Halilovic, another Odegaard Case: three First Clubs interested

first_img10 January is a time of opportunities for the finest scouts. There are players of great aptitudes that the start of the season encourages a change of air, as is the case with Alen Halilovic (23 years old). As AS has learned, the Croatian, assigned by Milan to Heerenveen, interests at least three First teams.In Spain they distinguish in the situation of Halilovic features similar to those experienced by Odegaard before. The Norwegian, now on everyone’s lips for his excellent performance at Real Sociedad, for which Madrid is considering shortening his loan to a course and incorporating his staff in June, was regularly criticized for years. In fact, He came to qualify as a broken toy while still a teenager. In that moment Halilovic walks, something they want take advantage of the technical secretariats of several clubs of the Santander League. With just 18 years, Alen left Dinamo Zagreb to sign for the Barça, ending in B. In 2015 he debuted with the first team, but they never bet decisively for him and that same 2015 he was assigned to Sporting. In 2016 they sold him to HamburgThen he borrowed a loan from Las Palmas and in 2018 he bought Milan, which in turn yielded to Standard Liege and Heerenveen … where Odegaard played two seasons in which he finished making himself to emerge in the next in Vitesse.Halilovic begins this 2020 deciding his future, with the appeal of a return to Spain that could happen this month in the form of assignment. If not, it will delay the move to summer. Girlfriends are not lacking, let alone after they see something like a new Odegaard case…last_img read more

US-Citizen Donates Heart’s Checking Machine to Catholic Hospital

first_imgA heart diagnosis machine and its accessories worth thousands of United States Dollars were last Saturday donated to the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital by an American citizen, Nancy Word.The equipment is used to monitor the heart after surgeries such as angioplasty, bypass, or other procedures affecting the heart.  It also monitors the effects of medication as well as, after a heart attack, stroke, or othercardiac ailments.The executive director of the Gbowee Peace Foundation, Piso Saydee Tarr, who made the presentation on behalf of Madam Word, said the donation was meant to alleviate the plight of patients suffering from heart problems.  Word said in her communication that “The total package includes a laptop, a printer and a rolling cart for the equipment.”The Gbowee Peace Foundation director revealed that Madam Word decided to donate the diagnostic machine in her effort to directly touch the lives of Liberian citizens, particularly in the health sector.  She stressed that “the donation would help doctors and nurses working in the hospital’s diagnostic section to treat patients with critical heart issues.”She further quoted Word’s communication as saying, “My trip to Liberia changed my life and I felt the notion that I wanted to do something in this country.”She added, “I saw and felt the compassion and love that was delivered at the hospital with so little equipment to use. It was when I asked the doctor there what she needed and she told me that they needed an EKG machine.  That request was etched on my brain.”“So, a year later, with help from Telemed Situations, a company in California, USA, and a team of students at the Texas University, along with my daughter and son-law, they helped to configure the laptop with a solid hard drive to make it last longer. They also installed a long lasting battery.”Madam Word said that she was dedicating the equipment to Madam Leymah Gbowee whom she described as “a force of nature from whom she (Madam Word) has learned a lot, through her every endeavor,  including Leyma’s peace initiatives.”Madam Tarr thanked the management and staff of the hospital for working so hard in the area of providing medicare to the people of Liberia.Receiving the equipment, the executive director of the hospital, Patrick Nshairndze, thanked Madam Word for the donation which, he said, would be used to save many lives in the country.According to him, “We have been suffering from the lack of an EKG machine, because the only one we had at the hospital got damaged two months.”He said the donation would “boost our capacity to help patients in severe need of heart diagnosis. He gave assurance that the hospital would use the machine to the benefit of the general public. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

