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Province Announces Support for Strawberry Farmers

first_imgStrawberry farmers will have financial support from the province to help cover the cost of replanting their crops in the wake of the strawberry virus. The new provincial funding, announced by Agriculture Minister John MacDonell today, Aug. 9, allows growers to remove infected fields, as recommended by a consultant, and replant with the support of interest-free loans. Repayment of the loans is only required after the crop is harvested. “This funding will help affected strawberry growers with the process of replanting,” said Mr. MacDonell. “The provincial funding allows us to leverage an existing federal program to ensure the entire loan for replanting is interest-free.” A number of factors could impact the final cost of the province’s financial support for the interest-free loans, but it is expected to be less than $100,000. Between the interest-free loan program and the other three existing federal-provincial business risk management programs, strawberry farmers will be able to access about $2 million in taxpayer assistance. “I am confident that between these three federal-provincial cost-shared programs and the interest-free loans, the supports will be there to help strawberry growers through this challenge,” said Mr. MacDonell.last_img read more

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Presidency Univ Kurseong campus to start by 2020

first_imgDarjeeling: The second campus of the prestigious Presidency University is scheduled to become operational by 2020 in Kurseong. This was announced by TMC Rajya Sabha MP Shanta Chettri on Thursday.”The Higher Education Department of the Government of West Bengal has already sanctioned Rs 74 crores for the new campus coming up at Dowhill in Kurseong. The university will be housed in a five -storied building and Rs 49 crore has already been spent on the building. The fourth floor is complete,” stated Chettri. She was assigned the job of monitoring the project by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaChettri visited the upcoming campus in Kurseong on Thursday. Incidentally in August 2015 the Chief Minister had announced that Kurseong would house the second campus of Presidency. Work is also on for the construction of boys’ hostel, girls’ hostel and professors’ quarters. Each hostel will accommodate 100 students. “Rs 25 crore has been spent for the construction of the hostels and the quarters,” added the MP. The construction work of the second campus is being undertaken by the PWD, Government of West Bengal. “After reviewing the progress of construction work, I feel we will be able to flag off the second campus of the Presidency by early 2020,” stated Chettri.last_img read more

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Hello Lucy A reporter shares the emotional story of bonding with her

