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first_imgSeed Co International Limited (SCIL.vx) listed on the Victoria Falls Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2021 circular For more information about Seed Co International Limited (SCIL.vx) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Seed Co International Limited (SCIL.vx) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Seed Co International Limited (SCIL.vx)  2021 circular Company ProfileSeed Co International Limited is one of the leading certified seed companies authorized to market seed varieties developed by itself, government and other associated seed breeders in its markets. From years of intensive investment in R&D, the Company is involved in the breeding, multiplication and distribution of mainly hybrid seed varieties. Seed Co International Limited is primarily listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange, with a secondary listing on the Victoria Falls Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Standing in the need of prayer for missing reporter David…

first_img TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Jan 24, 2014 January 24, 2014 at 5:45 pm All Saints, Millington NJ – Loving your neighbors with no prerequisites. AMEN. Matthew Read says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET David Bird, 55, did not return from what he reportedly told his wife would be a short walk on Jan. 11, triggering a massive search and investigation that now involves the FBI. Photo: Facebook/Long Hill Township Police Department[Episcopal News Service] Residents of Millington, New Jersey, have turned to the local All Saints Episcopal Church as a prayerful gathering place as they await word on the fate of a missing Wall Street Journal reporter who lives with his family near the church.Local residents seeking out the comfort of All Saints is an outgrowth of the parish’s sense of call to what its rector describes as “community hospitality.” The nearly 110-year-old church about 38 miles from Midtown Manhattan follows “the old village church model” whose sense of caring for a parish extends beyond members of the church to all residents of the area, according to the Rev. Victoria Geer McGrath.Missing Wall Street Journal reporter David Bird. Photo: Facebook/Long Hill Township Police DepartmentAbout 12 hours after David Bird, 55, did not return from what he reportedly told his wife would be a short walk on Jan. 11, McGrath was on her way to church for Sunday worship when she got a phone call from parish administrator Susie Harris telling her that Bird was missing and asking that she put him and his family on that morning’s prayer list. While McGrath was presiding at the 10 a.m. Eucharist, Harris was in her church office making missing-person fliers.Bird covers energy markets, including OPEC, for the Wall Street Journal and has worked for Dow Jones for more than 20 years, according to a Journal report.While the Birds are not members of All Saints – they worship at the Roman Catholic church in town – they are well known to All Saints members, and not just because they live in the neighborhood. David Bird serves as the troop committee chair for Boy Scout Troop 56 of which All Saints is the chartering organization and Nancy Bird leads a Girl Scout troop that meets at the parish. David Bird has helped connect the Boy Scouts with All Saints service projects. For example, scouts always help set up for the church’s large annual outdoor rummage sale.“Just kind of being good neighbors together,” is how McGrath described the relationship in an interview.All Saints Episcopal Church in Millington, New Jersey practices “community hospitality” and recently became a center for prayer as the surrounding community awaits word on the fate of a missing Wall Street Journal reporter who lives with his family near the church. Photo: Facebook/Long Hill Township Police DepartmentThe Birds’ daughter and son, a middle schooler and a high schooler, are friends with many children in the parish, she said. After confirmation class the day after Bird went missing, All Saints high school members searched for Bird in some of the areas where they knew he liked to run and hike.The parish’s relationship with the Birds is a long-standing one. When David Bird needed a liver transplant nine years ago, All Saints members contributed to a fundraising effort.On Jan. 13 – a day during which All Saints was the site of a funeral and reception for a six-year-old member of the parish who died of cardiac arrest – McGrath got a call from a parishioner who was trying to connect a friend of the Birds with Harris. The Birds’ friend reported that Nancy Bird was “completely overwhelmed” with offers for help and that all she wanted people to do was to pray that her husband will be found and can come home.Because so many community activities happen at All Saints, the friend’s “first thought” was that that would be the place to have the service, she said. McGrath agreed to host the service and then learned they hoped to have it that evening. Church and community members pitched in to make the service happen after people saw announcements on the church’s website, Facebook, and a telephone tree run by the Boy Scouts.Close to 200 people gathered that evening outside All Saints, which sits prominently at a five-way intersection. Luminaries lined the triangle of All Saints land, the Scouts came in uniform and two of them were the readers (reading Isaiah 40:28-31 and 1 Corinthians 13:4-7).That service was followed by a quieter prayer vigil at All Saints on Jan. 18, marking a week since Bird’s disappearance. Harris, the parish administrator, suggested that the church announce it would be open for prayer between 4-5 p.m., the time when Bird left his home for his walk.Most of the 40 people who came were not parishioners. Those folks said they “felt like there was a place to put their anxiety and their worry, and also their sadness because a week out people were feeling like this may not go the way we hope it would go,” according to McGrath.All Saints sent the Jan. 19 altar flowers to Nancy Bird. That gesture followed up on McGrath’s call on Nancy Bird the day after David went missing.But the rector said she has been trying to be clear that All Saints is not seeking to usurp the pastoral role of the Birds’ parish priests.“This was really all driven by the wider community coming to us and asking for a response, which we’re glad to do,” she said.Nancy Bird has said that the couple was putting away Christmas decorations when her husband said he wanted to take a quick walk before an expected rainstorm. He left the house at 4:30 p.m. and didn’t take his phone. It has been reported that Bird, a marathoner, frequently hiked in an area near his home called the Hicks Tract in the Millington section of Long Hill Township, New Jersey. The area is near the Passaic River, which flooded some backwater swamps after a large downpour later that day. It was in the midst of that storm when Bird did not return home that his wife reported him missing.David Bird was recovering from a gastrointestinal virus the day he went missing, according to his wife. He is a liver-transplant recipient and takes medication twice a day. His wife has said he could become ill without the medication.A massive search effort began shortly after Bird was reported missing and has included personnel from surrounding municipalities, along with the New Jersey State Police, on foot, horseback and all-terrain vehicles, and in the air. Divers have searched icy waters