For the record

first_imgA headline in Saturday’s business section incorrectly identified the Lincoln Navigator. A story Friday on a South Los Angeles gun surrender program incorrectly identified the lone weapon that was turned in. The weapon was a Chinese military SKS rifle. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Premier League clubs ranked by net spend in last five years

first_img 9. Stoke City’s net spend on transfers in the past five years has been £59.67m, prior to the 2016 summer transfer window 20 7. Sunderland’s net spend on transfers in the past five years has been £78.52m, prior to the 2016 summer transfer window 20 20 20 11. Watford’s net spend on transfers in the past five years has been £45.73m, prior to the 2016 summer transfer window 20. Tottenham Hotspur have made a £44.79m PROFIT from transfers in the past five years – find out which Premier League clubs have spent the most, by clicking the arrow above 17. Middlesbrough’s net spend on transfers in the past five years has been £19.49m, prior to the 2016 summer transfer window 18. Swansea City’s net spend on transfers in the past five years has been £7.41m, prior to the 2016 summer transfer window 6. West Ham United’s net spend on transfers in the past five years has been £79.28m, prior to the 2016 summer transfer window 20 15. Hull City’s net spend on transfers in the past five years has been £32.88m, prior to the 2016 summer transfer window 20 20 20 19. Burnley’s net spend on transfers in the past five years has been £2.93m, prior to the 2016 summer transfer window 20 20 2. Manchester City’s net spend on transfers in the past five years has been £280.56m, prior to the 2016 summer transfer window 20 1. Manchester United’s net spend on transfers in the past five years has been £282.26m, prior to the 2016 summer transfer window 20 20 20 8. Leicester City’s net spend on transfers in the past five years has been £63.65m, prior to the 2016 summer transfer window 16. Southampton’s net spend on transfers in the past five years has been £26.46m, prior to the 2016 summer transfer window 10. Crystal Palace’s net spend on transfers in the past five years has been £51.12m, prior to the 2016 summer transfer window The summer transfer window officially opens on 1 July 2016, and with the Premier League’s new TV deal bringing even more riches to the English top flight, there is no doubt huge sums will be spent in the coming months.But which clubs have spent the most in recent times?We’ve looked back at the net spend for each of the 20 clubs competing in the 2016/17 Premier League season, going back five years.You can find the results in the slideshow above. 12. Bournemouth’s net spend on transfers in the past five years has been £44.81m, prior to the 2016 summer transfer window 4. Chelsea’s net spend on transfers in the past five years has been £150.55m, prior to the 2016 summer transfer window 20 5. Arsenal’s net spend on transfers in the past five years has been £97.59m, prior to the 2016 summer transfer window 20 14. Everton’s net spend on transfers in the past five years has been £33.03m, prior to the 2016 summer transfer window 13. West Bromwich Albion’s net spend on transfers in the past five years has been £42.07m, prior to the 2016 summer transfer window 20 3. Liverpool’s net spend on transfers in the past five years has been £161.37m, prior to the 2016 summer transfer window 20 20 20last_img read more

Carey wins big at gentler Vibe Awards

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Mariah Carey walked away with four honors at the Vibe Awards, a celebration of hip-hop and R&B that went smoothly after last year’s ceremony was marred by a brawl and stabbing. Carey won Artist of the Year, R&B Voice of the Year, Best R&B Song for “We Belong Together” and Album of the Year for her comeback hit, “The Emancipation of Mimi.” “Whatever you’re going through in your life, don’t ever give up,” Carey said at the Saturday night event. The taped show is scheduled to air Tuesday on UPN. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Molecular Machines Use Moving Parts

