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Bond fire leads to fuel tank explosion

first_img…in Port KaitumaA fuel tank located in the vicinity of Turning Basin at Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima-Waini) exploded on Tuesday morning after a fire of an unknown nature erupted in an abandoned bond next to it.According to information received, the fire began in the wooden structure at around 04:30h and quickly spread to the tank of fuel belonging to businessman, Brian Gammel.Guyana Times was informed that no one was injured as a result of the fire. Further, residents in the area were heard speculating that the blaze could have been the work of arsonists.An investigation has been launched.last_img

Everton announce winger Kevin Mirallas will join Fiorentina on loan

first_img↩️ | Kevin Mirallas will join Serie A side Fiorentina on a season-long loan, subject to medical.➡️— Everton (@Everton) August 4, 2018Mirallas joined Everton six years ago from Olympiacos and has made nearly 200 appearances but is not part of new manager Marco Silva’s current plans.The 30-year-old, who was not part of the Belgium squad that finished third at this summer’s World Cup, was reportedly told to train away from Silva’s first-team earlier this week.Also in this group were full-back Cuco Martina, Nikola Vlasic, the winger, and defender Ashley Williams, who completed a loan move to Championship side Stoke on Thursday evening. Belgium winger Kevin Mirallas is to join Fiorentina on a season-long loan from Everton, the Premier League club have announced.The move, which is subject to a medical, comes after the Belgian spent the second half of last season on loan at Olympiacos in Greece having fallen down the pecking order at Goodison Park.last_img read more

Sharon’s stroke may not curb legendary appetite

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “Now I have to rush back to work,” Sharon told reporters. Asked about the stroke’s effects, he said, “I don’t think it will affect my functioning.” Sharon was rushed to the hospital Sunday night after complaining of weakness and showing signs of confused speech. Though obesity is not a direct risk factor for strokes, related problems, such as high cholesterol, are, doctors say. The prime minister, who is about 5 feet 7 inches tall, suffered no damage from the stroke, but his doctors insisted he lose weight. President George W. Bush added his own advice in a telephone call Tuesday, telling Sharon to “be careful about food, start exercising and cut back on work hours,” according to an Israeli government statement. “Be careful, my friend,” Bush was quoted as saying. Aides said Sharon would spend the next few days resting, but hinted that getting the prime minister – a once-rugged war hero – to count his calories might be a hefty challenge. “He has been told he needs to go on a diet since 1965,” his adviser Asaf Shariv said. Other aides said Sharon had not mentioned slimming down during his two days in the hospital, and the Yediot Ahronot daily reported that when his sons, Omri and Gilad, implied it might be time for him to watch his weight, Sharon simply laughed. Stories of Sharon’s appetite are legendary. He often jokes about his love of food and his expansive girth, and his favorite meal is “meat in every way,” Shariv said. One journalist reported watching Sharon polish off an entire tube of Pringles potato chips during an interview. Others joked that when his late wife Lily tried to put him on a diet, he had his security detail sneak him a giant pita filled with greasy shwarma – grilled lamb or turkey. A day before his stroke, Sharon enjoyed a typical meal with a close circle of family and friends: hamburgers, steak in chimichurri sauce, lamb chops, shish kebab and an array of salads, the Maariv daily reported. For dessert, Sharon had chocolate cake – and then more cake. Sharon avoided heavy or fried foods while he was hospitalized, Shariv said, and opted for lighter fare after leaving the hospital, eating a lunch of Chinese noodles. Shariv wasn’t sure if there was meat in the dish, but “I didn’t see meat.” Sharon’s aides have repeatedly refused to disclose his weight, and Israeli media are growing increasingly aggressive in their demands for his medical records. Channel 10 TV reporter Emmanuel Rosen was exasperated when Sharon aide Raanan Gissin insisted the prime minister’s health was a private matter. “That’s not true. If the doctor recommends Sharon go on a diet, not so he can compete in Channel 10’s modeling competition, but because there is a health issue, this is the public’s business,” Rosen said Tuesday. “If the prime minister is not healthy, the public needs to know.” Sharon left the hospital just hours after his bitter rival, former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, won the race to replace him as head of the battered Likud Party. The prime minister quit the hard-line Likud last month, and polls Tuesday showed Sharon – Israel’s most popular politician – gaining ground despite his stroke. If poll trends hold, Sharon’s Kadima would be able to form a moderate coalition after the March 28 election, and Netanyahu’s Likud would head a hawkish opposition. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! JERUSALEM – Ariel Sharon, Israel’s superweight prime minister, is renowned for his steel will, but there is one thing that just might be stronger than “the Bulldozer” – his appetite. The 77-year-old politician was released from the hospital Tuesday, two days after a mild stroke, and got an earful from his doctors about losing weight. But aides said he has not yet decided whether he will resist his love of all things meaty. Before the stroke, Sharon reportedly had a meal with family and friends that included hamburgers, steak, lamb chops, shish kebab and chocolate cake. After leaving the hospital, he ate Chinese noodles. Sharon’s illness raised questions about his health as he prepares to run for a third term in office as head of his new Kadima Party. The prime minister brushed off concerns as he left Hadassah Hospital. last_img read more

