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first_imgDONEGAL fishermen are opposing barmy new EU laws aimed at banning the practice of throwing fish they can’t sell back overboard.They say they have no choice in the matter…and the EU fails to understand anything about the industry, particularly off the Donegal coast, where fishermen inevitably net species they don’t want and then return them to the sea.The Federation of Irish Fishermen has welcomed the publication by the country’s Marine Institute (MI) and Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) of the “Atlas of Demersal Discarding,” described as an atlas of discarding profiles by the Irish demersal fleet with a “toolbox” of mitigation measures. FIF say the document clearly identifies the complex nature of discarding and provides a range of workable and stock specific potential solutions rather the “simplistic and populist” approach adopted by barmy EU Fisheries  Commissioner Damanaki.FIF Chairman Seán O’Donoghue said:  “This atlas is a positive step by Ireland in addressing in a meaningful way the extent of  discarding in certain demersal fisheries and in putting forward a range of options for reducing discards. Discards must be tackled with a view to their reduction to the lowest practicable level on an EU-wide platform – not just by Ireland.”FIF has “trenchantly” expressed the view that  Commissioner Damanaki’s stated objective for the future Common Fisheries Policy of banning discards and forcing fishermen to land fish which has no prospect of sale –  which would then have to be transported great distances to be processed as fishmeal –  is totally unacceptable, uneconomic and most importantly will not contribute to the sustainable exploitation of stocks.“The Commissioner’s approach demonstrates only a superficial and PR-driven approach to the issue. The EU measures taken must of course address conservation issues but also must be practical and allow the fishing fleets operate in an economic manner,” they say. A key component of the Atlas, say FIF, is the substantial treatment given to modifications to fishing gears and other measures to reduce discards. Irish fishermen already have taken a “leading role” in promoting such measures:For FIF say seasonal closures for cod fisheries off the North coast (Greencastle Box) and off the South-east coast (Celtic Sea Box), promoted and supported by the Irish industry are proving highly beneficial with a resultant major improvement in Celtic Sea cod stocks for example and whose value is accepted scientifically at EU level.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved.The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comFISHERMEN OPPOSE BARMY EU FISH-DUMPING LAWS was last modified: November 8th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:barmy EU lawsdonegalfishermenlast_img read more

AFC presidential candidate pledges more cash to members

first_imgIn his manifesto, which was launched in Abu Dhabi, Al Romaithi offers a $10 million contribution to travel that could end the Champions League group stage being divided along western and eastern regions.Al Romaithi is a former commander in chief of the Abu Dhabi Police who previously led the UAE football federation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “The AFC has been very harsh and not treated everyone equally,” Al Romaithi told The Associated Press. “There is inequality in the treatment between the member associations. They listen to the strong MAs and don’t listen to the poorer MAs.”Sheikh Salman of Bahrain has led the confederation for six years but is yet to publicly discuss his plans for a new term. Saoud Al-Mohannadi, from 2022 World Cup host nation Qatar, is a third candidate in the April 6 election.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAl Romaithi is pledging to give each of the AFC’s 47 member federations at least $2 million per year, including $500,000 mandated for the development of the women’s game. According to a single-page financial statement published by the AFC, $20 million was spent on member association development, education and financial assistance expenses in 2017.For the 23 countries who fail to qualify for the 24-team Asian Cup, Al Romaithi is pledging to launch a new Associations Cup with a $7.5 million prize fund. The Women’s Asian Cup would also be doubled to 16 teams. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View comments MOST READ Messi returns to Argentina’s national team for friendlies Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem FILE – Qatar’s team celebrates after winning the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar in Zayed Sport City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)New and expanded competitions and more funds for member associations are being promised by Mohamed Khalfan Al Romaithi if he is elected president of the Asian Football Confederation.Al Romaithi, the chairman of the United Arab Emirates General Authority for Sports, is trying to unseat Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa in next month’s presidential election.ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

