Keep calm and carry on: Deutsche Boerse boss confident about future as an independent company

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Venezuela sinks ever lower as the state tightens its grip

whatsapp whatsapp Rolling power cuts mean that the few retailers stocking meat are unable to keep it fresh, so it rots in the store. Anyone hoping to buy any would need to turn up at the shop with a suitcase of banknotes, since inflation continues to cause havoc with the currency. Reports from the country’s desperate hospitals are almost too depressing to watch, with patients simply lying on the floors of facilities that are unable to offer basic treatments.These conditions have fuelled, in the words of the UN, the worst migration crisis in Latin American history. In keeping with the kind of fantasy statements issued by authoritarian regimes the world over, the President of Venezuela’s constituent assembly said this week that reports of the mass exodus were “suspicious” – adding that global coverage of the migrant crisis was manufactured as part of “a campaign against our country.”While the state cries ‘fake news’ the misery facing ordinary Venezuelans is very real – as is the threat posed to the few remaining private enterprises in the country.Yesterday, the FTSE100 listed packaging giant, Smurfit Kappa, became the latest company to fall into the hands of the regime after an apparent failure to comply with the state’s strict control of pricing. Two executives were arrested, charged with “price speculation and destabilising the economy.” Smurfit has operated in Venezuela since 1986 and directly employs 1,600 people.That the company held out as long as this is nothing short of remarkable, considering the rate at which foreign investment and operations have dried up. In a statement yesterday, Smurfit said that in recent years it had “invested significant amounts of capital in its business…and dedicated significant financial support and resources to…education and health.” The future of the company’s Venezuelan operation, and the fate of its employees, is now in doubt. The state’s grip grows tighter as the country sinks ever lower. Share Wednesday 29 August 2018 7:48 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen Heraldinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.commoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThis Woman’s Obituary Was So Harsh, Her Son Was Left ReelingTotal PastOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeNoteableyFaith Hill’s Daughter Is Probably The Prettiest Woman In The WorldNoteabley Christian May Life in Venezuela is now unimaginably hard. In recent years, we have watched as this once prosperous country descended into poverty, chaos and political turmoil.The United Nations estimates that more than two million Venezuelans have fled the country since 2015, with thousands more attempting to pour over the boarders of neighbouring countries every day. They’re fleeing a country brought to its knees by the inevitable consequences of socialist dogma – with food, medicines and even water now considered a luxury. Venezuela sinks ever lower as the state tightens its grip read more

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UK calls for a ‘transparent investigation’ into Alexei Navalny poisoning

first_imgWednesday 26 August 2020 12:58 pm Johnson tweeted today that the poisoning of Navalny “shocked the world”. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5Definitionbonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comNews SharperChrissy Metz Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A Model (Photos)News SharperBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USABleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreaker Russia is thought to have used poison to silence its enemies in the recent past, including former spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury in 2018. whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, his wife Yulia, opposition politician Lyubov Sobol and other demonstrators take part in a march in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov in downtown Moscow on February 29, 2020. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Boris Johnson calls for a ‘transparent investigation’ into Alexei Navalny poisoning Stefan Boscia He was first treated in a Russian hospital, before being transferred to Berlin where doctors concluded that he had been posioned. He is in a critical condition, however doctors say “there is currently no acute danger to his life”. Share He has been arrested multiple times by the Russian police for alleged crimes such as embezzlement, however experts believe these have all been brought against him falsely in an attempt to discredit the 44-year-old. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, his wife Yulia, opposition politician Lyubov Sobol and other demonstrators take part in a march in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov in downtown Moscow on February 29, 2020. (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Boris Johnson calls for a ‘transparent investigation’ into Alexei Navalny poisoning Before the Open newsletter: Start your day with the City View podcast and key market data Boris Johnson has called for a “transparent” investigation into the poisoning of Russian political activist and Vladimir Putin critic Alexei Navalny. “The UK stands in solidarity with him and his family,” he said. It is also believed that former spy Alexander Litvinenko was murdered by the Russian state, after his drink was poisoned at a London coffee shop in 2006. Navalny, who is one of the Russian government’s most prominent opponents, fell ill on a flight from Siberia to Moscow last week. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, his wife Yulia, opposition politician Lyubov Sobol and other demonstrators take part in a march in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov in downtown Moscow on February 29, 2020. (AFP via Getty Images) The Prime Minister said the UK “stands in solidarity” with Navalny and that the country would “join international efforts to ensure justice is done”. whatsapp Many of Navalny’s supporters have said the Russian government were responsible for the poisoning. He tried to run against Putin the 2018 election, but was barred by Russia’s Central Electoral Commission. “We need a full, transparent investigation into what happened. Navalny came to prominence in Russia through his anti-corruption campaigning on YouTube and for organising a slew of anti-Putin protests. “The perpetrators must be held accountable and the UK will join international efforts to ensure justice is done.” Boris Johnson calls for a ‘transparent investigation’ into Alexei Navalny poisoning More From Our Partnerslast_img read more

