Defence global warming and mortgages how federal politics touched us this week

first_imgOTTAWA – When is an “architect” not an architect?That question, which spurred many a conversation this week on Parliament Hill, was far from funny to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, who sought forgiveness from veterans and MPs for falsely claiming to have filled such a role in a major military operation.Sajjan admitted he overstepped — the opposition says he “lied” — when he boasted recently that he was the mastermind of Operation Medusa, a controversial and bloody Canadian-led military mission in Afghanistan in 2006.Justin Trudeau strenuously defended his defence minister in the House of Commons, then left it to Sajjan to weather the storm.If Trudeau was upset by the controversy, he didn’t show it on May 4, also known as Star Wars Day (‘May the 4th,’ get it?), when the notoriously nerdy PM showed up to meet his Irish counterpart wearing colourful chaussettes featuring C3PO and R2D2.But the week wasn’t all military bickering and mismatched sock banter — substantive discussions took place on defence spending, controlling greenhouse gas emissions and the destabilizing effects of the Toronto housing market.Here are three ways federal politics touched us this week:DEFENCE SPENDINGWhen pressure to resign has a cabinet minister squirming in his seat every day during question period, it’s time for a government to “change the channel” and distract the media and the public by making big, unrelated news.Sajjan did so Wednesday by offering a sneak peek at a forthcoming blueprint for overhauling the country’s defence policy. Months of analysis found previous governments had starved many core defence programs of basic funding, leaving the Forces unable to carry out their daily jobs with confidence, he told a defence-industry gathering.Sajjan has not said yet how the government plans to fill this funding “hole.” The needs, in some cases, appear to be immediate. But his funding rhetoric suggests the government is looking at long-term funding that won’t put a dent in the fiscal framework.The policy review, expected later this month, will likely provide some answers — and also discuss how the government plans to deal with the perennial problems of crumbling ships and fighter jets, and the election promise to bolster peacekeeping efforts.CARS ON THE ROAD TO PARISNumber crunching this week shows that even if Canadians took every car they own off the road, the country would still not be anywhere close to reaching the emissions targets the Trudeau government agreed to in Paris last year.The feds committed to cutting emissions to 523 million tonnes a year by 2030. In 2015, however, the level was 722 million tonnes — down just 0.7 per cent from a year earlier.Getting to 523 would require dramatic change. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna points to Ottawa’s climate change accord with the provinces as a catalyst for meaningful reductions. Boosts for public transit, clean technology and carbon sinks, along with getting rid of coal-fired electricity, could provide the rest.Others say meeting Canada’s targets will be next to impossible as long as new pipelines are encouraging oil production, some provinces cling to coal, and the cross-country effort remains too feeble to reach 200 million extra tonnes a year.HOMES AND INSTABILITYThe Bank of Canada and successive finance ministers have warned for years about overheated housing markets in Canada’s largest cities. A bursting bubble, they warned, would destroy wealth in Canada’s key urban economies, spook investors and destabilize financial institutions.Now, Home Capital, a Toronto-based alternative mortgage lender, has run into substantial trouble and has had to arrange for a high-priced $2-billion lifeline from a pension fund in order to maintain liquidity.The jitters around that institution and the housing market in general are taking a toll on the Canadian dollar. Many questions are swirling about whether Home Capital’s problems could spread. Bank shares are down, and Equitable Group Inc., a Home Capital competitor, is bracing for trouble.Finance Minister Bill Morneau, for his part, doesn’t seem worried.Morneau, who oversees regulators of the financial services sector. told the Commons that the system is working as it should, and that he sees no link between Home Capital’s problems and overheating in the housing market.last_img read more

