twitter.com/xXtNAy9Waa— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 2, 2018The Wildcats (14-5-1) await the winner of Friday’s second semifinal between host Lamar and Stephen F. Austin. Sunday’s championship match can be seen on ESPN+, available via ESPN apps and ESPNPlus.com. David Saltzman and former SFA student-athlete Laura Sadler on the call.
“But we have a game plan for him. I’m not just going to play him one-on-one. I’m going to do everything to stop him although, I won’t be able to stop him 100 percent. I just have to minimize his touches.”Sangalang has the unenviable task of guarding the 6-foot-10 Fajardo beginning Game 1 on Friday night.Magnolia forward Ian Sangalang. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBut the former San Sebastian star isn’t fazed.“It’s a great feeling. I feel really challenged and very inspired knowing that I’m going to play against June Mar who is a four-time MVP,” he said in Filipino. “I’m really going to give everything I can to help my team stop June Mar and contribute.”Fajardo was unstoppable in the Beermen’s five-game win over Barangay Ginebra in the semifinals, but Sangalang thinks Magnolia can do a better job in guarding Fajardo in the finals.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “It’s going to be tough because he’s been playing really well this conference,” Fajardo said in Filipino Wednesday during the pre-finals press conference. LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery “I think we can stop him as long as we execute our game plan against him.”Sangalang added the Hotshots have been raring to go back to the finals. They haven’t been to the championship round since completing a Grand Slam in the 2014 Governors’ Cup.“For me, we’re really hungry to win the title because it’s been four years since we played in the finals. We’re always preparing hard to get back. We’ve been praying since the start of the eliminations to make the finals and now God put us in this situation so it’s our time to work hard to win the all-Filipino.“Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism In fact, Fajardo will be going up against one of them in Ian Sangalang, who was instrumental in Magnolia’s return trip to the finals after a four-year absence.Despite his size advantage, the reigning four-time PBA MVP said matching up against Sangalang won’t be a cakewalk.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims No complacency ‘a must’ as Lady Eagles near UAAP volleyball Final 4 MOST READ Fajardo in for a tough challenge against determined Sangalang PLAY LIST 01:36Fajardo in for a tough challenge against determined Sangalang02:34Reduced to tears after first finals loss, Fajardo raring to get back at Magnolia01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina San Miguel center June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo has been the most dominant player in the PBA for the past four years.But when talking about the best big men in the league today, Fajardo may be in a class of his own but he isn’t the only one in the conversation.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
The search for well-grounded Liberians to help develop Liberian football may not have come at a better time, since it is crystal clear that adequate funding is the most basic to its success.The newly elected LFA vice president for operations, Mr. Cassell Kuoh’s entrance into the football arena is shrouded with a sense of what he can offer Liberian football.However, it is quite interesting that Mr. Kuoh, Sr., announced his interest to be a force to be reckoned with the introduction and his support to FC Fassell, one of the leading soccer clubs in the current LFA league.Since the former vice president for operations, Adolf Lawrence had different principles that did not work fairly well with President Musa Bility’s vision and therefore was booted out.But Mr. Lawrence’s troubles with the administration might have begun the moment he decided to wash the dirty clothes of the Football Association in public, when he granted an interview to a Frontpage Africa reporter late last year.At that time the idea of ‘fraternity football’ was still alien to football administrators till President Bility received his baptism of fire from CAF.Bility learned so quickly that his administration’s success would depend on the consistency, only of those officials whose vision was in line with his own, and therefore to avoid internal distractions, he encouraged only those whose ideas were consistent with his own to join his train.And this was where Cassell Kuoh was needed to do. His willingness to put his resources to move Liberian football forward, evidence of his club, FC Fassell, settled any question of his passion for the game.Though Bility was presented with a ‘white’ ballot to march on to zion, he found it expedient to campaign for his under-men, including vice president for administration Musa Shannon, who it was evidently clear had lost favor with some electorates.Bility swiftly countered, and with some ingenuity, managed to get his team back on course.It can be assumed that Shannon has become aware of his shortcomings and is prepared to make some amends. Few minutes after he came through the door, after his successful re-election was announced, he shook hands with well-wishers in Buchanan, and when he encountered this writer; he shook his hands and said, “We’ll work together.”Cassell Kuoh has shown he is a partner, for the success of FC Fassell is evidence of his passion to see Liberian football forward, and should the Government of Liberia remain true to its youth Transformation Agenda, through a U$5m towards sports, there can be no argument that some Liberian footballers may find their career in Europe.