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‘We’ll figure it out together’: Thousands of Anchorage teachers and students log on for the first day of school

first_imgCoronavirus | Education | Southcentral‘We’ll figure it out together’: Thousands of Anchorage teachers and students log on for the first day of schoolAugust 21, 2020 by Mayowa Aina & Tegan Hanlon, Alaska Public Media Share:Anchorage teacher Kelly Shrein welcomes 5th grade students to a live zoom session on the first day of school at Northwood Elementary in West Anchorage on August 20, 2020. Shrein says she was up until 11pm the night before responding to parents questions. (Mayowa Aina/Alaska Public Media)Thursday marked the first day of school for the Anchorage School District.But instead of crowded hallways and noisy classrooms, tens of thousands of teachers and students logged onto their computers and gathered online to begin a brand new, virtual school year as the coronavirus pandemic continues.From at-home scavenger hunts to troubleshooting computers to guitar strumming, here’s what the day looked like at two Anchorage schools.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.‘Don’t leave yourself unmuted while your cat is barfing in the background’East High School teacher Kiel Schweizer talks to his guitar students over the computer on the first day of school. (Tegan Hanlon/Alaska Public Media)In a big, empty room at East High School, music teacher Kiel Schweizer sat in front of his laptop and strummed his guitar.It was about 8 a.m. — the beginning of the first period of the first day of school — and he sang while waiting for his students’ names to pop up on his laptop, signifying their virtual arrival to guitar class.“Oh, there’s Daniel! Welcome, Daniel,” Schweizer called out.This is Schweizer’s 16th year teaching. He’s energetic and animated. He said he’s trying to stay positive, but this year feels overwhelming, like his first year of teaching all over again.“It’s such a sea change from the way we’ve been doing business,” he said.Schweizer has been pondering for weeks how to turn his in-person classes into online lessons. It’s tough, he said. All materials must be uploaded to the web, so he can’t run to the copy machine to make last-minute handouts. Students can’t play their guitars in unison like they could in the classroom.“You can’t just say, ‘Okay, everybody unmute yourself,’ he said. “It’ll be a little bit off because of their internet speed.”For now, Schweizer said, he’s focused on getting to know his students, making sure they have instruments and teaching them the ins and outs of virtual school, like proper video etiquette.“Don’t leave yourself unmuted while your cat is barfing in the background or something,” Schweizer said and broke into laughter. “Make sure, you know, if your camera is on, that it is showing something appropriate.”By the end of Schweizer’s first class, 12 out of 16 registered students had logged on. Not seeing the students face to face was the most difficult part of the day, he said. Many had their cameras off. It was hard to tell if they were following along, if they were interested.“You’re in an empty room,” Schweizer said, “and you never really lose sight of the fact that you’re in an empty room.”Schweizer said he knows virtual school is hard for his students too, and they’ll take it one day at a time.“We’ll figure it out together,” he said.