Biohackers are about open-access to science, not DIY pandemics. Stop misrepresenting us

first_img @genspacenyc By Daniel Grushkin June 4, 2018 Reprints The formula for these types of stories is all too easy. Take a new technology that creates public unease. Pair it with apocryphal stories of amateurs using it outside of academic or industrial labs. Sprinkle in a few quotes from concerned biosecurity experts. And let social media take it from there.The problem with these articles is that they sacrifice the social good that community labs offer — educational, economic, scientific, and otherwise — at the altar of biosecurity. Good reporting should balance risks with benefits. It should recognize that there may be more malevolent risks that can come from restricting scientific knowledge to sanctioned scientists, or “licensed” practitioners as Harvard researcher George Church suggests in the recent New York Times article. Restricting access not only hinders innovation, it also stifles informed civil discourse about how best to use new biotechnologies.Community biology started largely because the tools for learning biotechnology were locked behind the doors of academia, where the price for admittance is upwards of $40,000 per year or five to seven years of indentured servitude as a doctoral or post-doctoral student in an academic lab. These are steep prices to pay to explore one’s interest in science, and they exclude those who can’t afford to pay it. The origin of Genspace, the community lab where I work, got its start nine years ago when a group of people met in my Park Slope living room to learn more about bioengineering by inserting a gene into bacteria that caused it to glow green. The lesson wasn’t groundbreaking — it was high school AP biology level science. The real discovery was the number of people willing to sit around a table in a stranger’s apartment to explore biology.Today, Genspace is a full-scale teaching lab in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. More than 100 groups and facilities around the world have emulated this model.Far from representing biosecurity threats, labs like ours are reaching into neighborhoods and educating people with hands-on science at a depth most schools and museums cannot provide. Students from under-resourced high schools come to Genspace four days a week over the summer to learn the fundamentals of molecular biology and lab techniques. By the end of August, they’ll have learned how to collaborate on their own research projects and have a bridge to the burgeoning $370 billion bioeconomy.Genspace offers a similar bridge for adults who take classes or pay monthly membership fees. On any given day at our lab, you might encounter a former NASA electrical engineer bioengineering bacterium to act as photographic film; an artist building electronics powered by moss; a pair of Ph.D. scientists who have turned their graduate work into a company; a barista who has become an expert mycologist; or dozens of hobbyists simply exploring the natural world through DNA. Rather than portraying community biology as a threat, it’s time for the media — and the public — to see it as a public resource. Daniel Grushkin [email protected] This isn’t the first time the newspaper of record has published a story about so-called sinister biohackers. In 2012, during a controversy around a scientific journal that published a study conducted by university scientists that could be used to make a more virulent strain of influenza, the Times published, “Amateur Biologists Are New Fear in Making a Mutant Flu Virus.” Of note, six years later, no biohacker has released the next pandemic. To my knowledge, none have even attempted to work with flu. Please enter a valid email address. Tags biotechnologyCRISPReducation An anarchist takes on the drug industry — by teaching patients to make their own meds Leave this field empty if you’re human: Todd Kuiken, a researcher at North Carolina State University, and I combatted these myths in “Seven Myths and Realities about Do-It-Yourself Biology,” a report that was published by the Woodrow Wilson Center.advertisement A class at Genspace, a community lab in Brooklyn. Courtesy David Chuchuca Privacy Policy First OpinionBiohackers are about open-access to science, not DIY pandemics. Stop misrepresenting us About the Author Reprints Yet the truth is that community labs like ours have more to do with science outreach and education than the scary-sounding research mentioned in the article. These labs, also known as biohacker spaces, are community hubs where people from diverse backgrounds and a range of ages meet to learn about biotechnology, work on projects, and share know-how and equipment.advertisement Related: NewslettersSign up for The Readout Your daily guide to what’s happening in biotech. A few individuals associated with biohacking have experimented on themselves. For the most part, the citizen science community recognizes these as publicity stunts. Community labs have been extremely conscientious about safety — from the very start of the movement, they adopted a code of ethics, established a system to provide access to professional biosafety officers, and have working relationships with the FBI.Despite all the positives the biohacking community provides, should we ignore their benefits because someone shouts bioterrorism? No. Rather than portraying community biology as a threat, it’s time for the media — and the public — to see it as a public resource.A biohacker I once met shared his vision for the future of community biology, and it struck me how well it fit with the scientific community’s own hopes for public engagement. He imagined a community lab in every neighborhood where people could come together to learn about the latest discoveries, appreciate the value of the scientific method, and use the tools of biotech to explore the beauty and complexity of the natural world.At a time when scientists feel the need to march in the defense of science, this sounds like a vision worth pursuing. I’d hate to see it marred by misplaced fear.Daniel Grushkin is co-founder and executive director of Genspace, and founder of the Biodesign Challenge. Some people call me a biohacker. My colleagues like the term because it sounds cool, and journalists like it because it gets clicks. I prefer being called a community biologist, do-it-yourself biologist, or even a citizen scientist, terms that are all interchangeable with biohacker.The New York Times recently published a story warning the public about biohackers who are using CRISPR, a bioengineering tool that lets researchers make tiny and specific edits to DNA. The article assembled a number of news items — which included a biotech executive pricking himself with a homemade herpes treatment, scientists at University of Alberta in Edmonton synthesizing cowpox, and work at my community lab in Brooklyn — to paint a picture of biohackers working underground to create the next global apocalypse. As the author publicized on Twitter:last_img read more

