first_img(Ely, Cambridgeshire), a supplier of plastic food packaging, is introducing a co-ordinated range of food containers made from PLA (polylactive acid), an environmentally-friendly material. Now available in PLA are three new salad bowls with lids in its popular Twisty range (250cc, 375cc and 500cc), as well as a Single Tortilla and Twin Tortilla pack. These products add to the PLA sandwich wedge, launched a few months ago.Steve Campbell, Anson’s business manager standards, says: “Since we launched the PLA sandwich wedge, we have been inundated with requests from customers to produce more biodegradable packs.”last_img read more

Rising CO2 poses significant threat to human nutrition

first_imgAt the elevated levels of atmospheric CO2 anticipated by around 2050, crops that provide a large share of the global population with most of their dietary zinc and iron will have significantly reduced concentrations of those nutrients, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Given that an estimated 2 billion people suffer from zinc and iron deficiencies, resulting in a loss of 63 million life years annually from malnutrition, the reduction in these nutrients represents the most significant health threat ever shown to be associated with climate change.“This study is the first to resolve the question of whether rising CO2 concentrations — which have been increasing steadily since the Industrial Revolution — threaten human nutrition,” said Samuel Myers, research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health at HSPH and the study’s lead author.The study appears online May 7 in Nature.Some previous studies of crops grown in greenhouses and chambers at elevated CO2 had found nutrient reductions, but those studies were criticized for using artificial growing conditions. Experiments using free air carbon dioxide enrichment (FACE) technology became the gold standard as FACE allowed plants to be grown in open fields at elevated levels of CO2, but those prior studies had small sample sizes and have been inconclusive.The researchers analyzed data involving 41 cultivars (genotypes) of grains and legumes from the C3 and C4 functional groups (plants that use C3 and C4 carbon fixation) from seven different FACE locations in Japan, Australia, and the United States. The level of CO2 across all seven sites was in the range of 546 to 586 parts per million (ppm). The researchers tested the nutrient concentrations of the edible portions of wheat and rice (C3 grains), maize and sorghum (C4 grains), and soybeans and field peas (C3 legumes).The results showed a significant decrease in the concentrations of zinc, iron, and protein in C3 grains. For example, zinc, iron, and protein concentrations in wheat grains grown at the FACE sites were reduced by 9.3 percent, 5.1 percent, and 6.3 percent, respectively, compared with wheat grown at ambient CO2. Zinc and iron were also significantly reduced in legumes; protein was not.The finding that C3 grains and legumes lost iron and zinc at elevated CO2 is significant. Myers and his colleagues estimate that 2 billion–3 billion people around the world receive 70 percent or more of their dietary zinc and/or iron from C3 crops, particularly in the developing world, where deficiency of zinc and iron is already a major health concern.C4 crops appeared to be less affected by higher CO2, which is consistent with underlying plant physiology, as C4 plants concentrate CO2 inside the cell for photosynthesis, and thus they might be expected to be less sensitive to extracellular changes in CO2 concentration.The researchers were surprised to find that zinc and iron varied substantially across cultivars of rice. That finding suggests that there could be an opportunity to breed reduced sensitivity to the effect of elevated CO2 into crop cultivars in the future.In addition to efforts to reduce CO2 emissions, breeding cultivars with reduced sensitivity to CO2, biofortification of crops with iron and zinc, and nutritional supplementation for populations most affected could all play a role in reducing the human health impacts of these changes, said Myers. “Humanity is conducting a global experiment by rapidly altering the environmental conditions on the only habitable planet we know. As this experiment unfolds, there will undoubtedly be many surprises. Finding out that rising CO2 threatens human nutrition is one such surprise,” he said.Other HSPH authors include Antonella Zanobetti, Itai Kloog, and Joel Schwartz.last_img read more

