PH table tennis bet splits first 2 games, faces tougher road ahead in YOG

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Tan is scheduled to play in the men’s foil while the United States-based Oliva, who is entered in four events, will swim in the heats of the women’s 100-meter freestyle at the Olympic Park pool.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I know the level of competition that I’m going to face here. I shouldn’t lose hope in order to achieve my goal,” said the 18-year-old who hardly made his presence felt in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur last year and in the recent Asian Games in Jakarta.Nayre first pulled off a demolition job on the higher-ranked Nicolas Burgos of Chile, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-8, but couldn’t stand against Kolodziejczyk in a in a span of seven hours held at the Table Tennis Arena of the Technopolis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe split has forced the first Filipino paddler in the YOG to do better in the next round where Nayre faces Rio Olympian and world No. 1 under-18 junior table netter Kanak Jha of the United States late Tuesday.“It really gets tougher in the succeeding rounds. I’ll try the best I can not to be eliminated early,” said Nayre, a right-hander who attended high school at San Beda University in Taytay, Rizal. June Navarro/ INQUIRER PHOTOBUENOS AIRES—Jann Mari Nayre missed an trouble-free chance to book a trip in the crucial stages of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games table tennis competitions.The downer came for the country’s table tennis ace when he surprisingly lost to Maciej Kolodziejcyzk of Austria, 9-11, 8-11, 1-11, 6-11 later in the Group B men’s preliminary play.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES No. 431 in the world, Nayre immediately zeroed in on the weak backhand of the world U18 no. 27-ranked Burgos after he gave up the second set on a flurry of errors.The Filipino quickly recovered his bearings in the next three frames and dealt the Chilean with deathly blows while he aggressively pressed on the offensive.As Nayre wraps up his elimination stint against Jha, Filipino-Norwegian Christian Tio begins the journey to the podium on the same day in the kiteboarding competitions at the Club Nautico San Isidro which will host the event for five days.On Wednesday, golfers Yuka Saso, a double-gold medalist in the Asian Games, and Carl Jano Corpus open their medal bid in the women’s and men’s individual stroke play at the wind-swept Hurlingham Club.It will actually be the busiest day for the seven-athlete contingent as fencer Lawrence Everett Tan and swimmer Nicole Oliva make their debut.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Ernie Gawilan wins Philippines’ first ever gold in Asian Para Games Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Collective Society Endorses ‘Monrovia Declaration’ against Piracy