Yet another TV adaptation for Atwood as MaddAddam comes to small screen

first_imgAdvertisement Author Margaret Atwood arrives at the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards, on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. (CHRIS YOUNG / THE CANADIAN PRESS) HOLLYWOOD, CALIF.—Another series inspired by Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s writing is on the horizon.Anonymous Content and Paramount Television say they’ve acquired the rights to develop a series based on Atwood’s dystopic trilogy Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam.The MaddAddam trilogy features a small group of survivors reeling from a global pandemic that has wiped out most of humanity. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: The executive producers will come from Anonymous Content as well as Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment.In a statement, Atwood says she’s happy with the producers’ vision and the “stunning visual presentation they put together.”center_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Former AFN regional chief says latest incident of racism in Thunder Bay

first_imgDennis WardAPTN NewsOntario’s former regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations says leadership in the Thunder Bay region needs to “step the hell up and do something” after an Indigenous man was attacked at a bus station.Isadore Day took to social media to express his outrage over the latest incident of violence in the city where pictures posted on social media on Wednesday night showed an Indigenous man lying on the ground with a bloodied face.The post alleged he “minding his own business” outside the Water Street bus terminal when a non-Indigenous person walked up to him and punched him.Thunder Bay Police say they are investigating.Day posted his own response to the “violent attack” on his Facebook page.“This certainly is an unfortunate display of how bad things are” wrote Day who was planning to send his response to Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott.“Leadership need to step the hell up and do something – this man has a right to safety, dignity and a right to justice!!!” Day wrote.Day said a number of months ago when he was still the Ontario regional chief he tried to step in to help out on these types of matters but “was gagged and told not to speak on matters; and that the catchment political voices would address these issues.”Day, who tagged Bennett and Philpott in the post wrote “First Nation people in Thunder Bay and other gateway communities that face this #Racism and #ManifestHate, are being socially mutilated and abused – this racism is rampant and this must end!”Day is calling for the First Nation, municipal, provincial and federal governments to convene a public meeting on racism in Thunder Bay.“This shit has to end – it will only end with when people stand up, step up and sometimes shut up and let the right people talk!” wrote Day who felt it was premature to speak more about his post.Last week, another video surfaced online showing a young man punching a woman in the face and her falling to the ground.Thunder Bay Police say the 52-year-old male victim was transported to the hospital for medical attention. Investigators say they are speaking to witness and following up this investigation.The City of Thunder Bay is condemning the violence.In a statement, the Mayor says “we are deeply saddened by an incident of violence that occurred Wednesday evening in the Water Street area. As a City, we condemn hate-motivated crimes and discriminatory attitudes.dward@aptn.ca@denniswardnewslast_img read more

New debt relief project for health programmes launched by UNbacked fund

Germany is the first donor to support the debt conversion programme of the Global Fund, launched at the G8 summit of industrialized nations in 2001 at the urging of then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and has worked alongside the Fund to develop the concept and modalities of the Debt2Health Initiative. Indonesia is a pilot country of the initiative. “Debt2Health is a win-win situation for all: it increases predictability for the Global Fund to do its important work, Indonesia strengthens the health system in the country and Germany lives up to its responsibility in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria,” German Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul said. The idea behind Debt2Health is to apply the well-established instrument of debt swaps to financing public health programmes, Global Fund Executive Director Michel Kazatchkine said. “A significant number of countries which do not qualify for debt relief through existing multilateral initiatives still spend as much as a fifth of their export earnings on servicing debt while at the same time struggling with high disease burdens. “Debt2Health makes it possible for a country to receive economic relief while its citizens benefit from health services. This type of investment in health promises tremendous benefits for all,” he added. In April, the Fund’s Board approved a two-year pilot phase for Debt2Health in up to four countries. While Indonesia is the first to have completed a deal, Kenya, Pakistan and Peru are lined up to benefit from this new financing initiative during its pilot phase. 26 September 2007Germany and Indonesia signed a debt conversion accord today, breaking new ground in financing the war on the world’s three most dangerous infectious diseases by tying 50 million Euros of debt relief to Indonesia’s investment of half of that money into health programmes through the United Nations-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. read more

