Community collections – Metawelle Tue, 21 Jun 2022 22:42:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Community collections – Metawelle 32 32 Governor Glenn Youngkin signs Virginia budget with tax cuts and spending increases Tue, 21 Jun 2022 21:04:00 +0000
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RICHMOND — Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) invited several hundred supporters to a grocery store in suburban Richmond on Tuesday to watch him ceremonially sign the state’s biennial budget, touting his rare combination of $4 billion in government cuts. taxes and increased spending on education and law enforcement. .

“It’s huge,” Youngkin said under a campaign-style banner that read, “Doing it together.” “It’s not all I wanted, so we’ll come back and take the rest” next year, he said. “But it’s a big step in the right direction.”

His action comes just 10 days before the June 30 deadline to put together a budget for the next fiscal year – a relatively tight call caused by protracted negotiations for a compromise between the Republican-controlled House of Delegates and the Senate. controlled by Democrats.

Youngkin picked up some victories in the budget deal, suffered losses, and ultimately decided to take what he could get, including an increase in the standard state income tax deduction and a reduction in the grocery tax.

At Tuesday’s rally — held at Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market, the same store where Youngkin filmed a political ad last fall about eliminating the grocery tax — the new governor charged Senate Democrats for blocking his full agenda, which called for an additional $1 billion in taxes. cuts.

“Virginians deserved a better response from our Senate Democrats than no,” he said. “Now is the time for us to come together,” Youngkin added, citing what he likes to describe as a “movement” that got him elected.

The movement “wasn’t Republicans against Democrats, it was about Virginians standing up for everything we know is right,” he said.

Afterwards, in a brief interview with The Washington Post, Youngkin said he intended to spend the rest of the year organizing similar rallies and “listening sessions” across the state in a kind of perpetual campaign mode – unusual for a Virginia governor. When asked if he was running for another job, Youngkin said he was just trying to keep people informed.

“It’s my job to make sure Virginians know we work for them every day. And so we are going to communicate,” he said. A camera crew from a political consultancy filmed Youngkin shopping for groceries at the end of the rally. A spokesperson for the governor’s office said he didn’t know if the footage would end up in another political ad.

Virginia General Assembly gives Youngkin mixed results on budget

With state coffers full of rising tax collections as well as federal coronavirus relief money, Youngkin and the General Assembly had plenty of resources to allocate in the budget. The centerpiece for Youngkin is a large increase in the standard personal income tax deduction. It had sought to double the current level of $4,500 for individuals and $9,000 for couples filing jointly, and the General Assembly fell just short, at $8,000 and $16,000, respectively.

Taxpayers will also get one-time rebates of $250 for individuals and $500 for couples — again, slightly less than the $300 and $600 requested by Youngkin.

The new budget eliminates a 1.5% statewide grocery tax, but leaves intact a 1% local levy that Youngkin had wanted to eliminate. Lawmakers also denied Youngkin’s repeated request for a three-month vacation from the state’s 26-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax, arguing there’s no guarantee wholesalers will pass the savings on to consumers. consumers and that the loss of revenue would hurt transportation expense accounts.

One Republican — Sen. Emmett W. Hanger Jr. (Augusta) — has joined all Senate Democrats in opposing the gas tax suspension.

The two-year plan includes a total of more than $19 billion for public education, an all-time high. Teachers and state employees are expected to get 5% raises for each of the next two years, as well as a one-time $1,000 bonus.

Youngkin won $100 million approval for his plan to create “lab schools” across the state, pairing colleges with K-12 schools. Current law only allows public colleges and universities offering teacher education programs to participate in those programs; legislation allowing private institutions to participate failed to make it out of committee at this year’s regular session of the General Assembly.

In a budget session last week, however, the General Assembly passed a Youngkin budget amendment that would allow private colleges and universities to participate, as well as community colleges. But Democrats in the Senate killed a companion amendment that would have transferred more money to the program from public school spending.