News service Euronews has teamed up with North Ame

first_imgNews service Euronews has teamed up with North American video-on-demand network Eurocinema to make its content avaialble on the Eurocinema service in the US and Canada. Euronews’ magazine programme Cinema, dedicated to the latest movie news including clips, comments and interviews, will be available as free content to Eurocinema’s on-demand subscribers beginning this month.Michael Peters, CEO of Euronews, said, “I’m pleased to announce our association with Eurocinema, the very successful VOD platform for European films in North America. This new deal represents a new step for Euronews’ distribution in the United States and Canada. Euronews, already well-known for its international news coverage, will now place the spotlight on its culture and lifestyle programming on Eurocinema. I’m confident that Eurocinema’s subscribers who are passionate about international cinema will appreciate our programming.”last_img read more

Sky will add box sets for TV series and movies as

first_imgSky will add box sets for TV series and movies as part of its Buy & Keep offering on Sky Store in the near future, according to Sky Store director Nicola Bamford.Bamford said Sky Store revenues rose by 90% in 2014, driven largely by the launch of its download-and-stream-to-own offering.Writing in a blog posting following Sky’s decision to open up the service to non-Sky customers, Bamford said that Sky Store was now regularly the number one digital retailer for new movie releases in the UK.last_img

Commercial TV viewing on television sets was up in

first_imgCommercial TV viewing on television sets was up in the in the UK in the first half of 2016 thanks in part to BBC Three’s move from linear to online, according to new research by Thinbox.The marketing body for commercial TV in the UK said that it is likely that the closure of BBC Three’s broadcast TV channel in February is “partly responsible for a dip in BBC TV viewing and commercial TV’s strong performance”.“According to March-May figures from the BBC, the BBC’s broadcast TV viewing has dropped by 8% compared with the same period last year. The drop is more pronounced among 16-34s – BBC Three’s core audience – for whom viewing dropped by 18%,” said Thinkbox.“With iPlayer viewing flat across the same period as reported in the latest iPlayer performance pack, it appears that the BBC has lost the viewing BBC Three previously provided. This underlines the continued importance of having a broadcast TV channel alongside an online VOD service.”The research claimed that commercial TV channels that cater for 16-34s have benefitted since BBC Three’s closure, with ITV2 experiencing an increase of 27% year-on-year in time spent viewing from March-June and E4 experiencing an increase of 4%.Between January-June 2016, overall TV viewing by 16-34 year olds dropped to an average of 2 hours, 20 minutes a day – a decrease of 3 minutes a day compared with 2015. However, Thinkbox said this was “entirely borne by BBC channels”, with commercial TV viewing experiencing an increase of 1 minute a day to an average of 1 hour, 49 minutes.The amount of time four-15 year-olds spent watching TV in the first half of the year declined by 7 minutes compared to the same period in 2015, with an average of 1 hour, 41 minutes of TV watched on a TV set during the first half of the year.Thinkbox said that commercial TV still accounts for 76.4% of children’s TV viewing at an average of 1 hour, 17 minutes a day – a decline of three minutes per day.“Any declines for this age group are exaggerated due to the fact that non TV set viewing, which skews heavily to younger people, is not yet included in the standard measurement figures,” according to the research.Overall TV viewing – including BBC channels – among all age groups, decreased slightly year on year to 3 hours, 34 minutes a day, a drop of 2 minutes a day.However, average commercial TV viewing on a TV set increased by 1 minute per day year-on-year to 2 hours, 24 minutes a day, and accounted for 67.4% of TV viewing, said Thinkbox.last_img read more

