CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro appears to be counting on yet another “miracle” to save his citizens from COVID-19. He’s promoting a secretive solution with no published scientific evidence he claims will conquer the new coronavirus. Maduro said on television over the weekend that “it’s a powerful antiviral” that neutralizes the coronavirus. But his government has released no evidence and he’s touted other ephemeral treatments in the past. He even kept secret the name of the person behind it. Scientists at home and abroad remained skeptical. The local National Academy of Medicine said it appeared be derived from the common herb thyme.
Several powerful storms blew through Georgia in recent weeks and provided tree removal services and insurance companies plenty of work to do. Examining storm-damaged trees can provide many insights into why trees “fail” during windstorms.Two of the most common forms of tree damage during windstorms are limb breakage and windthrow, or trees uprooted or broken by wind. Major limbs often fail when a heavy wind load, or the force on a structure due to the impact of wind, affects multi-stemmed trees or trees with narrow, vertical branches. Branches and stems that grow close together are structurally weaker than branches or stems that grow at wider, more horizontal angles. Over time, included bark becomes trapped between narrow, vertical branches and stems. As the tree becomes larger, this bark acts as a wedge, forcing the branches further apart. Eventually, the right wind comes along and pushes the branches or stems just far enough apart to split the wood.To help prevent this, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension recommends selecting only those trees that have one main stem and wide branch angles (45 degrees or wider) when adding new trees to your landscape. Correct any narrow, vertical branches and co-dominate stems with proper pruning and training while the trees are young.Soft-wooded, fast growing trees, such as willow, silver maple, ‘Bradford’ pear and edible pear species, tend to have very weak, narrow branches that grow vertically. These species are generally considered short-lived since they have a tendency to self-destruct after about 20 years. They are also prone to wood rot and are often the trees that fail in windstorms. Avoid planting these types of trees close to your house or near high traffic areas. Trees that blow over, roots and all, are typically those that have shallow root systems. For example, in the recent storms, many Leyland cypress trees were wind-thrown. Wind-throw is also common when high winds are accompanied or preceded by heavy rains. When the ground is saturated and the soil becomes soft, trees are easily uprooted.Shallow root systems may be the result of compacted soils, frequent shallow watering, and limited soil volume adjacent to walls, foundations, driveways, sidewalks and parking lots. Trees can also be uprooted and/or blow over because of root damage due to soil excavation, the use of heavy equipment over the tree’s critical root zone, or trenching for utilities. Avoid planting trees in areas that have limited space for root growth and protect trees from construction damage. Many large, older trees develop internal wood rot, compromising the structural stability of the tree. Wood rot in landscape trees is often the result of poor pruning practices, especially “topping” and other bad pruning cuts (such as leaving branch stubs) that create open wounds for extended periods. These open wounds allow water to penetrate the tree’s wood, which invites wood rot and wood-decaying fungi. By the time conks or mushrooms grow on the tree trunk or root flare, the tree is in advanced stages of decay and may be at risk of tree root or stem failure. Infection and growth of the fungus in the wood take years to produce outward signs of conks and mushrooms. There is no cure for wood decay. When decay fungi are present, it’s only a matter of time before the strength of the tree’s stems or roots is compromised, causing the tree to break or fall. With recent rainfall amounts and saturated soils, keep a close eye on these types of trees for any shifting of the root plate and soil cracks that might indicate impending root failure for as long as these trees remain standing. Eventual tree removal is recommended. If you have big, old trees on your property, consider consulting a certified arborist. If a tree is determined to be hazardous, a certified arborist will recommend removing or selectively pruning the tree to diminish the hazard. Locate a certified arborist online at www.isa-arbor.com.
By Andréa Barretto/Diálogo October 14, 2016 The Brazilian Army is testing its first Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) used to locate and identify targets. The 9th Campaign Artillery Group (9th GAC, per its Portuguese acronym) will be in charge of the prototype called the Horus FT 100. “The Target Search Battery is a military unit whose fundamental objective is to provide data on targets and send them to an artillery unit so that it is able to react more quickly against a threat,” explained Lieutenant Colonel Moacyr Azevedo Couto Junior, commander of the 9th GAC. “It doesn’t operationally exist yet in the Brazilian ground forces,” he added. The RPAS – an aircraft equipped with controlling software, is one of the tools used by the Battery to locate and identify targets within a given radius of action. It is being studied for deployment in missions along the borders, in addition to specific artillery-related activities. “During border operations, we will be able to use the RPAS to, for example, do reconnaissance on bodies, observe roads and vicinities, monitor suspicious cars on highways, and identify targets,” Lt. Col. Couto said. “We haven’t participated in any operations yet because we’re in the team- training stage, but we’ve already had the ability to engage in this type of mission,” he added. The first flight is expected to take place by the end of 2016, during the Federal Police’s Operation “Antonio Joao”. “After pilot training and a series of activities with the system have been completed, it will be possible to develop a proposal to deploy the Battery, so that it can start operating, in practice, within the Brazilian Army,” stated Lt. Col. Couto. That phase is known as the experimentation phase, and is scheduled to end in 2017. Strategic positioning The group’s proximity to Brazil’s border areas – around 230 kilometers from Paraguay and 310 kilometers from Bolivia – is one reason it was chosen to undertake the experimentation mission. The 9th GAC is subordinate to the 4th Mechanized Calvary Brigade, which encompasses the area where implementation of the Integrated Border Monitoring System (SISFRON, for its Portuguese acronym) began in 2014. The project calls for the installation of a technological platform equipped with radars, computers, and communication systems along 16,000 kilometers of Brazil’s borders. The goal is to combat the most common crimes in these areas, such as drug trafficking and contraband. “The Horus FT 100’s deployment joins forces with SISFRON’s tools, expanding the Army’s capacity to monitor our border regions,” says Lt. Col. Couto. The Horus FT 100 was delivered to the 9th GAC in February. Since then, attempts have been made to connect the system with the SISFRON equipment, yielding positive results. “We transmitted RPAS images to a SISFRON control center in real time during an ongoing operation. It worked really well,” Lt. Col. Couto said. Eyes in the sky The Horus FT 100 is an unmanned aircraft. These types of flight platforms are known as “eyes in the sky” because they expand the military’s aerial observational capacity. Sensors attached to the aircraft act like “eyes.” The Horus FT 100 has the capacity to operate with four types of sensors: an electro-optical imaging and infrared sensor (for nighttime operations); a laser target designator sensor (to identify a point with precision); a signal intelligence sensor (to capture long-range communication data); and an aerial photogrammetric sensor (which enables maps to be produced using photographs). The aircraft acquired by the Army works with daytime multi-camera video that transmits images in real time. Regarding the equipment’s characteristics, First Lieutenant Marcelo Fontes da Costa Filho, one of the pilots in the Target Search Battery, explained that the aircraft is a short-range category 1, able to travel a maximum radius of 27 kilometers at a maximum height of nearly 3 kilometers. “But, for filming, the ideal scenario is for the aircraft to remain at 4,000 feet, which is more or less about one kilometer in the air,” 1st Lt. Marcelo said. During takeoff and landing, the Horus FT 100 is operated by a pilot from the ground using a radio-controlled system to fly the aircraft. While it is in the air, the aircraft is not flown by a pilot, but by software programmed with the entire route, along with all the actions to be completed by the aircraft. “Before the mission begins, we program the software. But this itinerary can be modified during the operation,” 1st Lt. Marcelo added. Pilot training The Target Search Battery team has four pilots, two of whom have already completed training. 