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Ukip might be winning the Twitter war, but Tories are still favourites to retain Trumpton

first_img Tags: Twitter Ukip might be winning the Twitter war, but Tories are still favourites to retain Trumpton whatsapp Catherine Neilan More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com whatsapp Show Comments ▼center_img Friday 5 December 2014 9:00 am Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramUndoHero Wars Advertisement This game will keep you up all night! Hero Wars UndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsUndoFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus EliminatorUndo Share Trumpton has emerged as the next key political battleground – and it looks set to be another dirty tricks campaign.  This week social media has been dominated by representatives from Ukip, Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems, Greens, Communists and Trumpton First, all vying to be elected into the hotly contested fictional seat. Despite the volume of runners, Ladbrokes says it’s a two horse race and the Tories are the favourites to hold the marginal constituency despite a big push by Ukip. Odds for Tory candidate Cameroon Davelbee to retain the seat are at 8/11, with Ukip at evens. This is the sort of tweet that is apparently going down well with Trumpton voters.    It’s 1/3 the Lib Dems will lose their deposit.  Here’s why:    But the Ukip candidate is winning the social media war, securing more than 7,000 followers on Twitter compared to Davelbee’s meagre 347.  It could be because of tweets like these: https://twitter.com/Trumpton_UKIP/status/540435532342652929 https://twitter.com/Trumpton_UKIP/status/540834887771897857 Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “The betting suggests UKIP could well woo Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grub come May. While it’s looking a very close fight, we can confidently say the Lib Dems should lose their deposit again.” Labour is fielding Sooty as its candidate, but that does not appear to be enough to win over the hearts and minds of local residents.  Vote Sooty #Trumpton2015— Trumpton Labour (@TrumptonLabour) December 5, 2014 Update: Trumpton Monster Raving Loony Party contacted us to complain about our media bias. So to prove that we have none, here is a tweet from them: https://twitter.com/TrumptonMRLP/status/540680265988071424 For some reason, the intense political debate has irked some other social media-using politicians.   last_img read more

Ralph Lauren slashes forecasts for second time in four months

first_img Share Tags: NULL Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof whatsapp Wednesday 4 February 2015 8:08 pm Express KCS whatsappcenter_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableySenior Living | Search AdsSenior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look At The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsDefinitionThe Most Famous Movie Filmed In Every U.S. StateDefinitionBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach Raider Ralph Lauren slashes forecasts for second time in four months Show Comments ▼ SHARES in Ralph Lauren fell by 18 per cent yesterday after the luxury fashion group cut its full-year sales forecast for the second time in four months, blaming a strong dollar and weak consumer spending.The company, whose brands include Polo Ralph Lauren, Club Monaco and American Living, said it expected sales to grow at about four per cent on a constant currency basis in the year to March.This compares with its previous forecast of five to seven per cent, which it had already cut in October from six to eight per cent growth.“Foreign exchange and global consumer spending remain unpredictable, and we are planning our business accordingly,” chief operating officer Jacki Nemerov said. The promotional environment in the US, together with increased investments in new store openings, hurt third quarter net income, which fell 9.3 per cent to $215m (£141.3m). last_img read more

News / Eddie Stobart Logistics shareholders accept DBAY takeover, despite union warning

first_img© Brett Critchley DBAY Advisors has won the battle to acquire Eddie Stobart Logistics, after shareholders this morning voted to accept the investment firm’s takeover proposal.“We would like to thank shareholders for supporting our transaction, which will bring immediate stability to the business. Eddie Stobart’s loyal staff are the best in the industry and we are pleased to be able to provide certainty over their jobs throughout the Christmas period and beyond,” DBAY said today.“We would also like to thank the lenders to the company for their flexibility, which will be invaluable in returning Eddie Stobart to a stable footing.”The ailing haulage and logistics company is now set to receive a new funding tranche of £75m, “to continue trading through the busy Christmas period”.The deal will also see the return of William Stobart, son of the company’s founder, who is set to be named executive chairman of Greenwhitestar Acquisition, the holding company of Eddie Stobart Logistics, and who will work alongside the existing management team.The vote appears to end the ambitions of former chief executive Andrew Tinkler, who had been putting together a rival bid.The DBAY bid was also criticised by the Unite union, which has 1,000 members working for Eddie Stobart and commissioned a report into the deal.It claimed that of the original £55m promised by DBAY, as little as £15m would actually find its way to Stobart once fees and charges from lenders and DBAY had been accounted for.Unite national officer for road transport Adrian Jones said: “This deal provides no certainty beyond the very short term for the workforce who are set to be the latest victims of ‘bandit capitalism’. The DBAY offer is clearly not as it seems and, in reality, a fraction of the £55m that is being touted will be pumped into the business long term.“DBAY’s investment will be primarily used to pay back the current lenders, the costs of the transaction and DBAY’s own fees.“Unite fears that if the deal is approved, it will not be in the long-term interests of the workforce. The levels of debts and increase in average costs of capital resulting from DBAY’s offer will leave the company wide open to being sold off piece by piece in order to ensure DBay can record a rapid profit.” By Gavin van Marle 06/12/2019last_img read more

