Public Consultation of Sewage Disposal Regulations

first_imgNew technology, more flexibility and a shorter approval process are some of the things being considered under proposed septic sewage disposal regulations. Kerry Morash Minister of Environment and Labour is encouraging Nova Scotians to participate in the 30-day consultation on on-site sewage disposal regulations. “The proposed changes improve turnaround time for the applicants and free up more time for our staff to inspect these systems,” said Mr. Morash. “This is a good example of the department’s commitment to better regulation for Nova Scotians, while at the same time increasing environmental protection.” Currently, the department requires an approval for on-site sewage disposal systems. The proposed regulations will streamline system approvals, allow qualified persons to install on-site systems and make use of technological advances. The proposed regulations were updated after a successful pilot program was held in the Department of Environment and Labour’s Bedford and Bridgewater offices in 2005. The turnaround time for approvals was shortened from an average of 18 days to four days or less. The shorter process allows owners to proceed immediately when they use a qualified person for installation. The department then focuses on auditing key files and inspecting the work in the field. The pilot determined that the formal review and approval process for on-site sewage disposal systems could be more efficient. The change allows more flexibility, without affecting consumer and environmental protection. Mr. Morash said the pilot program decreased the amount of time staff had to spend on paper work and, in turn, increased field inspections. Inspections conducted during the pilot revealed the on-site systems were properly installed and that environmental protection was intact. More information on the pilot program is available on the website at or by calling 1-800-567-7544. An on-site sewage disposal system includes a septic tank, disposal fields and interconnecting pipes, as well as a holding tank, an outhouse, or a system that meets the specifications established by the department. Responses to the proposed regulations can be sent to On-site Sewage Disposal Regulations Review, Policy Division, Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour, P.O. Box 697, 5th floor, 5151 Terminal Rd., Halifax, N.S. B3J 2T8. Comments may also be faxed to 902-424-0575, or e-mailed to . The deadline for responses is Monday, March 6.last_img read more

Présentation de la Médaille du souverain pour les bénévoles

first_imgLe lieutenant-gouverneur Arthur J. LeBlanc a présenté la Médaille du souverain pour les bénévoles à 13 Néo-Écossais durant une cérémonie à la Résidence du gouverneur, aujourd’hui, 25 octobre, à Halifax. Les personnes qui ont été honorées aujourd’hui sont : Beaucoup des nouveaux médaillés ont travaillé bénévolement pendant des décennies pour nombre d’organismes de bienfaisance et d’autres types d’organismes. Entre autres choses, ils ont aidé des enfants qui avaient un handicap intellectuel ou développemental, ils ont fait du bénévolat auprès du mouvement des cadets, ils ont aidé à la préparation de déclaration de revenus et ils ont participé à la restauration d’un cimetière. « Au nom de la reine et de tous les Néo-Écossais, c’est avec grand plaisir que je présente la Médaille du souverain à ces personnes exceptionnelles qui ont donné de leur temps pour aider les autres, a déclaré le lieutenant-gouverneur, Arthur J. LeBlanc. Elles donnent un bel exemple à suivre, et leur travail offert bénévolement contribue à faire de la province un merveilleux endroit où vivre. » Créée en 2016 par David Johnston, qui était gouverneur général à l’époque, la Médaille du souverain pour les bénévoles reconnaît les réalisations exceptionnelles de Canadiens qui, partout au pays, font du bénévolat dans une vaste gamme de domaines. En tant qu’honneur officiel du Canada, la Médaille du souverain a remplacé le Prix du gouverneur général pour l’entraide. Basée sur l’esprit de ce prix, elle continue la tradition de rendre hommage au dévouement et à l’engagement des bénévoles. Wendy Boyd, de Bedford Darryl Cook, de Bridgewater Kenneth Donovan, de Sydney Lloyd Harris, de Florence dans la Municipalité régionale du Cap-Breton Joanne Hauser, de Truro Christine Jamieson, de Hammonds Plains Leigh Joiner, de Lower Sackville Angus McDonald, d’Halifax Brian O’Brien, d’Halifax Kathryn Patterson, de Dartmouth Vincent Penney, de North Sydney Stanley Salsman, d’Halifax Henry Taylor, de Sydneylast_img read more

Tracy Lawrence To Headline David Worleys Annual Tennessee River Run

first_imgDarryl Worley’s Annual Tennessee River Run events will span July through October this year, as volunteers celebrate the 14th year of raising money for the Darryl Worley Foundation.Worley will host Wade Hayes, Lorrie Morgan and Tracy Lawrence in downtown Savannah for this year’s main concert Saturday, Oct. 3.This year’s concert will have a second stage showcasing Alyson Greene, Bryan Moffitt, Kirstie Lovelady, Brassfield Aly and Dead Horse during set changes, so entertainment will be nonstop.“There is new energy going into the planning of all the Tennessee River Run events this year,” said C. Seth Sumner, Savannah assistant city manager. “We hope to provide quality entertainment at reasonable prices, so families will come out and help raise money for the foundation to serve our neighbors in need.”Events continue with TRR Boat Poker Run Saturday, Aug.15, at Pickwick Landing State Park. In September, a golf tournament, a bass tournament and a 5K run will lead up to the main events in Savannah Oct. 2 through Oct. 4.Worley will perform with country artists Mark Narmore, Walt Aldridge, Wynn Varble and Jim “Moose” Brown on the lawn of the historic home of Savannah Mayor and Mrs. Bob Shutt Friday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m. This follows TRR Songwriters’ Events held in Murfreesboro and Jackson in July.At 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, some downtown streets will be closed to traffic as set-up for the concerts begin on Main Street in Savannah. “The city will provide shuttles from parking areas to Main Street, making things more convenient. We want to have the day be open and as welcoming as possible with kids’ games available outside the gated area,” said Sumner. “We hope families will come out and enjoy the games and vendors.”Worley will open the concert at 2:30 p.m. with a special set of songs. Country music artists Hayes, Morgan and Lawrence will follow Worley’s opening performance on the main stage. Tickets are $20 per person; entry is free for children 12 and younger.Known for his patriotism and support for U.S. troops, Worley has had 20 hit singles and six albums. A Hardin County native, Worley created the Tennessee River Run to raise funds to support area residents in need. Worley said the events bring great entertainment for the people of West Tennessee. “We have worked to refine it in ways that bring in even more for the charity, which is the bottom line,” he said.The Darryl Worley Foundation serves nonprofits, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center. This year the foundation will help Hardin County Middle School implement The Leader in Me, a curriculum that encourages leadership skills in all students. The Foundation is currently working with area agencies to plan a wellness center to support drug and alcohol addicts and their families.Event and ticket information is available read more

