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Tests of Antarctic soils for insect parasitic nematodes

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first_imgNematodes of the families Heterorhabditidae and Steinernematidae are obligate parasites of a wide range of insects (Poinar 1979). The third stage juvenile of these nematodes is a non-feeding infective form which carries symbiotic insect-pathogenic bacteria (Xenorhabdus spp.) in its intestine. Under favourable conditions the juveniles can survive for months in the soil. They are attracted to and enter insects. After invading the haemocoel they release the symbiont. The bacteria multiply, kill the host by septicaemia, and provide suitable conditions for nematode growth and reproduction. After one to two weeks, the newly formed infective juveniles leave the cadaver and seek new hosts.last_img read more

USA: NETWARCOM Changes Command

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first_img View post tag: NETWARCOM Training & Education View post tag: Naval Naval Network Warfare Command (NETWARCOM) held a change of command ceremony at the Navy Global Network Operations and Security Center, Sept. 17.Capt. Eugene D. Costello relieved Capt. John W. Chandler as commanding officer.Chandler, who assumed command of NETWARCOM and Task Force 1010 in 2011, led the command through transition from a flag command to an agile and tactical Task Force; the preparation for the transition to the Next Generation Enterprise Network; and the challenging planning and logistics of moving command operations and 350 personnel to Suffolk, Va., happening later this year.“I am especially grateful to the men and women, sailors and civilians of NETWARCOM. You are the reason for every success we had and I thank you for your dedication and support,” said Chandler.Chandler will retire from active duty in October after 26 years of distinguished naval service.Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command, Commander U.S. 10th Fleet, was the guest speaker and presented Chandler with the Legion of Merit for his exceptionally meritorious service from October 2011 to September 2013.Rogers praised Chandler’s leadership of the Sailors and civilians of the NETWARCOM team and welcomed Costello.Costello is a 1987 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He was served as a Surface Warfare officer prior to transitioning to the Information Warfare community. He holds master’s degrees in Information Technology Management and Strategic Studies.Costello’s previous assignments include Carrier Strike Group 2 assistant chief of staff for Communications and served as the Information Warfare commander for George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group.The Naval Network Warfare Command is charged with executing tactical level command and control of Navy networks and leveraging space capabilities for Navy and joint operations.[mappress]Press Release, September 18, 2013 View post tag: Command View post tag: changes Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: NETWARCOM Changes Command September 18, 2013center_img Share this article USA: NETWARCOM Changes Command View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defenselast_img read more