Official trade activities between North Korea and China unlikely to resume…

first_img SHARE After North Koreans were spotted repairing trade facilities and installing disinfection devices at customs offices in Sinuiju and Nampo last month, there has been speculation that trade between China and North Korea is set to resume soon. Daily NK understands, however, that North Korean officials have not yet allocated waku (trade certificates) needed for trade agencies and individuals to participate in state-sanctioned trade activities.A source in North Korea with insight into North Korean trade activities told Daily NK last Thursday that trade companies have completed the administrative processes to receive waku approval, but the Workers’ Party has not yet given official instructions about the allocation of waku. coronavirus construction materials trainThe Sino-North Korean Friendship Bridge, which connects the Chinese city of Dandong with the North Korean city of Sinuiju. / Image: Daily NKTo receive a waku, an individual must submit a detailed proposal containing the name of the trading company they belong to, the nature of the goods they import and export, which Chinese importers they will trade with, and what plans they have to conduct trade in the future.Each trading company has already collected proposals containing this information from the head of kiji (a small private business organization of about seven people that is nominally attached to a trading company) and business people who wish to engage in trade activities. It typically takes about one month for the Central Committee, the Cabinet, and the Ministry of State Security to review the proposals submitted by trading companies and agencies and approve the issuance of waku.Since the Workers’ Party has not yet handed down orders about waku, trade is unlikely to resume during the month of April. There is speculation, however, that trade activities could resume at any time given the fact that North Korean authorities could quickly move forward with issuing waku if they believe there is an urgent necessity to do so. Trading companies and business people who acquired waku in the past have been ordered to resubmit proposals so their certificates can be reviewed and reissued. However, even these applicants are still waiting for the document screening process to begin, indicating that the waku issuance process may take more time than it did in the past. North Korean authorities are allowing trading companies affiliated with powerful government agencies that have continued import and export activities even after the closure of the border last January to skip the waku reissuing process. These companies are reportedly required to submit reports detailing the total amount of party funds they have spent on trade and what activities they conducted to make sales. During the waku issuance review process, North Korean authorities reportedly plan to closely check for signs that trading companies engage in import-export activities with South Korean businesspeople or have records of importing South Korean or Japanese goods. The authorities will also investigate whether their Chinese partner companies have links to South Korea, Japan, or the United States. Border guards stationed in the buffer zone in Chunggang-eup, Chagang Province, were seen wearing gas masks instead of regular (medical) masks. According to the source, the guards began wearing the gas masks on Mar. 15. / Image: Daily NK“If [the authorities] find that [the companies] are linked to an enemy country, they will likely not be able to receive a waku or participate in official trade in the future,” the source said.Based on the source’s account, the authorities are reportedly apprehensive about trade activities linked to South Korea, Japan, and the United States, as well as the import of products from these countries into North Korea.The delay in the resumption of official Sino-North Korean trade activities may be partially related with COVID-19 worries in the country.Daily NK recently reported that border guards in the Chagang Province border area were wearing gas masks while on patrol.North Korean authorities reportedly claimed that the soldiers were wearing gas masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 mutations. The wearing of gas masks may suggest, however, that the COVID-19 situation in North Korea is already out of control.“COVID-19 is the most important factor in the resumption of trade,” the source said, adding, “It can’t be said that the [COVID-19] situation in the country is good.”*Translated by S & JPlease direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] in Korean Facebook Twitter North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55%center_img News News News AvatarSeulkee JangSeulkee Jang is one of Daily NK’s full-time journalists. Please direct any questions about her articles to [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