and others walked railroad track. Authorities have also reviewed footage from business and resident surveillance cameras in the area in hopes of spotting Bird. They have also asked residents and business owners to check any place on their properties where a person might take refuge.The Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed Jan. 20 that it was helping the Long Hill Township Police Department in its search for Bird, FoxNews.com reported.First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor Thomas Zelante told ENS on Jan. 23 that the police department “continues to receives leads from various independent sources around the region and the department is taking all leads seriously and following up on the information.”Meanwhile small teams of searchers are retracing previously searched areas to help ensure that clues have not been overlooked, he said. Those searchers are not looking in any new areas, Zelante added.Meanwhile, despite a massive snowstorm on Jan. 20 and 21 and dangerously cold weather since, the effort “has not changed from a search and rescue” operation, he said.Bird is described as white, 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He is partially balding and has a gray beard. He was last seen wearing a bright red rain jacket with two yellow zippers.A massive search-and-rescue effort to find missing Wall Street Journal reporter David Bird has included searches in icy rivers and streams near his New Jersey home. Photo: Facebook/Long Hill Township Police DepartmentWhile it might seem obvious that Bird’s neighborhood church would be a place to which people turn in a time of crisis, it is also true that All Saints and McGrath have focused on fostering connections with the wider community. She traces the effort to 2007 when the parish decided to close its pre-school nursery because of declining enrollment. The school had met in the separate parish hall building so the parish had to “think and pray about how God wanted us to use the parish house,” McGrath said.During that discernment the parish realized that its parking lot was heavily used and needed repaving. They saw that neighbors used the lot for overflow parking, especially when they had parties, and that it is a school bus stop as well as a place where younger kids meet to walk to the elementary school. It is also the place where many teenagers get their first driving lesson and learn how to park, McGrath said. Truck drivers and utility workers often pull in during the day to eat their lunch.A parishioner offered a $20,000 challenge grant if the parish could raise a comparable amount within six weeks. “So we went to the neighborhood” and the resulting donations, plus those from parishioners, along with a fish-and-chips dinner and a car wash staged by the youth “more than met our match,” McGrath said. A bequest covered the remaining amount needed for the work.“Beyond the money, what it did was it made us really engage with [the questions of] how is the resource of this property being used, how does it function in the community,” McGrath said.Then the same donor offered to help make the parish hall wheelchair-accessible as a way for him to honor his recently deceased wife. That project has, among other things, allowed All Saints to go from hosting three or four small Alcoholics Anonymous groups a week to hosting nine, including a Friday night meeting specifically for young adults.Converting the hall to such use in a town with little community space has been a ministry, McGrath said, adding that parishioners understand that hosting those AA meetings, along with other activities that invite AA members into the life of the parish, is “our primary community outreach.”“It’s not just about offering the building; it’s about offering ourselves as hospitality and we’re always finding new ways of what that actually means,” she said. “One of the things we can do in this very polarized political environment is to build local community bonds so that when there is a concern or issue people already have those bridges that have been built.”McGrath and the congregation are clear about why it practices community hospitality.“As important as this kind of ministry is, we don’t do it because we think it will help our church grow,” she said. “I think there’s a greater vitality to our parish life but it’s not going to balance the budget. It’s not going to necessarily bring all sorts of new members; that’s not why we do it. The parish understands that that’s not why we do this. If people want to come and join us, that’s great. If they don’t, that’s fine too, but we are doing our part to make the kingdom of God a reality in our own community.”— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Submit a Job Listing Standing in the need of prayer for missing reporter David Bird Neighbors turn to ‘community hospitality’ parish when friend vanishes Course Director Jerusalem, Israel January 24, 2014 at 5:15 pm Lovely story about my brother and his family. One correction: David has a 15-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter, not two sons. Thank you and God bless you. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit a Press Release New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit an Event Listing January 25, 2014 at 1:10 am My son and I will be looking for David today. I felt so compelled to help when I heard this on the news last Sunday Night that I sent email to help with my dog. My son came as well. I have been praying for David every day. Please grant my son and I the ability through all of your prayers to find David! God Bless you all and please pray for my son and I in our search tomorrow! -Matthew January 24, 2014 at 5:37 pm Great heart Vicki….Many Blessings,Len Freeman+ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Kathleen Bird says: Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Belleville, IL Press Release Service Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Shreveport, LA February 19, 2014 at 11:01 pm Praying for David’s family in the wake of this tragedy.John Hoben Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Comments (7) Rector Bath, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Youth Minister Lorton, VA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Leonard Freeman says: Peggy Hodgkins says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME The Rev. Netha N. Brada + says: Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York center_img Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Tampa, FL Featured Events Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Albany, NY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Martinsville, VA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI January 24, 2014 at 5:09 pm Would that all of our churches would follow the example of All Saints, Millington NJ. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Pittsburgh, PA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Hopkinsville, KY Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rev’d Persis P Williams says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Washington, DC John Hoben says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Comments are closed. Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls January 24, 2014 at 6:06 pm Sending prayers for David Bird and his family, along with gratitude for the Rev. Vicki McGrath and her deeply connected community ministry in Millington– “for such a time as this.” An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC last_img read more

