Alaska Lawmakers Reconvene With Virus Screening Protocols

first_imgUnder the protocols, legislative staff and reporters were required to undergo screening Monday, consisting of a temperature check and questions about travel, contacts and symptoms. The protocols say legislators may refuse screening. The resumption of the session was prodded by a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of plans for distributing federal coronavirus relief aid. Screenings were done by Capital City Fire/Rescue, and badges were issued to be worn in the Capitol noting that a person had been screened. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has reconvened for the first time since recessing in late March over coronavirus concerns, with new screening protocols aimed at guarding against the virus.last_img

Bonner: MSU, Prescott bounce back in second half

first_imgPhoto by Kevin Warren STARKVILLE – Dak Prescott hoped to fix accuracy issues that plagued his performances the last two weeks. Earlier in the week, the Mississippi State quarterback admitted to pressing during the games.It continued Saturday against Arkansas — for a half.The quarterback returned to the form that helped him become a Heisman Trophy candidate in the second half of MSU’s 17-10 win.Turning point: Redmond saves the day for Mississippi StateMeanwhile, the Bulldogs’ defense took advantage of Arkansas’ misfires. Will Redmond secured the win with seconds remaining with an interception.Prescott led MSU to its 11th-straight win with a rollout in the fourth quarter. Facing third-and-4 from his own 31, Prescott rolled to his right. He squared his shoulders on the run and found a wide-open Fred Ross for a 69-yard touchdown. It gave MSU its first lead with 13:21 left in the fourth quarter.“That was a huge win for our team tonight against an excellent Arkansas football team,” MSU coach Dan Mullen said. “Fortunately we were able to make one more play at the end of the game.The junior finished with a career-high and his first 300-yard passing game. He finished with 331 yards with a touchdown.Prescott threw for better than 60 percent for the first time in three weeks. He started the game 10 of 16 in the first half.Arkansas held Mississippi State to seven points at halftime. It was the fewest MSU scored through the first two quarters since last year’s Egg Bowl. It was the first time MSU didn’t score at least 10 in the first half when Prescott started a game. The Bulldogs had scored at least 17 in the first half in each of their first seven games.Special teams nearly cost the Bulldogs big against ArkansasThe Razorbacks consistently pressured the junior, which resulted in hands in his face as well as being hit as he threw.The constant pressure led to two more interceptions in the first half. Prescott has five interceptions in the last three games. He threw two in MSU’s first five games.“He was a little bit more relaxed in the second half,” Mullen said. “I don’t know if he’s made bad interceptions this year. Those two interceptions tonight weren’t good.”Prescott didn’t play his best against Kentucky or Auburn, but his supporting cast picked up the slack. That wasn’t the case Saturday until the fourth quarter.Jamoral Graham mishandled a punt for the fourth straight game. Fred Ross replaced the true freshman. The miscue led to seven points for Arkansas.The Bulldogs were also flagged at inopportune times. Malcolm Johnson picked up an unsportsmanlike penalty as Mississippi State took the ball to the Arkansas 31. The drive ended in a punt in the first quarter.Gus Walley was flagged for illegal touching in the third. It killed another drove in Arkansas territory. Dillon Day was penalized twice on MSU’s scoring drive that tied the game at 10-10 in the third. His second negated a 14-yard reception. Mississippi State didn’t get the yards back and settled for a 37 yards field goal.The Bulldogs entered the game with the 10th fewest penalties in the country. Mississippi State ended with eight penalties for 45 yards“That’s just sloppy play. Here’s my issue with those. Those are mental penalties,” Mullen said. “Those are certainly avoidable penalties.”The defense followed Prescott’s suit in the fourth quarter. Arkansas averaged better than five yard per carry as it stood on the Mississippi State two yard line on third down last in the fourth. The Razorbacks lost yards on third and fourth down.The defense needed on more stand.Redmond’s interception secured the win and one more week at No. 1“Our guys are finding ways to win,” Mullen said. “We won high scoring games now we won a low scoring game. I told people we were going to have to do that.”Contact Michael Bonner at (601) 961-7289 or mbonner Follow @MikeBBonner on Twitter.Key PlayerDak Prescott, Mississippi StateQuarterback threw two interceptions in the first half but bounced back for a career-high 331 passing yards.Key Figure7Arkansas limited Mississippi State to seven points in the first half. That’s the fewest points in the first half in a game started by Dak Prescott.last_img read more

Chelsea line-up v Hull City: Midfield star to miss out?

