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Extreme ice and tree damage knocks out power to 24,000 CVPS customers

first_imgExtreme ice and tree damage knocks out power to 24,000 CVPS customersRUTLAND -A storm that has caused hundreds of thousands of people to lose power across the Northeast has knocked out power to 24,000 CVPS customers Friday morning. The effort will take days, CVPS said, as the storm is comparable to the ice storm of January 2007, and the infamous ice storm of ’98.CVPS line crews are working with outside contract crews to assess the damage and start making repairs this morning, however, road conditions and continuing sleet and ice accumulation are slowing the restoration effort. Hundreds of downed trees, tree limbs and downed lines have been reported across central and southern Vermont. Windsor and Windham counties were hit the hardest, with significant outages in Orange, Rutland and Bennington counties as well.”We are seeing an inch or more of ice in some of the southern areas. We have a half dozen transmission problems, and about 350 separate problems reported at this time,” said CVPS spokeswoman Christine Rivers. “Our crews are in assessment mode right now, and are working to repair the large transmission problems. At this point, it appears the restoration effort will carry into early next week. Our crews will be working around the clock to restore power as quickly as they safely can.”CVPS offered the following tips for safely coping with the outages:* Treat any downed line as if it is live. Report the line to your local utility and fire department, stay at least 30 feet away from the line, and keep children and pets away as well.* If using a generator, read and follow the owner’s manual before starting the generator. Never operate a generator inside any structure or near a structure. Use a transfer switch to ensure electricity is not accidentally fed onto a line where line crews must work.* Keep freezers and refrigerators closed as much as possible to prevent food spoilage.* Turn off all electrical appliances except one light so you’ll know when service returns. Then, turn equipment back on slowly.last_img read more

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Extreme Biomimetics

first_imgImitating spider silk or gecko feet is one thing, but some researchers are going to extremes to try to do what living organisms do.DNA railcar:  Researchers at University of Oxford have constructed a “programable [sic] molecular transport system” that travels like a railcar on DNA molecules, reported PhysOrg.  And that’s not all: they would like to build “synthetic ribosomes,” the article said.  “DNA origami techniques allow us to build nano- and meso-sized structures with great precision,” said Prof. Hiroshi Sugiyama.  “We already envision more complex track geometries of greater length and even including junctions.  Autonomous, molecular manufacturing robots are a possible outcome.”DNA iPad:  More DNA origami is at work creating smaller components for consumer and industrial electronics like iPods, iPads and similar devices, reported another article on PhysOrg.  Japanese researchers at Arizona State University, familiar with their culture’s art of origami, work with “have discovered a way to use DNA to effectively combine top-down lithography with chemical bonding involving bottom-up self-assembly.”Turbo dragonflies:  Imagine “micro wind turbines that can withstand gale-force winds.”  Such marvels are being prepared with inspiration from dragonfly wings, reported New Scientist.  Who would have thought that the energy source for powering your cell phone might some day owe its design to the dragonfly?Flagella carnival:  Nanoscopic inventions being built at Rice University look like “a carnival ride gone mad,” said Science Daily.  Researchers want to build arrays of programmable rotating machines modeled after the bacterial flagellum (07/12/2010) and ATP synthase (see CMI).  Such devices could be used for “radio filters that would let only a very finely tuned signal pass, depending on the nanorotors’ frequency.”  The computers used to model the molecular rotors are not yet capable of characterizing ATP synthase found in all living things, “but as computers get more powerful and our methods improve,” a team member said, “we may someday be able to analyze such long molecules.”Plankton armor:  Science Daily said that “The ability of some forms of plankton and bacteria to build an extra natural layer of nanoparticle-like armour has inspired chemists at the University of Warwick to devise a startlingly simple way to give drug bearing polymer vesicles (microscopic polymer based sacs of liquid) their own armoured protection.”  One goal is “stealth” armor that looks like water but can allow drugs to sneak past the immune system.  What were they looking at for inspiration?  “Organisms that particularly attracted our interest were those with a cell wall composed of an armour of colloidal objects – for instance bacteria coated with S-layer proteins, or phytoplankton, such as the coccolithophorids, which have their own CaCO3-based nano-patterned colloidal armour.”Here’s an update on an old biomimetics story: the imitation of nacre, or mother-of-pearl (see 07/06/2004; 09/18/2008, bullet 4; 12/06/2008, 03/27/2010).  PhysOrg said that researchers at Northwestern University and McCormick School of Engineering are still trying to understand the molecular structure of this attractive material that is strong yet resistant to cracking.  They created an interlocking composite material that, while not as good as nacre, achieved “a remarkable improvement in energy dissipation.”If these researchers succeed in getting DNA and rotating molecules to do the work of molecular machines already active in the living cell, will science finally admit that life shows evidence of intelligent design?  Notice that they cannot yet come close to doing what ATP synthase, a flagellum, mother-of-pearl, a ribosome or a dragonfly wing has been doing for millennia.  Ironic, is it not, that ATP synthase is powering their bodies and minds to imitate it.    Intelligent design is revolutionizing science via biomimetics, promising amazing benefits for human health and society, forcing thinking along engineering concepts, challenging our best scientific minds, inspiring awe at natural capabilities, ignoring Darwin entirely.(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SA infrastructure plan ‘ready to roll’