Bacteria Rule the Earth

first_img(Visited 546 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Bacteria are inescapable. They’re everywhere. Fortunately, many of them are here for good.Guess how many bacteria live in a grain of sand. [Pause to think.] According to the Max Planck Institute, a grain of sand is a metropolis for tiny life forms. “A single sand grain harbours up to 100,000 microorganisms from thousands of species.” Your visit to the beach will never be the same. The sand you sit on, build sand castles with and bury yourself in is crawling with germs. But not to worry; they’re good germs. They’re doing you and the world a favor by helping keep the ocean clean and keep earth’s nitrogen and carbon cycles going.Sand-dwell­ing bac­teria play an im­port­ant role in the mar­ine eco­sys­tem and global ma­ter­ial cycles. Be­cause these bac­teria pro­cess, for ex­ample, car­bon and ni­tro­gen com­pounds from sea­wa­ter and flu­vial in­flows, the sand acts as an enorm­ous puri­fy­ing fil­ter. Much of what is flushed into the seabed by sea­wa­ter does­n’t come back out.“Every grain of sand func­tions like a small bac­terial pantry”, ex­plains Probandt. They de­liver the ne­ces­sary sup­plies to keep the car­bon, ni­tro­gen and sul­phur cycles run­ning. “Whatever the con­di­tions may be that the bac­terial com­munity on a grain of sand is ex­posed to – thanks to the great di­versity of the core com­munity there is al­ways someone to pro­cess the sub­stances from the sur­round­ing wa­ter.”Maybe you think you can escape the germs. You travel to Antarctica. Now are you germ-free? No; geoscientists from Tübingen University say that tiny globetrotters have beat you there. Surprisingly, the same kinds of bacteria live at both poles. This implies that they migrate around the world somehow, possibly by birds or humans, or maybe through the atmosphere. An article on Evolution News & Science Today reveals one possible method for world travel: dust particles in the clouds. Bacteria can live on tiny bits of dust that travel around the world:There are a hundred to a thousand eukaryotic cells per milliliter, and a thousand to ten thousand bacteria and archaea. These numbers vastly exceed cell counts from previous observations. “Clouds are extremely rich and diverse mosaics of multiple sources ecosystems,” the researchers say.Another article at Evolution News & Science Today explores the dirt under your feet. Desert crusts include photosynthetic microbes, research has shown, that support whole communities of organisms. Some of them may be responsible for reducing static electricity in the sand and soil. Without that function, the surface of the earth might be less habitable, as it appears to be on Mars and Titan, the article says.By now we should be gaining respect for the hordes of unseen life forms that surround us. These are not primitive, useless germs. They sense their environment to explore it, says a press release from the University of Barcelona. This appears to be true of cells in your body tissues as well. Even without eyes, cells are aware. Their paper in Nature explains how “force loading” gives cells their spatial sense. The press release likens this to “seeing” people around you by feeling their faces.Experiments at the Technical University of Munich showed some of the ways bacteria adapt to their surroundings. When food is scarce or plentiful, the organisms adapt their digestive systems by actively controlling the number of digestive enzymes they produce. Cells can sense their surroundings, move and adapt. Sand and rocks do not “sense their environment to explore it.” Such abilities require coded information to be expressed in molecular machines that can carry out these processes intentionally.Update 12/21/17: For the first time scientists have directly observed living bacteria in polar ice and snow (Science Daily). “For the first time scientists have directly observed living bacteria in polar ice and snow — an environment once considered sterile.” Dr Kelly Redeker stated, “the fact that we have observed metabolically active bacteria in the most pristine ice and snow is a sign of life proliferating in environments where you wouldn’t expect it to exist.” Without any evidence for extraterrestrial microbes, or even with any notion that it is possible for them to arise by chance, he added: “This suggests we may be able to broaden our horizons when it comes to thinking about which planets are capable of sustaining life.”The globe is saturated with coded information. Bacteria even life on the ocean floor, conducting electricity to the surrounding water (11/10/12). It may be that, as reported on 6/06/14, the Earth needs inhabitants to be habitable. Where does coded information come from? There is only one cause we know of for it: intelligence.For more wonders of the world, consider the new book by two CEH contributors, Spacecraft Earth: A Guide for Passengers. To get a taste of this book’s treasure chest of amazing facts, you can read about 30 pages in a Sneak Peek available from the Publisher, Creation Ministries International.last_img read more

Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – December 7, 2011

first_img SharePrint RelatedGive the gift of geocachingNovember 28, 2016In “News”Geocaching Shop Elves holiday gift guide!November 30, 2017In “Community”Holiday Geocaching Gift GuideNovember 21, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter” The Holiday Gift GuideUnwrap the thrill of geocaching this holiday season. While you can’t log a “Found it,” finding a present from might be just as thrilling as finding a cache (and there’s no need to worry about insects). Here are some of the most exciting gift ideas from Shop Geocaching.The Limited Edition Glass Holiday Ornament showcases the unity of the worldwide geocaching community. The phrase “Found It” is translated into multiple languages and printed on the ornament in 22 karat gold.If a loved one is excited to go geocaching with their Smartphone, the Cache With Your Phone Starter Kit is the perfect surprise.Do you know a geocacher who works up a sweat finding geocaches? They’ll need the Cool Cloth Bandana and the matching “Hide it/Find it/Log it” tee. And the Challenges Geocoin is the perfect gift for the superhero in your life. Check out Shop Geocaching for dozens of additional gift ideas.Happy Holidays from the all Lackeys at Groundspeak!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

What’s the Difference Between the Energy Code and the DEA?

first_imgWhat will it take?So how will we get to a higher level of code enforcement?The current political climate, particularly the rise of the radical right, is pushing the country towards less rather than more government. I’m reminded of a few months I spend as one of the very few liberal and environmental leading members of the Georgia governor’s energy policy council in 2006. One discussion focused on budgeting for energy code training and enforcement. There was a lot of pushback from the group, one heavily weighted towards utilities and large corporations. My argument was that we already had the rules, we just needed to enforce them better – not much different from putting more cops on the street to make people safer.I did manage to persuade the group that it was the right thing to do, although most of the final plan still remains to be implemented. I do have hopes that code enforcement, along with increased consumer demand for better and more efficient homes will lead us on a path to better buildings.I am afraid, however, that along with drugs, drinking and driving, speeding, and paying people off the books, energy code enforcement will take a back seat to other pressing issues for many years to come. The code is getting more stringentThe 2009 IECC is a good start toward higher performing buildings, and the 2012 code will be even better, but neither will be any good if builders don’t abide by them. As I discussed in an earlier post, Georgia has implemented some good amendments to the 2009 code, including required blower door and duct testing for all new homes.The problem is that enforcement is moving slowly. The 2012 code, significantly more stringent than the current one, should be in place in a few years. If the industry can’t meet the current code almost two years into the process, how are they going to meet the new, tougher code? I’ve been on a bit of a rant lately about the poor state of energy code enforcement and its effect on building performance. The rules are there, but not enough people are following them. This misbehavior leads to excessive energy use, providing support to the energy and utility industries, and does nothing to reduce our dependence of foreign oil.That got me thinking about other rules and laws that don’t get followed and the resulting consequences. The first thing that comes to mind is illegal drugs. They are against the law, but lots of people use them and only few get caught. Buying those drugs tends to support crime and violence, but the risk of getting caught is low enough to keep people buying.Many people also pay employees and subcontractors off the books – supporting tax evasion and illegal immigration. A few get caught, but like drugs and energy codes, the risk/reward relationship is one that leads many to flout the rules. Other examples include speeding and drunk driving – when the rules are enforced, fewer people break them.last_img read more

Smart city accelerator grows in Brooklyn’s hippest zip code

first_imgTags:#food#Internet of Things#IoT#Mini#Smart Cities#SOSV Related Posts Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Donal Power How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic …center_img Amid North Brooklyn’s man buns and artisanal kale donuts, the Urban-X accelerator is bulking up to focus on smart city reports on the hardware-focused accelerator program’s move from Manhattan to trendy Greenpoint. It is relocating to the A/D/O center in order to boost its capacity and space as it gears up for its second cohort.Urban-X is backed by a joint venture between BMW’s Mini car subsidiary and SOSV, an Irish VC, and runs seed accelerators in China, Taiwan, Ireland as well as the U.S.The program’s managing director Micah Kotch says the Urban-X is especially suited for hardware startups developing products for smart cities. Specifically, Kotch adds that the accelerator is seeking “people solving really hard problems” in such fields as transportation, public safety, food supply and energy.These areas of interest are at the crossroads where transportation and smart cities meet, which experts say need stronger collaboration in the future.A key area which the accelerator can assist participants is to help them develop strong revenue models, which remains a challenge in the emerging smart cities space.“There’s a lot of buzz around smart cities, but the space is still emerging,” said Kotch. “Some of the business models are still in flux.”Those startups accepted into the Urban-X accelerator will get the chance to build prototypes with BMW designers and engineers, and join excursions to BMW’s facilities in Munich.From Brooklyn to ChinaAs well, participants will get the opportunity to travel to Shenzhen, China to visit SOSV’s accelerator which focuses on hardware development.An example of an Urban-X graduate is Brooklyn-based Industrial/Organic.  The startup, which is developing efficient composting systems for cities, recently landed funding from Brooklyn Bridge Ventures.The application deadline for the 14-week program is Sept. 6. Up to 12 successful applicants will each get $60,000 for a 7% equity share that will be split evenly between SOSV and Mini.Applications are open to startups from across the U.S. and around the world. Almost half of the accelerator’s first cohort was from outside America. How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

