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An association between the Antarctic mite Alaskozetes antarcticus and an entomophthoralean fungus of the genus Neozygites

first_imgA fungal pathogen provisionally identified as Neozygites cf. acaridis has recently been isolated from the Antarctic oribatid mite Alaskozetes antarcticus. The identification of the fungus is discussed with reference to recent changes in the taxonomy of Neozygites. The potential role of the fungus in the Antarctic mite populations is considered in relation to the known mite life cycles, and the particular environmental conditions in the Antarctic.last_img

USCG Barque Eagle Docks in San Juan, Puerto Rico

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Eagle USCG Barque Eagle Docks in San Juan, Puerto Rico Back to overview,Home naval-today USCG Barque Eagle Docks in San Juan, Puerto Rico View post tag: Naval View post tag: Puerto Training & Education View post tag: docks “The crew and cadets onboard EAGLE are very excited to be visiting San Juan,” said Capt. Wes Pulver, Commanding Officer of the EAGLE. “Puerto Rico is a true hub for Coast Guard activities throughout the Caribbean, and we are pleased to introduce these future officers to this dynamic part of Coast Guard life and operations.”At 295 feet in length, the Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service.Constructed in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and originally commissioned as the Horst Wessel by the German Navy, the Eagle was taken by the United States as a war reparation following World War II.With more than 23,500 square feet of sail and six miles of rigging, the Eagle has served as a classroom at sea to future Coast Guard officers since 1946, offering an at-sea leadership and professional development experience.A permanent crew of seven officers and 50 enlisted personnel maintain the ship and guide the cadets and officer candidates through an underway and in-port training schedule, dedicated to learning the skills of navigation, damage control, watchstanding, engineering and deck seamanship.[mappress]Press Release, May 23, 2014; Image: USCG View post tag: Juancenter_img May 23, 2014 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Barque View post tag: San View post tag: Rico The U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle, “America’s Tall Ship,” arrived to San Juan, Puerto Rico Wednesday morning and is moored at Pier 1 east in Old San Juan, where the public will be able visit prior to the Eagle’s scheduled departure Saturday. View post tag: USCG Share this articlelast_img read more

EVSC Presents Details of New Elementary School to be Built;

first_imgParent Meeting Planned Wednesday EveningA new elementary school that will be comprised of students living in a section of the current Scott and Oak Hill School districts, is planned to open in Fall 2018, it was announced during tonight’s School Board meeting.Another elementary school is necessary because of the growth in current and projected families moving to the far northside of Vanderburgh County. Currently, Scott School has 920 students and Oak Hill has 842. Scott is averaging about 55 additional students per year; and Oak Hill is growing by about 20.  All of the North High School Attendance District schools became Kindergarten through Sixth grade in the 2010-11 school year – when the new high school and junior high school opened.  This new elementary school will be have students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through Sixth.The new facility will be located on property the EVSC School Board purchased in 1995, just north of McCutchanville Park on Petersburg Road, between Eagle Crossing and Viehe Drive.Ground is expected to be broken on the new school in late Fall 2016. When complete, the building will have a capacity of 1,000 students. The anticipated building cost is between $13.5 and $15 million and will be entirely paid for by funds saved from the EVSC’s Capital Projects Fund by the current School Board.Students attending the new school will include those in grades K-6 in 2018 within the following boundaries:North Border: Boonville New Harmony Road to Petersburg Road to Green River Road to Ruston Avenue.East Border: Warrick County lineSouth Border: A line running parallel to Hillsdale Road to Highway 57West Border:  Highway 41The majority of teachers for the new facility are expected to come from the current staff at Oak Hill and Scott Schools.Informational letters are being sent tonight to current Scott and Oak Hill families and a meeting for families is planned for Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at North High School, Room C221.Proposed Boundaries:New Elementary School Final Presentation 12-14-15FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

