PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):A wet outfield has caused the abandonment of the penultimate day of the fourth and final Test between West Indies and India at Queen’s Park Oval yesterday.Match officials called off play at 10:25 a.m. after inspecting the ground.The second and third days were also abandoned without a bowl bowled due to an impaired outfield.Play was only possible for 13/4 hours on day one before heavy rains forced the last two sessions to be abandoned.
Drop-in Centre fire In keeping with commitments made to President David Granger, retired Colonel Windee Algernon on Tuesday handed over the report to Government with the preliminary findings into the recent fire at the State-run Drop-in Centre that claimed the lives of two young boys.According to the Government Information Agency (GINA), the report was handed over to Minister of State Joseph Harmon on Friday at the Ministry of the Presidency.Retired Commissioner, Colonel Windee Algernon handing over the preliminary report from the inquiry into the deadly Hadfield Street Drop-In Centre fire to Minister of State Joseph Harmon on FridayLast week, the Head of State ordered an inquiry into the incident in which six-year-old Antonio George and his two-year-old brother Joshua George were killed. Colonel Algernon was commissioned to conduct the probe to determine the circumstances surrounding the fire and make recommendations to prevent any recurrence.At the simple handing over ceremony on Friday, Minister Harmon, upon receiving the document, acknowledged that the preliminary report was submitted by July 22, in accordance with the Terms of Reference outlined for the Commission of Inquiry. He noted that the report will be passed on to President Granger for his perusal, while the final one will be sent to Cabinet for review when it is received.Meanwhile, as the probe into the tragic incident continues, the Head of State has declared that if anyone is found culpable of negligence then they will be held accountable.“If any persons are culpable of gross negligence or dereliction of duties, yes we will make a judgment as to whether they are fit to hold those positions and if you equate that with rolling of heads, then yes,” the President posited.Nevertheless, he outlined that the aim of the inquiry is to prevent a reoccurrence. “We need to find out what happened and prevent a reoccurrence. In investigating what occurred, if we find that there was gross dereliction of duties, yes persons who omitted to commit acts, which would have prevented that catastrophe will be punished and if the punishment proposed is that they be removed from their positions so be it,” Granger told reporters on the weekly televised programme, the Public Interest.Just after midnight on July 8, the two young brothers perished in a fire which occurred at the Drop-in Centre on Hadfield Street, Georgetown. According to reports, the elder brother Antonio was asleep in the dormitory when the fire started and as the younger brother Joshua was being taken out of the building by caregivers, he realised that his brother was not with him.The two-year-old managed to free himself from the grip of the caregiver and ran back into the burning building. The two brothers were then trapped in the building and their charred remains were subsequently recovered.Social Service Assistants Sandra Jones and Rupert Hinds, who were in charge of the 31 children at the Drop-in Centre, were given a chance to describe the events leading up to the tragic incident.According to Jones, who was in charge of the girls’ department in the upper flat of the Centre, said she noticed sparks emanating from a nearby electrical wire which quickly erupted into a flame and began spreading into an uncontrollable blaze.She said that she began awakening the girls, who then rushed out of the burning building to safety, while she tried to battle the flames with the fire extinguishers.“I was in the dorm upstairs and the girls already drop to sleep and whilst sitting down, I noticed the electrical wire on the wall, start giving this whizzing sound, and next thing I know, there’s a big bunch of fire all over the place. I wake the girls up and try to save as much of them I can. I saved all my girls. I got out all of the girls,” she related.However, Hinds, who was in charge of the boys, explained that when Jones alerted him to the fire, he tried to get the boys to safety, and then moved to assist Jones in taming the fire.Meanwhile, Director of the Child Care Protection Agency (CCPA), Ann Greene had disclosed that the two brothers along with three other siblings were taken into the care of the State two days before, following an investigation into allegations that they were neglected and abused.She relayed that as per routine, the CCPA took the children for medical attention the following day and it was confirmed by the medical certificate that the children were victims of neglect and maltreatment.Greene further stated that the Social Protection Ministry would take full responsibility for the tragic incident and bear the full cost of the funeral arrangements for the young children.
