Advertisements RelatedPublic Servants Agree to Wage Restraint Project to Improve Business Environment Allocated $135.6 Million Office of the Prime MinisterApril 5, 2013 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A sum of $135.6 million has been allocated to a project to reduce/eliminate administrative barriers and to establish an improved business operating environment to support private sector growth. Details of the Promote, Renew, Investigate, Develop and Energise (PRIDE) Project are included in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, which is now before the House of Representatives. Anticipated targets for 2013/2014 include: support implementation of the risk management system and develop annual debt collection and audit plans; continue project management support to implement the Tax Administration reform programme; continue public/private dialogue to encourage ongoing and new reform efforts; and produce monthly /quarterly reports on projects. Already, the project has developed a risk approach to identify and select high risk corporate income tax cases for audit; developed a prioritisation system for debt arrears collection; provided a revise operational framework for petroleum monitoring; provided technical support to implement standardised customs valuation procedure; and developed a debt management annual plan. The programme is funded jointly by the Government of Jamaica and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Implementation of the Programme started in March 2010 and is scheduled to be completed by March 2015. RelatedPrime Minister Welcomes Investments Downtown RelatedGround Broken for New Barracks at Up Park Camp
Gophers wrestling set to start 2019 season without star wrestlerMinnesota opens its season Friday, Nov. 1 against CSU Bakersfield at Maturi Pavillion. Elle MoulinFreshman Gable Steveson competes during the match against the University of Maryland on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 at Maturi Pavilion. The Gophers beat Maryland 45-0. Nolan O’HaraOctober 31, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers’ wrestling team have their eyes set on the start of the 2019 season. For Minnesota, the season begins Friday, Nov. 1 when they take on Cal State Bakersfield. Last season, Minnesota finished 14-3 (7-2 Big Ten) and took fourth place in the Big Ten championships. The top-four finish was a first for the Gophers since 2015. New faces and a new year mean new opportunities for the Gophers, and the team is ready for the full swing of the 2019 season. “Personally, I’m feeling really good, and team-wise, I think we’re going in the right direction,” redshirt senior Carson Brolsma said. “I think everyone’s feeling really good. I think more importantly, everyone’s kind of anxious and excited to start competing and get the season underway.” The roster looks very different from a year ago as the Gophers will be without several wrestlers who were part of the starting lineup, including Steve Bleise, Ethan Lizak and Sean Russell. Yet, the team still has a strong returning core featuring Mitch McKee and Devin Skatzka. However, the team’s most important returner, Gable Steveson, remains suspended from all team activity, according to a team statement, due to an ongoing Hennepin County investigation after Steveson and teammate Dylan Martinez were arrested on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct. They have yet to be charged.Friday also marks the return of former Gophers wrestler Manny Rivera, head coach of Cal State Bakersfield, to Maturi Pavilion. Rivera was a starter on the Gophers’ 2007 national championship team and spent time on the Minnesota coaching staff as a graduate and administrative assistant. Rivera is in his fourth season with Cal State Bakersfield, and the Gophers are expecting tough competition from his squad. “We’re excited to see him,” said Gophers head coach Brandon Eggum. “He’s a great guy and he’ll have these guys ready. When he wrestled for us, he was a very intense wrestler, wrestled at a high pace, so I think that’s one thing he can bring to his program. The mentality, ‘This is how we wrestle, we wrestle like a Big Ten school but we have the ability to be scrappy and stay on the mat.’”While the Gophers expect difficult competition from Rivera’s squad, they feel up to the challenge. Eggum is pleased with the Gophers’ progress thus far in practice and is ready to see how they’ll stack up in competition. While the Gophers return some veteran experience, there are also a lot of new, younger faces in the lineup who will need to be ready for the grueling Big Ten conference. The upcoming match will be an opportunity for the younger wrestlers to get their feet wet.“I’m excited to watch all 10 of them, I know every guy is as important as the next. That’s the fact of the matter, especially in duals, each guy has the opportunity to go out and score points,” Eggum said. “That’ll be something we’ll be keying on this weekend, ‘How do we finish the match?’ We want to start fast and we want to finish hard too.” With the season approaching, it’s a reminder that Minneapolis will be the final stomping grounds of collegiate wrestling. The 2019 NCAA Championships will be held at U.S. Bank Stadium, the first time the event has ever been held at a football stadium. For Brolsma, a Minnesota native, that will come with added significance and will be a perfect way to close out his collegiate career. “It’s going to be awesome. I’m excited to see how it’s going to lay out and I already have tons of family and friends that have bought tickets,” he said. “It’s going to be [a] really unique experience for us homegrown Minnesota boys, especially since I’m a senior, [Mitch] McKee’s a senior and there’s a couple other seniors that are from Minnesota. To end our season and our careers in our hometown, we’re really excited for it.”