New study uncovers key protein in the production of insulin

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 25 2019The crucial hormone insulin needs help acquiring the right structure. A protein that assists in the process of insulin folding has just been discovered in a new study conducted by researchers at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. They hope the new research results can be used to develop treatments for conditions such as increased level of insulin in the blood known as hyperinsulinemia.Even though researchers have been familiar with and studied the hormone insulin for more than a hundred years, especially in connection with diabetes, they still make new discoveries concerning the hormone. Now researchers from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen have uncovered a hitherto unknown process in the production of insulin. The new research results have just been published in the scientific journal Diabetes.Insulin is produced in the beta cells of the pancreas. The hormone is produced as a precursor called proinsulin. For proinsulin to mature into functional insulin, it needs to be folded and processed correctly to acquire the right structure with assistance from proteins that are termed chaperones. The researchers have now discovered and identified such a chaperone. A proinsulin chaperone termed glucose-regulated protein GRP94.’Even though proinsulin has a relatively short sequence, it still needs help acquiring the right structure to become mature, functional insulin. However, several other studies have shown that proinsulin can be folded without help from proteins in artificial cell-free conditions. Yet, our study conducted in live cells shows that proinsulin is not folded correctly and does not acquire the right structure without help from GRP94,’ says last author of the study, Associate Professor Michal Tomasz Marzec from the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.Impaired Insulin Production and SecretionIn the study the researchers removed or inhibited the protein GRP94 in to see what happened with the proinsulin and the cells. They observed that the proinsulin was not folded correctly and the beta cells did not secrete sufficient amounts of insulin. The researchers were surprised though to learn that removal of GRP94 did not affect cell viability. Nothing happened to the cells after they had removed the protein.Related StoriesVirus killing protein could be the real antiviral hero finds studyRNA-binding protein SRSF3 appears to be key factor for proper heart contraction, survivalStudy reveals how protein mutation is involved in Christianson syndrome’This is surprising, because one would anticipate that the beta cells would die from stress when huge amounts of misfolded proinsulin accumulate inside the cells. It is like removing the bearing beam without weakening the construction. This indicates that the GRP94 protein plays a very specialized function and that beta cells are well-prepared to mount effective responses to deal with consequences of misfolding of proinsulin. We are currently working to understand these responses and their biological and pathological consequences,’ says Associate Professor Michal Tomasz Marzec.According to the researchers, the research results may make it possible in the future to manipulate the process from proinsulin to insulin in the body’s beta cells. If you can use medicine to inhibit the assistant protein, the result would be reduced insulin secretion. This would be useful in connection with conditions like hyperinsulinemia, where the body produces too much insulin. In the long term, they also hope the new knowledge will be useful in connection with types 1 and 2 diabetes.’We hope this new discovery will guide the development of novel drugs. Understanding the biological processes behind the production of insulin in the cells will enable us to modify the processes. We thus hope we will be able to inhibit overproduction of insulin as it occurs in children and adults with hyperinsulinemia. In the long term we also hope we will be able to increase the production of insulin, ease the large production burden of beta cells in connection with type 2 diabetes and to maintain their secretion function for longer without the need for insulin injections,’ says Associate Professor Michal Tomasz Marzec. Source:https://healthsciences.ku.dk/newsfaculty-news/2019/01/researchers-discover-key-protein-in-the-production-of-insulin/last_img read more