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,The presidential candidate for the PPP/C for the upcoming elections, Dr Irfaan Ali, in his speech at the party’s election campaign launch on January 5 at the Kitty Market Square, pledged to support the growth and development of the vulnerable sections of Guyanese society with their unique needs. So pleasing it was to hear the recognition that each section of our society has unique needs that his subsequent reference to supporting single ‘mothers’ jarred like nails against a chalkboard.It is 2020 and we cannot continue to ignore a reality that we have single fathers in this country who need support just like single mothers do. Everybody and their dog have rights in this country except single fathers. The continued invisibility of single fathers at the political level creates severe injustice in Guyanese society with severe consequences for the lives of children.As Dr Ali acknowledged, every section of society has unique problems. We have a ‘child-father’ phenomenon in some sections of society where fathers are often not present, hence the need to support single mothers. In other sections of our society, we have problems where mothers have a nomadic lifestyle and abandon or neglect children or leave them with their father or in the care of extended family with a multitude of opportunities for child sexual abuse. In some sections of our society, mothers push their children into prostitution. In some cases, mothers are just weak-minded and careless, while the fathers offer more disciplined upbringing of children. If we do not understand the diverse reality, then the solutions that we are offering as a society are too simplistic and, therefore, can only be ineffective and unjust.When a Government implements solutions that are unjust, then we have oppression and injustice in society. I have personal experience of a Government agency unable to understand or hear anything from a male perspective – institutionalised deafness supported by square pegs. All the concerns and familiar tales of females being abused find a willing ear because the storyline is a familiar one, rendering agencies gullible and their recommendations to Police and courts lack credibility, producing more injustice in society.Beyond the invisibility of single fathers in our society, men, in general, have little support from the Government. As a society, we are very good with persecuting males. Prisons are full. Rum shops are the places where men can find comfort and support and understanding. As a country that produces a large number of violent and self-destructive males, we need to invest more thought into our policies to offer the kind of intervention that is critically needed. If we do not have the human resources in Guyana to address this problem, then recruit experts and specialists. Surely the suffering of the people is what Government aims to address? At a minimum, I hope that we can develop our own unique solutions in Guyana to stop the gender discrimination against single fathers and stop the assault on fatherhood.Sincerely,Sandra Khan
Mr. Garcia (left) presents a copy of the notebooks to Mr. Doyern. AMBERO/GIZ donates 500 notebooks for awarenessAt least more than 500 school going pupils around the fringes of the Grebo/Krahn National park in the South east, specifically River Gee and Grand Gedeh counties are being targeted to receive notebooks from the AMBERO/GIZ through the awareness and Ecotourism Division of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), a release has said.Shortly, a team from the Ecotourism Division of the FDA will begin the awareness exercises, which precedes the official demarcation, a task considered very critical, and technically important to the process. Essentially, the notebook bears the photos of several endangered species that are set aside by the wildlife law of Liberia to be protected.According to the release, wildlife conservation remains the crux of the conservation of biodiversity. AMBERO/GIZ Country Director Santiago Ormeño Garcia, who made the presentation on Tuesday, October 16 in the office of FDA managing director, said the notebooks are intended to benefit the students at the fringes of the national park.Garcia said his