(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)The San Jose Sharks advanced to the Western Conference final after defeating the the Colorado Avalanche in Game 7.The team captain Joe Pavelski who has been out since a hit in Game 7 of the previous series returned to the ice. He immediately made an impact scoring the first goal of the game. He ended up with a score and an assist in his return.Pavelski celebrated two other times with teammates as Tomas Hertl …
An article in the March 3 issue of Nature1 explains how tissues communicate to fight off infection. As reported before, cells display samples of the proteins they contain on their outer membranes, a process called presentation. Killer T cells wander around, like cops, looking at the presentations. When they recognize alien proteins (antigens), they respond by killing the cell (see 06/27/2003 entry, “Cell to Phagocyte: I’m Dying – Eat Me”). Now, Dutch scientists Neijssen et al.2 have found that cells in tissues can also pass these flags to neighboring cells through passageways between them called gap junctions. The uninfected neighboring cells thus signal the cops that a firebreak needs to be constructed to avoid further damage. Australian biologists William Heath and Francis Carbone explain:As well as providing another possible mechanism for initiating immunity by dendritic cells, the gap-junction-mediated cross-presentation described by Neijssen et al. offers an interesting method of efficiently limiting the spread of replicating virus. The authors show that not only will a cell expressing viral proteins be killed by T cells, but so will its closest neighbours – because they present viral peptides obtained through gap junctions. Extending the destruction to adjacent cells may provide a ‘fire-break’ around an infection, ensuring that if low levels of virus have spread to surrounding cells, but have yet to produce sufficient protein to allow recognition, such cells will still be eliminated. (Emphasis added in all quotes.) The width of the firebreak is controlled, they explain: “The rapid degradation of peptides within the cell’s cytosol means that the spread of peptides through gap junctions will be rather limited, probably allowing the targeting of adjacent cells but not those more than one cell distant from the infection. Thus, the integrity of targeting should be maintained, with only limited bystander destruction.”1Heath and Carbone, “Coupling and cross-presentation, Nature 434, 27 – 28 (03 March 2005); doi:10.1038/434027a2Neijssen et al., “Cross-presentation by intercellular peptide transfer through gap junctions,” Nature 434, 83 – 88 (03 March 2005); doi:10.1038/nature03290.Neither article attempts to explain how such a clever protective technique could have evolved.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
11 July 2008The first four-car train set for South Africa’s rapid rail link – known as the Gautrain – was handed over to Mbhazima Shilowa, premier of Gauteng province, at Bombardier’s assembly plant at Derby, England on Tuesday.The Gautrain line between Johannesburg, Pretoria and OR Tambo International airport is currently under construction, in one of the biggest infrastructure projects ever seen in South Africa.Construction of the first link in the Gautrain network, between the airport and Sandton in Johannesburg, began in September 2006 and is due to be complete in 2010, with the rest of the network due for completion in 2011.Supported by a dedicated fleet of 125 buses, the Gautrain will be able to carry more than 100 000 passengers per day in each direction between Johannesburg and Pretoria.“Gautrain has reached a major milestone in its delivery of world-class public transport to South Africa,” Shilowa said at Tuesday’s handing-over ceremony. “With uncompromising levels of safety, security, comfort and punctuality, passengers can look forward to unprecedented standards of service.“For Gauteng’s people on the move, today is a step closer to the mobility that the golden train will bring.”State-of-the-art rail carsGautrain’s rail cars are “based on the renowned Bombardier Electrostar series, known for their state-of-the-art technology and reliable, high-performance standards,” Gautrain said in a statement. “The lightweight aluminium car bodies – a first for South Africa – also offer increased energy efficiency and reduced maintenance requirements.”Canadian company Bombardier, a 17% shareholder in the Bombela Concession Company contracted to design, build, operate and maintain the Gautrain, has been involved in eight private rail projects around the world, two of which were completed for the London Underground.Gautrain will have 24 train sets of four cars each – 96 rail cars in total – designed to run at an operational speed of 160 kilometres per hour. Ten of these will be customised with features such as extra luggage space and wider seats for use on the Sandton-airport link.According to Gautrain, there are more than 1 600 Electrostar vehicles in operation in the UK, “where they have an impressive record of reliability, with trains operating on London commuter routes achieving up to 80 000 kilometre MDBF (Mean Distance Between Failures).”Skills transferThe first 15 rail cars, plus the body shells for the complete fleet, will be manufactured at Bombardier Transportation’s facility in Derby. The body shells and some of the major components for the remaining 81 rail cars will be shipped to Union Carriage and Wagon (UCW) in Nigel, east of Johannesburg, for final assembly.Teams from UCW, who are presently at Derby being trained in the assembly of the Gautrain rail cars, will constitute the core of the assembly teams when local production commences.“As train maintenance requirements and equipment are highly specialised, dedicated technicians will be recruited locally and specially trained by Bombardier to maintain Gautrain according to the original equipment manufacturer’s specifications,” Gautrain said.“Bombardier’s commitment to skills transfer also includes the local recruitment and training of drivers, as Gautrain’s driver compartments and control systems will have more advanced features than other trains presently running in South Africa.”In order to meet the requirements for safety at higher speeds, Gautrain will operate on Standard Gauge track. Measuring 1 435 millimetres between rails, Standard Gauge is the predominant track gauge internationally, but was last used in South Africa in the 1860s. The narrower (1 065 millimetre) track gauge currenly used locally is known as Cape Gauge.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material