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All Blacks snatch victory at the death in thrilling Brisbane Test

first_imgSaturday Oct 18, 2014 All Blacks snatch victory at the death in thrilling Brisbane Test The All Blacks came from behind to break Wallaby hearts in Brisbane and claim a dramatic 29-28 victory at Suncorp Stadium. To add to the misery, it was revealed post match that Wallaby head coach Ewen McKenzie has resigned with immediate effect. In what was another classic match between the two sides, the Wallabies came within minutes of a famous victory over the world champions, and what would have been back to back losses for Bledisloe Cup holders.Their late comback, sealed with a Malakai Fekitoa try and Colin Slade conversion, put an end to what should have been a momentous occasion for 100th Test cap earner, Adam Ashley-Cooper.The centurion crossed for one of the Wallabies three tries, while the All Blacks scored four of their own, and came back from being 25-15 down. Aaron Smith brought them closer and then with the clock ticking down, and the score 28-22 in favour of the home side, the match looked out of reach.Eventually impressive centre Fekitoa crossed, giving Slade, who is now the fourth choice flyhalf in New Zealand, and opportunity to slot the conversion and win the match, with time up.After the match it was announced that coach McKenzie, who has been under immense pressure of late with the Kurtley Beale issues and speculation about his relationship with the team’s former business manager, has resigned.“I did not ask Ewen to resign, but understand his decision. He informed me this morning of his intention to resign, regardless of tonight’s result,” said Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver.“We sincerely wish Ewen well for the future professionally and personally.”The Wallabies leave this coming Friday for a testing end of year tour that sees them face the Barbarians, then Wales, France, Ireland and England. So they have a busy week of planning ahead.“We hope to have the new Head Coach in place before the team leaves for the Spring Tour on Friday,” added Pulver, who hinted that media pressure is what caused McKenzie to resign. “Criteria for the role includes identifying a coach who can lead us to victory in next year’s Rugby World Cup; represents Rugby’s core values; has the support of the playing group; and is available.”Availability might turn out to be the most important factor over the next few days.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Vilsack Puts Limited Number of APHIS Employees Back to Work

first_imgSource: NAFB News Service SHARE Previous articleDuPont Pioneer Agronomy UpdateNext articleLawsuit Filed to Challenge 2013 Renewable Fuel Volume Requirements Gary Truitt Home Indiana Agriculture News Vilsack Puts Limited Number of APHIS Employees Back to Work Vilsack Puts Limited Number of APHIS Employees Back to Work Citing a need for animal vaccines – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has reopened the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Center for Veterinary Biologics. According to a USDA spokesperson – the APHIS shutdown plan outlined that a limited number of agency employees may be required to perform expected activities to protect property, public health and food safety. A limited number of Center for Veterinary Biologics employees that therefore been recalled on a limited basis – the spokesperson says – to address a vaccine shortage – as it could endanger animal health. Still – the majority of the work conducted by the center – such as evaluation and testing of new products – will remain closed due to the government shutdown.The Center for Veterinary Biologics had been closed this past week. The American Veterinary Medical Association noted the center is responsible for verifying animal vaccines and releasing them into the marketplace to ensure veterinarians and farmers have access to vaccinations needed to keep flocks and herds healthy. In a statement – the group said without a fully functional Center for Veterinary Biologics – these groups would face a dwindling vaccine supply – which could endanger herd health, food safety and public health. AVMA CEO Ron DeHaven praised Vilsack for reopening the center so veterinarians can access vaccines. He also called on Congress to pass a continuing resolution to reopen the entire government. DeHaven said the group is looking to members of Congress – especially those who are part of the U.S. House Veterinary Medicine Caucus – to exert their leadership and help Congress rise above the partisan bickering to do what is right for Americans and the nation’s livestock and pets.center_img Facebook Twitter SHARE By Gary Truitt – Oct 8, 2013 Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Episode 215 – NFL Week 4, CFB Week 5 Preview

first_imgFacebook ReddIt Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Jack Wallace printJack and Noah dive into the beginning of the 2020 NBA Finals, Week 5 college football picks and Week 4 NFL picks, where we have a tie so far between us! Follow us @Blanketcoveragepodcast on Instagram and @BlanketCovPod on Twitter for more updates and news! Linkedin Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods Jack is a junior journalism major and studio art minor from Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys everything sports and co-runs the Blanket Coverage podcast as well as photographs for TCU360. TCU News Now 4/28/2021 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ TAGSblanket coveragebubblecfbjack wallacenbanba playoffsncaaNFLnoah parkerpodcast Twitter Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special Twitter Previous articleWhat we’re reading: Trump returns to White House, Texas police officer charged with murderNext articleWhat we’re reading: Vice presidential debate tonight, Tanglewood schools move to in-person learning Jack Wallace RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Linkedin Facebook 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC East + posts last_img read more

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Two French reporters attacked by police, then arrested in CAR

first_img Central African RepublicAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence June 17, 2019 Two French reporters attacked by police, then arrested in CAR Help by sharing this information Florent Verges et Charles Bouessel, journalistes pour l’agence France-Presse (AFP) en RCA. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that two French journalists were beaten by police and then arrested while covering a banned opposition demonstration in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, on 15 June, and calls for those responsible to be identified and punished. Vergnes and his AFP colleague Charles Bouessel were then subjected to an interrogation lasting several hours during which they were accused of helping to organize the protest. Part of their equipment was smashed and confiscated. They were finally freed after being held for six hours. Follow the news on Central African Republic “Members of the Central African Office for the Suppression of Banditry (OCRB) gave me several kicks, punches and blows with their guns when I identified myself to them as an accredited journalist,” Agence France-Presse reporter Florent Vergnes said. Central African RepublicAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence The CAR is ranked 145th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation News April 6, 2021 Find out more RSF decries arbitrary blocking of two CAR news websites Receive email alerts to go further News CAR policeman who shot reporter must be punished, RSF says RSF_en “The withdrawal of the charges against these two journalists is essential but far from sufficient,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk “The police who violently attacked these two journalists in the course of their reporting and then used trumped-up charges in an attempt to disguise their blunder must be prosecuted and punished appropriately.  How this case is handled will serve as a test of the state of press freedom in the CAR.” News Six years on, same unanswered questions about French journalist’s death in CAR News December 13, 2019 Find out more May 13, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Look Out Above! Experiment Explores Innate Visual Behavior in Mice

