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first_imgThe University of Georgia Black Fly Rearing and Bioassay Laboratory has been awarded a contract with the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to provide partial support for the world’s only black fly colony.The site, which will operate as the NIH/NIAID-supported Black Fly Research and Resource Center, received $109,790 in funding for the first year, with the possibility of three years of renewal. This support forms a collaborative effort between NIH/NIAID and the UGA Department of Entomology to continue the operation of this one-of-a-kind resource.Professor Darold Batzer of the Department of Entomology in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is the principal investigator for this effort, and entomology researcher Elmer Gray will be the assistant project director. Ray Noblet, a former head of the department, will serve as scientific advisor to the project.The laboratory was established at UGA in 1999 when Noblet and Gray arrived at the university. The black fly colony is a unique resource that was initiated in 1981 at Cornell University. Black flies (Diptera Simuliidae) require flowing water to complete their life cycle. The colony simulates this environment with nine aquatic rearing units that create miniature rivers for the larval and pupal stages to develop. Each unit can support approximately 300,000 larvae. Adult flies emerge within the rearing units and are captured, mated and provided moistened substrates to serve as egg laying sites.The colony has been used for a variety of research projects through the years, including a wide range of vector transmission studies, environmental monitoring, vector control and larval feeding studies. The laboratory continues to conduct and collaborate on a wide range of research projects and provides all stages of the black fly life cycle to collaborating laboratories.Current research being conducted in the laboratory involves larvicidal efficacy evaluations, topical repellent evaluations and growth studies related to climate change. The laboratory has also served as a preferred site for teaching and educational outreach visits for a wide range of graduate, undergraduate and high school students.The NIH/NIAID support will help to ensure the continued maintenance of this very unique resource and will serve to stimulate additional research with black flies and the disease pathogens that they can vector. An important aspect of this support is that it will increase the awareness of this site, thereby increasing its impact in the public health/vector biology field.In addition, the Black Fly Research and Resource Center will work in parallel with the NIH-supported Filariasis Research Reagent Resource Center (FR3) that is directed by Andy Moorhead in the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine. The mission of FR3 is to provide filarial-related biological products to researchers across North America. The combination of these two unique facilities at the University of Georgia only further demonstrates the university’s commitment to research excellence.More information on the UGA Black Fly Research and Resource Center is available at site.caes.uga.edu/blackflylab/about.last_img read more

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Vermont Captive Insurance Association to hold largest captive conference in the world

first_imgCaptive insurance professionals from throughout the United States and around the world will gather in Burlington, Vermont for the world’s largest captive insurance conference, August 10 – 12, 2010 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center and the UVM Davis Center. The event is the 25th Annual Conference hosted by the Vermont Captive Insurance Association.Though more than half of the US states now have captive insurance laws on their books, Vermont continues to be the premier domicile in the United States and the third largest in the world. Captive insurance is a specialized form of self insurance. Among the close to 600 active captive insurance companies in Vermont, the State’s roster of captive insurance companies includes 42 of the Fortune 100 and 18 of the 30 companies that comprise the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Vermont has established a wide range of captive programs; from hospital groups forming captives for their professional medical liabilities, to small and mid-cap companies seeking coverage as well. The industry is also responsible for more than 1400 jobs (direct and indirect) for Vermonters.The conference, entitled “Passport to Captive Success” will feature leading experts in the captive insurance world whose discussions will span from the most basic to the most complex trends and innovations in the captive insurance arena. According to VCIA President Rich Smith, “The world of captive insurance continues to expand in these tough economic times as risk managers are seeking better ways to control their long-term risk management. Consequently, although the VCIA conference is in its 25th year, it has even more relevant and innovative ideas than it did when it began in 1985. The knowledge of the expert panelists assembled to offer solutions that are on target for 2010 and beyond is without parallel. This is a “don’t miss” event for the serious captive insurance professional.”Known for its incomparable quality and substantive contributions to the professional development of those who attend, the VCIA Annual Conference will draw over 1100 attendees. The press who will be writing or broadcasting information about the VCIA Annual Conference are invited at no charge to attend conference seminars as well as a scheduled press conference from 2:15 – 2:45 pm on August 11th in the Willsboro Room at the Sheraton.2010 Conference Highlights: Over 100 exhibitors17 top quality seminars and roundtables for every level of industry experience; CPE / CLE credits available60 expert panelistsOn August 11th at 10am, opening remarks will be made by Vermont Governor Jim DouglasSpecial “Double Indemnity!” General Session game show at 11am August 11thLuncheon featuring keynote speaker John Jacobs, Co-founder of The Life is Good Company Source: VCIA. 7.30.2010last_img read more

