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Safer shellfish

first_imgResearching parasites in foodAt UGA, Ortega’s research focuses on detecting parasites in food products and environmental samples that cause diseases in humans and animals. As part of these efforts, she is working to develop new detection methods.”I’m also studying the risk factors associated with parasitic foodborne transmission,” she said. “Our Center’s goal is to help the industry develop safer produce and food products and provide the industry with testing, development and evaluation methods to inactivate parasites on our food.”In 1993, Ortega was part of a team of scientists that first identified Cyclospora, a parasite linked to outbreaks in raspberries, basil and lettuce.The parasite was falsely linked to strawberries in a 1995 Texas outbreak. “The strawberries were blamed,” Ortega said, “and strawberry growers lost $20 million in one week. $500,000 USDA grantOrtega has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She will conduct the three-year project along with UGA food scientist Yao-Wen Huang and researchers from the USDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”First we will go to the areas where shellfish are normally harvested,” she said, “along the Georgia coast, the Gulf of Mexico and the East Coast. Then we will examine the specimens for the presence of parasites. We will also be evaluating methods to inactivate parasites in shellfish.”Foodborne illnesses linked to parasites can take up to a week to strike, Ortega said. Illnesses caused by foodborne pathogens result in symptoms much sooner. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaUniversity of Georgia parasitologist Ynes Ortega will lead a research team looking into whether parasites that are filtered from the water into oysters and other shellfish are infectious to humans.”This is an unknown area, and that’s why this research is so crucial,” said Ortega, a scientist with the UGA Center for Food Safety in Griffin, Ga. “We need to know if this is an area of concern for the public’s health.”last_img read more

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Brazilian Army Riverine Assault Patrol Boat to the Test

first_img This is an impressive boat. The Center for Vessels of the Amazon Military Command (CMA) is performing operational tests of the Riverine Patrol Boat (RPB). The U.S.-manufactured vessel will be under evaluation for a six month period. The RPB armor is capable of withstanding gunfire from 7.62 mm ammunition and the capacity to transport up to 15 combatants. In addition, it is capable of performing attacks and defense with weaponry placed on the starboard side and port side, and can deploy a ramp from the bow for land assaults, which is a very useful feature in river operations, a typical setting for infantry deployment in the Amazon. The tests aim to promote an adequate analysis of the boat and its use in “Project Vessels,” carried out by the Army’s Department of Engineering and Construction. By Dialogo November 05, 2012last_img read more

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Board of Governors revisits sex-with-clients rule

