Dartmouth Access Nova Scotia Centre Moving to New Location

first_imgThe Dartmouth Access Nova Scotia Centre will open at its new location at 250 Baker Drive in Russell Lake West, on Monday, March 26. To prepare for the move, the Atlantic Superstore Mall location will be closed Friday, March 23. The Halifax and Sackville locations are open and online services are available at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/access/online-services.asp . “The new space will let us grow and evolve to keep pace with our clients’ changing needs,” said Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell. “It will also allow us to continue to provide the exceptional service clients expect from Access Nova Scotia Centres.” Access Nova Scotia Centres offer information and services such as driver licensing, motor vehicle registration, business licensing and registration, debtor assistance, consumer protection and the residential tenancies program.last_img read more

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Goodale tours Ottawa area destroyed by tornado says feds ready to provide

first_imgDUNROBIN, Ont. – Canada’s public safety minister says the federal government is playing a supporting role to provinces and municipalities as they back recovery efforts for communities battered last week by multiple tornadoes in the national capital region.Ralph Goodale toured the Ontario community of Dunrobin, west of Ottawa, where locals are still reeling after a powerful tornado ripped through the town. He said some of the modern homes hit hardest in the area looked like they had gone “through a grinder.”Environment Canada says six tornadoes swept across the Ottawa area and through the neighbouring Quebec region on Friday — levelling homes and knocking out power grids along their way.Conrad Sauve, the president of the Canadian Red Cross, said Tuesday that more than 1,500 people in Quebec and Ontario had registered with the organization. He said the Red Cross had provided shelter to over 600 residents, primarily in the Quebec city of Gatineau.Goodale said the federal government has not provided financial assistance because the first portion of response and recovery costs are covered by the provinces. But Ottawa will step up if the price tag reaches a certain level, he said.Federal assistance after large-scale natural disasters is determined by a formula under Canada’s Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements.Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers have been in tornado-ravaged areas to ease pressure on local forces, Goodale said. He added there was an informal request for federal help with surveillance and mapping of impacted areas.For many people in the Ottawa and Gatineau areas, the road to recovery will be a long journey.Volunteers — working against rain and cold wind — made their way through Dunrobin’s demolished neighbourhoods Tuesday to help put tarps on damaged homes.Sabrina Gill, 29, watched from a warm truck in her driveway as volunteers took stock of her home and covered areas to prevent water from seeping in.“I have no idea where these gentleman are from and they’re amazing,” she said.Perry Landers, 49, who led a team of volunteers to Gill’s home, said even if he could help just one home it would be “fantastic.” He added he’s prepared to go house to house to help people in need.Gill’s home sits at the entrance of one of the most badly damaged neighbourhoods in Dunrobin. The storm tore the roof from her garage and launched its contents across the lawn.While Gill’s home had yet to be fully assessed, she said it wasn’t as bad as her parent’s house — which is a write off. Their home has been photographed and plastered all over the news, she said.For now, Gill’s parents are staying in a hotel until they receive more information about their home.Gill said the plan is to take apart what’s left of the house “gently” in hope of recovering more items. She’s not sure if she can handle watching the home come down, saying she lived there before purchasing her own house in the same neighbourhood.“It was two homes to me that were both lost… that one has even more memories,” she said.last_img read more

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Canadian agriculture ministers briefed on tradewar contingency plan

first_imgVANCOUVER – Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay emphasized the importance of the provinces working together as an escalating trade war with the United States puts some farmers on edge.The minister said his provincial and territorial counterparts discussed trade negotiations and the contingency plan during their conference that wrapped up Friday in Vancouver.There’s already a safety net in place through the $3-billion Canadian Agricultural Partnership launched earlier this year to help farmers manage risks and deal with problems, MacAulay said.“We’re not going to speculate on what might develop or might not develop, but there’s a framework in place with the Canadian Agricultural Partnership now,” he said. “There is a system in place to make sure if we hit any major problems that we’re able to deal with it. That’s why this meeting in the last couple of days is so important.”MacAulay also announced a renewed $55-million AgriRisk Initiatives Program, which he said will help protect farmers against business risks they face.B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham said she was satisfied with the federal plan and said the provinces are united in the context of the trade war.“We stand as one voice, as Canada, in a situation like this,” she said.While U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has promised that President Donald Trump will restore farmer profitability in that country, he hasn’t specified how and some economists are skeptical that the administration can come up with the billions of dollars necessary to cover losses.Perdue said last month he wasn’t pushing for Canada to do away with its supply management system that controls price and supply of dairy, eggs and chicken, after Trump said he wanted the system dismantled and blasted Canada for charging a 270 per cent tariff on imported dairy products.Ottawa introduced $16.6-billion worth of retaliatory tariffs on some American imports earlier this month in reaction to American tariffs on steel and aluminum.The United States fired back Monday at the Canadian government by launching a formal challenge with the World Trade Organization, at the same time as it filed separate disputes against the European Union, China, Mexico and Turkey over similar counter-tariffs.last_img read more

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Annan hails commitment of DPR of Korea to abandon nuclear weapons

In a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr. Annan commended the DPRK and the United States as well as the other participants in the six-nation talks in Beijing for “their flexibility and realistic approach.” He said China’s “efforts were critical for the success” and welcomed the role played by the Republic of Korea and the others in the talks. Japan and Russia also participated. The head of the UN nuclear watchdog agency said yesterday he looked forward to sending his inspectors back as soon as possible to the DPRK, from which they were withdrawn when the country left the NPT almost three years ago. “I certainly will be consulting with the DPRK, with the concerned parties and clearly the earlier we go back, the better,” Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei told reporters at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna. read more