Termination of GrowthWorks agreement stuns Matrix

Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Vancouver-based Matrix Asset Management Inc. (TSX:MTA) says it had no prior notice of plans by GrowthWorks Canadian Fund Ltd. to obtain an order for creditor protection and terminate a management agreement with Matrix subsidiary GrowthWorks WV Management Ltd. (GWWV). On Tuesday, the fund filed for creditor protection, and terminated its management agreement with GWWV, effective immediately. (See Investment Executive, GrowthWorks Canadian Fund files for creditor protection, October 1, 2013). iA Clarington aims for sleeker, cleaner product lineup Providing funding and inspiration for Black entrepreneurs Matrix says it and GWWV strongly disagree with the fund’s position. “The termination of the management agreement would have a material adverse effect on Matrix’s operating revenues and results of operations,” it says. Moreover, Matrix says that the order may limit GWWV’s ability to pursue binding arbitration over the termination of the management agreement and any other matters in dispute. Matrix also says that the fund has reserved the right to claim damages for any breaches of the management agreement by GWWV. “There can be no assurance as to the outcome of claims made by Canadian Fund with respect to such breaches, if any, or by GWWV with respect to what Matrix believes is a wrongful termination of the management agreement,” it says. And, it notes that there’s also no certainty as to the outcome of the bankruptcy creditor protection proceedings, its impact on the management agreement, and any litigation that may ensue. Matrix also announced that it has secured loan financing of up to $5 million with an independent Canadian lender that replaces the loan facility it announced on August 8. The new arrangement will see subsidiary GrowthWorks Capital Ltd. receive the funding in tranches of $4 million and $1 million, as opposed the original arrangement for tranches of $1 million, $2 million, and $2 million. James Langton Desjardins buys Montreal boutique firm Hexavest Keywords Venture capital,  Asset management companiesCompanies Matrix Asset Management Inc. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news read more