first_imgThe Collective Society of Liberia have signed an 11-count position statement titled, ‘The Monrovia Declaration’, aimed at corralling and utilizing every possible resource to stop piracy and other infringements on intellectual property within the Republic of Liberia. Endorsed on Thursday, February 20, the document emerged from a two-day workshop on Collective Management Enhancement held under the auspices of the Liberia Copyright Office, the Norweigan Copyright Development Program (NORCODE) and facilitated by Chief Tony Okoroji, Chairman of the Copyright Society of Nigeria. The two-page document, with the signatures of seven representatives of the Collective Society in Liberia was witnessed by Officer in Charge of the Liberia Copyright Office, Ernest Bruce, and presented after the workshop.Present at the signing was the chairman of the Copyright Society of Nigeria, Chief Tony Okoroji, who relished the opportunity to witness such a historical breakthrough for the creative environment in Liberia.  A task force was also established to pursue the declaration to the letter.In remarks, Mr. Ernie Bruce said, “We navigated in Norway and from the time we met in Zimbawe, the man (Chief Okoroji) challenged me. He told me, ‘My man, I am on your back. You have to change what’s going on in Liberia.’  And as you can see today it was not just talk because here he is with us today.  Tony has a long history of involvement in the art and music; president of the [Nigerian] musicians union just like myself.  And he has a passion in seeing to it and assuring that all of us benefit from our creativity.  So he’s here with us today because we have also gotten help from the outside and are getting help from the world. And what we are trying to say in The Monrovia Declaration is that we’re putting the feet of our people, this establishment, this country, to the fire to respond to the creative society in this country from today on.  What this means to all of us is that we must be responsible we must be together we must be locked arms, no matter what kind of music you do. It doesn’t matter that you do something different from somebody, I sing classical music and I also sing jazz, what matters is that we are all creative people. We need to come together because now we’re on the cusp of turning things around so that all of the musicians in this country can begin to get money when the radio stations play their music, every time they play it, we’re going to track it. Every time the hotels play it, we will track it; TV, they will all have to pay for Liberian music.  That’s the way it’s happening in Nigeria and in 4 years they are collecting up to a million dollars.  That’s why you see people like P-Square doing what they’re doing.  It’s not magic; we need the political will in this country to change things and we’re saying we will not take it anymore. It’s got to change. I want to say welcome to our brother, and let me give applause to him because he is an aspiration.Copyright Society of Nigeria chief Tony Okoroji was gowned by the Liberia Collective Society and dubbed ‘Chief Jallahlon’. In his remarks, he said, “I came to see this very historic day with my brothers and sisters. I wasn’t expecting these clothes and title, you people have made me proud. For the rest of my life I will not forget 2014. That piece of paper that you read today is in every way very historic. It is a declaration of freedom: freedom from poverty, abuse; freedom from being told you are second class. I want to thank all of you the artist, the creative people of Liberia.  Pray together.  Together you stand, together you will grow tall, be rich together your names will be heard across the world.  But divided you will fall. Around here, some are new school, some are old school. Bruce and I were on the streets of Monrovia we went to see all of the people who are selling pirated works and selling them for nothing. But we confronted them directly and said to them stop what your doing, close your business. If you don’t close your business you’re going to end up in jail. Because what they are doing is making it impossible for business to come to your country, and for your skills and your ability to come forth. Today we make history in Monrovia.  Yesterday we were on radio appealing to the President, Legislators, and ministers, Juduiciary, for Liberia to stop what they are doing because it is your right that they protect you that they provide the resources for you to boom like employers; and that fight will be won from here on. You are not second class citizens, and don’t let anybody tell you that this your country can’t change. You look at Nigeria today, you don’t hear any foreign music playing in night clubs hotels, you go to Nigeria today the artists are well dressed people. You go to Nigeria today you’ll hear our music being played at events and it can be done in Liberia too, and it will be done by you guys. We will change the environment and I promise you that we will. Who ever messes you guys up, messes me up.  Anybody who thanks you thanks me.  And I can assure you that whenever I can give support towards this community, I will give support. Have faith; don’t join the people who will say this will not work. Please get ut there today and when you see the people who think this can not work, please let them know there is a resolution and things are changing. The fact that we can even come here today, these two societies, work together, sign a document means change has come. From here on stop disagreeing amongst yourselves. If you are going to disagree, disagree [in private] but when you go out, go out as a powerful force together. And nobody will mess with you. “Do not wait until everybody is on board. Keep on moving. Success has many friends once you keep moving and people see success, people who doubted will join you. In 2009 in Nigeria I had to organize a one week hunger strike for all the major artists in Nigeria because piracy was eating up our industry at a crazy rate. We gathered at the national theater in Lagos, all the big Nigerian artists , some bound their mouths and refused to eat for one week. And that got the attention of the Nigerian people, from the president and everybody on the streets knew something was happening. From that moment there was no talk anymore, it was time for war. Since then a lot has changed and I can see from Liberia that from today a lot will change. Gathering all these different people with different temperaments and different ideas, all that is a major movement because artists are not usually easy to get them to speak in one voice. But the fact that you are all here, you are now creating a taskforce people are signing declarations, this time next year will be different.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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School puts heart into `The Wiz’

first_img“The Wiz” is a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that was first performed in 1975. It is an adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s story, “The Wizard of Oz.” A movie version was made in 1978 starring Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and Nipsy Russell. LITTLEROCK – Littlerock High School’s performing-arts department will showcase a production of “The Wiz” tonight and Saturday. About 60 students from the drama class, choir, step team, dance team, color guard and jazz band will participate in the show. “The Wiz” will be staged in the high school’s theater, 10833 E. Ave. R. Showtimes are 8 tonight, 2 p.m. Saturday, and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $7 for general admission and $4 for children 12 and under, military and seniors. 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

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Son, daughter-in-law of Oral Roberts focus of lurid allegations

first_imgTULSA, Okla. – Twenty years ago, televangelist Oral Roberts said he was reading a spy novel when God appeared to him and told him to raise $8 million for Roberts’ university, or else he would be “called home.” Now, his son, Oral Roberts University President Richard Roberts, says God is speaking again, telling him to deny lurid allegations in a lawsuit that threatens to engulf this 44-year-old Bible Belt college in scandal. Richard Roberts is accused of illegal involvement in a local political campaign and lavish spending at donors’ expense, including numerous home remodeling projects, use of the university jet for his daughter’s senior trip to the Bahamas, and a red Mercedes convertible and a Lexus SUV for his wife, Lindsay. She is accused of dropping tens of thousands of dollars on clothes, awarding nonacademic scholarships to friends of her children and sending scores of text messages on university-issued cell phones to people described in the lawsuit as “underage males.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAt a chapel service this week on the 5,300-student campus known for its 60-foot-tall bronze sculpture of praying hands, Roberts said God told him: “We live in a litigious society. Anyone can get mad and file a lawsuit against another person whether they have a legitimate case or not. This lawsuit … is about intimidation, blackmail and extortion.” San Antonio televangelist John Hagee, a member of the ORU board of regents, said the university’s executive board “is conducting a full and thorough investigation.” Colleagues fear for the reputation of the university and the future of the Roberts’ ministry, which grew from Southern tent revivals to one of the most successful evangelical empires in the country, hauling in tens of millions of dollars in contributions a year. The university reported nearly $76 million in revenue in 2005, according to the IRS. Oral Roberts is 89 and lives in California. He holds the title of chancellor, but the university describes him as semiretired, and his son presides over day-to-day operations on the campus, which had a modern, space-age design when it was built in the early 1960s but now looks dated, like Disney’s Tomorrowland. Cornell Cross II, a senior from Burlington, Vt., said he is looking to transfer to another school because the scandal has “severely devalued and hurt the reputation of my degree.” “We have asked and asked and asked to see the finances of our school and what they’re doing with our money, and we’ve been told no,” said Cross, who is majoring in government. “Now we know why. As a student, I’m not going to stand for it any longer.” The allegations are contained in a lawsuit filed Tuesday by three former professors. They sued ORU and Roberts, alleging they were wrongfully dismissed after reporting the school’s involvement in a local political race. Richard Roberts, according to the suit, asked a professor in 2005 to use his students and university resources to aid a county commissioner’s bid for Tulsa mayor. Such involvement would violate state and federal law because of the university’s nonprofit status. Up to 50 students are alleged to have worked on the campaign.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

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ATHLETICS: THRILLING DONEGAL SENIOR CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS AT STRANORLAR

first_imgPauric McKinney, Conor Bradley and Ciaran Doherty.The sun was shining, the course was in perfect condition and with Donegal’s best distance athletes turning out, the stage was set for a thrilling Donegal Senior Cross Country Championships at the Finn Valley Centre in Stranorlar.With the Donegal Seniors one of the most fiercely contested Championships in the country, yet again this years event did not disappoint with the large crowd in attendance treated to two brilliant races.The mens race was run over 10km and what a race this was. In a start studded field which included the likes of four times World Cross Country athlete Pauric McKinney, and European and World athletes such as Ruairi Finnegan, Ciaran Doherty, Darren McBrearty and Danny Mooney, this was a race which had the crowd literally on the edge of their seats from starts to finish. Mid way through the race, Letterkenny athlete Ruairi Finnegan took the lead followed by Inishowens Pauric McKinney and City of Derry’s Conor Bradley in third. Indeed, Finnegan looked to be in control of the race until he was forced to retire with two laps to go. This left a battle between McKinney who completed a 2.33 marathon only six days previously, Bradley, and Letterkenny’s Ciaran Doherty who ran a smart race to come through the field as the race progressed. Going into the last lap, McKinney had about 50 meters on Bradley, but with about 600m to go, Bradley surged past McKinney and came home to an impressive victory, with McKinney finishing second and Doherty third. While the individual race was exciting, the battle for the team honours was between old rivals Finn Valley and Letterkenny with Inishowen also showing strongly. With Finnegan leading the field, Letterkenny were ten points clear and looked to be about to reclaim the team title from last years winners Finn Valley. However, with Finnegan retiring, this placed a strong Finn Valley team in pole position. With some tremendous individual battles throughout the field and every position fought for, it was Mark Connolly’s men who took the team title, with the Letterkenny men settling for second and Inishowen third.Caitriona Devine, Theresa McGloin and Claire McGuigan.While the mens race provided plenty of excitement, the ladies race was a master class in distance running by Finn Valley’s Teresa Doherty. The Valley girl led the race from start to finish, having opened up a gap between herself and team mate Caitriona Devine and Lifford’s Claire McGuigan early in the race. Doherty’s victory was a record 7th individual title for the Valley girl and no doubt a happy Doherty household this evening, with husband Ciaran third in the mens race. While Doherty led the way, it was an interesting battle between Devine and McGuigan, a Donegal Novice winner in recent years. Over the 5k course, Devine tried to break from McGuigan, with the Lifford girl dogged in her determination to fight a battle for the silver and bronze right to the end. With one lap to go, Finn Valley’s Catherine Dooher started to close the gap from fourth to third which provided for an exciting final lap. In the final lap, Devine broke free from McGuigan and raced home to take a deserved silver medal, with McGuigan holding off the late Dooher challenge to take a bronze medal, her first medal at this level. The womens team race was a three way battle between the host club Finn Valley, Inishowen and Lifford AC. The Finn Valley record for team titles is second to none, having won it on forty occasions previously. This bunch of Valley athletes continued a great tradition taking a 41st title, with the ever improving Inishowen club taking second, and Lifford AC in third.Also running today was Anne Marie McGlynn, who used the mens race as a training run for the forthcoming Inter Counties, where selection to the European Cross Country team is in her sights for the second year in a row. The Letterkenny AC athlete ran impressively, with her recent spell at warm weather training with the Irish team standing her in good stead.Speaking at the presentation after the event, County Chairman Brendan O’Donnell praised the athletes and their clubs for such an excellent show case of the County’s premier Cross Country event. With a running boom throughout the country, O’Donnell also acknowledged those athletes who have progressed from recreational running to competing at quality events such as this. O’Donnell also thanked the Finn Valley club for the hosting of the event on an excellent course and acknowledged the sterling work of the ever present Brendan McDaid and Neil Martin for their race organisation.Next up for these Donegal athletes will the Inter County Cross Country Championships in Dundalk at the end of the month, while others will be taking part in the Ulster Novice next weekend. A great day’s athletics to round off the Donegal Cross Country calendar for this year, with all roads now pointing towards Provincial, All Ireland, and International events over the coming weeks and months. ATHLETICS: THRILLING DONEGAL SENIOR CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS AT STRANORLAR was last modified: November 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare this: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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Anthony Gorman: “We have to believe in ourselves and maybe showcase ourselves more”

