Plant remedies get R30m boost

first_img25 October 2005The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $4.4-million (R30-million) over four years for a South African research centre to study indigenous local plants already being used by traditional healers to fight HIV-induced ailments – and to tap those healers’ extensive knowledge of medicinal plants.The grant has been awarded to the International Centre for Indigenous Phytotherapy Studies (Ticips), a collaborative research effort between the University of the Western Cape and the US University of Missouri-Columbia.“The wealth of traditional knowledge regarding South African medicinal plants that rests with South African traditional healers is a valuable resource that may aid with the development of therapies,” the NIH said in awarding the grant.“Ticips recognises the value of this indigenous knowledge, the pressing need to ensure that it is preserved, and the importance of recognising the contribution of indigenous knowledge and equitably sharing benefits derived from its use.”A hotspot of botanical diversityWith more than 20 000 indigenous plant species, South Africa is described by the University of Missouri as a “hotspot of botanical diversity”.More than 3 000 of these plants are used by traditional healers for treating ailments ranging from the common cold to serious diseases such as Aids. The Ticips research aims to assess the safety and effectiveness of these treatments.“Ticips presents the very first opportunity for medical doctors, scientists and traditional healers to internationally cooperate as equal partners in exploring indigenous African phytotherapies for Aids, secondary infection and immune modulation,” said Quinton Johnson, director of the South African Herbal Science and Medicine Institute and a Ticips co-director.“We would like to insert some scientific rigour into the equation,” he said. “Furthermore, Ticips creates a unique bridge between Western and African medicine systems, with the aim of bringing hope, health and healing to all.”Principal instigator of the grant and the other Ticips co-director is Bill Folk of the University of Missouri. “American and South African citizens have strong interests in complementary and alternative medicine practices,” he said, “but little is known of their safety and effectiveness.”There are more than 200 000 traditional healers in South Africa, providing indigenous healthcare to some 27-million people. Four out of five South Africans use traditional medicines, according to the Department of Health.The research will be conducted in collaboration with these healers, by teams from the University of the Western Cape, University of Cape Town, University of Kwazulu-Natal, University of Missouri, Missouri Botanical Garden, University of Texas and Georgetown University.Sutherlandia and wormwoodThe centre’s first projects will examine two plants used widely in South Africa. One will investigate whether sutherlandia, or Lessertia frutescens, prevents weight loss in the early stages of the disease. The plant has traditionally been used as a tonic for a wide range of health problems.A previous pilot study by Ticips researchers examined the safety of administering sutherlandia to healthy adults – the first study of its kind, said Folk.“We want to be very clear . that we are not looking at substituting other medicines (such as antiretroviral Aids drugs) with any of these plant remedies,” Johnson told Business Day.Another project will focus on African wormwood (Artemisia afra), widely used by traditional healers for the treatment of many conditions associated with HIV/Aids. There is also evidence that it may be useful in treating tuberculosis, which will be explored by Ticips researchers. Another project will examine the plant’s potential for preventing or treating cervical cancer.“A real strength of Ticips comes from the contributions of colleagues outside of the life sciences,” Folk said.“Communication is a strong component in order to let the public know what we find. Working with the Missouri School of Journalism and colleagues at the University of the Western Cape will ensure that our findings about the safety of these plants are distributed among the public, not only in South Africa, but throughout the world.“Nature has thousands of secrets that we have yet to discover. This is a big first step in uncovering some of those secrets and seeing how we can better understand these alternative medicines.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

‘Pogba performing now free of pressure’

first_imgPaul Pogba is “coming good” after shaking the pressure which accompanied an £89 million ($166m) transfer to Manchester United, says Wes Brown.Much was expected of the midfielder when he returned to Old Trafford for a second spell in the summer of 2016.He has struggled for consistency at times over the last couple of seasons, leading to regular questioning of his on and off-field activity. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Pogba is, however, now a World Cup winner with France and is being backed to take his game to even greater heights as a more mature performer.Former United defender Brown told 888sport of the 25-year-old: “Pogba came back to United with this great expectation, that he had to show the world how good he is straight away.“A lot of pressure comes with that.“With that out of the way he’s coming good, though we all know he can do even better.“This season, especially after the World Cup that he’s had, he’s going to start expressing himself a lot more.”While Pogba is expected to remain an important figure for United in 2018-19, doubts have been cast over the future of a fellow Frenchman.Anthony Martial Manchester United 2018-19Anthony Martial is sparking plenty of summer exit talk, as deadline day approaches, and Brown concedes that a man who has struggled to win over Jose Mourinho could be on his way.He added on the 22-year-old forward: “I like Anthony Martial. I think he’s a great talent and he’s young.“But he’s not been playing so maybe he and the manager don’t get on and maybe he’s not doing what the manager is asking. Ultimately that’s what the players have to do. You have to listen to your manager.“He didn’t play many times last year so looking from the outside it doesn’t look good. He might be off.”Several clubs across Europe have been linked with a move for Martial, including Chelsea and Tottenham, but a switch to German giants Bayern Munich has been ruled out.last_img read more