Youngkin resurrects gas tax cut but not Commanders Stadium in budget proposals

Senate Democrats blocked several other attempts by Youngkin to legislate through the budget, including a proposal that would have prevented the state from using public money to fund abortions for low-income women in cases where the fetus has “incapacitating” physical or mental deformities. deficiencies.

Youngkin’s own party blocked another proposed amendment, with Republicans in the House of Delegates choosing not to vote on a measure to make it a crime to demonstrate outside a judge’s home for the purpose of intimidation. GOP leaders said they support the idea but want to spend more time crafting legislation.

The new budget comes into effect on July 1.

]]> Social housing in Tasmania to create a ‘close sense of community’ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 05:08:09 +0000

Cumulus Studio a has partnered with Housing Choices Tasmania and the Department of Communities to deliver a new social housing initiative in West Ulverstone on Tasmania’s north west coast.

The Oak Rise Housing development is made up of two and three bedroom homes and uses contemporary design, local materials and a naturalistic palette to reflect the surrounding vegetation.

The community of 48 courtyard-style homes, overlooking Bass Strait in an established natural landscape, strives to foster a sense of locality and place.

Cumulus architect and project manager Tim Blakeway said the team wanted to create a close sense of community through thoughtful design and enabled common areas.

Shared walkways and slow walking areas create a vibrant sense of community.

Image: Cumulus Architects

“We focused on the idea of ​​creating a vibrant community through simple elements such as shared walkways and slow walk areas, but also through a thoughtful reduction of unused outdoor spaces that normally exist between each residence,” said Blakeway said.

The homes were designed with north-facing courtyards at the front of each residence, to fill the interior rooms with warm light and create a natural extension for the living spaces.

“Rooms wrap around courtyards to give residents a sense of enclosure and privacy, but they are also spaces that can easily open out onto the street, connecting each home to the rest of the community,” said added Blakeway.

The architect said he prioritized visual diversity “by dotting the collection of houses with several design variations, including different brick patterns for the facades.” According to associate architect Edwina Brisbane, the variations provide moments of individuality and the palettes draw inspiration from the changing seasonal hues of the mature elms and oaks that punctuate the development.

Cumulus has ensured that the established vegetation is conserved and celebrated on site.

Development of Oak Rise Housing is expected to be completed in mid-2023.

Cholera – Pakistan Fri, 17 Jun 2022 19:11:39 +0000

Hatching at a glance

In Pakistan, cholera is endemic with an epidemic threshold of a single laboratory confirmed case.

In 2022, Sindh province faces a significant increase in cholera cases with 234 laboratory confirmed cases reported between January 15 and May 27. Balochistan and Punjab provinces have also reported 31 and 25 confirmed cases of cholera respectively.

Currently, there is no evidence of cross-border spread of the disease. The risk of potential international spread exists given that Pakistan has long land borders with significant cross-border movement and several major urban centres, including the city of Karachi in Sindh province, with international transport hubs.

Description of the outbreak

On April 26, 2022, the Pakistan IHR National Focal Point reported a laboratory-confirmed cholera outbreak in Sindh Province, Pakistan. As of May 27, three provinces – Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab – had reported a total of 290 confirmed cholera cases.

The first laboratory confirmed case was reported on January 15, 2022 in Sindh province. Between January 15 and May 27, 234 laboratory-confirmed cases, with no deaths, were reported in the province. Of these cases, 126 (54%) were female and 114 (49%) involved children under the age of nine. According to the national cholera surveillance policy, specimens from children are prioritized over adults for confirmatory culture testing, which may explain the high proportion of confirmed cases in children.

As of May 27, a total of 109 samples have been tested from public water sources (fire hydrants) and individual households in Karachi city, Sindh province. Of these, results are available for 71 samples, 70% of which showed the presence of Vibrio cholerae while Escherichia coli and coliforms were detected in 55% and 90% of the samples, respectively.

Besides Sindh province, three districts in Balochistan have reported 31 confirmed cases and nine deaths, while two districts in Punjab have reported 25 confirmed cases.