TSX ends lower

first_img Ross Marowits Businessmen trading stock looking at graphs indexes and numbers on multiple computer screens kasto/123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news That’s the highest level since early June.The currency’s movement came a day after North American markets rose on the announcement of a preliminary trade accord between the U.S. and Mexico.“You had the equity reaction yesterday, you have a kind of continuation on the currency and bond reaction today,” said Patrick Bernes, a portfolio manager for CIBC Asset Management.He said markets are anticipating that NAFTA negotiations will move to the final phase where Canada and the U.S. would settle bilateral issues and then all three countries would resolve multilateral items.The U.S. backed off in the Mexican deal on a key sticking point for Canada — a five-year sunset clause — by agreeing to a 16-year deal with the possibility of occasional updates.U.S. President Donald Trump also put pressure on Canada by threatening to slap 25% tariffs on automobile imports.“But this just looks to me like negotiations tactics to pressure the Canadians and the reaction in currency markets both yesterday and today indicate to me that the market sees the process nearing completion and uncertainty is diminishing on the hopes of a multilateral deal,” Bernes said in an interview.The positive tone of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s comments Tuesday despite his defiance on dairy supply management suggests that Canada will ultimately provide the Americans with the same cut of the Canadian dairy market as it agreed to in the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, he said.The agreement gives TPP countries access to 3.25% annually of Canada’s dairy market. Dairy producers in the Pacific Rim pact would displace the U.S. after it withdrew from the agreement.The S&P/TSX composite index decreased on weakness in materials and energy sectors as commodities took a hit, in part from the appreciating loonie. The two sectors were down about 1%, surpassed by gold and healthcare that were off two and 4.15% respectively.Cannabis stocks Aurora Cannabis Inc., Canopy Growth Corp. and Aphria Inc. were down as much as 7.7% after enjoying several days of large increases.Real estate, consumer discretionary, base metals and information technology sectors closed in positive territory. The others were off by less than 1%.American markets were virtually flat.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 14.38 points at 26,064.02. The S&P 500 index surpassed 2,900 for the first time but closed up less than a point to 2,897.52. The Nasdaq composite also peaked and was up 12.14 points on the day at 8,030.04.The October crude contract was down US34¢ at US$68.53 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was down US2.4¢ at US$2.85 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $1.60 at US$1,214.40 an ounce and the September copper contract was up US2.75¢ at US$2.74 a pound. TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector Expectations that Canada will reach a trade deal with the U.S. and Mexico pushed the loonie to a nearly three-month high Tuesday and caused bond yields to rise.The Canadian dollar traded up at US77.42¢ compared with an average of US77.01¢ on Monday. Keywords Marketwatch Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Help for Struggling Early Childhood Institutions

first_imgRelatedHelp for Struggling Early Childhood Institutions Help for Struggling Early Childhood Institutions UncategorizedJanuary 16, 2008 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Education, Andrew Holness has informed that funds will be provided for Early Childhood institutions and practitioners struggling to bring their operations in line with the regulations set out in the Early Childhood Act.In a statement to the House of Representatives on (January 15), on the start of the registration for early childhood institutions, the Minister also appealed to his colleague Members of Parliament to donate funds to help institutions in their constituencies.Mr. Holness said the majority of early childhood institutions “are community based institutions and so I am appealing to my colleagues to assist these institutions in meeting with some of the cost that they have to face for the application process.”The Minister, who is Member of Parliament for West Central St. Andrew, has donated a cheque for $72,000 to assist the 24 Early Childhood institutions in his constituency.The registration process involves a $3,000 fee payable to the Early Childhood Commission and other indirect costs attributed to the required certification. The cost of applying may vary between $8,500 and $15,000.These costs will cover a fire report, a food handler’s permit, medical certificate, police record and a photograph of the applicant.Documents to be obtained free or at minimal cost include a public health report on the institution, floor plan and details of premises, details of fees, proof of training of all employees, job description and terms of employment of all employees, and a referee.In addition, the Minister said the Prime Minister’s wife, Lorna Golding has launched a Foundation to raise funds for needy institutions.The Early Childhood Act, which was passed in 2003, and its attendant Regulations (2005), govern the operations of the Early Childhood institutions in Jamaica.The Act and Regulations outline the minimum operating standards that all Early Childhood institutions must achieve in order to ensure that all children have equity and access to quality early childhood development programmes within healthy, safe and nurturing environments.Of the 2,800 early childhood institutions operating in the island, only 29 are government-owned. RelatedHelp for Struggling Early Childhood Institutionscenter_img RelatedHelp for Struggling Early Childhood Institutions Advertisementslast_img read more

