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Ongoing HABRI research providing insights into water quality challenges

Ongoing HABRI research providing insights into water quality challenges

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With three years of work under its belt, the Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative (HABRI) has yielded useful results for Ohio residents. HABRI researchers are working directly with water treatment plant operators to provide practical guidance about producing safe drinking water for cities and towns dealing with algal toxins. Other scientists are examining lesser-known potential sources of algal toxin exposure and its human health impacts. And the initiative has driven ongoing collaborations between universities and agencies, positioning Ohio to better prevent and manage future crises.“HABRI also continues to fund research projects that address harmful algal blooms and their impacts on the state,” said Kristen Fussell, assistant director for Ohio Sea Grant, which co-manages the initiative.In early 2018, $4 million was awarded to 21 research teams studying topics that range from the creation of new therapies for toxin-induced liver problems to the impacts of toxic cyanobacteria on young Lake Erie sport fish.For example, R. Michael McKay at Bowling Green State University leads a project to quantify the effects that cyanophages (viruses that infect cyanobacteria) have on cyanobacterial toxin release. When viruses infect a cell, they eventually cause it to break open (a process called lysis) to spread more viruses to neighboring cells. In the case of cyanobacteria, lysis also releases toxin into the water, creating additional challenges for treatment plants that need to address a harmful algal bloom at their water intake.The project directly addresses a concern raised by the City of Toledo water treatment plant after the 2014 “do not drink” advisory. McKay and his team recently published a paper showing that a viral infection may have worsened the problem then, and will now examine the factors that lead viruses to cause cell lysis and release cyanobacterial toxins into the water.While many of the selected projects approach the harmful algal bloom problem from new angles, some continue previously funded HABRI research to dig deeper into the questions they’re asking. April Ames and Michael Valigosky at The University of Toledo lead one of those projects, examining the connection between potential exposure to algal toxins through recreational activities and self-reported health impacts like skin rashes or respiratory issues.The researchers have already collected information from 327 individuals who use Lake Erie for recreation or during work to determine when, where and how different kinds of water exposure may be happening. The end goal in the next phase of the research is to connect those potential exposures to any self-reported health impacts, such as skin rashes or respiratory issues, which are common examples of health effects caused by cyanotoxins.This information can be used to target educational outreach efforts to specific audiences most likely to be exposed to cyanotoxins during recreational activities like boating or swimming, and will be used to evaluate potential exposure and health effects in the upcoming stage of the project.last_img read more

Midday meals to be tested for quality

Midday meals to be tested for quality

first_imgThe midday meals supplied to the government schools in Rajasthan will be tested for quality following the complaints alleging poor quality of food material received from several places. Minister of State for Women and Child Development Mamta Bhupesh has appointed a three-member committee for the purpose.Ms. Bhupesh said here that the committee would submit its report within 15 days. ‘Action against guilty’Action would be taken against the guilty if the complaints were found valid, she said, adding that the Anganwadi centres functioning across the State would also be refurbished for improvement in their services.last_img

Sea Combat Squadron21 returns home from Okinawa Japan

Sea Combat Squadron21 returns home from Okinawa Japan

first_img April 6, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe Sea Combat Squadron-21 returned home yesterday. 68 sailors and 4 helicopters were met by their families at San Diego’s Naval Air Station North Island today.They were on a 7 month deployment to Okinawa, Japan. KUSI Newsroom, Sea Combat Squadron-21 returns home from Okinawa, Japan KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 6, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Publishers Starting to NameCheck iTunes Top Grossing Apps

Publishers Starting to NameCheck iTunes Top Grossing Apps

first_imgFrom Yahoo’s The Cutline: At a panel during the TechCrunch conference in New York last week, Greg Clayman, publisher of News Corp.’s Daily iPad publication, said the application had “almost a million downloads” since its launch in February.”This puts us in the large pantheon of large apps,” Clayman said. “We are consistently now in the ‘Top Grossing Apps,’ in the top 10 or 12. Today we’re number three.”For the rest of the story, click here.last_img

Apple Card customer agreement says no to cryptocurrencies and jailbreaking

Apple Card customer agreement says no to cryptocurrencies and jailbreaking

first_img Apple Card FAQ: What you need to know Comments Apple Pay Bitcoin Apple Cryptocurrency Now playing: Watch this: “You may not use or permit your account to be used for … cash advances or cash equivalents,” reads the Apple Card Customer Agreement posted Friday on the website of Goldman Sachs Group, Apple’s partner in the Apple Card venture. The agreement says cash equivalents include things like travelers checks, money orders, lottery tickets, casino gaming chips and cryptocurrency.Reuters notes that Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase nixed such purchases because they were worried volatile prices for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin could leave consumers with debt they couldn’t repay. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple Card: After mocking credit cards, Apple creates one The new Apple Card won’t let you switch from iPhone to Android, probably ever Apple Card’s underwhelming features won’t spark Google, Samsung copycats Apple Card, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade: It’s just another way to say iPhone Tags Apple 9to5Mac points out another detail from the agreement: Apple Card holders can’t use their accounts in connection with an iPhone that’s been hacked or modified through jailbreaking.”If you make unauthorized modifications to your Eligible Device, such as by disabling hardware or software controls (for example, through a process sometimes referred to as “jailbreaking”), your Eligible Device may no longer be eligible to access or manage your Account,” the agreement says.Apple will begin offering the Apple Card to users this month, CEO Tim Cook said during the company’s fiscal third-quarter earnings call Tuesday.First announced during Apple’s March software and services event, Apple Card will be Apple’s entrance into the payments arena. The iPhone maker has teamed with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard for the card, which will be available as a digital card in the Wallet app for use with Apple Pay. A physical titanium card will also be available for use in places that don’t yet accept mobile payments. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Mobilecenter_img 4 4:02 More on Apple Card See All • Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors reading • Apple Card customer agreement says no to cryptocurrencies and jailbreaking Apple Card is on the way. Screenshot by Katie Conner/CBS Interactive Like US banking giants and credit-card issuers Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase & Co. before it, Apple won’t let people use its card to buy cryptocurrencies. Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrierlast_img read more