first_imgTORONTO — For most people, a blind date is not a life or death matter.But as I pace around my bedroom, icy hands clenched in pockets, all I can think about is the fact that this one truly is for me.I’ve done everything right, I assure myself. I filled in all the right forms, hit the gym, and even picked out the appropriate clothes for the occasion.The first time I went through this process, the encounter set the wheels in motion for a loving relationship that gave me 8.5 years of independence and joy. The second time around, the pairing lasted a decade.I think of these partners as I wait to meet my new one — grieving their loss, missing their ways, worrying the high standards they set will burden their successor with the weight of unfair expectations, fearing that I lack the physical and emotional strength to do this again.But when the guide dog trainer brings in match number three, tail thumping and paws akimbo, I realize anew how little the past matters. I’m here to meet and train with my new guide dog, and all I can do is focus on the present in hopes of building a relationship that will keep us both safe and happy for years to come. That future can seem tenuous when confronted with a bouncing ball of black Labrador retriever, Lucy by name, who can hardly sit still long enough for me to fasten the harness that physically embodies our new bond.But even at 21 months old, Lucy is fully trained and ready for the rigours of working life. She and hundreds of dogs like her, after all, have been preparing for a career since birth.Lucy was born at the Seeing Eye, the oldest guide dog school in North America located in Morristown, N.J.She spent 16 months learning basic commands and good behaviour in a home environment, then went through four months of specialized training to master commands only guide dogs need to know.By the time I meet her in June 2019, Lucy has proven herself fully capable of keeping me safe. She’s passed tests requiring her to signal flights of stairs, flag upcoming street crossings, manoeuvre around both moving and stationary obstacles, even disobey commands that could put either of us in danger.She learned this under the watchful eye of a trainer who has matched me with two previous guides and who I’ve learned to trust implicitly. Lucy has been chosen for me based on a host of factors, including my preferred walking pace, physical strength, speaking voice and home and work environment.The training program we’re embarking on is gruelling, featuring 15-hour days that kick off at 5:30 a.m. and rarely let up for more than a few minutes. Much of that time is spent walking around Morristown getting a feel for Lucy, how she moves and what her various gyrations in harness mean.Interspersed around these trips are scheduled meal times, instruction on everything from dog grooming to obedience exercises, and group lectures covering topics as diverse as veterinary care and disability advocacy.Mixed with the inevitable excitement of meeting a new puppy is a healthy dose of trepidation and anxiety. But there’s sadness there, too, as I try to fend off memories of the dog who walked by my side for nearly 10 years and only retired from guide work the week before Lucy burst onto the scene.Reva had come to feel like an extension of me over our years together, and not just because she steered me safely through Toronto’s teeming streets every day.She witnessed every moment of an eventful decade that took me from my 20s to my 30s. She was there to offer a consoling paw during personal or professional trials, roll around with excitement during the triumphs, and transform any living space into a home with the puppy-like antics she never seemed to outgrow.Her presence at the end of my leash literally and figuratively gave me the freedom to navigate those years confidently and on my own terms. We knew each other’s every move, and we’d stayed in sync even as age inevitably slowed her steps and curbed her adventurous spirit.The unique bond between guide dog and handler allowed us to have wordless conversations in the space of a single stride. I think of Reva, who has moved to the country with family to enjoy a well-earned life of canine leisure, as I try to calm Lucy down. And I realize anew how much work lies ahead.I’m well-accustomed to facing down challenges, having been blind since infancy, but this one feels more daunting.It will involve the physical rigours of learning to keep up with my energetic new partner, but harder still will be the emotional labour of winning her love and trust while learning to give her mine.That process gets underway surprisingly quickly as our training kicks into high gear. Dodging throngs of traffic at the end of a harness handle has a remarkable way of pushing me past my hangups and making me appreciate the merits of the dog who got me safely through the melee.So too does watching her play, both with me and her canine siblings and friends bound for all corners of the United States.The lure of the guide dog bond attracts blind people from all walks of life, and Lucy’s fellow graduates will be leading their handlers in settings ranging from the back woods of Kentucky to the halls of Harvard.Forging that bond creates an incomparable connection among the humans in the group, too. The process of learning to entrust our lives to creatures with the rough intelligence of a human toddler is an incredible equalizer that easily breaches traditional divides such as age, ethnicity or social background.Yet those relationships, like the ones with our dogs, have only intensified in the four months since that nerve-wracking first date.Lucy has settled beautifully into my everyday life, bringing her puppyish exuberance to every setting I’ve asked her to tackle since coming home.I now know that a certain sidestep motion is my cue to follow her out of harm’s way. A full-fledged shimmy, on the other hand, represents her unique take on a victory dance and goes on display at the end of every successful trip we take.The routes we’ve travelled have led me on a journey of rediscovering myriad simple pleasures that can get lost when working with an older guide — taking a long walk just for fun, exploring parts of my home town, watching a beloved animal go into ecstasy over chasing a ball.She can’t yet identify familiar landmarks with Reva’s seamless grace, but her pauses grow shorter and our movements more fluid every day.And within only a few months of our first date, I saw proof of exactly how well things were working out.A spot we regularly passed on our lunchtime strolls in downtown Toronto had temporarily been taken over by a movie set.Each day for two weeks, Lucy had to navigate an ever-changing obstacle course featuring everything from trailers to props and extras.One day a crew member hailed me as we threaded our way through a thicket of trucks en route to our favourite spot.“I’ve watched this little dog for a while now,” he said, ” We throw something new at her every day and she nails it every time.”“Yes,” I thought, “this relationship is going to work out fine, too.”— Michelle McQuigge is a Canadian Press reporter based in Toronto. This story from the Canadian Press was first published on Oct. 6, 2019Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Afghanistan and UN appeal for 71 million to combat drought

