Time to devise better strategies to use and conserve scarce water –

17 March 2008The international community needs to start conceiving strategies for using water more efficiently and sharing it more fairly, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says, warning that unless action is taken soon, the problems caused by water shortages around the world will only multiply. In an opinion column published today in The Hindu of Chennai, India, ahead of celebrations on Saturday to mark World Water Day, Mr. Ban called for partnerships between governments, civil society groups, businesses and individuals to better use and conserve water.“We are at the early stages of this awakening,” he wrote. “But there are some encouraging signs, especially in the private sector. Corporations have long been viewed as culprits. The smokestacks from power plants pollute our air; the effluents from industry spoil our rivers. But this is changing – more and more today, businesses are working to become part of the solution, rather than the problem.”Mr. Ban cited the gathering earlier this month in New York of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate citizenship initiative, on the subject of water.He stressed that it was important to move “beyond the mere use of water to stewardship,” given how scarce fresh water is becoming in so many regions of the world, both rich and poor.“International Alert has identified 46 countries, home to 2.7 billion people, where climate change and water-related crises create a high risk of violent conflict. A further 56 countries, representing another 1.2 billion people, are at high risk of political instability. That’s more than half the world.”The Secretary-General said population growth and climate change would only exacerbate the situation, observing that already one child dies every 20 seconds from a disease associated with a lack of clean water.Helping people living “in the most abysmal standards of hygiene and sanitation” would not only reduce the death toll, Mr. Ban stated, but would also assist in protecting the environment, alleviating poverty and fostering economic development. read more

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UN study explores ways to effectively deliver aid in risky situations

“Today, humanitarian workers are in some of the most volatile and insecure environments in the world,” said Valerie Amos, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs as her office released a UN-commissioned independent study on risks facing relief workers entitled To Stay and Deliver.“Even as they come under increasing attack, they find ways to continue delivering life-saving services to populations in need,” said Mr. Amos, who is also the Emergency Relief Coordinator and head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which commissioned the study.Amid mounting insecurity, aid workers have struggled to find ways to reach people in need, according to the study, which was carried out last year and reviews best practices for humanitarians personnel in complex security environments.The study captures the practices that have enabled organizations to work in high-risk areas, maintain operations and provide protection and life-saving services to people in need.The report makes it clear that adhering to humanitarian principles – humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence – makes aid delivery more effective. It also explains how humanitarian aid workers manage risk within the UN security management framework, which has evolved from “when to leave” to “how to stay.”In the current volatile operating environments, building and maintaining acceptance of local residents is key to managing risk, according to the study. Gaining acceptance by the people where humanitarian aid is delivered is a process that requires continuous dialogue with all interested parties, the report adds.“Humanitarian organizations have to be allowed to effectively reach out all parties,” the former UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland told reporters at the launch of the report at UN Headquarters. He spoke out against the tendency to “politicize and militarize” aid delivery, saying the practice only compromises the neutrality of legitimate humanitarian organizations and puts the staff and work at risk.The launch of the study in New York was followed by a panel discussion that included Mr. Egeland; Gregory B. Starr, the Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security; Kevin Kennedy, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti; and Nic Lee, the Director of the Afghanistan NGO Safety Office. 12 April 2011Attacks against humanitarian personnel have tripled over the past decade, rising to more than 100 deaths each year, with the most of the fatalities occurring in areas where violence has increased significantly, such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia, according to a United Nations-backed study unveiled today. read more

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Donkey campaign carries serious message