Inuit plan says climate change cant be separated from social issues

first_imgThese snowmobiles should be sitting on snow at this time of year in Iqaluit but there was an early snow melt this year. Photo: Kent Driscoll/APTNThe Canadian PressClimate change affects all parts of life in the North and any plan to deal with it must be just as wide-ranging, says a strategy document released Friday by Inuit leaders.“This is something that isn’t just a policy area for us,” said Natan Obed, head of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, which wrote the strategy. “It also is a life-and-death situation for people who are still inextricably linked to the environment.”The Arctic is warming twice as quickly as the rest of the planet and that means the Inuit need their own plan to deal with it, Obed said.Accompanied by federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna in Inuvik, N.W.T., Obed released a 48-page outline that says climate change can’t be tackled without addressing many of the other problems Inuit face.“We have often been seen as the canary in the coal mine, often brought forward to tell the world about how the Arctic is changing, but that’s usually where it ends,” Obed said in an interview before the plan was made public.“Inuit have decided we are going to seek a partnership with the government of Canada and start to adapt any way we can through co-ordinated action.”McKenna, who promised an initial million-dollar contribution to implement the plan, agrees Inuit need their own approach.“You don’t want climate policy for Inuit being designed in Ottawa,” she said.The plan deals with much more than melting sea ice. It calls for renewed infrastructure _ from civic buildings to airstrips to waste facilities _ that is threatened by permafrost melt. It also recommends turning away from aging, carbon-intensive diesel generators that power northern communities.It insists climate change amplifies social problems and can’t be considered apart from them.“The climate risks we face compound the social and economic inequities we have endured for generations,” the document says.McKenna acknowledged that.“It is everything from health and well-being to food to infrastructure to energy. And that is a much smarter way of going to tackle a really challenging problem.”The plan includes specific recommendations to reform building codes and practices in the North to incorporate Inuit knowledge. It also calls for spending on air and marine transport and improved telecommunications.It asks for power utilities, designed and controlled by Inuit, that build on renewable energy such as hydro, solar and wind. It says more research is needed into sustainable energy practical for the Arctic and extra funding is needed for energy-efficient housing.Hunters should be supported to ease food insecurity and increase safety of those travelling on the changing landscape, the plan suggests.It would take at least a decade to follow through on all the plan’s recommendations, Obed said. But some items are more pressing.“The infrastructure needs and the (housing) retrofits are definitely going to be needed in the coming years. Those investments are going to cost a lot of money.”McKenna said the government is aware of the need, but she wouldn’t make any promises.“Clearly, there are broader needs in terms of infrastructure and getting communities off diesel,” she said. “We need to look at these investments and we need to look at the health and well-being of Inuit economic prosperity through a climate lens as well.” read more

Shopkeeper who was burnt alive dies

first_imgGurugram: Abdul, the shop owner who was burned alive on May 4 due to an altercation over supplying of cigarettes has succumbed. His murderer is still at large.The 58-year-old had suffered 80 per cent burns when a man in the inebriated state set Abdul’s kiosk on fire while he was sitting in it. The incident took place on in IMT Manesar after a fight over outstanding payment for cigarettes, police said. “When Abdul asked the suspect to clear his debt for two cigarettes and a beedi, he started arguing and tried to steal money from the cash box. Before the victim could react to the sudden attack, the suspect started throwing petrol from a bottle he was carrying and set Abdul’s kiosk on fire,” sub-inspector Tejpal, IMT-Manesar police station, said. The victim’s son, Mohammad Imtiaz, said the suspected tempo driver was in an inebriated condition and had planned the attack as he was carrying a petrol bottle with him on Saturday. “The night before, when he was abusing my father and refusing to pay for the cigarettes, my father did not indulge him and kept quiet. He then went across the street and asked a fruit vendor to give him bananas for free. He got into an altercation and was slapped twice by the vendor, following which he left,” Imtiaz said. On Saturday, Imtiaz said an hour after his father opened his shop, the accused man created a ruckus and after trying to steal from the cash box, threw petrol on the kiosk and set it on fire. “My father was engulfed in flames due to the combustible items in the kiosk. We put out the fire with help from neighbours and rushed him to a private hospital in Manesar. Later, he was referred to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi where he lost his life,” said Imtiaz.last_img read more