Former Dragons Den costars Kevin OLeary W Brett Wilson merge fund companies

TORONTO — Celebrity businessman Kevin O’Leary and another former “Dragons’ Den” star are merging their two fund companies, which will manage nearly $4 billion once the deal is done.W. Brett Wilson, who is chairman of Canoe Financial, says the two men got to know each other while at “Dragons’ Den” — a TV program in which entrepreneurs seek money and advice from the so-called dragons.Kevin O’Leary explains why he is so mean to entrepreneurs on ‘Shark Tank’Kevin O’Leary: Starving artist, minus the starvingO’Leary — one of the original stars of the CBC reality TV show, on ABC’s version “Shark Tank,” and a commentator on other business programs — will become vice-chairman of Canoe Financial under the agreement.Although O’Leary is the more prominent of the two businessmen because of his numerous TV appearances, his company manages a smaller base of assets and will bring Canoe Financial contracts representing $800 million in investment assets. read more

Farmers seek tax relief

Farmers crowded the council chamber at Governor Simcoe Square Wednesday looking for a break on their taxes.They were there to listen to economist Ben LaFort, senior policy adviser for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, make the case for a tax-rate adjustment that would keep farm tax increases in Norfolk in line with other property classes.“Farm taxes have been far and away the major issue for us in recent years,” LaFort told Norfolk council. “It’s reaching the point where we are building on previous assessment increases and it’s becoming quite a burden for our members.”The Norfolk Federation of Agriculture has sought relief from galloping tax increases for the past 10 years. Over that time, farmland in Ontario has been skyrocketing in value.LaFort cited the example of several municipalities that have adjusted the tax-rate multiplier to eliminate annual tax increases of 10 per cent a year and more. On behalf of the local membership, LaFort asked Norfolk council to do the same.LaFort explained that current-market value is a blunt instrument for determining what farmers should pay. More fair and realistic, he said, would be municipal taxes based on how much revenue the land generates.Another approach, LaFort added, is a calculation based on what farmers receive from renting their land.Seeking context, some on Norfolk council asked the farmers in the gallery about the land valuations they’ve received from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation in Brantford.One farmer had his assessment with him and said his 130-acre farm, with a 60-year-old house, has an assessed value of $1.5 million.Bob Vogelzang of Waterford, a past president of NFA, told council he would be tempted to sell his farm if he thought he could get what MPAC suggests it’s worth.Charlotteville Coun. Chris Van Paassen said a tax bill based on farm income could be a losing proposition. Given the going rate for corn and soybeans, Van Paassen said there’s a good chance the municipality might end up owing farmers money.That said, Van Paassen said Wednesday’s deputation has a good case because municipalities deliver few services to farmland. Annual increases on taxes, he said, don’t reflect that.Prime agricultural land is on an upward trajectory because new land is not being cultivated.Meanwhile, Ontario’s population continues to grow, creating demand for additional food production. As well – despite provincial planning policies that protect farm land — LaFort said the province continues to lose acreage to sprawl and development.Adding to the upward pressure are European farmers who cash out their small acreages overseas for large sums of money and re-invest it in larger farms in Canada. These factors have put prime agricultural land in high demand and raised its price.The delegation was disappointed with the answers it received.OFA members want immediate relief but Norfolk staff isn’t sure that’s possible. County tax collector Sue Boughner told council the property class tax rate for farms and other types of property in Norfolk won’t be recalibrated until later this year.“That time-line is not going to work,” said Larry Davis of Burford, Norfolk, Haldimand and Brant’s representative to the OFA.“We need immediate action. I wish some councillors would’ve said something. It looks like we’ll be coming back and doing this again.”MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Feds studying eco impact of shale gas sector amid Quebec moratorium

