Scientists create an enzyme that can recycle plastic bottles in a matter of hours

first_imgTemperature and weather events determine how early leaves and blooms arrive each spring. The First Leaf Index and First Bloom Index are based on the leaf out and flowering of lilacs and honeysuckles, which are among the first plants to show their leaves and blooms each spring.  The enzyme was first discovered in a compost pile of leaves. The scientists that discovered the enzyme were able to use it to break down a ton of plastic bottles in 10 hours, and then turn the waste plastic into new food-grade plastic bottles. Need a little pick-me-up? Check out the National Zoo’s cheetah cub cam French researchers have discovered an enzyme that can break plastic bottles down into their chemical building blocks in several hours. Those chemical building blocks can then create new, high-quality plastic bottles, The Guardian reports. Traditional recycling methods usually produce low-quality plastic that can only be used in clothing and carpet. First leaves and first blooms have arrived in the Southeast this year much earlier than the long-term average (1981-2010), the USA National Phenology Network reports. In parts of the Southeast and Northwest, this year’s spring is the earliest in the 39-year record.   On Wednesday, a 5-year-old cheetah named Echo gave birth to four cubs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute National Zoo in Front Royal, VA. Animal care staff are leaving Echo alone to bond with her cubs and are monitoring the well-being of mother and babies via webcam. Lucky for all of us, there’s a live streaming Cheetah Cam to watch the adorable action.center_img Spring leaves arrive in the Southeast 3-4 weeks earlier than long-term average Scientists create an enzyme that can recycle plastic bottles in a matter of hours Photo of trash pick up from Getty Images “It’s thrilling and humbling to witness something as special as an animal birth,” said Steve Monfort, John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. “I’m eager to watch the newborn cubs in their early days. During this extremely tumultuous and isolating time, we want the new cheetah cam and all our live animal webcams to provide much needed moments of relief and inspiration from our natural world.”  last_img read more

Ellie Mae: Purchase loans lagging in 2015

first_imgby: David MorrisonThe proportion of mortgages made to borrowers purchasing property versus refinancing existing loans jumped 6% in May 2015, but still lagged compared to where it had been in May 2014, according to mortgage software firm Ellie Mae.The company’s Origination Insight Report for May 2015 revealed 58% of mortgages originated by lenders using its Encompass mortgage origination platform went to borrowers buying property, while 42% went to borrowers refinancing previously existing loans. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

NextGen Know-How: Leadership is a behavior

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » A few weeks ago, I attended an event for professional speakers where a well-known presenter shared ways to create connection with your audience. During his speech, he mentioned the town in upstate New York where he grew up. He grew up only 15 minutes from my hometown, so I was excited to talk with him afterwards. He certainly created a connection with me in that moment. We had something in common.After the session concluded, I walked up to him to say how great his speech was and started to tell him where I was from, when…he totally blew me off. He was so busy getting his marketing materials together that he didn’t even make eye contact with me. I was disappointed. Not because I had a need to connect with him on a personal level, but because he wasn’t practicing what he had just taught in his speech. The content of his speech was excellent, but the feeling I got from him afterward totally turned me off.In the speaking industry, there’s an unwritten rule that your speech is not really over when you leave the stage. You may have finished the content, but it’s important to stay connected to your audience until you leave the building. Until then, you are still “on” and your audience is still judging you based on your interactions.The same is true for leadership. As a leader, people observe your actions, even in the small moments that may not seem to matter. Leadership is a behavior, not a role. Everything you do has impact. Even when you are working late and only one person is in the office with you, or when you’re at the company barbecue, or when you’re at a conference out of town, you have an impact.last_img read more