Call for staff representatives for search of the Dean Faculty of Applied

A permanent staff member is required to serve on the advisory committee for the search for the Dean, Applied Health Sciences.To be selected, you must be a permanent staff member working in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences who does not directly report to the Dean.If you are interested in serving on this committee, please email Luaine Hathaway at stating your name, department and reason for your willingness to serve.**LISTING OF MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY SEARCH COMMITTEESVice-President, ResearchJack Lightstone – President’s Office (Chair of the Committee)Ana Sanchez – Applied Health SciencesDanny Cho – BusinessMichelle McGinn – EducationNota Klentrou – chair, Senate Graduate Studies CommitteeTamara El-Hoss – HumanitiesUwe Brand – Mathematics & ScienceChristine Daigle – Social SciencesKaren Bordonaro – Professional LibrarianTabasum Akseer – Graduate StudentMeaghan Rusnell – Senior Advisor, Government RelationsTom Saint-Ivany – Senior AdministratorJohn Suk – Board of TrusteeRoelof Makken – Board of TrusteeDean, Mathematics & ScienceMurray Knuttila – Provost – Committee ChairGary Pickering – Biological SciencesTomas Hudlicky – ChemistrySheridan Houghten – Computer ScienceFrancine McCarthy – Earth SciencesThomas Wolf – Mathematics & ScienceShyamal Bose – PhysicsFiona Hunter – Centre Biological SciencesSusan Sydor – Elected Senator from another FacultyEric Humes – Graduate StudentSergio Paone – Senior Demonstrator, (permanent staff member) read more

UNAIDS piloting new mobile platform to better inform HIV patients improve health

The four-month pilot project in Abidjan is part of a collaboration between the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the telecommunications operator Orange. This project “will allow countries to benefit from state-of-the-art technology that is cost-effective and simple to use, to ensure they can provide the highest quality of services for people living with and affected by HIV,” Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, said in a press release. By using a web-based platform, Orange Mobile Training EveryWhere (M-Tew), healthcare workers will be able to communicate via text messages, calls and voice messages, with people enrolled in care. The people involved in the pilot project are those most affected by HIV in Abidjan, according to the press release, including 300 sex workers and men who have sex with men. All information collected is said to be anonymous and fully confidential. Some of the goals are to improve HIV services to ensure that patients remain in care and treatment, as well as to break down stigma and discrimination. The creators also said that the programme will collect and analyse data, in order to identify gaps and take action to improve the quality of care. The Côte d’Ivoire Government has said it is supportive of the programme, which would help it achieve a reduction in HIV prevalence to below one per cent by 2020. In addition to the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene and the Autonomous District of Abidjan, UNAIDS and Orange Côte d’Ivoire are also collaborating with civil society partners. If successful, the project will be rolled out to other areas of Abidjan, and could be expanded to other priority countries in the region. read more

The same bitter taste Like the football team OSUs mens basketball team

The Ohio State men’s basketball team was undefeated — it had gotten 24 wins in as many games — and with a 15-point second-half lead at Wisconsin, the Buckeyes’ unblemished record seemed safe. Barring a furious comeback, coach Thad Matta’s Buckeyes were prepared to move to 25-0, furthering what stands as the second-best start in school history. A furious comeback, however, was exactly what the Badgers had in store. Junior guard Jordan Taylor’s 21 second-half points fueled a 15-0 run that erased OSU’s lead, and, along with hot shooting from several other Badgers, Wisconsin beat the Buckeyes, 71-67, on Saturday. The loss, which was OSU’s sixth in as many tries at Wisconsin’s Kohl Center under Matta, ended the Buckeyes’ reign as the nation’s only unbeaten team. “You come on the road; you shoot 54 percent; you shoot 88 percent from the free-throw line; you outrebound your opponents; you only have seven turnovers; and you feel pretty good,” Matta said following the loss. “They had to play, for that stretch, damn near perfect to get us — and they did.” It was the first time since March 26 that Matta and the Buckeyes left the court on the losing end. That loss, a 76-73 loss to Tennessee in last year’s NCAA Tournament, ended any chance OSU had at what could have been its first championship in more than 50 years. Ten months, 23 opponents and 25 games later, the Buckeyes lost again. But unlike after the last one, OSU gets to keep playing. “It’s a bad, bitter taste in your mouth, especially when we had a lead like that and thinking that we had the game in our hands,” fifth-year senior forward David Lighty said Saturday. “But I mean, it’s just on to the next one.” That mentality, Matta said, is one that both he and his players have embraced all season long. One in which neither Matta nor his players think about anything but the game at hand, and one that doesn’t allow for sulking, despite the loss of a perfect season. The Buckeyes’ 11-1 record in Big Ten play still has them atop the standings, two games ahead of Wisconsin and Purdue. Beginning Tuesday at home against Michigan State, OSU has just six games standing in the way of what would be its second consecutive regular-season conference title. That title, as well as both the Big Ten and NCAA Tournament, is what the Buckeyes have been eyeing all along. “When we get back, we start preparing for Michigan State and away we go,” Matta said. “The goal of this basketball team, as we set out, was not go undefeated. I think we’ll see our character and how we recover when we come into practice (Sunday).” Though the next several weeks will tell for sure, Matta said he suspects his no-longer-unbeaten Buckeyes will be just fine. “We never talked about being 24-0; we just tried to talk about playing better basketball,” Matta said. “I told our guys we have to pick ourselves up and get ready to go. I think they’ll do that. I really do.” read more