first_imgResearch papers into the processes of molecular machines continue to reveal moving parts: “fingers” that open and close, ratchets that lock into place, and feet that move along tracks.  Here are a few samples from the voluminous literature that continues to pour from biophysics labs.DNA Polymerase I:  Scientific papers tend to be reserved in their language, but the authors of a paper in Structure1 couldn’t help themselves: “DNA polymerases are spectacular molecular machines that can accurately copy genetic material with error rates on the order of 1 in 105 bases incorporated, not including the contributions of proofreading exonucleases.”  Their paper went into detail on how the “fingers” and “thumb” of the machine open and close in precise sequence as the machine moves along the DNA strand base by base.  Part of the machine rotates 50° as the machine translocates along the DNA.  These machines copy millions of base pairs of DNA every cell division so that each daughter cell gets an accurate copy.  The research was done on a bacterium that lives in hot springs.    Pata and Jaeger, who reviewed the paper by Golosov et al in Structure,2 included a diagram showing the “conformational changes” that DNA polymerase I undergoes in its action along the DNA strand.  “After more than fifty years of research, the DNA polymerases responsible for copying the genetic material are some of the most well characterized enzymes in all of biology,” they said.  “Although the polymerases are divided into several different families, they all share a common two metal-ion catalytic mechanism, and most of them are described as having fingers, palm, and thumb domains: the palm contains metal-binding catalytic residues, the thumb contacts DNA duplex, and the fingers form one side of the pocket surrounding the nascent base pair.”  Three phases occur during each step along the DNA chain: the fingers open, the machine moves one base pair as it rotates, then the base in the “palm” is placed into the “pre-insertion site,” while another moving part prevents further movement till the operation is completed.  Then the process repeats – millions of times per operation.    A paper in PNAS3 on DNA Polymerase I noted that “The remarkable fidelity of most DNA polymerases depends on a series of early steps in the reaction pathway which allow the selection of the correct nucleotide substrate, while excluding all incorrect ones, before the enzyme is committed to the chemical step of nucleotide incorporation.”  Their paper also discussed numerous conformational changes in the operation – some that precede the emplacement of the nucleotide at each step.  They described how the fingers-closing step forms “a snug binding pocket around the nascent base pair.”  They discussed at length how the machine prevents mismatched bases at several stages of the operation.  None of the authors of these three papers used the word evolution.Virus replicator:  Language of moving parts abounds in an article in PNAS about the machinery a virus uses to replicate itself.4  This little helicase called NS3h undergoes three successive conformational changes as it ratchets along the DNA.  Words found in the paper suggesting moving parts include: stretched spring, torsion, rotation, bending, propel, motion, unwinding, gating, cycle, kinetic steps, motor domains, structural transitions, and ratchet-type unidirectional translocation.  This particular machine works in a virus that causes hepatitis C.  It is part of superfamily SF2 of this kind of machine.  Regarding evolution, the authors only said, “structural comparison of the representative SF1 and SF2 members reveals explicit differences in catalyzing nucleotide hydrolysis and motion (Figs. S6 and S7), reflecting the fact that these helicases have evolved to adopt divergent mechanisms and act in different biological processes.” Torsion springs and lever arms:  There’s a molecular machine that detects stretching force when a load is applied.  The keywords for a paper in PNAS5 about one of the myosins include kinetics, torsional motions, lever arm, force-sensitive transition, and more.  “Myosin-Is are molecular motors that link cellular membranes to the actin cytoskeleton, where they play roles in mechano-signal transduction and membrane trafficking,” the paper begins.  “Some myosin-Is are proposed to act as force sensors, dynamically modulating their motile properties in response to changes in tension.”  Why do cells need force sensors?  “Tension sensing by myosin motors is important for numerous cellular processes, including control of force and energy utilization in contracting muscles, transport of cellular cargos, detection of auditory stimuli, and control of cell shape.”  The authors found that alternative splicing of the gene produces isoforms of the motor with lever arms of different lengths, with varying response to force.  This “increases the range of force sensitivities of the proteins translated from the myo1b gene.”  and it “tunes the mechanical properties of myo1b for diverse mechanical challenges, while maintaining the protein’s basal kinetic and cargo-binding properties.”    How did these myosin machines arise?  They just evolved.  “Myosins have evolved different tension sensitivities tuned for these diverse cellular tasks,” the authors said.  That’s all they had to say about evolution.Ribosome dynamics:  When transfer-RNAs and messenger-RNAs traverse the ribosome protein-assembly factory with their amino-acid cargos and genetic data readouts, respectively, they undergo several motions as they are transported along.  Researchers writing in PNAS said,6 “Spontaneous formation of the unlocked state of the ribosome is a multistep process.”  Their paper described how the L1 stalks of the ribosome bend, rotate and uncouple – undergoing at least four distinct stalk positions while each tRNA ratchets through the assembly tunnel.  At one stage, for instance, “the L1 stalk domain closes and the 30S subunit undergoes a counterclockwise, ratchet-like rotation” with respect to another domain of the factory.  This is not simple.  “Subunit ratcheting is a complex set of motions that entails the remodeling of numerous bridging contacts found at the subunit interface that are involved in substrate positioning,” they said.Since the discovery of molecular machines, biochemistry has transformed into biophysics.  The kind of chemistry we learned in school is inadequate for understanding the machinery of the cell.  Interactions between molecules are not simply matters of matching electrons with protons.  Instead, large structural molecules form machines with moving parts.  These parts experience the same kinds of forces and motions that we experience at the macro level: stretching, bending, leverage, spring tension, ratcheting, rotation and translocation.  The same units of force and energy are appropriate for both – except at vastly different levels.1.  Golosov, Warren, Beese and Karplus, “The Mechanism of the Translocation Step in DNA Replication by DNA Polymerase I: A Computer Simulation Analysis,” Structure, Volume 18, Issue 1, 83-93, 13 January 2010, 10.1016/j.str.2009.10.014.2.  Janice D. Pata and Joachim Jaeger, “Molecular Machines and Targeted Molecular Dynamics: DNA in Motion,” Structure, Volume 18, Issue 1, 13 January 2010, Pages 4-6, doi:10.1016/j.str.2009.12.003.3.  Santoso et al, “Conformational transitions in DNA polymerase I revealed by single-molecule FRET,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, January 12, 2010, vol. 107, no. 2, pp. 715-720, doi:10.1073/pnas.0910909107.4.  Gu and Rice, “Three conformational snapshots of the hepatitis C virus NS3 helicase reveal a ratchet translocation mechanism,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, January 12, 2010, vol. 107, no. 2, pp. 521-528, doi:10.1073/pnas.0913380107.5.  Laakso, Lewis, Shuman, and Ostap, “Control of myosin-I force sensing by alternative splicing,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, January 12, 2010, vol. 107, no. 2, pp. 698-702, doi:10.1073/pnas.0911426107.6.  Munro, Altman, Tung, Cate, Sanbonmatsu and Blanchard, “Spontaneous formation of the unlocked state of the ribosome is a multistep process,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, January 12, 2010, vol. 107, no. 2, pp. 709-714, doi:10.1073/pnas.0908597107.In the major general journals, papers on biochemistry and biophysics appear to vastly exceed other topics.  