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EPA launches 1st “Green Note” magazine

first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday last officially launched its first “Green Note – News on the Environment” magazine at the Umana Yana, High Street, Kingston Georgetown.Executive members of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) along with other partners at the launching of the “Green Note” magazineThe publication comes with a goal of increasing public education and awareness by providing intriguing, pertinent and concise information as well as fostering environmental stewardship at all levels of society. It also focuses on the environment into the public and private domains in a reader-friendly format,Brief remarks were delivered by Executive Director of the EPA, Dr Vincent Adams, Chairman of the EPA Board, Dr Patrick Williams and Stakeholder Management Coordinator, Department of Environment Onika Stellingburg.The event was attended by members of Government and the Private Sector as well as non-governmental organisations and youth groups. Partners of the magazine officially received their copies of “Green Note” during the simple ceremony.The EPA expressed gratitude to all partners who contributed to the success of the publication and said it looks forward to continued support as it synergises efforts to make greater inroads for a sustainable and prosperous Guyana.last_img read more

January 12, 2020 0

US sanctions force Nike to drop Iran boot deal

first_img0Shares0000Members of Iran’s World Cup team train outside Moscow © AFP / Alexander NEMENOVNEW YORK, United States, Jun 11 – US sporting goods giant Nike confirmed Monday it had stopped supplying Iran’s football team with boots ahead of the World Cup due to sanctions.A statement from Nike said the company was forbidden from supplying kit to the Iranian team as it prepares for its opening World Cup game. “US sanctions mean that, as a US company, Nike cannot supply shoes to players in the Iranian National team at this time,” Nike said.“Sanctions applicable to NIKE have been in place for many years and are enforceable by law.”An ESPN report from Moscow said the Nike decision had left Iranian football officials baffled, noting that the US company had supplied the team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when similar sanctions were in effect.Iran coach Carlos Queiroz expressed frustration at the decision.“Players get used to their sports equipment, and it’s not right to change them a week before such important matches,” ESPN quoted Queiroz as saying.The ESPN report said Iran’s players had responded to the decision by asking non-Iranian players on their club teams to loan them boots, while others had bought their own from stores.The Nike moves comes at a time of tense relations between Washington and Tehran, with President Donald Trump last month pulling out of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement and re-imposing sanctions it had previously waived.Iran kick off their World Cup campaign on Friday with a Group B clash against Morocco.Queiroz’s side also face Spain and Portugal in the first phase.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

January 10, 2020 0

New Tomas Hertl injury forces Sharks to shuffle lines

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Tomas Hertl is considered day-to-day with a lower body injury, causing the Sharks to shuffle their forward lines for Thursday’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights.Barclay Goodrow will center the Sharks’ second line with Patrick Marleau and Timo Meier on the wings and Antti Suomela will center the fourth line with Dylan Gambrell and Lukas Radil as his wingers. The Sharks’ top line with Logan Couture, Evander Kane and Kevin Labanc stays intact. The third line has Joe Thornton …last_img read more

December 20, 2019 0

Super Designs in Amazing Animals, Part 2

first_imgOrganisms of all kinds, sizes and shapes have mastered physical principles in astonishing ways. Here are more examples.Spider FlingersAnother spider story on Phys.org announces the first know case of a spider that can fling itself directly at prey. Just when you thought spiders could not get more terrifying,A study published Monday has found that at least one arachnid species is capable of winding up its web to store up elastic energy, before releasing its grip and catapulting itself at furious speed toward its unsuspecting prey. The ability to store and amplify muscular energy in external devices like bows, bolt-throwers and catapults was long thought to be unique to humans. Now, though, we can add the triangle-weaver spider, or Hyptiotes cavatus, to the list, according to a study published Monday, May 13, 2019 that describes how the creature winds up its web to launch itself at prey.Diatoms (Mark Armitage)Electric Sensors in DiatomsA new kind of membrane channel was found in diatoms, the one-celled eukaryotic algae in oceans and fresh waters that live inside ornate houses of glass. Researchers publishing in Current Biology found that these previously-unknown channels conduct electricity that the diatom “reads” like an electrical message about its surroundings.But what information does a single-celled organism such as a diatom obtain from action potentials and Ca2+ transients? The phytoplankton needs to sense its biological and non-biological environment to grow and survive. Information is required about nutrient availability, stress factors, and the nature of close neighbors to get in contact with or flee from. Diatoms are able to migrate towards sediment rich in nutrients.This ability is remarkable, considering that the electrical nature in water differs markedly between salt water and fresh water. The new findings “open the door to the world of single, miniature, capsuled, photosynthetic plankton cells,” commentator Rainer Hedrich says, but many questions remain. What is the message conveyed by these action potentials, and how does the tiny diatom interpret them? How does that result in an action response, like migrate toward it or flee? Where are these abilities encoded in the genes? Hedrich even asks, “Can diatoms count and respond accordingly to the number of APs, similar to the Venus flytrap, an excitable, carnivorous plant?Hippos as Silicon PumpsThe hippopotamus takes in silicon-rich grass and then – well, all that silicon has to go somewhere. “By eating huge amounts of grass and then defecating in water,” New Scientist says, “hippos are acting like living silicon pumps – and the health of their habitat may depend on it.” A single hippo can take in 40 kg of grass a day. A herd of hippos can transport 0.4 tons of it daily. Single-celled microbes and algae, the base of the food chain, depend on silica (silicon dioxide). “Hippos act as a kind of conveyor belt,” says reporter Ruby Prosser Scully, “transporting silica from land to water.”Firefly Efficiency ExpertsA Belgian physicist was intrigued by fireflies as he camped in Central America on a field trip. Watching their dazzling display at night, he wondered how the flying insects emitted so much light without waste heat. Jean-Pol Vigneron took some of the bugs home, a short video on the BBC News says. His team found that the translucent cuticle over the light-emitting organ has an unusual shape. Each “tile” of cuticle overlaps like roof shingles, protruding in different directions. In addition, they found that the cross sections of these overlapping scales form right angles, like the profile of a factory roof. The team used lasers to etch a similar shape on light-sensitive material, and placed it over their test LED bulb. They found that it increased the efficiency of the bulb phenomenally – by 50 percent!No matter where you look in the biosphere, organisms have superpowers that our engineers drool over. One thing is clear: these organisms did not design themselves. Something more clear: the Stuff Happens Law did not hit on these designs by sheer dumb luck.(Visited 319 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