GREGG CAMPAIGN REACTS TO HOLCOMB FALSE ATTACK

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first_imgGREGG CAMPAIGN REACTS TO HOLCOMB FALSE ATTACKINDIANAPOLIS – Following today’s launch of a false and negative television spot by the Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb, Gregg for Governor campaign manager Tim Henderson released the following comment:“It’s disappointing that two days after being handpicked by 22 insiders in a backroom deal, Eric Holcomb is going negative with false attacks like this — but it’s not surprising. As a candidate for four different offices and as a state party chairman, he has earned the reputation as a political hatchet-man who makes over-the-top claims that aren’t based in facts or reality. A simple internet search produces ample evidence of John Gregg’s position on this issue, his support for coal miners, coal jobs and his disagreements with those in his own party. This attack reinforces the notion that Eric Holcomb is more interested playing politics than on actually working to improve the lives of middle class Hoosier families.” Please see excerpts from various news sources below.For more information on John Gregg, Christina Hale or their campaign, please visit www.greggforgovernor.com or call 317-510-1876.Excerpts from various news organizations:Gregg: “I’m a big supporter of coal. I’ve disagreed in the past with President Obama’s position on coal for a lot of reasons but, number one, I believe in energy independence. Coal is very important to our economy in Southwest Indiana.” “I think energy independence is important,” he said. “I’m a big supporter of coal. I’ve disagreed in the past with President Obama’s position on coal for a lot of reasons but, number one, I believe in energy independence. Coal is very important to our economy in Southwest Indiana.” He said coal is important to the many people who made their living from coal in this area but, beyond that, it is important to the state for other reasons from coal-fired electrical generation to coal used by divergent industries such as steel and motor vehicle manufacturing.” [Brazil Times, 7/26/2016]Gregg has been a “longtime coal advocate.” “The topic at hand is the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and its potential impact on existing coal-fired power plants and on Indiana consumers and businesses. It will no doubt be an issue in the 2016 governor’s race, as Pence’s campaign has quietly pushed Democratic opponent John Gregg – a longtime coal advocate – to state his position. Gregg would take a different approach but doesn’t disagree on the possible consequences of the rule. The plan sets goals for states to cut carbon pollution that is driving climate change, and it shows the world that the United States is committed to leading global efforts to address climate change, according to the EPA. [Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, 9/13/15]Gregg worked for two coal companies in Indiana, Peabody and Amax. “Most Indiana utilities generate the bulk of their power by burning coal. Gregg, an attorney who has worked for two coal companies with Indiana operations, Peabody and Amax, said he hasn’t studied the proposed rules enough to know if he opposes them entirely. But he believes in general that the administration should try to work more closely with the industry. And he said the failure to do so has hurt the Democratic Party in coal mining areas of the country. “It has turned the southwest Indiana area from what used to be a Democratic bastion almost into a Republican stronghold,” he said. “If you knock this industry out, it cripples my part of the state.”” [Indianapolis Star, 9/7/14]Gregg’s “career is inextricably linked with the coal industry.” “With regard to Obama’s new federal air quality standards, Gregg, whose career is inextricably linked with the coalindustry, vaguely said he is in favor of developing a statewide plan instead of being forced to adopt a federal plan. He did not offer specifics. And Gregg has also not said how he would handle the settling of Syrian refugees in Indiana, after Pence blocked state agencies from disbursing federal refugee aid amid national securities concerns following the deadly attacks in Paris.” [Associated Press, 12/6/15]John Gregg led a pro-coal Democratic organization. “John Gregg wants the president to know it’s not just Republicans who are upset about the impact of his environmental policies on the coal industry. “I’m a Democrat and I disagree vehemently with the president’s position on what he’s doing to coal,” said Gregg, the former Indiana House speaker and 2012 gubernatorial candidate.That’s why Gregg is among the leaders of the “CoalBlue Project” a coalition of current and former public officials trying to change the perception that their party is anti-coal.” [Indianapolis Star, 9/7/14]Gregg suggested working with coal companies to ensure good policy. “Most Indiana utilities generate the bulk of their power by burning coal. Gregg, an attorney who has worked for two coal companies with Indiana operations, Peabody and Amax, said he hasn’t studied the proposed rules enough to know if he opposes them entirely. But he believes in general that the administration should try to work more closely with the industry. And he said the failure to do so has hurt the Democratic Party in coal mining areas of the country. “It has turned the southwest Indiana area from what used to be a Democratic bastion almost into a Republican stronghold,” he said. “If you knock this industry out, it cripples my part of the state.”” [Indianapolis Star, 9/7/14]HEADLINE: “Gregg Objects to Obama’s Coal Policy” [Indianapolis Star, 9/7/14]John Gregg “vehemently” disagreed with Obama coal plan. “John Gregg wants the president to know it’s not just Republicans who are upset about the impact of his environmental policies on the coal industry. “I’m a Democrat and I disagree vehemently with the president’s position on what he’s doing to coal,” said Gregg, the former Indiana House speaker and 2012 gubernatorial candidate. That’s why Gregg is among the leaders of the “CoalBlue Project” a coalition of current and former public officials trying to change the perception that their party is anti-coal.” [Indianapolis Star, 9/7/14]Gregg’s pro-coal group called Obama’s proposal “flawed and imprudent.” “The coalition has sent letters to President Barack Obama urging him to increase public investment in technologies that will capture and store carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. And the group has criticized as “flawed and imprudent” the president’s proposal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the plants. “This was started to raise awareness to the president, and to a lesser extent Congress, to say, ‘Hey, there’s Democrats out here that believe in the coal industry,’” Gregg said. Republicans have accused Obama of waging a “war on coal” because of environmental policies that will make it cleaner – but more expensive – to burn coal for fuel.” [Indianapolis Star, 9/7/14] FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Premier Foods faces fire sale of assets, analyst claims