Feds studying eco impact of shale gas sector amid Quebec moratorium by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 23, 2012 3:58 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Canada’s natural resources minister says his department is studying the environmental impact of shale-gas exploitation in Quebec.Speaking to business leaders in Montreal, Joe Oliver says that, of course, it’s up to Quebec to decide what it will do with its own natural resources.But Oliver says shale gas is abundant in Quebec and that it deserves to be used.The Quebec government has imposed a moratorium on the shale-gas sector while it awaits the results of a broad environmental review.Oliver says he hopes the Quebec government will examine the results of the federal research.Quebec’s new natural resources minister has said she doesn’t believe shale-gas exploration is risky and has not ruled out prohibiting it.Critics fear the method of exploiting natural gas from shale will create serious environmental problems — including water contamination and a heavy use of water resources.Oliver says the methods of extracting shale gas — such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing — have been used in Western Canada for decades without any incidents of water contamination.The industry insists that extraction chemicals are only used in small doses and the chances of them seeping into the environment are very slim. read more

HSE took three years to contact gardaí about Grace report

first_img File Image: RollingNews.ie By Paul Hosford Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share93 Tweet Email 51 Comments Sunday 5 Mar 2017, 4:47 PM Mar 5th 2017, 4:47 PM Short URLcenter_img THE HEALTH SERVICE Executive waited three years to alert gardaí to a major report into the care of a vulnerable young woman.That is despite the HSE telling the Dáil they could not publish the Conal Devine report into the treatment of the woman known only as Grace due to a request from An Garda Siochána.Documents made available through Freedom of Information legislation to RTÉ’s This Week programme show that the first contact between the HSE and gardaí about the report was in March 2015, three years after the report was finished.The report was published this week and has details of the potential abuse of a girl with an intellectual disability known as Grace suffered during the 20 years at a foster home.The Devine report found that an absence of supervision and adherence of protocols meant that Grace was allowed to remain there.The Devine report also identified at least four opportunities where action could have been taken and Grace could have been removed from the home.Speaking to the programme today, the head of operations in the HSE’s Disability Service said he “couldn’t explain” the delay. Dr Cathal Morgan said that he was always of the understanding that gardaí did not want the report released due to ongoing investigations.“I can’t speak for the actionsTaoiseach Enda Kenny this week announced that Minister of State for Disabilities Finian McGrath will bring the terms of reference for a commission of investigation to Cabinet next week.Read: Allegations of abuse about another child at ‘Grace’ home reported to gardaí in 1996 File Image: RollingNews.ie http://jrnl.ie/3272046 10,428 Views HSE ‘took three years to contact gardaí about Grace report’ The report was published this week and has details of the potential abuse of a girl with an intellectual disability known as Grace.last_img read more

Wanapum Dam crack forces 7M in fishladder work

first_imgWENATCHEE — A crack in the Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River and the ensuing reduction of water levels have prompted crews to carry out about $7 million worth of work on fish ladders for chinook salmon. Existing fish ladders at the Rock Island and Wanapum dams are being extended to allow the chinook to reach their spawning grounds, The Wenatchee World reported.“This fish coming up are a way of life for the Pacific Northwest,” said Keith Truscott, director of natural resources for the Chelan Public Utility District. “A lot of effort has been put into recovering and increasing the fish runs to the Upper Columbia. We shouldn’t allow an unplanned incident like this to deter us from our goal to be good stewards of the environment.”Divers discovered a 65-foot crack across part of Wanapum Dam’s concrete spillway in February, and workers have lowered the water level 26 feet to reduce pressure on the dam. That left the upstream exits of the fish ladders there high and dry — unusable for the migrating fish.At the Rock Island Dam 36 miles upriver, the ladders are usable for now, but crews are worried they won’t be as levels drop further this summer.The Chelan Public Utility District will pay about $4.3 million to extend the ladders on the Rock Island Dam’s Chelan and Douglas County shorelines. The Grant Public Utility District’s cost to modify its ladders on the Wanapum Dam is estimated at $3 million. The work is expected to be completed by Tuesday.last_img read more