They’re beasts of burden but instead of carrying heavy loads, the donkey will be saddled with an important message this week at Brock.Off-Campus Living and Neighbourhood Relations has kicked off its Don’t be a Donkey campaign again this year, reminding students who plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day to not test the luck of the Irish too much and go easy on the green beer.That means having fun on March 17 but doing it in a way that’s safe and mindful of others – Brock students and local residents alike, explained Curtis Gadula, manager of Off-Campus Living and Neighbourhood Relations.“(St. Patrick’s Day) has been a day where there’s been a dramatic increase in social interaction but it has been in a very respectful fashion,” he said. “That’s what we want to continue to encourage because it is a day of such celebration.”To help spread the message, posters emblazoned with the cartoon mug of a donkey and the reminder to celebrate the day responsibly – along with the possible repercussions for those who don’t – can be found throughout campus.Gadula and crew will also hand out goodie bags with coasters featuring the buck-toothed, long-eared campaign mascot containing information about parking, public urination, noise and property standards bylaws and cautionary tales about poor behaviour.The goodie bags will also include a magnet from the Region’s waste management department, information about the knowfire.ca fire safety campaign, candy and extra garbage bag tags to encourage cleanup after St. Paddy’s parties.Goodie bags will be handed out Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the hallway near the computer commons.This is the second year Gadula has used the Don’t be a Donkey campaign to remind students it’s important to party safely rather than hardy on St. Patrick’s Day. So far, it seems to be working, he said.The number of complaints from residents about issues with students off campus on St. Patrick’s Day has decreased, Gadula said.The donkey coasters also seem to be making it home with students, he noted.“If you’re handing stuff out and it’s not ending up on the ground, that shows how effective it is,” Gadula said. “They’re not ending up on the ground, which is the cool thing.”Brock University Students’ Union will collect empty bottles on Monday, March 18 as part of a post-St. Patrick’s Day community cleanup. Students can register home addresses online with BUSU for bottle pickup.The bottles collected will be used to raise money for BUSU’s Harlem Shake Disaster Fund.Volunteers will also clean up garbage along Glenridge and Jacobson avenues. For more information, email volunteer@busu.net. read more

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Vegas Doesnt Usually Set Huge Underdogs In Week 3 For The Bills

On its face, Sunday’s game between the Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills doesn’t seem like a matchup of particular historical significance. Though they do remain one of the NFC’s top contenders, the 1-0-1 Vikes are coming off a tie with the Green Bay Packers — apparently ties are a weekly thing now — while the 0-2 Bills are reeling after a second straight embarrassing defeat. For most of the country, it’s just another routine game to indifferently monitor via RedZone.To the Las Vegas oddsmakers, however, this Minnesota-Buffalo tilt is far from ordinary. The opening line on the game, which hasn’t moved yet, was 16½ points, making it one of the most lopsided point spreads in modern history. Since the 1970 AFL merger, only 62 games — including Bills-Vikings — have seen a spread of at least 16½ points according to Pro-Football-Reference.com. And it’s especially rare for it so happen this early in the year: Only eight of those games have come in Week 3 of the season or earlier. But apparently the bookmakers have seen all they need out of the Vikings and (especially) the Bills, who’ve gone from the wild card to the waste bin in record time.Here’s a week-by-week breakdown of all games in Pro-Football-Reference’s data that had a line of 15 points or greater since 1970: As a general rule, oddsmakers tend to wait until around Week 5 to really start setting these huge lines. It makes sense: Five weeks is a pretty fair point in the season to begin trusting a team’s results to tell us what they truly are. Before that, though, it’s difficult to filter out which performances are real and which are just early season flukes.1It can also come down to scheduling quirks. Some years, there just aren’t any enormous mismatches so early in the season. That’s why, on average, the NFL sees a game with a 15-point spread in the first three weeks of the season only once every five or so years.And do these big early season favorites end up covering the spread? It’s notoriously difficult for massive NFL favorites to cover in general; of the 20 largest spreads in P-F-R’s database, only four saw the favorite actually cover once the dust settled.2The Bills were one of those teams when, as 20-point home favorites over the Colts in 1991, they won 42-6. Overall, since 1970, only 44 percent of teams favored by at least 15 points ended up covering.To their credit, though, teams favored by at least 15 in the first three weeks of the season covered at a 60 percent clip. But don’t get too excited about that trend. In addition to keeping selection bias in mind — only the most overwhelmingly lopsided matchups tend to even earn a 15-point line this early — it’s worth noting that huge Week 4 favorites covered only once in six tries, pulling their overall cover rate through four weeks basically even with the average for the whole season.As for what’s driving such a massive line in this particular game, it mainly says a lot about the current state of the Bills. The Vikings are a good team, but not historically so — they currently rank fourth in the league according to Inpredictable.com’s betting market rankings, behind the Rams, Patriots and Jaguars. But at the other end of the spectrum, Buffalo might be historically bad. After losing by 44 points in Week 1, they found themselves trailing 28-3 in Week 2 before putting together some garbage-time scores to make things slightly more respectable. That didn’t fool anybody: Even after Buffalo replaced interception machine Nathan Peterman with rookie Josh Allen, Inpredictable’s ratings say the Bills would still be 10-point underdogs against an average team on a neutral field. For comparison’s sake, even the Cleveland Browns were only 8-point underdogs by the same rating, at the end of a season where they finished 0-16.But if there is an upside to how awful these Bills are, it’s that they helped bring historical notability to an otherwise run-of-the-mill game. Now let’s see if the Vikings can cover the spread against them.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