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first_imgPremier Foods could be forced into disposing of assets in “near fire-sale conditions”, a leading City analyst has claimed.Trading at the embattled company, which yesterday revealed it had written down the value of its bread business by £282m, was “worse than anticipated” said analyst Martin Deboo, of Investec Securities.And he warned that its much-lauded refinancing deal would only give the company a short amount of breathing space.Deboo said: “The saga continues. FY11 trading was below our (low) expectations and the refinancing will be coming at a cost, as we anticipated. After a couple of years’ breathing space, the financing costs start to ratchet up and Premier will be under bank-imposed pressure to realise disposals. So CEO Clarke and his team have precious little time to turn around this business.”And he warned the refinancing deal – which saw its banking facilities of £1.2bn be extended from December 2013 to June 2016 – and the repayment structure served to remind of “the sheer mountain Premier has to climb”.In a note, Deboo continued: “Weighing against this, trading performance is very weak, particularly in the bread and milling business that will comprise 40% of Premier’s sales going forward. Much damage has been done to trading momentum in a climate where major retail customers cannot be expected to be accommodating. “And the refinancing comes at a material immediate cost and hefty deferred costs. Finally Premier will be under pressure to dispose of businesses representing around a quarter of its current Enterprise Value in near-fire sale conditions.”last_img read more

Diabetes Increasing.

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first_imgAs Georgians become heavier and more sedentary, diabetes and related ailments are soaring. “The greatest morbidity and mortality from the disease are seen in the oldest age groups,” said Connie Crawley, a University of Georgia extension nutrition specialist. “But diabetes is developing at much younger ages, so disability and death may become more common in younger populations soon.”Grim Stats A recent report by the American Diabetes Association and the Georgia Department of Human Resources gave grave statistics about the seriousness of diabetes in the state: About 217,000 Georgians have been diagnosed with diabetes. Another 108,000 are undiagnosed. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the state. For every reported death where diabetes is the primary cause, there are at least two deaths for which diabetes is a contributing cause. Death rates from diabetes have been rising about 1 percent each year for the past two decades. Diabetes is two times more common in the African-American population than in the non-Hispanic white population. Death rates from diabetes are two times higher for black men and three times higher for black women than for their white counterparts.Take Care “Unfortunately, people with diabetes don’t seem to be getting the care they need,” Crawley said. A survey of Georgians with diabetes found that only 6 percent reported meeting the minimal standards for routine medical care. “Only 25 percent of adults had heard of the hemoglobin A1c test, which is the best laboratory test to determine how well diabetes is under control,” she said. The lack of care lands many Georgia diabetes sufferers in the hospital. In 1997, diabetes was the primary cause of more than 12,600 hospitalizations, totaling 63,000 days in the hospital (equal to 173 years) and costing more than $99 million. “These figures don’t even include hospitalizations from other health problems like kidney disease, high blood pressure, amputations and cardiovascular disease which are more likely to occur in those who have diabetes,” Crawley said.Risk Groups Statistics show that the highest incidence of diabetes tends to be in the central and southwestern part of the state. “I believe part of the reason … may be demographics,” Crawley said. “The population is older and there are more people from the highest-risk ethnic groups, namely African-Americans and now Hispanics.” The report speculates that the increase in diabetes may be directly related to the increase in obesity and inactivity in Georgians. “We do know that those who exercise regularly and keep their weight down have less risk even if they have a family history of the disease,” Crawley said. “Obviously, in Georgia, diabetes is a serious, common and costly disease,” Crawley said. “New research has shown that with better control, death and disability from diabetes can be reduced. “But it will require directing more money and effort into weight-control and physical-activity efforts for all age groups who don’t have diabetes,” she said, “and intense diabetes education and care for those who have the disease or who may be at risk for developing it.”last_img read more