US says Iranian freighters carrying missiles deploys more warships in Persian Gulf

first_img Secretary Mike Pompeo Announces End To Iran Sanction Waivers IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:40Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:38?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … On Sunday the UAE said four commercial cargo ships were attacked off its eastern coast, near the Hormuz Strait. A day later, Saudi Arabia confirmed that four of its vessels were also targeted by sabotage attacks at the Fujairah port. Apart from Saudi and UAE ships, some foreign oil carriers were also attacked.The Strait of Hormuz holds a strategic significance as more than 25 percent of the world’s crude passes through it. The rising sabre-rattling by the US and Iran over the nuclear pact and sanctions on Tehran has ratcheted up tensions in the region.The military build-up is happening on both the sides. While Iran has boosted its naval presence in the Strait of Hormuz in the last fortnight, US has moved bombers and warships to the region. Washington believes the threat of Iranian attack on its assets and allies in the region is high but Tehran has offered the caveat that it’s boosting military build-up in order to resist the US aggression. Close ReutersEven as tension in the Persian Gulf remained elevated, the US has sent two Navy warships armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles to the region, according to the latest reports. These warships are supported by a carrier strike group stationed of the coast of Oman, according to the US Naval Institute (USNI).Meanwhile, CNN reported US claims that it’s in possession of images of Iranian commercial vessels that are equipped with missiles. The channel clarified that the US government hasn’t given proof to establish the calm that Iranian commercial vessels are carrying hidden missiles and other munitions.Earlier last week, the US had sent an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf, following an intelligence assessment that the threat of Iranian attacks on US and allies’ assets in the region had escalated. The US has said there have been “indications of heightened Iranian readiness to conduct offensive operations against U.S. forces and our interests”.Over the last weekend the tensions worsened with the attack on oil vessels of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab emirates at Fujairah port. The Houthi militia in Yemen claimed the drone attacks but the US and the Saudi authorities believe Iran was behind the attack by the Houthis, their Shia associates in Yemen. On Thursday high-level Iranian officials publicly said Iran was suspected for the drone attack on the oil tankers.Defiant IRGCEven as the US increased its fire power in the Persian Gulf, Iran dismissed the military show of strength. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said earlier this week the US aircraft carrier stationed in the region wasn’t exactly a strategic asset for the US but a liability. He said the US risked far too much by positioning a warship close to Iran with scores of fighter planes and thousands of soldiers.last_img read more

Kalpataru to sell assets worth Rs 3275 crore to CLP India

first_imgRepresentational Image |Reuters fileKalpataru Power Transmission Ltd announced its agreement with CLP India Pvt. Ltd to sell some of its stake for about Rs 3275 crore. The power transmission company said that it has agreed to sell its stake in three power transmission assets to the Honk Kong based electric company.The agreement for selling the stake includes assets of Kalpataru Satpura Transco Pvt. Ltd (KSTPL), Alipurduar Transmission Ltd (ATL) and Kohima Mariani Transmission Ltd (KMTL). The deal also states that the transactions for ATL and KMTL will be confirmed after both the companies agree to certain terms and conditions. The deal needs the approval of the Techno Electric and Engineering Company, holding about 26 percent of the KMTL stake, which is the major reason behind the delay in the transactions. Representational ImageCreative CommonsKalpataru estimates that the debt at the assets during commissioning will be about Rs 2000 crore. In a statement to Live Mint, Manish Mohnot, managing director and CEO of Kalpataru said that the sale of assets will lead to a reduction in their debts and will help the company focus on strategic growth within the core business. He also added that the company will bring sustainable and profitable growth and presently aims at improving the return ratios.”The Indian market is a primary growth market for CLP and CDPQ and the two companies share a vision to invest only in low carbon, clean energy portfolio in India. Entering the transmission sector is a landmark for CLP India,” said Rajiv Mishra to LiveMint. He also said that the acquisition will help the electric company to grow and reach across the country.CLP India is one of the largest investors in the Indian power sector operating sixteen wind energy projects and three solar energy projects across seven states. The company also owns a coal-fired power plant and a gas-based combined cycle power plant in Haryana and Gujarat respectively.last_img read more