Alfa Romeo museum is a journey of passion and redemption

first_img advertisement Trending Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever The Museum exhibits 69 cars that mark the development of Alfa Romeo not just as a car manufacturer, but also as a racing powerhouse. These include the 1910 24 HP, the very first A.L.F.A. (Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili) car, as well as the Mille Miglia-winning 6C 1750 Gran Sport driven by Tazio Nuvolari, and the Alfetta 159 World Formula One winner, driven by Juan Manuel Fangio. And you don’t have to be a gearhead to appreciate the aerodynamic masterpieces that are the 1952 Disco Volante or the 1938 8C 2900B Lungo.The exhibits have been laid out in three specific themes — Timeline, Bellezza (Beauty) and Velocità (Speed), each one getting its own floor. Timeline occupies the entire first floor, with a selection of 19 cars that represent the development of Alfa Romeo, each accompanied by a multimedia information panel. The exhibit is completed by an “interactive memory,” a smart-tech station where visitors can access an interactive system for more details about the history of each model.Bellezza is on the ground floor and features several theme areas that highlight the major Italian coachbuilders: From the “Progetto 33” (Masters of Style), which combines nine major design examples from each era, to La Scuola Italiana (The Italian School), displaying cars built by the Touring Carrozzeria — using the Superleggera name — in the 1930s and 1940s. In the centre lies Alfa Romeo nel Cinema (Alfa Romeo in the Movies). Then there’s Il Fenomeno Giulietta (The Giulietta Phenomenon) and Giulia: Disegnata dal Vento (Giulia: Designed by the Wind), with models that showcase the growth of Italy’s post-war economy as well as Italian taste and design in the 1950s and 1960s. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A 1947 Alfa Romeo 2500 Sport Freccia D’OroBrian Harper, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The 1952 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante coupeBrian Harper, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2And the 1952 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante convertibleBrian Harper, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A handful of race cars on display at the Alfa Romeo MuseumBrian Harper, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.21954 Alfa Romeo 2000 SportivaBrian Harper, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A 1955 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spyder PrototipoBrian Harper, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Alfa Romeo’s 1969 33/2 Coupe Speciale designed by PininfarinaBrian Harper, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The 1970 Alfa Romeo MontrealBrian Harper, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A 1996 Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI touring carBrian Harper, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Alfa Romeo Nuvola conceptBrian Harper, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Alfa Romeo Nuvola conceptBrian Harper, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The 2007 Alfa Romeo 8C CompetizioneBrian Harper, Driving ‹ Previous Next › Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo See More Videos PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? 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Personally, I was too busy immersing myself in the minutia that was Detroit’s wild and wonderful muscle car era to pay much attention to funky looking Italian sports cars — other than Ferraris, naturally.It wasn’t until I began reading the works of Ken Purdy, one of the pre-eminent automotive writers of the 1950s and 1960s, that I began to develop an appreciation for the storied European marques, the great races — Monaco, Nürburgring, Le Mans, the Mille Miglia and the Targa Florio — and the dangerous, oftentimes deadly, world of motorsports.Which is a long-winded explanation of why the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo in Milan is a literal step back in time — a 107-year exploration of the company, its rise, fall and redemption, its grand successes in racing and its failures, and above all, its cars — some weird, some wonderful, many of them beautiful. RELATED TAGSAlfa RomeoClassic CarsClassic Cars & TrucksNew VehiclesAlfa Romeo DuettoAlfa Romeo MuseumAlfa Romeo SpAAmalfi CoastCars and Car DesignClassic and Antique CarsCulture and LifestyleDetroitDustin HoffmanEuropeFormula One Management Ltd.Formula One RacingGiulietta PhenomenonHewlett-Packard CompanyItalian SchoolItalyJuan Manuel FangioKen PurdyLe MansLeaning Tower of PisaMilanMonacoMotorsportsNorth AmericaScuola ItalianaSouthern EuropeSportsTarga FlorioTazio NuvolariThe Graduate (Movie)The Roman Catholic Church Speed stretches across the entire sub-ground floor. This is where Alfa Romeo enthusiasts can take in Alfa’s legendary sport and racing cars and recall their major victories: From Nasce la Leggenda (A Legend is Born), a multi-media space that groups together the stars of major competitions from the 1920s and 1930s, through to the debut in F1 racing, Progetto 33 — Alfa’s series of Tipo competition cars from 1967 to 1977 — and Le Corse nel DNA (Racing in Alfa Romeo’s DNA). Visitors then enter the Tempio delle Vittorie (Temple of Victories), another area where pictures, sounds and film footage present the 10 biggest triumphs in the history of Alfa Romeo.The museum itself was first opened in 1976, though visitation was by reservation only. Following the shutdown of Alfa’s Arese manufacturing plant, where the museum is located, it was closed in 2011. As part of Alfa Romeo’s global re-launch plan, the Museum — its location symbolic of the company’s history as Arese was the former head office for the automaker — was refreshed and reopened to the public in June 2015, not coincidentally during the world preview of the new Giulia sedan. A red cantilever roof covers the entire extension of the facility. In addition to being the home of Alfa Romeo’s historic collection, it has become a “brand centre,” with a bookshop, café, documentation centre, test drive track, events venues and a showroom with a customer delivery area. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending in Canada We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Visiting Italy? Sure, you could go see the Colusseum or the Leaning Tower of Pisa, visit the Vatican or drive the Amalfi Coast. But if you appreciate great cars or are a motorsport buff, then a side trip to Milan is a must.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2If you ever find yourself in Italy, the Alfa Romeo Museum is an absolute must.last_img read more

New CU-Boulder-led study finds ‘microbial clock’ may help determine time of death

first_imgAn intriguing study led by the University of Colorado Boulder may provide a powerful new tool in the quiver of forensic scientists attempting to determine the time of death in cases involving human corpses: a microbial clock.The clock is essentially the lock-step succession of bacterial changes that occur postmortem as bodies move through the decay process. And while the researchers used mice for the new study, previous studies on the human microbiome – the estimated 100 trillion or so microbes that live on and in each of us – indicate there is good reason to believe similar microbial clocks are ticking away on human corpses, said Jessica Metcalf, a CU-Boulder postdoctoral researcher and first author on the study.“While establishing time of death is a crucial piece of information for investigators in cases that involve bodies, existing techniques are not always reliable,” said Metcalf of CU-Boulder’s BioFrontiers Institute. “Our results provide a detailed understanding of the bacterial changes that occur as mouse corpses decompose, and we believe this method has the potential to be a complementary forensic tool for estimating time of death.”Currently, investigators use tools ranging from the timing of last text messages and corpse temperatures to insect infestations on bodies and “grave soil” analyses, with varying results, she said. And the more days that elapse following a person’s demise, the more difficult it becomes to determine the time of death with any significant accuracy.Using high-technology gene sequencing techniques on both bacteria and microbial eukaryotic organisms like fungi, nematodes and amoeba postmortem, the researchers were able to pinpoint time of mouse death after a 48-day period to within roughly four days. The results were even more accurate following an analysis at 34 days, correctly estimating the time of death within about three days, said Metcalf.A paper on the subject was published Sept. 23 in the new online science and biomedical journal, eLIFE, a joint initiative of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust Fund. The study was funded by the National Institute of Justice.The researchers tracked microbial changes on the heads, torsos, body cavities and associated grave soil of 40 mice at eight different time points over the 48-day study. The stages after death include the “fresh” stage before decomposition, followed by “active decay” that includes bloating and subsequent body cavity rupture, followed by “advanced decay,” said Chaminade University forensic scientist David Carter, a co-author on the study.“At each time point that we sampled, we saw similar microbiome patterns on the individual mice and similar biochemical changes in the grave soil,” said Laura Parfrey, a former CU-Boulder postdoctoral fellow and now a faculty member at the University of British Columbia who is a microbial and eukaryotic expert. “And although there were dramatic changes in the abundance and distribution of bacteria over the course of the study, we saw a surprising amount of consistency between individual mice microbes between the time points — something we were hoping for.”As part of the project, the researchers also charted “blooms” of a common soil-dwelling nematode well known for consuming bacterial biomass that occurred at roughly the same time on individual mice during the decay period. “The nematodes seem to be responding to increases in bacterial biomass during the early decomposition process, an interesting finding from a community ecology standpoint,” said Metcalf.“This work shows that your microbiome is not just important while you’re alive,” said CU-Boulder Associate Professor Rob Knight, the corresponding study author who runs the lab where the experiments took place. “It might also be important after you’re dead.”The research team is working closely with assistant professors Sibyl Bucheli and Aaron Linne of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, home of the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility, an outdoor human decomposition facility known popularly as a “body farm.” The researchers are testing bacterial signatures of human cadavers over time to learn more about the process of human decomposition and how it is influenced by weather, seasons, animal scavenging and insect infestations.The new study is one of more than a dozen papers authored or co-authored by CU-Boulder researchers published in the past several years on human microbiomes. One of the studies, led by Professor Noah Fierer, a co-author on the new study, brought to light another potential forensic tool — microbial signatures left on computer keys and computer mice, an idea enthralling enough it was featured on a “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” television episode.