Mexican Officials: Tijuana Drug Lord Captured

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first_imgBy Dialogo January 12, 2010 Mexico has captured a kingpin accused of terrorizing his way to the top of a gang fighting for control of key U.S. drug routes — even ordering rivals dissolved in acid. Tuesday’s arrest, announced by U.S. and Mexican officials, capped a series of victories in Mexico’s U.S.-backed war on narcotics. Teodoro Garcia Simental, known as “El Teo,” was arrested at 5 a.m., said Amy Roderick, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in San Diego, California. She said she had no other details. A U.S. official and a Mexican law enforcement official said he was captured in La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur state. He is the second alleged major drug lord to be taken down in less than a month by President Felipe Calderon’s government. Neither the U.S. nor the Mexican official was authorized to give a name for publication. Garcia is considered to be among the country’s most vicious kingpins. Officials say he was to blame for many of the beheaded bodies found dumped in Tijuana and that he ordered hundreds of bodies to be dissolved in acid. He is listed among Mexico’s 24 most-wanted drug lords and the government had offered $2.1 million for information leading to his arrest. Officials say Garcia was a cartel lieutenant who broke away from the Arellano Felix gang following the arrest of its leader, Benjamin Arellano Felix, and the death of his brother, Raul. Garcia formed his own gang, which was zealous in killing street-corner peddlers as he tried to solidify his control of eastern Tijuana. He is believed to be allied with the Sinaloa cartel, run by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, according to an army document dated February 2009. His arrest comes on the heels of another triumph for Calderon’s drug war. Mexican marines killed reputed kingpin Arturo Beltran Leyva on Dec. 16 during a raid on an apartment complex in Cuernavaca, south of Mexico City. Federal officials on Jan. 2 arrested his brother Carlos Beltran Leyva in another blow to the gang. Calderon’s government has sent more than 45,000 troops to drug hotspots to confront the cartels. Cartels have responded with a vengeance, unleashing unprecedented killings. More than 15,500 people have died from drug violence since 2006. The government says most of the dead are smugglers.last_img read more

Credit unions face ‘perfect storm’ of tech changes in 2015

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first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A sea of forces–investment, innovation and competition–could expand what credit unions, and other financial institutions, will spend on technology in 2015, according to a new report on technology expectations.” Bankers as Buyers 2015 ,” compiled by William Mills Agency, a financial public relations and marketing services company, could provide credit unions a glimpse into how they might mold their technology budgets, including in the realms of mobile technology, branch transformation and data security.Based on the agency’s forecast, 2015 sets up to be a busy 12 months. Scott Mills, president of William Mills, said the year will usher in a “perfect storm” of robust investment in fintech, competitive pressure from nontraditional financial companies and a wave of innovation.“From all appearances, more investment is flowing into financial and payment technology companies than I’ve ever seen in my career,” Mills said in the report, which received input from the Credit Union National Association. “Once considered too esoteric for many local and general business media, the fintech industry has become more mainstream. continue reading »last_img read more

PhD students seek to understand schizophrenia diagnoses using phone app

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first_img“It’s really cool that you’re able to see what is happening with folks in the moment,” said. “Instead of having them come back after a week and saying, ‘hey how was it on Monday for you?’ Instead they can say exactly what’s happening in the moment.” The participants will meet with researchers and for six days they will take a survey on a smartphone app. They will be documenting their moods and thoughts. Researchers say the goal is to understand the diagnosis better. The study is completely confidential and participants can get paid $65 to $85 upon completion. The “mobile app survey study” looks to gather 30 volunteers with a schizophrenia diagnosis and 30 without. (WBNG) — A research project conducted by PhD students at Binghamton University is looking for participants. If interested, go their Facebook page by clicking here.last_img read more

Over 400 NYSEG customers are without power in Tioga County following storms

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first_img(WBNG) — According to the NYSEG power outage map, 484 customers in Tioga County are without power following storms that rolled through the area Monday afternoon. For the most up to date information, go to the NYSEG Power Outage Map by clicking here. NYSEG does not list a reason for the outages.last_img

