Gardaí investigations are continuing into a fire which caused serious damage to a council property just days before a family was due to move in.A malicious fire was started at a home in Treantaghmucklagh, St Johnston sometime between 5pm on Monday 2nd September and 7.50am on Tuesday 3rd September.The house had been allocated to a family and was undergoing renovation in preparation for them moving in. Gardaí have stressed the seriousness of the case, as deliberate fires in unoccupied properties can spread and have serious consequences. Anyone with any information or may have seen anything suspicious in the area is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 0749167100 or the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 Garda appeal after family’s future home destroyed by fire was last modified: September 10th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:GardaSt Johnston
29 August 2012The development of a single-dose anti-malarial drug by the University of Cape Town (UCT) could help Africa and the rest of the world tackle a disease which claims almost a million lives a year, Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor said on Tuesday.The new molecule, developed by UCT’s Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3-D), was selected last month by Switzerland’s Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) for further development.It will now undergo a lengthy period of clinical trials and has the potential to become a single-dose cure for all strains of malaria and might also be able to block person-to-person transmission of the parasite.Pandor said the compound has already been found to be a complete cure for animals infected by malaria. The department had provided R25-million in funding for the development of the drug.African researchers finding solutionsThe development of the drug has also helped train 10 local scientists and helped cement relations with international partner the MMV, which is based in Switzerland.Pandor lauded the research partnership between the MMV and the H3-D centre and said it was essential to see African researchers involved in finding solutions to African problems.She said South Africa had recently made significant progress in developing the basic sciences that underpin infectious disease research in the fields of immunology, virology, bio-chemistry, microbiology and genetics.With the majority of the more than a billion people infected by communicable diseases located in developing countries, new research into neglected diseases was crucial, Pandor said.The director of H3-D, Kelly Chibale, said the new drug was important, especially as others had proved ineffective in tackling parasites that had become drug-resistant.“When we tested this molecule in animals that are infected with parasites, with a single low dose of this molecule, we could cure the infection completely,” Chibale said.‘A unique research initiative’The H3-D team – with help from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Australia’s Centre for Drug Candidate Optimisation and India’s Syngene – spent 18 months developing a candidate molecule suitable for pre-clinical development.Chibale commended the Science and Technology Department for its research chairs initiative, saying his research chair had afforded him the time to put together a team to carry out the research into an anti-malaria drug and was geared to training the next generation of researchers.“This is not something that would have happened if I had been carrying a heavy load of teaching commitments and I think this is something unique and special about this country [the research chairs initiative],” he said.The MMV’s chief scientific officer, Tim Wells, said that if all went well, the drug could expect to hit the market by 2020. He added that the clinical development phase would take around seven years – costing about R20-million a year.He said the aim was to make it available to ordinary Africans, at affordable rates of less than a dollar a dose.Wells added that although a vaccine for African malaria was being developed for 2015, there would still be a need for medication in a drug form.Source: SANews.gov.za
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “CJ was terrific, maybe his best all-around game of the year,” Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.Seth Curry, who got the start in Lillard’s place, scored 22 points. Maurice Harkless also had a season-high 16 points to go with five rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Without (Lillard) out there I was just talking a little bit more, initiate the offense and tried to keep everybody involved,” McCollum said.Trae Young had 30 points and eight assists to lead the Hawks. After Atlanta jumped out to a 11-7 lead, the Blazers outscored the Hawks 33-19 to build a 10-point lead after the first quarter.The Hawks quickly cut the Blazers lead to three in the early moments of the second quarter. Dwayne Dedmon’s dunk with the 7:39 left in the quarter gave Atlanta a one-point lead and the Hawks led by as many as six.Atlanta held a one-point lead at halftime with Collins and rookie Trae Young leading the way.McCollum got off to an early start on a big night, with 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the first half.