Officials from Kabul and from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) told reporters yesterday at a press conference that the money is needed immediately to cover the next six months as villagers around the country struggle to survive on meagre amounts of food and water.Government estimates indicate as many as 6.3 million people, or about 37 per cent of the national population, are classed as “food insecure” – twice as many as a year ago.Because of the history of poor rainfall levels, there are few sources of ground water, which as much as 80 to 90 per cent of Afghans depend on for their supply of drinking water. Many rivers and springs have dried up, most snow has melted and the winter rains are still several months away.The situation has been exacerbated in the south and east of Afghanistan, where grain prices have jumped by almost 50 per cent, placing them out of reach of many inhabitants.The appeal total consists of almost $52 million for food and drinking water and another $19 million for basic supplies. read more

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School teacher among 3 dead in Berbice in separate incidents

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of three bodies in East Canje, Berbice.The bodies were discovered over a four day period.Dead: Shelldon FortuneOne of the three is believed to have committed suicide while the bodies of the other two were discovered in their homes; one on Monday and the other on Tuesday morning.Those dead have been identified as Roxanne Newyear 45, a school teacher of New Forest East Canje, Ivlaw Henry Snr, 53 and Shelldon Fortune, 41, both of Adelphi.Henry’s body was discovered at his Lot 3 Adelphi home shortly before 8:00h on Tuesday by his son Ivlaw Henry Jr.According to the younger Henry, at about 5:30h when he went to take his bird out, he saw his father looking through the window and they greeted each other. He added that his father who is a pump operator was preparing to go to work but a few hours later his bicycle was still in the yard.Shortly after 6:00h when he passed the house again the bicycle was in the same place and so he went to check and saw him lying face down on the kitchen floor.“His tongue was out of his mouth and his eyes were turned white,” he explained.Earlier this year Henry was rushed to the New Amsterdam Hospital after his blood pressure had risen beyond control.Dead: Ivlaw Henry SnrHenry lived alone for the past eight years and has seven children.Meanwhile, on Monday villagers found the body Shelldon Fortune at his Lot 14 Adelphi home. He too lived alone.Reports are that a few days ago he reported feeling unwell and a large swelling appeared on his neck but on Monday morning it was not there.Reports also revealed that the welder claimed to have had a headache and his eyes were hurting on Sunday evening.He did not respond to friends when they called him on Monday morning.At about 9:00h neighbours climbed on the fence and saw him lying on a mattress which was on the floor and thought he was asleep. Five hours later he was seen in the same position and they broke in and found the television and the light on. He was in the same position under a mosquito net.His sister Roxanne Prince said she received information that the father of one had passed but by the time she got to the house the body was already removed but she was able to see the body at the mortuary.“When I went there I saw blood was streaming from his ears and froth was coming from his mouth and he had a dig on his ear but I can’t say if it was fresh or stale.”She referred to her brother as one who frequently used alcohol but was considered a very nice person.Dead: Roxanne NewyearMeanwhile, on Friday evening the body of Roxanne Newyear a teacher of Zorg Primary who was recently transferred to the Rosehall Estate Primary was found hanging from the verandah.The woman allegedly told her husband that she was going onto the verandah to get some fresh air. After she did not return to the house he went to check on her and made the discovery.Newyear is said to have been experiencing extreme pain recently as a result of a problem with her kidney.Police are said to be investigating all three deaths. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTwo more bodies discovered in BerbiceOctober 25, 2018In “Crime”64-yr-old man perishes in Adelphi fireSeptember 8, 2016In “latest news”Man found dead in semi-nude state at CanjeNovember 22, 2018In “Crime” read more

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iPad 2 Getting April Release Report

first_imgNothing to see here, really. According to analysts–words that more or less seem to mean “it’s a crapshoot” these days–Apple’s second iPad is due out for an April 2011 release–right on track from last year’s schedule.In fact, the news here, if there is any, is the fact (well, not fact, per se) that Apple won’t be breaking out of its seemingly set-in-stone schedule. As you remember, the first iPad was announced in January and began hitting store shelves in April. According to early rumors, Apple was planning to mix thing up a bit, releasing the second device in time for the holidays–but, seeing as how we’re now in Thanksgiving week, the holidays are pretty much now.Lots of rumors surrounding potential features for the thing, including the dual camera set up from the iPhone 4 for FaceTime chats, a gyroscope for motion gaming, a Cortex A9 CPU, and a mini-USB, which would mark a big change from the company’s long pin dock connector.last_img read more