Quebec unveils design for new Île d’Orléans bridge, won’t reveal cost

first_img Subscribe to Plugged In on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Trending Videos RELATED TAGSFlexNew VehiclesFlexQuebec Trending in Canada ‹ Previous Next › advertisementcenter_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Quebecers now know what the new bridge to Île d’Orléans will look like, but don’t know how much it will cost them.The Legault government unveiled the design of the new bridge Friday. The two-kilometre cable-stayed bridge with white V-shaped pylons will be only 120 metres west of the existing bridge, with one lane of traffic in each direction (like the existing bridge) and two multifunctional paths for cyclists and pedestrians. The bases of the pillars are meant to evoke the bows of ships.“We are inspired by the naval architecture of the first ships that discovered Île d’Orléans, but also ships constructed directly on the island,” said Martin Thibault of Stantec, which forms part of the Groupement Origine Orléans consortium that was selected to perform pre-building studies. Transport Minister François Bonnardel said he is not able to divulge an estimate of the cost.“We don’t often build bridges in Quebec,” he said. “Yes, it will cost a few hundred million, but I can’t tell you more than that.”Construction of the new bridge should begin in 2022 and be complete in 2027. The existing bridge dates from 1935 and cost $16 million to repair in recent years. On average, it sees about 7,000 vehicles a day, but in the summer it can reach 15,000.The government is preparing an environmental impact study and “can, as of now, continue the preliminary conception of the project” with the consortium.The population will be asked to comment on the proposed new bridge as well as what to do with the existing bridge. An artist’s conception shows a plan to turn the approach to the old bridge on the mainland side into a lookout.LISTEN: Canada’s hard-charging EV pioneer Kent Rothwell joins podcast See More Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpenedlast_img read more

Research on small cellular changes may lead to big cancer solutions

first_imgAmong cancers, scientists have spent their entire research careers looking for cellular similarities that may lead to a single cure for many cancers –– the rare chance to have a single answer to a multifaceted problem. In 1997, scientists discovered a gene that they believed was the key to cellular immortality. Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase, or TERT, is a catalytic piece of telomerase, and while cellular immortality sounds like a good idea, it is actually how cancerous tumors grow and proliferate in cancer patients. In the late nineties, the unanswered question was whether or not TERT was a cancer-causing gene. Scientists spent the next decade hunting for the mutations that activate it but no one was able to find mutations in TERT. Two years ago, two groups of researchers discovered that TERT didn’t have any mutations at all. Instead, the mutations were occurring in the regulatory region that controls the expression of the gene. These mutations showed up in melanoma, and in many cancers found in the brain, liver and bladder.  “It was at that point that I realized we had all the tools and expertise in our lab to understand the mechanisms of these mutations. What my lab did with our collaborators at CU’s Anschutz Medical Campus was to trace the effect of the mutation from the DNA to the increased RNA levels, to the increased protein levels, to the increased telomerase levels,” says BioFrontiers Director Tom Cech, who recently published his team’s findings in the journal, Science. “We were able to show this effect in 23 bladder cancer cell lines by comparing those with mutations to those without mutations.” Bladder cancer cell lines were available at Anschutz and Cech’s research team worked with colleagues there, including Dan Theodorescu, Director of the CU Cancer Center, to use those lines because their cellular workings could be applied to a variety of different cancers. Bladder cancer itself is no small threat. The National Institutes of Health report that this cancer caused more than 15,000 deaths in 2014 alone, and nearly 75,000 new cases were diagnosed in the same year. Treatment for this type of cancer is not easy either, involving some combination of chemotherapy, biological therapy with bacteria or completely removing the bladder. One of the most valuable parts of the study was the team of collaborators doing the research including: Staff Scientist, Art Zaug; Postdoctoral Researcher, Sumit Borah; Graduate Student Linghe Xi, and an undergraduate with a triple major in biology, biochemistry and neuroscience, Natasha Powell. This team worked across the two CU campuses to gain access to unique bladder cancer cell lines available at the Anschutz Medical Campus. The team in the Cech lab also had a process for measuring the number of TERT protein molecules and the very small changes in enzyme activity within cells.  Using these tools the research team pushed beyond the current limitations of technology in measuring molecular changes within cells. Computer analysis of the data further confirmed that a finding of high telomerase levels could predict whether a patient’s bladder cancer was fatal or survivable. At some point in the future, doctors may be able to measure telomerase activity in cancer patients and prescribe a treatment schedule according to the severity of the cancer. Using this technique, telomerase could be a biomarker for certain cancers and Cech hopes his research will give medical diagnostic companies the knowledge they need to develop a test that could be used easily in a doctor’s office. “We hope that this research will stimulate drug companies to find telomerase inhibitors to slow and change cancer to a more treatable version. We’re also interested in seeing if this research applies to other types of cancers, which would create an opportunity where a single drug could impact many different kinds of cancers,” says Cech. Published: March 20, 2015 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mailcenter_img Categories:AcademicsScience & TechnologyCampus CommunityNews Headlineslast_img read more