New Open Networking Options for HCI

first_imgThe Dell EMC Networking business strategy continues to focus on delivering products that empower customer choice, flexibility and innovation at any scale. Our signature open networking switching products in the data center are the foundation for IT transformation with our enterprise, web and service provider customers worldwide.Today, we continue to lead the industry with the announcement of our latest S4112-ON open networking switches that are purpose-built for hyper-converged and software-defined-storage data center environments.  At one-half the width of standard 1RU switches, these new S4112-ON switches help make efficient use of valuable chassis rack space while still providing high-performance top-of-rack switching within the chassis and fabric connectivity between chassis.These new switches are available in both a S4112F-ON version for 10/25GbE fiber connections and a S4112T-ON version for 10BaseT connections.  There are also multi-rate 100GbE ports available on both offerings that help future-proof your data center for growing storage connectivity demands with each 100GbE port supporting 10/25/50/100GbE speeds.S4112T-ON switch with 12 x 10GbE ports and 3 x 100GbE portsS4112T-ON with 12 x 10GBaseT ports and 3 x 100GbE portsS4112T-ON with 12 x 10GBaseT ports and 3 x 100GbE portsBoth versions of the S4112-ON support the Open Networking Install Environment (ONIE) which gives customers the choice of running Dell EMC Networking OS10 software or approved 3rd party operating systems. The OS10 Enterprise Edition package provides complete layer 2 and layer 3 networking functionality but also allows customers to easily customize the software for different environments. A customer can integrate additional open source capabilities, add 3rd party Linux applications, or develop their own software using standard Linux and DevOps tools.One ideal use case for these new switches would be in a hyper-converged fabric switch configuration running a virtual storage area network. Here either one or two S4112-ON switches (if redundancy is required) can be set up as switches in the storage front end fabric for Dell EMC systems like VxRail, vSAN Ready Nodes or XC hyper-converged systems.Another good use case for the S4112-ON would be as a high-performance, space-efficient iSCSI SAN switch in a rack providing 10GbE or 10BaseT top-of-rack switching for Dell EMC SC-Series, Unity Series, MD-Series or EQL-Series storage platforms, with the ability to easily convert to 25GbE switching connections when needed.Our mission at Dell EMC Networking is to ensure our customers – regardless of size – derive the fullest value out of their networking investments. As such, we will continue to introduce proven end-to-end open networking solutions, comprehensive global services and a vision that sets the pace in a rapidly changing industry. Find out how we can help you and your network.Learn more at read more

Drug Trade Threatens Costa Rica’s ‘Pura Vida’ Reputation

first_img SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — A group of 14 prisoners tried to escape May 12th from La Reforma, Costa Rica’s largest prison. The attempted jailbreak was led by Nicaraguan inmate Erlyn Hurtado, who in 2005 was involved in one of the nation’s bloodiest massacres, and Johel Araya, who was shot six times in an escape attempt from the same prison in 2006. The escape attempt began when Hurtado opened his jail cell using a set of the prison’s master keys and held guards hostage with a .380 pistol, the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) said. Hurtado then opened Araya’s cell and freed another 20 to 30 more inmates. They used smoke bombs, fake grenades, radios and cellphones to corral 15 hostages — mostly prison guards — and demanded an escape vehicle. After a three-hour standoff, Costa Rican police intervened to thwart the escape attempt. Hurtado, a fellow prisoner and a prison guard were killed in the ensuing shootout. Just outside the prison gates, authorities found a vacant Dodge van stocked with AK-47s, ski masks, bulletproof vests, $2,000 in cash, food, bottles of water and homemade explosives. Despite round-the-clock surveillance and strict regulations against unauthorized parking, the Dodge had been on the property for four days. “With the information we have obtained about the escape thus far in our investigation, it appears the criminals were operating under the assistance of someone working within the prison system,” said OIJ Director Jorge Rojas. “Our investigation will be aimed at determining who was responsible for assisting the prisoners in the escape.” Last week, Rojas and Security Minister Mario Zamora said the escape attempt might be linked to drug traffickers. “What we do know is that someone in the prison administration must have had strong connections and a motive for assisting the prisoners with the keys,” said Zamora. “Drug cartels are very wealthy and powerful, which often results in corruption.” Three Mexican prisoners jailed in La Reforma were linked to international drug organizations at the time of their arrest in Costa Rica, OIJ said. Cartels in Costa Rica Over the past few years, Costa Rican security forces, including the OIJ and the Drug Control Police (known by its Spanish initials PCD), have locked up several high-profile criminals tied to Mexican drug cartels. In March, three Mexicans linked to the infamous Sinaloa cartel were detained at a residence in Cartago, east of San José. The men were in possession of 319 kilograms of cocaine valued at $12.7 million. They had been in and out of Costa Rica several times since 2007, and were being closely monitored by the OIJ. Two other men with suspected links to the Sinaloa cartel were arrested in February. In May 2007, the OIJ conducted a raid known as “Operation Aztec” on a house in the western San José neighborhood of Rohrmoser. Seven Mexicans and one Colombian were arrested while remodeling the house as a cocaine storage facility for the Sinaloa cartel. A month earlier, the PCD raided a home in Tejar del Guarco, east of San José, and arrested two Mexicans in possession of 300 kilograms of cocaine and money in multiple currencies. Mauricio Boraschi, director of the PCD, said earlier this month that Costa Rica acts as a bridge. “The drugs have to be transported either by air, land or sea. Transportation is typically organized by Mexican organizations and has to move north through Central America,” he said. “To do so, Mexican organizations typically move drugs north by sea or air, as ground transportation is the easiest to monitor. When drugs are moved north via the sea, Central American ports are used.” Costa Rica’s Public Security Ministry said police last year seized 9,900 kilograms of cocaine, the second-highest quantity in history, exceeded only by 2008 figures. The ministry also reported that 101 drug organizations were dismantled in 2010, a record high. From 2006 to 2010, 400 drug organizations were broken up, including 347 local groups and 53 international ones. Chinchilla: Much more must be done On May 4, four days shy of her one-year anniversary, President Laura Chinchilla told lawmakers what her government was doing to improve security for the country’s 3.5 million citizens. During her 90-minute speech, she mentioned “narcotrafficking” seven times. “Today I am here to confirm the vision that is shared by everyone in the country: to make Costa Rica a more secure home for all of its residents,” she said. “To achieve that goal, we will do so by following one route: the route of human security. Never before has the word ‘insecurity’ defined so many of our lives.” While Chinchilla boasted of her administration’s accomplishments in combating the drug trade, she warned that “we observe with alarm the relentless advance of organized crime and drug-trafficking threatening our democracy with potential corruption and extortion, as well as violence and delinquency.” Most security officials agree that if Costa Rica intends to confront the drug traffickers, more help is needed — and fast. At present, the government has only one helicopter, and most of the Costa Rican Coast Guard’s patrol vessels are aged and incapable of pursuing high-speed boats in open waters. People in rural towns throughout the country complain of a lack of police and security. Many towns with populations ranging from 1,000 to 5,000 have police forces of two, three or five officers that are required to patrol areas of several hundred squares kilometers of land and sea. Costa Rica’s former security minister, José María Tijerino, said in his final address that “the state of the forces in certain parts of the country is deplorable.” PCD’s Boraschi agreed. “It is evident that the drug cartels are very powerful and can infiltrate places we used to consider untouchable, Boraschi said. “If we plan to keep drugs out of our country, it will require significant investment by our government. We need more police, we need better equipment and we need international assistance. If we don’t begin to put these pieces in place soon, the face of this country could soon be altered by drug-trafficking.” By Dialogo May 27, 2011last_img read more