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Guatemalan Military Fights a New War in the Country’s Northern Jungles

first_imgBy Dialogo February 03, 2011 The Guatemalan military is once again patrolling the jungles of Alta Verapaz, but its mission is very different than the one it carried out during the civil war: now it is not pursuing guerrillas, but drug traffickers, and now it is not causing fear, but relief among the population. In this area of the northern Guatemalan jungle, inhabited mostly by poor Mayan indigenous families, the Army has declared war on a powerful Mexican drug cartel known as “Los Zetas.” The department of Alta Verapaz, a key stop for South American cocaine being shipped to the United States, was until recently a place where the feared members of Los Zetas operated tranquilly in village and city streets, unafraid of interference from the law. On 19 December, however, President Alvaro Colom’s administration imposed a state of emergency in the region and sent an additional three hundred soldiers to try to reestablish the rule of law in this strife-torn area near the Mexican border. In little more than a month of operations, the military personnel have won the population’s trust, says departmental governor José Adrián López. “The Army came to create trust among the population, and I believe that this has also been viewed very positively by the citizens,” López told AFP. In Cobán, the capital of this coffee-producing region, many see the soldiers as saviors. “When the soldiers and police entered each street, all around, since then there isn’t much death any more,” explained Angelina Rax, a seller of fruits and vegetables. For now, it would appear that Los Zetas have left, leaving their weapons abandoned in the jungle. Nevertheless, the authorities have also found part of their legacy, such as a coffee plantation used to hide kidnapped women, who were buried in shallow graves after being murdered. The soldiers are continuing their vigilance in the department in order to prevent the drug traffickers from returning. The military has walked these paths before, however. For thirty-six years, the Army fought a bloody civil war against leftist guerillas in this region. When the peace accords were signed in 1996, around 200,000 people had died, the great majority of them indigenous peasants who were massacred by uniformed personnel, according to official reports under UN auspices. Although the soldiers’ mission has changed, their presence in Alta Verapaz evokes old and painful memories for some. The military leaders themselves, however, want that repressive past to be forgotten forever. “We are an entirely new Army, a different, modern Army, highly trained in human rights, international humanitarian law, and the use of force, and so what we ask is that they trust us in the same way that the majority of this population is trusting us,” Col. Marco Tulio Díaz said. The government has just extended the state of emergency for thirty days, in the hope of preserving the calm that has returned to this region, although it is possible that Los Zetas are simply biding their time, waiting for an opportunity to try to resume their activities in this area.last_img read more

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Blossoming Denver-based marijuana credit union denied by Feds; suit filed

first_img continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A Denver-based credit union aiming to become the first of its kind — one created to serve the Colorado marijuana industry — has suffered a setback.The Fourth Corner Credit Union’s application for a “master account” has been denied by the Federal Reserve Bank. Approval would have paved the way for a new era for the state’s cannabis industry, which has been forced to rely on cash because it is still illegal under federal law, a fact that has led almost all banks to refuse to open accounts.The Fed’s branch in Kansas City, which has been reviewing the application since November, gave it a thumb’s down earlier this month, according to a New York Times story posted online Thursday night.last_img read more