first_imgUlster Senior League coach Anthony Gorman says the League representatives have already shown that the USL is at the top of the Intermediate game.With two wins from two at the 2016 FAI Intermediate Interprovincial Tournament in Cork, the Peter Moran-managed USL side can clinch the Michael Ward Cup yesterday.A draw with the host side, Munster, will guarantee the silverware for the USL. “There is some serious talent in the Ulster Senior League and people outside the League really don’t give it enough credit,” Gorman said after last night’s 2-0 win over Connacht.“The team we have with us is, by and large, a very young one. It’s set up now for what is essentially a Cup final. We’re in a great position and it’s a real testament to the effort that the players have put in since we first got together.”Davitt Walsh scored twice in yesterday’s 2-0 win, which came after a 3-1 win over Leinster on Friday.Today at Castletreasure, the home of College Corinthians, the USL will tackle on Munster hoping to win the title for a fourth time. Previously, the USL were Interprovincial winners in 1998, 2013 and 2014. Gorman said; “We have seen a lot of what Leinster and Munster have with our experiences in the Intermediate Cup. We can be every bit as good as these teams. We have to believe in ourselves and maybe showcase ourselves more. The League and the standard we have in the Ulster Senior League can be a match for anyone.”“There were a lot of changes made for the game against Connacht, but the young lads who came in did very well.”“We played some very good football and it was a very comfortable win. We took the game to Connacht.”Although the USL squad is missing the likes of Malachy McDermott, Garbhan Friel, Gavin Cullen, David Shovlin, Matthew Crossan, Ryan Gildea and Gerry Gill, they stand now on the cusp of a victory.Gorman continued; “We have a lot of top-class players who aren’t with us for various reasons, but everyone, to a man, who is with us, has contributed something here. It is a real squad effort – but it has to be that way. “They are more than capable and are certainly able to handle themselves at this level.”Anthony Gorman: “We have to believe in ourselves and maybe showcase ourselves more” was last modified: October 16th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this: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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Anthony GormancastletreasureFootballmunsterUSLlast_img read more

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M&S HELP DONEGAL ALZHEIMER SOCIETY TO ‘BAG’ €2,199 DONATION

first_imgM&S in Letterkenny have presented €2,199 raised at bag packing over the year to help the work of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (Donegal Branch).The very welcome donation was handed over to the Alzheimer Society today.Pictured are Alastair McKinney {Chair, ASI Donegal] receiving the money from Kieran Kelly and Sabrina Spratt of M&S Letterkenny.   M&S HELP DONEGAL ALZHEIMER SOCIETY TO ‘BAG’ €2,199 DONATION was last modified: December 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this: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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Antibiotic resistance found with little or no exposure to human activity