“This study establishes that a body’s collection of microbial genomes provides a store of information about its history,” said Knight, also an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist. “Future studies will let us understand how much of this information, both about events before death — like diet, lifestyle and travel — and after death can be recovered.”In addition to Metcalf, Fierer, Knight, Carter and Parfrey, other study authors included Antonio Gonzalez, Gail Ackerman, Greg Humphrey, Mathew Gebert, Will Van Treuren, Donna Berg Lyons and Kyle Keepers from CU-Boulder, former BioFrontiers doctoral student Dan Knights from the University of Minnesota, and Yan Go and James Bullard from Pacific Biosciences in Menlo Park, Calif. Keepers participated in the study as an undergraduate while Gonzalez, now a postdoctoral researcher, was a graduate student during the study.“There is no single forensic tool that is useful in all scenarios, as all have some degree of uncertainty,” said Metcalf. “But given our results and our experience with microbiomes, there is reason to believe we can get past some of this uncertainty and look toward this technique as a complementary method to better estimate time of death in humans.”Gene sequencing equipment for the study included machines from Illumina of San Diego and Pacific Biosciences of Menlo Park, Calif. The Illumina data were generated at CU-Boulder in the BioFrontiers Next Generation Sequencing Facility.To access a copy of the paper visit http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.01104. For more information on the BioFrontiers Institute visit http://biofrontiers.colorado.edu.Contact: Jessica Metcalf, [email protected] Rob Knight, [email protected] Jim Scott, CU-Boulder media relations, [email protected] Published: Sept. 24, 2013 Categories:AcademicsScience & TechnologyCampus CommunityNews Headlines “While establishing time of death is a crucial piece of information for investigators in cases that involve bodies, existing techniques are not always reliable,” said Metcalf of CU-Boulder’s BioFrontiers Institute. “Our results provide a detailed understanding of the bacterial changes that occur as mouse corpses decompose, and we believe this method has the potential to be a complementary forensic tool for estimating time of death.” Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Making your water safer with UV light

first_imgPublished: Aug. 23, 2017 • By Tim Drugan-Eppich In Natalie Hull’s hometown in rural Kentucky, well water was contaminated by heavy metals from mining, and sewage from pipes emptied into a creek that ran near her house.So it’s not entirely surprising that when it came time to choose a PhD topic, she decided to focus on water purification and disinfection. Now in the final year of her environmental engineering studies, Hull’s research looks into the different wavelengths of ultraviolet radiation that will best kill dangerous pathogens in the water we drink.“I’m excited to do the intense biology research that informs technology development that will help people like those in my hometown,” Hull said.Hull’s research revolves around ultraviolet light and its role in the disinfection of drinking water. As she put it, she is trying to “understand and optimize the molecular mechanisms of UV disinfection at all different wavelengths.” This means she experiments with different UV wavelengths, using various combinations and doses, to find the most effective means for killing microbes in drinking water.Hull hopes her research can help limit the use of chlorine, which is used by many water municipalities.“Some bacteria are more resistant to chlorine, and those can be the same bacteria that make weak people sick,” Hull said. An example she gave was mycobacteria, which can cause lung infections. Myco’s waxy cell membrane, from its mycolic acids, repels chlorine. But the membrane does little to resist damage caused by wavelengths of UV light.“All drinking water has bacteria in it,” Hull said. “What I am hoping is UV can provide a more broad spectrum treatment and not allow for a higher proportion of opportunistic pathogens.”Viruses are more difficult to kill with UV than bacteria pathogens, so standards for water cleanliness are based around viruses. This is because whatever killed the viruses in water will likely kill dangerous bacteria at a lesser dose. An exceedingly dangerous virus sometimes transferred through water is the adenovirus, which Hull wants to figure out how to cripple.Lately, Hull has been experimenting on bacteriophage MS2 as a stand-in for adenovirus, since MS2 shows results of UV exposure within 24 hours, as opposed to waiting two weeks to see results on adenovirus. Before entering her lab, Hull covers herself from head to toe to protect her skin from the damaging UV rays, and then bombards her samples with light.Ultraviolet wavelengths run from 200 to 300 nanometers, but Hull concentrates on the 222 nanometer wavelength achieved by a special lamp called an excimer lamp. The lower wavelengths, Hull has found, are more effective at damaging the proteins in microbes as well as their DNA, rendering them incapacitated.The end goal is to implement a more sophisticated water purification system into our water municipalities. Hull described UV lights shining on water as it flowed through the system, killing whatever may be harmful in the water.“You can either use stronger lights, or slow the flow down,” Hull said, explaining how one might overcome the barriers of an inadequate UV purification system. “But if you need the water you can’t really slow the flow rate.”Tags:Blog Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via E-maillast_img read more