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Gruden puts Pryor back in hot seat

During Terrelle Pryor’s Thursday return to the ESPN airwaves for the first time since a June 14 television appearance with agent Drew Rosenhaus, former Super Bowl champion coach and ESPN football analyst Jon Gruden critiqued Pryor’s ability and knowledge as a player, as well as his draft prospects. Gruden also asked the quarterback about his feelings regarding memorabilia exchanges that resulted in a five-game suspension for the Buckeyes’ upcoming season, as well as Pryor’s June 7 announcement that he would not return to OSU for his senior year. Pryor, who saw his former coach, Jim Tressel, resign from his post at OSU football amidst NCAA infraction allegations, said he was “disgusted” about leaving the university. “It’s just a disaster,” Pryor said. “Especially losing a great coach to this university.” As he prepares for the NFL supplemental draft, Pryor said he is focused on moving forward with his career. “I still have a life I have to live,” Pryor said. “I’m just trying to get used to it and trying to move on. It’s over with. You don’t want to move back, I want to move forward.” During the interview, Pryor admitted to forgetting the lyrics to both “Fight the Team Across the Field” and “Carmen Ohio,” traditional OSU songs, but Pryor still said he is sad to have left OSU. “I wanted to stay,” he said. “I wanted to stay for four years and get my degree. It makes me sad, you know, the fact that I won’t be playing for (Ohio State) or these fans anymore.” The hour-long ESPN special presentation ended with commentary from Gruden, who said Pryor could become a successful NFL quarterback. “I do think at the end of the day, he’s remorseful,” Gruden said. “This guy’s got a chance to be an excellent football player.” OSU will begin its upcoming season under new coach Luke Fickell on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium against the Akron Zips. read more

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Revealed Why two glasses of wine and 15 minutes of exercise a

first_imgShe also advised getting outside of the house and talking to strangers, rather than sitting doing crosswords or Sudoku.  Dr Claudia Kawas, of the University of California, who has spent 15 years studying people aged over 90, also recommended keeping weight down and drinking two cups of coffee a day. “People should try to incorporate as many of these things into their day if they wish to give themselves the best chance of living to a ripe age,” she told the AAAS annual meeting in Austin, Texas. “The more people outside of your… The recipe for a long life includes exercising for 15 minutes a day, spending two hours on hobbies and enjoying a couple of glasses of wine, according to an ageing expert.last_img read more

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Alesha MacPhail Isle of Bute on lockdown as police question teenage murder