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Brock students reaching out to neighbours

Brock University students living off-campus will be hitting the streets to meet their new neighbours Wednesday.The annual welcome wagon is a chance for students to introduce themselves and for the University and community stakeholders to provide information and resources.Curtis Gadula, Brock’s Off-Campus Living and Neighbourhood Relations Manager, said thousands of students live in St. Catharines and Thorold throughout the school year and it’s important that they are not only good neighbours but also connected members of the community.Students are encouraged to be a positive reflection of Brock in small ways such as saying hi, driving safely and being considerate to their neighbours.“No. 1 is to be respectful,” Gadula said. “Students are reminded to be aware of their noise level and take care of their property. We want them to get used to acting like adults.”He said nearly 2,500 students live in campus residences and the rest – nearly 16,000 – live in and around Niagara.Students are also encouraged to become actively involved in the community and “generally be contributing citizens and give back,” Gadula said.St. Catharines city councillor Joe Kushner, who represents St. Andrew’s Ward, said students add youth and vitality to the community.“Brock students living in the community have certainly been an enrichment,” he said.Kushner said the University’s commitment to working with the city, landlords and neighbours has greatly improved the off-campus experience for residents who share the community with students.A crew of students, city councillors, city employees, police and University staff will be out in the community Wednesday evening to say hello and hand out welcome bags filled with information and resources. read more

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Mullite to oust platinum from diesel pollution control systems

first_imgThe Engineer (http://www.theengineer.co.uk/) reports that a material has been identified that can significantly reduce the pollution produced by vehicles that run on diesel. “In a study published in Science, researchers found that pollution is up to 45% lower when a man-made version of the oxide mullite replaces platinum in diesel catalytic converters,” it says. Dr Kyeongjae ‘KJ’ Cho, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Physics at the University of Texas at Dallas is a senior author of the study. He says “mullite is not only easier to produce than platinum, but also better at reducing pollution in diesel engines.”In 2003, Cho became a co-founder and lead scientist at Nanostellar, a company created to find catalysts through a material design that would replace platinum in reducing diesel exhaust. His research team suspected that the oxygen-based composition of mullite might prove to be a suitable alternative.Cho’s team used advanced computer modelling techniques and confirmed the efficiency of mullite to consume NOx. Researchers used the oxide catalyst to replace platinum in diesel-engine experiments.The mullite alternative is being commercialised under the trademark name NoxicatTM. On August 18 Nanostellar announced that the paper based on its Noxicat catalyst has been published in the August 2012 issue of Science. Noxicat has already received considerable interest from manufacturers of light-duty and heavy-duty diesel engines for its ability to help engine manufacturers reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions while dramatically reducing the cost of doing so.“We achieved the goal of finding a NO oxidation catalyst that performs better than platinum, does not use any precious metals and is hydrothermally stable” remarked Geoffrey McCool, who invented this material. Noxicat is stable within diesel exhaust temperature range, while platinum based solutions tend to sinter and loose activity when exposed at temperatures higher than 750oC. This novel material starts being active at temperatures as low as 120oC with NO to NO2 conversion maxima of ~45% higher than that achieved with Pt after prolonged thermal aging.  Structurally, the active site was found to be a Mn-Mn dimer on stepped mullite surfaces.  “According to my density functional theory calculations, Noxicat’s active site has a comparable rate limiting step to that of platinum,” stated Weichao Wang, leading author of the Science article. “In addition to significantly reducing the costs of emissions control systems, Noxicat has numerous performance benefits over the incumbent platinum based catalysts” commented Pankaj Dhingra, Nanostellar’s President and CEO.  “Noxicat enables higher fuel efficiency by allowing engine designers to reduce the frequency of filter regeneration events and allows for redesign of the emissions control system for further optimisation.”Dr. Bulent Yavuz, Nanostellar’s VP of sales and marketing who has been monitoring the reaction of early customers stated that “Noxicat has created an unprecedented level of excitement among heavy-duty diesel engine manufacturers for both its performance benefits and its promise of significant cost reductions.  The commercialization efforts received a further boost when customer testing revealed that Noxicat is able to regenerate itself after exposure to fuel-borne sulphur.”last_img read more

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Mrs Browns Boys the most watched programme in the UK on Christmas

first_imgBRENDAN O’CAROLL’S Mrs Brown’s Boys has beaten Downton Abbey, Dr Who and the soaps to top the UK’s Christmas TV ratings.The sitcom, based around O’Carroll’s character Agnes Brown, pulled in an average audience of 9.4 million viewers on BBC One last night.The Christmas special, which is being broadcast in two parts was filmed in May of this year, in order to free the cast and crew up for a Mrs Brown film, due to be released next summer.Dr Who came second in the ratings with an average of 8.3 million viewers, although it did win the biggest peak audience with 10.2 million tuning in at one point.Last year Mrs Brown’s Boys topped the Irish Christmas Day ratings, pulling in almost a million viewers.An RTÉ spokesperson has told DailyEdge.ie that viewership figures for the Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special in Ireland will be available tomorrow.Every episiode of Mrs Brown’s Boys perfectly summed up>7 Irish people who lost the ‘Bridesmaids v The Dark Knight’ battle last night>last_img read more