‘It’s so good to see your faces!’Northwood Elementary Teacher Kelly Shrein points to an agenda item for her 5th grade students on August 20, 2020. She wanted students to be able to see the classroom they were familiar with even though they couldn’t be there. (Mayowa Aina/Alaska Public Media)Across town at a nearly-empty Northwood Elementary School in Spenard, Kelly Shrein waited for her 28 students to log on.Shrein was one of only a few teachers inside the building. Teachers can work from school or home, and most chose to be home.Shrein said she wanted to teach from her classroom because she has three children under the age of six at home. And with everything else being so different, she wanted her students to see a familiar space.Shrein teaches many of the same students as last year. She followed them from 4th to 5th grade.“So the kiddos will see me in the classroom that they remember and I hope that makes their first day just that much more special,” she said.Like other teachers and parents Thursday, Shrein wrestled with some technical difficulties.Some of her students were still waiting to get laptops from the district, and parents still had a lot of questions about logging in, even as class got underway.“How do I let everyone into the room?” Shrein asked her laptop screen before their images popped up. “Hi guys! It’s so good to see your faces! Some of you got haircuts!’”“Alright I’m going to come sit over here, remember, in my rocking chair — kinda like you guys are here with me.”Shrein went over some ground rules, like expectations for the class and how to navigate the virtual classroom. Then she guided students through an at-home scavenger hunt and shared a pep talk from Kid President. The day’s Zoom session lasted about an hour.After wrapping up, Shrein said her cheeks hurt from smiling so much, and she was a little sweaty but happy with how things went. But she hopes more students log on for day two.Nine students missed the first day of classes. Shrein made a few phone calls and learned that some forgot, others overslept and some didn’t have computers yet.‘I’m a little more nervous this year’East High School language arts teachers Derek Reed talks with his students over the computer on the first day of school. (Tegan Hanlon/Alaska Public Media)Reed described himself Thursday morning as excited, anxious and nervous.“I’m a little more nervous this year because my brain is trying to wrap itself around the idea of what school looks like when it’s completely online,” he said.While virtual school isn’t ideal, Reed said, it seems like the best option right now.“There are too many variables with the pandemic,” he said. “Too many things that can go wrong, can go awry, that would endanger students, their families and our community.”Reed said he’ll try to keep his students engaged this fall through surveys and forms that they’ll have to fill out, and group discussions. Plus, he’ll lean on a little bit of acting — dramatically changing the tone of his voice when he reads texts aloud.“Really kind of putting on a show,” he said.East High principal Sam Spinella says engagement is key, and it’s among this year’s biggest challenges.Spinella expects the school year will be harder on some students than others. For some, school is their safe place. Some don’t have a space to work outside of school, or the technology or the support.“When we have students in the classroom, we have the ability to try to encourage them and motivate them and we have that face-to-face interaction,” Spinella said. “But right now, one of the biggest challenges is to get them connected and then also to stay connected.”Share this story:last_img read more

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News / Cargo-friendly Brescia Airport unveils ambitions to become major Italian hub

first_imgBy Alex Lennane 27/09/2018 Brescia Airport is positioning itself as a cargo-focused alternative to major cargo hubs, and has signed a contract with an integrator for express services.As a cargo-driven airport, it hopes to attract larger freighters and to lure traffic from other Italian hubs as soon as next year.It currently serves as a domestic hub for Mistral Air, a carrier which recently shifted to a cargo-only AOC, operating six nights a week on behalf of Poste Italiane with ATR-72s.However, a three-year contract deal signed in June between the national postal service and Amazon, for improved e-commerce deliveries and returns, could see volumes boosted at the airport. This week an express operator signed a three-year lease on an airside cargo warehouse at Brescia.“The integrator was looking for a valid alternative to its current operationally congested Italian hub,” said Massimo Roccasecca, manager for the cargo development of airports in the Italian North East Airport System.“Specifically, it was looking for ‘ready to use’ air cargo facilities while its new mega hub is developed, which will be ready in no less than two years.“This type of agreement, that eventually may become permanent, not only gives Brescia an additional air product to market, but the terms of engagement will give us the opportunity to enhance other warehouse facilities or develop new ones if needed, and therefore further promote the airport to full cargo operators.”SW Italia had been using the airport, but appears to have suspended services for now. One source thought that the e-commerce volumes it was bringing in from China were too cheap to justify the expense.“The business may not have been sustainable. There is quite a lot of capacity between Italy and China and the rates are quite low, despite plenty of volumes. The economics just don’t quite work if you are relying on this market only.”Mr Roccasecca argued that some commodities could pay higher prices, and added: “Today, a big chunk of business from China goes to French and German airports and is then trucked into Italy. Personally, I think it is a nonsense.”He sees bigger opportunities in Indian traffic.“There is a big gap in direct capacity, both passenger and cargo, between Italy and the Indian sub-continent.”A new passenger airline, with a mixed Italian/Indian setup, is currently seeking approval from Italian aviation authorities in order to start operating widebodies from Brescia, he added.He acknowledges that while Brescia has great potential and opportunities to grow, there are also constraints to overcome.“The road feeder networks of the freight forwarders are set up to favour Italian hubs such as Malpensa or Rome Fiumicino, making it harder for other airports to wrestle the traffic away,” he said.“But the new highway between Brescia and southern Milan make it faster, and easier, to reach Brescia from southern Milan than, for example, Malpensa: something forwarders are now taking into account.“Provided the airport is able to offer a certain number of point-to-point destinations, and we are working on this, the customers today may be inclined to prefer the ‘tailor-made’ type of service Brescia may offer, compared to the ‘wholesale’ approach of the hubs.”Brescia Airport is undergoing some redevelopment, working to improve its older warehouse and updating automated systems.“Our current focus is on preparing the airport for any possible opportunity,” said Mr Roccasecca. “Once we have a full picture of market demand, then then we will get in touch with operators to present our business proposition.”He added that Mistral, following the Amazon/Poste Italiane deal, had seen more packages than previously.“But the ATR-72 is not the best aircraft for small packages, in my experience, so I would not be surprised if Mistral phases-in different aircraft types to its operations here.”He added that express and e-commerce would create new opportunities for the airport, giving it high-end specialisation while capitalising on its 24/7 operational availability and its availability of space for development.“With shopping online, there has been a huge increase in shipments. The problem is that what you buy has to justify the cost of airfreight. High-end products, such as electronics or designer goods, yes. But Chinese toys worth $4 do not justify a $4 transport cost. Nevertheless, there is growth.”Mr Roccasecca hopes to have a full-cargo operator at the airport next year, and another in 2020.Interestingly, another airport under Mr Roccasecca’s remit, Venice, is already taking volumes from Milan. US carriers, operating widebody aircraft, truck cargo there.One source at major belly carrier noted that Veneto is the second largest industrial region after Lombardi. Of the carrier’s volumes out of Venice, much of which is seasonal, about half is local, and the rest trucked from Milan, as well as from Slovenia and Croatia.Mr Roccasecca added: “Those carriers with big birds have daily flights and you end up with the same capacity as a full freighter. Much of that capacity is often used by clients in Milan so they can optimise their capacity allocations. But you still have to truck to Venice: therefore, some sort of optimisation may be taken into account for the two airports in the group in the future.“Brescia is mid-way between the two, so it would cut out trucking for forwarders, with immediate savings. And it wouldn’t cannibalise Venice’s traffic, which is mostly focused on belly capacity carriers.”Venice is undergoing a massive redevelopment, due to end in 2035.“Venice is a standalone business with high seasonal peaks,” said Mr Roccasecca. “There was not much focus on cargo due to lack of apron and land space, but in the new masterplan for airport development, cargo infrastructure is a must.“Also, in Venice, the integrators have one flight a day each: the development will open up more space to them in order to accommodate the growth of e-commerce.”last_img read more