Fatal Hit-and-run Suspect Accused of Cover-up

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sylvestro LiottaAuthorities said a fatal hit-and-run suspect who was caught at the Canadian border last week had tried to cover-up his crime by walking back to the scene and pretending to be a Good Samaritan.Sylvestro Liotta pleaded not guilty Tuesday at Suffolk County court to charges of leaving the scene of an accident, driving without a license, perjury and offering a false instrument for filing.“The evidence shows that after running the victim over, Liotta left the scene in his damaged work vehicle only to return on foot to implement a cover-up,” Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota said. “He walked back to Caleb’s Path where he struck [the victim] and dialed 911 to report that he found a seriously injured man in the roadway.”Prosecutors said the 45-year-old Central Islip man fatally struck Orlando Marquez, 38, on Caleb’s Path near the victim’s Brentwood home on Feb. 18 and fled the scene.The victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where he was pronounced dead. Liotta was arrested by New York State Police as he tried to cross the border into Canada.“The defendant had a plan in place to flee to Europe and rendezvous with a friend he’d made online,” Spota said.Bail for Liotta was set at $400,000 bond or $200,000 cash. He is due back in court May 22.last_img read more

Two state troopers and a forest ranger detail the viral, five hour rescue hike

first_img12 News spoke with the Troopers and Forest Ranger who shared their experience for the first time. MARGARETVILLE (WBNG) — A Facebook post went viral this week after two New York State Troopers, Trooper Crystal Rhodes and Trooper Chris Amendolare, and State Forest Ranger, Jason Seeley, rescued two lost hikers after a five hour search in the Huckleberry trails.last_img

International Congress of Historic Cities – Promotion and Development of New Products in Historic Cities