institution is prepared to assist the relevant divisions of the FDA, including the Public Affairs and Ecotourism achieve their goals in the pending boundary demarcation exercises, which are expected to commence soon after the awareness is completed.FDA Managing Director, C. Mike Doyern, who received the notebooks, lauded the AMBERO/GIZ family for the gesture, and expressed the hope that they will do more in the near future.Doyern used the occasion to call on the partners working in the forest sector to consider creating job opportunities for needy Liberians as a way of practically living up to government’s dream of lifting the poor from the dungeon.He said that the most practical and effective way of protecting the forest is to first ensure that the social and economic needs of the forest dependents are met. He then advanced the need to shift the mindset of the people towards agricultural activities to include aquaculture like is done in other neighboring countries.He reiterated that the 3-C’s policy-conservation, commercial and community forestry programs will be proportionally applied without anyone talking prominence over the others.Mr. Doyern said if Liberia is to catch up with other progressing countries, its policies and programs, like in the case with FDA, should be supported in the truest sense of the word by conservation partners.The Grebo-Krahn National Park is part of a well identified and globally recognized biodiversity hotspot. It is home to one of the largest populations of the critically endangered West African Chimpanzee as well as the endangered pygmy hippopotamus, western red colobus and Jentink’s duikers.So far, more than 300 species of fauna have been observed in the park as well as a vast array of important plant life.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A 29-year-old labourer was on Christmas night arrested for the possession of an unlicensed firearm, which the Police say was “concealed in his crotch.”According to the Police, an intelligence led mission took them to the house at Block 8 Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara around 18:30hrs and upon conducting a search the 9mm pistol, without magazine, was found hidden on the labourer.He is being processed for court.The gun which was found in the man’s crotch
… MPs forced to “toe the party line”, not answerable to votersThe presence of Ministers in the National Assembly can serve to undermine established checks and balances; Members of Parliament (MPs) are not answerable to the voters and must ‘tow the party line’.The blistering findings are contained in a report funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance in Guyana. The report which was recently completed for review by USAID or the United States Government has found too that in Guyana’s politics and affairs, “the National Assembly itself does not play an effective oversight role.” The report also highlighted that there is now evident fractures in the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) government.The Tetra Tech ARD group contracted to prepare the report, found that since MPs are “answerable to their parties and not to voters, given the use of party lists for elections, MPs toe the party line.”The report pointed to the fact that in Guyana’s political system, Ministers of Government are also required to be MPs, “further reducing the separation of powers and undermining checks and balances…Thus, the Assembly is often referred to as a rubber stamp.”Pointing to the deep-seated political divisions that exists on the local landscape, the USAID report said, “an effective opposition veto of government legislation as well as the president’s non-assent to opposition-initiated legislation during the 2011–2014 Assembly created a political impasse that was not surmountable through negotiations and compromise, and which was what led to the early dissolution of the Assembly and elections in 2015.”The report has documented that now the coalition has a one-seat majority in the Assembly, the opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is claiming that the government is flouting parliamentary rules.It points to the introduction of legislation by Government and voting in the same session, making it impossible for the Opposition to review the bill and to have a meaningful debate.FracturesThe report did find that, “Broadly speaking, the 2015 election results suggest to many observers an opportunity for change… The APNU+AFC ran in the 2015 elections as a coalition, on a reform agenda that includes constitutional reform.”The USAID report cautions however, “The extent of the intended reforms varies depending on whom is asked; according to senior party officials, everything is on the table, including the electoral system and parliament.”It said the coalition is a multi-party, multi-ethnic group, which may signify another shift in Guyanese politics away from ethnicity towards more issue-based politics, “however, fractures in the coalition are evident.”