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Controversy over €85 million price tag for Mary Robinsons Presidential library

first_img Friday 28 Oct 2016, 8:11 AM Share588 Tweet Email2 Source: RTÉ Prime Time/Twitter Oct 28th 2016, 8:11 AM 26,511 Views Tonight @franmcnulty examines whether we need a State-funded library for Mary Robinson’s papers. That’s @RTEOne & @RTENewsNow at 9:35#rtept— RTÉ Prime Time (@RTE_PrimeTime) October 27, 2016 92 Comments center_img QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN raised over a Presidential library for Mary Robinson in Ballina that could cost up to €8.5 million.An RTÉ Prime Time report last night detailed concerns over the plans that will also see Robinson benefit from a tax break for donating her personal papers. Robinson’s former family home where the presidential library is to be located. Source: RTÉThe Presidential library is to be located in Robinson’s family home which is currently owned by her brother Adrian Burke. It has not yet been purchased by Mayo County Council with the proposed purchase price set at €660,000.The report outlined that the library could cost Mayo County Council €1.5 million and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht €2 million.The Victoria House Foundation, of which Robinson is a director, has so far raised about €1 million to help fund the project.Total purchase and construction costs for the project have been put at €6.4 million.Mayo County Council has pledged to “cover any unforeseen additional expenditure that may arise during the course of construction.”Robinson was Ireland’s President for just under seven years and served as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for five years. The documents she is donating to the library have been independently valued at €2.5 million.Robinson and her family will benefit from tax breaks for the donation of the papers with Prime Time estimating that the tax breaks could cost the State up to €2 million. Controversy over €8.5 million price tag for Mary Robinson’s Presidential library Questions have been raised about costs to the State. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article It is the first time a former president has benefitted from a tax break from the donation of their papers. Historically, former presidents have donated their papers to a university or State institution.Speaking on the programme last night, Sinn Féin TD Peadar Toibín said the decision to forgo the traditional route was a “surprise”.“The founding of a Presidential library is the a first in Ireland, there is considerable surprise in the academic community that Mrs. Robinson did not donate her papers to Trinity College, where she is chancellor,” Toibín said.The cultural community has also expressed surprise. Catriona Crowe, former head of special projects with the National Archive,  said the decision was a puzzling one:I am very surprised that Mrs Robinson is breaking the tradition, if you like, of lodging records with a university library or a cultural institution. Which has been the practice up to now. I can’t see any good reason to do other than that.Read: Mary Robinson has been digging holes in Ethiopia – and has an important message for Europe >Read: Former president Mary Robinson is very happy with the Pope > Short URL By Rónán Duffylast_img read more

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Air conditioner replacement program in Greece a success

first_imgGreece will make huge savings in electricity use and cut its carbon emissions by thousands of tonnes thanks to a programme to replace old air-conditioning units, government officials said last week.Launched in June, the programme allowed households to swap up to two old-style air-conditioners for new appliances that use energy-saving technology.The deal offered 35 percent of the purchase price, up to a limit of 500 euros (700 dollars). The scheme was financed with up to 47 million euros (67 million dollars) from European and national funds.It ended on Saturday and resulted in 141,323 air-conditioners being scrapped, more than three times the target, the Development ministry said in a statement.The ministry said it would save more than 53 gigawatt hours of energy each year and reduce its carbon emissions by almost 47,000 tonnes.Pressed by the European Union, the Greek government has, in recent months, accelerated initiatives to reduce energy use and carbon emissions. The minister recently announced a major energy-saving plan for homes to be spread over two years.Parliament is also preparing to adopt a bill aimed at limiting energy use and promoting renewable energy.The bill contains a series of measures affecting primarily the public sector, forcing it to replace or modernise its equipment so that it consumes less energy.It also foreshadows the digitisation of household electricity meters so consumers can better manage their electricity use, and the creation of a “green fund” to subsidise projects of businesses that want to reduce their energy consumption. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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US military says American troops killed in Syria blast