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Over 198000 empty homes in Ireland UK officers turn them into housing

first_imgOver 198,000 empty homes in Ireland: UK officers turn them into housing – would that work here? Empty homes officers have been appointed in the UK since the early 90s. Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 12:05 AM 41,528 Views Ireland is grappling with a series of challenges that are impacting our citizens’ quality of life. TheJournal.ie is examining solutions to these issues which have worked or are currently being trialled in other states and asking: Would It Work Here?THERE ARE CURRENTLY 198,358 homes lying empty in Ireland – that’s 27 times the number of people (7,167) stuck in emergency accommodation.According to the Simon Community, almost 13% of total housing stock is vacant in Ireland – which is twice the level expected in a functioning housing market.The homeless service released a research paper this month ‘Empty Homes: Unlocking Solutions to the Housing and Homeless Crisis‘ which contained a breakdown of the number of vacant housing units in counties and cities across the country.In Dublin, there are 3,247 people in emergency accommodation and 35,293 empty units, while in Cork there are 269 people living in emergency accommodation and 21,287 vacant housing units.In Limerick there are 252 adults living in emergency accommodation while there are 8,463 vacant housing units.What are we doing about it? This problem has been growing over the past decade, but little has been done to tackle it.Last month the Housing Minister Simon Coveney rolled out the repair and leasing scheme nationwide. It identifies vacant properties and secures them for social housing. Source: Sam BoalIt has been piloted in Waterford and Carlow since October with €6 million in funding, an additional €26 million is now being provided for the national rollout this year.Minister Coveney said the pilot has been “working well” in Waterford and Carlow, with around 59 vacant properties currently being made into social housing.Based on this level of interest in the scheme, I am confident that the initiative can deliver up to 800 homes this year.“Property owners see the opportunity the scheme presents for them – upfront financing of the cost of repairs – in fact they need not even get involved in arranging the works, and a secure and reliable income from regular rental payments, without having to take on landlord responsibilities.”The housing vacant team looked at it,Spreading the word In the UK, local authorities have empty homes officers who identify empty homes and reach out to owners and highlight their options to restore the building.Right now, Ireland doesn’t have empty homes officers – instead, it relies on employees of local authorities to take that extra time to go out and identify potential vacant houses. Waterford County Council had to reorganise staff to achieve this.The Peter McVerry Trust is calling on Minister Coveney to consider empty homes officers as an option here.The homeless and housing charity hosted an Empty Homes Conference in Dublin on Thursday.CEO Pat Doyle said that empty homes “offer a cheap, effective and quick solution to the acute lack of housing.There needs to be boots on the ground and local authorities also need the resources to hire these teams of empty homes officers. These officers would get out there to identify empty homes, engage with the property owners and make them aware of government grant schemes like the repair and leasing initiative. Mar 14th 2017, 12:05 AM “Empty Homes Officers would also serve as a one stop shop for information and advice for empty home owners.” Source: Shutterstock/Ken TannenbaumHead of policy and communications with Simon Communities of Ireland Niamh Randall echoed this. She told TheJournal.ie, “One of our recommendations is looking at identifying who propery owners are, why the property is vacant and what the barriers are between leasing it, selling it or letting it. So very clearly having someone whose job it is to do this would make absolute sense.“If it’s somebody’s job to manage, monitor, keep in contact with owners, keep in contact with the right personnel in the local authority – I think it could make everybody’s life a little bit easier.”How does it work? David Gibbens is Policy Lead at the Empty Homes Network in the UK. He told TheJournal.ie, “It’s essentially a network of practitioners whose job revolves around dealing with empty homes.”Speaking about how it started in England, Gibbens said, “The first empty homes officer was appointed in 1992 in Southampton and in the mid 90s you got what I would call the first wave of empty homes officers. I was appointed in 1996, that’s when it really started and caught fire I suppose.”It’s a whole range of different things that you do depending on what tools you have available to you. You’re looking at persuading – why is it empty, how can we help?“We had housing associations that were buying empty properties at that time because of the nature of the housing market, I was involved in sourcing those properties.“We were looking at living over the shop conversions where there was redundant commercial space that we would get converted into housing.It’s a lot about persuasion, a lot about looking at the barriers and trying to help owners overcome them.He estimates that there are now approximately 88 full time empty homes officers in England.Would it work here? “Absolutely yes”, says Gibbens.Empty homes practitioners would be the perfect compliment to making the most of the things that are being rolled out here.He added that he thinks it would work anywhere, describing how Scotland started appointing empty homes officers.“I think they may have started with three or four posts and they now have a situation where 17 out of the 32 Scottish authorities have got an empty homes officer.”In the UK, the officers are employed in local authorities with very occasional exceptions where they’re located with the housing association if the association has a close partnership with the local authority.Peter McVerry wants to see the officers employed by local authorities here also, this was also backed by Randall from the Simon Community:“One of the key things that would be great would be if there was agreement that this was needed across the board in every local authority and we decided what the skill set was for that particular role so that we’re recruiting like for like – so we have similar people with similar skill sets coming in to do the particular role.”So is this something the Department of Housing is considering?When asked by TheJournal.ie, it said a national database of empty houses will be developed that will identify the homes and the reasons why they’re empty.“Work is progressing on identifying possible sources of data and information to assist in the most efficient means of compiling such a database.”However, the Department would not say if empty homes officers were being considered as part of that.Read: Rivers of Buckfast bottles and human excrement in playgrounds: How can Ireland clean up its act?>center_img https://jrnl.ie/3278447 By Cliodhna Russell Share Tweet Email3 Short URL 67 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Ashlee Rolo Joins ASA as WISHH Program Assistant

first_imgAshlee Rolo joins the American Soybean Association (ASA) as the new program assistant for the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program.Rolo came to WISHH with over five years of various administrative experience. She received her bachelor’s degree in human resource management from Upper Iowa University in August 2016. She and her wife Beth have three dogs: Gator, Havoc and Baylee. They moved to St. Charles from Iowa in February 2017. Rolo is responsible for providing general program support including meeting prep and planning, communications, proposal tracking and overall WISHH office management.last_img read more

