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The US Energy Department renames fossil fuels ‘molecules of freedom’ Dangerous levels of antibiotics found in rivers around the world In a press release issued earlier this month the US Department of Energy referring to natural gas as “freedom gas” and “molecules of freedom.” The terms were used in a press release announcing the authorization of increased exports of natural gas from a coastal Texas natural gas terminal. The patriotic terms drew some exasperated comments from people like Washington governor and presidential candidate Jay Inslee who tweeted “This has to be a joke. (Remember freedom fries?)” But the term has actually been used before. In early May, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry referred to liquefied natural gas exported to Europe as “the United States… delivering a form of freedom to the European continent.” The largest study on antibiotics in waterways has found that dangerous levels of antibiotics exist in two out of three test sites around the world. Researchers tested 711 sites in 72 countries and found antibiotics in 65 percent of the rivers. In 111 of the sites the levels of antibiotics present exceeded safe levels. Poorer countries generally had higher levels of contamination. In Africa, 35 percent of rivers exceeded safe limits for concentrations of antibiotics and in Asia over 20 percent of rivers exceeded limits. In Bangladesh, a drug used to treat vaginal infections was found to be 300 times over the safe limit. High levels are blamed on inappropriate disposal of garbage and sewage dumped right into rivers and a lack of technology in some countries to remove the drugs.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A North Fork man was arrested for reckless driving after he fatally struck two men who stopped to fix their car on the Meadowbrook State Parkway in Roosevelt on Monday afternoon, New York State police said.Robert Beodeker, 50, of Aquebogue, was driving a GMC pick-up truck southbound at the Southern State Parkway interchange when he hit the men while they were standing near their disabled Nissan Maxima parked on the side of the road at 12:37 p.m., police said.The victims, 76-year-old John Elder of Freeport and 65-year-old Edward Ross of North Bellmore, were pronounced dead at the scene.Beodeker was charged with reckless driving and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Additional charges are pending, police said. He will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.The southbound lanes of the parkway were closed for several hours while investigators were on the scene.
I recently applied for the TSA Pre-Check security clearance. As part of the process you visit a TSA office in person, provide the proper paperwork and answer a few questions. One of the questions they ask while you are there is “What color is your hair?” I said “brown.” The TSA agent looked at me and then keyed into the system “Grey to partial grey.”Are you kidding me? If my hair is “grey to partial grey” it’s BECAUSE of the TSA! He made a cursory glance, saw ONE grey hair (okay, maybe more than one) and then assumed the rest of the answer.But do credit union and bank employees do the same with our target audiences? In other words, do we make assumptions based on one minor (or potentially false) detail?For example, we assume everyone who is older than 55 does not need a loan so we automatically try to cross-sell them a deposit product. Or we assume one person in the family is the financial decision maker and only talk to them. Or we assume only females are on Pinterest so we don’t market to men using that channel. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
A pharmacology professor at the Gadjah Mada University (UGM) medical school has become the second confirmed case of COVID-19 in Yogyakarta, local authorities confirmed on Wednesday.The professor, identified only as ID, is currently being treated at Dr Sarjito Central General Hospital in the special province.”We urge people who have been in contact with [ID] in the last three weeks to get tested for the coronavirus at the nearest healthcare facility,” UGM vice rector for cooperation and alumni Paripurna Poerwoko Sugarda said at a press conference on Wednesday. “We have been granted permission from ID’s family to inform [the public] that he has tested positive for COVID-19,” he added, and that the university was communicating closely with the professor’s family as it continued to provide support for him and his family.Paripurna said that the professor’s family had expressed their hope that the announcement would prompt people who had been in contact with him to be more vigilant about their health and be alert to any symptoms they might develop.”I believe this announcement is the family’s good intention to protect his colleagues and friends,” he added.Yogyakarta COVID-19 spokeswoman Berty Murtiningsih said that ID’s close contacts were currently being traced. She confirmed that the UGM professor was the second confirmed case in the province, and that the first confirmed case was a 3-year-old who was also being treated at Dr Sardjito hospital. “The first patient’s condition is improving. After treatment, he has tested negative for the coronavirus, but he still needs another test before he can be declared healthy,” Berty said.Yogyakarta Governor Hamengku Buwono X has urged local residents to practice prevention measures, including frequently washing their hands with soap and water, to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the province.”After two people have tested positive for COVID-19, we hope the number will not rise [further],” said the governor, who is also the Sultan of Yogyakarta.The Yogyakarta pandemic prevention and treatment command center has tested samples from 31 residents to March 18. Fourteen tests came back negative and two tested positive, while the center was still waiting for the results of the remaining 15 samples.Indonesia has reported 227 confirmed cases to date. (nal)Topics :