Figure 1: Distribution of cholera cases in Pakistan, from January 15 to May 27, 2022 (n=290)

Cholera epidemiology

Cholera is an acute enteric infection caused by ingesting the bacteria Vibrio cholerae present in contaminated water or food. It is mainly linked to insufficient access to drinking water and inadequate sanitation. It is an extremely virulent disease that can cause severe acute watery diarrhea resulting in high morbidity and mortality, and can spread rapidly, depending on frequency of exposure, exposed population and setting. Cholera affects both children and adults and can be fatal if left untreated.

The incubation period is between 12 hours and five days after ingestion of contaminated food or water. Most people infected with V.cholerae do not develop any symptoms, although the bacteria are present in their faeces for 1-10 days after infection and are shed into the environment, potentially infecting other people. Of those who develop symptoms, the majority have mild or moderate symptoms, while a minority develop acute watery diarrhea with severe dehydration. Cholera is an easily treatable disease. Most people can be successfully treated with prompt administration of oral rehydration solution (ORS).

Cholera can be endemic or epidemic. A cholera-endemic area is an area where confirmed cases of cholera have been detected within the past three years with evidence of local transmission (cases are not imported from elsewhere). A cholera epidemic can occur in both endemic and non-endemic countries. Uninfected corpses have never been reported as a source of outbreaks.

The consequences of a humanitarian crisis – such as the disruption of water and sanitation systems or the displacement of populations to inadequate and overcrowded camps – can increase the risk of cholera transmission, if the bacterium is present or introduced.

A multi-sector approach including a combination of surveillance, water, sanitation and hygiene, social mobilization, treatment and oral cholera vaccines is essential to control cholera outbreaks and reduce deaths.

Public health response

In response to the outbreak, provincial health authorities in Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab have issued high alert notifications to concerned district health offices. The three provincial departments have also officially declared an epidemic in the affected districts.

A cholera response plan has been prepared and response activities are being implemented in the affected districts of Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab. This includes establishing sentinel surveillance sites, activating rapid response teams for case tracking, and engaging private sector hospitals to improve reporting. Material support was also provided to ensure availability of supplies including ORS, zinc, selected antibiotics and intravenous fluids for case management. Community engagement and health education messages were developed and disseminated in high-risk communities. Oral cholera vaccination (OCV) campaigns are planned in the affected areas.

WHO has provided support to health authorities in Pakistan through:

  • Advocacy and coordination through multiple high-level meetings. This includes advocating and guiding relevant authorities on the response to the cholera outbreak and providing support to the provincial cholera response cell.
  • Technical support for surveillance, case management including infection, prevention and control (IPC), data management and social mobilization.
  • Community engagement, including support for social mobilizers in highly affected districts and health awareness sessions that are conducted daily.
  • Collaboration with partners such as UNICEF at national and provincial levels for the implementation of effective water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions.
  • Conduct field visits to various hospitals to support surveillance, laboratory testing for cholera confirmation, water quality monitoring, improved IPC measurements and case management.
  • Support to affected districts with the distribution of sample collection kits, water purification tablets, ORS as well as cholera information, education and communication materials.
  • Laboratory support to civilian hospitals to take water and environmental samples.
  • Capacity building of district health management teams, health care providers and hospital focal points in surveillance, rapid response teams and in areas such as laboratory testing, IPC and case management.
  • Distribution of risk communication leaflets and awareness banners with additional materials being printed for future distribution. Development of customized standard operating procedures for faecal-oral transmitted diseases and distribution to health facilities to improve case management of cholera.
  • Applications submitted for OCV that have been accepted by the International Coordinating Group (ICG) for responsive campaigns in multiple affected areas.

WHO risk assessment

The risk of potential international spread from Sindh province exists given that the worst affected districts are located in the city of Karachi, which is an industrial center as well as a transportation hub with an airport and seaport. ; it is also the largest city in Pakistan and the capital of the province of Sindh. Currently, no international cross-border spread has been confirmed for this event. However, with continued transmission near border areas and transportation hubs, the risk of international spread cannot be ruled out.

In Balochistan province, surveillance is suboptimal, access to clean water and access to health care are limited, and affected areas are close to areas of active cross-border movements with Afghanistan and Iran.