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Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday May 23

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uRichard Collins, III a young man of immense promise, was scheduled to graduate today from Bowie State University, but tragically he was stabbed to death over the weekend by a White University of Maryland student, who was a member of a racist Facebook group. We’ll devote our first hour to Collins’ murder, with reporting from Carrie Wells of the Baltimore Sun and Lisa Snowden McCray of City Paper.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img read more

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BlackBerry Storm 2 coming soon w Video

first_img The Storm 2, from Research In Motion (RIM), is almost the same size and weight as its predecessor, but looks more up-to-date, with a brighter, sharper screen and more responsive interface. The disconcerting “crack” between the display and the keys has gone, as has the mechanical SurePress interface. This has been replaced by an electronic version, which is more accurate because it has three more activators beneath the screen to sense when you are pressing on it than the first generation BlackBerry had. © 2009 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — RIM are soon to release their updated BlackBerry, the Storm 2 smart phone, with a more streamlined design and touch-sensitive buttons instead of the hardware buttons of the first version. Li-Air: Argonne opens new chapter in battery research (w/ Video) BlackBerry Storm 2 BlackBerry Storm 2center_img Explore further The touch keyboard has also been improved to make typing faster, and it still includes SureType, which predicts your entries and speeds up typing. In the old Storm, the screen moved as you typed, but in Storm 2 it stays still and there is electronic feedback instead of mechanical. The interface now allows multiple key presses, which facilitates typing combinations such as Alt/key or Ctrl/key.The inertial scrolling is also better, and more responsive to flicking than the first version. As with all BlackBerry models, the Storm 2 has all the expected messaging and email capabilities, but it also has Wi-Fi, which its predecessor did not. Pages load quickly, especially over Wi-Fi. Citation: BlackBerry Storm 2 coming soon (w/ Video) (2009, October 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-blackberry-storm-video.html 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.last_img read more

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Honda demonstrates new technology to prevent cars hitting pedestrians w Video

first_img(Phys.org) —Honda Motor Company Ltd has posted a video on its website demonstrating new technology it’s developing to help prevent cars from running into pedestrians. Based on already existing vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) network technology, the system called by Honda an advanced vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) safety system aims to warn both drivers and pedestrians carrying smartphones of a possible collision. V2P, like V2V uses the Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) protocol as a means of communication. It’s implemented in hardware being developed by Honda. In essence it’s an automatic system of broadcast and receiving of information pertinent to drivers and pedestrians. The hardware carried by the pedestrian is embedded in a smartphone and constantly monitors the position of the person holding the phone (using already embedded GPS and accelerometer) and the direction they are heading. Similarly, technology embedded in a car notes the location of the car, its direction and speed—all while continuously listening for broadcast information from devices held by pedestrians. A computer in the car constantly analyses all of the available information and constructs virtual scenarios in real-time. When the system projects that a pedestrian is about to cross the path of the moving vehicle, a warning is flashed on a heads-up display device in the vehicle—a message is also sent to the pedestrian—that message information is converted to a sound similar to the noise a truck makes when backing up and a warning message that is displayed on the phone’s screen.Honda says that the technology can also let drivers know if the pedestrian is listening to music, talking on their phone or texting—all indications that the person is likely not paying full attention to his or her real-world surroundings. Also, they say the technology can be useful in multiple scenarios such as when an approaching pedestrian is hidden by other vehicles or when a car is backing up. They also report that they are developing similar technology for cars and motorcycles, warning both of the possibility of a collision. GM says almost-driverless cars coming by 2020 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. Explore further PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play Honda Demonstrates Advanced Vehicle-to-Pedestrian and Vehicle-to-Motorcycle Safety Technologies. Credit: Honda Other companies such as General Motors have also announced plans for implementing such systems in cars in the near future. Most such ventures are a part of single initiative being driven by the U.S. Department of Transportation. If the technology proves capable of saving lives, the DoT might insist that all cars sold in this country be equipped with such a system, provided they can get smartphone makers to opt in as well. Citation: Honda demonstrates new technology to prevent cars hitting pedestrians (w/ Video) (2013, September 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-09-honda-technology-cars-pedestrians-video.html © 2013 Phys.orglast_img read more