HP TouchPad apps you need to have

first_imgIt would appear as though there are a couple more WebOS users in the world today, after the TouchPad fire sale this weekend. That shiny new TouchPad in your hands can be a little overwhelming if you’ve never played in WebOS before. Don’t worry, we understand–you’re in a new place. You’re surrounded by strange cards you’ve never seen before, and you’re not entirely sure where to go. All we need to do is get you setup with the right apps, and you’ll be fine.What HP TouchPad apps, you ask? Well, let’s take a look at some of our favorites!The BrowserIt’s free, it’s pre-loaded, and it is one of the best of the browsers on any mobile platform. HTML5 and Flash both work great, and you’ll find that unlike Android you can get to sites like without being blocked! The WebOS browser is by far one of the TouchPad’s most brilliant assets.Spaz HDAs far as Twitter clients go, there’s little else to compare to Spaz HD in WebOS. If you’re looking for a multi-column system to organize your tweets and communicate with your followers, this is the app for you. Free to download, and smooth to use in either portrait or landscape, I can honestly say that I wish this app were available elsewhere for me to use.GlimpseMy biggest complaint about the mobile OS based tablets are that they seem far more engineered for entertainment then productivity. This is fine and dandy, until conversations about tablets replacing laptops pop up, then you’ve got to pump the brakes… unless you’ve got Glimpse. Glimpse breaks your screen up into three panels that allow you to run multiple apps within the larger contruct. You can have you email, calendar, and your RSS feed all available simultaneously, with no need to switch back and forth. For $5, Glimpse is worth every penny, and is a useful tool in anyone’s WebOS arsenal.TWiT HDIf you are reading this chances are you’re a geek, so you should be interested in an app that delivers the online video network right to your TouchPad, and gives you a very slick tablet optimized UI for navigating archives and following your favorite TWiT show. Best of all, it’s a free app!Box.netThe $99 Touchpad was a pretty good deal, right? Well how about 50GB of cloud storage for the rest of’s life on the house? Grab the free app from the App catalog today and create your account with for free lifetime cloud storage.PrewareAs much fun as the HP Touchpad apps that are available in the App Catalog are, you might consider taking a look at what the WebOS Homebrew guys have to offer. Preware is a catalog of apps that were never vetted into the App Catalog, but still provide you with tools, mods, and many more things to help you get the most out of your new tablet. Just install the free Preware app from the App Catalog, follow the instructions, and you’ll have access to a whole new repository of great tools for your tablet.There’s still plenty more you can do to explore the limits of your device. The app catalog is full of great games (there are more than just Angry Birds HD) and tools to make your tablet experience more complete. Rest assured that with the recent influx of WebOS users, developers for the platform won’t be going anywhere now that there’s a new audience for them to work with.last_img read more

Evacuees might not go home until dam spillway is repaired

first_imgOROVILLE, Calif. — Nearly 200,000 people who were ordered to leave their homes out of fear that a spillway could collapse may not be able to return until the barrier at the nation’s tallest dam is repaired, a sheriff said Monday.The sheriff of California’s Butte County, Kory Honea, did not say how long the fixes could take and offered no timetable for lifting the evacuation order. Officials from the state Department of Water Resources were considering using helicopters to drop loads of rock on the eroded spillway at Lake Oroville, about 150 miles northeast of San Francisco.Meanwhile, the water level behind the dam dropped, easing slightly the fears of a catastrophic spillway collapse. But with more rain expected later in the week, time was running short to fix the damage ahead of the storms.A day earlier, authorities ordered mass evacuations for everyone living below the lake out of concern that the spillway could fail and send a 30-foot wall of water roaring downstream.Nancy Borsdorf described a scene of chaos on her way out, including drivers abandoning cars as they ran out of gas.“People were just panicking,” said Borsdorf, who was at a shelter Monday in Chico.“We’ve always loved and trusted our dam,” she said, having lived in Oroville for 13 years. “I’m really hopeful Oroville wasn’t flooded.”last_img read more

Jayne: I’m so smooth, and my columns are hugely beautiful

first_imgI write the best columns. Nobody writes better columns than I do. They’re huge; they’re beautiful; everybody loves my columns. Believe me.You already knew that, OK? I have written the same thing before, and you love my columns, right? My columns have the highest readership of all-time. Period. And we have to talk about that; if we don’t talk about it we’re doing a terrible disservice.You see, my columns are like a fine-tuned machine; they are edited by a wonderful group of people who are being very much misrespresented. It’s terrible; catastrophic; so dishonest. There’s a lot of distortion and fake news out there, so we have to talk about it.One time, I wrote a column that was combative and rambling and nonsensical. It sounded like I was a thin-skinned vulgarian with an infantile vocabulary. It sounded like I could barely string together two coherent sentences. But Rush Limbaugh said it was one of the most effective columns he had ever read. So I have that going for me.I don’t think there has ever been a columnist who has been so smooth. My columns are like a fine-tuned machine. Did I mention that? I am the most popular columnist by a huge margin; the biggest margin since the Reagan era, unless you count the first Bush, Clinton, and Obama.last_img read more

Pogba speaks about the importance of being role models

first_imgThe Manchester United footballer knows that after winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup, France will be on the minds of many childrenFor Manchester United’s midfielder Paul Pogba, after winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he and his countrymen have become role models.He remembers how he saw all those footballers that won the 1998 edition back at home, and he knows how a bad incident can eclipse something as good as a World Cup trophy.“After this World Cup, kids will have this image we had at the 1998 World Cup. We will be role models for these children, that’s why you must lead by example,” Pogba told RMC Sport as reported by The Sports Witness.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“Even if you do not want to, you have to lead by example, you always have a picture of the footballer who won the World Cup.”“We are more recognized. The impact of the World Cup is global, people’s eyes have changed, and if you want to go for a stroll around the world, you will not be able to go anywhere,” he added.“We can use the example of Hugo. If something happens in your normal life, it will come out and make a little more noise because he is a world champion.”last_img read more