Speed and scopeAnd testing capacity differs hugely, even among rich nations. Cecile Viboud, an epidemiologist at the US National Institutes of Health, singled out South Korea for praise. After a surge in cases in February, Korean authorities boosted testing capacity and implemented stringent measures to prevent further transmission.”A real turning point was the strong increase in testing that they did,” she told AFP. “You need to know where you are in the epidemic to be able to do something about it. And to do that, you need to test.”World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus echoed the sentiment on Monday with a simple message for all countries: “test, test, test”.”If they test positive, isolate them & find out who they have been in close contact with up to 2 days before they developed symptoms & test those people too,” he said on Twitter.Sharon Lewin, head of the world-leading Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at the University of Melbourne, said another good example of testing and then tracing contacts of patients occurred in Singapore.”Very early on they did aggressive testing and chased down cases through contact tracing, and very aggressively quarantining contacts,” she told AFP. “They did some social distancing measures, but not as extreme. They closed schools for a while, but only for two or three weeks. They banned meetings, but people still went to work.”But there is only a small window of opportunity to shut down an outbreak once a cluster of cases emerges.These seem to have caught authorities in Italy and Spain — the two European countries worst hit by the pandemic — off guard. As of Wednesday Italy had carried out 165,000 tests, compared with roughly 42,000 in France.Ultimately, the true impact of the disease worldwide cannot be known until tests for COVID-19 antibodies — for example those patients who had it and recovered — are established.There are several currently in development. The lack of available tests for COVID-19 means the world is effectively fighting the pandemic blind and may not know the true extent of infection for months if not years, experts said Thursday. Because COVID-19 is so infectious — roughly 2.5 times that of the common cold — but not everyone presents symptoms, the figure of more than 200,000 confirmed cases tells only a fraction of the story. Jerry Shaman, a diseases expert at the University of Columbia, told AFP it was “likely” that developed nations are identifying between one in five and one in 10 true infections. Shaman said there was a variety of reasons, including “test availability, capacity, ignorance [not taking the issue seriously], arrogance [national pride].”On Tuesday the British government conceded it was likely there were already more than 55,000 COVID-19 infections in the country, far lower than the more than 2,600 confirmed cases so far.While the number of undetected or non-symptomatic cases likely mean the virus is less deadly than initially feared, low detection rates are a huge problem for governments looking to slow the spread and reduce the strain on health systems.”Many of these infections are mild but still contagious. So they go about their normal routine — go to work, use public transportation, go shopping — and spread the virus in the broader community,” said Shaman. “They unwittingly take the virus to new places by auto, train or plane.”While it is generally accepted that patients showing symptoms are more contagious than those exhibiting no sign of infection, the idea of millions of infected people mixing with vulnerable groups will not comfort governments. Topics :
“It’s true that someone has died, that the perpetrator is a TNI soldier. But not everything that’s been said is true,” Syamsurijal told The Jakarta Post, denying rumors that Oktavianus’ death was subject to a military cover-up.He went on to say that he had visited Asiki district alongside local military officials to investigate the incident on Saturday.Maj. Suko Raharjo, a spokesperson for military command post (Korem) 174 in Merauke regency, denied that Oktavianus was tortured to death at a military post in Asiki.“It’s false. The victim died at a Puskesmas [community health center] in Asiki,” he said, adding that the TNI was still conducting a thorough investigation into the incident. (rfa)Topics : He claimed that Oktavianius was tortured and eventually killed while in custody. A post-mortem examination performed at a local clinic found a number of bruises and wounds on Oktavianus’ body, he said.Oktavianus was promptly laid to rest with a private funeral that was limited to several family members.Read also: Security forces allegedly shoot dead two Papuans at river near Freeport complex Victor Mambor and Nina A. LoasanaBoven Digoel Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Syamsurijal confirmed Oktavianus’ death but questioned the rumors circulating among locals regarding the events that led to his passing. An 18-year-old resident of Asiki district in Bovel Digoel regency, Papua, reportedly died after being tortured by Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel stationed in the region.Identified as Oktovianus Warip Betere, the young man was accused of stealing from a kiosk at a local market on Friday and subsequently taken into custody by TNI personnel based on a report from a supposed witness, according to Merauke Archdiocese director Anselmus Amo.“Upon capture, [Oktavianus] was assaulted and then brought to a military post,” Anselmus said.