Security Minister Emphasises Importance of Collaborations to Reduce Crime

first_imgPhoto: JIS PhotographerMinister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, making his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 13. Security Minister Emphasises Importance of Collaborations to Reduce CrimeJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay The Government is placing renewed emphasis on crime reduction for the enabling of safer communities, through collaborations with several partner groups, such as churches, businesses and youth organizations, while facilitating training and employability for persons in at-risk sections of the society.Making his contribution in the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, May 13, Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, explained that under the United for Change (UFC) initiative, collective engagements of residents in “priority” communities have been harnessed to support violence prevention activities.“While we continue to interrupt the transmission of crime through our crime control initiatives, we are placing increased emphasis on crime prevention by addressing dysfunctions at the levels of family, community, school, social services, and society; recognizing that crime statistics are the outcome of failures or weaknesses at all these levels,” the Minister said.“Sustainable reductions in crime and violence require a deliberate and focused strategy, which coordinates law enforcement, justice and social development programmes, at the national, community and individual levels, to address the casual factors and prevent further spread,” he added.Describing crime as an epidemic that can be contained, Mr. Bunting said education on the causes must be part of any reduction effort, adding that the passion of persons must be ignited and their commitment given to reverse it. “This is what the Unite for Change initiative is about,” the Minister explained.Mr. Bunting told the House that the expanded Citizen Security and Justice Internship Programme (CSJP), which is administered by his Ministry, will shortly address culture change through social interventions. “These include parenting education, counselling, and psychosocial support for those exposed to violence,” he noted.The Minister emphasized that for Jamaica to successfully dent crime, a new management and governance pattern must be developed for citizen security.“Changing of attitudes is a major part of the UFC campaign, and will only receive greater support from personnel engaged with the initiative. It provides mentorship to targeted populations, and other support to communities such as events to create peace and people coming together for public stance against violence,” the Minister said.“We intend to develop comprehensive programmes for selected youth, tailored by job-readiness levels. The programme will include classroom and workplace training, life skills, job preparation and placement services, remedial and formal education,” he added.Mr. Bunting said emphasis will be placed on literacy and numeracy skills, and work orientation support involving the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).He pointed out that detecting and isolating the perpetrators of violent crime will remain the principal vehicle, but in dealing with the root causes, “citizen participation and cooperation among the public and private sectors, businesses, faith based groups, and unions, will enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of interventions.” RelatedUSAID Launches Project to Empower Vulnerable Communities RelatedGov’t and USAID Sign $1.4 Billion MOU for Citizens’ Security Project Advertisementscenter_img Security Minister Emphasises Importance of Collaborations to Reduce Crime National SecurityMay 13, 2014Written by: Garfield L. Angus Story HighlightsThe Government is placing renewed emphasis on crime reduction for the enabling of safer communities, through collaborations with several partner groups.Mr. Bunting says, “Sustainable reductions in crime and violence require a deliberate and focused strategy, which coordinates law enforcement, justice and social development programmes.”The Minister emphasized that for Jamaica to successfully dent crime, a new management and governance pattern must be developed for citizen security. RelatedNational Security Minister to discuss remaining ISCF/JCF merger concerns with SCFA members FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail last_img read more