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Enzymes that can transform blood type A to O found in human

first_img More information: Peter Rahfeld et al. An enzymatic pathway in the human gut microbiome that converts A to universal O type blood, Nature Microbiology (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41564-019-0469-7 Explore further 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. There are four blood types: A, B, AB and O. These types are not compatible for blood transfusions, except for type O, which can be transfused into recipient, making it highly valued. The difference between the blood types is due to sugar molecules known as blood antigens that reside on the surfaces of red blood cells. Those with A-type antigens have A-type blood, those with B-type antigens have B-type blood and those with both antigens have AB-type blood. Type O is different because it does not have any antigens on its surface. An immune response is initiated if blood is found with the wrong type of antigen—since type O red blood cells have none, no immune response is initiated. Prior research by the team at UBC showed that certain enzymes could be used to convert A, B, or AB to O by removing the antigens. In this new effort, the researchers found that two enzymes working together convert type A blood to O, and that they exist in the human gut biome.The work involved moving DNA from uncultured bacteria to Escherichia coli, then using them to screen for any microbes capable of removing the antigen from the surface of a red blood cell. The team reports that their initial findings were not very positive—they did not find any microbe that could do the job. But they did find two that could carry it out together. The first, a GalNAc deacetylase, converted the antigen to an amine. The second removed the amine, leaving a blood cell with no antigen—a type O.The team plans to continue their study of the enzymes to determine if they would be safe to use for converting blood for transfusions into human test subjects. A team of researchers at the University of British Columbia has found two types of enzymes that together, can transform type A blood to type O blood in the human gut biome. In their paper published in the journal Nature Microbiology, the group describes their metagenomic study of bacteria in human feces and what they found. Credit: CC0 Public Domaincenter_img Journal information: Nature Microbiology Citation: Enzymes that can transform blood type A to O found in human gut biome (2019, June 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-enzymes-blood-human-gut-biome.html © 2019 Science X Network FDA OKs test to improve blood donor-recipient matchinglast_img read more

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Herd U Top performances from College Football Week 6

first_img6. Wide Blocked – No rivalry has been defined by kicking game woes more than Florida State and Miami. Last night, another chapter was added to the story. After Miami scored the apparent game-tying touchdown, the extra point was an afterthought. Until it was blocked and Miami lost the game. Only in this rivalry. Tough one for the Canes, karma for the Noles. 3. Colorado trickeration against USC – Colorado lost 21-17 to the Trojans, but the Buffs throwback touchdown pass was a playcalling masterpiece. Tough loss for the Buffs. Helluva play call. Encouraging signs in ‘Rado.TOUCHDOWN | Lindsay puts Buffs on the board, trailing 7-14 in the 3rd #GoBuffs #beatUSC https://t.co/mmeIFds74a— Colorado Football (@RunRalphieRun) October 8, 2016 Sunday on college campuses is time for passing out the aspirin, and reconstructing the events of the evening to figure out how you ended up with no shoes and wearing a sailor hat outside of your friend’s house.At Herd U, it’s time to give props to the top performances from the college football weekend. This weekend featured marquee matchups, massive blowouts, several squads falling from the ranks of the undefeated, and hot seats getting hotter.Here are some of the top plays from the yesterday’s action.Pitt scores on the fat man screen pass – Everyone loves to see the big men rumble. Pitt’s Brian O’Neill looked more like a Bolshoi ballerina than a bruising o-lineman on his 24-yard screen pass jaunt.  Get some big fella. Advertisement 5. Jabrill Peppers is Charles Woodson 2.0 – Jabrill Peppers is the most versatile player in college football. He added two more touchdowns to his highlight reel in Michigan’s 78-0 annihilation of Rutgers yesterday, including an absurd punt return touchdown and a rushing score. In an era of specialization, Peppers impacts all three phases in a way that hasn’t been seen since players wore leather helmets and drank Schlitz at halftime.Nope. Give that man his touchdown. Peppers worked too damn hard. #Michigan pic.twitter.com/zRMqBlPBMa— NayVar (@CombMyAfro) October 8, 2016center_img 4. The Academy is on the field – Navy’s upset of undefeated #6 Houston was their first win over a Top 10 opponent in 32 years. Even the brightest and most disciplined our nation has to offer couldn’t resist storming the field. Great win for Navy. America.Pandemonium!!! Navy just beat Houston who is ranked number 6!!! #GoNavy pic.twitter.com/xQv85ufyHI— Michelle (@spacechelle) October 8, 2016 Kind of cool how Jim Harbaugh is letting Jabrill Peppers do it all back home. https://t.co/aur6G1NbP7— Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) October 9, 2016 2. Miami’s Mark Walton’s Barry Sanders impression –  Hurricane running back Mark Walton’s incredible touchdown run was called back on a hold. Who cares. It was still the play of the game. Well, other than than the blocked extra point that lost the game for the Canes, obviously.This is unreal. pic.twitter.com/QslbeaEHUw— Danny (@recordsANDradio) October 9, 2016last_img read more

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The 5 Key Factors of Website Success