i-Bread model

first_imgF irst there was the iMac. Then came the muggers’ favourite, the iPod. Soon, if you take a long run-up and leap across the supermarket from electricals to in-store, you may find i-Bread. But far from being a bizarrely-conceived bready gadget – you can’t, or probably shouldn’t, walk down the street with it stuffed in your ears – this is actually a new concept in artisan-style functional breads.Founder of The Cotswold Food Partnership Carl Le Neveu explains: “i-Bread is about intelligent foods, it’s about ’I’ for me. You feel good buying it because it’s good for you, or because you’ve made an informed choice – for craft, for artisan, for premium. We believe, in time, it will be a recognisable brand in grocery.”The functionality comes from, for example, a crusty white loaf with the fibre and mineral content of wholemeal. Old hat to the plant bakers, maybe, but an idea still largely untouched in in-store, high street bakeries and foodservice. Cotswold is looking to bring its concept to market as a premix or as part-baked products for bake-off via wholesalers. “Consumers are now smarter about what they’re digesting. That, coupled with the huge change in UK demographics, presented an opportunity I couldn’t ignore,” says Le Neveu.One tactic will be identifying markets for the breads on a local level. “There are almost 750,000 Polish migrant workers in the UK. Part of our model is to offer speciality breads regionally, where there are strong pockets of communities.”Le Neveu spent the firm’s first few months securing ingredients supply from the continent. The company will be built around outsourcing. “In fact, we’re taking outsourcing to the extreme! But we’re not agents – there’s far more value to our business. We’re all about NPD and building brands.” n—-=== The pros and cons ===BIGGEST CHALLENGE:I went into this knowing I was prepared to invest in the business personally. I identified the opportunity within premium bread markets and I was ready to grasp it. I could take the financial risk and all of the set-up costs were funded by myself. I don’t take a salary – I want as much income as possible going back into the firm.BIGGEST SATISFACTION:Being at the sharp end of any major company has its stresses and strains – you’ve got budgets to hit and timelines to meet. I expected being self-employed, building a company up from the dust, from an idea to a business plan to implementation, not to be easy. But I’ve never felt so refreshed or satisfied. The biggest thing for me would be looking back in three to five years’ time and saying, ’We made a difference.’—-=== Going it alone ===The firm: Evesham-based Cotswold Food Partnership, launched September 2006The brief: a three-pronged business plan, starting with ’artisan’-style part-baked bread and premixes made with ’functional’ ingredients. Hand-held food-to-go bakery snacks and premium cake will followTypical customers: in-store bakeries; high street bakers; foodservice channelsStaff: five; PR and production is outsourced; a brand development agency has been employed to build the brandBackground: Founder Carl Le Neveu, a fourth-generation baker from South Wales, was educated at The National Bakery School, where he won Student Baker of the Year. He has worked for RHM, Dawn Foods, Kluman & Balter and, latterly, as commercial director with Anthony Alan FoodsFinance: £80,000 – self-financed, not using any grants or loansThird-party manufacturers: Scottish firm Fords, plus one unnamed north-east bakerlast_img read more

News story: Evaluating new medical technologies: apply for business funding

first_img the competition opens on 2 July 2018, and the deadline for applications is at midday on 22 August 2018 projects must be led by an SME working alone or with other businesses or research organisations we expect projects to range in size up to £250,000 and to last up to 12 months only the lead partner can claim a grant businesses could attract up to 50% of their project costs reduce cancellations or unnecessary appointments reduce the burden on A&E services improve patient safety and avoid patient harm speed up diagnosis enable earlier diagnosis of cancer support management of long-term conditions, such as diabetes, chronic pain, cardiovascular disease, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Find out more about Innovate UK funding opportunities. Find out more about this competition and apply. Competition information The Office for Life Sciences has up to £1.5 million to invest in business projects that evaluate innovative medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital technology in real-world NHS settings.Life sciences opportunitiesThe life sciences sector plays an important role in the UK economy with a turnover of £63.5 billion in 2016. It also has a critical role in providing new medicines and treatments that will improve patients’ lives.More than 95% of companies in the sector are micro, small and medium-sized businesses, which often find it difficult to gain the real-world evidence they need to have their innovative technologies adopted.This competition aims to help businesses gather that evidence. Projects should be able to show evidence of relevant discussions with organisations such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the NHS.Projects should aim to address NHS priorities including to: Projects must address NHS prioritiesFunding is for: smaller projects that develop plans for evidence-gathering in the NHS larger projects that collect clinical evidence on the performance and impact of a medicine or device in the NHS. Medical and diagnostic devices and digital health technologies must have a CE mark but must not have been marketed for more than 5 yearslast_img read more

Jamestown Mayor Orders Closure Of City Playgrounds, Basketball Courts

first_imgDow Park, City of Jamestown. Image by WNY News Now Staff. 03/31/20.JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist announced Tuesday city playgrounds will close in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19, the novel Coronavirus.Dow Park, City of Jamestown. Image by WNY News Now Staff. 03/31/20.The mayor, in a post on Facebook, said even though playgrounds and basketball courts will be roped off city parks will remain open.“Effective today, I have instructed our Parks Staff to rope off all playground equipment and close basketball courts,” said Mayor Sundquist. “I know the weather is nice, but we have too many kids and residents risking potential spread.”Health officials say the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is by practicing social distancing. It is recommended if visiting a park or taking a walk in the community, residents stay at least six feet apart. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Flea Control