Six-year-old Alesha Macphail’s body was found in a wooded area by a member of the public Police forensic officers at the house on Ardbeg Road They seemed to have no cares in the world, but the eldest is the same age as Alesha, and was friends with her. The playground around the corner from Alesha MacPhail’s grandparent’s house on the Isle of Bute would normally be filled with children on a weekday after school. But, despite the heat wave temperatures on Wednesday afternoon, the park was empty.Late on Tuesday, Scottish police confirmed that six-year-old Alesha had been murdered and that, as a precaution, told islanders to “look out for each other and please look out for your families and the security and safety of your homes.”On Wednesday night, police announced that they had arrested a male youth on suspicion of Alesha’s murder. The teenage boy faces further police questioning after his arrest while police repeated a call for information as officers continue their investigation.”Anyone who has CCTV at their home or business, or indeed any motorists with dashcam footage which might help with our investigation, are also urged to get in touch,” Detective Superintendent Stuart Houston said.Alesha’s grandparents Angela King, 46, and Calum MacPhail, 49, live in the Victorian seaside resort Rothesay, in a house that overlooks the Firth of Clyde and out towards the mainland. Tributes and flowers for Alesha left outside her grandparent’s house Credit:Stuart Nicol/Telegraph Police told residents to keep their children safeCredit:Stuart Nicol/Telegraph Tributes and flowers for Alesha left outside her grandparent's house  Two and a half hours later, a neighbour discovered the girl’s body in public woods less than a mile away from the house.Alesha lived on the mainland in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, with her mother, Georgina Lochrane. The 23-year-old discovered her daughter was missing when she saw the Facebook message.”Someone tell me what’s happened to my daughter,” Lochrane commented. “Angela answer me now.” Its front garden was supposed to be a place where Alesha’s laughter was heard this summer. But instead, the pavement nearby was lined on Wednesday with flowers, cuddly toys and messages. In the middle, her school photo rests next to two pink balloons. A message said: “So, so going to miss you.” Police forensic officers at the house on Ardbeg RoadCredit:Stuart Nicol/Telegraph Mother holds child's hand near Alesha MacPhail's grandparents' house The last murder on Bute was 30 years ago, when two paedophiles killed Allison McGarrigle and dumped her body at sea. McGarrigle, whose body has never been found, went missing in 1997 and was declared dead in 2005.  Councillor Scoullar said: “Rothesay has always been the safest place for ladies and children, but that’s been proved wrong.“Let’s hope when the police get to the bottom of this it goes back to the way it has always been.” Across the road, a pebbly beach was roped off by police tape. A seagull bobbed lazily on clear waters as local resident Bob Mason, 73, looked at the crime scene.“It’s paradise, it’s beautiful,” said Mason, who lived around the corner from the house. “There’s very little crime, I don’t lock my door, most people don’t.“But everybody’s a bit jumpy now.”On Wednesday night, police had shifted their focus away from the wooded area where Alesha’s body was discovered. A forensics team was seen at the grandparent’s house, where she had been staying along with her father, Rab MacPhail, 25, and his girlfriend when she went missing. Among evidence collected from the property were two cars that were removed over the course of the day.The news shocked the residents of seaside town, which has long been a holiday resort off the west coast of Scotland. Locals commend the tight-knit community and its absence of crime. Local councilor Len Scoullar said: “The community is very dismayed and disappointed that such a thing could happen here. We don’t have crime rates that include things like child abuse and murder.”  Alesha had come to Bute for the summer. On Monday morning, at 6:25am, Angela sent out a plea on Facebook asking friends and neighbours to help her find her granddaughter who had gone missing in the night. The girls’ father, who was sitting on a bench keeping an eye on them and did not want to be named, said: “It’s terrible. We know the family. It’s hard sleeping at night in case anything happens. I just hope they get who it was. I’ve never seen Rothesay like this, it’s in lockdown. I feel so terrible for the family.”Former oil industry caterer Ian Colville, who runs a coffee shop on the seafront and lives near where the schoolgirl was staying, said: “There’s a lot of young kids playing out there all the time but for the last three days there have been none at all.”At Cafe Zavaroni’s on the seafront, owner Margaret Zavaroni, cousin of the late former Scottish child singing star, Lena Zavaroni, said the town was far quieter than usual.”I’ve never heard of anything like this happening on the island. You can let your kids play out all night and if any kids went missing they’d be found in five minutes because everyone knows everyone. I don’t know if it’s out of respect but I’ve only had two lots of families with kids in today, normally it would be packed.” Police later brought Lochrane to the island, where she was seen in tears as she laid a tribute to her daughter.Local resident Winnie Watters, 79, said: “They’re such a lovely family. The granddad plays bowls and everyone says he’s a great man. I get the bus with the grandma sometimes and she’s lovely too.”lt was that little girl’s highlight, coming to see her grandparents in the holidays. I heard from someone that she’d sleepwalked and maybe got lost or fallen, but I don’t know. You hear a lot of rumours.”Less than 7,000 people live on Bute, which is home to Mount Stuart House, the stately home where fashion designer Stella McCartney got married. Prince Charles is the Duke of Rothesay.In the centre of town, near the seafront, three young local girls in summer dresses ate ice creams and kicked a balloon. Bute has a faded charm as an old seaside resort and remains popular with daytrippers from nearby Glasgow who still enjoy trips “doon the water” on the historic Waverley paddle steamer which still goes along the Clyde. Alesha Macphail Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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RemoveDEBRIS Satellite Deployed to Clear Space Junk