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Comment / A metamorphosis or imaginary: what exactly is digital freight forwarding?

first_img© Roberto Pangiarella By Cathy Morrow Roberson 13/05/2019 The freight forwarding market is changing. Fast. We all know this and not many of us are surprised. For the past three years, on behalf of my market research firm, Logistics Trends & Insights, I’ve conducted an annual survey on this change. Each year I’ve asked what a freight forwarder is and the majority of the responses have always been “a firm specialising in arranging and shipping of merchandise on behalf of shippers”. However, that definition is changing rapidly, like everything else in the logistics world. Almost a third of last year’s responses noted a forwarder was a facilitator, a value-adder and a consultant.  A digital metamorphosis center_img By now, we’re all aware of this digital revolution that we, in the logistics world, are in – blockchain, machine learning, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality, predictive analytics, the list is longer than my arm – this definitely ain’t your father’s supply chain. The freight forwarding world, the one many of us grew up in involving the phone and emails (sorry, I never used a fax machine), a rate quote that took three days, if we were lucky, and having no idea if our freight was in the middle of the ocean or sitting at the port. Those days are long gone – or that’s at least what we’ve been told by the media, the start–ups that are looking to disrupt this space and the new investors taking on the logistics market. In this whirl of announcements of proof of concepts, funding rounds and how blockchain is going to change our lives, we’ve become mesmerized by the digital forwarder. In particular, Flexport, which describes itself as a ‘digital forwarder and customs broker’ and who recently received a $1bn investment from Softbank, and then there’s FreightHub, ‘the European digital forwarder’ which received $30m in investments in early May. So, what exactly is a digital freight forwarder? For the life of me, I have not been able to find a proper definition, so I turned to my Twitter friends, many who are respected logisticians and who I admire and have learned so much from over the years, for an answer. Defining the digital freight forwarder I received many comments, all of which can be viewed on my personal Twitter feed. In fact, I encourage folks to read them because they all differ but they are all correct in my opinion. We may not necessarily have a clear definition of what a digital freight forwarder is, but what we all know and understand that it is indeed about the technology, and the need for such investments to make the supply chain space as efficient and transparent as possible, to meet the needs of our clients as they themselves compete in rapidly changing industries. What many of us missed in the traditional world of forwarding was this wave of technology as we were just trying to survive one of the worst global recessions in recent history back in 2008. Meanwhile, the start–up environment was just in its initial bloom and soon captured our attentions with such headlines as ‘tech eats everyone’s lunch’, the ‘end of the traditional logistics players as we know it’, and so on.  Eleven years into this revolution and the ‘traditional’ and the ‘digital’ players are still with us. The ‘traditional’ players are making their technology investments now and the result, at least in my opinion, has blurred the digital and traditional definitions. I share with you some of the comments, and if you are inclined to add your thoughts, please do so on my Twitter page, or on the comments section below. Communication and collaboration, as we all are aware, are not only important components of a good supply chain, but an excellent way for all us to learn together. The answers: I think a digital forwarder is mostly used as a self-described term for some newer forwarders, and thus has lost most of its supposed meaning. You are a digital forwarder if you identify as one, not by virtue of any single or combination of features. – Alex Hoffmann, co-founder and managing director of TNX Logistics Any forwarder who uses less manual intervention (on calls/emails) and is able to automate as much exchange of information on a single transactional cycle of a pick up to delivery is a digital forwarder. –Sumit Varma, Entrepreneur, logistics and supply chain professional Cathy, there is no such thing. All service providers, asset and non-asset-based, upgrade — Carbon copies, to telex, to  fax, to Unix, to windows, to EDI, to SaaS, to internet, to cloud… to whatever brings efficiency and multiplies productivity.  Quite simply, we adapt. Cheyenne Miranda, director of international logistics at R+L Global Logistics A digital forwarder is half a marketing term for fundraising and talent, and half building technology to improve operating margins which is difficult to do without outside financing. Not meant to be a negative description by any means. I have and will continue to invest into this business model. Julian Counihan, Schematic Ventures, a digital industrial venture capital fund Great question, Cathy. I think what people really mean when they say a forwarder is digital, they’re really saying they are a digital-native company. Like in retail, there are great examples of digital immigrants adapting very well, as well as digital natives ending spectacularly poorly. Adaptation is key for both. – Brian Patrick Bourke, VP of marketing for SEKO Logistics Cathy Morrow Roberson is The Loadstar’s new columnist on freight tech. She will be road-testing various IT platforms and developments. If you’d like your product to go under the spotlight, please contact [email protected]last_img read more

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Astronauts need nutrition on longer space flights. One potential source? Their urine

first_img NASA’s lab rat: What astronaut Scott Kelly’s year in space can teach us Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. You can’t get fresh salmon in space, but astronauts may one day be able to get the vital nutrients the fish provide — by recycling their urine and exhaled breaths.Chemical engineers at Clemson University are bioengineering yeast to use human urine and breath to make omega-3 fatty acids, the vitamins humans need for heart, eye, and brain health that are found in fish such as salmon. It’s still in the early stages — and there are some significant hurdles to clear — but the process could one day be used to simultaneously recycle waste and keep astronauts healthy on multiyear space missions. The researchers will present their results Tuesday at the American Chemical Society’s annual meeting.Mark Blenner, a biomolecular engineer at Clemson, received funding from NASA in 2015 for his research on Yarrowia lipolytica, a cousin of baker’s yeast that is good at making and storing large amounts of fatty acids and lipids.advertisement NASA HealthAstronauts need nutrition on longer space flights. One potential source? Their urine Related: Leave this field empty if you’re human: “The idea of recycling human waste in space is very critical and very important,” said Dongming Xie, a biochemical engineer at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, who wasn’t involved in the research. Xie added that to live in space for years, humans have to figure out how to turn a spaceship into a “small Earth” by creating a sustainable, closed-loop system.But Xie, who worked on a similar process involving the same yeast at DuPont, also pointed out that Blenner and his team have some hurdles to clear: They have to increase their omega-3 outputs and process the acids to make them fit for human consumption. Yeast also require oxygen to grow — which could be problematic on a space mission in which oxygen is limited.Blenner and his team are working to tackle those issues as they modify the system to make it space-ready.If that happens, astronauts in the future could find themselves launching into space with a healthy supply of yeast riding shotgun. The space agency was seeking ways to allow astronauts to spend more time in space on far-off missions. Blenner and his team borrowed genes from algae and phytoplankton, tiny marine organisms that excel at making omega-3s. They inserted those genes into yeast DNA, successfully engineering the yeast to produce some of the more important omega-3s for human health. Now, they’re tinkering with the yeast to get them to produce larger, more useful quantities of omega-3s.advertisementcenter_img To churn out omega-3s, yeast require a constant stream of nitrogen and carbon, which are readily available on Earth, but hard to come by on a space shuttle. That forced Blenner and his colleagues to think more creatively.“You have to figure out, how do you basically start to recycle all the things you’ve brought with you for other needs?” he said.Their answer? Astronaut waste. Specifically, urine and the carbon dioxide exhaled with every breath. In a manuscript submitted for publication, the team showed that their yeast grew better on urea from human urine than on other nitrogen sources like ammonium salt.Securing a simple carbon source for the yeast has proven more challenging, since yeast can’t extract carbon directly from carbon dioxide. Right now, Blenner and his team are working with cyanobacteria, photosynthesizing bacteria that turn carbon dioxide into carbon-rich sugars.There are other critical details to work out — Blenner and his colleagues still need to predict how the yeast will behave in the low-gravity, high-radiation space environment, which they’ll test by replicating conditions on a space station. They’ll also have to make the system light enough to send into space and simple enough for astronauts to fix if something goes wrong.If it works, the system could be a game changer for long-term space travel. If the approach could be expanded beyond omega-3s, it could offer astronauts a potential way to produce their own vitamins and medications, some of which degrade quickly and can’t be stored for multiyear missions.Others in the field say it’s an interesting approach to solving a difficult problem. By Catherine Caruso Aug. 22, 2017 Reprints Please enter a valid email address. Privacy Policy “I like to say they’re a lot like I am, so they eat too much, and they want to store that as fat for later,” Blenner said. Tags nutritionresearchlast_img read more