Education Abroad offering virtual programs this summer

first_img Published: Jan. 20, 2021 • By Education Abroad Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Two of Education Abroad’s faculty-led Global Seminars are going virtual this summer! Conservation & Indigenous Peoples in Tanzania and Conservation Biology & Practice in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest.Wait. What? Study abroad at home? We know “virtual” and “study abroad” aren’t an obvious combination, but it has some surprising advantages. Virtual programs allow for more accessibility, are less expensive and still offer an amazing cultural opportunity and global foundation for your degree.Beyond the Serengeti: An examination of Conservation & Indigenous Peoples in TanzaniaANTH 4020 | 3 credits  Students on the Tanzania virtual program will have the opportunity to learn about East African cultures, try their hand at the Swahili language and connect with amazing people on the African continent. Guest lecturers include top experts in their field, from safari guides to indigenous leaders, many of whom are on the ground to show students the location and animals they’re learning about (including on a live game safari).While you may not be spending the summer wandering the winding streets of Arusha, you can still gain meaningful cultural experiences at a fraction of the onsite program cost. This is a great option for any student looking to dip their toes into an international experience and stand out to future employers, whether they’re looking to pursue international development, environmental conservation work, medicine, law, education or the corporate world.Learn more at the info session on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 3:30 p.m. You can hear more from director Laura DeLuca, known to students as Mwalimu (Swahili for teacher), and Twiga (her emotional support giraffe) at this CWA Picnic with Professors. Or, check out the A&S Magazine article “Tanzania or bust, with the help of Zoom.”Don’t forget to join Education Abroad at the CU Summer Abroad Expo on Jan. 26 to learn details about these virtual options and many more!Conservation Biology & Practice in Brazil’s Atlantic ForestEBIO/ENVS 4340 | 4 credits in 2.5 weeks  Students on the Brazil virtual program will interact with some of the world’s most accomplished conservation biologists. Students in this course will explore questions such as: What is it about a species’ biology that makes it vulnerable to anthropogenic stressors? How do we develop a species conservation plan that is in line with socioeconomic development for local communities, which are otherwise in conflict with conservation goals?This program offers opportunities to learn how conservation action is accomplished in one of the world’s most endangered ecosystems. You’ll have plenty of one-on-one time with instructors to guide you through activities and assignments. Plus, be a part of several fun cultural activities, such as meetups with local Brazil students and a cooking class from a Brazilian kitchen!Learn more at the info session on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 3:30 p.m.Virtual internshipsIf faculty-led isn’t your thing, you can start your international career this summer with a virtual internship. Work remotely from the local coffee shop, your couch or home office, and network with colleagues all around the world. Participate in a full-time Global Internship (25–35 hours per week) and earn 5–6 credits toward your degree; or intern for 10–15 hours per week and earn 3 credits on an EA Internship.It could be possible to join in on a happy hour in Dublin then experience a live tour of the Eiffel Tower in the same day! Embrace the virtual experience now for your résumé and go abroad to meet your new colleagues later on in the future. Deadline to apply is Feb. 1, so get on it!Categories:AcademicsCareer DevelopmentCampus Communitylast_img read more