first_imgGiven the archeological site of Salona and its importance in ancient history, Solin is certainly a great place to host such an event. Find out more about the ICPG Congress HERE The Congress brings together lecturers from the tourism and archeological profession from Romania (Alba Iulia City Administration), Austria (Vienna City Administration), Prague Tourist Board, Ministry of Tourism, Zagreb Archaeological Museum, Korčula Tourist Board, Hrvatsko Zagorje Museum, Apoxyomenos Museum, Institute for reconstruction of Dubrovnik, the Tourist Board of the city of Sinj, representatives of the Split-Dalmatia County and the city of Split. In addition to lectures, the program includes a panel discussion on ‘Entrepreneurship in Culture and Tourism’, which will be addressed by prominent individuals from the public and private sectors. The 26th International Congress of Historic Towns (MKPG) will be held in Solin from March 29 to 2019, 5, organized by the Tourist Board of the City of Solin, the Hotel President Solin and the City of Solin.  The International Congress of Historic Cities is held under the motto “Meet, share & build” which aims to encourage meetings (“Meet” concept) of leaders in tourism and archeology of historic cities, exchange of experiences in promoting them in the domestic and international tourism market (” Share) concept) as well as the development of new tourism products and arrangements through the joint engagement of leading people in the destination’s tourism (“Build” concept). center_img The theme of the congress is the protection and interpretation of historical attractions and sites in historic cities throughout Croatia through “benchmarking” with cities from abroad. The historical periods to be presented include the period of prehistory to the Middle Ages. The aim is to present the historical cities of Croatia and abroad from different historical periods with an emphasis on destination management, ie creative and interpretive presentation of historical sites. last_img read more

Electrolux plans Prologis tie-up

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Disaster sees celebrity hideaway emerge lighter and brighter

first_img MORE: Main Beach Bungalow’s mega sale price revealed Alan passed away 13 years ago from cancer, but not before the couple had bought their resort-style home by the water, which over the years hosted rock ’n’ roll singers and high-profile sporting stars. They included Brian Cadd, Greedy Smith, former rugby league footballer Benny Elias, country music singer-songwriter Jade Hurley and several Wallabies and Waratahs players.Ms Morris said the two-storey home, the closest house to the beach, was built 17 years ago.“We bought it when it was just over two years old. We hadn’t had any damage from previous cyclones, until Cyclone Debbie,” Ms Morris said. “For 16 hours those 300km/h winds just kept coming. So we had some damage from that and some water came in. We got rid of the floorboards downstairs and tiled it, and the kitchen is brand new. We didn’t have to pay much because our insurance covered most of it.”She said for about $100,000 they did the decking around the swimming pool, and put tiles in other places. Lotus House: 2 Grasstree Place, Hamilton Island.When disaster struck this island home, which has hosted many celebrities and sports stars in its time, the hideaway emerged lighter and brighter.The beautiful waterfront retreat has borne the brunt of many cyclones, the most ferocious being Cyclone Debbie. Known as Lotus House, the four-bedroom Hamilton Island home is at 2 Grasstree Place. It’s owned by one of the island’s high-profile long-term residents, Lissa Morris, who has made the decision to leave her paradise because of health reasons. BEFORE: The kitchen was all wood and grain. AFTER: Sleeker and lighter effect in the open plan kitchen.Ms Morris said the biggest renovation undertaken was transforming the kitchen.“The kitchen had limestone benchtops and we changed all that. There was so much wood and it made the house look dark. The house was painted a dark green and I painted it white,” she said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoThe property is on the quiet and peaceful northern end of Hamilton Island, next-door to the Qualia resort, with direct water access.The Chris Beckingham-designed home is positioned in the centre of the site with perfect elevation to capture expansive views and take maximum advantage of the gentle slope allowing easy access to the water. Open plan living on the island.In 2017 Cyclone Debbie tore through tropical Queensland and ripped many homes apart, many of which have not been rebuilt.Ms Morris said she took shelter in the home’s “booze room” at the time 300km/h winds forced their way across the island. “It has solid walls and it was sturdy,” she said.Ms Morris said that in 1982, she first bought an apartment on the island with her husband Alan, known locally as the “ad man”. Alan “Mo” Morris, one half of the legendary advertising team of Mojo with Allan “Jo” Johnston, was known for many jingles including the cricket anthem Come On Aussie, Come On. The duo were also responsible for putting Peter Allen’s I Still Call Australia Home to Qantas ads in a campaign that still runs today. 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DAEC holds service to observe 8th anniversary since Dominica was dedicated to God.

first_imgFaithLifestyleNews DAEC holds service to observe 8th anniversary since Dominica was dedicated to God. by: – April 8, 2011 Tweet Photo credit: bahamaselectricity.comThe Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches will this evening hold a special service in observance of the country’ 8th anniversary since it was dedicated to God.Eight years ago government officials, the Christian community and other Dominicans gathered in large numbers to dedicate Dominica to God and to pray for direction of the nation.Dominica was at the time going through its own political turmoil and financial crises coupled with violence and crime.One of the executive members of the DAEC Michel Jean Jacques says this year’s anniversary will be celebrated with a service of thanksgiving to God for preserving the nation.Jean Jacques said there will not be any special addresses from Government ministers tonight; however he would like many persons from all faiths to attend.The service will be held at the auditorium of the people’s church from 7:30 pm.Dominica Vibes News Share 39 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more