Rural doctor and ‘genius grant’ winner nominated as surgeon generalPresident Barack Obama today nominated an Alabama family physician and MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” winner to be surgeon general. Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, founded a health clinic to serve tiny Bayou La Batre, Ala., home to poor, mostly uninsured African-American and immigrant Asian fishermen, and rebuilt it three times after two hurricanes and a fire. She is a faculty member at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.[Reuters story, Macarthur Foundation bio]Viruses of past flu pandemics circulated undetected for yearsThe influenza strains that caused the three pandemics of the 20th century did not emerge suddenly, but circulated for months or years, researchers from Tennessee and China say in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Applying a “molecular clock” calculation to viral isolates from the 1918, 1957, and 1968 pandemics, the researchers estimate that each strain evolved through a series of reassortments that included at least one flu virus contemporaneously circulating in swine or birds. Current surveillance programs will not detect such reassortments, they say.[PNAS abstract]
University of Wisconsin head football coach Paul Chryst yet again left his mark on the recruiting trail Sunday afternoon when Wisconsin’s No. 1 ranked offensive tackle Tyler Beach verbally committed to the Badgers.pic.twitter.com/T34LhHCbG9— Tyler Beach (@venomt57) April 3, 2016Beach, a four-star recruit, tweeted the following statement:“My dream is finally a reality! I would like to thank my parents for making me the man I have become today, and I would like to thank all the coaches who have spent their time recruiting me. They have all given me a chance to do great things. With that announcement I would like to say I am committing to the University of Wisconsin-Madison! Thank you”Beach, who attends Port Washington High School, had offers from football powerhouses like Notre Dame, Michigan and Michigan State, but ultimately chose to stay in his home state.Beach visited Wisconsin Thursday, and apparently that last visit was all it took to get him to give the school his commitment.Wisconsin Visit tomorrow! Excited to see more of the University.— Tyler Beach (@venomt57) March 30, 2016“They left a great impression,” Beach said to 24/7 sports. “They always do every time I go. The culture and tradition isn’t matched by many schools.”Tyler Beach: “I just had the feeling I need to go here.” #Badgers— Evan Flood (@Evan_Flood) April 3, 2016Beach’s commitment gives UW the state’s best offensive tackles for the second straight season after they signed Cole Van Lanen — Wisconsin’s No. 1 ranked offensive tackle in 2016, according to Scout.com.Meet the 2016 Wisconsin football recruiting class: OffenseThe Wisconsin football team struggled mightily at times on offense due to numerous injuries and lack of depth. Despite those Read…In terms of the university’s current recruiting class, Beach’s commitment gives the Badgers their fourth commitment on the offensive line — all of whom have been their top four recruiting targets on the line — and ninth overall commitment of the 2017 season.Beach’s commitment also puts them at No. 19 in Scout.com’s 2017 class rankings and they currently have the fourth highest class ranking in the Big Ten behind Ohio State (No. 1), Michigan (No. 8) and Iowa (No. 18).Wisconsin has landed its top four offensive line targets by April 3rd. That’s incredible. UW off to a STRONG recruiting start in 2017— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) April 3, 2016
Youth leaders of Opposition parties and organisations joined hands to save the Constitution, which they said is being targeted under the guise of the Ram temple movement, on Sunday.“Religion is not in danger. An atmosphere is being created to pit Hindus against Muslims. The only thing in danger is our Constitution. The temple is being made an issue to hide failures of this government,” said Kanhaiya Kumar, former president of Jawaharlal Nehru University students’ union and Communist Party of India leader. The ‘save the Constitution rally’ was organised by 14 different youth organisations across the country and saw participation from the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mewani and Patidar leader Hardik Patel. It was kicked off from Rajgruha in Dadar, the residence of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, and culminated at Chaityabhoomi near Shivaji Park. Mr. Mewani said, “Every youngster must join hands to save our Constitution. Discussions should be held on the Rafale deal, malnutrition in Jharkhand, employment and demonetisation. Not on Ram temple. When the BJP raise this issue, ask them about Achhe din and employment,” he said.Mr. Patel said, the way this government is pressurising the Supreme Court and CBI and other institutes shows that it wants to compromise the Constitution. “Drought in Maharashtra and farmers’ woes are the real problems. The temple issue is being hyped up to impact the Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan elections,” he said.The youth of this country wants employment, Mr. Patel said. “How can the Shiv Sena and Vishwa Hindu Parishad organise programmes in huge numbers in Ayodhya when Section 144 is imposed?Aaditya Thackeray is a young leader. He should have led the protest march against farmer suicides in Vidarbha and Marathwada,” he aked.Maharashtra Youth Congress president Satyajit Tambe said that the association of all youth organisations will continue even in the future and joint agitations will be held to expose the government’s “anti-constitutional” and “anti-youth policies”.
Colombia’s Yerry Mina thumped home a second-half header to secure a dramatic 1-0 victory over Senegal on Thursday that catapulted the South Americans into the World Cup last 16 and dumped their African opponents out of tournament.Senegal had only needed a point in their final Group H game to reach the next round, but defeat saw them miss out to Japan, who edged them for the runners-up spot by virtue of having a better disciplinary record.It was the first time in World Cup history that a team had been eliminated by the amount of yellow cards they had accrued in the tournament.Both Senegal and Japan, who were beaten 1-0 by Poland on Thursday, finished the group with four points and an identical record in all other respects. Yet the Asian side ended in second position having picked up four yellow cards to Senegal’s six.World Cup 2018: Colombia, Japan in last 16, heartbreak for SenegalColombia, who finished as group winners with six points will face a last-16 match against the runners-up in Group G where England and Belgium battle for supremacy later on Thursday.Group H came down to the finest of margins. #JPN go through ahead of #SEN, with the Lions of Teranga eliminated on Fair Play points. pic.twitter.com/YCDk0hSWmLFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 28, 2018Defeat for Senegal eliminated them at the group stage in their first World Cup appearance since 2002, and left Africa without a representative in the knockout stages for the first time in 36 years.advertisementFIFA World Cup 2018, Senegal 0-1 Colombia: Highlights”Senegal doesn’t qualify because we don’t deserve it. This is one of the rules,” their coach Aliou Cisse said.”We have to respect it. We would prefer to be eliminated another way… We were fully committed and maybe because we were fully committed we got more yellow cards.”Senegal had been heading through until the 74th minute when Mina rose to meet a corner and sent a bullet header into the turf and bouncing up into the roof of the net.It was a crushing blow to the Senegalese who had been the better side for most of the game and had a penalty award overturned in the first half after a VAR review.They had looked set to take the lead in the 17th minute when Liverpool forward Sadio Mane went down in the area under a challenge from Davinson Sanchez and referee Milorad Mazic pointed to the spot.The VAR system has not been universally acclaimed at this tournament, but television replays appeared to show Sanchez get his heel on the ball, before clattering into Mane, and after reviewing his original decision, Mazic agreed.Colombia had got off to a poor start and suffered a blow early on when playmaker and talisman James Rodriguez was forced off injured.After his display in their last match against Poland, Colombian hopes had again been pinned on the shoulders of Rodriguez, who had spearheaded their run to the last quarter-finals four years ago.(With Reuters inputs)