In the current issue of PNAS, for instance, there are 3 papers on physical sciences, 7 on chemistry (but several overlapping with biochemistry), one on engineering, 1 on environmental science, 1 on geology, 2 on mathematics, 2 on social sciences, 6 on biology, 1 on ecology, 1 on environmental sciences, 2 on evolution, 4 on genetics, 6 on immunology, 6 on medical sciences, 5 on microbiology, 2 on neuroscience, 2 on physiology, 1 on plant biology, 2 on psychology, 1 on “sustainability science,” but 25 on biochemistry/biophysics/cell biology.  This is not atypical.  There may be various reasons for this lopsided publishing on cells, but clearly major discoveries are being made as techniques become refined that allow us to see more clearly into the operations of cellular factories.  The pattern we see repeatedly here is known as the CEH Law: talk of evolution is inversely proportional to the amount of observational detail.  Usually the Darwinspeak is only a casual passing reference without demonstration, like “such-and-such evolved to….” (for the fallacy of using evolved as an active verb, see the 01/17/2010 entry).  The evidence shouts “design!” to the rest of us.    It has probably not escaped your notice that viruses and disease-causing bacteria contain the same high-tech machinery as the “good” cells.  In fact, many of our worst plagues are caused by organisms employing exquisite molecular machines against us.  This undoubtedly raises philosophical and theological questions.  It’s the long-standing problem of natural evil.    The Darwinist answer is less than helpful: it says that nothing is evil.  Whatever is, is right; more accurately, whatever is, is.  Everything is in its own struggle for existence.  But why struggle, if existence is meaningless?  We’ve come a long way since the 18th century, when deists, and later atheists, portrayed nature as good and benevolent.  They argued on that basis that we should build our morality on the observation that all creatures seek pleasure and flee pain.  But should do we do it corporately, or individually?  If individually, what if my pleasure involves your pain?  If corporately, what eggs have to be broken to make the omelet?  In hindsight, this has been a disastrous way to build a social contract.  It also begs the question that any objective moral categories can be derived from nature.  One man may see a beautiful sunrise; another a threat of rain.  One may admire the beauty of the Alps; another may say, what a chaotic jumble of rocks.  And it’s doubtful an evolutionary biologist will be dispassionate about natural evil when afflicted with hepatitis C.  The naturalistic position also is incoherent.  One cannot describe it without the Yoda Complex: stepping outside one’s natural skin and pontificating about truth and reality from an imagined exalted plane.    The Christian position is not devoid of its own problems in specifics, but provides a coherent framework for understanding natural evil.  Unlike deism, which tries to see everything as providentially good, the Judeo-Christian tradition sees nature as fallen from its original goodness.  The deist Rousseau would have us believe that the way to happiness is getting close to nature and letting our natural tendencies guide us.  Notice that he had to invoke his Yoda Complex to say that; he wrote it in books, not while trouncing naked in the forest hunting prey.  He was appealing to concepts and principles he assumed were true.  Like most attractive philosophies, his views contained some half-truths that persist in some modern movements.  But it is doubtful he would look at natural disaster as evidence of a benevolent deity, or the behaviors of many native tribes that subjugate women, disfigure children and cannibalize their enemies, as models for how to build a natural society.    The Biblical description of the Fall provides enough detail to get us thinking about natural evil from a coherent framework, but leaves some room for differences of opinion.  We are told that evil entered with Satan’s fall and man’s capitulation to the temptation to doubt and disobey God’s word.  We learn that the world was put under a curse because of sin, and that some of the curse included natural pain: thorns, pain in childbirth, difficulty in agriculture.  These changes apparently took place immediately at the hand of God.  The world was judged again by a catastrophic flood because every intent of the thoughts of man’s heart was only evil continually.  Paul tells us that creation groans as if in labor pains, waiting for the consummation (Romans 8).  And we learn from Scripture that God remains merciful and good to His creation, and that His providential care, wisdom and glory is still abundantly evident to all people – not just to believers (Psalm 19, Psalm 104).  Meanwhile, the goal of man’s highest aspirations is to be heaven, not the pleasures of this world.    Within that framework some additional questions can be asked.  As details come to light about exquisite machinery in viruses and bacteria that cause disease, how are we to interpret them?  Did God design these machines directly to cause pain?  If so, it would be right for him as the Judge of all to execute judgment.  We do not condemn human judges for inflicting pain and even the death penalty when the law demands it.  We are all under the penalty of death for our own sin.  The real wonder is not why the suffering appears random to us, but why God lets us all live as long as we do, when his justice could require instant incineration of the planet.  In some cases, however, the pain may come from God indirectly, from his having relaxed some of his providence on life-forms that were originally intended for good, letting mutations and decay processes operate according to the laws of a cursed creation.  Even evolutionary biologists ponder how toxins arose and how structures might have become modified.  Creationists do not have problems with existing machinery getting co-opted for other uses under selection pressure; it’s the origin of new complex information de novo that is too improbable for evolution to explain.  Perhaps the needle pumps in bacteria and the genetic modification mechanisms in viruses had a good function originally.  The fact that the vast majority of these microbes are beneficial lends credence to the idea; an article on Science Daily said that the same bacterium responsible for stomach ulcers may protect against tuberculosis.  This could indicate that microbes can offset one another and perhaps have gotten out of balance.  Some theologians might wonder if the spiritual forces of Satan’s dominion have limited ability to turn parts of nature against itself – not to exercise creative power, but like the disasters in the Book of Job, to take existing forces of nature (fire, whirlwinds) and turn them against man.  They would be analogous to hackers who take existing computers and networks and turn them into weapons of harm.  This would, of course, be within the permissive will of God.  This short list does not exhaust the possibilities.  The Bible has provided sufficient, but not exhaustive, information to address this question.  He also grants us the power of prayer to seek relief from the natural afflictions of life – though we know physical death cannot be delayed forever.  Undoubtedly if knew every calamity that would befall us and the day of our death, we would be tempted to procrastinate our preparations for meeting our Maker.  The uncertainties of natural disasters should force us to lean on God and be ready at all times to stand before him.    There is a rich literature on attempted solutions to the problem of natural evil.  Only the Biblical view is coherent: natural evil is contrary to the divine will, but is used by the divine will for purposes that are ultimately good.  Unlike evolutionary, pantheistic, deistic, animistic or mystical solutions, which cannot define good or evil in a consistent or coherent way, (or try to deny good and evil altogether), the Biblical world view gives people the liberty to oppose evil and strive to eliminate pain in this life, while recognizing the goal of mankind is to strive for the kingdom of God, where evil will be vanquished forever.  Medicine and science are, therefore, logical applications of the Biblical world view.(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Antibiotic Resistance Is Ancient