December 19, 2019 0

Lions happy to be back home.

first_imgPublished on SouthAfrica.info on 9 March 2010. Click arrow to play video. Five lions escaped appalling living conditions in Europe to retire to South Africa. They arrived in December. Three months later, Times LIVE decided to visit the lions in the Free State to see how their conditions have improved.last_img

December 18, 2019 0

#Feb14: In Bahrain, Day of Rage Enters Second Day

first_imgTags:#Facebook#Government#international#politics#web Pearl photo by Harold Ladeus | other sources: Al Jazeera, GVO The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos The “Day of Rage” washed over the Gulf nation of Bahrain yesterday. It has not abated. With two people killed by the police even those who weren’t big supporters are starting to feel the original protesters’ rage. Fadhel Ali Almatrook was killed by a short-range shotgun blast by a police officer. The other’s name and situation are not yet known, but Bahrain’s leader, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, apologized for “the death of our two sons.”In addition to the deaths, 200 protesters were arrested in the crackdown. A video on YouTube showing what seems to be police firing on protesters has been blocked. The ruling family in Bahrain is Sunni but the majority of the people are Shi’a, though many of the protesters insist the difference in religious affiliation is not the primary consideration or motivation. However, al-Wefaq, the main Sunni-based opposition political party, withdrew from participation in the government in protest of the deaths. If Tahrir Square was ground central for the Egyptian protesters, the Pearl Roundabout in Manama serves that role in Bahrain. The hashtag #feb14 is being used by protesters and those following the protests in Bahrain and a Facebook profile, 14th February 2011 Revolution Day is tracking events. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… curt hopkins Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

December 16, 2019 0

Mark Waugh calls Brendon McCullum a lucky c**t on live TV. Here’s what happened

first_imgFormer Australia cricketer Mark Waugh called ex-New Zealand captain, Brendon McCullum with an expletive on live television on Sunday ahead of Big Bash League (BBL) match in Australia.Appearing on Fox Cricket in the buildup to the tie between Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat in Melbourne, Mark Waugh said Brendon McCullum is a lucky “c**nt”. Waugh quickly realised his blooper on live television and tried to correct himself.Referring to McCullum’s love for horse racing, Waugh said: “Actually he’s got a share in a horse with my wife that [she] trains for him. So yeah he loves his horses. Good punter. He’s a lucky c***, he’s a lucky punter, too.”McCullum, who has been showing a keen interest in horse racing, came up with his own bloodstock company – Vermair Racing Ltd in 2014 in a bid to “build a stable of horses that compete and succeed on the world’s biggest racing stage”.McCullum, who retired from international cricket in 2016, has been plying his trade in franchise-based T20 leagues across the globe. McCullum is currently representing the Brisbane Heat in the ongoing season of BBL.McCullum made 13 off 14 balls as the Brisbane Heat lost to Melbourne Stars by five runs in Sunday’s encounter at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Marcus Stoinis’s all-round effort (29-ball 43 and 4/21) sealed the deal for the home side.Brisbane Heat are struggling in the ongoing season, languishing at the seventh spot in the eight-team table with three wins from 10 matches. McCullum has been in decent form, scoring 245 runs in 10 matches.advertisementAlso Read | Hardik Pandya wants to forget what happened, was terrific in 3rd ODI: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Come on yaar: Hardik Pandya furious with Shikhar Dhawan’s fielding effortAlso See:last_img read more

November 16, 2019 0