Best Of Express Advertising Advertising Taking stock of monsoon rain Australian model avoids US prison sentence after fracas on international flight Adani group entered Australia in 2010 with the purchase of the greenfield Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin in central Queensland, and the Abbot Point port near Bowen in the north. (Representational image)The premier of Australia’s Queensland state on Wednesday asked India’s energy giant Adani to sit down with the environment regulator to work out a “definitive timeframe” to obtain approvals for its controversial coal mine project in the state. The massive coal mine in Queensland state has been a controversial topic, with the project expected to produce 2.3 billion tonnes of low-quality coal.In addition to its impact on climate change, environmentalists have argued the mine could do serious damage to Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.Another major concern about the environmental impacts of the proposed mine has been that it would wipe out the most important habitat of the threatened black-throated finch.Speaking at a press conference, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced she would appoint her Coordinator-General to oversee approvals of the mine. “I think that the community is fed up with the processes, I know I’m fed up with the processes, I know my local members are fed up with the processes.”“I’m asking for the two parties, Adani and the independent regulator (DES) to sit down with the Coordinator-General and I want them to meet tomorrow actually. I want them to sit down and work out a definitive timeframe on decisions around these reports. We’re up for this challenge, we work every day focusing on jobs,” she added.“We need some certainty and we need some timeframes — enough is enough,” she said.Adani is currently waiting on approval of two of its environmental management plans — one concerning the black-throated finch, the other related to the management of groundwater at the site.Last month, the Federal Government granted its final environmental approvals for the project days before the election was called.Adani mining chief executive Lucas Dow said he was cautiously optimistic about the Queensland Government’s change of tone. By PTI |Melbourne | Published: May 22, 2019 3:44:09 pm Ayodhya dispute: Mediation to continue till July 31, SC hearing likely from August 2 “I’m encouraged to hear that the Premier’s finally said enough is enough, but the reality is what we’ve now got is simply another process,” Dow said.“If these approvals are not provided within the next two weeks, this new process that the Premier has described is simply nothing more than a further political delaying tactic.”Dow said the mining company was ready to begin construction as soon as the project was approved.“We think it’s more than reasonable that this gets wrapped up in the next couple of weeks — the process has been exhaustive, and the scrutiny has been appropriate,” he said.“It’s now time to finalise these and allow us to get on with the job.”Dow said that the “ball is entirely in the Queensland Government’s court”.“We’ve written to them, we’ve provided responses to their requests on the black-throated finch, that’s now sitting with the Queensland Government,” Dow said.Voicing support for Adani’s Carmichael coal and mine project in central Queensland, Mayor of Rockhampton council in the region has sought a “fair go” for the company.Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow said Adani should “be given the proper treatment and allowed to proceed, for the Galilee Basin to open, for those jobs to flow so that we as a community can start to build a long-term future”.State Greens MP Michael Berkman described Palaszczuk’s decision as a “disappointing backflip” that would only hurt regional Queenslanders long-term.“Queensland Labor intends to fast track Adani’s approvals for the Carmichael Coal project. This says to me that they’ve quite devastatingly really misinterpreted the results of the federal election,” he said.Australians re-elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison-led conservative coalition government in the federal polls. The coalition benefited from a stronger-than-expected showing in Queensland where Adani Group is developing large Carmichael coal mine.“This is really unwelcome interference with the Environment Department. Chandrayaan-2 gets new launch date days after being called off It comes days after Labor suffered a poor voter turnout across the state in the federal election, which has been widely attributed to the party’s position on Adani’s Carmichael mine project.The move also comes after Queensland Government ministers spent weeks saying the Department of Environment and Science (DES) would not be rushed on making decisions.Adani group entered Australia in 2010 with the purchase of the greenfield Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin in central Queensland, and the Abbot Point port near Bowen in the north. P Rajagopal, Saravana Bhavan founder sentenced to life for murder, dies Australian govt seeks information about man detained in North Korea More Explained Related News Australian student missing in North Korea is released Advertising “More importantly this fast-tracking of approvals for Adani is not going to help the communities she thinks it will. We need good solid planning for jobs that account for the eventual phase-out of thermal coal,” Berkman said. 1 Comment(s)