first_imgAn isolated tribe in a remote place in Amazonia has antibiotic resistance genes in its gut bacteria.An icon of evolution is antibiotic resistance. Supposedly, after the introduction of antibiotics in the 20th century, bacteria “evolved” the ability to resist their toxic effects. Since some antibiotics are synthetic, and the body still develops resistance, the story is that evolution is quick to evolve resistance by natural selection.That story has undergone a challenge by a new study of a previously uncontacted group of Yanomami people in a remote region of Venezuela. Researchers gathered stool samples for study, and found that the people had a wider variety of gut biota than westerners. Among the bacteria were species that had antibiotic resistance genes—including the ability to fight synthetic antibiotics. This was reported by Science Magazine reporter Ann Gibbons, who said scientists find this troubling:The medical team’s interviews with these Yanomami villagers found they were never given drugs or exposed to food or water with antibiotics. Instead, Dantas suggests that the Yanomami gut bacteria have evolved an armory of methods to fight a wide range of toxins that threaten them—just as our ancestors and other primates have done to fight dangerous microbes. For example, the Yanomami bacteria may already have encountered toxins that occur naturally in their environment that are similar in molecular structure to modern antibiotics, but have yet to be discovered by scientists. Or, gut bacteria in humans have evolved a generalized mechanism for detecting certain features shared by all antibiotics—including the synthetic ones designed by scientists—and so can mount a defense against new threats.The discovery is troubling because it suggests that “antibiotic resistance is ancient, diverse, and astonishingly widespread in nature—including within our own bodies,” says anthropologist Christina Warinner of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, who is not a co-author. “Such findings and their implications explain why antibiotic resistance was so quick to develop after the introduction of therapeutic antibiotics, and why we today should be very concerned about the proper use and management of antibiotics in both clinical and agricultural contexts.”It’s still possible that the people are not as isolated as thought, since they obtained machetes, cans and T-shirts, Live Science says. If the conclusions of the researchers are valid, though, it undermines a claim for rapid evolution, and gives credence to the creationist counter-argument that resistance genes were already present in the bacteria and did not arise de novo. Nature‘s coverage said nothing about evolution.For decades, evolutionists have pointed to antibiotic resistance as proof of evolution in debates and articles. No wonder this is troubling. It’s also another instance of the facts forcing them to push the origin of things into the unobserved past.The warfare metaphor is misleading. Nature is full of pushes and pulls that usually provide balance (homeostasis). Bacteria are not the evildoers they are often portrayed to be; nor are antibiotics the good guys with the white hats. We couldn’t live without most bacteria. There’s more of them than our own cells inside our bodies. Most of what they do is beneficial for both them and us. We can envision our Creator providing balance in the beginning, but loosening that balance at the curse on sin, leading to sickness and death. He has also given mankind the brains to figure out how things work, so that we can attempt to restore the balance as far as possible.The contrast of the evolutionists’ mission with Jim Elliott’s mission is striking. Elliott and his colleagues went to remote Amazon tribes to win them to Christ; the biologists went to dig into their scat. For sure, some of them wished to help the tribes people with their diseases, particularly the children. But it’s apparent they also wanted to find evidence for evolution. The findings were contrary to their expectations.We’re not saying the missions are necessarily mutually exclusive. You can go to a tribe to help them spiritually and physically. Many missionaries, in fact, do that. There are terrific medical missionary teams around the world that build hospitals in foreign lands, ministering to the body and the spirit of the poor. Ministering to the spirit is a doorway to people’s minds as well as hearts, giving them the worldview tools to understand themselves and their world. That, in turn, can lead to better understanding of science and healthy living. If the motivation is to use people as guinea pigs for Darwin, though, that would indeed be troubling. (Visited 100 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Pushing for ‘zero waste’ in 2010