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In Pictures: Hundreds take part in annual Barrowhouse 5km race

first_imgHome News In Pictures: Hundreds take part in annual Barrowhouse 5km race News Facebook Brian Kelly 2nd man, Kate McDonald 2nd woman, Sephen Hunter 1st man, Breda McDonald 1st woman and Kate Wall 1st junvenile girl at the Barrowhouse 5km Finn Gleeson, Daniel Mc Gee, Shane Lawlor, Ryan O’ Shaughnessy Twitter Sam Gleeson, Orran langton, Daniel Mc Donald, Saoirse Langton,Cormac Kerrigan, Amy Knowles and Ebba Lane at the Barrowhouse 5km WhatsApp Previous articleAppeal launch to find stolen Laois engagement ringNext articleCamross go top of Division 1 hurling league and the rest of tonight’s Laois GAA results Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. 1 of 15 By Alan Hartnett – 3rd May 2018 Brian Kelly 2nd man, Kate McDonald 2nd woman, Sephen Hunter 1st man, Breda McDonald 1st woman and Kate Wall 1st junvenile girl at the Barrowhouse 5km The annual Barrowhouse 5km race took place yesterday evening with a large crowd taking part.The rain stayed away just long enough for everyone to enjoy a nice evening.There were two hundred finishers on the night and the school would like to thank everyone who took part and the volunteers.The 5km race was tightly fought with St Abban’s Stephen Hunter beating  clubmate Brian Kelly on the run in.The first lady home was Breda McDonald of Ballyroan AC and her sister Kate McDonald took second.The first juvenile male was Ray Kavanagh and first juvenile female was Kate Wall – who is a student in the school.Everyone enjoyed some healthy refreshment in the hall afterwards.School principal Pauline Lawlor would like to thank everyone for their support and said she was delighted that so many people got involved in the school’s active week.Thanks to Cathy Lawlor for sending these brilliant photos our way. Facebook Pinterest Megan Phelan and Emily Black SEE ALSO – Permission sought for extension at Laois schoolcenter_img TAGSBarrowhouse 5k RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding WhatsApp Rugby Twitter Council Pinterest In Pictures: Hundreds take part in annual Barrowhouse 5km race Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Tight Finish- brian Kelly, Stephen Hunter and Sean Geogheganlast_img read more

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WATCH: Laois couple have first dance signed by Midlands ISL choir