first_img Board of Governors revisits sex-with-clients rule Senior EditorSex and money?Not what you’d normally expect in a Bar Board of Governors debate on Bar rules. But those two topics provided some spirited discussion during the report of the Disciplinary Procedure Committee at the board’s January 31 meeting.The board approved amendments to the sex-with-clients rule in the Rules Regulating the Bar, and okayed a new rule to give lawyers guidance on setting costs for clients.Both will be in the annual rules package set to go to the court later this month.DPC Chair Bob Brush said the amendments to Rule 4-8.4 were intended to clarify the original rule, which was adopted several years ago. That original rule barred sexual conduct that would exploit the attorney-client relationship, he said, which led to some problems with interpretations. He noted that Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente, in a concurring opinion in a recent disciplinary case, called on the Bar to amend the rule to ban sex between attorneys and their clients.The original rule, Brush said, barred sexual conduct that exploited the attorney-client relationship. The revised rule extends the prohibition to client representatives, provides that the interests of the client may not be exploited by such conduct, and lists three examples where the rule would apply. The rule specifies it is not limited to those three situations. The three are:• A lawyer demanding sex with a client or client representative as a condition of legal representation.• Using intimidation, coercion, or undue influence to get a client or representative to engage in sex.• Continuing to represent a client if sexual relations with the client or a representative cause the lawyer to give incompetent representation.Board member Brian Burgoon said he supported the concept behind the changes but thought the term “representative of a client” was too vague.“I think there has to be a definition of what a representative of a client is, I think it’s too broad as it is,” he said.”Board member Hank Coxe noted that the Family Law Section and General Practice, Small and Solo Practitioner Section both opposed the rule.Brush said the sections supported the concept but were concerned about the client representative definition. YLD President-elect Mark Romance said the term shouldn’t be too precisely defined. “It’s probably a good thing. . . because it protects more people than fewer people,” he said. “It reduces the opportunity for abusing the rule.”Brush said much of the revised rule was taken from language used in other states, and was also based on experience with the initial rule.The new rule on costs, part of Rule 4-1.5, are part of the DPC’s long-standing attempt to provide guidance to lawyers on what would constitute excessive costs that could create a disciplinary problem, Brush said.“We have been working on this for over two years,” he said. “Bar members have been calling the Bar for guidance on how to determine costs. It is one of the most frequently asked questions on the ethics hotline.”The new subsection (2) lists factors used to determine reasonable costs and also creates a safe harbor by providing that, “When the parties have a written contract in which the method is established for charging costs, the costs charged thereunder shall be presumed reasonable.”Factors used to determine whether a cost is reasonable include how much the client was told, actual amounts charged to the attorney by third-party providers, whether there is an agreement with the client on how costs are calculated and what the client is expected to pay, and the reasonable cost if it was provided in-house.Several board members criticized the rule as unworkable.Board member Ian Comisky noted his law office has three different copying systems for small, medium, and large jobs, some of which is provided by outside providers with the firm providing paper and space. Legal research can include not only the cost of the service, but also server and phone line expenses, he said.“Any prudent lawyer will have to be a cost accountant to figure what the costs are and what the markups are,” he said.Board member Jay White agreed. “It’s an over-regulation issue. I think the Bar has the ability on any particular case that if there is a lawyer who is overcharging on costs, he can be brought before the Bar and disciplined.”Burgoon said the rule would be a problem for out-of-state members, particularly younger ones, because costs in their firms would be set by senior partners who are not Florida Bar members. That could leave those lawyers subject to a grievance on costs they have no control over, he said.Board member David Welch said that costs need to be added to the rule, which governs excessive fees, but that the factors listed to help determine reasonableness should be eliminated.Board member Anthony Abate, though, argued the rule would meet its goals of letting lawyers know that excessive costs were prohibited and at the same time give them guidance. He said it would be particularly helpful for small firms. He added that the DPC had reviewed the issue three times.The board voted 20-18 to approve the rule, which now goes to the Supreme Court. It tabled for further study a proposed amendment from board member Rob Blue. He wanted the rule to say costs listed as part of a real estate closing that was signed by both parties should be presumed reasonable.The board also approved rule amendments on three other issues.One specifies that an attorney who has been suspended, has resigned, or been disbarred may not for three years work under an attorney the disciplined lawyer formerly had supervision over.Other changes allow an attorney to deposit small amounts of firm money into a trust account to pay bank, credit card, and other expenses that would be difficult to apportion to clients.The third change drops the requirement that all referral fees over 25 percent be reported to the Bar, even if they had been approved by a court. The new rule would have only those arrangements that had been rejected by a court reported to the Bar, which Brush said would lessen the paperwork on Bar staff. February 15, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Board of Governors revisits sex-with-clients rulelast_img read more

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HTL – Did we manage to save the season?

first_imgU Monday, October 12, 2020 the second webinar will be held “HTL – Did we manage to save the season?”  When lockdown they all predicted that the tourism sector would be hardest hit by the crisis caused by the health pandemic. Now, as we add up the results of the tourist season, Colliers will present the results in relation to 2019 and how much is expected and how much is achieved. He will also address the importance of tourism for the Croatian economy.  In a slightly different format from the summer round tables with renowned players on the market, as webinars under the umbrella title “2020 – what impact has it had on the market and what else can we expect from it? ” for 30 minutes he will look back at one real estate sector every Monday at 10am.  Given that the new normal has brought us a multitude of innovations in different industries, how has this affected the tourism sector? How did our hoteliers manage and what results did they achieve? What are the latest global and local trends – these are just some of the topics that will open on the webinar – “HTL – Did we manage to save the season?”  Colliers International Croatia, Slovenia & BiH has started a new cycle of presenting the situation on the real estate market to a wider audience. Webinars will be held on the Zoom online platform, with live streaming on YouTube channel, and every week at the same time – Mondays at 10 p.m. You can sign up for another webinar here. Leaders will be Filip Dumbović, Senior Consultant te Ivan Laljak, Consultant in the Appraisal and Investment Advisory Department.last_img read more

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This is what a million-dollar makeover lands you in Brisbane