1st Lt. Marcelo is among them. Training began in 2014 at the FT Sistemas, Horus FT 100’s manufacturer, headquartered in upstate Sao Paulo. “During training at the manufacturer, we learned about the equipment’s aerodynamics, the aircraft’s assembly, radio-controlled operation, software programming, and everything else required using the Horus FT 100,” 1st Lt. Marcelo stated. “But our training didn’t stop there. Every week, we go through flight-training activities.” Afterwards, they completed two aeronautical knowledge internships. The first one, held last year, took place at the Army’s Aviation Instruction Center in Taubaté, and the second at the Army’s Third Aviation Battalion in Campo Grande. “The goal of this internship is mostly to provide a view about flight safety,” 1st Lt. Marcelo added. Flight safety not only focuses on the equipment but also on the pilots, 1st Lt. Marcelo explained. This requires paying attention to the weather forecast and prior contact with the Air Force to avoid having other aircraft in the same area where the flight will take place. It also requires that the team carefully select the site where it is going to position itself to operate the aircraft. “We try to choose a spot as far away as possible from side roads that might be used by suspects to surprise us,” 1st Lt. Marcelo concluded.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Queens man was arrested Monday for allegedly robbing a woman and forcing her to commit a sex act in Inwood, Nassau County police said.Alok Parekh, 30, of Glen Oaks, was charged with criminal sexual act, robbery, grand larceny and resisting arrest.Fourth Squad detectives alleged that he met the 30-year-old victim at a pre-arranged location and drove around in his Smart Car, but when the victim wanted to get out, Parekh took her cell phone and demanded that she withdraw cash from an ATM, which she did.“The defendant then forced the victim to engage in a sexual performance and then demanded more money from the ATM,” police said in a news release.After she complied, the victim was released, police said. The suspect told the victim that her phone and driver’s license were in a bag on the ground, but they were not, police said.The suspect was apprehended outside of his home, but as they began to take him into custody, he ran toward the house, tried to slam a door into an officer and violently swung his arms and twisted his body while refusing verbal commands, police said.Parekh will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.
“Take a break and try to make sure you’re getting reliable information, there are a lot of rumors going around that are really scaring people,” she said. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — While the focus surrounding coronavirus remains physical health, experts are urging everyone to look after their mental health as well. “Be creative everybody knows call your friends, play scrabble on your phone, you can even have dinner with a friend in California if you have them on face time,” she said. Coles says you can combat this by taking things day by day. Additionally, Dr. Connor says the isolation that comes with being forced to stay home also goes against our basic human instincts. Dr. Meredith Coles, Professor of Psychology at Binghamton University says that while it’s important to stay informed each day, don’t overdo it. “It’s pretty much key to survival we like to see ourselves as independent and self sufficient but in fact we’re very much interdependent with other people,” he said. “Most people find their purpose in their relationship with their family, friends or their country or some organization but it’s almost always social.” Dr. Coles stresses there are simple ways to deal with feelings of isolation and loneliness. “Worrying about it isn’t going to change it so as things progress, we’ll deal with them as they happen,” she said.
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Sanitizing kitchen sponges is important because they may be contaminated with pathogens like Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella. Microbiologists Manan Sharma and Cheryl Mudd also tested sponges soaked in lemon juice and in deionized water for 1 minute and in 10% bleach solution for 3 minutes, and they left one untreated. Between 37% and 87% of bacteria were killed using these methods, leaving sufficient bacteria to cause disease. (Deionized water is purified water from which most ions, such as sodium, calcium, iron, and chloride, have been removed). Others studies have shown the powerful effects of microwaving. University of Florida engineering researchers found that microwaving killed more than 99% of bacteria in sponges that had been soaked in raw wastewater, according to a Jan 22 university news release. The study was published in the December 2006 issue of the Journal of Environmental Health. Apr 23 USDA news releasehttp://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/2007/070423.htm Initially, each