first_imgBEIRUT — A number of U.S. troops were killed in an explosion while conducting a routine patrol in Syria on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, an attack that came less than a month after U.S. President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw troops from the war torn country.The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the morning attack, which local groups said killed 16 people in the U.S.-patrolled town of Manbij.The claim calls into question Trump’s claim that IS has been defeated in Syria — his stated reason for pulling 2,000 American troops out of the country.“We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency,” Trump tweeted in December in announcing his intention to bring back U.S. troops “NOW.”Vice President Mike Pence repeated the claim Wednesday, saying the Islamic State “caliphate has crumbled” and the militant network “has been defeated.” His comments in a speech at the State Department came shortly after the U.S. military announced that American soldiers were among those killed in Manbij.last_img read more

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Legislative working group could aim to resolve thorny problems

first_imgAlaska’s Legislature has adjourned, but that doesn’t mean lawmakers’ work is done for the year. They’re considering bringing a small group of legislators together to work on agreements on major unresolved issues, which could set the foundation for another special session or the next regular session.Listen nowSen. Anna MacKinnon participates in a discussion during a Senate Resources Committee meeting, Feb. 5, 2014. (File Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)Eagle River Republican Sen. Anna MacKinnon said she’d like to see members of all legislative caucuses work on solutions on a limited number of issues.MacKinnon said Gov. Bill Walker presented so many ideas as part of his fiscal plan that legislative progress stalled.“He keeps putting too many shiny objects in the water – that’s my term – on all of the different pieces of legislation and so it creates these factions that are in opposition to one of the pieces,” she said. “Whether it’s revenue, whether it’s reform, whatever it is, there’s just too many things to look at, and everyone’s trying to leverage everything.“For example, the working group could consider the overall level of state spending and changes to Permanent Fund earnings. MacKinnon said the group could hold public meetings to gauge Alaskans’  priorities. She also would like to reach an agreement that would allow oil and gas tax companies to receive money this year that Walker has delayed.But MacKinnon expressed concern about the number of tax proposals Walker’s made. They include introducing either a personal income tax or a sales tax, as well as increases to the motor fuel, alcohol, mining, commercial fisheries and tobacco taxes.“You have to respect all views,” MacKinnon said. “And so I certainly want someone who’s in opposition to what we want to do – or what the governor presented as ideas to go forward. And so I think there needs to be a balance of both those that might want something to happen and those that are opposed to something happening.”Walker’s administration supports the idea of a working group. Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck said members of the governor’s team would like to be involved as much as possible.Randall Hoffbeck, Comm. Dept. of Revenue, governor’s press conference, January 22, 2016. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North.)“We think it’s a great idea,” Hoffbeck said. “I think the more the Legislature is involved in the process from the beginning, I think the more willing they’re going to be to move the bills in the end.”Hoffbeck said adding new revenue should be part of the discussion, to prevent deep cuts in government services.“One person’s shiny object is another person’s treasure,” Hoffbeck said. “There are some people that may or may not engage in the conversation if those other items aren’t there. And so, it’s going to be a balance. And I think it’s something that, as they work through the issue, I think they’ll find … the balance that they’re comfortable with.”The working-group concept also got a warm reception from the leaders of the minority caucuses in both chambers.House Minority Leader Chris Tuck, an Anchorage Democrat, said the idea is similar to two minority-caucus proposals earlier this year – a caucus of the whole and a ways and means committee. He said he’s glad that MacKinnon is “coming on board.”Sen. Berta Gardner addresses the Alaska Senate on April 7, 2014 . (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)Fellow Anchorage Democrat and Senate Minority Leader Berta Gardner also says she’s interested.“I have proposed similar things and I’m very happy to participate, any time, any place,” Gardner said. “I look forward to it. I think we need to do this.”House Speaker Mike Chenault, a Nikiski Republican, said it would be important for a working group to consider how each geographic area of the state is affected by any changes.“I think that’s something that the House would want to join in, and try to figure out … is there a way on any of these issues we can move forward?” Chenault said, adding that the goal would be “to try to build some consensus on how you would put that particular plan in place, and what it affects.”MacKinnon said she’ll probably approach the leaders of each caucus with a more detailed proposal within a couple weeks.And she said she doesn’t expect the group to start meeting until after the August 16 primary. Its proposals would be considered in either a special session after the November election, or in the regular session in January.last_img read more