In Punjab, although response activities are ongoing, the province is still registering an increased number of suspected cholera cases, especially in Lahore, the provincial capital and major international trading hub. Further spread to other provinces would aggravate the situation given the frequent population movements.

Necessary control measures are being implemented by national authorities with the support of WHO and partners to contain the outbreak, as described in the Public Health Response section above. However, there is a need to further strengthen surveillance by establishing systematic detection and laboratory confirmation of cholera in order to properly monitor the evolution of the epidemic and institute timely and appropriate interventions.

WHO Council

  • WHO recommends strengthening the disease surveillance system. Surveillance for early case detection, confirmation and response in other provinces and regions of Pakistan needs to be strengthened.
  • Appropriate and timely management of cholera cases should be ensured.
  • Oral cholera vaccines should be used in conjunction with improvements in WASH activities to control cholera outbreaks and for prevention in areas known to be at high risk of cholera.
  • Improving access to drinking water and sanitation infrastructure, as well as improving IPC measures in health facilities, with hygiene and food safety practices in affected communities are the means most effective in controlling cholera.
  • Risk communication and community engagement on cholera prevention and early care and treatment seeking should be provided to the population.

WHO does not recommend any travel or trade restrictions in Pakistan based on currently available information.

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Lethbridge food banks exceed Target Hunger collection goal despite rising grocery prices – Lethbridge Mon, 13 Jun 2022 22:30:16 +0000

It has become a year like no other for the Lethbridge Food Bank and the Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge as growing demand keeps them from keeping pace.

But despite the pressure, the food banks were thrilled to exceed their collection goal for the annual citywide Target Hunger food drive.

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“Target Hunger is designed to make it easier for people to participate as donors,” Interfaith executive director Danielle McIntyre said at Saturday’s event. “No one is knocking on your door. You can take out a bag if you want.

From the influx of donations, it seems many people in Lethbridge wanted to help.

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The food bank pair had set a combined goal of raising 50,000 pounds of food during Target Hunger, and on Monday Lethbridge Food Bank executive director Mac Nichol said not only had that goal been exceeded, but donations kept coming in.

“It’s coming in a trickle. A lot of our pickups are in different places like grocery stores, Cornerstone Funeral Home, and libraries,” Nichol said. “But currently we’ve taken 60,000 pounds between the two food banks, as well as almost $6,000.”

The combined value of community contributions was estimated at nearly $195,000 as of Monday afternoon.

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The annual food drive is the biggest event of the year for organizations. Last year Target Hunger brought in more than £73,000 in donations, but McIntyre says 2022 had organizers unsure what to expect.

“This year is different from other years, in that we’re just coming out of a pandemic, and we’re also experiencing inflation and very high grocery costs,” she said.

The Interfaith Food Bank has seen a steady increase in demand since March last year; McIntyre says that with the current economic climate, events like Target Hunger are needed more than ever in the community.

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“Month to month our numbers are going up, which is not unexpected – we just came out of a pandemic – but current grocery prices, fuel costs, will definitely put more people in our range,” she said.

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This increase in demand has been reflected at the Lethbridge Food Bank, where Nichol says the numbers have almost become alarming.

“This year, in May, we welcomed 150 more families than the previous year. These numbers are a little scary,” he said.

“We also run a school lunch program – Mindful Munchies – and that program is helping 150 more children this year than last year.”

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The need for a successful food drive was not lost on the 200 volunteers on Saturday.

Fred Gravel has been a volunteer with Interfaith since 1998 and has participated year after year in Target Hunger. He says this year the desperation has been clear.

“The shelves are empty and I think everyone is feeling the pinch, with all the high prices and stuff,” Gravel said. “So all of this, everything that we engage in, comes from the heart.”

Organizers are encouraging community members to continue bringing bags that may have been missed during Saturday’s collection; donations will continue to be accepted at local food bank and grocery store collection bins. Financial contributions are also accepted online.

The hope is that Target Hunger’s donations will help keep the shelves of both food banks stocked for at least the rest of the summer.