AK Sea Star Mystery

first_imgTaylor White is the aquarium manager at the Sitka Sound Science Center. Since sea star wasting disease hit Sitka a month ago, the aquarium has lost 35 sea stars and now, only two remain in the touch tanks.A trip to the coast usually means you’re going to see sea stars, but a mysterious disease is killing them along the West Coast. There had been a few reports of sick sea stars in Alaska, but recently in Sitka, the first mass die offs in the state were detected. Scientists in Sitka are tracking the progress.Download AudioPatty Dick lives on a boat in Thompson Harbor in Sitka. In the morning, when it’s low tide and she has an extra moment, she goes out and checks on the sea stars living in the area.“I just sit there in awe of the beauty of that animal,” she said. “Everybody loves sea stars.”Dick teaches 6th grade biology at Blatchley Middle School. She often takes her students on field trips to learn about marine animals, and they usually find dozens of sea stars.But one morning last month, Dick noticed something was wrong with the sea stars. “I just looked over and I just stopped. There were these big, huge, white spots all over them and they were just wasting away. My heart just sank.”She’d heard about this happening, but she hadn’t seen it with her own eyes. “I’m trying to find one star fish that is not affected,” she said, “and they were all dead. They were all dead.”Taylor White pulls up a rock on Sage Beach to see three leptasterias, which are small, 6 legged sea stars that are common at this site. She points to the one with three legs and lesions, symptoms of sea star wasting disease.They had sea star wasting disease. All along the West Coast, sea stars have been dying of this disease. The first case was discovered in the summer of 2013 on the Olympic Peninsula and scientists still don’t know what’s causing it.Taylor White is the aquarium manager at the Sitka Sound Science Center. For the past year, she’s been working with a team that is monitoring sea stars and other marine life in Sitka and along the West Coast.“It’s a lot of just crouching down and going from the top left corner and going through the entire plot, moving this rockweed around, and counting as any starfish as you see,” White said.She takes me for a walk along the beach to see for myself. She pulls up a rock and is looking at some six-legged sea stars called leptasterias. We’re looking at sea stars on Sage Beach, next to the science center.The Sitka Sound Science Center is part of a project called MARINe, which stands for Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal Network. MARINe is made up of agencies that use the same marine monitoring methods. They’ve set up about 120 sites along the coast in the U.S., from Southern California to Alaska. There are three sites in Sitka – the only long-term MARINe sites in Alaska. White helps monitor the Sitka sites as part of her job at the science center.“You really do look a lot harder at sea stars now that sea star wasting disease is occurring,” she said. “I feel like a lot of people are paying a lot more attention now.”Once sea star wasting hits an area, it can quickly spread through the population. Research divers from the University of Alaska, Sitka, have surveyed different areas in Sitka Sound and have seen evidence of wasting in most locations. At Sage Beach, divers found that in the past few weeks, sunflower stars have disappeared, leaving behind white ‘ghost piles’ of tissue. When a sea star has the wasting disease, its legs can walk away from its body, sometimes leaving behind only a central disk.While there have been minor wasting events in the past, this event is by far the longest and most widespread.White says she’s seeing the same thing happen in the touch tanks at the Sitka Sound Science Center. “A lot of those guys have been in there for a very long time. It was hard to see it suddenly hit.”They use an open system, so sea stars live in water straight from the ocean. She describes what she saw when the disease hit. “They just started crawling away from their bodies,” she said. “They contort themselves. Then they just started to decay since there are so many bacteria in the water. They just kind of break down after that point.” The Sitka Sound Science Center is part of a project called MARINe, which is a consortium of agencies on the West Coast that use the same longterm monitoring methods. Sage Beach is one of Sitka’s three MARINe sites.When sea stars are sick, they can lose a leg and then regrow a healthy one. But with the wasting disease, they just keep losing legs, sometimes until only a central disk is left. The aquarium has had 35 sea stars die within three weeks, and now, only two remain in the touch tanks.Scientists know there will be substantial impacts from these mass deaths, but they aren’t sure what yet.Marnie Chapman, a biology professor at the University of Alaska, Sitka, has been working with White in the longterm monitoring project. She says sea stars play a big role in the ecosystem.“They are major predators in the intertidal,” she said. “They’re definitely the lions and tigers of the intertidal environment.”And they’re diverse. There are about 1900 species of sea stars in the world, and at least 18 in Sitka alone. “Sea stars are as unique and as individual than those predators that we’re more familiar with,” said Chapman.There are several groups trying to figure out what’s causing this mass die off. It could be a bacterium, a virus, or environmental change, like lower pH levels in the ocean or warmer water. Most scientists think it’s a combination of things.When scientists do figure it out, there’s not much that can be done. If it’s a pathogen, there won’t be a sea star vaccine. If it’s warmer water, that’s irreversible.Chapman worries about the future of the species. She recalls a day when she was out counting dying sea stars and a boy was looking at healthy ones nearby. “This young kiddo was saying, ‘mom, look at all the sea stars,’ and there were a lot of really healthy, unaffected on the side they were looking on,” she said, “and I thought, ‘boy, I hope that still happens. I hope that still happens next summer.’”But there is some hope. At some of the MARINe sites along the coast, they’re seeing some juvenile sea stars. So, they could make a comeback. In time, we’ll know better.And there is something that everyone can do to help track the disease. If you see sick or healthy sea stars, report it to Reports from the public help scientists better understand the disease and could help solve this mystery.last_img read more