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Credit unions ask CFPB to limit business loan rules

first_img continue reading » As the CFPB contemplates regulations governing small business lending, credit unions are asking the agency to ensure that any rules do not conflict with NCUA requirements and do not require data collection that could be misleading.The CFPB held a field hearing on small business lending in Los Angeles Wednesday and agency officials said that they are soliciting advice on how to collect data on small business lending—a requirement under the Dodd-Frank Act.“Given the importance of small businesses to our economy and their critical need to access financing if they are to prosper and grow, it is vitally important to fill in the blanks on how small businesses are able to engage with the credit markets,” CFPB Director Richard Cordray said in remarks prepared for the hearing.NAFCU is asking the agency to exempt credit unions from any new rules that requires disclosure of business loan information. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Alice Through the Looking Glass: A Trip Through Time

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hatters Gonna Hat.Alice Through the Looking Glass is a profoundly sophisticated children’s film, because, of course, it was created in the spirit of Lewis Carroll’s book that was intended for adults. The filmmaker stayed true to the spirit of the story while creating a fantastical world that children adventured through.Alice is played with soft determination by Mia Wasikowska. Her character is introduced as a tough female ship captain, escaping what seems to be an impossible, inescapable attack. She refuses to accept “impossible” as a legitimate concept and steers her crew to safety. That limitless determination and creative spark is exactly what defines Alice, as she traverses physical reality and “wonderland.”Wonderland features a cast of whimsical characters like the Queen of Hearts, played by Helena Bonham Carter, The Queen Mirana by a stiff Anne Hathaway, and the Mad Hatter, played by Johnny Depp as an effeminate, child-like weirdo who calls upon Alice to prove her friendship by bringing his lost family back to him.The special effects are awesome–from the ocean-like waves of the past to the enormous turning gears inside the giant clock of eternal time. Alice’s world is colorful, full of whimsy and wonder, joyful and vibrant characters, but grounded in serious emotion and hard truth. The emotions run the gamut from fear and betrayal to loss and grief. The hard truth is that there is no way around them.Alice plots a course through Time, the personification of which is played brilliantly by Sasha Baron Cohen, as only he can. Time is a thief, and life, as we know, is a race against time itself. James Bobin, the director who’s worked with Cohen on “Borat” and “Ali G”, displays these themes by creating a time machine that Alice steals in order to reverse events and change the outcomes in the present.It seems that the Queen of Hearts’ evil nature stems from a head wound that swelled her brain causing mania. To reverse the fall that caused her injury would solve everything, but mostly prevent the Mad Hatter’s family from being forever lost. That the Queen and Mad Hatter embody mental illness might be lost on the children watching the film, but not on the parents who might recognize some of the symptoms—and stigmas—attached to depression and bipolarity. A particularly touching scene happens when we see Mad Hatter as a boy feeling summarily rejected by his father for his flamboyant hat making. He carries this sting with him into a stunted adulthood, only to be reconciled at the end when he finds that his father had kept his first hat-making attempt in his breast pocket close to his heart and has always accepted his son as a “hatter.”Anyone who has seen a movie knows that Alice’s time travel will never work out–as does Time, who warns her that she can’t change the past, but can simply learn from it.And learn she does–the nature of forgiveness, the true meaning of what is possible, the strength of familial ties, and the transformative power of friendship. Grown-up lessons, dressed up as children’s play.(Photo credit: Alice Through The Looking Glass/Facebook)last_img read more

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BNN busts drug ring allegedly controlled by Salemba inmate

first_img“From the information and clues we got at the scene, investigators developed the case and raided a rice kiosk used to keep the drugs, located not far from where A was arrested,” Arman said on Thursday as reported by kompas.com.He added that, before the team of BNN personnel arrived at the kiosk, two people allegedly running the illicit business, AZ and MS, had fled the scene.Read also: BNN seizes millions of ‘PCC’ in raid on illicit Bandung pill factoryAZ and MS would reportedly give the drugs to A to be distributed. Serving time in Central Jakarta’s Salemba Penitentiary has reportedly not prevented a convict from controlling a drug-smuggling operation for the sale of methamphetamine and ecstasy in Bekasi regency of West Java.The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) revealed on May 28 the arrest of a suspect, A, 43, who was driving a box van through Jl. Industri Raya in Cikarang.In the raid, BNN investigators found 66 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine hidden inside rice sacks, BNN chief Insp. Gen. Arman Depari said. The preliminary investigation suggests that DS, who is serving time at Salemba Penitentiary for drug offenses, controlled the smuggling operation.“Investigators liaised with officers of Salemba penitentiary, and we brought DS and the evidence to BNN’s headquarters on June 5 for further investigation,” he said.Two days later, BNN personnel captured AZ and MS in Medan, North Sumatra, as they were reportedly heading for Aceh in their escape.In separate operations, the BNN says it foiled attempts to smuggle ecstasy and crystal methamphetamine in Rokan Hilir and Dumai city in Riau province earlier this month.From all three separate cases, the agency confiscated 118.9 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and 80,960 ecstasy pills and arrested eight suspects in total. (mfp)Topics :last_img read more