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Science and Technology Look Out Above! Experiment Explores Innate Visual Behavior in Mice By JESSICA STOLLER-CONRAD Published on Thursday, October 10, 2013 | 12:42 pm Community News Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Business News Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes After developing a new video stimulus, Caltech researchers have narrowed down the cell types in the mouse retina responsible for detecting aerial predators–like hawks and owls. Photo by CaltechWhen you’re a tiny mouse in the wild, spotting aerial predators—like hawks and owls—is essential to your survival. But once you see an owl, how is this visual cue processed into a behavior that helps you to avoid an attack? Using an experimental video technique, researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have now developed a simple new stimulus with which they can spur the mouse’s escape plans. This new stimulus allows the researchers to narrow down cell types in the retina that could aid in the detection of aerial predators.“The mouse has recently become a very popular model for the study of vision,” says biology graduate student Melis Yilmaz, who is also first author of the study, which will be published online in the journal Current Biology on October 10. “Our lab and other labs have done a lot of physiological, anatomical, and histological studies in the mouse retina”—a layer of light-sensitive cells in the eye that relay image information to the brain—”but the missing piece was mouse behavior: What do mice do with their vision?”Yilmaz, under the supervision of Markus Meister, Lawrence A. Hanson, Jr. Professor of Biology, studied the behavior of 40 mice, placed one-by-one in a tiny room called a behavioral arena. After placing each mouse alone in the arena and letting it explore the new environment for a few minutes, Yilmaz played videos of different visual stimuli on a computer monitor mounted on the ceiling, the screen facing down onto the arena. The researchers then watched a video feed of the mouse’s behavior, obtained with a camera located on one of the walls of the arena.Surprisingly, all of the mice responded to one specific visual stimulus: an expanding black disk, which is meant to imitate the appearance of an approaching aerial predator.A quarter of the mice responded to the looming disk by completely freezing in place, not moving a muscle or twitching a whisker or tail until the disk disappeared. “When I first saw this behavior, my first thought was that the video recording had stopped,” Yilmaz says.A far more common reaction to the looming disk—seen in around 75 percent of the mice—was to flee for the cover of a tent-like nest in one corner of the arena.Example of mouse fleeing upon viewing the looming disk stimulus above. Results of this study published in the paper “Rapid Innate Defensive Responses of Mice to Looming Visual Stimuli” on October 10, 2013 in Current Biology. Credit: Melis Yilmaz and Markus Meister/California Institute of Technology“For each mouse, this was the very first time that the animal was put into this arena, and it was the very first time that it saw that stimulus, and yet it has this sort of immediate reflex-like response…beginning to flee in less than a quarter of a second,” Meister says. “What’s attractive about this behavior is that it’s incredibly robust, so we can rely on it, and it’s quite specific to this particular visual stimulus. If the same disk was presented on a monitor at the bottom of the arena, the animals don’t respond to that at all. And a looming white disk is also much less effective,” he adds.Although their study wasn’t designed to evaluate the purpose of the two responses, Yilmaz and Meister suspect that, in the wild, different environmental conditions could lead to different visual behaviors.“If you were out in nature, maybe freezing is a good reaction to a predatory bird that is very far away because it would allow you to blend into the surroundings,” Meister says. This would confound the bird’s visual system, which uses movement to track targets. Furthermore, he adds, “If the bird is within hearing distance, freezing so completely would help it avoid making a rustling noise.”The behaviors these researchers observed in this experiment are not uncommon among other animals in the wild, as Meister discovered one evening after giving a presentation about the fleeing and freezing results. “When I came home that evening, my son said, ‘Papi, you won’t believe what happened when we were at the park today. This squirrel was running across a wall, and suddenly it just froze! And then some guy yelled, ‘Hey look!’ and there was a hawk circling around.’ So he had just that day seen it in real life,” Meister says.Freezing might be the best game plan for an animal trying to avoid predators that are far away, but, Meister says, when the threat is closer “and there is a protective place nearby, then escape might be a better strategy.”When Yilmaz and Meister began connecting these specific behavioral observations with other information about the mouse visual system, they were able to make predictions about the types of neurons and circuits involved in this rapid response. “We tested four different speeds of the expanding disk video, and we found that only one of those speeds caused this behavior robustly,” Meister says. “That also gives us clues about what types of cells in the retina might be involved, because we know that one type responds to high-speed motion and one type responds to low-speed motions. The cells that detect low-speed motion are probably not involved in this behavior.”“It’s really striking to me to watch the animal completely ignore one stimulus—like an expanding white disk—whereas they have such a robust reaction to the other type of stimulus,” Yilmaz says. Her next experiments will be focused on manipulating these candidate cell types to pinpoint exactly which types of neurons and circuits are involved in this visual behavior.In addition to its specific implications for visual behaviors, the work also helps to validate the mouse model for the study of visual processing, Meister says. Mice used in research have been bred for dozens of generations in laboratories—where they never would have seen an aerial predator—and yet the instinctual behavior still exists. “Lab mice never had to learn that a dark object from above was bad news,” he says. “In fact, in our experiments, there was never any kind of punishment or ill effect from a visual display, so they didn’t have any chance to learn the meaning. We believe it’s kind of built into their genetic constitution.”Although humans don’t have to escape the threat of predatory birds, Meister says that the results from this research could eventually provide information about human visual behaviors. “The mouse and human retinas are really very similar, so many of the circuits that are important for the mouse have analogous circuits in the human retina,” he says. “Humans also react instinctively to approaching objects, but, obviously, we don’t freeze. So, how did nature change a circuit that helps one animal escape from predators so that it serves a different function in another animal?”This work was published in a paper titled “Rapid Innate Defensive Responses of Mice to Looming Visual Stimuli.” The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health. HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods Is ‘Different Man’ 10 Years After ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Yummy Spices For A Flat TummyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribelast_img read more