first_imgAFTER: The back living zone opens right up for indoor-outdoor flow. AFTER: The back post makeover, with the stairs leading to a rooftop deck.Rob Gray and his brother Andrew believe the site was the best of the small lots in the Paddington area, “just a stones throw from Rosalie Village”.“The best thing about this one I believe is it’s the best 405sq m block in the suburb of Paddington. In my opinion, this is the best there is on a small lot. It is so unique, and one of the standout features is the rooftop deck which has city and 360 degree views. It’s no longer an ugly duckling.” A HOME IN EVERY EASTERN STATE FOR $5 ON THE MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME SINGE 1925 FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOX AFTER: The home is unrecognisable.Originally a 1930-built cottage, it was in need of a serious upgrade when it was handed to Graya Construction to project manage. Director Rob Gray told The Courier-Mail that the home was redesigned by Joe Adsett Architects: “He’s really hot right now, he’s got so much happening.”It oozed potential even in its rundown state, with the home having fetched rental income of $370 a week ($19,400 net) as recently as last year. BEFORE: A neat and tidy front facade. 8 McNab St, Paddington, is unrecognisable from its previous life as a cottage after a million-dollar makeover by Graya Construction. Picture: @Graya—under construction/Instagram.AN “ugly-duckling-turned-swan” inner city cottage is proof of just how far a million-dollar makeover can take you in Brisbane.The Village House at 8 McNab Street in Paddington, is set to hit the market next week via Ben Wakely of Urban Property Agents, but the owners have permitted a sneak peek tomorrow evening for those who want to see exactly what a luxury renovation can do to a property. AFTER: The home is open for a sneak peek at 6pm on Friday. AFTER: A kitchen to be proud of.The brothers had a budget of about $1m for the project, though the final result was around $1.1m after all the luxury features were complete.According to the Grays, the dream rebuild took nine months to complete, with the entire original house – once a two bedrooms with a single bathroom – now forming the master suite.The rest of the home was made up of four other bedrooms, two more bathrooms, multiple living zones and entertainment spaces, a new pool and landscaping plus ample parking. AFTER: A rooftop deck was created to make the most of views.The owners have allowed a sneak peek into the project at 6pm on Friday and for half an hour on Sunday (9-9.30am), with the home expected to fetch a multimillion-dollar price. It’s the second Graya makeover to hit the market this month and their sixth so far this year “with no signs of slowing down”. The brothers have four properties purchased for construction over the next 12 months, and have renovated for the likes of Darius and Kayla Boyd as well as Quade Cooper and Laura Dundovic. *FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK BEFORE: The backyard after the original house was raised.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago BEFORE: The kitchen was functional. AFTER: Inside the master bedroom, formerly the entire old house.last_img read more

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Sold on hotel perks at home

first_imgMary Lane is being built above the Westin HotelA luxury penthouse at Mary Lane has sold for $3.7 million, with 65 per cent of the development now sold.Positioned above the 16-level Westin Brisbane hotel, Mary Lane starts on Level 17, with a range of two and three bedroom apartments available from $910,000. Mary Lane residents will have access to the full suite of hotel perks including concierge and valet services, in-room dining, housekeeping and maintenance, and full spa services.The 37-storey project, due for completion at the end of this year, is the latest in combined hotel-residential developments in Brisbane giving residents resort-style services at home. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoWestin HotelIan Pert of GMP Management, who is representing developer Sam Chong, said Mary Lane would be a “resort in the city”.“Brisbane hotels typically cater for the corporate market but what about weekends and business partners?” he said.“Therefore the Westin was conceived with a large lagoon pool, swim-up bar and day spa. The design challenge was to activate Mary Street. The notion of an old fashioned porte cochere and intimidating entrance was rejected. The hotel needed to be inclusive and appeal to locals, residents and guests. To that end we have a ground floor cocktail bar and lounge that opens onto Mary Street and a soon to be announced high end restaurant.”Mr Pert said the next step was to create permanent residences with access to hotel-style services. Residents would have private access and facilities but could access guest facilities such as in-room dining and cleaning.Each Mary Lane apartment has been designed with the owner-occupier in mind, and includes herringbone timber floors, wool carpet, gourmet kitchens, spacious bedrooms, modern bathrooms and large balconies.The two bedroom apartments have two bathrooms, a single car space and on-floor storage. Three bedroom apartments (from $1.51 million) have two bathrooms, including a freestanding bath in the main bathroom, two side-by-side car spaces and on-floor storage.Residents-only facilities, on the 37th level, will include a terrace, gym, barbecue areas, a glass function pavilion and an infinity pool.“The concept of living above a hotel is a recognised and aspirational way of life internationally and soon to be realised in a Brisbane first,” Mr Pert said.last_img read more

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Fugro Starts French Offshore Wind Survey Campaign

first_imgFugro has started a geotechnical survey campaign on the 480MW Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm in France.During the first geotechnical campaign, completed in 2015, soil conditions on half of the positions of the wind turbine foundations were surveyed and sampled.Fugro will now survey the remaining half of the foundation positions.The survey campaign is expected to be carried out from May to July, weather permitting. The jack-up platform Excalibur is already on site where it will be joined by the Fugro Scout at the end of May.The Saint-Nazaire wind farm is situated 12km offshore the Loire-Atlantique and covers an area of 78 square kilometres. It will comprise 80 6MW GE Haliade 150 turbines which will be built locally in Saint Nazaire. The wind farm is slated for commissioning in 2021.The owners and developers of the project are EDF Energies Nouvelles, a subsidiary of the EDF group, and Canada’s Enbridge Inc.last_img read more