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Researchers develop computer model of bacterial colony interactions

first_img 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. (—One of the remarkable properties of bacterial colonies is the self-ordering aggregation and orientation of bacterial cells. Bacteria secrete extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) that form biofilm-like structures in which the cells aggregate. Due to the density of such systems, researchers have speculated that the high degree of order manifested by colonies is due to specific mechanical interactions between the cells and the biofilm matrix. A group of researchers from Rice University, Columbia University, and Tel Aviv University developed a computer model of bacterial cell-EPS interactions that allowed them to change variables and study the effects on the aggregation and orientation of bacterial cells. Published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, their study confirms the influence of mechanical effects on the heterogeneity of cell distribution in bacterial colonies.Sim MicroCityAt low densities, cells communicate primarily through chemical means. At higher densities, however, direct mechanical interaction between cells becomes a governing factor in self-organization. The researchers built a simple model examining the interactions of nonmotile, rod-shaped bacterial cells within a self-produced EPS to determine how a nonequilibrium bacterial colony undergoes spontaneous aggregation.The particle-based model is restricted to two dimensions, thus omitting the overlapping of bacterial cells that occurs in reality. The surrounding polymeric EPS is approximated by small spherical particles, while bacteria are modeled as larger, growing spherocylinders with a constant diameter. This simplified computer model thus describes the aggregation characteristics of the bacteria via their x-y coordinates and unit vectors representing the orientation of their symmetry axes. For future studies, the researchers suggest that their model would be easily applied to a number of three-dimensional scenarios found in real life. Adding a third dimension would allow them to include the effects of buckling transitions that drive cells in dense colonies upward. The current model also omitted effects of cell death within a system. Self-driven, motile bacteria could be modeled with parameters similar to the current study. And the dynamics of cells and the extracellular matrix could also be modeled in animal tissue conditions. Play This movie demonstrates the cell-EPS growing assembly starting from a single bacterial cell in the absence of a depletion effect. The movie is prepared with visual molecular dynamics (VMD) . Credit: PNAS 2015 ; published ahead of print April 13, 2015, doi:10.1073/pnas.1504948112 Mechanical interactions driven by repulsion forcesThe study treats EPSs as depleting particles. Setting high depletion forces within the medium results in high repulsion forces between cells and the EPS. This interaction is implemented in the model by allowing the repulsion such that the centers of EPS particles are restricted from coming into an excluded volume zone surrounding the bacteria. The origin of the depletion force is an entropy gain that occurs when bacterial cells approach one another, thereby reducing the excluded volume for the EPS. Among their findings, the researchers noted that an increase in the cell-EPS repulsive force resulted in considerable aggregation of cells and a high degree of self-organization within the colony. To confirm this effect of repulsive elastic force between the cells, the researchers increased the rate at which the cells secreted EPS, while keeping the repulsive forces the same. The result was a colony of almost heterogeneously distributed bacterial cells in a medium of EPS particles and very little segregation. They write, “It is thus evident that a strong repulsive mechanical interaction is needed to drive the system, leading to aggregation of bacterial cells by depletion attraction, even if there are excess depletants (EPS particles) in the medium.” More information: “Mechanically-driven phase separation in a growing bacterial colony.” PNAS 2015 ; published ahead of print April 13, 2015, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1504948112AbstractSecretion of extracellular polymeric substances (EPSs) by growing bacteria is an integral part of forming biofilm-like structures. In such dense systems, mechanical interactions among the structural components can be expected to significantly contribute to morphological properties. Here, we use a particle-based modeling approach to study the self-organization of nonmotile rod-shaped bacterial cells growing on a solid substrate in the presence of self-produced EPSs. In our simulation, all of the components interact mechanically via repulsive forces, occurring as the bacterial cells grow and divide (via consuming diffusing nutrient) and produce EPSs. Based on our simulation, we show that mechanical interactions control the collective behavior of the system. In particular, we find that the presence of nonadsorbing EPSs can lead to spontaneous aggregation of bacterial cells by a depletion attraction and thereby generates phase separated patterns in the nonequilibrium growing colony. Both repulsive interactions between cell and EPSs and the overall concentration of EPSs are important factors in the self-organization in a nonequilibrium growing colony. Furthermore, we investigate the interplay of mechanics with the nutrient diffusion and consumption by bacterial cells and observe that suppression of branch formation occurs due to EPSs compared with the case where no EPS is produced. Simulating bacterial colonies. Credit: PNAS 2015 ; published ahead of print April 13, 2015, doi:10.1073/pnas.1504948112 PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Microbes that immobilize © 2015 Explore further Citation: Researchers develop computer model of bacterial colony interactions (2015, April 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceslast_img read more