first_img The RemoveDEBRIS satellite successfully deployed its net technology in orbit—though only to capture simulated space junk.Deployed from the International Space Station this summer, the spacecraft began its experimental phase on Sunday, demonstrating a range of mechanics for cleaning up the cosmos.The satellite was designed, built, and manufactured by a consortium led by the Surrey Space Center at the University of Surrey. It is set to perform four experiments—including the weekend’s use of the net to seize a deployed target.Stay tuned for news of the first harpoon spearing in orbit.“We are absolutely delighted with the outcome of the net technology,” Guglielmo Aglietti, director of the Surrey Space Center, said in a statement.“While it might sound like a simple idea, the complexity of using a net in space to capture a piece of debris took many years of planning, engineering, and coordination,” he said. “But there is more work to be done.”It took six years of testing in parabolic flights, special drop towers, and thermal vacuum chambers to perfect Airbus’s net technology, project lead Ingo Retat said, praising his “small team of engineers and technicians.”This marks the first ever demonstration of active debris removal (ADR) technology.The European Space Agency estimates more than 750,000 objects larger than 1 cm in Earth’s orbit—some moving faster than a speeding bullet (approaching speeds of 30,000 MPH).Which is the U.S. government developed the first comprehensive Space Traffic Management Policy, introduced earlier this year by Vice President Mike Pence. As space traffic increases, so do the chances of collisions and the volume of floating remnants.Causing, as we saw twice in recent history, a cosmic mess.In 2007, China conducted an anti-satellite missile test, intentionally destroying its Fengyun-1C weather satellite and creating a debris cloud. Two years later, an accidental impact between an American Iridium satellite and a defunct Russian satellite sent nearly 3,000 pieces of wreckage into orbit.RemoveDEBRIS will continue testing ADR technologies, including a vision-based navigation system that analyzes potential pieces of debris. Eventually, a drag-sail will return the satellite to Earth’s atmosphere, where it will be destroyed, ending the mission.In 2016, space debris struck the ISS, creating a 7mm chip in one of its windows. Airbus previously tried solving the space debris problem with pseudo-satellites that fly forever. Stay up to date on all things celestial here. Scientists Discover Possible Interstellar VisitorWater Vapor Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ Planet Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Fire District 6 earns high bond rating

first_imgHAZEL DELL – Clark County Fire District 6 earned an AA- bond rating as part of a recent review of its finances, something the district says will help when issuing bonds to pay for building a new fire station and improving others.The AA- rating, from S&P Global Ratings, is considered high quality, according to the district, and will mean lower interest costs for bonds.Specifically, the bonds will pay for the costs of acquiring land, constructing and equipping a new fire station and training facilities, and improving and equipping fire stations No. 61 and No. 62.The district is working with bond underwriters D.A. Davidson & Co. on the bond sale, and the company assisted district staff with presenting its information to the bond rating agency.last_img read more

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Minnesota teen is charged with plot to go on school rampage

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — A Waseca, Minn., teenager who idolized the Columbine High School shooters plotted to murder his parents and sister, then go on a rampage through Waseca’s junior high and high school, setting off pressure cooker bombs, throwing Molotov cocktails and gunning down fleeing students, according to criminal charges filed Thursday.John David LaDue, 17, allegedly detailed his plans in a 180-page notebook, police say. He’d been amassing a stockpile of handguns, automatic weapons and bomb-making equipment in his bedroom and in a storage unit, the charges claim.He intended to carry out his attack on April 20, the 15-year anniversary of the Columbine shootings in Littleton, Colo., that killed 13 people. But he scrapped that plan when he realized April 20 was Easter Sunday, police said, and authorities believe he was instead planning the attack for the next few weeks.“I think he had put enough preparation and forethought into this . that he was well on his way to carrying it out,” said Capt. Kris Markeson of the Waseca Police Department.After his arrest, LaDue told police he intended to kill “as many students as he could,” the criminal complaint said.LaDue was caught when a witness saw him enter the storage unit at Mini Max storage in Waseca on Tuesday evening and close the door behind him. Thinking it suspicious, the bystander called police, who found LaDue inside with his stockpile of equipment, which included “numerous materials commonly used for making explosive devices,” the complaint said.last_img read more

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Production and shedding of tissues in sponges found to be slower than