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Since the 1940s, antibiotics have effectively treated certain bacterial diseases. But over the years, some bacteria have developed resistance to the antibiotics that once killed them.Each year, about 2 million people in the United States are infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While antibiotic resistance is commonly viewed as a result of antibiotic overuse in humans and animals, this isn’t always the case. Lisa Durso, a microbiologist at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Agroecosystem Management Research Unit in Lincoln, Neb., recently found antibiotic-resistant bacteria in prairie soils that had little or no exposure to human or animal activity.Durso belongs to a nationwide network of ARS scientists investigating agriculture-related antibiotic resistance, sharing critical information, and developing solutions. Their research involves examining antibiotic resistance as it relates to food safety, animal production and protection, and the environment.When it comes to resistance, scientists typically measure three things: drugs (antibiotics people take or give to animals), “bugs” (bacteria that might be resistant), and genes (DNA instructions in the bacteria that code for resistance). Genes are usually in the cells, though not always, Durso explains. After a cell dies, the genes can persist in the soil.“Antibiotic-resistant bacteria and genes occur naturally,” Durso said. “Studies have shown antibiotic resistance in soil samples dating back to the time of woolly mammoths. This is because antibiotics, such as penicillin, came originally from fungi or other bacteria-found naturally in soil.”One obstacle to identifying the source of antibiotic resistance on farms and in the environment is measurement, according to Durso. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria and antibiotic-resistant genes found in soils where manure has been added (by animals or by spreading) provide valuable information on what is currently present in a sample site, such as a feedlot. A concern is that even if bacteria in manure are dead, their genes can persist in soils. If baseline levels of antibiotic resistance aren’t collected, scientists will have a difficult time sorting out resistance caused by human antibiotic use from resistance that occurs naturally.“To determine the impact of food-animal antibiotic use on resistance, it’s essential that baseline levels of resistance be considered and subtracted out when measuring resistance in agroecosystems,” Durso said.To address this problem, Durso and her team examined native prairie soils that had little human impact and no animal grazing for the past 20 years. The team worked with a number of partners — including landowners, academia, and staff from state game and parks commissions — to identify 20 native prairies in southeast Nebraska meeting these criteria.Soil samples were collected from the sites and screened for antibiotic-resistant bacteria. All the samples contained bacteria resistant to tetracycline and cefotaxime, and nearly half of the bacteria isolated from prairie soils were resistant to two or more antibiotics.“We actually measured total soil DNA and isolated all of the DNA, which we believe mostly came from living cells,” Durso said.The findings also included a type of sulfonamide-resistant gene in 91% of the samples. Considered a marker of human activity, the gene was present despite a lack of human activity at those sites.“Other research has suggested that sulfonamide resistance genes are associated with human activities and could be a base for measurement,” Durso said. “However, our findings suggest that if we see sulfonamide genes in Nebraska feedlots, we cannot conclude that it is due to human activity, because we saw them in fairly high numbers in these prairies.”There is a great need to reduce antibiotic resistance in agricultural settings, Durso said. One of the first things scientists need to determine is a realistic target for reduction-how low can they measure? These findings provide a basis for answering those questions and implementing a strategy to reduce antibiotic resistance in agricultural productions.“It would be unrealistic to say we want zero antibiotic resistance on farms, because even in natural settings, you see resistance,” Durso said. “We’re able to use this data to set a baseline for what’s occurring naturally. It gives us a starting point for figuring out how best to manage antibiotic resistance on agricultural lands.”This study was published in the Journal of Environmental Quality in March 2016 and “Prairies Yield Clues for Antibiotic Resistance” was published in the September 2016 issue of AgResearch Magazine.last_img read more

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Square: Twitter Co-Founder Launches New Mobile Payment System