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free 5 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. In his book Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Website, SEO and online marketing expert Jon Rognerud shows you how to build a high-performance website and get top ranking on all search engines. In this edited excerpt, the author reveals the five critical elements you need to have if you want your online business to succeed.What are the key website success factors? Commonly accepted factors include the following five:   Brand or name recognition. When you’re starting out, you won’t have the advantage of a big name, unless you’re successful enough to merge with an already established company. To build up your reputation, practice good business. For instance, make sure you respond to your customers’ orders promptly. If you can’t do it yourself, set up an autoresponder or hire a person to deal with orders. Offer rebates if the customer is dissatisfied with your product or service. Most of all, keep up a friendly persona. Generally, as the adage goes, the customer is always right. This isn’t always an easy rule to live by, but it’s important that a beginning business try as much as it can to observe it.The more you do good business and the more you promote yourself, the more you’ll get a name going in internet markets. The speed of information today can help or harm you. If you deliver terrible service, a blogger can write about his or her experience and within hours, your name and reputation can be decimated throughout cyberspace.It’s easy to track this via Google Alerts, or for instant updates, check search on Twitter. SocialMention.com is another free tool, as is Mention.net. Trackur.com from expert marketer Andy Beal is your best, low-cost solution for this, and you get a free trial to start.Problems inevitably occur, but be responsive and fix them so you build a solid foundation of integrity for your company.Access to unique resources. Do you have direct access to a specific market, particularly one that would be interested in the products or services you offer? For example, if you sell children’s products and you’re active at your child’s school, the teachers and the parents of the other children could be a perfect base to whom you could market. Your personal connection with this market gives you an advantage because you have access another marketer would have to obtain through email marketing, direct mail or even search engine marketing. Additionally, if your customers like your products, they could use word-of-mouth to market your products further to their family and friends. Don’t underestimate the personal element when it comes to marketing.Customer loyalty. If you do well by your customers, more often than not, they’ll do well by you. Recurring customers not only ensure a steady stream of income, they can also do your marketing for you through word-of-mouth and/or testimonials. Existing customers give you unique reach to your target market–other people like them. Too often, businesses fail to develop long-term relationships with their customers. Even if you’re in a business where repeat sales are years apart, such as real estate or automotive, your current customers can be a good source of referrals. Treat them well, and not only will they buy from you again, they’ll tell others to buy from you, too.Financial resources. To start your business, you’re going to need money. Depending on what you do, however, you may not need much money. For example, a virtual service such as word processing wouldn’t require much in startup costs. All you really need is a computer and a printer. Even printing costs could be reduced if you email documents to your clients. As long as you can get your website indexed high in search engines, you could make money without having to invest much. On the other hand, if you’re running a business that requires inventory, you may need to invest thousands up front. This is why you need to carefully examine your market before you open your internet doors. If it looks like you’re going to make a profit, consider getting a business loan so you don’t have to risk all your own money. If you’re trying to sell a smaller amount of inventory (say, less than $5,000), consider getting a credit card, which are easier to get than business loans, and even at $5,000, the monthly payment would probably still be affordable.Access to distribution channels. Don’t limit your advertising to search engines, even if you get a first-place ranking. Other advertising mediums include direct mail, radio, magazines and, when you really get money, television. Google AdWords, for example, is available for print, radio, video and mobile. If you’re low on funds, you can use the cheap, old-fashioned method of flier distribution. The best marketing strategy employs more than one medium. Today, you should consider both online and offline strategies. March 11, 2014last_img read more

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Asus New ROG Strix Laptops Sport Stunning RGB Lights 240Hz Displays