first_img Field study suggests sponges creating food for coral reef organisms Journal information: Royal Society Open Science As we humans spew carbon dioxide into the air, the ocean continues to absorb some of it—one of the creatures in the sea that helps make that happen is the sponge. They collectively move carbon in seawater from the water column to the sea floor. Prior research has suggested that sponges are primitive creatures that rapidly produce and shed tissue, which is the means by which they send carbon to the bottom of the sea—the carbon gets into their bodies through pores and channels that the sponges use to filter water. In this new effort, the research pair has found that sponges are more complicated than believed, but they do not move as much carbon to the sea floor as has been thought.To learn more about the role sponges play in ocean carbon transfer, the researchers collected samples off the coast of Vancouver Island and in the Strait of Georgia from 2011 to 2015. They then subjected the samples to a variety of experiments designed to better understand the process by which new cells are produced and dead material is shed.The researchers discovered that cell division, as expected, was part of cell production, but they were surprised to find that some tissue was replaced via stem cells. They found also that the sponges did not shed nearly as much material as other reports have suggested, which they propose was likely due to observers attributing discarded fecal or mucus waste to shedding. Even more surprising, the researchers found that the rate at which cells were produced and discarded was seasonal. During warm summer months, the process moved rather swiftly, but it came to a virtual halt during the cold winter months.The findings suggest that sponges do not move nearly as much carbon as prior research has suggested, which the researchers note could have an impact on climate change models. Explore further 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. Citation: Production and shedding of tissues in sponges found to be slower than believed (2016, November 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-11-production-tissues-sponges-slower-believed.htmlcenter_img © 2016 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers with the University of Alberta in Canada has found that shedding and production of new tissue in sponges is much more complicated and slower than has been thought. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the researchers describe their multi-year study of sponges, what they found and what their findings might mean for future ocean management. More information: Amanda S. Kahn et al. The role of cell replacement in benthic–pelagic coupling by suspension feeders, Royal Society Open Science (2016). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160484AbstractBenthic–pelagic coupling through suspension feeders and their detrital pathways is integral to carbon transport in oceans. In food-poor ecosystems however, a novel mechanism of carbon recycling has been proposed that involves direct uptake of dissolved carbon by suspension feeders followed by shedding of cells as particulate carbon. We studied cell replacement rates in a range of cold-water sponge species to determine how universal this mechanism might be. We show that cell replacement rates of feeding epithelia in explants vary from 30 hours up to 7 days, and change during different seasons and life-history stages. We also found that feeding epithelia are not replaced through direct replication but instead arise from a population of stem cells that differentiate and integrate into epithelial tissues. Our results reveal a surprising amount of complexity in the control of cell processes in sponges, with cell turnover depending on environmental conditions and using stem cells as rate-limiting mechanisms. Our results also suggest that for species in cold water with high particulate organic matter, cell turnover is not the mechanism delivering carbon flux to surrounding communities. The freshwater sponge Spongilla lacustris. Credit: Wikipedia/Kirt L. Onthank/CC BY-SA 3.0last_img read more

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Presidency teachers urge students to withdraw agitation

first_imgKolkata: A group of 36 teachers of the Presidency University has jointly urged the agitating students of the institute to withdraw their 12-day-old stir promising them to monitor renovation work of the Hindu Hostel building. Altogether 50 students have been on an indefinite sit-in at the university campus demanding that they be allowed to stay at the Hindu Hostel which has been on renovation for the past three years. Ayan Chakraborty, an activist of students’ body Independent Consolidation (IC), today said 36 teachers handed over yesterday a joint letter to the agitating students who comprises members of the IC, SFI and a few others who are not affiliated to any union. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “In the letter, the faculty members urged us to withdraw the movement stating that it is affecting the normal functioning of the institute and promised to monitor the renovation work of the Hindu Hostel,” Ayan said. They requested the students to withdraw the agitation and go back to the rented premises at Newtown, about 18 km away from the university, for the time being. “But we turned down their request to withdraw the sit-in as don’t agree with the teachers’ views that the agitation has been affecting the functioning of the university in any way,” Ayan added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed He said, “We are attending classes regularly. We are not disrupting the academic or administrative work. We are just staying at a particular place in the campus.” The students, who have brought pillows and mattress and were taking bath in the campus turning it into a hostel, demand that they be alloted rooms in the Hindu Hostel, which is under renovation. The Hindu Hostel, adjoining the College Street institution, had been shut down for repairs on July 29, 2015 and 150 boarders were shifted to a rented accommodation at New Town, which is around 18 km from the university. The Presidency authorities had last year assured the students that all the six blocks of the hostel would be opened for the boarders after completion of renovation work by the first week of August. Upal Chakrabarti, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and one of those having signed the letter, said the teachers will continue the dialogue process with the students and university authorities. A university spokesman said Vice-Chancellor Anuradha Lohia already explained to the students that the renovation work will take five months to complete and urged them to reconsider their decision. The university hoped the students will understand the situation and cooperate with the authorities, he said.last_img read more