FDA to ban some cattle parts from animal feed

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first_img Mechanically separated beef derived from materials banned under the rule Canada is proposing a more comprehensive rule that would ban all SRMs from animal feeds, Sundlof said. FDA officials have talked regularly with their Canadian counterparts about the rules, he added. The proposal announced today is the result of comments received after the July 2004 proposal and discussions since then, officials said. Oct 4, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today proposed new animal feed rules to reduce the risk of spreading bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), but they don’t go as far as some earlier FDA proposals. See also: The reason the ban on brain and spinal cord excludes cattle younger than 30 months “is that all the studies tell us that materials from cattle less than 30 months of age do not have the infectious agent in a concentration sufficient to cause disease in other cattle,” Sundlof said. In January 2004, shortly after the first US BSE case surfaced, the FDA announced plans to ban SRMs from animal feeds and halt the feeding of mammalian blood to calves and feeding of poultry litter and restaurant scraps to cattle. But the agency never followed through on those plans. In July 2004 the agency announced a “preliminary” decision to ban SRMs from all animal feeds and called for comments on possible restrictions on blood, poultry litter, and restaurant plate waste. The brains and spinal cords of cattle of any age not inspected and approved for human consumption “There’s no good way of disposing of all that material presently in the Untied States,” he said. “That would’ve been an environmental issue for very little risk reduction.” Dr. Steven Sundlof the FDA said removing just the brain and spinal cord would greatly reduce any remaining risk while minimizing waste disposal problems. “By removing the brains and spinal cords from the animal feed stream, you’ve taken out 90% of the risk,” he said during a teleconference today. The agency has banned the use of cattle protein in feed for cattle and other ruminant animals since 1997, but it allows cattle parts in feed for other animals such as pigs and poultry. Today the agency proposed to ban the use of brains and spinal cords of older cattle from all animal feeds and pet foods. Further, the US Department of Agriculture’s ban on SRMs in human food makes restaurant scraps safer, he said. The agency said removing high-risk materials from all animal feed will help prevent the possible spread of BSE through accidental mixing of ruminant and nonruminant feed during feed manufacturing or through misfeeding of nonruminant feed to ruminants. Sundlof said the FDA would take comments on the proposed rule for 75 days after its publication in the Federal Register, scheduled for Oct 6. He wouldn’t predict when the rule might take effect. Sundlof said the international expert panel that advised the government after the first US BSE case concluded that eliminating high-risk materials from all animal feeds was the most effective way to prevent misfeeding or cross-contamination that could allow the BSE agent to find its way into cattle. The entire carcass of cattle not approved for human consumption if the brain and spinal cord have not been removed “If the high-risk materials are removed from the feed stream, they never get into poultry feed, so therefore poultry litter becomes safer,” he said. Under the new rule, brains and spinal cords from cattle older than 30 months would be banned from all animal feeds, the FDA said. The brain and spinal cord are among the “specified risk materials” (SRMs)—the tissues most likely to contain the BSE (mad cow disease) agent if an animal is infected. Tallow derived from materials banned under the rule if it contains more than 0.15% insoluble impurities The FDA estimates that the amount of brain and spinal cord that would have to be disposed of in alternate ways under the proposal is about 64 million pounds annually, Sundlof said. The increase in waste would be much larger if the FDA banned all SRMs from animal feeds, he said. In addition, the FDA is proposing to ban from animal feed: The estimated cost of the proposed rule is $14 million a year, he said. But the FDA has decided not to ban other high-risk cattle parts, such as the tonsils, part of the small intestine, eyes, and certain nerve bundles, from animal feed. Also, the agency has decided to continue to allow the use of cattle blood, poultry litter, and restaurant plate waste in cattle feed, officials said. FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2005/ucm108496.htm “And [cattle] blood just doesn’t seem to transmit the disease among cattle,” Sundlof added. “So that was the reason for moving away from those early proposals.” He asserted that the current proposal is “much more protective” than what was proposed in 2004.last_img read more

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