Jasper Wireless warns operators on low-ARPU M2M market

first_img Justin Springham Asia Justin manages the editorial content for the Mobile World Live portal and award-winning Mobile World Live TV service. In the last few years Justin has launched and grown a portfolio of premier media products, which include the Mobile World Congress… Read more Previous ArticleChina Mobile launches huge LTE tenderNext ArticleSony Mobile goes big with phablet and smart watch AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 25 JUN 2013 Home Jasper Wireless warns operators on low-ARPU M2M market Tags Ingenu CEO sees just two big winners in low-power IoT tech warcenter_img LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE ASIA EXPO 2013: The booming M2M market will pose challenges to operators as they seek to turn a profit on products generating just US$3 ARPU.That’s the view of Shawn Sanderson, Head of Global Operator Solutions at vendor Jasper Wireless, speaking to Mobile World Live ahead of his conference appearance Thursday.“Serving emerging classes of connected devices is radically different to the traditional handset market operators have excelled in… A challenge for mobile operators is finding and establishing the right business models to reach disparate demographics and vertical markets,” he said. “ARPU is a lot lower than smartphones’ typical US$50 per month, so operators have to invest in alternative systems and business processes to make a US$3 ARPU product profitable.”Sanderson believes that operators need to be conscious of the different dynamics and requirements of each vertical industry to which M2M is applied. “To take the automotive vertical as an example – like most M2M markets it is a complex ecosystem made up of numerous players,” he explains. “This includes mobile operators, tier 1 suppliers, module manufacturers, auto OEMs and telematics service providers, all of which must factor into the business model. When it comes to in-car infotainment services, operators need to recognise that the typical handset-esque monthly contract may not be practical – asking consumers to plan a year in advance what content they will want to stream each month and how much they are willing to pay is unlikely to fly, particularly when it’s still such a new concept.”Citing an example of how Apple defined a new micro-transaction model with its iTunes and App Stores, thus proving the demand for on-the-spot purchasing and the willingness of customers to pay premium prices to get immediate access to content, Sanderson said operators will need to recognise that real-time billing – via the micro-transaction model – is a strong contender as a business model for the connected car. “Allowing consumers to make ‘impulse buys’ of digital content holds the key for growing revenue streams in some connected consumer electronics markets,” he claims.Sanderson’s work appears to be paying off; Jasper’s operator platform has been deployed by 12 operator groups representing 91 operating companies. Earlier this year at Mobile World Congress the vendor announced that Etisalat was the latest high-profile name to join its global M2M alliance. Related China’s IoT market to top 1B connections by 2020 Author Telematics cited as key US operator IoT opportunity Jasper WirelessM2Mlast_img read more