Tags: police fcStarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueTop. URA FCU23 AFCON Qualifiers URA and Police FC are 8th and 9th on the league table (file photo)NAMBOOLE – With the Uganda U23 National Team, the Kobs slated to take on South Sudan in the AFCON qualifier on Wednesday, 14-11-2018, the Uganda Premier League fixture between URA FC and Police FC has been postponed.This was confirmed through a press statement released on Monday, 12-11-2018 by the UPL Secretariat.“FUFA has confirmed Wednesday, 14th November 2018 as the date U23 will be playing the Afcon qualifiers against South Sudan at StarTimes Stadium-Lugogo, read the statement.“Accordingly a list of 23 man squad was summoned with some SUPL clubs having three players on the team.“In accordance with Article 19 (26), if a club has three (3) or more players in the National team, the fixture involving such a club may be called off three (3) days before and three (3) days after the national team engagement if it is to be played in Uganda.”With URA having three players including Ronald Kigongo, Patrick Mbowa and Shafic Kaggimu on the U23 team that was confirmed on Sunday, article 19 (26) has been put into effect and their clash at home to Police on Tuesday postponed.URA are still unbeaten in the league this season, having won two and drawn five of their first seven games.For Police, they sit a spot below URA in 9th having won three, drawn one and lost three of their maiden seven fixtures.However, the StarTimes Uganda Premier league will continue on Tuesday, 13-11-2018 with three games:-Bright Stars vs Express FC @Champions Stadium, Mwerere-04:30pm-Kirinya JSS vs Maroons @The Mighty Arena, Jinja-04:30pm-Mbarara City vs Bul FC @Kakyeka Stadium-04:30pmComments
Every year, the editors of Science huddle together and pick an outstanding scientific achievement as the Breakthrough of the Year. This year’s winner is CANCER IMMUNOTHERAPY: harnessing the immune system to battle tumors. Scientists have thought for decades that such an approach to cancer therapy should be possible, but it has been incredibly difficult to make it work. Now, many oncologists say we have turned a corner, because two different techniques are helping a subset of patients. One involves antibodies that release a brake on T cells, giving them the power to tackle tumors. Another involves genetically modifying an individual’s T cells outside the body so that they are better able to target cancer, and then reinfusing them so they can do just that.We are still at the beginning of this story and have a long way to go. Only a very small proportion of cancer patients have received these therapies, and many are not helped by them. Doctors and scientists still have a lot to learn about why the treatments do and do not work. But the results have been repeated at different centers and in different tumor types, giving doctors hope that immunotherapy for cancer may benefit more and more people in the future.The editors also singled out nine “runners-up” for special praise:Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)GENETIC MICROSURGERY FOR THE MASSESA year-old gene-editing technique called CRISPR touched off an explosion of research in 2013. It’s short for “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats”: repetitive stretches of DNA that bacteria have evolved to combat predatory viruses by slicing up the viral genomes. The “knife” is a protein called Cas9; in 2012, researchers showed they could use it as a scalpel to perform microsurgery on genes. This year, the new technology became red hot, as more than a dozen teams wielded it to manipulate specific genes in mice, rats, bacteria, yeast, zebrafish, nematodes, fruit flies, plants, and human cells, paving the way for understanding how these genes function and possibly harnessing them to improve health.CLARITY MAKES IT PERFECTLY CLEARThis year, researchers invented a new way of imaging the brain that many say will fundamentally change the way labs study the intricate organ. CLARITY, a method of rendering brain tissue transparent, removes the biggest obstacle to traditional brain imaging: the fatty, light-scattering molecules, called lipids, which form cellular membranes. By replacing lipids with single molecules of a clear gel, the technique renders brain tissue transparent while leaving all neurons, other brain cells and their organelles intact. This allows researchers to infiltrate the brain with labels for specific cell types, neurotransmitters, or proteins, wash them out, and image the brain again with different labels—a process they say could speed up by a hundredfold tasks such as counting all the neurons in a given brain region.HUMAN CLONING AT LASTAfter more than a decade of failures, researchers announced they had derived stem cells from cloned human embryos. Such cells can develop into any of the body’s cell types, and researchers hope to use them to study and treat diseases. Mice, pigs, dogs, and other animals have been cloned by the same technique used on Dolly the sheep, but human cells have proved much trickier to work with. This year a new recipe—including a dash of caffeine, which appears to stabilize key molecules in delicate human