Short and effective – Bahamas with Love

first_imgWe will follow how the whole campaign will develop further, because with the publication of one video, we certainly cannot talk about a complete campaign. But now, at a time of crisis caused by the coronavirus, they have used (recycled) the same content, but added a narrative according to the current situation. In an attempt to attract foreign tourists and present the Bahamas as an attractive tourist destination, the Bahamas hired popular musician Lenny Kravitz for their campaign. So last year a new, multi-channel creative campaign was launched with Bahamian-American rock legend Lenny Kravitz and the lyrics of his hit song Fly Away. “What matters the most is that we come together as one. You were there for us and when the storm passes we’ll be here for you. “center_img “From The Bahamas with Love” is the name of a new campaign that was announced through a short and effective video, with an even better narrative. The campaign is, of course, thematically related to the current crisis situation caused by the coronavirus. PS We are also waiting for the CNTB’s move to address a video or similar campaign, as well as other national tourist boards, in accordance with the time of the coronavirus. Short and effective.last_img read more

‘Satellite markets’ in Miag-ao connect farmers to consumers

first_imgILOILO City – To support the livelihoodof their farmers affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the localgovernment unit of Miag-ao town in Iloilo province has established satellitemarkets in various areas of its municipality through its Office of theMunicipal Agriculturist. The following villages are where thesatellite markets are stationed: San Rafael, Potrido, Bacolod, Igbugo,Banbanan, La Consolacion, Dawog, Bliss, Kirayan Norte, San Jose, Igdalaquit,and Valencia. “Residents from adjacent barangays couldbuy their basic needs for their households, particularly wet and dry goods,”she said. According to Depamaylo, the associationsof farmers or the village officials take charge of managing the satellitemarkets located in their respective barangays.(With a report from PIA/PN) Depamaylo added that these satellitemarkets are helping in reducing the number of people going to the public marketof the town in order to avoid the spread of the COVID-19. Satellite markets in Miagao, Iloilo province are created to help their farmers sell their products amid the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak. Residents can buy products in satellite markets rather than going to Miag-ao’s public market. OMA Miagao Municipal agricultural technologistApril Joy Depamaylo said 12 satellite markets have been opened in some villagesof the town, and the project has been benefiting farmers since their products –mainly fruits and vegetables – are being brought in those sites. last_img read more

Ant Pedometer Discovered

first_imgAnts have dumbfounded scientists again.  It appears they count their steps when they walk, and keep track how far they have gone.  Reporting in Science,1 a trio of German and Swiss scientists tested desert ants by making some walk on specially-designed stilts and others walk on stumps of cut-off legs.  The first overshot their target, and the second group undershot it by the amount proportional to the change in leg length.    Another amazing fact is that the ants can use their mental pedometers to reckon how far they are from home, then take a direct route back.  That would seem to require mathematical skill beyond just counting steps.  Indeed it does; not only do the ants have a sophisticated onboard navigation system, but also celestial navigation equipment.  The team explained,Foraging Saharan desert ants, Cataglyphis fortis, use a mode of dead reckoning known as path integration to monitor their current position relative to the nest and to find their way home.  This enables them to return on a direct route, rather than retracing the tortuous outbound journey performed when searching for food items in their flat desert habitat, which is often completely devoid of landmarks.  The path integrator requires two kinds of input information: about directions steered, as obtained via the ant’s celestial compass, and about distance traveled, as gauged by the ant’s odometer.See also Live Science, National Geographic and New Scientist.  The team also found that the ants could learn to adapt to their new circumstances.  Regarding the surgical procedures used in the experiment, the scientists were quick to explain that ants don’t feel pain at having their legs amputated.1Wittlinger, Wehner and Wolf, “The Ant Odometer: Stepping on Stilts and Stumps,” Science, 30 June 2006: Vol. 312. no. 5782, pp. 1965 – 1967, DOI: 10.1126/science.1126912.There was no mention of evolution in this paper.  Only in evolutionary theory would someone attempt to say, with a straight face, that celestial compasses, path integrators and odometers are the result of a blind process lacking a navigation target.    This discovery is all the more reason to get the kids an Uncle Milton’s Ant Farm (03/16/2006).  It might stimulate a good science project, too.  If stilts, why not pogo sticks?  or how about a treadmill or moving sidewalk?  or a rotating table?  Don’t let students be cruel to the little puzzle-solvers, but use it as an opportunity to reverse-engineer the amazing GPS software embedded in their tiny heads (not referring to the students’ heads, of course, but to those of the ants).(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Board games make learning fun

