No intervention from health department to Black Bush Polder residents

first_imgAs the flooding in Black Bush Polder reaches day five, there has been no intervention from the health department in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).This has led to residents expressing concern over health issues and the spread of disease, after floodwaters in Yakusari kept rising since Friday last. Residents who reached out to Guyana Times express worry over the spread of diseases since many pit latrines in the area are inundated. After five days of being under water, no one from the health department has gone to Yakusari, which is the village worst hit by the floods. In some sections of the residential areas, there is a stench emanating from the water. Speaking with this publication, Dharmindra Debesarran, a father of five, said he is very worried about the situation. The area is a farming community and the continuous water on the land is killing the crops. The school yard has remained under water for five days. Some farmers cannot do anything to assist themselves. Balwansingh Somar, another affected resident, rears chickens, which have been forced to live in the water – a situation which is leading to their demise. “Twenty-five foul dead out fuh me because of the flood. My dog can’t come in me own yard. He ah sleep outside,” he related. Adding to the burden is the fact that the pump at Number 43 Village is also out of operation. Since the water began to rise on Friday last, residents have pointed an accusing finger at the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) which has responsibility for the three main canals which drain the four polders. Some of the sluice doors are silted while outfall channels at Adventure, Eversham and Number 43 Village are all blocked with silt.After the two Polders of Johanna and Yakusari were inundated on Friday, efforts were made to clear the Yakusari main drainage canal of vegetation.A resident pointed out that he used to pay over $15,600 as land taxes to the Black Bush Polder Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) for the small plot of land where he lives but nothing has been done to improve the drainage in the community. He added that now the tax has increased to $48,600 but yet the community’s drainage is non-functional.Some farmers related that their entire crop has been lost as a result of the flood. “One overnight rain fall and it duck out everything,” a farmer told this publication. Officials from the regional administration have since visited the community on several occasions, monitoring the cleaning of the vegetation in the canal but the floodwaters are still high. A resident told Guyana Times that the hymac deployed to the area has to be repaired more often than it actually works.last_img read more

Echoes of Historic Supernovae Observed

first_img 1Armin Rest et al., “Light echoes from ancient supernovae in the Large Magellanic Cloud,” Nature 438, 1132-1134 (22 December 2005) | doi:10.1038/nature04365. It’s interesting that there are no supernova remnants claimed to be tens or hundreds of thousands of years old or older.  One of the most distended SNR’s in our galaxy, the Veil Nebula, is believed to be only 5,000 years old (see 02/16/2001).  Even so, all things being equal, the light from such an event would be expected to take some 160,000 years to arrive at earth.  Why are there no older remnants reported?  Is the same true for novae?  Here is a good research project for someone who likes to catalog things and think about their implications.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Astronomers using telescopes at the Cerro-Tololo observatory in Chile were able to detect the faint light echoes of supernovae (see EurekAlert, Space.com and original paper in Nature1).  They found three light echoes for six of the smallest previously-catalogued supernova remnants (SNR) in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a small irregular galaxy visible from the southern hemisphere.  Assuming the shock wave moves out less than 10,000 km/sec, and calibrating against the echoes from the known 18-year old remnant of SN1987A, they estimated the ages of two of them at 410 and 610 years.  They believe surveys could uncover many more, now that they know what to look for.  The light echoes provide a method for fixing the ages of supernova remnants. last_img read more