New horseshoe orbit Earthcompanion asteroid discovered

first_img A horseshoe orbit gets its name because when viewed from Earth’s point of view, the asteroid appears to travel in a shape of a horseshoe. However, from the perspective of the asteroid, it is in a continual orbit around the sun.To better understand this horseshoe orbit it must be understood that objects closer to the sun will orbit at a faster rate than objects of a further distance.Imagine this asteroid is on an orbit around the Sun just slightly closer than that of Earth. Given the fact the asteroid is closer it is traveling at a slightly faster rate than Earth. Eventually the asteroid will approach Earth and what happens next is what gives the appearance of a horseshoe.Given that the Earth is larger its gravity will work to pull the asteroid away from the Sun, eventually pulling the asteroid into an orbit which is a greater distance from the sun than Earth. The asteroids new orbital track will then be slower than that of Earth, making it appear to fall behind and look as though it is going in the opposite direction.As both the Earth and the asteroid continue to orbit, eventually the Earth will catch up to the asteroid and the process will reverse, with the Earth’s gravity pulling the asteroid back into the smaller orbit.The belief of astronomers has been that horseshoe orbits are not stable. However, Christou and Asher have run simulations and they show that SO16 remains in this horseshoe orbit for anywhere from 120,000 to over a million years.Currently SO16 is traveling at one of its closest approach points and will hold a place in the evening sky for several decades to come. 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. Horseshoe orbit. Image: NASA Asteroid To Fly By Earth Wednesday Is a Natural (PhysOrg.com) — Apostolos Christou and David Asher from the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland announced the discovery of an asteroid near Earth called Asteroid 2010 SO16 and their findings were published on arXiv.org. While finding near-Earth asteroids is not unusual, there is something quite rare about this particular asteroid in that it orbits the sun in what is referred to as a horseshoe orbit. © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: A long-lived horseshoe companion to the Earth, arXiv:1104.0036v1 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1104.0036via Technology Review Citation: New horseshoe orbit Earth-companion asteroid discovered (2011, April 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-horseshoe-orbit-earth-companion-asteroid.htmllast_img read more