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28 Collins Ave, Edge Hill first built by Macdonells Law firm’s Henry MacDonnell

first_imgA dining room with a viewThe four-bedroom, four-bathroom property has been listed for sale this week and comes with an intriguing link to Cairns’ urban and business history.In 1903, one of the founding partners of Macdonells Law firm, Henry MacDonnell, purchased almost five hectares in Edge Hill from the Lands Department and became the first titleholder. Construction was completed on Poinciana Lodge (originally known as Arcadia) in 1904.“The Macdonells were active members of Cairns society and often hosted large social events at the estate,” Ms Robb said. 28 Collins Ave, Edge HillAccording to an informative plaque at the property, following the outbreak of World War One in 1914, Mr Macdonnell was annoyed when he was told he was too old to be accepted for active service. To demonstrate his fitness, Henry decided to build a swimming pool and commenced excavating the site by hand. The pool at 28 Collins Ave, Edge Hill “I was just so relieved when I found it. I couldn’t believe I had found a home for my family that had all the benefits of the forest, but allowed my kids to attend the best schools. I’m sad to sell it, but I’m excited for the next family to experience the lifestyle here. It is unlike anything else,” the owner, who did not wish to be identified, said.Inspect it Saturday from 1-1.45pm. Look out over Trinity Inlet“Henry was a lifetime member of the Cairns and District Masonic Club, Cairns Aquatic Club and Cairns Chamber of Commerce, as well as a founding member of the Cairns RotaryMore from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoClub and trustee of the Cairns School of Arts Library. “Henry, his wife Stella and their family lived at the property from 1904, until his death in 1977.” >> SIGN UP NOW: CAIRNS POST DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION FOR 50c A DAYcenter_img THE oldest home in Edge Hill just might be the city’s most hidden as well.RE/MAX Real Estate agent Joan Robb has been selling in the exclusive inner-city suburb for more than 25 years and said she had never come across a property quite like 28 Collins Ave. Children around the pool at 28 Collins Ave, Edge HillThe driveway is hard to find, sitting just past the entrance to the Red Arrow Walking Track, and takes you up a steep incline to a building nestled perfectly in the rainforest at the top of Mt Whitfield. The spacious hilltop home“The current owners were amazed to find Poinciana Lodge and bought it they day they saw it,” Ms Robb said. “Now with their children grown they have moved onto other projects down south and made the difficult decision to put the property on the market. The seller said her hope was to find someone who would continue the estate’s amazing story.  The pool first dug by Henry MacdonnellThe hilltop pool became the first private swimming pool in Cairns. With its views north to Trinity Beach and east across the Coral Sea, during World War Two, Poinciana Lodge was requisitioned by the army as a crucial communications and observation post to defend against the Japanese offensive. Between 1942 and 1944, the property played a pivotal role for the army. Members of the 411th Battalion established lookout locations and machine gun posts on the foothills of Mt Whitfield and Mt Lumley.last_img read more