first_imgA victory against Hull City on Sunday could well give Chelsea a much-needed boost as they look to reignite their Premier League title bid.The 1-1 draw with Southampton, which followed their Champions League exit to Paris Saint-Germain, threatens to put their season into a tail spin, but boss Jose Mourinho is working hard to ensure this doesn’t occur.“We are there, we are strong, we are confident. We believe in our capacity to stay there until the last match,” said the defiant Portuguese.“We know we fight against that word you use so many times – complacency – the best way to fight is to know (there is a) long way to go.”And with that in mind he’ll be go all-out to attack Hull on Sunday.How Chelsea could line up at the KC Stadium:GoalkeeperThibaut Courtois produced some more brilliant saves last weekend as Southampton threatened to claim a victory against the Blues at Stamford Bridge and this continued excellence see him remain above Petr Cech in the pecking order.DefenceIt’s likely Chelsea will remain unchanged at the back too as Mourinho resists the urges to tinker with his team. That means Gary Cahill and John Terry will keep Kurt Zouma out of the team, while Cesar Azpilicueta continues ahead of Filipe Luis.MidfieldWith Willian a doubt, Juan Cuadrado could be set for another start in a Chelsea shirt, his third for the club since his January move from Fiorentina, while John Obi Mikel misses out again.ForwardDiego Costa grabbed his first goal in eight games against Southampton and that will be enough for the Spain international to keep his place up top. 1 Chelsea midfielder Willian last_img read more

European court ruling raises hurdles for CRISPR crops

first_img European court ruling raises hurdles for CRISPR crops Email By Erik StokstadJul. 25, 2018 , 4:40 PM Many researchers were less pleased. “This is going to impact plant breeding in Europe hugely and negatively,” predicted Cathie Martin, a group leader at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, U.K., in a statement distributed by the Science Media Centre in London.The ruling is “the death blow for plant biotech in Europe,” said Sarah Schmidt of the Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf in Germany. It will force gene-edited plants to go through a regulatory process that typically costs about $35 million, she said, meaning only large companies will be able to foot the bill, effectively pricing out universities, nonprofits, and small companies.The case focused on crops that have been made resistant to herbicides without transferring genes from other species. (The transgenic technique has been the typical way of creating herbicide-tolerant crops.) The French government had passed a law exempting these new gene-edited crops from regulation under the European Union’s directive on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which requires an assessment of risks to health and the environment, as well as labeling, tracking, and monitoring of the products. Confédération Paysanne, a French union in Bagnolet representing small farms, and eight other groups, sued and charged that the plants modified with gene-editing techniques should be regulated under the GMO directive, because they could cause significant harm.The court decided that gene-editing techniques are covered by the GMO directive because they “alter the genetic material of an organism in a way that does not occur naturally.” (The court exempted conventional mutagenesis—the unnatural use of chemicals or radiation to create mutations for plant breeding—because it has “a long safety record.”) It also said the new gene-editing techniques have risks that could be similar to those of transgenic engineering.Those findings drew criticism from some researchers. “To classify gene-edited crops as GMOs and equivalent to transgenic crops is completely incorrect by any scientific definition,” said Nick Talbot, a molecular geneticist at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. “Precise modern gene-editing technologies allow accurate, predictable changes to be made in a genome.”The court also asserted that gene-editing techniques “make it possible to produce genetically modified varieties at a rate out of all proportion to those resulting from the application of conventional methods of mutagenesis.” Schmidt said she was “shocked” by this claim. Maurice Moloney, CEO of the Global Institute for Food Security in Saskatoon, Canada, called it “logically absurd” that gene editing was riskier than the random mutagenesis used in conventional breeding.In its statement, FOE said it hopes U.S. regulators would follow the lead of the European court. So far, however, U.S. officials have said they have no plans to subject most gene-edited crops to the same regulatory process used for transgenic crops. 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In a closely watched decision, the court ruled that plants created with new gene-editing techniques that don’t involve transferring genes between organisms—such as CRISPR—must go through the same lengthy approval process as traditional transgenic plants.Many researchers had argued that regulators should take a lighter touch when evaluating products created with the new technologies, but environmental groups and their allies successfully argued that they should be subject to the same EU rules that apply to other genetically modified organisms.“We applaud the European Court of Justice for this forward-thinking decision,” said Dana Perls, senior food and agriculture campaigner at Friends of the Earth (FOE) in Washington, D.C., in a statement. “All products made with genetic engineering, including ones made with gene-editing tools like CRISPR, should be regulated, assessed for health and environmental impacts, and labeled.” FOE’s affiliate in France was part of a coalition of groups that brought the case. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Crop researchers worry a new European court ruling could complicate efforts to move gene-edited crops from the lab to the field.last_img read more