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France set to ban words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ under gay marriage

first_imgFox News 25 Sep 2012France is set to ban the words “mother” and “father” from all official  documents under new plans to legalize gay marriage and give equal adoption  rights to homosexual and heterosexual couples. Under the proposed law, only the word “parents” would be used in marriage  ceremonies for all heterosexual and same-sex couples, a move that has sparked  widespread outrage, The Telegraph reports. Changes to the civil code would mean swapping all references to “mothers and  fathers,” in legal documents, with the word “parents.” The proposed law has been met with resistance by members of the Catholic  Church. “Gay marriage would herald a complete breakdown in society,” Cardinal  Philippe Barbarin, the head of the French Catholic Church, told Christian’s RFC  radio last week. “This could have innumerable consequences. Afterward they will want to create  couples with three or four members. And after that, perhaps one day the taboo of  incest will fall,” he said, according to the report. “Who is to say that a heterosexual couple will bring up a child better than a  homosexual couple, that they will guarantee the best conditions for the child’s  development?” Justice Minister Christiane Taubira told France’s Catholic  newspaper, La Croix.http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/09/25/france-set-to-ban-words-mother-and-father-under-plans-to-legalize-gay-marriage/http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9563543/France-set-to-ban-the-words-mother-and-father-from-official-documents.htmllast_img read more

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South Africa’s ambitious new energy mix

first_imgSouth Africa’s starting ambitious new projects to diversify its energy sources and end the regular power cuts which have been the bane of Africa’s most advanced economy in recent years. Solar and wind energy plants are sprouting across the country, while the government is planning a huge and controversial expansion of nuclear power.The methane gas produced by cows may be a dangerous greenhouse gas but their dung is recycled and transformed into energy. Not far from South Africa’s capital, Pretoria, this factory mixes the manure with organic waste like paper and expired yogurt from landfills and markets.The result of the factory mix is a 4.4 MW of electricity, used to power a car manufacturing plant. But it’s a drop in the ocean for a country that urgently needs to diversify its energy landscape. 85 percent of South Africa’s electricity comes from the national provider Eskom’s coal-fired power stations. It may produce more electricity than any other African country but the grid has been under strain in recent years. According to the plan, 20 percent of South Africa’s energy should come from renewable sources by 2030.But in a country so dependent on coal, green energy’s prospects come a distant second to nuclear power. France, Russia, China, South Korea and the United States are all in the running to build reactors capable of providing 9600 MW, a quantity impossible for renewables to match any time soon.last_img read more

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4 Yanson siblings claim police harassment

first_imgHe also pointed out that the judge did not inform the defense counsel during Friday’s hearing of any warrant of arrest that it may have previously issued or will cause to implement over the weekend. Members of the Yanson family – owners of Vallacar Transit, Inc. (VTI), the largest bus company in the Philippines – have been feuding since last year over the control of their multibillion-peso buses that operate in the Visayas and Mindanao.During the hearing of the Yanson 4’s motion to suspend the proceedings and hold in abeyance the issuance of the warrant of arrest Friday last week, Narvasa said not even the court judge mentioned about the implementation of any warrant; it was put on hold in March. Courts were closed on weekends and as such, immediate release orders were unavailing, he explained. The motion was timely filed by the lawyers of the Yanson 4 and had yet to be resolved with finality, Narvasa added. BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA What was mystifying, it added, were the circumstances upon which the unissued warrant found its way for “service” to the CIDG on a Sunday morning. In a statement, Atty. Carlo Joaquin Narvasa said his clients were harassed so that they could not post bail. BACOLOS City – The legal counsel of Roy Yanson, Ricardo Yanson Jr., Emily Yanson, and Celina Yanson-Lopez claimed his clients were harassed by members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) over the weekend, after the reported release of arrest warrants against them on a grave coercion charge. “The Yanson 4 know their rights under the Constitution and law as accused in a sham criminal suit filed against them as members of the Board of Directors of VTI. They stand firm in their belief that the charges are trumped-up, and they still have remedies for the revocation of the warrant, or even posting bail,” added Narvasa.The Yanson 4’s legal team also found the move “strange” as to how news and copies of the purported warrants of arrest that was not released by the court nor had been brought to the attention of their counsel, had been circulated among members of the media in this city as early as Friday, May 29. To date, neither the accused nor their lawyers have received any notice from the court that a warrant of arrest had already been issued, according to Narvasa.The Yanson 4’s legal team expressed concern that certain quarters could be attempting to misuse the court system through the misrepresentation of the warrant’s “unofficial” release and implementation. “The Yanson 4 wait for more dirty tactics… This assumes they and their crew will not be embarrassed, no different from the CIDG’s empty service of the warrant this [Sunday morning],” Narvasa added./PNlast_img read more