NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine — U.S. military personnel wear fatigues, helmets and boots that are made in the United States. Now they’re getting Made-in-the-USA kicks, too.New Balance, the last major athletic footwear maker in the U.S., and two other companies based in Texas and Missouri, are producing Made-in-the-USA trainers for military recruits.Members of the congressional delegations in Maine and Massachusetts are among those who pushed for athletic footwear to be made subject to the Berry Amendment, which requires the defence department to give preference to home-grown products.The changes were adopted and the sneakers are in production. They will be distributed to recruits beginning later this year.The contract reflects only a sliver of New Balance sneakers produced each year in the U.S. but it’s a victory for workers in Maine, where they’re produced.David Sharp, The Associated Press
Archbishop, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has come under fire for the stand he has taken on human rights.Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that the need for human rights was an outcome of the marauding religious zealots of the inquisition and the crusades, where non believers were massacred “En-Bloc”. “Pity, the Cardinal always seems to get things wrong in trying to be a populist,” he said on his twitter account. Saliya Pieris says it is possible to respect human rights without following a religion. He says the individual and society are both important and an individual’s basic rights cannot be sacrificed for the sake of society. (Colombo Gazette) “He seems to be absolutely ignorant of the concepts of human rights. He also fails to understand that there are many people who dont believe in religion and that religion cannot be forced on people. What a contrast to the progressive thinking of Pope Francis. If it is inaccurate he must deny this,” Saliya Pieris said on his Facebook.Speaking at St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church in Ekala, the Archbishop said that human rights has now become a religion for some western countries. The chairman of the Office of Missing Persons, Saliya Pieris, in a post on his Facebook account, commenting as a Catholic and a lawyer said that if the reports quoting the Archbishop are accurate, it is a shame. “They keep it on their heads and keep preaching to us saying human rights, human rights. Like it is something new,” he said.The Archbishop said that those who speak about human rights are those who have no religion.He also said that if one follows a religion then there is no need for human rights.
KIEV, Ukraine — A structure built to confine radioactive dust from the nuclear reactor at the centre of the 1986 Chornobyl disaster is up and running.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy formally opened the “new safe confinement” shelter that spans the remains of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant’s Reactor No. 4.The structure cost 2.2 billion euros (about $2.5 billion) and took nine years to complete. Officials have described it as the largest movable land-based structure ever built.Reactor No. 4 at the Chornobyl plant in Soviet Ukraine exploded and burned on April 26, 1986. The disaster’s eventual death toll is subject to speculation and dispute.The World Health Organization’s cancer research arm estimates that 9,000 people will die of Chornobyl-related cancer and leukemia if the health effects follow a similar pattern to the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings.The Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta’s oil patch is applauding Ottawa’s approval of two massive pipeline developments saying the decisions let the world know Canada is open to investment.Even the province’s opposition party is giving a tip of the cap but stopped short of congratulating the NDP government for its part getting the TransMountain and Line 3 replacement projects approved.But Northern Gateway was nixed and analysts say there are concerns legal challenges and protests from many opposing groups could hinder development.Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers President and CEO Tim McMillan says India and China will continue to have increased oil demand.He hopes Canada’s reputation as a reliable source for oil could unseat Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Venezuela and others as the supplier of choice.“Canada has some of the highest environmental standards, it has some of the highest safety standards for those that work in our industry and the communities in which we operate,” he said.He went on to say the approvals show the government sees Canada has an excellent regulatory process.“And when the federal government got elected a year ago, they put an enhanced process on top of what was already there to ensure that they had the confidence that they could approve a project or they could make a decision on a project with confidence that it truly represented the Canadian interest,” said McMillan.But he’s disappointed Northern Gateway isn’t going forward, even though he admits that was the expected outcome.The same goes for Wildrose Leader Brian Jean who added he rejects the idea we need to trade pipelines for social license in the form of a carbon tax.“The NEB (National Energy Board) which obviously made the decision based on science and made these decisions some time ago, in particular Northern Gateway, I believe was made over a year and a half ago, and certainly there was no discussion of a carbon tax by this provincial government at that time nor was there discussion of a carbon tax by the federal government so I think it’s disingenuous,” he said.He adds, it’s yet to be seen what action premier Rachel Notley will take now that we have approval.“She’s got somebody, one of her appointments in particular on the advisory panel, is someone that has suggested that they will come out with legal challenges against Kinder Morgan,” said Jean.As for protests and other legal challenges, Jean says that will happen no matter where pipelines are approved.McMillan says it’s reasonable to expect not everyone will be on board with the projects, but it will be hard for anyone to argue the process wasn’t thorough. (File Photo) by Jonathan Muma Posted Nov 30, 2016 7:59 am MDT Industry, opposition weigh in on pipeline wins and losses
Elisabeth Byrs, spokesperson for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said $15 million is needed to cover urgent funding until December as refugees and stateless persons continued to arrive in Cameroon from neighbouring CAR. As of today, WFP’s emergency operation has received only two contributions and that the current projected shortfall is 90 percent.“The immediate priority across host countries is to address the acute needs of these refugees, and to plan for the rainy season, which will create conditions for the outbreak of disease and challenge overland delivery,” Ms. Byrs told reporters.The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) remains at more than half a million across the CAR since December 2013, and more than 120,000 refugees have fled to neighbouring countries.The Regional Refugee Response Plan involves WFP, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) along with 13 other partners in the four countries affected by the CAR refugee crisis – Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Republic of the Congo. Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin and UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on June 4 had reported on the dire plight of the most vulnerable arriving in Cameroon from CAR exhausted, often acutely malnourished and sick.Ms. Byrs told reporters at the press briefing – held on Tuesdays and Friday every week in Geneva, long known informally as the humanitarian capital, featuring briefers from agencies like WFP, UNHCR, UNICEF, and other organizations and partners that take part in humanitarian emergencies worldwide.A WFP mission is on the ground in Cameroon, and has conducted screening at the Gbiti site where they found 31 percent of new arrivals at the entry point are acutely malnourished, of whom 11 percent are in a state of severe acute malnutrition, Ms. Byrs said. Screening at all other sites confirmed the dire situation, and acute malnutrition has been observed among school-age children. According to UNHCR, in a report on its website, most of the people arriving in Gbiti are exhausted and in a precarious physical condition after fleeing brutal attacks on their homes by armed elements. Many are suffering from deep cuts or bullet wounds, but they count themselves lucky to be alive. UNHCR and its partners closely monitor the thousands of people crossing at Gbiti, keeping an eye out for people in need of medical assistance, especially malnutrition, but also physical injuries. Up to 2,000 people a week, mostly women and children, reach Cameroon through more than 30 entry points along a 700-kilometre stretch of border. WFP’s Ms. Byrs said in May some 63,000 beneficiaries with were assisted and general food distribution at entry points and sites were complete. More than 30,000 Central African refugees located in transit sites had received 30-day food rations, and another 30,000-strong CAR refugees based in other sites had received those rations as well.The percentage of IDPs intending to relocate to another region within Central African Republic had also been steadily increasing, from 4.6 percent in March 2014 to nine percent in April 2014 to 11 percent in the latest survey, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The 28 May attack on the Notre Dame de Fatima had provoked the displacement of 22,000 people, including 9,000 of whom had been taking refuge at the church, had forced that population to move to nine other displacement sites, quickly straining the limited resources at these sites in terms of shelter, water, sanitation and food, IOM said.
New government figures show many MOT failures are easily avoidable.Two minute check could save motorists time and money.5,545 UK car dealers unite to improve MOT pass rate.New figures released by VOSA, the government body that oversees MOT tests, show that of the 8.1 million MOT failures in 2012, a significant proportion were caused by easy-to-spot issues. Manufacturer main dealers across the country have united to help eliminate simple failures by setting-out a simple series of checks for drivers.Almost a fifth of MOT failure items could be avoided if motorists notified their garage before the annual roadworthiness test is carried out. Simple-to-spot issues range from blown bulbs and worn tyres problems with windscreen wipers and low fluid levels.Taking just a ‘Minute Or Two’, the 10-step checklist takes vehicle owners through a series of quick-and-easy checks. By forewarning the dealership of any required work in advance of the MOT, motorists can give their vehicle the best chance of passing the test first time around.Every car-maker in the UK is participating with technicians at manufacturer main dealerships ready and able to assist customers who might be unsure about carrying out the checks themselves.The objective of the Minute Or Two initiative is to reduce the number of easily-avoidable MOT failures by educating motorists. With these simple checks, motorists can ensure that they are in the best possible position to pass the test, saving themselves time as well as money on costs encountered with a failure.The full ‘Minute Or Two’ checklist can be viewed at www.passmymot.co.uk, where visitors can also watch a video on carrying out the check and use a Garage Finder tool to locate their nearest dealer.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
The NBA Christmas Day games are one of the league’s most visible showcases. Rivalries are deepened, as with the Clippers-Warriors matchups in 2013 and 2014, or rejoined, as with the centerpiece of this year’s slate, a finals rematch between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. For the last seven years, the Oklahoma City Thunder have enjoyed prime placement on the Christmas marquee, playing against some of the best teams in the league. But this season, after former MVP Kevin Durant left town over the summer, the Thunder’s star power has diminished enough to warrant a matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves, currently 9-19 and one of the worst teams in the league.We can use FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings to see just how far the Wolves fall below the Thunder’s standards. Here are Oklahoma City’s Christmas Day opponents beginning in 2010: The best pace-adjusted triple-double seasons K. Love2013-1497.335.517.06.015.4 J. Harden2016-1797.737.110.715.718.4 R. Westbrook2016-1798.043.714.715.021.3 C. Paul2008-0987.832.47.915.715.9 M. Johnson1986-87101.6126.96.36.1995.9 L. James2010-1190.936.410.29.615.3 12/25/2010ThunderNuggets15701595 M. Johnson1989-9096.330.08.915.416.0 (Amazingly, the top two seasons by this measure are happening right now. The No. 2 spot belongs to Rockets star and former Thunder sixth man James Harden, who is averaging a per-100-possessions triple-double of his own for new coach Mike D’Antoni, in a role I like to think of as “overgrown Steve Nash does his best Corey Maggette impersonation.” Giannis Antetokounmpo, who turned 22 this month, comes in 27th.)This won’t be the first time Westbrook will be playing Christmas Day without Durant. In 2014, Oklahoma City drew the defending-champion San Antonio Spurs (also without Kawhi Leonard) as its opponent, and won 114-106, with Westbrook pouring in 34 points, 11 assists, 5 rebounds, and 5 steals. It was a brilliant game, the type of which we’ve become accustomed to from Westbrook the last few seasons. The difference this season is that if he repeats that line on Sunday, or even if he racks up his 14th triple-double of the season, it will be away from the biggest stage of the day.Check out our latest NBA predictions. PLAYERSEASONPACEPOINTSREBOUNDSASSISTSVERSATILITY INDEX K. Garnett2004-0589.131.419.18.016.9 12/25/2013KnicksThunder17131451 K. Malone1996-9790.040.014.46.515.5 DATEHOME TEAMAWAY TEAMTHUNDER ELOOPPONENT ELO 12/25/2011ThunderMagic16201583 O. Robertson1961-62124.926.710.89.914.2 L. James2015-1693.3188.8.131.525.6 G. McGinnis1974-75105.133.7184.108.40.206 12/25/2014SpursThunder15591671 G. Hill1996-9784.530.913.010.516.2 12/25/2015ThunderBulls16501524 STATS PER 100 POSSESSIONS K. Garnett2003-0489.033.219.06.816.2 L. Bird1987-8897.937.611.67.715.0 R. Westbrook2013-1495.435.79.411.415.6 K. Garnett2002-0391.929.617.37.815.9 M. Johnson1990-9220.127.116.117.216.4 L. James2007-0890.239.610.49.515.8 D. Cousins2014-1595.435.518.104.22.168 G. Antetokounmpo2016-1796.132.713.08.315.2 L. James2011-1222.214.171.124.815.5 D. Robinson1993-94126.96.36.199.315.2 L. James2009-1091.440.09.811.516.5 R. Westbrook2015-1696.733.911.315.118.0 Versatility Index is the geometric mean of points, rebounds and assists (per 100 possessions). Data is through Dec. 23, 2016.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 12/25/2016ThunderTimberwolves15961426 12/25/2012HeatThunder16991661 L. James2008-0988.740.810.910.416.7 M. Johnson1988-89100.128.710.116.416.8 L. Bird1984-85101.634.312.67.915.1 You might notice that in 2013 the Thunder got stuck playing the New York Knicks, TV’s worst recurring Christmas Day special. Except 2013 was the rare occasion when the Knicks looked like a legitimate NBA team coming into the season. Their preseason Elo rating was 1579, 128 points higher than their rating on Christmas Day, or the difference between a top-10 team and a bottom-5 one. So the Thunder weren’t supposed to have a dog of a game, they just ended up with one because the Knicks fell off the wagon.That wasn’t the case for this season’s Timberwolves. Minnesota came into the season with a rating of 1434, and has since fallen to 1426. The idea with the Wolves was that they have one of the brightest talents in the league, Karl-Anthony Towns, and a roster packed with young, exciting players liable to throw a 30-foot alley-oop or dunk on your head. They were supposed to be among the baby-faced upstarts in the league this season, and they might yet be if they ever figure out how to hold onto a lead.This is a flavor of game the league likes to book. Last Christmas saw a similar matchup between the Miami Heat, two years removed from LeBron James’ leaving in free agency to return to Cleveland, and the New Orleans Pelicans, home to Anthony Davis. The matchmaking logic made sense enough: Pair off a franchise familiar to fans with a few stars left over from deep playoff runs against an up-and-coming face-of-the-league-type star.Things didn’t work out so well then, either. The Heat came into the game looking like dark-horse contenders in the east, with Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside playing at high levels. But the Pelicans were beset by injuries early in the season, and Davis never took the leap forward many expected. New Orleans came into the game at 9-20, and while it took the game into overtime, it was hardly the glamour matchup the league had hoped for.Last year’s Pelicans-Heat and this year’s Wolves-Thunder aren’t quite parallel, though, because the year before — the Heat’s first without LeBron — saw Miami host James and his Cavs, beating them 101-91. Durant’s Warriors make a fine partner for the Cavs, but a Christmas Day reunion with Russell Westbrook would have been something to see.Westbrook is averaging 31.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10.8 assists with a 41.9 usage percentage and a 54.1 true shooting percentage. But as if the phrase “averaging a triple-double through Christmas Day” isn’t impressive enough, the triple-doubles he’s racking up are far removed from the basic 10-10-10 variety. If we adjust for pace of play (which has slowed from the breakneck days of Oscar and Magic), he’s having the finest triple-double-type season we’ve ever seen.Below is a versatility index1We’re using John Hollinger’s old formulation, which is the geometric mean of points, rebounds and assists, to capture players who have high averages in all three stats. (Simply adding the three stats up and taking an average would over-weight scoring, since point totals tend to be higher than assists and rebounds.) for the players with the highest point-rebound-assist per-possession averages in NBA history: W. Chamberlain1963-64115.133.320.24.614.6 L. Bird1986-8798.633.611.09.215.0 M. Jordan1988-8997.040.09.99.915.8 L. James2012-1390.737.5188.8.131.52 R. Westbrook2014-1595.741.110.612.517.6
Source: The Explainer/SoundCloud By Cormac Fitzgerald Gardaí investigating a fatal collision in Dublin earlier this month appealed for the driver of a silver BMW who stopped near the scene to come forward.A Hiqa report revealed that the introduction of a ‘PrEP’ programme to reduce HIV rates in Ireland would be cheaper than current care.It was announced that a new three-year project could lead to the teaching of Irish through other subjects such as PE on the school curriculum.It was announced that a new welfare payment which will benefit up to 60,000 new parents who are employed or self-employed is set to come into effect from November.There was criticism after it was revealed that children and adults with disabilities are now being charged fees to use rural transport schemes to get to HSE day services.An investigation showed that almost all women in Irish prisons are serving sentences for committing petty crimes, an analysis of statistics shows.WORLD Ronnie O’Sullivan and James Cahill pictured during their first-round match at the 2019 World Championship. O’Sullivan suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of the 23-year-old amateur. Source: PA Wire/PA Images#UK: The sister of Tory MP Boris Johnson announced she will contest the European Elections.#TRUMP: US president Donald Trump and his wife Melania will pay a state visit to the UK after accepting an invitation from Britain’s queen, Buckingham Palace confirmed. #SRI LANKA: An initial probe into deadly suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 300 people shows it was “retaliation for Christchurch,” the country’s deputy defence minister said.PARTING SHOTIn 2015, the government promised to open the first supervised drug injecting centre in Ireland within two years. In the latest episode of The Explainer podcast, Sinead O’Carroll, Cormac Fitzgerald and Christine Bohan delve into why this hasn’t happened yet – and whether it ever will. Share Tweet Email Listen on Android No Comments Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday Vigil in Dublin for Lyra McKee, Donald Trump to visit England and IS claim responsibility for Sri Lanka attack – This evening’s top stories. 9,877 Views NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Members of the media at an eve-of-funeral vigil for murdered journalist Lyra McKee in Dublin’s Parnell Square East this evening. The event was organised by the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). Source: RollingNews.ieA woman arrested in relation to the killing of journalist Lyra McKee has been released unconditionally. The New IRA earlier claimed responsibility for McKee’s death. A teeanger is in a critical condition and three adults have been left seriously hurt after a crash between a car and a van in Co Cork this afternoon.A kilo of cannabis was seized and three people arrested following raids in Portlaoise. A jury in the case of a 50-year-old farmer charged with murdering his alleged love rival began deliberations, which will continue tomorrow. The Dalkey Tidy Towns confirmed that it will not be removing and destroying election posters put up in the town, despite earlier sending out an email saying that it would. There was intense criticism from local politicians of a delay in Defence Forces air support to help fire crews and locals battling gorse fires in Donegal. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4604068 Listen on iPhone/iPad Tuesday 23 Apr 2019, 10:10 PM Get our daily news round up: Short URL Apr 23rd 2019, 10:10 PM
European Union Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele expressed his concern on Monday about any potential involvement of the far-right Chrysi Avgi in a new Greek government, as the neo-Nazi party triggered immediate controversy after making it into Parliament for the first time. “Whatever government is formed it is important that it follows the best democratic traditions of Greece … within the spirit of the values the European Union is based on,” Fuele said during a visit to Skopje. “What is important … (is) that no party connected or related to xenophobia or nationalism is a part of the executive branch of government.”There is no prospect of Chrysi Avgi being asked to join a government. The party gained 21 seats on Sunday, prompting leader Nikos Michaloliakos to make a speech attacking the media and other parties. However the news conference proved more controversial due to the demands by party members that journalists stand when Michaloliakos entered the room. One reporter refused and was ordered to leave. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
La Corée du Sud reporte le lancement de sa fusée Naro-1Corée du Sud – La Corée du Sud devait lancer ce mercredi une fusée dont la mission est de placer en orbite un satellite scientifique. Mais ce tir a dû être annulé en raison de problèmes liés aux installations de protection contre les incendies de la fusée.Prévu à 17h heure locale ce mercredi, le lancement de Naro-1, première fusée assemblée en Corée du Sud avec l’aide de la Russie a dû être annulé à la dernière minute, suite à la découverte d’un problème dans le système de protection anti-incendie sur le pas de tir.Un modèle de cette fusée avait déjà été lancé en août 2009, mais à cause d’un problème d’assemblage au niveau de la séparation de ses différents étages, Naro n’avait pas pu placer en orbite le satellite scientifique qui se trouvait à son bord. Réussir le lancement de cette fusée constituerait une importante étape pour le pays qui tente de développer un programme spatial capable de rivaliser avec ceux de la Chine, de l’Inde et du Japon. Les Sud-Coréens attendaient avec impatience le tir prévu ce mercredi.Le 9 juin 2010 à 18:34 • Emmanuel Perrin
He has legal papers showing that he has bought a piece of land inJabang. He has a sketch plan showing where the land is located. He andthe wife devoted time energy and resources to the task of clearing aforest with snakes to establish a home for his children. Every decentperson considers hard work to earn a living. This young family should have been a model for those who wish to prove that industriousness could payNow both husband and wife are in tears because of a demolitionexercise which emerged from a land dispute which is yet to be decidedby a court.The man was referred to a lawyer but he claims to lack the means topay any legal cost after spending all his earnings to build a solidbuilding in the woods.What is the role of a state to such people? Who is to protect them?Who will wipe their tears? Who will reward their hand work?Foroyaa will contact the village head and the physical planning officeto get answers to vexed questions. The state should protect its honestand hardworking citizens.]]>
iBlack, a community of Black professionals in the DC area, is looking for volunteers to help provide furniture and other home items to families moving out of shelters or otherwise living without basic necessities. The organization is working with A Wider Circle’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program to assist families throughout Maryland, D.C., and Virginia. The program will also provide emergency response for victims of fires or crime, and for new mothers unable to bring children home due to insufficient resources and wellness baskets for furniture recipients including healthy snacks and information such as healthy eating, relaxation techniques, creativity exercises, and better sleep tips. The event will start at the A Wider Circle, 9159 Brookville Road t 9 a.m. on Jan. 9. There is no need to bring any supplies. However volunteers must register at iblack.biz/events/community-service-help-thy-neighbor-2016-01-09/.