Your Body: Design from Head to Toe

first_img(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Every body part has its place and is well-designed for its function.This is just a quick list of new findings about the body, with links for further study.Your interface to the world: PNAS says, “The human skin is an organ with a surface area of 1.5–2 m2 that provides our interface with the environment. The molecular composition of this organ is derived from host cells, microbiota, and external molecules.”Rip resistance: Your skin is remarkably resistant to tearing, Science Daily says. A photo shows why: “Collagen fibrils in the dermis of the skin are normally curvy and highly disordered, but (right) in response to a tear align themselves with the tension axis (arrow) to resist further damage.”Wound healing: Science Daily says that the mystery of wound healing is being unlocked by research at the University of Arizona. How do cells rush to heal a wound? To start with, there are leader cells and follower cells.Wong’s team observed that when cells collectively migrate toward a wound, leader cells expressing a form of messenger RNA, or mRNA, genetic code specific to the DII4 protein emerge at the front of the pack, or migrating tip. The leader cells, in turn, send signals to follower cells, which do not express the genetic messenger. This elaborate autoregulatory system remains activated until new tissue has covered a wound.How a wound closes: In addition, cells move cooperatively to form new ranks, says Science Daily about research at the University of Heidelberg. The article tells how a protein named Merlin runs a “marathon” as it senses tension and sends signals to other proteins. Merlin is also a tumor suppressor.Echo chamber: To identify the location of a sound, we need to hear echos, Science Daily says. The bouncing echoes in the environment, heard from two points of view in the two ears, provide our brains with localization cues. Reverb is part of our auditory sensing.Breast milk: The “digestive brilliance” of mother’s milk is explored in an article on PhysOrg. The milk forms into highly-organized structures during digestion that are key to the infant’s nutrition. “Human breast milk is key to the survival and development of humans, yet until now we had no idea of the rich structure formation when it is digested,” a researcher at Monash University said.Bionic leg improves on evolution?  Nature says that an unpowered”exoskeleton” that looks like a calf brace can improve energy efficiency while walking. The headline says that this “improves on evolution” compared to the natural leg, because people walking with the brace use 7% less energy. “That may not sound like much, but the mechanics of the human body have been shaped by millions of years of evolution, and some experts had doubted that there was room for further improvement in human locomotion, short of skating along on wheels.” The invention would surely be a hindrance for swimming, gymnastics, and dozens of other human activities, though.Live and let liver: The liver has a backup system to recover from crisis, Science Daily reports. It comes in the form of an “antioxidant system” that relies on methionine, one of the amino acids found in dietary protein. Mouse livers that were under stress and threat of failure revived with methionine in the diet when the two other antioxidant systems in liver cells, the thioredoxin and glutathione systems, were not working.Eye of the cyclops: We have two eyes, but get one image. How are they merged into a singular view of the world? The brain works as a cyclops, Medical Xpress says, compensating for the differences in the images. Visual calibration performed by the brain gives us a sharper image than a single eye could.Did language evolve?  Humans are verbal communicators. Put any two together, and a conversation is likely to develop, using abstract concepts, reasoning, and basic assumptions about morality. This is made possible by unique vocal apparatus and a brain able to command it for a purpose. Did all of this come about by slow and gradual accidental mutations? Consider this statement in Science Daily by a linguist from MIT: “The hierarchical complexity found in present-day language is likely to have been present in human language since its emergence.” It should be noted that selection acts only a single traits, not hierarchical complexity.Are you thankful for these insights coming from design-based science?  It’s design-based, because there is a subtext that assumes purposes exist for things we do not yet understand. The few mentions of evolution are throwaway lines. When we see design, our response should be thankfulness, and a redoubling of efforts to increase our understanding with deeper research.last_img read more

Perdue announces Farm Service Agency and Rural Development state directors

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In early November U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a slate of Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Rural Development (RD) State Directors, all serving as appointees of President Donald J. Trump. These FSA State Directors help implement U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policies in planning, organizing, and administering FSA programs in their respective states. They are also responsible for running the day-to-day activities of the state FSA office. Similarly, RD State Directors work to help improve the economy and quality of life in rural America.“These state directors will help ensure that USDA is offering the best customer service to our farmers, ranchers, foresters, and agricultural producers across the country,” Secretary Perdue said. “FSA and RD both play a critical role in helping the people of agriculture, and are able to connect with people in their home states. They are the initial points of contact for millions of our USDA customers. Our goal is to help rural America prosper, and these state leaders will be of great assistance in that task.”In Ohio, this announcement included FSA State Director: Leonard Hubert. Hubert served as the Director of External Affairs & Economic Opportunity in Ohio Governor John Kasich’s Office and also as the Chairman of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.The newly announced Rural Development State Director for Ohio is Dave Hall. Hall’s experience in agriculture began in the late 1960s when he started working on his grandparents’ farm and has since served as a Commissioner for the Ohio Exposition Commission for the Ohio State Fair and Chairman of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee in the Ohio House of Representatives.last_img read more