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Toure set for Reds move

first_img The centre-back will be registered as a Reds player when his current contract at the Etihad Stadium expires in the coming weeks and he will officially join the club on July 1. Manager Brendan Rodgers has turned to the 32-year-old in order to add some experience to his back four following the retirement of veteran Jamie Carragher. Liverpool have agreed a deal in principle to sign Manchester City defender Kolo Toure. The Reds boss is keen to get his business done as early as possible to avoid the sort of problems which arose last summer. Then he loaned striker Andy Carroll to West Ham the day before the August deadline in the belief he would be signing Clint Dempsey. But the move collapsed after owners Fenway Sports Group baulked at Fulham’s asking price and the United States international moved to Tottenham instead. With Toure approaching free agent status it was a relatively straightforward deal to complete and further additions in defence are expected. The future of centre-back Martin Skrtel remains in doubt after the Slovakia international lost his place to Carragher in the second half of the season. Comments from the player in his homeland over the weekend appeared to suggest a move was a possibility and with Sebastian Coates also likely to be moved on, Rodgers’ defence may need some rebuilding. Toure’s vast wealth of Premier League experience, having joined Arsenal in 2002 before moving to City, provides an ideal stop-gap while the Reds boss looks for younger alternatives with greater potential. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Martin calls for united front

first_img Press Association “We are as disappointed as anyone in this stadium. It means as much to myself, to John (Ruddy), people who have been here a long time and played a lot of games for this club and we need them more than ever. They need to get behind us -it is as simple as that. “I can understand it, because some people have been supporting this club for many, many years. B ut, regardless of how you feel about the management or the players, as a football club you get behind each other.” Martin added: “If you question the desire and commitment, you are wrong and I will have a conversation with anyone about it because the lads are shattered in the dressing room. “We have not shown enough quality in the final third a lot this season, and we need to sort that out. “If we can win at Fulham next week, I think it will give them too much to do to catch us, so it is still in our hands, we have to be positive and move on from this.” West Brom, meanwhile, were able to put a positive end to what had been a troubled week following the fall-out from the dressing-room bust-up after the 3-3 draw at Cardiff. A well-taken goal from Morgan Amalfitano on 16 minutes proved enough of a platform for Pepe Mel’s side to record only their third Premier League away win and inflict a first home defeat of 2014 on the Canaries. Norwich were at least able to offer more in the second half, with Gary Hooper’s angled drive hitting the woodwork and then Robert Snodgrass seeing his floating free-kick pushed onto the crossbar by Ben Foster. Defender Liam Ridgewell hopes the Baggies – also five points clear of danger but with a match in hand – can now push on to secure their own top-flight status. “You call it (what happened last week) a fall-out, but we call it wanting to win and making sure that we came here and put in a good performance,” he said. “We showed here what a good team we are.” Ridgewell added: “We have some more breathing space now, and hopefully we can take this into the Tottenham game next week.” Club captain Russell Martin called for everyone at Norwich to pull together on and off the pitch after angry protests from fans in the wake of a 1-0 home defeat to West Brom on Saturday which threatens to derail their Barclays Premier League survival bid. There were some ugly scenes inside and outside Carrow Road following the final whistle, when hundreds of clapper boards – which had been put on the seats to help improve the atmosphere – were thrown onto the field, one hitting under-pressure Canaries manager Chris Hughton. Stewards had to intervene when England goalkeeper John Ruddy confronted one supporter behind the goal in the Lower Barclay Stand, while Martin will also speak to club officials after he was involved in a heated exchange with a fan. Boos and chants of “we want Hughton out” rang out at full-time, while a group of Norwich fans later gathered outside the main entrance to vent their frustrations at the boardroom. It was an unsavoury end to what was supposed to be a period of positive reconciliation after the Norwich players had offered to refund the 899 away travelling supporters who watched the 3-0 defeat at Swansea last weekend. Hughton’s men are five points clear of the relegation zone ahead of the visit to 18th-placed Fulham, but then finish the campaign off with daunting fixtures against Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal. Martin, who helped Norwich climb up from League One under former boss Paul Lambert, believes a united front from everyone around the Norfolk club can turn things around again. “We got booed off at the end, and everyone is entitled to their opinion, but someone said a few things to me which I am not happy about and I will be speaking to someone about that,” he said. “I spoke earlier this week about how good the fans are, and they are, but against West Brom was disappointing. “This is now a time more than ever to stick together. “It hurts us as players. last_img read more

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