“CJ scores the ball, great passing, going after it on the boards,” Young said about McCollum. “CJ does what CJ does — everything.”Blazers sixth man Evan Turner was forced from the game at halftime with a sore left Achilles.TIP-INSHawks: John Collins has made a big jump from his rookie year in scoring, averaging 19.5 points per game, which is nearly double his average from last season. But another area in which he’s improved has been on the offensive rebounding. Collins began the day averaging 3.8 offensive rebounds per game, a full rebound more than last year. In terms of percentage, Collins has improved by two percentage points and he’s just outside of the top-10 in that category.Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce commended him for his willingness to embrace the mentality of dominating mismatches.“And it’s easy to get frustrated when we don’t find him when there is a guard defending him. The effort part that he’s shown over the last month or two months. When there’s a guard on him, we want to find him but if we don’t, go to work. Because now you a small down there. He’s completely bought into it. I said it a while back, it’s like a new toy for him.” Trail Blazers: Lillard had been dealing with nagging injuries over the last few weeks. With the Blazers just returning home after a three-game road trip, the team elected to rest Lillard who has been listed with a bruised right hand and a sore right knee.“There’s nothing serious,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “He almost didn’t play against Phoenix so I think it’s just, he needs a day.”Lillard was one of only four Blazers who had played in each of the first 50 games this season. The choice to rest Lillard comes at a brief break in the Blazers schedule. After Saturday, the Blazers only have one game in the span of nine days.UP NEXTHawks: At Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.Trail Blazers: Host Utah on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations 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 US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Portland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless, right, steals the ball from Atlanta Hawks guard Jeremy Lin, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. The Blazers won 120-111. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Ore. — With the Trail Blazers playing without All-Star guard Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum reminded everybody just how good Portland’s other guard are.McCollum had 28 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his first career triple-double, leading the Trail Blazers to a 120-111 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte McCollum had 10 points and three assists in the third quarter to give Portland a three-point lead heading to the fourth. Atlanta pulled to 101-100 with 7:17 remaining, but Curry scored 11 points during the Trail Blazers’ 13-0 game-closing run.“I was trying to get (Curry) some shots, he’s a very great shooter, a guy who can read on-ball and off-ball screens,” McCollum said. “I tried to take advantage of their defensive lapses, they were paying a lot of attention to me. I was trying to be aggressive and mix in making plays.”“When they hit 3s, you feel it,” Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce said of the Blazers’ final run. “And Curry did that late in the game with three 3s. And we hit a stretch where we couldn’t get anything to go down.”Stotts thought Curry’s night, in particular, was special for him.“It’s been tough for him, coming off the bench and playing behind Dame and CJ and coming into a new team,” Stotts said. “All that — it’s been a rough transition, but I think he showed tonight what he’s capable of. He stepped up, I mean we needed a performance like that from him tonight.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Warriors win 10th straight, beat Celtics Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View comments
Cloud-based TV revenues will grow to over US$750 million (€580 million) by 2017, up from US$120 million in 2013, according to a new report from research group MRG.According to MRG, growth in cloud-based TV will be driven by the development of multiscreen and TV Everywhere services as well as cable networks’ migration from QAM to IP video networks.
Swiss-based content protection specialist Nagra has extended its partnership with Dish Network and EchoStar Technologies in the US.Dish and EchoStar are deploying Nagra’s MediaLive Player (NMP) – which includes its MediaAccess Persistent Rights Management (PRM) technology – and Nagra’s studio-approved DRM solution, which will secure the Dish Anywhere multiscreen VoD service for computers, smartphones and tablets.“More and more consumers are demanding greater flexibility in the way they enjoy their Dish content. To successfully provide this service, we chose the Nagra MediaLive Player with PRM because of their proven ability to effectively protect our content investment while at the same time meeting the requirements of our premium content providers. What’s more, our close security partnership with Nagra allows us to focus on creating innovative new services,” said Vivek Khemka, Dish senior vice president of product management.Nagra is owned by Kudelski Group and claims to be the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions.