Australian DoD, Department of Fisheries WA to Monitor, Manage Marine Pests in WA Waters

first_img View post tag: Defense Share this article View post tag: DoD View post tag: waters Australian DoD, Department of Fisheries WA to Monitor, Manage Marine Pests in WA Waters View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defence The Australian Department of Defence has joined forces with the Department of Fisheries WA to monitor and manage marine pests in Western Australian waters.The Defence Support Group (DSG), the Royal Australian Navy and the Department of Fisheries specialist Marine Biosecurity Research and Monitoring Group has worked together to develop and manage a marine pest monitoring program around Garden Island.As part of the program, Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers have taken part in marine pest surveys in waters surrounding HMAS Stirling, which involved collecting samples by scraping mussel fouling off pylons, from a prescribed depth. On the surface, the research group then sort through the fouling looking for the pest mussel.The surveys are designed to ensure the early detection of marine pest incursions, vastly improving the chances of eradicating any pests that are found.While the Asian Green Mussel has been a pest targeted by the program, this particular pest has not been found in the vicinity of Garden Island to date.Navy, DSG and the Department of Fisheries WA intend to continue their vigilance to keep the marine area surrounding Garden Island free from marine and environmental pests.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 25, 2013; Image: Australian Navy February 25, 2013 View post tag: Monitor View post tag: Australian View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian DoD, Department of Fisheries WA to Monitor, Manage Marine Pests in WA Waters View post tag: marine View post tag: manage View post tag: Department View post tag: Navy View post tag: Pests View post tag: WA Industry news View post tag: Fisherieslast_img read more

LETTER TO THE CCO EDITOR: OPEN LETTER TO NEW HARMONY-BRIDGE TO NO AVAIL!

first_imgBRIDGE TO NO AVAIL!written by Daniel Barton Publisher of The New Harmony GazetteDear Harmonist Brothers and Sisters, Friends:It was first reported in two of our local newspapers, The Posey County News and The Mt. Vernon Democrat, that things got pretty rowdy at the recent “Meet Your Representative” meeting or what was billed as the “Cracker Barrel Forum,” in Poseyville. Not that there’s anything wrong with some non-violent rowdiness in politics. The “people” still have a right to express their dissatisfaction with legislators as well as their satisfaction. However, we must all try to remember that everyone has a right to speak without being shouted down by other audience members. Mutual respect is the key! Here in New Harmony a rule that’s pretty much always followed by the audience in attendance.What came to my attention in the press reports about the meeting were comments made by County Commissioner Carl Schmitz regarding our Harmony Way Bridge.Commissioner Schmitz said that, “No one owns the bridge.” That statement is false! The fact is that the bridge is owned by the White County Bridge Commission. That is a long known fact. Commissioner Schmitz has no excuse for not knowing it. It’s very disappointing to hear that he made the remark.His second remark was a little more encouraging, “Illinois doesn’t want it.” Something for which we should all be thankful. Illinois has had hundreds of public officials convicted of criminal offenses in the past fifty years. It is among the leading States in political corruption. More than 500 convictions since 1997. Indiana can clearly handle the problem of one bridge rehabilitation without involving Illinois, if necessary. Included in Illinois history is five Governors who have gone to prison, with one still serving his sentence. Instead of looking at our bridge as a liability maybe Commissioner Schmitz should begin looking at it as an asset to Posey County with the ability to bring in nearly a million dollars a year.He followed that comment with a third facetious remark, “I wouldn’t drive over it on a four wheeler.” Back in July, I accompanied six other people on a stroll across our beautiful Harmony Way Bridge. Along for the walk was New Harmony Town Council President Alvin Blaylock, County Commissioner Jerry Walden, New Harmony Gazette writer, Ann Rains, New Harmony resident and Harmony Way Bridge activist and supporter, Lora Arneberg, U.S. Army Colonel Austin Elliott and Indiana Landmarks President, Marsh Davis. By the way, we all walked on the bridge at the same time. All the way across and back again, bouncing as we went. Not a ripple was felt by anyone on the trip. Maybe Commissioner Schmitz has underestimated the strength of this great structure or has never even been on it.New Harmony Road Maintenance Supervisor Bobby Grider rides his bicycle back and forth over the Harmony Way Bridge every day from Illinois, where he lives, to Indiana, where he works.No fear; huh Bobby?Finally, Commissioner Schmitz’ most controversial statement was his interpretation of what it will cost to repair, rehabilitate and reopen our bridge. He said, “The cost to update the bridge is Just prior to giving the green light to go to press, The New Harmony Gazette received three photos by email of purported rust damage causing holes in the Iron substructure of the Harmony Way Bridge, from State Representative Wendy McNamara. These photos have now been forwarded by us to several Bridge Experts and Bridge Engineers in Indiana for further evaluation. At this time we do no know from looking at the photos, how large the holes are, where they are located on the bridge structure, what engineer’s report they were taken from, when they were taken and whether or not they weren’t part of an earlier repair project done on the bridge and may now be repaired. We can’t even be sure if they were taken on the Harmony Way Bridge. When these questions are answered the answers will be passed on to you, the public. County Officials are aware that New Harmony has some excess capacity at their Sewage Treatment facility and they want to run all of the new sewers to that Plant. They don’t want to fix the bridge but they want to dump all of the millennial crap into New Harmony’s waste pool. And for what price? And what happens when that excess capacity is full to overflowing? What then? New waste pools for our Town? Who covers the sludge removal? Phosphorous treatment? How much capacity will they be allowed to take? How long is the lease contract? Ninety-nine years? Who paid the initial cost of the present facility? A lot of questions for Commissioner Schmitz! Certainly it will save the County and the Developers a lot of money. They will not have to build their own sewage plant.I fear that the people of New Harmony are not going to wake up to this until their knee deep in….Shinola!Indiana State Representative Wendy McNamara has also made similar claims about the imagined abject hopelessness of the Harmony Way Bridge; saying last September, that there were holes completely through the roadway and it was too costly to repair. In fact on Sept. 11, 2016 she said that she would send New Harmony Gazette writer Ann Rains photographs of the holes that she claims to have seen. So far no photographs have arrived. How about it Representative McNamara! Send those pictures to us!I have personally tried to contact Representative McNamara and have had no luck reaching her. Only her office assistant, “Andrew.” I have asked Andrew if she uses email to communicate with the public, to which he answered “YES”. She has not responded to any of my emails or texts. Recently I left another message with Andrew to let her know that she is very difficult to reach and asked him to arrange a personal meeting with me. No luck. State Representative McNamara appears to be indisposed when it comes to New Harmony and the Harmony Way Bridge.Heck! I only want copies of those photos showing holes in the roadway from underneath the bridge.V.S. Engineers are on the Harmony Way Bridge even as we speak and it shouldn’t be too long before we get an update on the bridge’s current condition and the real cost of repairing and reopening it.The New Harmony Gazette will keep you posted as this develops. There is no reason to think that what Commissioner Schmitz says that he heard or saw relating to the fifty million dollars in costs to reopen the bridge is caused by a lapse of correct recall. He likely heard what he says he heard. What is in question however is the source of his comment. Who was it that proposed these costs and where is the certified engineer’s report that validates this statement?None, not one, of the many engineering reports that I have reviewed concerning hands-on inspections of the Harmony Way Bridge, since it closed five years ago, even come close to Commissioner Schmitz’ figure of fifty million. That’s the reason I have asked him for the supporting documents. An engineer’s report will have a line by line cost estimate for each item of repair or replacement. We are not talking about razing and replacing the structure. Again, all of the reports I have personally reviewed say that the Harmony Way Bridge is repairable and can be salvaged for future use for far less than replacement of the bridge.Will Commissioner Schmitz come up with the engineers report to prove his claim or will we all be left with his word alone?As far as holes entirely through the roadbed; the stroll across the bridge in 2016 did not reveal any. Nor did any of the many photographs taken by bridge engineers over the last five years; that I have in my possession.Commissioner Schmitz is not the only elected official to quote these very high and unsubstantiated repair and rehabilitation costs, his fellow County Commissioner Jim Alsop also quoted the same amounts at a New Harmony Kiwanis meeting in January 2015.No doubt, there are many things that have to be taken care of by the County Commissioners, but what’s important here is the specific reason for Commissioner Schmitz voting “NO” for the County not taking title in 2015. Not the laundry list of items he mentions in his texts. They didn’t exist at that time. The specific reason, to which he admits to, was the $50 million dollars that he believed it would cost to restore or reopen the Harmony Way Bridge. Without the supporting engineers reports; that would be a highly inappropriate reason for a decision that adversely affected thousands of people in this part of Indiana and Illinois.As far as the three items he lists, they also generate questions. Hi-Speed or Broadband internet is much more expensive than fixing up the bridge. One community in Utah was left with a debt of $185 million dollars and was still unsuccessful in operating the Government Owned Network that they tried to install. This wish is connected with the other two on his list; such as housing to attract young people to live in Posey County. Presumably to work at SABIC or Midwest Fertilizer. How is the County involved in young peoples housing you might want to ask? Tax abatements? Cheap mortgages? Public low income housing? Commissioner Schmitz is not clear!And last but certainly not least, my community of New Harmony should be concerned about “sewage.” This topic has been brought to my attention several times since October 2016 by those in Posey County and Mt.Vernon, government. It seems that it’s connected with the “young peoples housing” and the “Hi-Speed Internet.” One big ball of wax. The catch is: $41 to 50 million dollars, and the County cannot afford that.” Now it may be that Commissioner Schmitz believes this piece of fiction has some truth, but most of us who have intently studied the engineering reports produced over the last five years find the comment laughable. Without documentary evidence of which engineering company developed the report that estimated these outrageous numbers that were quoted; they are just not believable. So I decided to follow up with Commissioner Schmitz. What follows is a transcription of our texting conversation on March 23 and 24th.Dan Barton: Good day Commissioner Schmitz. On March 11th at a public meeting in Poseyville you stated that it would cost upwards of fifty million to reopen the Harmony Way Bridge. This is contrary to every report that I have ever read. It’s more than double the figure put out by Indiana to completely remove and replace the entire structure. More than two hundred times higher than the lowest estimates to reopen. Please provide me with provable documentation on how you came to your conclusion of fifty million. Respectfully. Dan Barton.Commissioner Carl Schmitz: I have met with several State Officials and Il. (Illinois) Officials. In.(Indiana) says 20 plus million. Il.(Illinois) says that the cost will be over 45 million with costs over 50 million until it is completed. That is why they are not going to work on it for they will spend no money on S Il. (Southern Illinois) Take a boat ride to the Il.(Illinois) side and look at the last 1/3 of the bridge it was old and used when it was put up. It has holes in the floor and some of the steel is completely rusted out. I can not see shutting down our road department for 10 plus years to build one bridge. Look at the cost of the 3 bridges that we built recently have all cost over 1 million each are very small compared to this bridge.Dan Barton: Thank you Commissioner Schmitz for your response regarding your statement about the cost of reopening the Harmony Way Bridge. Was the 40 to 50 million dollar cost you have stated as prohibitive costs the reason that you consistently voted NO for Posey County not taking title to the Harmony Way Bridge.Commissioner Carl Schmitz: Yes, we cannot take on something that we can’t get usable or afford. We have many needs; hi speed internet, sewage, housing to get young people to come back and live in Posey County.Dan Barton: Thanks again, Commissioner Schmitz, for your responses to my questions about the Harmony Way Bridge.I have gotten responses from several New Harmony residents regarding your comments to me about the information that you received from Indiana and Illinois officials concerning their estimates to you about the cost of reopening the Harmony Way Bridge. In fact in my first text to you on this matter, I asked for something they are asking me about. Provable Documentation. Can you provide me with the engineers report that supports the 40 to 50 million dollars in costs to reopen the Harmony Way Bridge which you said State Officials claimed. I request a copy of that report from you to support the facts in the New Harmony Gazette story to follow. I would also like to have the names and contact information on the Indiana and Illinois Officials who gave this information on bridge reopening to you. Respectfully. Dan Barton. Publisher. The New Harmony Gazette.Commissioner Carl Schmitz: I was at a meeting with Officials from both States at the Southern In(Indiana) highway office. I have it in file in the barn but can not get to it due to the fact that I had surgery last week. So it will be a couple of weeks before I can. FOOTNOTES: The New Harmony Gazette is a monthly on-line and in print monthly publication reporting the happening of New Harmony proper.  Daniel Barton is the Publisher of this extremely informative monthly newspaper.City County Observer posted this article without bias, opinion or editing. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Emily Balskus wins $1M Waterman Award

first_img Related Microbes might manage your cholesterol Balskus uses chemical tools to unravel how gut microbes impact human health and disease “Much of our work has focused on elucidating how microbes in this environment are performing chemistry — what are the specific catalysts, or enzymes, that they use to perform chemical transformations that are linked to health or disease,” Balskus said. “With this knowledge, we can more accurately predict the chemistry performed by microbial communities, can begin to study its biological consequences, and can even think about developing tools to control it.”The Waterman Award, Balskus said, will allow her research team to take on higher-risk projects with potentially greater rewards and pursue creative directions that would have been impossible without NSF support.But Balskus has more than just scientific ambitions. “I hope that by receiving this award,” she said, “I can inspire women and other individuals who are underrepresented in science as well as gain a platform to highlight the challenges we currently face.” Growing up, all her science teachers were women; because of that, she didn’t hesitate to pursue a career in science.“The future of human health, of medicine, needs Emily’s research,” said Catherine Drennan, a professor of biology and chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and one of Balskus’ collaborators. “I’m a fan of Emily. I’m just really inspired by her. And I want my 11-year-old daughter to look at her and say, ‘yes, women can do anything.’”Balskus shares the 2020 Waterman Award with John O. Dabiri, an aeronautical engineer at the California Institute of Technology. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NSF postponed the original award ceremony; the agency will present Balskus and Dabiri with their awards, which include a medal and $1 million in research funding over five years, in Washington, D.C., at an unspecified date. Two plush microbes stare up at everyone who visits Emily Balskus’ office. One, a buttercup yellow, mimics the fuzzy hotdog-shaped E. coli. Another, baker’s yeast or Saccharomyces cerevisiae, is just a white sphere with eyes.Far larger than living microorganisms (and far cuter), these cuddly counterparts reveal not just Balskus’ research area, but also her admiration for her subjects. Most people fear the trillions of bacteria that live in and on the human body. But for Balskus, these microbes provide potential solutions to vast problems in human health and medicine ranging from drug metabolism to cholesterol management and even cancer.“Emily Balskus has opened up novel ways to explore and exploit the chemistry and biology of microbes that live in our bodies and how they are linked to our health,” said Sethuraman Panchanathan, director of the National Science Foundation (NSF).  “And we’re already seeing the potential impact.”Today, Panchanathan announced that Balskus is one of two recipients of the Alan T. Waterman Award, the NSF’s most prestigious prize for scientists under 40 in the United States. Balskus is only the sixth Harvard scientist (and the only Harvard woman) to receive a Waterman, which the government has awarded annually since 1975.“I hope that through receiving this award I can help to bring attention to microbes, the important roles they play in all aspects of our lives, and how chemistry can help us to understand the microbial world,” said Balskus, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology. She credits her research group, past and present, for earning this award. “It means a lot to all of us to know that the scientific community is excited about our discoveries and approach to science.”To study microbes, Balskus shifted into the biological realm, but her work is still fundamentally chemical. Bacteria perform mysterious chemistry, sometimes forging or dismantling molecules using reactions that lie beyond the skills of today’s best chemists. So, Balskus hunts for microbial genes that produce enzymes, protein-based catalysts that perform chemical reactions, to understand how and why microbes do what they do.“Despite the important roles these organisms play in all habitats, we know very little about how they influence surrounding environments and organisms,” Balskus said. “We don’t understand the chemistry they perform. For example, 85 percent of genes in the human gut microbiome can’t confidently be linked to a microbial activity.”But in her latest work, Balskus and her team linked genes in the human microbiome to microbial activity, mapping, in a way, how some members of the human gut might influence their host.For example, her lab recently discovered how certain microbes break down cholesterol in the human gut. Only some people host these cholesterol-busting bacteria and those who do tend to experience lower levels of blood cholesterol. This finding could lead to new types of treatment to manage high cholesterol levels.Balskus also discovered that some gut microbes can interfere with drug metabolism, gobbling up L-dopa, for example, before the Parkinson’s treatment can reach the brain and help assuage symptoms of the disease. And, her lab played an important role in discovering how E. coli produce a harmful toxin that damages the digestive system and potentially leads to increased risk of colon cancer. Harvard microbe hunter wins Blavatnik Award Researchers discover mysterious bacteria that break it down in the gut last_img read more

Ndidi attributes his progress to constructive criticism

first_img The midfielder has consistently ranked among the top three best tacklers in the Premier League and currently ranks third on the list, behind his teammate Ricardo Pereira and Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka. His solid performances ensured Leicester’s current third position on the league table, behind leaders Liverpool and Manchester City. Ndidi has also been in excellent form for the Super Eagles and in 2019, he played a key role as Nigeria clinched their eighth bronze medal at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. The 23-year-old was also one of the standout players as Nigeria defeated the Republic of Benin and Lesotho in their 2021 Afcon qualifying games, which saw them sit atop Group L with six points. He was part of Gernot Rohr’s team scheduled to face Sierra Leone in their third qualifying game before the match was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. read also:EPL Restart: Ndidi, Iheanacho get June 20 date against Watford The combative midfielder has made 36 appearances for the three-time African champions since making his debut against the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2015. Ndidi will hope to continue his solid defensive displays for Leicester when the Premier League resu FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, has attributed his progress to his ability to listen to criticism from his coaches, friends, and wife. Super Eagles and Leicester City duo Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi st for Watford clash The Nigeria international has been in top form since teaming up with the King Power Stadium outfit in 2017 from Belgian side Genk. Ndidi’s stock has risen very high in the Premier League and he is currently regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in the English top-flight. Reflecting on his success, the Super Eagle praised the people who surround him for their sincere criticism which has helped him to improve on his performances. “My circle of friends is very small, and they are people who are straight in their assertions. Even at Leicester City, the players, the coaches, and the staff are straight with me,” Ndidi told the Super Eagles media team. “That alone is like an encouragement to me; they make me understand life in general and how I am performing. “Kudos also must go to my wife; she is always honest with me as it concerns my game, telling me the right things and I don’t joke with her criticisms because I know she wants me to be a better player and my boss at Leicester too.” Ndidi has made 111 Premier League appearances since his arrival at King Power Stadium and this season he has played 29 times for the Foxes across all competitions.center_img Promoted ContentCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeBest Car Manufacturers In The World6 Extreme Facts About Hurricaneslast_img read more