of the sponges contained about 20 million microbes, after researchers soaked them in a solution of ground beef and lab growth medium for 48 hours. The study was conducted at the ARS Food Technology and Safety Laboratory in Beltsville, Md. See also: Sponges should be wet when placed in the microwave and should have no metallic components, according to the University of Florida release. Treatment in the microwave and the dishwasher also left sponges with less than 1% of the original counts of yeasts and molds in them, whereas 6.7% to 63% remained in the sponges treated with the other methods or left untreated. The ARS said these methods were tested because they are commonly used in households. Apr 25, 2007 (CIDRAP News) Bacteria in a kitchen sponge can best be eliminated by heating the sponge in a microwave oven or running it through an automatic dishwasher, according to a study by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). “Basically what we find is that we could knock out most bacteria in two minutes,” said Gabriel Bitton, University of Florida environmental engineering professor, in the news release. Researchers found that microwaving a wet sponge for 1 minute killed 99.9999% of bacteria, while running a sponge through a dishwasher cycle that included drying eliminated 99.9998% of bacteria, the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) said in an Apr 23 news release. News release on University of Florida studyhttp://news.ufl.edu/2007/01/22/zap-the-bugs/
“CFD in Jakarta has returned this morning,” @g_hanafiah tweeted.Another Twitter user, @adriansyahyasin, shared a series of photos showing a crowd of cyclists and joggers on Jl. Sudirman, while saying the lack of proper public spaces in the capital city had left most people with no other choice but to gather in a single location just to exercise.CFD yang ramai adalah bukti Jakarta tidak memiliki persebaran ruang publik terbuka berkualitas yang merata, sampe semua orang harus tumplek blek nunggu jalan ini ditutup atau ke GBK hanya untuk berolahragaKalo diseantero Jakarta jalannya aman buat bersepeda mungkin lain cerita pic.twitter.com/IQarnLHiw9— Adriansyah Yasin Sulaeman (@adriansyahyasin) June 21, 2020 “A crowded CFD proves that Jakarta lacks public spaces, so much so that everyone had to flock here […] or to the GBK [Gelora Bung Karno sports complex] just to exercise,” he wrote in the caption of the post.Fellow netizens have since conveyed their concerns about the risks of coronavirus transmission on CFD, with some even speculating that the weekly event could turn into a new outbreak cluster due to the lax implementation of physical distancing measures.It’s Car Free Day, not COVID free day, good people.— Raya Fahreza Wiguna (@rayafahreza) June 21, 2020 Netizens have raised concerns over public health as images and videos of large crowds inundating the streets of Central Jakarta on the first Car Free Day (CFD) following months of large-scale restrictions (PSBB) spread on social media.CFD had been suspended since March 15 as part of the city administration’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.Internet personality and television host Gemala Hanafiah posted on her official Twitter page a video showing a large number of people walking and cycling near the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle on Jl. Thamrin on Sunday.CFD Jkt yg dah dibuka pagi ini pic.twitter.com/bKkeiY1Dzy— IG : @g_hanafiah (@g_hanafiah) June 21, 2020 “It’s Car Free Day, not COVID free day, good people,” @rayafahreza tweeted.Other Twitter users said that it was hard to blame residents for wanting to go outdoors.Satu sisi kayak takut bgt ga sih virus nya nyebar ke lebih banyak orang liat rame bgt gitu, tapi sisi lain mereka pasti udh bosen bgt dirumah, sekali nya cfd dibuka membludak org² nya, stay safe aja deh buat kalian disna.— lawmye (@huxleyycallum) June 21, 2020″One the one hand, I’m very worried that the virus will spread to many people seeing how big the crowd is, but on the other hand, they must be so bored at home,” @huxleyycallum wrote. The Jakarta Police have deployed personnel on Jl. Thamrin to ensure that residents obey health protocols such as wearing face masks and maintaining physical distancing.10.58 Kamsel Dit Lantas PMJ melaksanakan Giat Sosialisasi dan Himbauan untuk tetap menjaga kebersihan dan menerapkan protokol kesehatan di tengah warga Jakarta yg melakukan kegiatan CFD di BUndaran HI. pic.twitter.com/3TKY4I57xa— TMC Polda Metro Jaya (@TMCPoldaMetro) June 21, 2020Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said last Sunday that the administration would resume the weekly CFD. However, activities during the transitional PSBB period would be restricted to bicycle riding and outdoor exercise, with street vendors prohibited from operating.According to the official government count, Jakarta had 9,971 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 586 deaths as of Sunday.Topics :