UMAS, EDF: IMO needs to have ‘right rules’ for alternative fuels to truly drive shipping’s decarbonisation
Key findings and recommendations Transition What is more, the report identifies areas where the IMO should be more ambitious than ICAO to ensure that shipping transitions away from fossil fuels. The study warns the IMO not to create “perverse incentives” which could promote fuels that could worsen the climate crisis. They also want IMO to allocate adequate resources and draw on the experience and lessons learned from ICAO, where appropriate, to get these rules right. Categories: Specifically, the report considers how sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) or eligible fuels elements of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO’s) market-based climate program, the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), could be adopted in the context of shipping. The analysis shows that ICAO’s SAF framework offers “a solid blueprint” for the shipping sector. “The International Maritime Organization and the shipping industry need to put in place the right rules for alternative fuels to truly drive the decarbonisation of the sector and it does not need to start from scratch. The rules recently adopted by ICAO offer valuable lessons and a good starting place for the IMO to chart its course toward a genuinely sustainable shipping sector” Aoife O’Leary, Director, Environmental Defense Fund, said. Authors from EDF and UMAS are also calling on the IMO to adopt strict rules on transparency to ensure that shipping companies accurately report their emissions, and don’t double count emission reductions. Posted: 5 months ago Shipping is the lifeblood of the global economy. The international maritime sector transports roughly 90% of world trade and emits more CO2 than all but five countries. Without urgent climate action, these emissions are set to at least double by 2050. The world’s countries have committed within UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO) to reducing GHG emissions by at least 50% by 2050, and acknowledge that to meet this target the sector must make the switch from fossil fuels to alternative fuels to deliver on this ambition. Previous studies have shown that zero-emission vessels need to enter the fleet at scale from as early as 2030. LR, UMAS: Not only one zero-carbon fuel is the most competitive The international shipping industry will fail to tackle its global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions unless it puts in place rules that truly reflect the climate impact of shipping fuels, a new report finds. “Shipping must ensure that biofuels are not automatically granted a zero-emission status. The CORSIA framework sets out explicit rules for calculating emissions reductions for each biofuel pathway. It does not automatically allow all biofuels to claim zero carbon combustion emissions (as some other emissions accounting systems have done), as their lifecycle emissions can in some cases approach or even exceed those of petroleum fuels,” the duo pointed out in the report. As explained, the report is the first of its kind to explore whether the processes for delivering rules for sustainable marine fuels can be sped up using lessons learnt from aviation, a sector which is a natural comparison for the maritime industry and which is facing similar challenges in transitioning to sustainable alternative fuels. Posted: 5 months ago In the absence of robust accounting rules, the climate benefit of alternative fuels can be completely undermined, UMAS and EDF said. Shipping must adopt a full lifecycle perspective, accounting for all greenhouse gas emissions, including methane, and ensure accurate calculations of both the direct and indirect impacts of emissions associated with the whole supply chain — extraction/production, transport/distribution and combustion — of the fuel. It is a complex task, but ICAO has successfully done it for aviation and the IMO can use this work to jump-start its own progress, according to the report. EDF and UMAS suggest that careful rules must be applied to ensure that the use of biofuels has a real climate benefit. “A meaningful policy must incentivise a fair, sustainable and non-perverse shift away from fossil and avoid the risk that emissions are simply shifted elsewhere. Getting this right is mission critical to the shipping industry’s decarbonisation pathway” Rehmatulla added. The report, entitled “Exploring the relevance of ICAO’s Sustainable Aviation Fuels framework for the IMO”, has been released by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and University Maritime Advisory Services (UMAS). “Using the most appropriate science is key to making the right decisions for our environment. Shipping, as aviation, should ensure that all the emissions from a fuel – from the production to the distribution to the combustion itself – are accounted for if we are to understand the real climate impact,” Nishatabbas Rehmatulla, Senior Researcher, UCL and Principal Consultant, UMAS, commented.
Stuff co.nz 29 March 2015A review of laws on creating babies from dead people’s sperm and eggs has boosted hopes an inspirational Auckland teenager can father a child despite dying 11 years ago.Sharon Duncan’s son, promising young filmmaker Cameron Duncan, died aged 17 from bone cancer in November 2003.The previous year, when only aged 15, he banked sperm before starting chemotherapy because he knew it could destroy his fertility and he wanted children in his future.At the time, he signed a form gifting the sperm to his mother if he died.To date, New Zealand’s laws and regulations have blocked his mother’s desire to use his frozen sperm to create her grandchild.However, she has welcomed a move by the Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ACART) to seek ministerial approval to start reviewing outdated laws and regulations about collection, storage and use of gametes and embryos from dead and comatose people.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/67539030/Hope-for-dead-teens-sperm
ISIS militants have released a horrifying video clip showing four prisoners suspended over fire by their hands and feet, burning them alive.The disgusting video of the latest execution by the terrorist group has been released by the group’s propaganda team.It is not yet known what the men’s crimes were or where the pictures were taken. The executions are however believed to have been done in response to an earlier released video showing a captured ISIS terrorist burned to death and then sliced up by a rebel fighter nicknamed the ‘Angel of Death’.The video released online shows Abu Azrael, one of ISIS’ most feared enemies committing the sickening act as a warning to his enemies.In that video, Abu laughs as he cuts the dead ISIS terrorist.The four executed men were forced to watch this traumatic footage before their own sentence was carried out.ISIS is very well known for its sickening execution methods.Just earlier this month, fighters in Afghanistan forced men to kneel on explosives and then blowing them up. Sometime in June, the group released another video showing caged prisoners being lowered into a swimming pool to drown, alongside other very horrific executions.