first_imgSquare, a new mobile phone payment system founded by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, just launched its private beta today. Square will give anybody the ability to accept payment cards without having to go through a costly credit card processing service. Instead, Square will give its users the ability to use their mobile phones, laptops or desktop computers to accept payment cards and swipe them with the help of a small dongle that will plug into the computer’s or phone’s audio jack.Square is backed by Khosla Ventures and a team of angel investors. Square’s team of advisors includes actress Alyssa Milano, Susan Wu, Ryan Gilbert, Ted Wang and Gregg Kid (who was also an angel investor in Twitter). According to the information on Square’s website, users won’t have to sign any contracts and there won’t be any monthly fees or hidden costs. Square is currently only working with a select group of companies but plans to expand widely in 2010. In its current iteration, Square works on the iPhone and iPod touch. It’s not clear how much the dongle will cost, but chances are that it will be cheap, as the company plans to focus on the service and not the hardware.Disrupting the Credit Card Processing BusinessCredit card processors (the people behind the card swiping machines at your local coffee shop, restaurant or corner store) typically take a hefty cut from every transaction and charge monthly fees. Square want to be a cheaper, more modern alternative to these systems. Square will email receipts to a payer’s phone, for example, and allow merchants to track frequent customers and offer them discounts. In addition, Square will also donate one penny for every transaction to a cause of the user’s choice.Thanks to Square, every stand at a local farmers’ market and every small coffee cart or hot dog vendor on the street will soon be able to accept credit cards without having to go through one of the major credit card processing services.CompetitionIt’s worth noting that other services like ePAY and Obopay also offer solutions that allow anybody to accept credit cards, though Square’s service looks to be far more elegant than any of the current solutions we have seen. The Square dongle Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile#news#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … frederic lardinoislast_img read more

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The ‘Lock-In’ Concept and Passivhaus Construction

first_imgMatthew O’Malia is an architect and principal at GO Logic in Belfast, Maine. Higher renovation standards yield increased energy savingsOf the many inspiring, interesting, and in some cases very geeky perspectives that we were exposed to, there is one that has really stuck in my mind that needs to be better understood in order for anyone — be they policy makers, lenders, or homeowners — to make sound decisions regarding investment in reduced building energy consumption. Dr. Diana Ãœrge-Vorsatz, director of the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policies at Central European University, presented this new perspective using the catchphrase “lock in.” RELATED ARTICLES A Passivhaus Conference in GermanyEnerPHit — The Passive House Approach to Deep RetrofitNew Passive Building Standards for North AmericaDeep Energy Retrofits Are Often Misguided When you look at the long-term impact of different levels of energy-efficiency in buildings across a 50-year span, taking an incremental approach to renovations — achieving, say, a 40% improvement in building performance — is actually a very poor strategy, Dr. Ãœrge-Vorsatz explained, as compared to waiting several years until a proper Passivhaus-level building shell can be implemented. How could that be?Well, across a 50-year period, on a macro scale, a moderate, LEED-Gold-level energy retrofit will hold the greenhouse gas emissions from building energy use to only a 46% increase from today’s levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. This is not such a bad result. Consider what would happen if we do nothing to improve energy efficiency by the time the global population is 9 billion people. Building energy use will increase by 110%, with CO2 emissions increasing by 68%. Draw your own conclusions about what will happen next.Meanwhile, a Passivhaus-level renovation approach will actually reduce energy use of buildings from today by 34%. That means the difference between doing a Passivhaus renovation over standard, incremental improvements is actually an 80% difference in CO2 levels over 50 years! The graph at the top of the page illustrates this concept.center_img Window replacement jobs are infrequentIn Dr. Ãœrge-Vorsatz’s words, the “lock in” effect is acknowledging that most buildings that undergo a moderately efficient renovation are not likely to be renovated again for another 50 years, given the financial strain on owners to recover the original renovation investment cost. In other words, you will not re-replace the windows in 10 years, even if you understand window specifications better then than you do now. Your replacement windows have “locked in” a moderate level of efficiency for the long term, and that decision will result in 80% more CO2 emissions than a Passivhaus renovation would have.Conventional wisdom is that incrementally increasing the performance of buildings is the best approach. That concept needs to be revisited. “Locking in” with moderate improvements in energy performance has a massive negative outcome over the life of a building renovation — which is the margin we require at this stage to combat global warming. So if Passivhaus-level efficiency appears out of reach when building new or renovating — given that the policy, products, and financing required to make it happen are not yet in place — it is worth considering waiting a few years until they are available, for your own financial interest and for the health of the planet.For more information on the “lock-in” concept, please visit the Global Buildings Performance Network. Alan Gibson (my GO Logic colleague) and I just returned from the 18th annual International Passive House Conference in Aachen, Germany. This incredible three-day conference featured some of the superstars in the Passivhaus community as well as influential European policy makers, including Dr. Wolfgang Feist, founder of the Passivhaus Institut.We witnessed a watershed moment in the adoption of the Passivhaus standard in European policy, and saw solid evidence of widescale, successful implementation of all types of Passivhaus projects across the globe. And I am happy to report that North America was well-represented. Our GO Logic presentation was one of several demonstrating Passivhaus market viability in North America.last_img read more

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