AP Assembly budget sessions to conclude today

first_imgAmaravati: The on-going AP Assembly budget sessions will be concluded on Tuesday. The Budget sessions have started on July 11 and continued for 14 days. As today is the last day of the sessions, more time will be given for the Question Hour in the house. Mainly, the TDP members will raise questions over the closure of the Anna canteens, Nirudyoga Bruthi Scheme, discontinuation of flights from Vijayawada, and construction of ministers and officials quarters in Amaravati. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us On the other side, the ruling YCP MLAs will be questioning on irregularities in Fibre grid, shortage of seeds in Kharif, fees in medical colleges and farm loans. The government will introduce the CAG report in both the Houses today. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will hold a video conference with the district Collectors, and SPs at 11 am. In this context, the CM will review the Spandana program with the officials. After the Collectors meeting, CM YS Jagan will attend the Assembly session.last_img read more

LT Infotech IPO Company fixes price band as Rs 705710 per share

first_imgL&T Infotech, which is coming out with a public issue of 1.75 crore equity shares at a price band of Rs. 705-710 per share via its three-day IPO starting July 11, is bullish about prospects in the information technology (IT) services business.In an interview to a business news channel, L&T Executive Chairman AM Naik said that the company is on course to cross $1.5 billion in revenues this fiscal from the billion-dollar mark in 2015-16.”…in a way this year we will even cross USD 1.5 billion but we have already done more than USD 1.35 billion or so already last year,” Naik told CNBC-TV18.The company earned a net profit of Rs. 769 crore on consolidated total income of Rs. 5,069 crore in 2014-15, according to its offer document.The consequences of Britain leaving the European Union (EU) won’t be significant for L&T Infotech, given its business model, according to a senior company executive.”The solution to all the problems is differentiation. If you are differentiated, you will continue to grow and that will remain our continued focus for us in the marketplace…we are actually very well placed on that which is a sign of a differentiation,” Sanjay Jalona, L&T Infotech MD and CEO, told the channel. Also read: L&T Infotech IPO: Things to know about the public issueMeanwhile, shares of Larsen & Toubro were trading at Rs. 1,564.65 a piece on the BSE at around 1.05 p.m.The company informed the stock exchanges that it won export orders valued at $71.3 million from Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd.The orders were won by its joint venture companies L&T-MHPS Boilers Private Limited (LMB) and L&T-MHPS Turbine Generators Private Limited (LMTG), Larsen & Toubro said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday.last_img read more

Trump clings to Obama wiretapping claims

first_imgUS President Donald Trump (L) and former US President Barack Obama. Reuters file photoUS President Donald Trump on Friday repeated his charge that predecessor Barack Obama had ordered a wiretap against him, rejecting rising calls from Republicans and Democrats to withdraw the charge and apologize.Speaking at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump answered a question on the wiretap allegation by referring to the US National Security Agency’s reported tapping of Merkel’s phone several years ago.“As far as wiretapping, I guess, by this past administration, at least we have something in common perhaps,” Trump said.But Trump also said he did not endorse a Fox News claim that Britain’s GCHQ spy agency did the wiretapping for Obama—an allegation repeated by Trump’s spokesman Thursday, sparking a sharp rebuke from London.“We said nothing” about the GCHQ claim, Trump told journalists.“That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox. And so you shouldn’t be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox,” he said.Fox News said it could not confirm the allegations.“Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now president of the United States was surveilled at any time in any way, full stop,” anchor Shepard Smith said, reading an official statement on-air.Waiting for evidenceTrump has accused Obama of ordering wiretaps at his Trump Tower in New York, but two weeks after the extraordinary claim, he has not delivered any evidence.The claim has led to investigations in Congress and by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but so far no one has provided any evidence to substantiate it.Top Republicans and Democrats on the House and Senate Intelligence Committee have all said they have seen no evidence.The Federal Bureau of Investigation has remained quiet, however.On Friday, the Justice Department said it had complied with requests from the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees in both houses of Congress for information related to surveillance during the 2016 election.House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes confirmed Friday evening that the DOJ had “fully complied” with his panel’s request for information regarding potential surveillance of Trump or his circle during the presidential race. He did not elaborate on the details of the information.The National Security Agency had partially met the committee’s request with plans to fully comply by end of next week, Nunes said, but “the committee still has not received information requested from the CIA and FBI… that is necessary to determine whether information collected on US persons was mishandled and leaked.”On Monday, FBI Director James Comey is to testify before lawmakers on that and other issues relating to what US intelligence says was Russian interference in the election.Trump first made the wiretapping accusation on March 4.“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” he tweeted.“Is it legal for a sitting President to be ‘wire tapping’ a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!” he continued, accusing Obama of crimes comparable to those of Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal.Obama flatly rejected it, but the White House refusal to back down has kept the issue alive.On Thursday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer defended his boss, citing news stories alleging wiretapping including the Fox News report.That sparked a rebuke from GCHQ and calls from British officials.The White House said Friday that Spicer “was simply pointing to public reports, not endorsing any specific story.”last_img read more