first_imgAsus unleashed three new ROG Strix gaming laptops, and we got some hands-on time with these impressive machines.The ROG Strix Scar III and Strix Hero III will be available in Q2 and pricing has not yet been announced for those models, while the Strix G is available today for $999.Of these three laptops, the Strix Scar III and Strix Hero III are the most similar as the differences between these two gaming rigs are strictly aesthetic, while the entry-level Strix G differs in design and key features. Display15.6-inch, 1080p; 144Hz or 240Hz17.3-inch, 1080p; up to 144Hz Phillip Tracy, Up to Intel Core i7-9750H ROG Strix Scar IIIROG Strix Hero IIIROG Strix G RAMUp to 32GB 15-inch: 5.3 pounds17-inch: 6.3 pounds by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement GraphicsUp to GeForce RTX 2070 Size15-inch: 14.2 x 10.8 x 1 inches17-inch: 15.7 x 11.6 x 1 inches PortsTBD GeForce RTX-Level GamingShared among the three ROG Strix III gaming laptops are the latest Nvidia graphics cards, as they each can be configured with up to a GeForce RTX 2070. With that capable card, these laptops can play the latest PC games at high settings, including those that support ray tracing for photorealistic reflections, shadows and lighting.AdvertisementAsus says its ROG Boost technology can improve gaming performance beyond the GPU’s out-of-box performance. Whether that’s true or not, you shouldn’t have problems hitting 30 frames per second at very high settings whether you’re playing Fortnite or Metro Exodus.MORE: Best Asus Laptops – Asus Laptop ReviewsA Stroke of PersonalityOn the right side of these laptops is what Asus calls Keystone, a new feature unique to the ROG Strix. It’s a physical thumb drive-sized “key” that uses NFC to store your preferences. Just insert the key and your laptop and will transform. The physical dongle worked well during my demo, instantaneously changing the keyboard and light bar lighting effects the moment I plugged it in. While Keystone seems useful for large families that share one computer, its functionality is limited to lighting effects and some key gaming settings found in Asus’ Armoury Crate softwareThe Keystone is available only on the ROG Strix Scar III and Strix Hero III models, not the Strix G.New Intel 9th Gen CPUsAlong with those brawny graphics, the ROG Strix laptops yield the newly-announced 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processors. The Strix Hero III and Strix Scar III can be configured with up to a Core i9-9880H CPU while the ROG Strix G goes up to an Intel Core i7-9750H CPU.Dedicated gamers and power users, like those who do 3D modeling or complex computing, will appreciate the extra oomph offered by the Core i9-9880H while everyday gamers will be well-served by the Core i7 version.  For reference, the new Core i9 CPU promises up to 18% higher frames per second and 28% faster 4K video editing when compared with the equivalent 8th Gen chip.Other useful features enabled by the new chips include support for Intel Optane Memory H10 with SSD, high-capacity Intel SSD 660p storage and Wi-Fi 6, the latest wireless standard that enables faster internet speeds across more devices. Asus ROG Strix Scar III Hands-On: 240Hz Display, RTX 2070 GPU I LaptopWe went hands-on with Asus’ new ROG Strix laptops, including the Strix Scar III, Strix Hero III and Strix G. Each of these laptops comes with up to a Core i9 CPU and GeForce RTX 2070 graphics. New this year is the Keystone, a physical device that saves your preferences, and an optional 1080p display with a 240Hz refresh rate.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/asus-rog-strix-scar-hero-g-iii-specs-price?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:0903:09Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display01:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC02:14Chromebook Buying Guide关闭  Phillip Tracy is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag, where he reviews laptops and covers the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News and NewBay Media. When he’s not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, listening to indie music or watching soccer. 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080; 144Hz17.3-inch, 1080p; 144Hz CPUUp to Intel Core i9-9880H Design: A Bed of RGBIf you’re the type of gamer who likes to fiddle with their keyboard backlighting, then you’ll appreciate the colorful design of the ROG Strix Scar III and ROG Strix Hero III. My eyes were immediately drawn to the light bar that lassos around the front and side edges of the Strix Hero and Strix Scar like under-glow on a tricked-out car. Those LED, along with the Strix Scar and Strix Hero’s bright RGB backlit keyboards, can be customized with Asus’ Aura Sync software.While they’re not quite as slim as the Zephyrus laptops, the new Strix III laptops have a similarly sleek, premium aesthetic. And while there’s no escaping the gamer-focused LED lighting, the laptops’ metal-brushed finishes look elegant and give the ROG Strix a certain sophistication. That’s especially true of the III G, which sports an understated design with a mono-color black finish and solid black logo.Asus put a lot of emphasis into the cooling of these laptops, which is a relief considering the power they pack. The Strix has an asymmetrical lid cutout designed to increase airflow along with 33% thinner fan blades.At 14.2 x 10.8 x 1 inches and 5.7 pounds, the 15-inch model felt small enough to fit into a backpack for gaming on the go, while the 17-inch version (15.7 x 11.6 x 1-inches, 6.3 pounds) is best suited for stationary use at a desk.I got some time with the Strix Scar III keyboard and while it felt fairly shallow, I appreciate its traditional location on the back of the deck. The transparent WASD keys are also a nice touch.  Display: Optional 240HzThe ROG Strix Scar and Strix Hero will be available in 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch versions. Both 1080p displays looked vivid and bright in a dimly lit event space. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to test the one feature that makes these displays standout: a 240Hz refresh rate.Most 1080p displays on today’s premium gaming laptops top out at 144Hz, so this is a big step forward for Asus. Available only on top-tier models, the 240Hz refresh rate, 3 millisecond response time display is meant for esports teams and professional streamers who need the fastest refresh rates to keep up with fast-paced first-person shooters.The more entry-level Strix G also comes with 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch display options, but refresh rates max out at 144Hz.OutlookThe Strix Hero III, Strix Scar III and Strix G seem like solid additions to Asus’ gaming laptop portfolio. The new laptops come with the latest 9th Gen Intel Core H-series CPUs along with RTX GPUs. Those new components already warrant a refresh, but Asus went a step further by adding a stunning light bar, a brand new 240Hz display and the unique Keystone feature. We’re psyched to get these laptops into our lab for testing, so stay tuned for more coverage in the coming weeks.And if the new ROG Strix laptops have caught your attention, check out the new ROG Zephyrus S and TUF Gaming FX505 and FX705. Best Gaming LaptopsHow to Buy a Cheap Gaming Laptop: 7 Essential TipsHere Are the Best Gaming Laptops Under $1,000: Edition Starting PriceTBDTBD$999 Author Bio StorageUp to 1TB SSD Weight15-inch: 5.7 pounds17-inch: 6.3 pounds Phillip Tracy,last_img read more

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National University hosts job fair for recruiters from 8 companies

first_imgCosta Rica’s National University (UNA) on Saturday will host a job fair at its main campus in Heredia from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.The fair will gather recruiters from local and international companies looking for professionals in engineering and business administration. The engineering jobs include computing, electrical, industrial, software development and systems analysis.Others will be hiring professionals in business administration with experience in finance and marketing. Posts also will be available for technical staff in accounting, customer service and telecommunications.Companies looking for workers are HP, Abbott, IBM, Multivex, Concentrix, Emerson, Joven 360 and AIESEC.Job hunters should take their résumé in digital format or can submit it directly through the website at: www.buscoempleo.go.cr.At 1:30 p.m. Emmanuel León from Joven 360 will deliver a lecture on effective job-searching. Facebook Comments Related posts:Bilingual employment fair to offer 3,800 jobs Job fairs seeking 1,300 employees Accenture announces 300 new jobs in Costa Rica 45 companies hiring at job fair this weeklast_img read more