Had your auxin training yet?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomistI just sat through my second training of the season. Labels changed for all of the soybean dicamba products last fall; and the label says you will attend dicamba training every year. That means everyone who uses a dicamba product on soybeans must attend auxin training from the manufacturer; contact your seed dealer or herbicide supplier to see when yours is happening. If you missed it for the product you are using, that’s OK, you can attend any of the manufacturers’ training sessions to get the update.From my one and a half hour training I learned that to use the products you must:Keep records.Follow buffer requirements. And they have changed since last year.Use no AMS.Apply with an approved nozzle, with a minimum spray volume of 15 gallons per acre.At 24 inches above the canopy.In winds between 3 and 10 miles per hour.But drive below 15 miles per hour.Spray small weeds within 45 days of planting.Anyone who handles or sprays dicamba must be a licensed applicator, and have been through the auxin training.Rinse three times before and after application. Record that effort.Get a fit test done for your respirator. Annually.And more…The current labels for the dicamba-soybean products say we shall spray 4-inch or smaller weeds, but one farmer pointed out to me that the sales representative showed data in their auxin training class that their product will take down 12-inch weeds. Ohio farmers already know how to stretch a ruler, so let’s teach that to spray small weeds is the best way to delay the development of resistant weeds. And oh yes, scout before and after your application. Do remember we already have weeds in Ohio resistant to glyphosate and to auxin herbicides.So how do we reduce the potential of resistance development?Use a pre-emergent herbicide,Spray post to small weedsAllow no seed production. Go rogue to remove those seed heads.last_img read more

Arellano sweeps San Beda for 3rd NCAA title in 4 years

first_imgRead Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Batangas-EAC stuns JRU for breakthrough win NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img “I’m so happy because our [volleyball] program is really flourishing. When I started, we were seventh place,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier. “We just really wanted to win,” said Arocha, who finished with 15 points and 12 digs, in Filipino. “I believed in myself and I also got motivation from my teammates.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe game was in stark contrast to the finals opener on Friday where Arellano needed five sets to hold off a game San Beda side.Arellano raced to an 8-0 start in the third set before widening the gap to 14-2 as the Lady Chiefs never looked back while the Lady Red Spikers looked resigned. “We felt like they gave the game to us and just gave up in the third set. When we scored the first five points of the third set we already felt that the title is going to be ours,” Arocha admitted.But the pivotal stretch of the duel came in the second set when Arellano rallied and saved four set points with Arocha scoring three of her team’s last four points, including back-to-back hits for a 2-0 set lead.Jovielyn Prado, who was the Finals MVP last season, also had 15 points while Andrea Marzan and Mary Anne Esguerra scored eight and seven points, respectively in their final NCAA game.Cesca Raqraquin led San Beda, which had nothing to be ashamed of after making its first-ever appearance in the championship round, with 13 points.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano University retained its title after sweeping San Beda, 25-13, 29-27, 25-15, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball Finals Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Regine Arocha, who was deservingly named Finals MVP, led a dominating performance by the Lady Chiefs, who won their third championship in the last four years.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea linked as Lyon coach Genesio leaves Fekir out of Cup squad

first_imgChelsea linked as Lyon coach Genesio leaves Fekir out of Cup squadby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLyon coach Bruno Genesio has sparked transfer talk after leaving Nabil Fekir out of his squad this weekend.The Mirror says Lyon have left skipper Fekir out of their squad for their French Cup clash this weekend.The French playmaker stayed with Lyon in the summer after his proposed move to Liverpool fell through.Fekir looked set to stay until the end of the season at least, although he has just 18 months remaining on his contract. But just days into the January transfer window, he has been suspiciously omitted from the squad for the clash with fifth-tier Bourges Foot.Fekir has also attracted interest from Chelsea in recent months with Liverpool’s interest in the playmaker seemingly ending in the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Georgia State’s Ron Hunter Broke His Cast Celebrating His Son’s 3-Pointer vs. Baylor