Share Pinterest Share on Facebook Email Share on Twitter LinkedIn One of the most intriguing physics discoveries of the last century was the existence of antimatter, material that exists as the “mirror image” of subatomic particles of matter, such as electrons, protons and quarks, but with the opposite charge. Antimatter deepened our understanding of our universe and the laws of physics, and now the same idea is being proposed to explain something equally mysterious: memory.When memories are created and recalled, new and stronger electrical connections are created between neurons in the brain. The memory is represented by this new association between neurons. But a new theory, backed by animal research and mathematical models, suggests that at the same time that a memory is created, an “antimemory” is also spawned – that is, connections between neurons are made that provide the exact opposite pattern of electrical activity to those forming the original memory. Scientists believe that this helps maintain the balance of electrical activity in the brain.The growth of stronger connections between neurons, known as an increase in excitation, is part of the normal process of learning. Like the excitement that we feel emotionally, a little is a good thing. However, also like emotional excitement, too much of it can cause problems. In fact, the levels of electrical activity in the brain are finely and delicately balanced. Any excessive excitation in the brain disrupts this balance. In fact, electrical imbalance is thought to underlie some of the cognitive problems associated with psychiatric and psychological conditions such as autism and schizophrenia.In trying to understand the effects of imbalance, scientists reached the conclusion that there must be a second process in learning that acts to rebalance the excitation caused by the new memory and keep the whole system in check. The theory is that, just as we have matter and antimatter, so there must be an antimemory for every memory. This precise mirroring of the excitation of the new memory with its inhibitory antimemory prevents a runaway storm of brain activity, ensuring that the system stays in balance. While the memory is still present, the activity it caused has been subdued. In this way, antimemories work to silence the original memory without erasing it.What does an antimemory do?The evidence for antimemories so far comes only from experimental work in rats and mice and evidence from modelling. These experiments require direct recording from inside the brain using electrodes, and given that putting metal probes into human brains typically is frowned upon, scientists have not yet been able to directly support the presence of antimemories in humans. In a paper just published in the journal Neuron, a team of researchers from the University of Oxford and University College London have come up with a clever method to determine whether human memory operates on similar lines to those of our animal cousins.Test subjects were asked to learn a task that created a new memory. When the researchers used fMRI brain scanning to examine the brain a few hours after learning, however, they found no trace of the memory, as it had been quietened by the antimemory. They then applied a weak flow of electricity in the area of the brain where the memory had formed (using a safe technique called anodal transcranial direct current stimulation). This allowed them to reduce inhibitory brain activity in this area – disrupting the inhibitory antimemory and thus revealing the hidden memory. How the antimemory counters the brain activity of a memory. Credit: HC Barron et al/NeuronThis diagram shows four coloured shapes that will be paired together by the test participant during a memory task. The two pairs of shapes are learned, with the memory represented by the orange connections between them. Having learned this pairing, the excitation in the brain caused by learning and creating the memory is balanced out by an inhibitory antimemory, represented by the new grey lines. The yellow boxes below represent the rate of firing of neurons during this learning process. At first, before pairing, they respond only to the red square. After learning the pairing of the red and green squares, the neurons fire to either stimulus. As the antimemory develops this association is silenced and neurons activate only in response to the red stimulus. Finally, after temporarily disturbing the antimemory, the underlying association is evident once again, with the neurons activating to either stimulus.So it seems that in humans as well as in animals, antimemories are critical to prevent a potentially dangerous build-up of electrical excitation in the brain, something that could lead to epileptic-like brain states and seizures. It’s thought antimemories may also play an important role in stopping memories from spontaneously activating each other, which would lead to confusion and severely disordered thought processes.Just as the mathematical theory of antimatter and its later discovery in nature and creation in a lab was hugely important to 20th century physics, it seems that the investigation of these enigmatic antimemories will be potentially revolutionary for our understanding of the brain and an important focus for the coming century.By Harriet Dempsey-Jones, Researcher in Clinical Neurosciences, University of OxfordThis article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.