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Mövenpick Hotels Resorts scoops three leading industry awards

first_imgMövenpick Hotels & Resorts scoops three leading industry awardsMövenpick Hotels & Resorts scoops three leading industry awardsMövenpick Hotels & Resorts has scored a triple win with its properties in Beirut, Aqaba and Colombo receiving leading industry awards.Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba has been named ‘Jordan’s Leading Resort’ and Mövenpick Hotel Beirut has been crowned ‘Lebanon’s Leading Luxury Hotel’, both at the recent World Travel Awards Middle East Ceremony 2017. The World Travel Awards were established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industryAt the same time, Mövenpick Hotel Colombo, which opened its doors earlier this year, has received the ‘Leading Business Hotel in Sri Lanka’ title at The South Asian Travel Awards 2017, fighting off stiff competition from renowned hospitality names in the country.The accolades cement Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts’ status as a leading hospitality group in the Middle East and Asia and recognise each winning property’s commitment to high service standards and hospitality excellence, which are core to the company’s values.Named ‘Jordan’s Leading Resort’ for the fourth year in a row, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba is a property that is constantly evolving its guest offering and recently launched new activities and facilities including a boot camp, yoga garden, jogging track, organic garden and outdoor cinema.The resort, which is the only property in Jordan to be included in TripAdvisor’s ‘Top Hotels for Families in the Middle East’ has also introduced ‘Famolympics’ for parents and children, a series of activities that range from treasure hunts and sandcastle making to private cooking classes with the resort’s chefs.Mövenpick Hotel Beirut, which boasts a stunning location on the Mediterranean Sea and features extensive facilities, was named ‘Lebanon’s Leading Resort’ by the World Travel Awards every year from 2014 to 2016. Its new ‘Lebanon’s Leading Luxury Hotel’’ accolade in 2017 reflects its ongoing reputation as one of Beirut’s top destinations.Mövenpick Hotel Colombo, which has 219 rooms and suites with stunning city and ocean views and a raft of facilities for corporate travellers, was crowned ‘Leading Business Hotel in Sri Lanka’ this month at The South Asian Travel Awards 2017 (SATA), an initiative that aims to encourage and improve customer service standards in the South Asian tourism industry.The judging panel, comprising high-profile regional tourism and hotel experts, who evaluated the property after it received a high number of online votes, took into consideration guest reviews and company profile, plus its location, business, meeting and events facilities, proximity to business hubs and amenities for corporate travellers.The new SATA accolade comes hot off the heels of Mövenpick Hotel Colombo winning the ‘Sri Lanka’s Leading Hotel 2017’ and ‘Best Presidential Suite 2017’ categories at the World Travel Awards. Source = Mövenpick Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

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Ernst Publishing Recruits New Director of Project Management Office

first_img Share Cisco GonzalezErnst Publishing Company, a provider of technology and closing cost data for the real estate and home finance industries for the past 27 years, announced Cisco Gonzalez as Director of the Project Management Office. In his new position, Gonzalez will manage project management company-wide.”I’m very pleased that Cisco has made the decision to join us at Ernst,” said Gregory E. Teal, President and CEO of Ernst Publishing. “His industry experience and project management expertise will benefit every Ernst customer. The fact that he has experience with us from when he was with a lender is an even greater benefit to us. I look forward to what he can bring to our operation.”Previously, Gonzalez was VP, Business Liaison Consultant at Wells Fargo. He started at the national bank in 2011 as AVP, Operational Risk Consultant. Gonzalez started his career as a consultant for Accenture after serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He went on to serve as an IT project manager in a number of industries, including communications and healthcare, before turning to financial services.Gonzalez says his plans involve introducing enhanced project management methodologies that will help the company to manage its explosive growth while maintaining the high quality of service its customers have learned to expect.”I had the opportunity to work with the entire Ernst team when I was with Wells and I was so impressed with them,” Gonzalez stated. “I’m excited to be part of Ernst and contribute to their continued growth and success. They are a fantastic team. Having been on the other side of the business, I know that there are so many opportunities for a good technology leader that can deliver great results and Ernst is premier. I’m excited to be a part of it.” Director of the Project Management Office Ernst Publishing Company technology 2016-04-29 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Technologycenter_img April 29, 2016 501 Views Ernst Publishing Recruits New Director of Project Management Officelast_img read more

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Court of appeal sets June 26 deadline for cross appeal by FBME

first_imgThe owners of FBME Bank Ltd as well as its depositors have a June 26 deadline to challenge by cross-appeal, certain parts of proceedings at the Nicosia District Court which last month rejected the application of the Central Bank of Cyprus to appoint a liquidator, the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) reported on Monday.The CNA citied the three-member court of appeal of the Supreme Court which reviewed the central bank’s request for a speedy process, the CNA reported.The Central Bank of Cyprus which revoked the licence of FBME’s Cyprus branch and fined it €1.2m for failing to comply with the anti-money laundering law in December 2015, initially placed the Tanzanian lender under administration and subsequently under resolution after US authorities described the lender as a financial institution of primary money laundering concern in July 2014. In April 2016, the central bank also triggered the deposits guarantee scheme to compensate depositors with up to €100,000.The rejection of the central bank’s request for the appointment of a liquidator by the Nicosia district court last month – on the grounds that it did not serve the public interest – came a week after the Bank of Tanzania, which supervises the mother bank revoked the licence of FBME and appointed a liquidator itself. The Tanzanian liquidator is expected to appear in a Cypriot court on June 20, to request recognition of his appointment by Cypriot authorities.On Monday, the Paris-based arbitration court of the International Chamber of Commerce began reviewing the application of the owners of FBME against the Republic of Cyprus. The bank’s shareholders who initially demanded €500m in damages citing Cyprus’s failure to protect their investment, have increased their demands in the meantime to €1.5bn.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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