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New York Drivers Group Sues Uber Claims Labor Laws Violations

first_img Register Now » June 3, 2016 This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read A group representing 5,000 Uber Technologies Inc. drivers in New York City filed a lawsuit on Thursday accusing the ride-share company of depriving drivers of various employment protections by misclassifying them as independent contractors. The proposed class action lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan by the New York Taxi Workers Alliance on behalf of 10 drivers is the latest to claim Uber drivers should be considered employees entitled to minimum wage, overtime pay and reimbursements for expenses.Uber spokesman Matthew Wing said in a statement that the lawsuit was “a thinly veiled stunt” and criticized the Taxi Workers Alliance for suing on behalf of Uber drivers and not its other members. The group said it filed a separate complaint on Thursday with the National Labor Relations Board claiming arbitration agreements Uber drivers signed illegally prohibit them from bringing class action claims.The Taxi Workers Alliance criticized a recent deal between Uber and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union to create an “independent drivers guild” for the company’s New York drivers, highlighting a sharp divide among labor groups grappling with the rise of the “gig economy.”The group’s lawsuit said Uber expanded aggressively in New York beginning in 2011 by promising drivers decent wages. Instead, the group said, most of the drivers’ pay went toward car payments, maintenance and surcharges from the company. “Uber, through its practices and broken promises, severely harmed the thousands of drivers they recruited and have contributed greatly to a ‘race to the bottom,'” the lawsuit said. It alleges violations of state and federal employment laws. Taxi trade groups have opposed Uber’s rapid expansion and said the company should be required to fingerprint drivers and make cars accessible to people with disabilities, as required of taxi companies. In April, Uber agreed to settle a major class action lawsuit that also claimed drivers were actually employees, brought on behalf of 385,000 drivers in California and Massachusetts for up to $100 million. A federal judge in San Francisco is scheduled to hold a hearing on Thursday on whether to approve the settlement, which has drawn about three dozen objections.At least eight similar cases are pending in seven states including New York and Texas, and four others have been sent to arbitration, where drivers can bring only individual claims. The case is New York Taxi Workers Alliance v. Uber Technologies Inc., U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, number 1:16-cv-04098. (Reporting by Daniel Wiessner in Albany, New York; Editing by Alexia Garamfalvi and Chris Reese) Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

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Skypride Travel director pleads guilty after being charged by TICO

first_img Thursday, June 21, 2018 Skypride Travel director pleads guilty after being charged by TICO << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Skypride Travel & Tours, TICO Posted by MISSISSAUGA — Sakthivel Suppiah, an officer and director of Skypride Travel and Tours, has pleaded guilty on one count of failing to hold customer funds in a designated trust account.Mr. Suppiah’s actions were contrary to Section 31(2) and Section 31(1)© of the Act, and in respect of Section 27(6) of Regulation 26/05 to the Act.He was sentenced by the Court to probation for two years, including 200 hours of community service to be completed on or before June 12, 2020, as well as a restitution order of $25,142 to the Ontario Travel Industry Compensation Fund. The total amount is to be paid on or before June 12, 2020.last_img read more

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Business Slows at Freddie Mac

first_img “”Freddie Mac’s””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ total mortgage portfolio expanded in April, but growth slowed as purchase and issuance activity declined from March, the GSE reported.[IMAGE]According to Freddie Mac’s monthly volume summary, its total portfolio grew at an annualized rate of 0.6 percent last month, a setback compared to March’s 4.0 percent growth rate but still above January and February’s contracting figures.[COLUMN_BREAK]The secondary market giant reported about $42.3 billion in purchases and issuances, down from $52.0 billion the prior month. As of the end of the month, the portfolio’s ending balance was about $1.95 trillion.The portfolio mortgage-related securities and other guarantees expanded at an annualized rate of 4.1 percent, a little less than half of March’s growth rate (8.9 percent). Single-family refinance loan purchase and guarantee volume was $35.8 billion in April, representing 76 percent of total mortgage portfolio purchases or issuances. Relief refinance mortgages comprised approximately 33 percent of total refinance volume based on unpaid principal balance.The single-family seriously delinquent rate dropped to 2.91 percent in April, a major step down from 3.03 percent in March. The multifamily delinquency rate was down to 0.09 percent.Freddie Mac reported 6,068 loan modifications in April. Year-to-date, the company has recorded 26,681 modifications. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage-Backed Securities Service Providers 2013-05-24 Tory Barringer in Secondary Market Freddie,Business Slows at Freddie Maccenter_img May 24, 2013 448 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Men remanded over pirated DVDs Updated

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