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Celebrity Cruises offers legal samesex marriages onboard

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Click to read the full article Celebrity Cruises offers legal same-sex marriages onboard Celebrity Cruises offers legal same-sex marriages onboardMeet the first same-sex couple to wed at sea on a major cruise lineP&O Cruises forced to axe same-sex weddings at seaMore articles on eTurboNews click here Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Today, Celebrity Cruises is proud to announce that same-sex marriages performed onboard are now legally recognized, marking a historic first for the modern luxury brand. The motion follows a transformative vote in Malta, where a majority of the Celebrity fleet is registered, which passed the country’s parliament 66-1. The long-awaited referendum opens the door for […]last_img read more

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Weill Cornell Partners for NonInvasive Prostate Cancer Detection

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This release… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al.center_img News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more February 18, 2016 — Manhattan Scientifics Inc. announced its wholly-owned subsidiary Senior Scientific LLC, which is developing a platform for the early detection of cancer and other human diseases, has established a research collaboration with Weill Cornell Medicine. For the alliance, the company will bring its magnetic relaxometry technology to Weill Cornell Medicine, where scientists will investigate the use of molecularly targeted nanoparticles to non-invasively detect and diagnose prostate cancers.“We have extensive experience in targeting radionuclides to cancer for imaging and therapy using antibodies and small molecules,” said John Babich, Ph.D., professor of radiopharmaceutical sciences in radiology at Weill Cornell Medicine. “This collaboration enables us to leverage our expertise in prostate cancer targeting to explore Senior Scientific’s non-radioactive magnetic nanoparticle platform for early detection of cancer.”Gary Dorfman, M.D., vice chairman for research at the Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Radiology and professor of radiology, added, “The MRX technology may have advantages for patient care compared to PET [positron emission tomography, CT [computed tomography or MRI [magnetic resonance imaging] methods, and we are looking forward to working with Senior Scientific to investigate the diagnostic applications of this technology for patients.”On Jan. 13, 2016, the company announced it would be working with the University of Michigan Medical School on a breast cancer program, adding to its existing ovarian cancer program with the MD Anderson Cancer Center. With the addition of Weill Cornell Medicine focusing on prostate cancer, the company has engaged with three pre-eminent U.S. cancer institutes to develop commercial applications of its magnetic relaxometry platform. Each of the three institutions will have the MRX technology on-site, enabling them to undertake the pre-clinical animal model studies necessary in anticipation of first-in-human testing.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

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first_imgAfter it was recently reported that the UK was the worst place to live in Europe, there are two pieces of more encouraging news for Britain this week:British citizens top list for visa-free travel – apparently British citizens can travel more extensively around the world without visas than passport holders from any other country in the world. At least this means we can leave the worst place to live in Europe more easily.We love Britain! The UK is the ‘fourth most admired nation’ according to 2010 Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands Index. Only the US, Germany and France are more admired.Nudist cruise launched – get naked on the seven seas, just watch your brass monkeys!## GroundedFrance out of fuel? France’s petrol pumps could run dry by Wednesday – pilots have been told to refuel abroad amid strike crisis.New Tax at Durham Airport – Durham Tees Valley Airport will introduce a £6 ‘passenger facility fee’ on 15 November 2010. The latest in a long line of airports to add an extra charge for passing through, the move is likely to be unpopular with passengers, though unlikely to stop them flying. Ryanair set to close Marseille base – in response to legal actions over Ryanair’s working practices, the Irish airline will terminate its Marseille operations from 11 Jan 2011. The move will see the loss of 200 jobs and 13 routes.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Flying High RelatedFlying High | GroundedDelhi Commonwealth Games to go ahead after all – Yay!Article 50 and Brexit: What does this means for EU travel?Article 50 has now been triggered, and so begins the formal process of the UK leaving the European Union. But what does this mean for your travel plans? Can you still travel within Europe? Do you need a visa for that city break now? We’ve put together this no-nonsense guide…Flying High | GroundedLiquids and gels not to be stolen from us by security – (hooray!)last_img read more