first_imgIf you own a pet, chances are you’ve dealt with fleas in some form or fashion. Unfortunately, our yards are fleas’ resorts, and they consider our pets to be their own personal valets and moving diners. Even wild animals can become a traveling flea circus.These problem insects can be an even bigger problem in the summer months. These recommendations from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will help you prevent and eliminate flea problems in your home or yard.Start outside. Fleas are usually not a problem in sunny patches of the yard that are mowed short. Areas that are moist and shady — under a deck or porch, in a garden or flower bed, or in a doghouse — can be prime breeding grounds. To avoid major infestations, mow frequently, trim vegetation, rake up debris, and remove leaves from in flower beds and under bushes. These measures allow landscapes to dry out, which makes them less conducive to fleas.Treat indoor infested areas. If you find fleas on your pet, there are usually more fleas indoors that you can’t see. You must treat the pet, the pet’s indoor and outdoor environments, and other animals with fur. All areas must be cleaned and treated at the same time to remedy the problem. Treat all places where dogs and cats spend time, including the garage, car, basement and carrier. Vacuum the carpets and upholstery, and as soon as vacuuming is complete, seal the vacuum bag in a plastic bag and discard it in an outdoor trash can. Continue to vacuum the carpet and upholstery at least twice a week and dispose of the vacuum bag in the same manner. You may choose to steam clean carpets depending on the magnitude of the problem.Treat pets. Many commercial options are available for monthly flea prevention and control. Talk to your veterinarian about whether a topical product, pill or collar is best for you and your pets, especially if they’re pregnant, nursing, geriatric or sick. Read all labeling and instructions thoroughly before administering the medication to your pet. Remember that a product that works for dogs may be toxic to cats. Also remember to wash, treat or discard all animal bedding when fighting a flea infestation.Consider insecticides. Try to avoid spraying insecticides indoors, especially because some may stain or leave a strong odor. It’s best to clean the house and treat the pets and the yard. There are many granular products on the market that can be spread around the house’s perimeter or across the whole yard. Focus on the damp and dark places, like in flower beds and under decks.Remember that insecticides only kill adult insects, not their eggs. Flea pupae can lay dormant for up to 170 days, which is long enough to live through a cold winter or just between sprays. Multiple applications of treatment may be necessary. When you’re using pesticides, observe all of the directions, restrictions and precautions on the pesticide label. It is dangerous, wasteful and illegal to do otherwise. Store all pesticides behind locked doors in their original containers with their labels intact. Keep pesticides out of the reach of children.Flea control requires perseverance. All practices to eliminate fleas must be done properly, on time and may have to be repeated. For more information visit www.extension.uga.edu/publications and search for “Stinging and Biting Pests” (Circular 782).last_img read more

PSB APPROVES UPC SHEFFIELD WIND PROJECT WITH CONDITIONS

first_imgPSB APPROVES UPC SHEFFIELD WIND PROJECT WITH CONDITIONSMontpelier, VT, August 8, 2007 The Vermont Public Service Board today issued an order approving a16-turbine, 40 megawatt wind generation facility in Sheffield, Vermont, with the requirement thatthe applicant, UPC Wind, must meet a number of conditions set by the Board related to powercontracts, noise, traffic, and decommissioning. The Board found that the economic benefits andprovision of renewable energy offered by the project as conditioned outweigh its adverse impacts.In approving the project, the Board reiterated its finding from an earlier order that windgeneration facilities such as the one proposed by UPC can provide a number of benefits toVermont and the region, such as fuel diversity, energy independence, reduced air emissions, andincreased tax revenue. The Board cited a number of specific economic benefits offered by thisproject, including increased tax revenues to the state and the host town, the creation of new jobs,and land lease payments. The order noted that the project will contribute to meeting the need forrenewable power in the regional power pool of which Vermont is a member, and to servingVermonts load growth with renewables, a matter of policy which has been adopted by theVermont Legislature.Visual impacts of the project were a central concern for many members of the public andseveral parties. The Board concluded that the visual impacts would not be unduly adverse underthe Environmental Boards Quechee Test adopted by the Public Service Board, and ruled thatthe benefits of the project outweigh the visual impacts. In making this finding, the Board relied onvisual simulations and analyses demonstrating that most views of the project will be from adistance such that the size will not be overwhelming, and consequently, the average person willnot find the project shocking or offensive, a standard used by the Board in cases such as thisone.Conditions in the Board order include setting maximum noise levels to protect nearbylocations, approving a wildlife protection agreement reached between the Agency of NaturalResources and UPC, and adopting requirements to protect towns that will be affected byconstruction traffic. In addition, the order requires a fully-funded decommissioning account toensure the facility can be removed and the site restored when it no longer provides substantialpublic benefit.The order requires UPC to negotiate and submit to the Board its power sale agreementswith Vermont utilities to provide greater price stability than the companys proposal, whichprovided for the sale of all the projects output to Vermont utilities, but indexed most of the priceto the New England wholesale electricity market. The condition reflects Vermont law thatencourages the development of renewable energy in part because renewable generation does notdepend upon fossil fuels, for which prices are increasingly volatile and expected to rise. However,the contracts negotiated by UPC did not capture this benefit because they would have sold most ofthe power to Vermont utilities at a fixed percentage below the New England wholesale electricitymarket price, which is largely tied to the volatile and rising price of natural gas. UPC will have theopportunity to submit new contracts that include mechanisms providing greater price stability, orto show that the contracts as proposed provide the best possible arrangement.Power generation projects that connect to the electric grid, including wind farms such asthe proposed project, can be built only with the approval of the Board in the form of a Certificateof Public Good (CPG). To grant such a CPG, the Board must find, based on a formal process andon specific standards in Vermont law, that the project promotes the general good of the state. Inreaching a decision on the Sheffield project, the Board viewed thousands of pages of testimony,exhibits, and transcripts and heard from 35 witnesses at ten days of evidentiary hearings, fromover one hundred citizens at three public hearings, and from hundreds more members of the publicin written comments, and the Board conducted a site visit, viewing the proposed project locationfrom many vantage points around the Northeast Kingdom.The order is available on the Boards website at http://www.state.vt.us/psb(link is external).###For immediate release Wednesday, August 08, 2007.last_img read more