first_img11 December 2006Non-governmental organisation the Institute for Zero Waste (Izwa) has launched a national initiative to reduce the potential negative impacts of waste and pollution during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The campaign, described as an attempt to “green the World Cup, African style,” invites players involved in the World Cup to register with the Zero Waste 2010 Coalition “so that they may receive support in greening their operations well before 2010.”Izwa will also make project packs available to help businesses, municipalities, sports authorities, venues and event organisers to work towards a waste-free World Cup.The initiative includes a learnership project, run by Izwa and supported by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, that is training interns to support 2010 service providers using zero waste principles.Muna Lakhani, the Durban-based national co-ordinator of Izwa, told the Sunday Tribune that the organisation’s mission was “working towards a world without waste through public education and the practical application of zero waste principles”.For example, says Lakhani, takeaway food providers can avoid “toxic polystyrene” by using paper pulp and cardboard instead. “Paper can be hygienically pulped, dewatered and pressed into burger and hotdog containers, egg trays and ceilings,” he explains.“McDonalds has banned polystyrene in the US, and we should do the same.”The key to the success of the campaign, Lakhani told the Sunday Tribune, lay with businesses and industry rethinking their production methods to phase out unsustainable or harmful materials.“Goods, especially appliances, must be designed to be easily disassembled and repaired, and carry a deposit. They must go back to the manufacturer at the end of their life for disassembly and reintegration into products.”The government could do its bit by being stricter about waste disposal, while the public could play its part by refusing to buy products – such as polystyrene and plastic – that could not easily be recycled or reused in some other form.More more information, e-mail zerowaste@iafrica.com.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