first_img16 April 2012 South Africa is ready to roll out its multi-billion rand, state-led infrastructure drive, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Friday as the government unveiled details of the plan, which it will soon take to the provinces and other stakeholders to start implementation. The plan, first announced by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation address in February, lists 17 strategic integrated projects that cut across energy, transport and logistics infrastructure to schools, hospitals and nursing colleges. Motlanthe told delegates attending the Provincial and Local Government Infrastructure Conference in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, that public-private partnerships were on the cards, and the government would be engaging businesses on the plan.Economic and social infrastructure The projects cover economic and social infrastructure across all nine provinces, with an emphasis on undeveloped areas and opportunities. Energy projects will focus on supporting sustainable “green” energy initiatives through a diverse range of clean energy options. Several new hospitals will be built, and existing ones refurbished in preparation for the National Health Insurance Scheme. About 122 nursing colleges will be revamped, and 90 new schools will be built this year.Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape Investment in rail, water pipelines, and energy generation and transmission infrastructure have been identified for Limpopo province. Officials say the emphasis here will be on coal and platinum mining for local use and export, with the region’s rail capacity expected to be extended to Mpumalanga province’s power stations. In KwaZulu-Natal, the plan is to strengthen the transport corridor between South Africa’s main industrial hubs, while beefing up access to Durban’s export and import facilities. In the Western Cape, work will focus on strengthening maritime capacity in the Saldanha-Nothern Cape linked region.Work getting under way Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, presenting the project plans, said these were now being aligned with human settlements and skills development planning. “The infrastructure programme has two components,” Patel said. “There is a component that we are implementing now, and construction is commencing.” The Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission was working on guidelines to ensure clear coordination among different provinces working on this component, Patel added. “The second part deals with plans that have not been implemented because … of lack of clarity over which sphere of government has the responsibility and … lack of coherent business plans to unlock the finance from Treasury for these projects.”Plans to address shortage of engineers However, Patel said the government was concerned about the insufficient number of engineers, which could threaten the speedy implementation of some of the projects. Several strategies were being explored to address this, including entering into deals with universities and Further Education and Training colleges to ensure an expanded supply of engineers for the economy. “The broader principle is that as our infrastructure programme gathers pace, one of the key bottlenecks we are going to hit is the shortage of engineers, so we have to now ensure that there is appropriate development of new skills commensurate with the ambition of our plan,” Patel said. “We think it’s about time we encouraged … engineers to come back to South Africa through the programme of work we have for them,” he added. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Partners for Possibility selected as finalist of the global WISE Awards

first_imgPartners for Possibility joins NGOs from Morocco and Nigeria on prestigious WISE listPartners for Possibility (PfP), a South African social enterprise that develops leadership capacity in under-resourced schools across the country, is a finalist in the global World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Awards.The announcement of was made this morning by the Qatar Foundation, which created the WISE Awards in 2009. Every year it evaluates hundreds of innovations in basic education before ultimately selecting six winners to be showcased at its WISE Summit in Qatar and receive $20 000 in prize money.Since its inception, the judges for the WISE Awards have evaluated over 2 400 nominations for the Awards from over 150 countries and have awarded just 54 prizes, to social innovations in countries as far afield as Finland, the USA, Spain, Morocco and India.“To be recognised by the WISE Awards is a very special achievement,” says Dr Louise van Rhyn, Founder and CEO of Partners for Possibility. “It means that our programme meets their criteria of being a creative solution to reduce inequality in South African education.”Partners for Possibility was founded in 2010 as a leadership development and principal support programme that brings together a school principal of an under-resourced school and a business leader in a year-long developmental partnership. The partnership participates in an accredited leadership development process while at the same time working together to develop solutions to the challenges faced by its specific school.Since starting at its first school in Cape Town, the programme has grown to over 720 schools across South Africa.“Our programme provides the much-needed support and leadership skills to school principals who have received little or no preparation for the challenging task of managing a complex organisation with very limited funds amidst crippling social challenges such as poverty, child-headed households, drug abuse and gangsterism.“Aside from supporting the principal and partnering him or her with a business leader who works and learns as an equal alongside them, the programme also creates fertile ground for further interventions and support from business and social change organisations,” says Van Rhyn.Partners for Possibility’s unique concept of combining leadership development with social support to principals of under-resourced schools has received wide acclaim since 2010. The global platform HR.com has selected Partners for Possibility as one of its Top International Leadership Providers in 2016 and 2017, and NGO Adviser selected PfP – the only social enterprise on its list from South Africa – as one of the top 100 NGOs in the world in 2018.“Being a WISE Finalist will also offer PfP a global platform to share its insights and solutions as well as how these could be applied to other industries and countries. We look forward to networking with other global finalists who share our passion for quality education for all children,” says Van Rhyn.It is estimated that 80% or 20 000 public schools in South Africa are “in crisis” or under-resourced and in need of support.An evaluation team from the WISE Awards will soon travel to South Africa to experience the programme first hand and to interview alumni and other key programme stakeholders. The winners are set to be announced in September 2018 during the biennial WISE Summit.“Brand South Africa is delighted to hear that Partners for Possibility have been announced as a WISE Awards Finalist.  These awards are a testament that giving back to communities does not go unrecognised”, said Brand South Africa’s GM: Stakeholder, Ms Mpumi Mabuza.last_img read more