Jobs bill moving; All Dems committee upsets GOP

first_imgby Anne Galloway, www.vtdigger.org(link is external) April 29, 2011 The buck stops with the Senate Finance Committee. Two major bills are under consideration in the money committee ‘ H.56, the energy bill, and H.287, the jobs bill ‘ and both come with sticky language that senators were trying to make sense of on Thursday.The energy bill contains two troublesome provisions: 1. The governor’s proposal for raising $2.7 million to shore up the Clean Energy Development Fund; and 2. The propane consumer bill passed by the House that limits certain fees on the sale of the gas. Neither issue was resolved on Thursday, but Sen. Ann Cummings, D-Washington, said she had been told that the bill had to be out of committee by 1 p.m. on Friday.The jobs bill is also complicated ‘ and on a fast track. On Thursday, Senate Finance took testimony on several facets of the kitchen-sink economic development legislation, including potentially controversial tweaks to the neighborhood designation program and the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive.The Shumlin administration has asked the Legislature to give incentives to developers who want to build housing in downtowns or ‘growth areas.’ Under the proposed rules, developers could apply for the designation with the blessing of a municipality. The defining requirement of the program that developers would be obliged to comply with is a high level of housing density. (There are a number of other ‘smart-growth’ criteria developers would have to meet as well, including construction of pedestrian walkways.) In exchange, developers wouldn’t have to pay a land gains tax on the transfer of the undeveloped land, and the permitting process under Act 250 and municipal zoning rules would be waived. Winooski’s downtown and Severance Corners in Colchester are two examples of projects that have won the designation.Lawrence Miller, secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, said the state needed a way to encourage developers to build in Vermont’s downtowns.‘This is a subtle change,’ Miller said. ‘It’s less burdensome for municipalities and for the developers who work in partnership to make these happen.’Another proposal in the jobs bill is a ‘lookback’ provision that would allow companies to change their applications to the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive program. In order to qualify for a cash grant through VEGI, companies must meet overall hiring targets for a two-year period. The jobs bill proposal would set up new criteria for the program. Under the provision, the Vermont Economic Progress Council would be permitted to consider applications from businesses already enrolled in the program that have had layoffs and have rehired the same employees for significantly different work.‘This allows the council, in limited circumstances, to consider applications from businesses that are reinventing themselves or significantly changing what they’re doing,’ Miller said.The VEGI bill is set to sunset next January. The legislation would extend that deadline to July 1, 2012, so that lawmakers have time to change the program if they so wish next session.All Dems committee upsets GOPWell, the squabble happened as predicted. Republican lawmakers sought to place one of their own on the health care conference committee set to work out differences on H.202, but no dice ‘ even after they threw the rule book at House Speaker Shap Smith.The speaker was not about to appoint a naysayer to the committee, which, as one observer noted, is supposed to be about presenting the House position on the big health care reform bill ‘ not espousing a partisan stance. The rhetorical question posed was, ‘Why would you put someone on the committee who hates the legislation?’Smith said the decision came down to whether there was a single GOPer who voted for the bill, and the answer was: uh, no. The whole point of the conference committee, according to several observers, is to negotiate with the Senate ‘ not create an opportunity for tri-party bickering (lawmakers had their chance on the floor of the House when the bill was originally considered back in March).On Thursday, Smith named Rep. Mark Larson, D-Burlington, chair of the House Health Care Committee; Rep. Michael Fisher, D-Lincoln, vice chair of the House Health Care Committee; and Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, D-Bradford, also a member of the committee and the Democratic leadership team, to the conference committee.On the Senate side, members of the conference committee will be Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison; Sen. Sally Fox, D-Chittenden; and