College no longer a common path to LPGA stardom

first_imgDALY CITY, Calif. – Juli Inkster can’t help marveling looking down the practice range at the Swinging Skirts Classic this week. The LPGA has never looked so young. The average age of the nine winners this year is 20 years old. “That’s unbelievable,” Inkster says. The last three LPGA events have been won by teenagers, and the average age of the top 10 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings is 23 years old. “Amazing,” Inkster says. Inkster, 55, a hall of famer, marvels at how 17- and 18-year-olds know more about how to play the game than she did in her early 20s. “Absolutely,” Inkster said. “You see so much discipline, such disciplined games. And the patience they have, the course management, and the swings. It’s a different game, a different era. We grew up with no coaches, no video. We just went out and played. I have to say, when I came out on tour, you could shoot 74 or 75 and still win. Now, you can’t do that. You have to put four good rounds together to win.” Over the last five years, the LPGA has watched players 15, 16 and 17 years old win titles. In 2011, Lexi Thompson became the youngest winner of an LPGA event at 16. A year later, Lydia Ko topped her, winning at 15 and then winning again a year later at 16. Brooke Henderson won at 17 last year. Inkster sees teenagers joining the tour who are more experienced playing under pressure against elite competition than ever before. These youngsters hit the LPGA having learned lessons most players in the past didn’t learn until they were hardened veterans. “You look at Lydia Ko, Minjee Lee, In Gee Chun, they’ve played really competitive golf since they were 13 and 14 years old, high-end competition as juniors, in world tournaments,” Inkster said. “They’ve traveled all around the world, developing their games, getting ready for this opportunity. I didn’t play out of state until I was 18.” Inkster has watched juniors become like closet pros. They travel like pros. They work with coaches and trainers like pros. They meet with sports psychologists and nutritionists like pros. They do everything pros do, except they play for trophies instead of money. Here’s something else that has changed dramatically since Inkster joined the tour. The game’s best players aren’t the product of the best college programs anymore. The best players are turning pro at 17 and 18 now, some before leaving high school, especially internationally. “When I came out here, we all went to college,” Inkster said. None of the nine winners this year played collegiately. In fact, over the last 44 LPGA events staged, Anna Nordqvist and Kris Tamulis are the only winners who played collegiately. Stacy Lewis is the only player among the top 15 in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings who played in college. The winners of the last seven major championships did not play collegiately. Since 2010, there have been 28 major championships staged. Lewis and Mo Martin are the only winners of majors in that run who played college golf. If you’re wondering, Inbee Park left UNLV two days after enrolling. Megan Khang, 18, considered going to Wake Forest, but she told the school she wanted to take a year off and try making it through LPGA Q-School. Khang made it through in her first try in December and is off to an excellent start to her pro career. She tied for 11th in her LPGA debut at the Pure Silk Bahamas, tied for fourth at the JTBC Founders Cup and tied for seventh last week at the Lotte Championship. “I was definitely thinking about going to college,” Khang said. “I played with Brooke Henderson growing up, and watching her win definitely inspired me. Knowing Lydia is only a few months older than I am, and that she’s already No. 1 in the world, that definitely inspired me, too. I felt like if I went to college, I’d be falling behind. I actually feel like I’m a little behind everyone right now, but I’m trying to speed up the process the best I can.” Mic Potter, the head coach of the University of Alabama women’s golf team, says he isn’t surprised so many young LPGA players are succeeding so early because of the advanced coaching, training and elite tournament experience available. He also says he doesn’t pretend college is for the uniquely talented teens mature enough to succeed right away. “When we recruit, if someone is good enough to play professionally and make a really comfortable living and win, we tell them that,” Potter said. “Unless you’re genuinely interested in a specific area of study, and you want to get a degree, developmentally, you are better off playing professionally. But if you’re not, our main recruiting point is that you can come and train, for virtually