egg cells—solved the problem. Now, researchers must determine how embryonic stem (ES) cells from the cloned embryos stack up against induced pluripotent stem cells, which behave much like ES cells but are not derived from human oocytes or embryos.DISHING UP MINI-ORGANSIn theory, pluripotent stem cells have the ability to become any type of cells in the body, but coaxing the cells to grow into specific tissues is still a challenge. This year, researchers made remarkable progress by growing “organoids”—liver buds, mini-kidneys, and even rudimentary human brains—in the lab. Although the brains have no blood supply and stop growing when they reach the size of an apple seed, their tissue and structure are surprisingly similar to those of developing human brains. Researchers have already used them to gain new insights into microcephaly, a condition in which the brain doesn’t grow to its full size.COSMIC PARTICLE ACCELERATORS IDENTIFIEDCosmic rays—high-energy protons and other particles from outer space—were first detected 100 years ago. Now, researchers have finally nailed down solid evidence of where they come from. Theorists had long suspected that most are accelerated in the shock waves from massive exploding stars, or supernovae. If so, they reasoned, some of the particles must collide with atoms in space to produce subatomic particles called pions, which would then decay into gamma rays. This year, the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope spotted the telltale pion-decay signature in the debris from two supernovae.NEWCOMER JUICES UP THE RACE TO HARNESS SUNLIGHTA new breed of materials for solar cells burst into the limelight this year. Known as perovskites, they are cheap, easy to make, and already capable of converting 15% of the energy in sunlight to electricity. While that remains below the efficiency of commercial silicon solar cells, perovskites are improving fast. One particularly promising feature is that they can be layered on top of silicon solar-cell material to harness a range of wavelengths that neither could capture alone.TO SLEEP, PERCHANCE TO CLEANScientists have long speculated that one of the functions of sleep is to restore and repair the brain, but whether this is a “core” purpose of sleep remains controversial. This year, researchers found direct experimental evidence that the mouse brain cleans itself during sleep, by expanding channels between neurons that allow an influx of cerebrospinal fluid. The fluid flushes out detritus such as amyloid proteins, which accumulate as plaques in Alzheimer’s disease, twice as fast when mice are sleeping as when they are awake.YOUR MICROBES, YOUR HEALTHMore than 100 trillion cells bearing 3 million genes live inside the human body. This year, researchers evaluating everything from malnutrition to cancer therapies came closer to pinning down several key roles for these cells and genes in determining how the body works. The results strengthen the case that personalized medicine will need to take our microbial guests into account to be effective. Many more details of how the bacteria can fuel or fight disease—particularly by influencing the immune system and inflammation—should emerge in the coming year.IN VACCINE DESIGN, LOOKS DO MATTERResearchers have long hoped that structural biology, the study of the molecules of life, would help them design better vaccines. This year, it began to deliver. After crystallizing and analyzing an antibody that the body uses to combat respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections—which hospitalize millions of infants each year—scientists designed an immunogen (the main ingredient of a vaccine) that overnight became a leading candidate in the race to develop an RSV vaccine. Experts say this is the first time structural biology has clearly led to such a powerful immunogen. Other researchers are now harnessing the same tools in efforts to develop new HIV drugs.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday said the decision to reappoint IPS officer Harpreet Singh Sidhu as the chief of the anti-drugs Special Task Force has been taken amid reports of narcotics becoming an issue again in the State.Mr. Sidhu was the first chief of the STF set up by the ruling Congress government in 2017. But he was removed last year following reports of a tussle between him and the then Director General of Police Suresh Arora. ‘Seek deputation’Taking note of reports indicating resentment over posting of Mr. Sidhu again in his earlier role, the Chief Minister said anyone not happy with the development was welcome to leave the State and seek deputation with the Central government.“If any officer has problems with his orders, such an officer can say so and seek a deputation with the Centre,” said Capt. Amarinder in a statement.The Chief Minister, who also holds the Home portfolio, said it was his prerogative to transfer or post any police officer in the best interests of the State.Mr. Singh has been pleading for a national drugs policy to tackle the problem, which is posing serious concerns for Punjab, where drugs are being smuggled not just from across the India-Pakistan border but also from Jammu and Kashmir, and Gujarat.