Colts at Bat coming to Louisville June 2

first_imgWSLM will be giving away tickets to the Louisville Bats game on Friday, June 2 where you can meet your favorite Indianapolis Colts players.Wide Receiver Phillip Dorsett and Safety T.J. Green are scheduled to appear, along with Colts cheerleaders and Blue, the mascot. Phillip DorsettT.J. GreenThe Colts will partner with the Fort Wayne TinCaps, Indianapolis Indians and Louisville Bats for three “Colts at Bat” events this summer. During these events, the Colts will provide several elements for fans attending the baseball games, including player autographs and photos prior to the first pitch, cheerleader autographs and performances, Colts Mascot Blue, free Colts giveaways and Colts In Motion, the team’s traveling museum.Fans may also sign up for one of the Colts Official Fan Clubs and register to win Colts tickets.Attendees must purchase a ticket to the baseball game in order to participate in the “Colts at Bat” activities. A list of dates for this year’s “Colts at Bat” events is provided below.The Colts encourage all fans to arrive early at summer events. The line for player and cheerleader autographs and photos may be cut off at any time to ensure the tour remains on schedule. Inclement weather or traffic may cause for late arrival or early departure. All Summer Tour events will take place rain or shine. Fans will be allowed one autograph per person; however, fans may get back in line for additional autographs. All Colts event times are local.  Player names for each event will be announced in May, but are subject to change.Friday, June 2, 2017 | 5:30 p.m.Colts at Bat with the Louisville BatsLouisville Slugger Field401 East Main StreetLouisville, KY 40202PLAYERS: WR Phillip Dorsett and S T.J. Green**Player autographs from 5:30-6:45pm and Cheerleader autographs from 7:30pm-5th inninglast_img read more

Cape Town launches reserves guide

first_img18 December 2008The Cape Town municipality has launched a user-friendly booklet to help residents and visitors find and explore the metropolitan area’s 24 nature reserves with ease.City of Cape Town’s Julia Wood said the booklet was produced as many people were unaware that there were a number of small reserves and natural areas spread right across the city, which were all easily accessible to visitors.The booklet contains at least one page on each of the reserves, with a photo, as well as details of opening hours, entry fees, activities at the reserve, and the types flora and fauna to be found there.She added that while the booklet focused on 24 of the city’s reserves, it was also packed with other information, including management challenges associated with reserves and natural areas, and details of various conservation organisations.“The contact details for the local friends’ groups associated with the nature reserves are included, and residents of Cape Town are encouraged to become actively involved by joining such groups,” Wood said in Cape Town this week.Cape Floristic RegionWood noted that more than 3.5-million people lived in Cape Town and within the Cape Floristic Region, and enormous pressure was being placed on the natural environment, with more and more land being used for housing and farming.“The City of Cape Town, as the local government responsible for this region, is determined to preserve this biodiversity to meet national and local conservation targets through a Biodiversity Network, a representative set of sites with core conservation areas linked by corridors,” she said, adding that the municipality’s nature reserves formed an integral part of the network.The booklet is available for R5 from the Rietvlei, Rondvlei and Helderberg Nature Reserves, as well as from the Botanical Society Bookshop at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.Alternatively, a free digital copy of the booklet, titled Cape Town Nature Reserves Booklet, can be downloaded from the City of Cape Town website.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