Citation: Researchers modify harmless bacteria to kill harmful bacteria (2011, August 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-harmless-bacteria.html Explore further P.aeruginosa is a common microbe that is responsible for difficult to treat infections in people, particularly those with comprised immune systems. It generally colonizes the gastrointestinal tract or the respiratory system and is believed to be responsible for up to ten percent of all hospital acquired infections. The general approach to treating it is massive amounts of antibiotics which don’t always work and also tend to kill off good bacteria in the process.To get around this problem Poh and Chang modified the DNA of E. coli in such a way as to allow it to be able to detect LasR, a molecule used by P.aeruginosa bacteria to communicate with one another. When the LasR is detected, the E. coli begins producing a toxin called pyocin until it’s full, at which point it explodes releasing the pyocin which kills P.aeruginosa by eating holes in its exterior, allowing its innards to pour out.This approach is the first time that bacteria have been used to kill other bacteria and is a step up in the ongoing battle against infectious diseases. It’s one that is of critical importance due to the dearth of new anti-bacterial drugs; only two new ones have come on the market in the last ten years and the old ones are becoming increasingly ineffective as new strains of bacteria have evolved that are resistant to them.The research team says that in the lab, the modified E. coli were able to kill up to 99% of the P.aeruginosa when they were in standalone mode. Perhaps more importantly, they were also able to kill off nearly 90% of them when they were banded together in large communities called biofilms, which are notoriously difficult to treat with conventional methods.The one major obstacle to using such engineered E. coli as a stealth agent, at least at this stage, is its inability to actually hunt for its victim, rather than sit by passively waiting for the right bacterium to pass by before exploding itself. The hope is that other bacteria with sensing abilities could be used instead of E. coli; ones that could actually track down the specific target, perhaps allowing for a kill rate of 100%.The next step in the testing of the new treatment will be introducing the modified E. coli into mice to see if it will work as well in a live animal, and also of course, to see what side effects might occur. (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers in Singapore have modified the DNA of one type of bacterium, Escherichia coli, to first sense the presence of another bacterium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and then to explode, releasing a special kind of toxin that will kill it. Chueh Loo Poh and Matthew Wook Chang of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, describe their research in Molecular Systems Biology. 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. © 2011 PhysOrg.com No hiding place for infecting bacteria More information: Engineering microbes to sense and eradicate Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a human pathogen, Molecular Systems Biology 7 Article number: 521 doi:10.1038/msb.2011.55AbstractSynthetic biology aims to systematically design and construct novel biological systems that address energy, environment, and health issues. Herein, we describe the development of a synthetic genetic system, which comprises quorum sensing, killing, and lysing devices, that enables Escherichia coli to sense and kill a pathogenic Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain through the production and release of pyocin. The sensing, killing, and lysing devices were characterized to elucidate their detection, antimicrobial and pyocin release functionalities, which subsequently aided in the construction of the final system and the verification of its designed behavior. We demonstrated that our engineered E. coli sensed and killed planktonic P. aeruginosa, evidenced by 99% reduction in the viable cells. Moreover, we showed that our engineered E. coli inhibited the formation of P. aeruginosa biofilm by close to 90%, leading to much sparser and thinner biofilm matrices. These results suggest that E. coli carrying our synthetic genetic system may provide a novel synthetic biology-driven antimicrobial strategy that could potentially be applied to fighting P. aeruginosa and other infectious pathogens.