Happy Diwali 2019! A look at the best greetings, wishes and memes

first_img Jack SlaterSunday 27 Oct 2019 12:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link (Picture: Twitter) (Picture: quora)MORE: What is Diwali and what to say to someone celebrating the festival?MORE: The Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar breaks social media silence after four months to celebrate Diwali Happy Diwali 2019! A look at the best greetings, wishes and memes (Picture: Twitter)Diwali memesOf course, this being the generation of social media and memes, it wasn’t long until those taking part in celebrations started to poke fun at some of the quirks. (Picture: Twitter) Advertisement Advertisement Comment (Picture: Quora)A big message for this year’s Diwali was to try and limit how many firecrackers are lit, in a bid to make the festival more environmentally-friendly. People are joining in with the festivities online too (Picture: Rex Features)The festival of lights is lighting up social media.As Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world kick off Diwali celebrations, people have taken to social media to share heartfelt wishes, greetings and, of course, memes – with Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar breaking his four-month silence to join in.Here’s a round-up of what social media users and celebs are sharing for Diwali 2019.Celebrities wishing a Happy DiwaliMayor of London Sadiq Khan is just one of the many public figures sharing his Diwali wishes online.ADVERTISEMENTJeremy Corbyn, Arsenal FC and Boris Johnson have also posted messages of support and celebration. (Picture: Twitter) (Picture: Twitter)  (Picture: Twitter) The FixThe daily lifestyle email from Metro.co.uk.Sign upFind out morelast_img read more

UK public fund to sue Chilean chemicals company

first_imgIt is also alleged that, as a result of SQM’s bribery scheme and defendant’s false statements, the price of SQM American Depositary Shares (ADSs) was artificially inflated between 30 June, 2010 and 18 June, 2015, peaking at more than $66 (€60) a share in July 2011.TWPF claims it suffered losses of more than $4.4m on its shares during the period as a result of SQM’s securities violations.SQM had applied to have the lawsuit dismissed on the grounds of failure to state a claim, and “forum non conveniens” (the power allowing courts to dismiss a case where another court or forum is much better suited to hear it).But Judge Edgardo Ramos, of the district court for the Southern District of New York, held that the plaintiff had adequately alleged that SQM made materially false and misleading statements in its Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings regarding its compliance with applicable law, effectiveness of internal controls, and financial reporting.Judge Ramos also rejected assertions that the claims should be addressed in Chile, because the documents were filed with the SEC in the US, and relied upon by investors to purchase ADSs on the New York Stock Exchange. He said: “The US has a strong interest in upholding its federal securities laws… The defendant claims that the court will have to interpret a novel issue  of Chilean law, because a Chilean court has not determined whether [the] actions constitute a criminal tax violation. However, plaintiff alleges strictly federal securities violations – to which SQM has already admitted.”Last January, SQM paid a total of $30m to settle cases brought against it by both the US Department of Justice and the SEC.Patrick Daniels, partner at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, the lawyers acting for TWPF, said: “There are no class actions in Chile and as an emerging market, there are very significant concerns as to the independence and fairness of the judicial system. European – or any other – investors would not have much recourse if the US case was not available to pursue.”Daniels added: “The US case is only for the US-listed ADSs, but is large enough to have a significant impact on SQM going forward. There will be enough leverage on the case in the US to influence the board’s and executives’ behaviour, and ‘fix’ some of the major problems that led to the breakdown of governance and internal audits.” A UK public pension fund has been given the green light to file a lawsuit in the US against a Chilean mining company accused of bribery.The £6.4bn (€7.6bn) Tyne and Wear Pension Fund (TWPF) – which provides pensions for local government employees in the north-east region of the UK – is lead plaintiff in an investor action against Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM) and individual executives. SQM is one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of speciality fertilisers and industrial chemicals.The case alleges that SQM made materially false and misleading statements and failed to disclose that it made secret, illegal payments – primarily through its then CEO, Patricio Contesse – to electoral campaigns for Chilean politicians and political parties, as far back as 2009.SQM is also accused of filing millions of dollars worth of fictitious tax receipts with Chilean authorities in order to conceal the payment of bribes, and producing financial statements which were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.last_img read more

Carnival 2011 Highlights

first_img Share The Real Mas 2011 was colourful, vibrant and exciting as is dipicted in this photo gallery. Never before have we seen such colour, pagentry and organization displayed in the streets of Roseau. Participants turned out in thousands filled with vibrancy ready to have a grand time. We can safely say that Dominica’s carnival has been taken to a higher level.Photography by: Abigail Antoine[nggallery id=16] 314 Views   no discussions EntertainmentLocalNews Carnival 2011 Highlights by: – March 10, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Dominica highlights the importance of its forest this week