SA coach aims to grow wheelchair basketball in Africa

first_img24 April 2014 National men’s wheelchair basketball coach Franck Belen hosted a technical coaching course over the Easter weekend at Mandeville, near Johannesburg, to help grow the game in South Africa. He is also aiming to grow the sport on the African continent. Belen, the head coach of the Sasol-sponsored national senior men’s wheelchair basketball team, said the course, which covered areas including medical, hygiene, warm-up and warm-down techniques, wheelchair basketball equipment maintenance, and on-court match situation exercises, was the first of many to be held as part of a four-year plan to develop and empower coaches on the continent. Other areas covered during the coaches’ course included knowing how to structure a practice, knowing the basic rules of the sport, and understanding the role of Wheelchair Basketball SA and the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation.Beyond South Africa’s borders “With the Sasol SA national senior men’s team set to compete in a six nation international tournament in Agadir, Morocco, from 8 to 15 June, this creates another platform for a leg of the coaches course to be held in that country, so the knowledge can be spread well beyond the borders of South Africa,” Belen said in a statement. “The course covers a wide range of elements so that when the participants go home to rural or urban areas, they will be able to apply the knowledge to young athletes who wish to be as competitive as possible in the sport of wheelchair basketball.”Shortlist Following several national team training camps held earlier this year, at which the coach was able to access a large number of players invited to trials, a shortlist of 20 players is being formed from which the team to compete in Morocco will be selected. “The key focus for 2014 has been to create a squad of depth, from which a winning formula can be developed, so that the Sasol SA national senior team can compete and achieve success at next year’s Paralympic qualifying matches,” said Belen. “A lot of the national team’s experienced players retired from the sport after the 2012 London Paralympics, and we are in a team re-building process with an eye towards the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Right now, the training camps have been of more value than playing international fixtures, as we look to build the confidence of several new faces on the fringe of team selection.”Rankings The South African team is currently ranked 12th in the world and second on the African continent. Sasol CA Sponsorship Specialist Dumisani Mbokane said wheelchair basketball is an action-packed sports package, conducive to family fun and entertainment, which Sasol, as a sponsor of the national senior men’s team, has been involved with since 2007. “Wheelchair Basketball SA needs to be commended for taking the initiative to roll out the Sasol Wheelchair Basketball Technical Excellence Coaching Programme which will benefit many aspiring coaches across the country,” Mbokane commented. “Following the trip to Morocco, the Sasol SA senior men’s team will host France in July this year, and we look forward to witnessing the South African sports-loving public coming out in support of the home side for this four-test series.” Source: Road to Riolast_img read more

Liver-destroying virus may have been with us since the dawn of civilization

first_img The liver-destroying hepatitis B virus (HBV) kills nearly a million people each year. Now, a pair of new genetic studies suggests the pathogen has been with us at least since the dawn of civilization.Until now, the oldest evidence for HBV was a strain discovered in a 16th century Italian mummy. In the new work, a team led by geneticist Eske Willerslev of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom sequenced the whole genomes of 304 people found at archaeological sites throughout Eurasia, most dating to the Bronze and Iron ages (approximately 3500 B.C.E. through 500 B.C.E.). They quickly recognized the genetic signature of HBV in 12 individuals. The oldest sample, from a man, was about 4500 years old and found in an ancient grave in Osterhofen, Germany.The team then compared the DNA sequences of these ancient viruses with modern versions of HBV and used advanced mathematical modeling techniques to estimate how long it would take for these variations to arise given their prevalence in populations through time. The data revealed that the virus likely originated roughly between 13,600 B.C.E. and 9600 B.C.E., they report today in Nature.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(*)Another study led by geneticist Johannes Krause at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, found traces of HBV in the dental pulp of three skeletons from Germany dating from 3200 B.C.E. to 5000 B.C.E. Considering the results of both studies, “[HBV] seems to have been pretty common in the past,” says Krause, whose team reported its work earlier this week in a paper published to the bioRxiv preprint server. That’s not necessarily a surprise, he says, but it points the way for future researchers to investigate other ancient diseases.One popular hypothesis, based on the fact that chimpanzees and gorillas have strains of HBV extremely similar to humans, has suggested the virus may have arisen in Africa, then jumped into humans through blood-to-blood contact during hunting or cutting their meat. From there, the virus could have proliferated into different strains as humans filtered out into Eurasia about 80,000 to 120,000 years ago.Willerslev’s team’s findings suggest an intriguing alternate possibility: that HBV may have arisen much more recently in humans living in Eurasia or even North America, then was transmitted to both humans and nonhuman primates in Africa, although the mechanism of such a transmission is murky. This timeline dovetails with the beginnings of human civilization, when larger populations and trade routes would have helped the disease spread and transform into novel strains.Krause, however, is skeptical about estimates of when the virus arose. HBV recombines genetic material from its host, so typical molecular dating techniques based on rates of genetic mutation don’t work, he says.Hendrik Poinar, an evolutionary geneticist at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, who wasn’t involved in the research, agrees that these limitations make it difficult to speculate on the chronological origins of the virus given current data. “Saying anything about the timing of HBV’s origins is dicey at this point.”But regardless of HBV’s age, “These papers show really beautifully that you can find samples of pathogens in DNA that is thousands of years old,” he says. “This virus’s interaction with humans is a dynamic that has been playing out over millennia.” By Michael PriceMay. 9, 2018 , 1:00 PM Researchers found an individual infected with the hepatitis B virus in this 2000-year-old mass grave in Ömnögovi, Mongolia. Alexey A. Kovalev Liver-destroying virus may have been with us since the dawn of civilizationlast_img read more