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AGs brother summoned by Bar to substantiate supreme court slur

first_imgThe brother of the attorney-general has been summoned by the Bar Association to substantiate his allegations that the supreme court has been captured by a prominent law firm.Nicos Clerides, an attorney himself, must now appear before the body and explain his remarks.Should the Bar Association deem his explanation unsatisfactory, he may be liable to disciplinary proceedings.The supreme court earlier said it considers Clerides’ comments defamatory. Weighing in, the justice minister has said Clerides must either substantiate his claims or else publicly retract.Clerides’ outburst in early December followed the acquittal of two former bank executives by the criminal court.He was responding to comments made by another lawyer on Facebook criticising the adequacy of his brother, Attorney-general Costas Clerides.“Our courts are controlled by the Polyviou and Chrysafinis law firm,” Clerides wrote.“There is not a single supreme court judge who does not have a child at the law office that promotes the banks’ interests,” Clerides wrote of the firm, which represents Bank of Cyprus.Using expletives, Clerides also posted: “The nomenklatura and the nepotism… does indeed exist, but the only ones fighting it are the attorney-general and the auditor-general.“Sadly, this nepotism has expanded to the judiciary.”It appears there are at least three lawyers working at the same law firm with links to the supreme court.One is Polyviou’s daughter Chloe who is married to Michael Kramvis, son of a former supreme court judge. Two other female lawyers are the daughters of two supreme court judges.In the days following his initial remarks that landed him in trouble, Clerides made further comments to back up his assertion that the supreme court is impeachable.He cited a judgment by the European Court of Human Rights, dated January 9, 2018, which found that the petitioner, a former Cyprus Airways pilot, had not received a fair trial by the supreme court in Cyprus.According to Clerides, the European court found fault with the prior appeals process lodged by the man before the supreme court. The reason was that one of the three judges on the bench did not disclose prior to the hearings that his son was married to the daughter of a partner in the law firm representing Cyprus Airways in court.Three months after the ECHR ruling, the supreme court in Cyprus issued a regulation by which it prohibited a judge to hear, whether alone or with other judges, a court case where any attorney is a family member.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Kala Otaji and Boma

Kala-Otaji and Boma Hamilton Bob-Manuel. men or women accused of witchcraft are required to purge themselves by the customs and tradition of the Kalabari people. He cannot conduct a credible investigation this way. and it is this revelation that seems finally to caught the attention of Westminster politicians. Just over 70% of the troops polled were opposed to the U.

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PTI The Sena said the protests by farmers had its backing and the party’s message was "either to announce a complete loan waiver or get strangulated to death". That affected nearly 300, Nature reported last month. The top court has already admitted the petition filed by Agrawal who had contested the 2014 Lok Sabha election against then Congress president Sonia Gandhi from Raebareli. It said it was not convinced with the grounds of the CBI to condone over 4. read more

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‘Too late for that

‘Too late for that now. Ali Kwara, That’s why he is there. The judgement which is likely to be delivered within the next 10 days will determine the stay or otherwise of the federal lawmaker in the House of Representatives.

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The President will also “announce policies that he will highlight in the State of the Union address to push us forward – specifically in the areas of helping more responsible Americans own a home, The presidential salesmanship comes as economic indicators have been increasingly positive in recent months, “His sister Loa used to drive it into town. 25, lawmakers don’t care. File image of a Mumbai local train. read more

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