10 months agoFiorentina coach Pioli pleased to see off Empoli

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Fiorentina coach Pioli pleased to see off Empoliby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina coach Stefano Pioli was pleased with their 3-1 win over Empoli.Both Kevin Mirallas and Giovanni Simeone were on the scoresheet for the Viola.”This was a very challenging game, but we were driven and we gave it everything we had,” said Pioli after the match.”After Juventus, Empoli are the team that picked up the most points over the last four games. Considering the context, we did really well.”What I liked the most was our never-say-die spirit. We did not give in after the opponents took advantage of our mistake and scored a goal. We wanted a victory, and we earned it.” last_img

Michigan Officially Announces Move Back To Nike For August 2016

first_imgMichigan tweets it has reunited its relationship with Nike starting in August 2016.Twitter/@UMichEarlier today, Chris Balas of Rivals’ Michigan site TheWolverine.com broke the news that Michigan would not renew its partnership with adidas, and would instead be signing with Nike as its apparel and shoe partner. Now, Michigan has confirmed the move, via Twitter.Reunited and it feels sooo good. http://t.co/ZCpmchtZMV #URecord pic.twitter.com/MPguZr2oPg— UniversityofMichigan (@UMich) July 6, 2015Michigan’s press release about the move has more:The University of Michigan has reached an agreement in principle with NIKE to become the Wolverines’ official athletic footwear, apparel and equipment provider to 2027, with an option to extend the deal to 2031. The partnership will commence August 1, 2016 and will see NIKE supply all 31 of U-M’s athletics programs with uniforms, footwear, apparel and equipment. U-M and NIKE also will collaborate throughout the agreement on innovation initiatives in sports technology, design and best practices. “After careful consideration, the right partner for the University of Michigan was NIKE,” said interim director of athletics Jim Hackett. “This decision, this partnership is about more than Michigan athletics; at the core, it is about our University community and it is about two great names reuniting for an opportunity that speaks to more than uniforms and apparel. “NIKE is a recognized leader in its field when it comes to product innovation and we look forward to future collaboration.” Michigan aspires to unlock new possibilities for the entire U-M community with the partnership including student internships at NIKE headquarters and community events. The agreement includes use of the Jordan Brand “Jumpman” apparel and footwear for men’s and women’s basketball.At the time it was signed, Michigan’s adidas deal was the most lucrative in college athletics. We’ll be interested to see what this new Nike partnership looks like for the Wolverines.last_img read more

Trudeau meeting Sunday with BC Alberta premiers over Trans Mountain impasse

first_imgOTTAWA _ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will sit down Sunday with B.C. Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley in an effort to hash out a solution to the ongoing dispute over the Trans Mountain pipeline project.Trudeau, who is on his way to Peru for the Summit of the Americas, will return to Ottawa for the meeting before resuming his travels to Paris and London, spokesperson Chantal Gagnon said Thursday, just moments before the prime minister’s flight took off.Tensions over the pipeline impasse reached a new peak this week when Kinder Morgan stopped all non-essential spending on the expansion project, pending reassurance from the federal government that the project would be going ahead.Trudeau had an emergency cabinet meeting on Tuesday where ministers discussed _ but did not settle on _ options for action, including whether to help finance the project or pull funding from B.C. to help convince Horgan to stop blocking the project.Finance Minister Bill Morneau met Wednesday with Notley, after which he said the federal government would meet the company’s May 31 deadline for action.Ottawa has jurisdiction for the pipeline and approved the expansion plans in 2016, but Horgan has thrown up a number of roadblocks, including a lawsuit over the approval process and a threat to prevent oil from flowing through it, all of which have helped to spook Kinder Morgan’s investors.Alberta Premier Rachel NotleyThe impasse has become one of the most difficult political predicaments to date for the Trudeau government, which is being squeezed between those who accuse it of not doing enough to get the expansion built, and critics who don’t want to see it built at all.Trudeau posted a new video Thursday in which he insists he would never approve pipelines like the Trans Mountain expansion if he did not believe they could proceed safely.In the video, Trudeau is seen strolling along a B.C. beach with Ocean Networks Canada CEO Kate Moran and Rob Stewart, president of B.C. Coast Pilots, discussing the government’s $1.5-billion oceans protection plan, which he says gives the government the confidence that Canada’s oceans and coastlines will be protected even with a new, expanded pipeline.Trudeau has long insisted that the environment can’t be properly protected if Canada can’t also get its resources to market since resource-driven economic growth is what allows the government to take steps to protect the environment. Had the government not approved the pipeline, it would never have been able to convince industry stakeholders or the Alberta government to support its climate and oceans protection plans, he has said.Thursday’s developments come the same day as a new economic analysis from Environmental Defence and Climate Action Network Canada, which argues the country’s emissions targets can still be met without new pipelines and without hurting the economy.Read more: As Feds and Alberta talk, Indigenous rights left out of Trans Mountain debate With a shift to clean technology, the report says, Canada’s economy would grow by up to 38.5 per cent between now and 2030, even with the actions necessary to meet emissions targets under the Paris climate change agreement.Meanwhile, doing nothing on climate change would mean economic growth of 39 per cent by 2030, it says _ a difference that would be readily taken up by the savings in health costs and other impacts resulting from less pollution and lower global temperatures.An expanded Trans Mountain pipeline would mean additional fossil-fuel development in the oilsands, said Environmental Defence national program manager Dale Marshall, who argues it can’t be allowed to proceed if Canada really wants to reduce emissions.Thursday also saw the release of a letter to Trudeau from some 40 environment groups in Quebec, warning the prime minister that his electoral fortunes in that province will be in peril if he makes Trans Mountain his political legacy.Aurore Fauret, with the group 350 Canada, says Trudeau has not provided any scientific evidence to back his claims that the pipeline will pose no risk to emissions levels, the oceans or [email protected]last_img read more