first_imgKids play Get to Know Your Legislature,a board game that teaches them theimportance of knowing how the country’slaw-making body operates.(Image: Dan Modiakgotla) The HIV/Aids board game designed toeducate both kids and adults on the disease.Tamara O’ReillyWhile technological advancements are part of modern-day educational programmes, one man still believes in the power of hands-on board games.Dan Modiakgotla, creator of Afro Games, believes in going back to basics in order to prepare for the future.Many youth centres around the Northern Cape are benefiting from the series of Afro Games board games. People of all ages are learning more about dealing with issues such as HIV/Aids, financial planning and self improvement.Modiakgotla has an existing set of 14 games that target not only psychological development, but also language and mathematical skills. One such game, Brain Teaser, is specially designed to improve language and spelling abilities. Like the well known game Scrabble, players can build words, in any language, of between four to 13 letters.Get to Know Your Legislature educates communities about provincial governments’ legislative processes. It highlights the importance of public participation and encourages players to engage with law makers.The Department of Education has expressed interest in using Modiakgotla’s games, while the Department of Social Services has already adopted the popular HIV/Aids awareness game.“When it comes to HIV/Aids education people are given T-shirts, caps and water bottles,” says Modiakgotla. “These items do not engage with the psyche of a person so I thought of something that will stay in the minds of people for a long time. It’s great because if the games are played in households, it encourages parental participation and families to engage with each other on a fun level.”For scholars who have trouble grasping lessons and who need extra academic attention, the Study Guide and Maths Quiz allow students to learn from each other and to interact both in and outside the classroom.Modiakgotla is particularly proud of his “masterpiece”, a game called, That’s Life. It’s a morale booster that contains quotes from religious scriptures and various motivational speakers.“I am specifically proud of this game because it teaches teenagers so many things. Things that are oblivious or don’t make much sense when you’re a teenager. It’s great for boosting low self esteem that so many of our youth suffer with today,” he says.Modiakgotla grew up in a household of board game lovers. His regular opponent on the chessboard, his uncle, taught him perseverance and concentration. He soon realised the benefits of board games, not only in the academic sense, but also in character building.And it’s fun! Each board game can have up to 16 players and there are no age limits. Modiakgotla has also steered away from traditional dice and beads and has modified accessories to complement the games.The materials for each game are of shop quality, says Modiakgotla. It was an expensive step but one that he believes was important for marketing his business and ensuring that buyers get value for their money.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Tamara O’Reilly at [email protected] linksDepartment of EducationAfrogamesBoard Games South Africalast_img read more

RollsRoyce Unveils New Battery System for Ships

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license A lithium-based energy storage system for ships has been launched by technology company Rolls-Royce. SAVe Energy is said to be a cost-competitive, highly efficient and liquid cooled battery system with a modular design that enables the product to scale according to energy and power requirements.In addition, the system complies with international regulations for low and zero emission propulsion systems.The development work has been partly funded by the Norwegian Research Council of Norway’s ENERGIX program. Three shipowning companies — Color Line, Norled and the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) Shipping Company — have been partners in the development, ensuring that the energy storage system covers a wide variety of marine applications, including ferries, cruise vessels and multipurpose vessels.As explained, energy storage is a major green investment for a shipowner. Returns are maximized when the system is correctly dimensioned for the specific ship and includes intelligent power control. Rolls-Royce has been delivering energy storage systems since 2010, however, the actual energy storage units were previously supplied by an external party. “The electrification of ships is building momentum. From 2010 we have delivered battery systems representing about 15 MWh in total. However now the potential deployment of our patent pending SAVe Energy in 2019 alone is 10-18 MWh,” Andreas Seth, Rolls-Royce, EVP Electrical, Automation and Control – Commercial Marine, said.SAVe Energy can be applied to several areas including peak shaving, spinning reserve and battery-powered vessels. Combined with a LNG or diesel-powered engine in a hybrid solution, it will increase efficiency and reduce emissions and can be coupled with most types of propulsion units. In a hybrid set up, SAVe Energy handles the peak load, while the main power generators will relate to the average load and not reduce the propulsion units thrusting capabilities, according to Rolls-Royce.“Battery systems have become a key component of our power and propulsions systems, and SAVe Energy is being introduced on many of the projects we are currently working on. This includes the upgrade programme for Hurtigruten’s cruise ferries, the advanced fishing vessel recently ordered by Prestfjord and the ongoing retrofits of offshore support vessels. As a system provider we can find the best solution considering both installation and operational cost,” Seth further said.SAVe Energy is an energy storage unit (ESU) system which was recently class approved by DNV GL. This means that the systems are now accepted for installation on all vessels classed by DNV GL.last_img read more