first_img Share LocalNews Dominica highlights the importance of its forest this week by: – December 12, 2011 Share 34 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Photo credit: un.orgThe launching of the book “Playing with Plants in the Nature Isle” and the commissioning of a standing exhibition on the natural history of the island are among activities marking International Year of the Forest 2011 today.Other activities will include tree planting, media appearances with former and present members of staff, presentations on the Crapaud Project and Baby Sisserou which was bred in captivity in May 2011.Acting Forest Officer Jacqueline Andre said International Year of the Forests 2011 is a celebration of the central role of people in the management, conservation, and sustainable development of the world’s forests. “Throughout the year countries have been highlighting the multiple roles forests play in our lives because they provide shelter to people and a habitat for biodiversity; they are a source of food, medicine, fresh air, and clean water; and they are a crucial part of the equation for maintaining a stable global climate and environment. In short, forests are vital to the survival and well being of people everywhere, all 7 billion of us,” she said.The activities which are being held under the theme “Celebrating Forests for People” will end on December 16th, 2011.A radio address by the acting minister for Agriculture and Forestry Ivor Stephenson officially launched the week of activities today. Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

FIRST 100-DAY MARK: W. Visayas execs get thumbs up from DILG

first_imgIglesia said that they have monitoredthe performance of local executives through its personnel in the municipal andcity levels. Winning candidates in the last May 13,2019 midterm elections have assumed office on July 1. ILOILO – Elected officials in WesternVisayas have done their job during their first 100 days in service, accordingto the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). “Sa 100days kasi supposed tobe ang dami na nilang ginagawa asidefrom knowing their LGU (local government units) well. Nagpa-plano na rin sila especially mayroon na silang executive and legislative agenda for the nextthree years of their term,” cited Iglesia. “Okay naman ang first 100days at sabi ko naka-takeoff na sila on their term,”Iglesia added. Before their stint, the electedgovernors, mayors, city and municipal councilors have undergone training andorientation spearheaded by DILG’s attached agency Local Government Academy.First-timer governors also have their orientation. On the same day, Iglesia started keepingeye on them, especially local chief executives – governors and city andmunicipal mayors – who are new to their jobs. But they are expected to do their tasksbeyond the 100-day mark, stressed DILG Region 6 director Engineer ArielIglesia. Iglesia said the DILG has paid attentionto the first 100 days of newly elected officials because their constituentswere “eager” to witness what the public servant will do during the first monthsof his or her term. “Mag-implement na sila ng delivery of services totheir constituents,” he added. However, DILG will not fine or penalizenew local officials who failed to fulfill what they promised during thecampaign season, Iglesia clarified./PN “They are expected to do their tasks beyond the 100-day mark,” says Engineer Ariel Iglesia, Department of Interior and Local Government reminding local chief executives in Western Visayas. (PNA) While they had rendered their first 100days, the DILG regional director said local government officials are expectedto implement planned programs for the succeeding years.last_img read more

Youth injured in New Castle Memorial Day parade

first_imgNew Castle, Ind. — A 7-year-old New Castle boy is recovering in Riley Children’s Hospital after being injured in a Memorial Day parade.The Henry County Sheriff’s Department says Evan Counceller was reaching for more candy when he lost his balance and fell in front of a trailer carrying the Relay For Life float. He was run over by both axles and suffered two broken ribs and bruises. He is expected to make a full recovery.No citations were issued.last_img

Bulldogs 5th Graders Win Dirt Road League Games

first_imgThe 5th Grade Bulldogs played two afternoon contests this past Sunday at the Batesville High School Auxiliary Gym and came away with two more victories to improve to (15-1) on the season.  In the first game of the day vs. Connersville, the squad found itself in a tight contest until the final minute of play.  A steal and lay-up with a 1:30 to play by Brayden Maple gave the Bulldogs the lead they would not relinquish down the stretch in a game in which they trailed most of the way to win 25-19.  Trenton Jordan led the Bulldogs with 10 points, Cayden Drake had 5, Maple and Jaiden Kuria 3, while Caleb Mohr and Owen Enneking rounded out the scoring with 2 each.In Game two it was all Bulldogs from the outset and throughout as they routed East Central 54-8.  Leading the way for Batesville in which all players cracked the scoring column was Kuria with 13, Drake and William Kuisel 8 each, Mohr, Landon Raver and Jordan with 6 each, Ethan Schneider 3, Enneking and Lincoln Garrett 2 each.The 5th Graders will be in action again next Sunday afternoon, December 16th at BHS at times TBD.  Go Bulldogs!!!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Paul Drake.last_img read more