Scientists develop algorithm for ultrasecret security technique

first_img Healthy blood vessels may be the answer to Alzheimer’s prevention Using a security technique called “optical Fresnel image hiding,” scientists can hide a secret image (such as the woman on the right) using algorithm keys that modulate the image’s light amplitude from a host image (such as the tower on the left). In contrast to other optical image hiding methods, the secret image is not embedded into the host image, decreasing the risk of hacking. Image credit: Yishi Shi et al. Information theft has become one of the most feared types of theft due to the vast power that comes with possessing certain information. Our numbers – social security numbers, credit card numbers, passwords, bank accounts, etc. – give authorization to access private documents and assets, and attempts to hack such accounts are ongoing. Optical security, which consists of hiding a secret image and includes methods such as holography and virtual optics, has been a growing field in security over the last few years. Until now, optical techniques have required the embedment of a secret image in a host image. Although a logical hiding procedure, embedded images can often be found in watermarked images, jeopardizing the security of the system. (Watermarks are the visible but difficult-to-replicate marks used to protect against fraud, while the host image is the visible, normally printed image covering the secret information.) To address this problem of finding the secret image in the watermark, scientists have developed a new optical security method that doesn’t require embedment. Instead, the technique uses a phase retrieval algorithm to generate specific optical and phase keys that extract the secret information when applied. The optical keys contain information and are distributed to an individual through a personal identification number (PIN). The information contained in the phase keys (the main source for determining extraction) is distributed to the individual separately.“The phase keys, designed by the phase retrieval algorithm, modulate the amplitude of the input [host] image into the amplitude of the secret image by the two Fresnel transformations,” Yishi Shi, coauthor of the paper in a recent issue of Journal of Optics A, told “The phase keys are the main keys for the extraction of the secret image. The second type of key, the additional optical keys (which include the wavelength key and the mask position key) are also employed in our Fresnel system, which help to achieve a higher security level than can be achieved by Fourier systems.”This technique, which the scientists call “optical Fresnel image hiding (OFIH)”, satisfies “the three most important requirements in image hiding,” according to the team. Because no embedding occurs – meaning that the secret image cannot be found in the watermarked image – the method satisfies the so-called “imperceptibility requirement.” Since the watermarked image contains no secret information, and the phase keys are the main method for extraction, the OFIH method also satisfies the “robustness requirement.” Finally, since the secret image is the same size as the host image, this method also satisfies the “capacity requirement.”Another advantage of this optical technique is that one host image can hide several different secret images. In addition, one secret image can be hidden in different host images. These multiple variations further enhance the flexibility and robustness of the system.“This system is designed as a fragile system that may be used for authentication, and also could be designed as a robust or semi-fragile system for the purpose of image hiding or digital watermarking,” said Shi. “If we adopt the pure digital method to apply the Fresnel system, its realization will much easier. Thus, the flexibility of the designs for different application purposes is also obtained in the OFIH, allowing us to implement the system either by pure digital method or the opt-digital method.”Citation: Shi, Yishi, Situ, Guohai and Zhang, Jingjuan. Optical image hiding in the Fresnel domain. Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics. 8 (2006) 569-577.By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Explore further To achieve a high capacity security system that is exceedingly robust to attacks, scientists have developed a set of instructions to unlock secret information, avoiding the need for embedding images and the risks involved. Citation: Scientists develop algorithm for ultra-secret security technique (2006, June 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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.last_img read more