BAHAMAS Womens Issues Highlighted at National Womens Week Forum

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 17, 2017 – Nassau – Issues which women face today including domestic violence, child abuse, unemployment, single parenting and sexism were among the issues discussed at a Women’s Forum put on by the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development.   The Forum, Monday, December 11th, 2017 at Gary and Myrtle Curry Youth Centre, Collins Avenue, brought to a close two weeks of events in observance of National Women’s Week 2017.   The theme was “Strong Women, Strong Families, Strong Communities.”In addition to providing information, the Forum was designed to promote awareness of women’s issues, offer guidance and survival tips and help to improve the standards of women.   Panelists for the Forum were: Rev. Gloria Ferguson, Mt. Ararat Baptist Church; Dr. Jacinta Higgs, educator and former Senator; Lillian Quant-Forbes, acting director, Department of Social Services; Senator Jasmine Dareus, Deputy Director, Urban Renewal Commission; Ramona Farquharson-Seymour, Counsel and Attorney-at-Law.The event was attended by: the Hon. Miriam Emmanuel, MP for MICAL, Sherrylee Smith, Permanent Secretary; Vaughn Miller, Parliamentary Secretary and senior government officials.   The Hon. Lanisha Rolle, Minister of Social Services and Urban Renewal, said The Bahamas has a “strong” foundation laid by “strong” men and women and it is the duty of descendants, successors, and heirs to build upon that.“From 1962 to now, the women of The Bahamas have charted a course for the upward movement and equal advancement of women of all walks of life.Beginning with the Women’s Suffrage, a movement to ensure that women were and are given the right to vote; mothers, secretaries, housekeepers, housewives, teachers, all realized that women of every strata had and have a role to play in every sector and at every stage of this country’s development.   Hence a strong foundation was laid by persons like Eugenia Lockhart, Mary Ingraham, Hon. Doris Johnson and others. As a result of their labour and sacrifice, women voted for the first time in 1962.”She said the work was continued by Janet Bostwick, Cynthia Pratt, Dame Ivy Dumont, Italia Johnson, Dame Joan Sawyer, Loretta Butler-Turner and wives of Bahamian prime ministers stood with their husbands and ensured that the voices of women were heard.“We live in this strong house built by women and having regard for their labour and sacrifice, we simply cannot come down,” said Minister Rolle.She declared that the women of The Bahamas are doing a great work and urged them to continue to work together to build strong women, strong families and strong communities.   A question and answer period followed the discussion.The following numbers are available to get assistance:323-0171, 323-3859, 422-2763 and 322-2763.By: Kathryn CampbellPhoto captions:Header:  Panelists in the Women’s Forum are pictured. From left: Senator Jasmine Dareus, Deputy Director, Urban Renewal Commission; Lilian Quant-Forbes, Acting Director; Ramona Farquharson-Seymour, Counsel and Attorney-At-Law; Rev. Gloria Ferguson and Dr. Jacinta Higgs, educator and former Senator.Insert 1: The Hon. Lanisha Rolle, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, speaks at the Women’s Forum at Gary and Myrtle Curry Youth Centre.Insert 2: Audience at the Women’s Forum are pictured.Insert 3: Officials in attendance at the Women’s Forum. Shown from right Vaughn Miller, Parliamentary Secretary, The Hon. Miriam Emmanuel, MP for MICAL and Coralie Adderley, Chairperson, National Women Advisory Council. BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.center_img Related Items:last_img read more