Province introduces legislation to make changes to employment standards

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Provincial Government is introducing new legislation to bolster British Columbia’s employment standards.According to the Government, the changes will better protect children and youth from dangerous work and deliver improved support for workers whose rights have been violated.Minister of Labour, Harry Bains, says the changes are bringing back basic rights and protection for employees in the workplace. “When British Columbians head out to their workplace, they need to know their safety and rights are being protected in law. We are making improvements that are long overdue – bringing back basic rights and protections that were gutted by the old government.”The Government says these improvements directly address the priority problems identified from changes made in 2003 when protections for workers with legitimate complaints were weakened and children as young as 12 were put at risk of serious workplace injuries.The amendments will build on updates to the Employment Standards Act from last spring.The amendments incorporate recommendations from the B.C. Law Institute, as well as from the B.C. Employment Standards Coalition, the B.C. Federation of Labour, and feedback from workers, employers and the public.For more information on the changes to employment standards, you can visit the B.C. Law Institute’s website.last_img read more

China finally blinks JeM chief Masood now global terrorist

first_imgUnited Nations: In a huge diplomatic win for India, the United Nations on Wednesday designated Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” after China lifted its hold on a proposal to blacklist him.”Big, small, all join together. Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist in @UN Sanctions list. Grateful to all for their support,” India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin tweeted. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkA UNSC designation will subject Azhar to an assets freeze, travel ban and an arms embargo. China removed its hold on the proposal, which was moved by France, UK and the US in the Security Council’s 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee in February just days after the deadly Pulwama terror attack carried out by the Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM. A veto-wielding permanent member of the UN Security Council, China was the sole hold-out in the 15-nation body on the bid to blacklist Azhar, blocking attempts by placing a “technical hold” and asking for “more time to examine” the proposal. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenWhen asked whether China has lifted the hold, Akbaruddin said that “yes, done.” The sanctions committee makes its decisions by consensus of its Members. In recent days, there had been indications that China is likely to come around and will lift its hold on the Azhar proposal. Beijing had said on Tuesday that the vexed issue of designating Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN would be “properly resolved.” Beijing put the hold on the proposal on March 13, derailing yet another attempt to blacklist the JeM chief. The proposal was the fourth such bid at the UN in the last ten years to list Azhar as a global terrorist. Keeping up the international pressure to designate Azhar as a global terrorist, the US, supported by France and the UK, moved a draft resolution directly in the UN Security Council to blacklist the Pakistan-based terror organization’s head. Beijing lifting its hold is a massive diplomatic win for India, which had relentlessly pursued the matter with its international allies. There had been sustained international pressure on China, particularly from the US, to remove its objection to Azhar’s listing. Hectic discussions between New Delhi, Washington, New York and Beijing had ensued after the March 13 hold by Beijing as it was clear that India would not blink. PM Narendra Modi Wednesday said the UN decision is a big success for India’s efforts to root out terrorism and proved that the country’s voice can no longer be ignored on the global stage.last_img read more