nothing, and when you do come out, you can be ready to play the tour. We also tell prospects that when they are ready to play professionally, to make money, we will be the first ones to tell them they should turn pro.” Potter, though, worries about young players who aren’t ready but think they are. “The downside is these young girls aren’t getting the social, college experience that might be good for them,” Potter said. “And it’s a double-edged sword. If you turn pro, and you don’t develop at the rate you thought you were going to develop, there really is nothing for you to fall back on.” Tamulis shook her head surveying all the youth around her Wednesday on the practice green at Lake Merced Golf Club. Every single winner on tour this year turned pro while still a teenager. “I’m 35, and I feel old,” said Tamulis, a Florida State graduate. “I feel like I’m getting older and everyone else is getting younger. They come on tour, and they’re so fit and so strong. You have to do so much to keep up with them. “I feel like I’m leaps and bounds from where I was as a player 10 years ago, but I see girls coming out on tour now who are already where I’m at.” It wasn’t that long ago that the game’s dominant stars at least played collegiately. Lorena Ochoa played two years at Arizona. So did Annika Sorenstam. As a two-time major champion, a two-time Rolex Player of the Year, Stacy Lewis is the exception to the rule now as a graduate of the University of Arkansas. She loved the college game. She still does, so much so that she’s a volunteer assistant at her alma mater. “The LPGA getting younger, it has a huge effect on the college game,” Lewis said. “If affects how coaches recruit, who they recruit.” Lewis took note that the college ranks lost yet another top recruit this week with reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Hannah O’Sullivan announcing she is forgoing a scholarship offer from USC. O’Sullivan, 17, plans to play LPGA Q-School in the fall as an amateur. She became the youngest winner of a Symetra Tour event as a 16-year-old last year. While Lewis understands the dilemma parents of gifted junior golfers face, she also appreciated the message Se Ri Pak delivered when Pak announced her retirement at 38 last month. Pak said she cherished what golf gave her, but she also regretted what she deprived herself of by being so devoted to it. She said the game left her feeling incomplete as a person. “Life not all about winning, losing, practicing and then winning, losing, practicing,” Pak said. “It’s balance, feeling right balance. It’s practicing life. I’m still developing myself, and I’m so far behind.” So Yeon Ryu is a rare phenomenon in Korean golf, where most Korean LPGA players turn pro as teenagers. Ryu won the U.S. Women’s Open in 2011 while attending Yonsei University. She wasn’t studying as a correspondent student, either. She was attending classes while playing the Korean LPGA Tour. “Se Ri always told me, `Golf can’t be your whole life,’” Ryu said. “She said it’s part of your life, but you can’t let it be your whole life. I think it’s an important message to all Korean golfers, because not many have a good balance. For too many, it’s all about golf, always thinking about golf. We’re only going to play golf for about 20 years. When we leave, we need to know what’s outside golf for us.” Lewis, 31, hates seeing young players miss out on the college experience. “It’s disappointing to me,” Lewis said. “I think they’re missing out on a really cool time in their life. They’re missing out on kind of still being a kid and having fun, from being 17 and 18 and going to college, living on their own and learning how to do that. All of a sudden, they’re out here on tour. This is their job, they’re professionals. They don’t get to be the kids they are. “Will these girls be done at 30? Will they be retiring at 28? Who knows? Only time will tell, but the thing is, there aren’t going to be many Lydia Kos coming along. Parents see Lydia, and they think, `My kid can do that,’ but what Lydia is doing, nobody’s ever going to do that again, I don’t think.” Tamulis wouldn’t trade her years at Florida State. “College is the best time of your life,” Tamulis said. “I never hear anyone say they hated their college years. I think girls are missing the boat, but then I wasn’t as good as some of these girls coming out on tour now. I didn’t have the opportunity they have.” Like Lewis, Inkster wonders if young phenoms will have the same passion for the game after 10 years on tour. But Inkster doesn’t wonder whether the future is going to keep delivering young talent the way it is today. “They’re all coming now, and they’re just going to get better and better,” Inkster said.last_img