In El Chapos home state Mexicans bemoan his punishment far from home

first_imgCULIACAN, Mexico (Reuters) – Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is never going back home to Sinaloa. A view of the “Saint Jesus Malverde” chapel in Culiacan, in Mexico’s state of Sinaloa, Mexico July 17, 2019. REUTERS/Jesus BustamanteThe Mexican drug lord will instead spend the rest of his days in lock-up thousands of miles away in the United States, after a judge on Wednesday sentenced Guzman to life in prison, plus 30 years. In Culiacan, the capital in Mexico’s northwestern state of Sinaloa, locals lamented that Mexicans were deprived of the chance to see the notorious capo tried, convicted and punished on his native soil. “He doesn’t stop being Mexican… He should be paying for his sins here in Mexico,” said Victor Estrada, who was at a public plaza in Culiacan. After an 11-week trial, a U.S. jury in February found Guzman guilty of trafficking tons of cocaine, heroin and marijuana and engaging in murder conspiracies as a leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, one of Mexico’s most treacherous drug trafficking groups. U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan has ordered Guzman to forfeit $12.6 billion. He also said Guzman deserved the harshest sentence possible because any potentially redeeming qualities were overshadowed by “overwhelming evil.” Nevertheless, many in Sinaloa treat Guzman as a Robin Hood figure who helped the poor mountain village where he grew up and neighbouring communities. At a Culiacan chapel dedicated to the folk saint of drug smugglers, Jesus Malverde, vendors sell figurines of a mustachioed Guzman wielding a rifle and grenades as well as framed photos of the drug lord, right alongside colourful rosaries and images of Jesus Christ. “He’s had his bad side, but for me he was a good person,” said Rafael Morales. “He helped Culiacan a lot… many people love him.” If he had been sent to prison in Mexico, at least his family would be able to visit, noted Karla Arellano, who called the sentencing unjust. “Whatever he may have done, he helped,” she said. Guzman was extradited in 2018 following two break-outs from Mexican jails – one purportedly in a laundry cart, the other through a mile-long tunnel. Given that record, Guzman will likely be sent to a Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado reserved for dangerous criminals. Brianda Lopez said the sentence was fair – and just as harsh as she expected – but agreed with others that Mexico should have had a role in his judgement. “It’s sad that a person who causes so much harm in his country has to be judged in another, and not his own,” she said. She added that although Guzman is behind bars, the drug trade’s cycle of violence and killing persists. Slideshow (6 Images)“We see crime everyday, every minute. We all know someone that was killed or a cousin of a friend that’s involved in drug trafficking,” she said. “He already has a successor; it doesn’t change anything.” Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, Guzman’s long-time partner, is believed to have taken over Sinaloa Cartel operations since Guzman’s capture in 2016 and consolidated power for the cartel, which is the biggest drug distributor on U.S. streets. Miguel Soto, who left a candle at the Jesus Malverde chapel, said it was for the best that Guzman will be jailed far from home. “Here, it’s easier for him to escape than in the United States,” he said. Reporting by Jesus Bustamante, Writing by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Cynthia OstermanOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.last_img read more

Opposition flogging a dead horse BJP

first_imgManohar Parrikar had allayed fears on PMO’s role in Rafale deal: Nirmala Sitharaman SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Nirmala Sitharaman, Defence Minister   –  File photo Rafale jets to join IAF fleet soon: President Kovind February 08, 2019 RELATED Responding to The Hindu’s expose on the Rafale deal, the Centre and the BJP said both the newspaper and opposition parties are flogging a dead horse. The BJP fielded Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and HRD Minister Prakash Javdekar to defend Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his office, as the Opposition said the report made it clear that the Centre has something to hide.Sitharaman said in Lok Sabha that the report should have also carried the reply of the then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. “If the newspaper wanted to bring the truth out, I would have thought that it was incumbent upon that newspaper to put the reply of the then Raksha Mantri also on record,” she said. “The then Raksha Mantri, Parrikar, had very clearly said… in response to the file noting of the then Defence Secretary… ‘remain calm, there is nothing to worry, things are going all right’,” she added.She said that the PMO’s enquiries about the progress of any work cannot be construed as an interference and added that every question on Rafale is over and done with. “The newspaper and the opposition parties are flogging a dead horse. In other words, they are like what the PM said yesterday (Thursday)… playing into the hands of multi-national corporations and with vested interests keeping the issue alive,” she claimed. “They are not interested in the Indian Air Force getting powerful. They are not interested in the Indian Air Force becoming empowered. They are working to the tunes of multi-national corporate warfare ,” she said. Javadekar said the “lie-manufacturing factory” of Rahul Gandhi continues to operate and “he has served us yet another lie”. “We absolutely reject his allegations,” Javadekar told reporters. “Rahul Gandhi and the Congress are working to get the Rafale deal scrapped. They are playing into the hands of foreign forces and companies with vested interests,” he added. He reiterated the BJP’s allegation that the UPA government had finalised the Rafale deal in 2011 but did not go ahead with it because it had not got any commission. “There cannot be a deal in a Congress government without any commission,” said Javadekar. “The Supreme Court has said there is no scam in the Rafale deal. Gandhi does not accept it. Repeating a lie would not make it true,” he added. politics SHARE COMMENTS Defence Secretary’s note on Rafale strong evidence against Modi: Rahul PM has stolen people’s money: Rahul Rahul leads barrage on Modi, Govt; Parliament rocked Published onlast_img read more

First prototype of BrahmosNG will be ready by 2024

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