National Grain & Feed Association Safety Management/Loss Control seminar March 8

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is partnering with the Agribusiness Council of Indiana and the National Grain & Feed Association to host a NGFA Safety Management/Loss Control seminar March 8 in Columbus.The seminar will feature several topics, including updates on emerging and evolving regulatory issues; safety and health management loss control; implementing safety and health management plans for grain handling facilities; and quality management/loss control practices for grain handling facilities.“This workshop is designed to shed light on various components of grain and feed safetymanagement and loss control,” said Chris Henney, OABA president and CEO. “Our partnership with the Agribusiness Council of Indiana and the National Grain & Feed Association greatly benefits our members and helps us to address issues that aren’t necessarily specific to Ohio, but also to the region and nationwide.”OABA members and other industry professionals will hear from three leading experts during the event: Jess McCluer, vice president of safety and regulatory affairs for the National Grain and Feed Association; Paul Stevenson, risk management senior consultant with Nationwide Agribusiness; and Don Wray, eastern regional operations manager for The Andersons, Inc.The workshop agenda includes:● An update on emerging and evolving regulatory issues, including hazard communication,combustible dust regulatory trends, injury and illness recordkeeping, and a highlight oftop OSHA citations in general and grain handling industry.● The difference between safety and health management and loss control, including safetyand health management process versus risk management process.● Overview of implementing safety and health management plan for grain handlingfacilities.● Overview of quality management and loss control practices for grain handling facilities.Registration.The NGFA Safety Management/Loss Control Seminar will be held on Tuesday, March 8, from8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North in Columbus. Registration fees are $150 for ACI/OABA/NGFA members and $200 for nonmembers.To register, visit www.oaba.net/events .Hotel accommodations can be made by calling 614-885-1885. Use the group discount “Ohio AgriBusiness Association” to receive the group rate of $109.For more information and to register for the event via phone, visit www.oaba.net/events , email info@oaba.net or call 614-326-7520 ext. 1.last_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress — April 10th, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There were 0.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 9, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. A very wet week has kept producers out of the fields. There was a lot of rain in the beginning of the week followed by some snow on Thursday. The week ended with a warm weekend which helped dry some fields. Wheat remained in good condition, despite ponding and delays in top dressing.Read the full report here.last_img