Update: spike in those awaiting admission to LUH this evening as number soars to…

first_img Pinterest By admin – September 21, 2016 WhatsApp Previous articleTyrone and Donegal to meet in 2017 Ulster U21 ChampionshipNext articleParalympic Champion Jason Smyth back in Ireland admin Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pinterest LUH still not ready to restore IT systems Letterkenny University Hospital is asking people to only attend its emergency department this evening only in the case of real emergencies.According to figures from the INMO today there were a total of 21 people awaiting admission to the hospital this morning however that figure has risen dramatically over the course of the day.Nationally there were a total of 357 people waiting admission to hospitals around the country.In a statement Letterkenny Univeristy Hospital says its Emergency Department is very busy today, with more than 30 patients now awaiting admission to the hospital.Patients attending the hospital’s Emergency Department this evening can expect long delays and they are apologising to patients and their families for these delays.They would like to remind the public to attend the Emergency Department only in the case of real emergencies and they should contact their GP or GP Out-of-Hours service in the first instance. Homepage BannerNews Google+ Twittercenter_img Facebook Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre WhatsApp Facebook Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Update: spike in those awaiting admission to LUH this evening as number soars to over 30 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitterlast_img read more

Main Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday July 31st

first_img Pinterest Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Previous articleStephen Folan Joins Finn HarpsNext articleLough Swilly RNLI warn of Lion’s Mane Jellyfish News Highland Main Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday July 31st:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/31frinews.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Twittercenter_img By News Highland – July 31, 2020 Main Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday July 31st FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction AudioHomepage BannerNewsPlayback Facebook Facebooklast_img read more

Four South Africans in PRO14 Dream Team

first_imgFour South Africans in PRO14 Dream Team Joseph Dweba celebrates a Cheetahs try ‘ Five one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby MagUndo Posted in Pro14, Top headlines ‘ Published on September 9, 2020  1821  53 ‘ AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWorld Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVSA Rugby MagUndoWatch: Kolbe makes Test players look amateur – Ugo MonyeSA Rugby MagUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘center_img Shop Bras Online | Search AdsTake a Look at These Bra and Panty SetsShop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ Post by SA Rugby magazine BuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Former Cheetahs hooker Joseph Dweba is among the four South Africans who have earned a place in the PRO14 Dream Team for the 2019-20 season.Media from across all five countries, including former players and coaches, voted for the PRO14 Dream Team. Players needed to have a minimum of eight appearances during the current campaign.In total, seven teams are represented in the Dream Team selection with Edinburgh leading the way with six selections, finalists Leinster have three, their opponents Ulster have two players in the team with Dragons, Cheetahs, Benetton Rugby and Cardiff Blues all earning one spot each.ALSO READ: Last chance for Lions tour ticketsDweba – who left the Cheetahs for French club Bordeaux halfway through the season – is one of two South Africans in the pack after a phenomenal 2019-20 where the 24-year-old scored seven tries in 12 appearances.Loosehead prop Pierre Schoeman, who helped Edinburgh into the PRO14 semi-finals (where they were beaten by Ulster), is the only other South African among the forwards as he continues to prove worthy of a place in Scotland’s squad when he is eligible.Springbok No 8 Marcell Coetzee missed out on selection to Edinburgh’s Bill Mata. The Ulsterman can count himself unlucky after helping his club progress to the final where they will meet Irish rivals and defending champions Leinster.Among the backs, Jaco van der Walt has been named as the team’s flyhalf after a fine campaign, with him finishing as the season’s fourth-highest points-scorer and earning shouts for a call-up to Scotland’s squad.Van der Walt’s Edinburgh teammate Duhan van der Merwe, who lit up the competition with seven tries (rank fifth), 32 clean breaks (rank first), 80 defenders beaten (rank first) and 971 metres gained (rank first) is the final South African in the team.COLUMN: Rugby’s judicial system needs an overhaul following Farrell verdictThe PRO14 Player of the Season and Coach of the Season will be named on Thursday, 10 September.PRO14 Dream Team (2019-20) – 15 Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh), 14 Monty Ioane (Benetton), 13 Ray Lee-Lo (Cardiff Blues), 12 Stuart McCloskey (Ulster), 11 Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh), 10 Jaco van der Walt (Edinburgh), 9 John Cooney (Ulster), 8 Bill Mata (Edinburgh), 7 Will Conners (Leinster), 6 Max Deegan (Leinster), 5 Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh), 4 Scott Fardy (Leinster), 3 Leon Brown (Dragons), 2 Joseph Dweba (Cheetahs), 1 Pierre Schoeman (Edinburgh).Photo: Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images From the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVFormer Springbok, Bulls, Lions and Stormers scrumhalf Jano Vermaak names a team of the best he played alongside and against.SA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndoShop Bras Online | Search AdsBrilliant Bra and Panty Sets (take a look)Shop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLoans | Search AdsGetting a loan in Hong Kong may be easier than you thinkLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more