Worlds largest solar power plant to be built in Abu Dhabi start

Worlds largest solar power plant to be built in Abu Dhabi start

first_img[Representational image]Creative CommonsAbu Dhabi will be hosting the world’s largest single-site solar plant. About 24 international and local companies have signed up for bidding to build the plant.The project will cover an expanse of 20 square kilometres. It’s plan is about twice the size of the present largest solar project at Al Dhafra. Abu DhabiERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty ImagesThe United Arab Emirates will be having a 2,000 MW solar photovoltaic power project in the heart of its capital city. Emirates Water and Electric Company (EWEC) is awaiting architectural proposals and plan layouts from the 24 companies by the fourth quarter of 2019 to proceed in the functions.As per the agreement by EWEC, the successful bidder will hold a 40 per cent stake in the project and the rest will be distributed among the local suppliers and partners.The plant is expected to start commercial operations by 2022 and will bring about a hike in Abu Dhabi’s solar power capacity to about 3,200 MW. Representational ImageReutersAbu Dhabi has been trying hard to focus on using renewable resources for years. The country aims at generating 7 per cent of its energy from solar power and the current plan will help them rely more on renewable resources by 2022.Masdar, the government-funded green energy firm, is helping the country achieve its aim by adding many projects related to renewable energy and power plants. Al Dhafra already hosts the biggest operational power plant named Noor Abu Dhabi, the newer plan is just a boot to produce more energy.last_img read more

Mounting evidence of Rohingya genocide Rights groups

Mounting evidence of Rohingya genocide Rights groups

first_imgRohingya housees were torched. Myanmar security forces slit the throats of Muslim Rohingya and burned victims alive, watchdogs said in a report on Wednesday that cited mounting evidence of genocide against the minority group.The report by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Southeast Asia-based Fortify Rights documents “widespread and systematic attacks” on Rohingya civilians between October 9 and December of last year, and from August 25 of this year.The 30-page report, entitled “They tried to kill us all,” is based on more than 200 interviews with survivors and eyewitnesses, as well as international aid workers.Some world leaders have already described as “ethnic cleansing” the scorched-earth military campaign against the Rohingya.Evidence gathered by Fortify Rights and the Holocaust Museum demonstrates that “Myanmar state security forces and civilian perpetrators committed crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing” during two waves of attacks in the majority Buddhist nation, the report says.“There is mounting evidence to suggest these acts represent a genocide of the Rohingya population,” it says.Almost 700,000 Rohingya, more than half of the population in northern Rakhine state, have been forcibly displaced since October last year when Myanmar’s army began “clearance operations” after a previously unknown group attacked and killed security officers.Those operations were, in practice, “a mechanism to commit mass atrocities,” the report said.“State security forces opened fire on Rohingya civilians from the land and sky. Soldiers and knife-wielding civilians hacked to death and slit the throats of Rohingya men, women, and children,” it said.“Rohingya civilians were burned alive. Soldiers raped and gang-raped Rohingya women and girls and arbitrarily arrested men and boys en masse.”The report said investigators from Fortify Rights and the Holocaust Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide traveled to Rakhine and the Bangladesh-Myanmar border area, where Rohingya have fled.It quoted eyewitness testimony of mass killings in three villages in late August.“When the killing was complete, soldiers moved bodies into piles and set them alight,” after soldiers reportedly murdered hundreds in one attack, the report said, adding to chilling and consistent accounts of widespread murder, rape and arson at the hands of security forces and Buddhist mobs.Global outrage is building over the violence, while Myanmar’s army insists it has only targeted Rohingya rebels.The watchdogs’ report came a day after Washington’s top diplomat, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said there were “credible reports of widespread atrocities committed by Myanmar’s security forces and vigilantes.”Speaking during a visit to Myanmar, he urged authorities there to accept an independent investigation into those allegations.The army and administration of de facto civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi—a Nobel peace laureate—have dismissed reports of atrocities and refused to grant entry to UN investigators tasked with probing allegations of ethnic cleansing.“Without urgent action, a risk of further outbreaks of mass atrocities exists in Rakhine state and possibly elsewhere in Myanmar,” Fortify Rights and the Holocaust Museum wrote.last_img read more