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Bharatiya Mahila Bank Limited has organised Hastkala Utsav from March 7 to 15 at Dilli Haat, Janakpuri, in the Capital. Addressing the gathering at the inaugural function Usha Ananthasubramanian, Chariman and Managing Director Bharatiya Mahila Bank Limited said that the objective of the Utsav is to provide a unique platform to women artisans both individuals as well as Self Help Groups (SHGs) to display their talents. The Bank is happy in being part of bringing out the talents of women, she added. The Hastkala Utsav, an exhibition-cum-sale of handicrafts and handloom artifacts, created by women artisans was inaugurated by Lalitha Kumaramangalam, Chairperson National Commission for Women, on March 7.S.M. Swathi, Executive Director, Bharatiya Mahila Bank Limited, said that the Utsav, being organised in collaboration with Consortium of Women Entrepreneurs of India (C.W.E.I) will have about 50 stalls and will help in encouraging Indian Handicrafts. Groups from across the country will be participating in the Utsav.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. August 14, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read Register Now » Beer: an unlikely antidote to sluggish Wi-Fi. (We bet you didn’t see that coming.)If you’re tempted to tip one back when you’re on the bum end of an infuriatingly slow signal, you may be onto something. When you’re finished, you might be able to turn that empty beer can into a Wi-Fi extending DIY parabolic (alcoholic?) antenna. Now that’s desperation.Can you relate? If you’re sick of cruddy Wi-Fi — or, worse, dreaded dead zones — luckily there are plenty of other hacks and tools you can try.Here are five easy ways to boost your Wi-Fi router’s range and speed at home or at the office: 1. Put your Wi-Fi router in its (proper) place. The right place, not under the kitchen sink. For the strongest possible wireless connection, position your Wi-Fi router on a flat surface off the floor, closest to the center of your home, if possible. Somewhere up high and out in the open is best, away from thick, dense brick, stone, metal or concrete walls that could hamper the signal. Even some wallpapers hinder Wi-Fi radio waves (and some are even designed to).Be sure to station your router so that signals will go straight through walls, as opposed to at an angle. Wi-Fi signals significantly weaken when they hit walls at angles, according to Verizon. If you’re in a multi-floor home or office, place your router on the top floor for maximum coverage.Related: How to Create a Super Strong Password (Infographic)You’ll also want to situate your router at least 10 feet away from certain devices and objects that could interfere with your Wi-Fi signal, like refrigerators, baby monitors, microwaves, cordless phones, garage door openers, speakers, halogen lamps and mirrors.2. Switch the channel. TVs aren’t the only gadgets that have channels you can change. To reduce interference from neighboring Wi-Fi networks, switch the channel on yours (according to the instructions on your specific router model) to channel 1, 6 or 11. These are the best and most common channels for wireless networking, according to Best Buy. If you switch and your signal is still no bueno, try another channel (2 through 10) until you find one that maintains a strong connection. Related: Protect Yourself: Turn On This Security Feature in Your Mobile Banking App3. Buy a high-gain Wi-Fi antenna. Most Wi-Fi routers come with an antenna or two, but sometimes they’re not strong enough to send signals to hard-to-reach areas and distant corners. Adding a high-gain or “booster” antenna to your router can fix the problem, instantly extending and strengthening your router’s range. 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I plug it in near wherever I work around the house and, when they’re lucky and when I’m off-the-clock, wherever my kids zone out on their tablets and smartphones.The process of finding my extender’s sweet spot is a little hit-or-miss. I often have to move it a bit to find the best location and I occasionally have to tilt the antennas on it. Also, I only use one extender, but you could use more than one, if needed.Related: 5 Gadgets to Make Your Home a ‘Smarter’ Place5. Be a bad sharer. Stop sharing your Wi-Fi network’s name with your neighbors. How? By turning off its Service Set Identifier (SSID) broadcasting option. Doing so blocks people (strangers!) in your vicinity from seeing your network — and mooching off it and slowing it down. More importantly, it reduces your risk of getting hacked. Speaking of security, if you haven’t already, take a moment to password protect your Wi-Fi network.Tell us: What are some tips and tricks for speeding up your Wi-Fi that have worked for you? 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