first_imgRon Hunter does interview after NCAA Tournament game.Ron Hunter’s celebratory fall out of his chair proved to be a somewhat costly one – it was clearly worth it, though. On Thursday, the Georgia State coach dropped to the floor after his son, R.J. Hunter, hit a game-winning 3-pointer against Baylor in the NCAA Tournament’s Second Round. Ron Hunter, who was sitting on a rolling chair because he tore his Achilles celebrating his team’s NCAA Tournament berth, cracked his cast as he fell to the ground. A doctor is on his way to Jacksonville to re-cast the foot. Ron Hunter told CBS Sports’ Jamie Erdahl about the situation Friday morning. What would you do for an NCAA Tournament victory?Georgia State is set to face Baylor on Saturday at 6:10 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on TNT.last_img read more

Here’s What Tim Tebow Is Doing At His MLB Showcase Today

first_imgTim Tebow in a batting cage.Tim Tebow/Twitter.Today is the day Tim Tebow tries to become a major league baseball player.Tebow, 29, is set to work out for 20-plus MLB teams in Los Angeles. The former Florida Gator and NFL quarterback has been working out with a baseball career in mind for a year-plus. He already has a contract offer from a Venezuelan winter league team.Scott Miller, an MLB columnist for Bleacher Report, is out in Los Angeles for the workout.He tweeted out a photo of the plan for Tebow’s MLB showcase.Tebow will be:Running a 60-yard dashThrowing to bases from the outfieldShagging flyballs and groundballs in the outfieldTaking batting practiceTaking “live” BP from two AAA pitchersHere’s the schedule:Almost showtime pic.twitter.com/dBvSnT0j0N— Scott Miller (@ScottMillerBbl) August 30, 2016Tebow’s showcase is taking place at USC.Tim Tebow warming up for his showcase. pic.twitter.com/5RhJ3saXRl— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) August 30, 2016Updates to come.last_img read more

Barbra Streisand Visits Washington To Advance Womens Heart Health Equity

first_imgBarbra Streisand, co-founder of the Women’s Heart Alliance, is in the nation’s capitol this week to raise awareness among senior members of Congress and federal officials about women’s heart health and cardiovascular disease (CVD), which kills more women each year in the U.S. than all cancers combined.Streisand delivered the prestigious Rall Lecture at the National Institutes of Health, where she spoke about the urgent need for sex-specific research and health equity for women to reduce preventable deaths from heart disease. In the afternoon, she met with a group of senators to discuss the critical role of raising awareness about women’s cardiovascular disease, which claims the lives of nearly 400,000 women each year.“For too long cardiovascular disease has been considered a man’s disease — not just from a patient perspective, but also in the way it’s approached in prevention, treatment and research. Yet a woman is dying of CVD roughly every 80 seconds,” Ms. Streisand says. “I urge our policymakers to ensure that women’s heart disease, the number one killer of women, is treated as a national priority. “The noted singer, actress, director and philanthropist co-founded the Women’s Heart Alliance in 2014. Through the organization, she has built on the work she embarked on with her founding of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles in 2012.“The WHA has worked tirelessly to empower women to take their heart health into their own hands through education and awareness-raising,” says CEO British Robinson. “But there is still more work to do. We want to change research practices to ensure women are represented in the lab and the clinic; ensure that women receive quality care, and that every health care provider knows how to provide it; and increase the odds that women will survive a heart attack or stroke.”The Women’s Heart Alliance (WHA) was formed to raise awareness, encourage action and drive new research to fight women’s heart disease. It is a unique collaboration between two of America’s leading medical institutions — the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center — and two major philanthropists and leaders in business and entertainment, Barbra Streisand and Ronald O. Perelman.last_img read more