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Source:https://www.unige.ch/en/ Jul 23 2018Our genome is made up of 20,000 genes, all of which may cause disease. At present, 4,141 genes have been identified as being responsible for genetic abnormalities, leaving around 16,000 genes with unknown implication in disease. Researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, – working in collaboration with scientists from Pakistan and the USA – have investigated a recessive genetic disorder that destroys the eyes from developing and results in childhood blindness. After analysing the genomes of each member of a consanguineous family with affected children, the geneticists pinpointed pathogenic mutations in a new gene, MARK3, as being the cause. They subsequently confirmed their findings – published in the journal Human Molecular Genetics – by modifying the homologous gene in drosophila flies, which resulted in abnormal eye development and blindness. The identification of the MARK3 related disease will help to understand the mechanism of the disease, provide diagnostic services, and initiate efforts for a personalized treatment.Monogenic genetic disorders fall into two main categories: the first – so-called dominant disorders -only need one copy of the gene to be mutated to cause the disorder, such as Huntington’s disease. The second – recessive disorders – are triggered by a mutation on both copies of the gene, as is the case with cystic fibrosis. “In our attempts to uncover new recessive genetic disorders, we looked at families where there was consanguineous marriage and where both parents carried one copy the mutant gene and passed it on to the child,” explains Stylianos Antonarakis, a professor Emeritus in UNIGE’s Faculty of Medicine. Supported by the the ProVisu Foundation of Geneva, the Geneva-based geneticists then joined forces with Liaquat University in Pakistan, a country where over 50% of marriages take place between close relatives (usually first cousins).An unknown disorder that destroys eyesightThe geneticists directed their interest at an unknown illness that prevents the eyes from developing properly and gradually destroys them. “We found that the disorder was present in children from consanguineous parents. As a result, we hypothesised that it was a recessive genetic disorder,” continues professor Antonarakis. For a disorder to fall into this category, it must affect at least two children from the same family (regardless of their sex) and the parents must be in good health.Related StoriesRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationISTH introduces new global education initiative in gene therapy for hemophiliaStudy urges genetic testing before abdominal-based free-flap breast reconstructionTwo hundred Pakistani families that fulfilled these criteria were selected for the research programme. “We started by sequencing the genomes of every member of a family that had three children with the genetic abnormality and two healthy children. The aim was to see which gene had mutations on two copies in the affected children, on one copy in the parents, and one or zero copies in the normal siblings,” says Muhammad Ansar, a researcher in the Department of Genetic Medicine and Development at UNIGE. After carrying out a bio-informatic analysis and genetic segregation to look for the mutations of each gene in the healthy and affected children and their parents, the scientists have succeeded to isolate the MARK3 gene as being responsible for the recessive disorder.Confirming the result with drosophilae”To confirm whether MARK3 really was the gene responsible for the blindness, we checked to see if a similar mutation in drosophilae led to the same eye abnormalities,” says Ansar. The UNIGE researchers have collaborated with experts at Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine, to genetically modify drosophilae by introducing the mutation of two copies in the MARK3 gene of the flies. The result was that the flies had undeveloped eyes, and they were blind very similar to the affected children in the Pakistani family. These results provided a validation of the the research findings in human patients.The search for the genes responsible for recessive disorders is only just the beginningThis discovery means that a new recessive disorder can be accurately diagnosed. “We can now concentrate on studying the mechanisms behind the disorder with the aim of finding a treatment,” enthuses Antonarakis. It is also possible to perform a quick and inexpensive test on people in the same extended family to determine whether or not they will pass on the mutant gene for this eye disorder to their children and, in some cases, so they can avoid marriage among carriers of the pathogenic gene mutation.”Our collaboration with Pakistan helped us identify about additional 30 genes that are potentially responsible for recessive genetic disorders. We are currently refining the analyses so that, little by little, we can reduce the total number of 16,000 genes whose mutations and disorders are yet to be discovered,” conclude the Geneva researchers.