The energetic origins of life

first_img © 2014 When it comes to origin of life discussions the so-called “RNA World” often comes to mind. While fascinating, that set of ideas is not what is under discussion here. According to the authors, it’s all about the acetogens, the methanogens, and the chemical transformations that were key to their evolution. These microorganisms synthesize ATP using electrons from H+ to reduce CO2. In the process they generate either acetate or methane. The shared backbone in the energy metabolism of these microorganisms is the most primitive CO2-fixing pathway we know of—the acetyl-coenzyme A pathway. This pathway is generally referred to as the hub of metabolism as is links glycolytic energy production in the cell with oxidative energy production in its endosymbionts, the mitochondria.While most acetogens are classified as bacteria, the methanogens belong to kingdom Archaea. This domain was only recently classified as distinct from bacteria and eukaryotes in 1977 by the late Carl Woese. Methogens are key to a bold leap of thought primarily made by Martin, which has come to be known as the “hydrogen hypothesis”. Martin had seen a slide at a lecture which showed clusters of methogens inside eukarytoic cells nestled up right against hydrogenosomes, presumably feeding off the hydrogen they generate. Hydrogenosomes are similar to mitochondria in that they generate energy, put they are a paired-down version in that they do not contain any genome of their own. Martin imagined that this cozy relationship he observed could have existed billions of years ago—only not as parasitic residents of a host eukaryotic cell, but rather as free residents at niche energy-producing locations within host earth. The host that then acquired what was to become the future mitochondrion was not a eukaryote with a fully-formed nucleus, but instead a prokaryotic and hydrogen-dependant methanogen. The future mitochondria then, was a facultative (as opposed to obligate) anaerobic eubacterium that in alternate incarnations also become the hydrogenosome. The key feature and prediction of the theory is that the mitochondria created the nucleus, and therefore eukaryotes. This processes entailed massive transfer of most of the mitochondria’s own genetic material to the host, which swelled the original genetic rank and congealed as chromosomes, simultaneously evolving the cyctoskeletal provisions for a complicated division cycle. The theory also neatly explains the lack of mitochondria in several eukaryotes through their loss, rather than as a failure to ever acquire them. The bio-existential question of whether the host “stole” the genes from the symbiont, or whether the parasite donated them becomes one of relativity and viewpoint. It is the same dichotomy as whether to say engulf or infect, or perhaps whether the assorted neurotransmitter packages dispensed by neurons are wastes, gifts or irritants. 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. Journal information: Science Explore further More information: Energy at life’s origin, Science 6 June 2014: Vol. 344 no. 6188 pp. 1092-1093. DOI: 10.1126/science.1251653 Few researchers have done more than co-author Nick Lane towards uncovering the role of mitochondria in nearly every major process of the cell. He has summed up many of these ideas in his book Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life. In it he observes many things that like the hydrogen hypothesis, are now becoming accepted reality. Of note, he maintains that using those few genes preserved as local copies in the mitochondrial genome, different regions of the cell can rapidly tailor their energy output. In the case of the extended trees of neurons, this might also contribute to structural alterations and perhaps even memory.As far as the origins of life, we need to turn back into the opposite direction now to try to un-create what might have happened prior to the eukaryotic merger, or at least led to it. In 2012 Martin and Lane published their thought-advances in imagining some of the geochemical processes which were later sped up, compacted, and made more efficient inside cells. These include how ion-gradients were set up at hydrothermal vents, bandied about, and later swapped H+ ions for Na+ ions as both the carriers and composers. One such process they detail in their new paper is known as serpentinization. In this sequence of geochemical reactions, seawater percolating through submarine crust exothermically oxidizes Fe2+ to Fe3+ along with the release of H2 and energy. Serpentinization taking place at the Lost City formation, for example, generates a strongly reducing environment (reducing CO2), and it also makes the effluent alkaline with a pH of around 10, essentially controlling the fluid composition of the vent. Natural proton gradients are spontaneously set up with the same magnitude and orientation as occurs inside modern autotrophes (self-nourishing, producing cells).What were the first ion-pumping mechanisms?These vent features make them naturally chemiosmotic. In chemiosmosis, as also occurs in mitochondria, ions flow down natural gradients which can potentially be harnessed to produce energy. In the case of life, which universally employs multi-tool pumps known as ATP-ases, this energy is deposited as phosphate bonds in ATP. If the primordial ATP-ase harnessed these alkaline vent gradients, a first step could have involved a simple H+/Na+ antiporter. This kind of a device (now also protein-based like the ATP-ase) could have converted the initial vent gradient into the Na+ gradient the acetogens and methanogens use today. These complexes still use iron-sulfer clusters and methyl groups as substrates, and could have enabled the emergence of free-living prokaryotes. Our understanding of chemiosmosis today is still incomplete. The so-called “proton-motive force” which couples proton and electron transfer across nebulous barriers still defies exact quantification. The flow of electrons through proteins, and the membranes which house them, continues to be one of the most exciting areas both in the origins of life, and in the creatures later evolved. Citation: The energetic origins of life (2014, June 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Origin of life emerged from cell membrane bioenergetics ( —Imagination is perhaps the most powerful tool we have for creating the future. The same might be said when it comes to creating the past, especially as it pertains to origin of life. Under what conditions did the energetic processes of life first evolve? That question is the subject of a remarkable perspective piece just published in Science. Authors William Martin, Filipa Sousa, and Nick Lane come to the startling conclusion that the energy-harvesting system in ancient microbes can best be understood if it is viewed a microcosm of the larger-scale geochemical processes of the day. In particular, they imagine a process by which natural ion gradients in alkaline hydrothermal vents, much like the “Lost City” ecosystem still active in the mid-Atlantic today, ignited the ongoing chemical reaction of life. Alkaline hydrothermal vents, like the Lost City, may have been key to origins of life. Credit: commons.wikimedia.orglast_img read more

OnePlus EE and Qualcomm start a contest for 5G apps

first_imgToday at MWC Barcelona, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau unveiled an initiative to spur apps for 5G networks. The timing is right, too. With 5G launching around the world this year, carriers, phone makers and consumers alike have yet to develop a killer app for the massive increase of speed provided by 5G. Basically, OnePlus is asking for help developing uses for 5G.OnePlus sees a lack of imagination around 5G in the long term. Speaking on a panel, CEO Pete Lau stated he does not believe people have thought enough about how 5G can change lives in the long term.This contest will select 20 finalists, who will get OnePlus devices. The winners will get a trip to OnePlus HQ, access to 5G testing labs and support from OnePlus and EE.Such contests were common around the launch of 4G as mobile device makers were attempting to bolster app marketplaces. But 5G apps could look much different from 4G apps, as much of the processing is offloaded to a central data center instead of happening on the device.The promise of 5G is nearly here, but it will take initiatives and programs like this one from OnePlus to help make the possibilities clear to consumers.Earlier this week OnePlus, along with nearly every other mobile phone maker, unveiled a 5G device.last_img read more

Apple Working On A Quad Core iPhone With 720p Display REPORT

first_imgAs some of the Android Phone have already starting shipping with this resolution, so the next iPhone will probably have this resolution. A couple of months have barely passed since the iPhone 4S release, and already rumours of the next iPhone have started. God bless this rumour mill. People always expect great things from Apple. Although the iPhone 4S release was not to some’s expectations, but still it broke all records, and reached 1 million sales on the first day only. But for the next time it looks like Apple is not going to disappoint a single fan, as we have some great reports about the next iPhone, the iPhone 5.Now, a German blog, Macerkopf is reporting that Apple is not only working on a Quad Core iPhone, but they are also looking to boost its resolution.They report that,So we reported an Apple software developer that different GPU driver versions are in development. A total of 14 GPU driver versions are currently in progress. Four versions include a tax rate (new generation of processors) for a resolution of 960 x 640 pixels, two versions of a tax rate for a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a version for a resolution of 1440 x 800 pixels. The rates of tax are also developed for a dual-core CPU.For later in the drawer. In these resolutions can be closed to a screen size between 3.5 “and a maximum of 4.5”. BUT: A total of eight drivers have the resolution of the current iPhones. Again, it may be that you only take precautions for the additional driver “on hand” to have in the drawer.last_img read more