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Arctic being neglected by Canada special Senate report finds

first_imgAPTN NewsA special committee of the Senate studying the Arctic has issued a “wake up call” for the Canadian government to stop ignoring the issues facing people who live in the region.“For far too long, the Arctic and northern regions have been neglected by Canada. Crises remain unresolved and the well-being of residents, left to tackle enormous challenges on their own, has been overlooked,” said the Senate study called Northern Lights: A Wake-Up Call for the Future of Canada.“It is essential that the Government of Canada recognize that the Arctic requires greater attention, investment and consistent support from the federal government, to complete Canada’s nation-building project.  The impact of federal underinvestment hits hardest on the Arctic’s greatest asset, Indigenous youth. Opportunities for nation-building can no longer be missed.”The 139 page report released Tuesday is the result of a special committee that travelled to Kuujjuaq, Que., Iqaluit, Baker Lake and Cambridge Bay, in Nunavut,  Yellowknife and Inuvik, in the Northwest Territories, and Whitehorse, Yukon.“Many Northern communities are facing significant challenges, struggling with housing, and coping with the dangerous impacts of climate change while their vast potential remains untapped or poorly understood by Canada’s southerners who often make the policies affecting their day-to-day lives.“Urgent action is needed to empower Northerners facing economical underdevelopment, environmental disaster, and international pressures  while supporting their scientific and cultural needs and potential.”(A housing shortage forces some people to live in shacks by Frobisher Bay in Iqaluit. This wooden shack caught fire. Submitted photo.)The report makes a number of recommendations including; complete a building code adapted to Arctic conditions and the effects of climate change, implement an action plan to mitigate the effects of climate change on existing and new infrastructure, including housing, take immediate measures to address the housing crisis in the Arctic by funding a complete continuum of Arctic housing; and, report on the effects of its investments on housing annually to local, Indigenous and territorial governments. Broadband telecommunications access in the Arctic is unavailable, poor and, where available, expensive and often unreliable.“With little infrastructure in many communities in the Arctic, people struggle to access water and sanitation, housing, good schools and healthcare. As the climate warms and permafrost thaws, the urgency of the Arctic’s challenges come into plain view: traditional food supplies are threatened; homes are endangered by the rising seas and the ice becomes unsafe for travel,” the report said.“Understanding that Arctic communities deserve better, the committee recommends that the Government of Canada: The committee agrees with witnesses that broadband access is necessary and recommends that the Government of Canada establish a broadband telecommunications action plan with dedicated funds to support fibre deployment to underserved regions in the Canadian Arctic by March 2020.”With sea ice rapidly melting, the senate committee is also recommending the government take steps to secure Arctic sovereignty and be prepared to deal with foreign interests in the region.“Arctic residents keenly observed other countries’ interest in the region’s natural resources and the Northwest Passage. The committee recommends that the Government of Canada ensure the Canadian Arctic security and safety and assert and protect Canada’s sovereignty in the Arctic,” the report said.“In the committee’s view, actions ensuring prosperous, sustainable and safe Arctic communities are vital to enhance Canada’s ability to project its Arctic foreign policy, including sovereignty in the region.”Read the full report here: Northern Lights: A Wake-Up Call for the Future of Canada.last_img read more

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Lemon Grove Goodwill briefly evacuated after practice grenade scare

first_img Posted: October 13, 2018 LEMON GROVE (KUSI) – The Lemon Grove Goodwill store had to be evacuated Saturday after authorities received a report of a grenade being found.Dispatchers were told around 10:30 a.m. that someone found a possibly- functional grenade at the Goodwill on Broadway near Lemon Grove Avenue, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.The Bomb and Arson Unit went to the store to investigate.A sheriff’s department spokesman said he couldn’t confirm if the grenade was determined to be live or not, but said investigators had cleared the scene and the store was safe to enter.The item was a non-explosive practice grenade, according to San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. KUSI Newsroom, October 13, 2018 Lemon Grove Goodwill briefly evacuated after practice grenade scare KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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