Hard-hitting Jamaican batsman Chris Gayle says that while he has not turned his back on the Jamaica Tallawahs in signing with the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots for the upcoming Hero Caribbean Premier League, he is following his heart and believes that the move can be a positive one for regional cricket. Gayle also added that he had been considering the move for some time and that he was looking forward to one day returning to again represent the Tallawahs. “I am the champion, and so I am entitled to make whatever decision I want at any particular time,” said Gayle. “Jamaica will always be my hometown, Jamaica has my heart and Jamaica is my everything.” “It is Chris Gayle, and so it is going to be a big issue, but it’s cricke, and so the show must go on. But I am looking forward to coming back to Jamaica and playing.” “I pictured this from a long time ago, and even when we won the final, I joked about it, and eventually it came to my mind, and so I just followed my heart,” Gayle added. Gayle was a major draw during a benefit Twenty20 match yesterday at his home club, Lucas Cricket Club in Rollington Town. The benefit was held to help raise funds for long-standing coach Dennis Miller, who is battling prostate cancer. Miller is a former Jamaica Under-15 and Jamaica College school coach. He guided Jamaica to their first hold on the Carib Cement Regional Under-15 tournament in 1996. Gayle, who led the Tallawahs in every instalment of the CPL, including title wins in 2013 and again last year, isn’t expecting too much fall-off where his old team is concerned and is confident the move will also help to boost the tournament. “I think that they (Tallawahs) will still have a great team, and so I don’t see any reason why they will not be in the top four and then moving on to the final, but, hopefully, it will be a St Kitts and Jamaica final,” he said. “St Kitts has done well in the CPL before, and so I am going to try and take on the challenge and to play for a new team,” Gayle said. “I have won two trophies for Jamaica, and so I see it fit to make a change and uplift the game of cricket.” “I have seen where it (the switch) has caused a lot of speculation, and this is actually good for the tournament from a marketing point of view,” added Gayle, whose partner is also from St Kitts and Nevis.
Citation: Researchers find epigenetic factor in monogamy for voles (2013, June 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-epigenetic-factor-monogamy-voles.html Steady relationships reduce amphetamine’s rewarding effects (Phys.org) —A team of researchers at Florida State University has found an epigenetic factor involved in voles’ lifelong pair bonding. In their paper published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, the researchers describe how they found the act of mating—along with time spent alone—led to permanent brain changes in the voles involved in the study. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Voles are famously monogamous, leading some to note that switching the letters around in their name spells the word “love.” But the factors that lead to such pair bonding have remained somewhat of a mystery. Researchers have known for some time that vole pairs have higher levels of neurotransmitters—vasopressin and oxytocin—in their brains, but until now, haven’t been able to explain why. In this new study, the researchers have found that the act of mating, combined with time spent along together, causes permanent changes to chromosomes that lead to changes in genes that are responsible for creating monogamous behavior.Suspecting an epigenetic factor (chemical changes to chromosomes that impact how genes are transcribed) was at play, the researchers tested captive voles in a variety of circumstances for neurotransmitter levels. Some voles were housed together for six hours but weren’t allowed to mate—others were housed together long enough to encourage mating (typically a full day). Some of the voles that were not allowed to mate also had the histone trichostatin A (TSA) injected into a part of their brain—the nucleus accumbens—it’s known to play a part in their monogamous behavior. Other voles without injections were allowed to behave naturally.In studying the results of their experiments, the researchers found that voles housed for just six hours with prospective mates that also received TAS injections, became bonded mates regardless of whether they actually mated or not—and genes for the neurotransmitter receptors had been transcribed, which meant the changes were permanent. Subsequent testing of such pairs showed the bonded animals exhibited the same raised levels of neurotransmitters as those who mated naturally in the wild. They also found that voles being housed together was just as important as the chemical injection—those housed for shorter times, despite the dose of TSA, did not bond. This, they say, suggests that the bonding that occurs has more than one component. Spending time together before mating, they note, causes some sort of mental imprinting that when combined with raised neurotransmitter levels, causes the voles to want to mate with just their partner for the rest of their lives. Explore further read more