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IRFU say snack advertising is in bad taste

first_imgEmail Blatant attempt by food distributors to capitalise on popularity of rugby The Irish Rugby Football Union has made contact, through its solicitors, with Largo Foods, the distributors of Hunky Dorys, and requested that they immediately withdraw the current advertising campaign, the strap line for which claims Hunky Dorys to be ‘Proud Sponsors of Irish Rugby’. Padraig Power, Commercial and Marketing Director, IRFU, stated: “This advertising campaign is in very bad taste and one which the IRFU would not want to be associated with in any way”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Firstly, its blatant exploitation of women is tasteless and base, and quite simply unacceptable. Irish Rugby has a strong family focus and would not tolerate any connection with such an approach”. The campaign imagery launched by Hunk Dory’s urges “fans to get behind their team”, to “join in and get dirty” and uses phrases such as “Scrum – ptious” and “get to know the girls” in the locker room.  Mr Power added; “Secondly, the claim that the product is a ‘Proud Sponsor of Irish Rugby’ implies that the company is a significant sponsor of the game in this country, though the IRFU. This is absolutely untrue and a cynical ploy in an attempt to capitalise on the games popularity. By doing so it has the potential to undermine the legitimate claims of the many genuine sponsors and supporters of Irish Rugby whose investment has been a key element in the success of rugby at grass roots level throughout the country, and of our Provincial and National Teams”.“In addition to pursuing the immediate withdrawal of the campaign through legal means we are also writing to the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland bringing to their attention the misleading claims”.“We would hope that the management of Largo Foods would withdraw the campaign immediately”. Advertisement Linkedin Previous articleMother and son arrested in drugs haulNext articleBomb scare at McDonalds Limerick admin NewsLocal NewsIRFU say snack advertising is in bad tasteBy admin – April 27, 2010 492 center_img Print WhatsApp Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

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Emerson Announces Leadership Changes

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Union Cabinet Approves Ordinance To Reduce Salary Of MPs By 30% For One Year; MPLADS Suspended For 2 Years

first_imgNews UpdatesUnion Cabinet Approves Ordinance To Reduce Salary Of MPs By 30% For One Year; MPLADS Suspended For 2 Years LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK6 April 2020 4:21 AMShare This – xThe Union Cabinet has approved an Ordinance to reduce the salary of Members of Parliament by 30% in view of the economic slump caused by the COVID-19 lockdown.The reduction will take effect from April 1, 2020, and will remain in force for a year.The salaries and allowances of Prime Minister and Union Ministers will also be reduced by 30% for one year.The salary and allowances to MPs…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Union Cabinet has approved an Ordinance to reduce the salary of Members of Parliament by 30% in view of the economic slump caused by the COVID-19 lockdown.The reduction will take effect from April 1, 2020, and will remain in force for a year.The salaries and allowances of Prime Minister and Union Ministers will also be reduced by 30% for one year.The salary and allowances to MPs are determined under The Salary, Allowances & Pension of Members of Parliament Act 1954, which has been amended from time to time. The proposed Ordinance will amend this Act.The announcement in this regard was made by Prakash Javadkar, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting. The President, Vice President, Governors of States have also voluntarily decided to take a pay cut as a social responsibility .The Cabinet also decided to cancel allocation of Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme funds.  MPLADS will be suspended for two years.The money so raised through reductions will go to Consolidated Fund of India.Corrigendum : only the salary, and not the pension and allowances of the MPs, is to be reduced.#CabinetDecisions https://t.co/QyAO1boSsm— PIB India 🇮🇳 #StayHome #StaySafe (@PIB_India) April 6, 2020Next Storylast_img read more

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