Researchers discover how zombie worms bore into skeletons

first_img © 2012 Phys.Org With the mystery solved, the team hopes that more research by others in the field will focus on the somewhat mysterious life cycle of the so called zombie worms. Also of interest no doubt, will be the exact makeup of the acid the worms secrete and how it is dealt with by the internal bacteria that do the work of turning the bone material into food. To find out what was going on Katz and her team analyzed the green root-like part of the worm that attached itself to the outside of the bone. There they found that the structure was made of long cells, each with tiny protrusions that allowed the worm to cover a lot of bone territory. They also found that the cells had acid secreting enzymes that moved through the skin which was able to break down the minerals in the bone material, and that was how they managed to worm their way inside. (Phys.org) — In 2002, researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute discovered a unique species of worms in the ocean that live off of the skeletons of dead fish and whales on the sea floor, by boring into them; giving rise to the nick-name, zombie worms. What was perplexing though, was how they managed this trick since they lacked mouths, teeth or even a gut. Closer analysis over the years found that the worms lacked any other means for drilling as well, causing most to believe they made their way into bone material using some sort of chemical process, rather than drilling. Now new research by Sigrid Katz and colleagues from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography proves that to be the case. She and her team are to give a presentation regarding their findings at this year’s Society for Experimental Biology conference. These “bone-devouring worms,” known to both eat and inhabit dead whale skeletons and other bones on the sea floor, have a unique ability to release bone-melting acid. Credit: Greg Rouse The worms, of the Osedax (bone devourer in Latin) family, further added to their mystery when subsequent research failed to turn up any males of the species. More recently, other researchers found that this was because the males never grow out of their larval stage and simply live inside the bodies of the females indefinitely. Other researchers had also found that the worms had assistance from bacteria living inside of them to digest the bone material once it made its way inside. But how it got there was still a bit of a mystery. Citation: Researchers discover how ‘zombie worms’ bore into skeletons (2012, July 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-zombie-worms-skeletons.html Explore further The pinkish “bone-devouring worms” shown here on a piece of whale bone, eat and inhabit dead whale skeletons and other bones on the sea floor. A recent study has shown they have a unique ability to release bone-melting acid. Credit: MBARI Bone-eating ‘zombie’ worms can no longer hide More information: Conference abstract A7.17Drilling for nutrition: The physiological mechanism of bone penetration by OsedaxAnnelids belonging to Siboglinidae lack a gut and obtain nutrition via bacterial symbionts housed in a specialized organ called the trophosome.While most siboglinids host chemoautotrophic symbionts, which allow them to thrive in reducing habitats such as hydrothermal vents or methaneseeps, Osedax exploits vertebrate bones lying on the seafloor. In contrast to other siboglinids, Osedax house heterotrophic Oceanospirillalesbacteria in their posterior body, which are modified into so-called ‘roots’. These roots penetrate and ramify through the bone, which serves as their food source (Goffredi et al., 2007). Osedax lack any obviously bioabrasive structures and the physiological mechanism of bone erosion and nutrient absorption was virtually unknown. The ultrastructure of the root epidermis suggests secretory/ absorptive functions of this region and we hypothesized that Osedax demineralize the bone by secreting acid, followed by absorption of bone collagen and lipids for nutrition. Our analysis of putative acid-secreting proteins, namely vacuolar H+ -ATPase (VHA) and carbonic anhydrase (CA), by immunohistochemistry and quantitative immunoblotting, shows preferential location and high abundance of VHA in the root epidermal cells. CA also co-occurs with VHA in the root epidermis, and is found in other cells and body regions, suggesting that CA is also involved in maintaining the acid–base balance throughout the worm. These results support our hypothesis on bone erosion via acid secretion by Osedax, which is similar to chemical mechanisms employed for boring by some gastropods and for bone demineralization by human osteoclasts.Poster Session – Sunday 1st July 2012 Osedax frankpressi from whale-2893. Image: Vrijenhoek R. C., Johnson S. B. & Rouse G. W. (10 November 2009) “A remarkable diversity of bone-eating worms (Osedax; Siboglinidae; Annelida)”. BMC Biology 7: 74. doi:10.1186/1741-7007-7-74 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

Young lion cub seized from exhibition in Playa del Carmen

first_imgAt the time of the inspection, the owner of the cub presented an original invoice which accredits the legal acquisition, however, the inspected could not present the Management Plan or approval from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in accordance with theThird Article of the Regulations of the General Law of Wildlife nor the authorization granted by the Secretariat for the use of the African lion in possession. In a statement, the agency says they have imposed the suspension for the use of the animal being exhibited in a local area of Fifth Avenue in Playa del Carmen for not having the Management Plan updated and approved by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources or authorization granted by the Secretariat for its use. In response to various reports and complaints about the presence of wildlife on this site, Profepa personnel, with the support of Federal Public Security personnel, carried out an inspection visit to the site that manages wildlife in a confined manner. As a result of the inspection visit, an African lion breeding animal of about three months of age was found inside the facility. Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection has seized a young lion cub found being used for tourist opportunities along the city’s popular Fifth Avenue. In accordance with the General Wildlife Law, the violator could receive a fine and a penalty of six months to nine years in prison.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Therefore, the temporary total suspension of activities of the African lion was enforced with the lion being housed in federal facilities as a safety measure.last_img read more