first_img New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Twitter WATCH: Laois couple have first dance signed by Midlands ISL choir Community Home News WATCH: Laois couple have first dance signed by Midlands ISL choir News Twitter Facebook This will brighten up your afternoon.At a wedding in Portlaoise last weekend, the couple involved decided to have their first dance performed by members of the Midlands ISL choir.Midlands ISL Learners was founded by Portlaoise woman Karen Chadwick who aims to make Portlaoise a deaf friendly town. She runs classes teaching sign language, and, at the request of her friends Lynda Donoghue and Dave Murray, she set up a choir who went on to perform at their wedding in the Midlands Park Hotel.The couple’s daughter Leah is a child with Down syndrome and Lynda explained to LaoisToday how, when she was a baby, she learned Lámh – which is a form of sign language – to communicate.Lynda said: “Leah is seven now and she can communicate verbally but she still uses sign language if she gets frustrated.“Myself and my two daughters, Leah and Megan, joined Karen’s classes when she set up Midlands ISL Learners and I was fascinated with how it all worked.“None of us are deaf or hard of hearing but we wanted to be able to communicate with people who are.” Council By Alan Hartnett – 22nd November 2018 TAGSLynda DonoghueMidlands ISL Learners WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SEE ALSO – Death has occurred of well-known Laois man George Dobson Lynda wanted to incorporate sign language into her wedding and Karen came up with this brilliant idea.The kids, none of whom are deaf, signed Christine Perri’s classic ‘A Thousand Years’ as Lynda and David danced with their daughters Leah and Megan.It was a moving performance which reduced many of the guests to tears.Lynda said: “These kids are not deaf or have any hearing issues but they are learning Irish sign language in classes to bridge the gap between hearing and non hearing people in their community.“Classes are weekly for adults, kids and teens. To make our first dance special they signed it at our wedding.“This is the first kids ISL choir in the Midlands. It was absolutely perfect and I could see a number of our guests in tears.”The performance has had over 12,000 views on Facebook and Lynda revealed that the kids and Karen are planning their next performance.She said: “They are taken aback by the reaction – we can’t believe it.“Karen Chadwick is a simply remarkable woman and I am so appreciative for what she organised for me.”You can find the group on Facebook at Midlands ISL Learners. And you can check out their video below: Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Previous articleDeath has occurred of well-known Laois man George DobsonNext articleA chance to dine at Ballyfin House from local GAA club’s race night Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Community Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

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Franklin Templeton receives $1.2B mandate from MD Physician Services

IE Staff Toronto-based Franklin Templeton Investments Corp. is significantly expanding its relationship with MD Physician Services Inc., with Bissett Investment Management signing on to manage more than $1.2 billion in a Canadian equity mandate for MD. Bissett, a division of Franklin Templeton, also manages two dividend equity mandates for MD, representing $1.18 billion in assets under management as of July 31st. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Companies Franklin Templeton Investments Corp. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Garey Aitken, chief investment officer and portfolio manager at Bissett Investment Management, will co-manage the Canadian equity mandate with Tim Caulfield, director of equity research and portfolio manager at Bissett. “Building on the success of the Canadian dividend platform that Bissett has managed for MD, it is rewarding to be recognized once again by their thorough and rigorous selection process,” said Aitken. “At Bissett, we consistently use a disciplined bottom-up approach to finding high quality stocks with reasonable valuations, while being vigilant about risk management.” “We look forward to our expanded relationship with Franklin Templeton in pursuit of meeting our clients’ investment goals,” said William Horton, chief investment officer, MD Physician Services Inc. MD, owned by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), is the manager and trustee of the MD family of funds, a group of 25 proprietary mutual funds and pools. The company also provides investment counselling services to CMA members and their families. “Based on the consistent application of Bissett’s investment philosophy of buying high quality businesses for the long term, we expect their Canadian equity mandate to protect capital in poor market environments without losing the ability to participate in strong rallies,” Horton added. “These are examples of the essential building blocks we continually seek in constructing our multi-manager platform.” Including the new mandate, Franklin Templeton Institutional is having its best year for new business since 2005, the company said. As of June 30th, it had $13 billion in assets under management. “Franklin Templeton Institutional has robust asset management capabilities across many different asset classes, investment styles and markets globally,” said Duane Green, head of institutional for Canada at Franklin Templeton. “Our team works with each client to understand their investment needs in order to provide solutions resulting in long-term collaborations and mutually beneficial relationships, such as the one we’ve had with MD over the past 42 years.” read more

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