Sen. Kevin Mullin, R-Rutland. All three sit on the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.The Health Care Conference Committee is meeting Friday at 9 a.m. in Room 10.Meanwhile, pressure is building from single-payer advocates to change two provisions of H.202. The group Vermont for Single Payer is asking activists to call lawmakers to block a change to the bill that allows a carve-out for military personnel. They are also seeking to revoke language that would preclude foreigners from medical treatment under Green Mountain Care.The Vermont Workers’ Center is holding its annual Health Care is a Human Right/May Day rally on Sunday, starting with a march from Montpelier City Hall to the Statehouse steps where Sen. Bernie Sanders will join the crowd at noon. Hundreds of Vermonters have rallied around the single-payer flag in past years.Go and sin no moreThe House passed the so-called ‘recidivism’ bill on Thursday. The legislation allows the Department of Corrections to implement measures to keep ‘nonviolent’ offenders out of jail ‘ and save the state money.In a 12-year period, from 1996 to 2008, the cost to keep the state’s inmates in jail more than doubled, from $48 million to $130 million.House Republicans fought the bill on the grounds that the legislation gives too much power to the executive branch.Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, said though she understands the economic imperative, she believes allowing the Department of Corrections to put a nonviolent criminal on furlough undercuts judges’ decisions.‘When is a judge’s decision a decision?’ Scheuermann asked. ‘I fear, as I’ve been sitting here this year in particular, that we are abdicating our responsibility as the legislative branch and providing expanded authority to the executive branch. And now we’re doing it with the judicial branch.’The bill also raised questions about an incident on Tuesday in which Jeffrey R. Davis, who is on furlough, led police on a high-speed chase in Washington and Orange counties and damaged police cruisers. Police shot at his vehicle. Davis eventually gave up and now faces aggravated assault charges.Rep. Alice Emmons, D-Springfield, told lawmakers that Davis wouldn’t have qualified for a furlough under S.108, the recidivism bill, because he was a violent offender. Davis was granted a furlough on conditions because he met his minimum sentence. Several weeks ago he didn’t meet the conditions of his release and the Department of Corrections was looking for him when law enforcement tracked him down.Rep. Bob Lewis, R-Derby, said he thought the recidivism bill would put an ‘undue burden’ on law enforcement officials. ‘Direct me to where it says anyone on furlough has a place to live and a job,’ Rep. Topper (Frances) McFaun, R/D-Barre, said, ‘In my experience, whether a prisoner is on furlough or parole, if you don’t have a place to live and you don’t have a job, your chances of succeeding are minimal.’The bill passed, 102-32. Anne Galloway is editor of vtdigger.orglast_img read more

Consumer education & preparedness for EMV debit cards

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Brandon KuehlIn my last blog post I excerpted a recent white paper I wrote for community financial institution (FI) card issuers, America’s Next Step in EMV: Debit Cards.In the follow-on excerpt below, I look at whether consumers are ready for debit EMV, the liability shift and what it will take to properly configure EMV chip cards for the most positive cardholder experience.“Worldwide, there are nearly 37 million active EMV terminals. In the U.S., millions of new EMV-capable terminals are either in place or being shipped to merchants as this paper is being read. Within Walmart’s 4,800 U.S. stores, for instance, every terminal is EMV ready. Remember, however, these terminals are not ready to route debit EMV cards to the regional PIN networks. EMV debit cards will work at Walmart, but they will operate much in the same way a signature-only debit card does today.Oberthur Technologies President Martin Ferenczi predicted that by the end of 2014, every U.S. household would have at least one card with a chip. Many of these are likely to be credit cards. However, as more U.S. credit cardholders become aware of and comfortable with EMV chip cards, more may come calling for a debit option. Issuers are most likely to hear first from those international travelers who may be a bit farther along on the education scale. As they grow more accustomed to using chip cards in Canada, Mexico and overseas, they may soon be looking for a globally interoperable way to transact from their checking accounts… continue reading »last_img read more