Denied under Nazis 102yearold Jewish woman gets doctorate

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Syllm-Rapoport emigrated to the United States in 1938 without a degree. After applying to several American universities, she eventually finished her degree in Philadelphia and worked as a pediatrician, before moving with her husband, a socialist like herself, to East Berlin in 1952. The mother of four was the first head of the neonatology department at Berlin’s Charite hospital.Asked about how Syllm-Rapoport did in her oral exam last month — which was on the topic of diphtheria, just like her original Ph.D. thesis — Uwe Koch-Gromus, the university’s dean of the medical faculty said, “She was brilliant, and not only for her age.”“We were impressed with her intellectual alertness, and left speechless by her expertise — also with regard to modern medicine,” Koch-Gromus said.Almost 80 years after Syllm-Rapoport had to flee from the Nazis’ terror, she concluded her studies with the overall grade of magna cum laude.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments Share 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist BERLIN (AP) — Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport wasn’t allowed to defend her doctoral thesis in 1938 under the Nazis because she was part-Jewish. Nearly eight decades later, she became Germany’s oldest recipient of a doctorate at age 102 on Tuesday.The neonatologist, a specialist in caring for newborns, cleared the final hurdle last month by passing an oral exam. She received her doctorate in a celebratory ceremony at the University of Hamburg. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories “After almost 80 years, it was possible to restore some extent of justice,” Burkhard Goeke, the medical director of the university’s hospital, said in his speech. “We cannot undo injustices that have been committed, but our insights into the past shape our perspective for the future.”Syllm-Rapoport stressed in her acceptance speech that she went through all the efforts of getting the degree at her advanced age not for herself, but for all the others who suffered from injustice during the Third Reich.“For me personally, the degree didn’t mean anything, but to support the great goal of coming to terms with history — I wanted to be part of that,” Syllm-Rapoport told German public television station NDR.After the Nazis came to power in Germany in 1933, they gradually disenfranchised Jews, expelling them from universities, schools and many professions, before eventually deporting and killing them in death camps across Europe.When Syllm-Rapoport handed in her doctorate thesis, her supervisor at the time, Rudolf Degkwitz, wrote in a letter in 1938 that he would have accepted her work on diphtheria if it hadn’t been for the Nazis’ race laws which, he said, “make it impossible to allow Miss Syllm’s admission for the doctorate.” The vital role family plays in society 5 ways to recognize low testosteronelast_img read more

The Arizona Cardinals have traded left tackle Levi

first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals have traded left tackle Levi Brown to the Pittsburgh Steelers. ProFootballTalk reports the deal has been agreed to pending a physical. Steelers and Cardinals have agreed to a trade that will send LT Levi Brown. Done deal, pending physical.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 2, 2013 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Hearing it will be a late round pick going from PIT and AZ for Levi Brown. Brown’s contract will remain as is. Makes $4.75M this year…— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 2, 2013 Getting anything in return for Brown was a bit of a coup, according to our own Paul Calvisi.On reports Levi Brown trade brings late round pick from Steelers, sources say #Cards “were prepared to cut Levi.” Also, savings of about $1M— Paul Calvisi (@PaulCalvisi) October 2, 2013 Brown was a first-round draft pick (fifth overall) out of Penn State by the Cardinals in 2007 and started his career at right tackle. The 29-year-old became Arizona’s starting left tackle in 2010.In all, Brown played in 81 regular-season games as a Cardinal, starting 79. He also started six postseason games, including Super Bowl XLIII. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires It is not immediately known what the Cardinals will get in return. CBS’ Jason LaCanfora believes the Cardinals will receive a late-round pick from Pittsburgh. center_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Bradley Sowell, who was signed September 1 after being released by the Indianapolis Colts, may get the start in place of Brown on the Arizona’s offensive line this Sunday when the Cardinals host Carolina.After Levi Brown trade, sources say Bradley Sowell will start at LT. On whether Sowell is an upgrade, source says: “No worse, more effort.”— Paul Calvisi (@PaulCalvisi) October 2, 2013 0 Comments Share last_img read more

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Beginning June 10th and lasting through the 16th

first_imgBeginning June 10th and lasting through the 16th, Jerusalem’s Light Festival will transform buildings and holy sites around the Old City into a vibrant display of light-inspired artworks.The Light Festival will feature installations, performance art, architectural lighting, and grand-scale screenings, turning several sites around the Old City into a unique nighttime visual experience for visitors to Israel this summer. The Light Festival will also include a light parade and sculptors’fair.www.goisrael.comlast_img read more

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