Recordbreaking heat forcing fire crews to be on high alert

first_img Posted: June 11, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, June 11, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – With temperatures soaring across the county, the scorching conditions combined with low humidity is forcing fire crews to be on high alert for a possible wildfire.KUSI’s Dan Plante has more information on what can be expected this week. KUSI Newsroom Record-breaking heat forcing fire crews to be on high alert Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Android Qs speech recognition aims to protect your privacy too

first_img 0 Share your voice Pixel 3A review: The cheap phone Google always needed Google Nest Hub Max: A higher-end smart display for Google Assistant Google Maps gets Incognito Mode Google’s next-gen Assistant is 10x faster, knows where your mom lives See all our Google I/O coverage Google I/O 2019 See All Aug 12 • Google will ask you to migrate your Nest account soon: Here’s what you need to know Google I/O 2019 Jul 10 • How to get Android 10 right now reading • Android Q’s speech recognition aims to protect your privacy too Android Q gets security updates without rebooting Jul 24 • Nest Hub Max: Google’s 10-inch Assistant smart display costs $230, debuts Sept. 9 Aug 26 • Android Q has a name: Android 10. Here’s how you’ll use it •center_img Google I/O 2019 A Google presenter describes the new Android feature that captions videos in real time. CNET Google unveiled new Android Q features Tuesday that it says can caption home videos in real time, with no internet connection needed. It’s possible because Google’s speech recognition software requires less processing power, so it can run on your phone or tablet, Google said.That comes with an added privacy benefit. Instead of streaming audio from your device to Google’s cloud servers, the content of your conversations stays on your device. “No audio stream ever leaves it,” Google’s Stephanie Cuthbertson said at the Google I/O developer conference Tuesday. “That protects user privacy.”That means Google’s machine learning software is getting more efficient, and one benefit for users is increased privacy. It’s a notable advance as major tech companies come under scrutiny for how much of our conversations they record and store on their own servers, and as Google itself is consolidating more data about users with its smart home products. Google’s new Nest Hub Max smart display has a camera. Can you trust it? Google Assistant is 10x faster and knows where your mom lives Human or bot? Google Duplex scares me 2:41 Google and your data Tags Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Machine learning software is typically resource intensive. That’s because it has to analyze large amounts of data, like audio streams or language patterns in texts or emails, and respond immediately with things like captions, audio responses or suggested replies to emails — all things Android devices can do.The on-device machine learning is possible because of a “huge breakthrough in speech recognition” Google made earlier this year, Cuthbertson said. It applies to all of Google’s real-time captions, including for video you watch in apps or in a web browser. That lowered the processing power needed to run the software enough that Android could run it on your phone without quickly draining your battery. Mobile Smart Home Mobile Apps Smart Speakers & Displays Artificial intelligence (AI) Privacylast_img read more

Oil prices tumble as Trump pulls forward in US election

first_imgOil prices tumbled on Wednesday as vote counting showed Republican Donald Trump doing better than expected in several crucial battleground states in the U.S. presidential election.With traders glued to their screens, crude futures markets roared into action as counting advanced, with Trump holding narrow leads over Democrat Hillary Clinton in a series of key contests.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) CLc1 crude futures fell to a session low of $43.07 per barrel, down more than 4 percent from their last close and their lowest since September, before inching back to $43.30 a barrel at 0333 GMT.International Brent crude futures LCOc1 were down 3 percent at $44.68 a barrel.”This is dejavu of the Brexit moment, very worrying,” said Bob Takai, president at Sumitomo Corp Global Research in Tokyo, referring to Britain’s surprise vote to leave the European Union in a referendum last June, which led to market turmoil.The falls in oil came as prices for gold, a traditional safehaven for investors in times of uncertainty jumped, while the dollar fell sharply against a basket of other leading currencies.”Traders are sort of watching other vehicles like U.S. dollar futures and gold,” said Ric Spooner of CMC Markets in Sydney, Australia.Trump won the key battleground state of Ohio and led Clinton in a series of other states that were too close to call, including Florida and North Carolina, in a surprisingly close race for the White House.Elsewhere, a report by the American Petroleum Institute (API) showed crude inventory figures rising by 4.4 million barrel was also weighing on markets.In Asia, physical oil analysts were digesting mixed data out of China on Tuesday, which showed a fall in crude imports and a rise in exports of refined products.”Crude oil net imports fell to just 6.8 million barrels per day (bpd) in October, down from 8.1 million bpd the previous month. Although this is a very large drop, to the lowest monthly import level since January 2016, it is still up 8 percent year-on-year,” Barclays said.Barclays said that the monthly decline was likely a result of falling strategic stockpiling.”Some (independent) ‘teapot’ refineries are also thought to have used up their crude oil import quotas for the year, and that may also be having a negative effect on crude oil import demand at the margin,” the bank added.last_img read more