Colorcoading gene sequences in human cells

first_imgThe multicolor CRISPR labeling system exploiting Cas9 orthologs. Designs of dCas9 (“d” for “nuclease-dead”) ortholog-fluorescent proteins: S. pyogenes Sp dCas9, N. meningitidis Nm dCas9 and S. thermophilus St1 dCas9 fused to NLSs and under the control of the CMV-TetO promoter. The cognate sgRNAs Sp sgRNA, Nm sgRNA, and St1 sgRNA are under the control of the U6 promoter, and their sequences are shown below, with the mutations in red and hairpin extensions in orange. Directed by the appropriate sgRNA, different chromosomal loci are expected to become fluorescently labeled with any one of the three spectral versions of dCas9. In the diagram, such hypothetical targeted sequences are indicated by the color matching a particular dCas9/sgRNA ortholog. Credit: (c) 2015 PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1420024112 © 2015 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Is there a way to peer inside the nucleus of a living cell and see how the genes interact? After the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2001, researchers have focused on epigenetic factors, spatial orientation, and non-coding repeated sequences, all of which affect genetic regulation and function. Hanhui Ma and Thoru Pederson from University of Massachusetts Medical School have demonstrated a new technique that resolves the spatial orientation between two target genetic repeated units within a living human cell. Their work is reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Ma and Pederson have done prior work labeling genes with a fluorescent protein tag using TALEs technology. However, the CRISPR/Cas9 system has proven to be the formidable approach to gene editing because it is able to target more than one genetic sequence at a time.Other gene editing systems typically require a particular endonuclease to splice a specific gene, but for this system, Cas9 is used for all sequences, allowing for multiple targets within a single cell. Furthermore, to target a sequence, either for editing or labeling, researchers can make a synthetic RNA strand, known as the guide RNA, that is complementary to the target DNA sequence. While CRISPR/Cas9 has some limiting factors, such as off-target cuts or optimizing the PAM sequence, this is a robust method for targeting multiple genes.In this experiment, Ma and Pederson used a catalytically inactive Cas9 (dCas9) endonculease to insert a fluorescent protein tag on the target sequence without causing a break in the DNA strand. Their goal was to insert two different labels that would target two different sequences. This would allow them to study the gene regions relative to each other as well as see where repeated locations occurred. Their first step was to optimize their system. They chose to target the telomeric repeat for optimization and used three known Cas9 variants for the PAM sequences, S. pyogenes, Neisseria meningitidis, and Streptococcus thermophilus which were fused to red, green, and blue fluorescent proteins, respectively. Overall, the factors that they optimized were the choice of promotor driving the expression of dCas9, the number of fluorescent proteins fused in tandem, the length of guide RNAs, the PAM sequence choice, the choice of the sequence composition of the guide RNAs, and the number of nuclear localization signals. After optimizing these parameters, they were able to successfully observe all three targets.They then tested whether two different CRISPR/Cas9 systems can simultaneously label the same sequence. They used S. pyogenes and Neisseria meningitidis systems and targeted one strand of the telomeric repeat. They identified two similar patterns showing two flourescence markers on the same genetic targets. They tested co-expression using S. pyogenes and Streptococcus thermophiles, and obtained similar results.They then tested different, repeated chromosome-specific sequences. They chose two sequences on chromosome 9 and another sequence that is localized on chromosome 13. They were able to resolve the two sequences on chromosome 9 as being approximately two micrometers apart, which corresponds to the known distance between these sequences on the physical map of chromosome 9. They were also able to resolve two sequences between two different chromosomes, 9 and 13, that were even closer in proximity than the sequences on chromosome 9.Finally, they wanted to test the resolution of their technique by choosing two sequences that are closer together on the same chromosome than their initial test with chromosome 9. They looked at two sequences on chromosome 13 that are known to be 1.9 Mbp apart from each other. They were able to resolve these using their multicolor CRISPR/Cas9 technique, and proved that it can resolve sequences that are 2.0 to 1.9 Mbp apart.These experiments were able to resolve multiple interchromosome and intrachromosome target repeated sequences using flourescent protein tags. The authors are interested in looking at repeated sequence patterns that are specific for each chromosome. However, they envision this technique eventually being used for resolving two single-copy sequences. Citation: Color-coading gene sequences in human cells (2015, March 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-03-color-coading-gene-sequences-human-cells.html More information: “Multicolor CRISPR labeling of chromosomal loci in human cells” Hanhui Ma, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1420024112AbstractThe intranuclear location of genomic loci and the dynamics of these loci are important parameters for understanding the spatial and temporal regulation of gene expression. Recently it has proven possible to visualize endogenous genomic loci in live cells by the use of transcription activator-like effectors (TALEs), as well as modified versions of the bacterial immunity clustered regularly interspersed short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9) system. Here we report the design of multicolor versions of CRISPR using catalytically inactive Cas9 endonuclease (dCas9) from three bacterial orthologs. Each pair of dCas9-fluorescent proteins and cognate single-guide RNAs (sgRNAs) efficiently labeled several target loci in live human cells. Using pairs of differently colored dCas9-sgRNAs, it was possible to determine the intranuclear distance between loci on different chromosomes. In addition, the fluorescence spatial resolution between two loci on the same chromosome could be determined and related to the linear distance between them on the chromosome’s physical map, thereby permitting assessment of the DNA compaction of such regions in a live cell.center_img Explore further End of CRISPR-CAS9 controversy Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

South Dum Dum Municipality raids prawn processing unit

first_imgKolkata: Civic body officials of South Dum Dum Municipality led by chairman Panchu Gopal Roy on Friday raided a prawn processing unit at ward 21.”We had received a source information about some irregularities in the prawns that are stored at the unit. Accordingly, we conducted a raid and have found that some sort of reddish colour was added to the prawns. We are not ruling out the fact that it may be some sort of preservative that was mixed with it. We have sent it for examination at our government laboratory for examination,” chairman said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe team from the municipality also conducted a drive at a multi shopping complex which has a food court. Sources in the health department of the municipality said samples were collected from as many as 12 restaurants that have been sent for tests. “Apparently our officers have stumbled upon irregularities in the way they deal with food. French fries have been found stored in refrigerators. The meat at some of the restaurants was also emitting a foul smell. We have also found that leftover food was stored in refrigerator,” Debasish Banerjee, chairman in council (public health ) said.Customers in some of the restaurants also c omplained about bad quality food and welcomed the civic body’s drive to ensure quality of food. “We are waiting for the reports and if we found any irregularity we will take strong action against the offenders as per law,” Roy said.last_img read more

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