Fencing to be over by December: Sonowal

first_imgAssam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the BJP-led coalition government, with the help of the Centre, has been able to check infiltration and crimes along the India-Bangladesh border.The Sonowal government, in which regional parties — the Asom Gana Parishad and the Bodoland People’s Front — are allies, completed two years in power on Wednesday.The run-up to the anniversary coincided with protests against the Centre’s bid to push the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and the final stage of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) aimed at weeding out illegal migrants.“Work on fencing the 262-km border with Bangladesh is progressing fast and is expected to be over by December this year. Smart fencing (with gadgets such as electronic eye) on the land border and technical barriers (floating detection devices) on riverine stretches have come up,” Mr. Sonowal said.“Our commitment to checking influx and border crimes such as cattle, drug and arms smuggling and human trafficking is evident from the fact that 100 MLAs visited the border areas and spent nights there. I visited the border thrice in these two years,” he said.‘Wait for NRC’The Chief Minister reiterated his government won’t do anything that harms the interest of Assam or its people while referring to demands for his government to take a stand against the Citizenship Bill when other BJP-ruled states in the Northeast have been outspoken about it.“Assam is the only State in India to undertake the Supreme Court-monitored exercise to update the 1951 NRC. Once the final draft list on 3.30 crore people in the State is published, we will get a clear idea about the number of foreigners living illegally. Let us wait for the NRC exercise to be over,” Mr. Sonowal said.The first draft, published on December 31 last year, had names of 1.9 crore people.He also trashed the figures on illegal migrants cited by various pressure groups. “What is the basis on which they are citing such figures?” he asked.Anti-graft driveMr. Sonowal criticised the former Congress government headed by Tarun Gogoi for decentralising corruption to the panchayat level instead of decentralising power. “Our government has gone after corrupt officials from day one, making the people regain trust on governance in Assam,” he said.The government, he added, registered 66 cases against corrupt officials and arrested 74 during the last two years compared to a total 18 officials during the last 10 years of the Congress regime. Similarly, raids were conducted on premises of 3,454 unscrupulous traders, 14 of whom were arrested and trade license of 146 suspended.“The Gauhati High Court, on our request, has provided a roadmap for fast-track courts to deliver prompt justice in cases of crime against women and girls. The police across Assam’s 33 districts have also been sensitised on preparing error-free charge-sheets against the culprits,” he said.6 Brahmaputra bridgesMr. Sonowal credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for changing the image the “Congress had created” about the Northeast being a region of subsidies and grants. “The region is on its way to becoming India’s organic farming hub and an industrial link to Southeast Asian nations because of the Act East Policy,” he said.Thrust on connectivity has been the pivotal aspect of this policy and six new bridges to be built across river Brahmaputra is a case in point, the Chief Minister said.These include the Dhubri-Phulbari bridge that, at 18 km, would be India’s longest. This proposed bridge close to the Bangladesh border will connect Assam (Dhubri) and Meghalaya (Phulbari). The others are Guwahati-North Guwahati, Bhomoraguri-Tezpur, Gohpur-Numaligarh, Jorhat-Tezpur and Disangmukh-Tekeliphuta.At present, there are three bridges on the Brahmaputra. Work on the fourth – Bogibeel – near eastern Assam’s Dibrugarh is nearing completion.Assam’s easternmost bridge across river Lohit, one of the tributaries of Brahmaputra, is now India’s longest at 9.15 km. This bridge connecting Dhola and Sadiya is named after music maestro Bhupen Hazarika.last_img read more

Benilde runs Perpetual aground for third win

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCollege of St. Benilde registered its third win in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament after taking apart Perpetual Help, 83-55, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Blazers improved to 3-9 while the Altas slipped to 4-7.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Prince Eze had six points and 16 rebounds to lead the Altas. LATEST STORIES This is Benilde’s second win over Perpetual after the Altas had their 69-65 opening game victory against the Blazers forfeited after wearing the wrong uniform.Blazers head coach TY Tang used their earlier game against the Altas as a source of motivation and to prove that they can beat Perpetual without the help of some technicality.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We had that as a motivation on our part that we just want to prove a point,” said Tang. “This time we wanted to win convincingly. We just played good basketball on both ends of the court and we were composed.” Edward Dixon led the Blazers with 21 points with four rebounds while Clement Leutcheu put up a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double. Read Nextcenter_img Saunders and Monroe want Golovkin-Alvarez shot Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more