Topics : Earlier on Tuesday, the head of the Robert Koch Institute for public health, Lothar Wieler, said local outbreaks had been a major factor behind a spike in the last few days in the coronavirus reproduction rate, currently estimated at 2.76.A reproduction rate, or ‘R’, of 2.76 means that 100 people who have contracted the virus infect, on average, 276 others.While Germany was at risk of a second coronavirus wave, Wieler said he was optimistic it could be prevented. “We will lift the measure as soon as possible, when we have certainty about the safety of the infection,” Laschet told a news conference. “It is a preventative measure.”More than 1,500 workers at a meat processing plant in Guetersloh have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as some of their family members and 24 people with no connection to the plant, Laschet said. Some of those workers live in Warendorf, about 30 km (19 miles) to the west.Laschet is a leading conservative contender to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel when her fourth term in office expires next year. Further outbreaks of new coronavirus in his state, Germany’s most populous, could damage his chances.Germany’s state premiers have agreed to act locally where possible to suppress the virus and there is no justification now for broader action, Laschet said. The western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia on Tuesday put two municipalities back into lockdown until June 30 after an outbreak of the new coronavirus at a meatpacking plant.Guetersloh, home to some 100,000 people, and the neighboring town of Warendorf, became the first areas in Germany to fall back under lockdown measures that had been gradually lifted since the end of April.State governor Armin Laschet, who had previously led calls for Germany to ease its lockdown restrictions, said bars, museums, galleries, cinemas, sports halls, gyms and swimming pools in Guetersloh and Warendorf would be closed, and picnics and barbecues prohibited.
“I wouldn’t say I recovered happiness… because I’m happy regardless of tennis,” Djokovic told a news conference.”I was actually looking forward to an official match as soon as possible after what happened in New York as I feel the sentiment on court needs to be positive.”Djokovic’s frustration boiled over after dropping his serve against Pablo Carreno Busta in the opening set at Flushing Meadows but 10 days on in Rome he did not face a single break point in an imperious display against the unseeded Caruso.”I didn’t feel any emotional or mental blockages or any drama playing a match today. I felt very comfortable,” Djokovic said. “Caruso was a very good test for me. I was very pleased how I handled myself in important moments of the match.”On arrival in Rome, an apologetic Djokovic vowed to be “the best version” of himself on and off the court and he kept his emotions in check against local hope Caruso.Four-times Rome champion Djokovic, who received an opening-round bye, broke Caruso’s serve in the eighth game before serving out the opening set.Caruso, who battled past American Tennys Sandgren in the opening round for his first ATP Masters 1000 match win, dropped his serve in a see-saw third game of the second set which lasted nearly 12 minutes.With momentum firmly on his side, top seed Djokovic broke his opponent for a third time in the match before celebrating victory by blowing kisses into the empty stands at the Foro Italico.Having recorded 51 victories in 60 matches, Djokovic is the second most successful player in the tournament’s history – just behind nine-time champion Rafael Nadal.Djokovic has won 27 of his 28 matches this year and will resume his hunt for an 18th Grand Slam title at the French Open, which begins on Sept. 27.”Regardless the change of surface I feel confident about the game,” he said. “Hopefully I can build that stride more and more as I move deeper in the tournament and prior to Roland Garros obviously.”Djokovic will face either fellow Serb Filip Krajinovic or Italian Marco Cecchinato for a place in the last-16.Topics : Novak Djokovic said he was relieved to turn the page on his contentious U.S. Open exit as he began his claycourt season with a solid victory in his first match at the Italian Open on Wednesday.The world number one, who was disqualified in New York after accidentally hitting a line judge with a ball during his fourth round match, defeated Italian wildcard Salvatore Caruso 6-3 6-2 to move into the third round in Rome.Djokovic’s default in New York was met with heavy criticism by former players and fans on social media but the Serb said he was able to disconnect himself from the outside noise.