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New COVID-19 surge comes sooner than expected in La Plata County – The Durango Herald Sat, 11 Jun 2022 00:45:33 +0000

San Juan Basin Public Health recommends return to masks

Olivia Cates, tester, with COVIDCheck Colorado, performs a COVID-19 nasal swab PCR test on an individual Nov. 24, 2021, at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald file)

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COVID-19 transmission rates in Archuleta and La Plata counties and across the state are increasing faster than expected, according to San Juan Basin public health officials.

Chandler Griffin, spokesman for SJBPH, said many public health experts expect case rates to rise in the fall, when the weather is cooler and people are more apt to spend indoor time. But high transmission is happening now.

“Hospitalizations are currently much lower in the state and in our area than they were during the omicron surge,” he said. “That’s the good news.”

Griffin attributed the relatively low number of hospitalizations to vaccinations and booster shots. He said the idea that vaccines don’t work against COVID-19 is a misconception. Vaccines limit cases of serious illness and death.

“We know about this increase in the number of cases, but vaccines and boosters are still very effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths,” he said. “…They are doing their job to prevent hospitalizations.”

But high levels of transmission could overwhelm health centers and disrupt essential services.

On Thursday, incidence rates rose to 245 cases per 100,000 people in La Plata County and 135 per 100,000 people in Archuleta County, according to a news release Friday. Together, the two counties recorded a new hospitalization rate of 11 per 100,000 people in the past seven days.

Sewage samples collected in Durango and Pagosa Springs on June 2 show the highest levels of COVID-19 since sample collections began earlier this year, according to the news release.

The strains of COVID-19 in Archuleta and La Plata counties are a mix of omicron subvariants, Griffin said. And just like omicron, variants are highly transmissible.

“(The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) and SJBPH are monitoring data from Northeastern states because they began their recent push ahead of Colorado,” said Tiffany Switzer, deputy director of SJBPH. “Their cases have started to stabilize and decline, so there is cautious optimism that Colorado is catching up on its improving trend. To ensure this happens as soon as possible, we advise precautions such as masking, vaccinations and testing. »

Switzer said now that COVID-19 has entered people’s lives, it will always be there to some degree.

I think now that we have COVID-19 in our lives, we are always going to see ups and downs with COVID transmission,” she said.

The health department released new guidelines on Friday urging the use of masks in indoor public spaces in La Plata County in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Archuleta County is at the average level, so we advise masking for people at high risk for severe illness,” Griffin said. “They can check with their doctor about it if they need to make sure they’re up to date on vaccinations or a booster.”

Griffin said staying home when sick is the most important thing anyone can do to prevent the virus from spreading.

“When essential services or businesses have a lot of sick people, it can disrupt their operations,” he said. “For precautions, masking, testing and vaccinations: these are the things that will help prevent outbreaks and the worst outcomes of COVID.”

He said anyone eligible for a recall should get one immediately.

Free community testing sites remain open to the public, Griffin said. Rapid tests and free masks are also available at SJBPH offices in Durango and Pagosa Springs.

Police focus on trauma-informed techniques to serve campus community | CU Boulder today Tue, 07 Jun 2022 14:05:29 +0000

Police officers must be neutral, fair and equitable when interviewing people implicated in crimes in order to best ensure a successful investigation. This is the theory behind a science-based interview methodology called FETI (Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview), which also emphasizes making sure not to re-traumatize victims of crime when gathering information.

CUPD members receive FETI training to integrate trauma-informed techniques when interviewing victims of crime, April 2022.

Members of the CU Boulder Police Department (CUPD) received FETI training this spring, learning how to maximize information gathering from victims, witnesses and suspects after a crime has occurred. The technique was put into practice immediately, adding to CUPD’s list of options to help address mental health issues and connect the campus community to resources.

“We are thrilled to be pioneers in this area, which is so important to not only ensuring successful interviews, but also to treating victims of crime with the utmost care and respect,” said Doreen, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Public Safety and Chief of Police. Jokerst. “Having this type of focus on mental health is also in line with our other community support programs, such as providing a victim advocate and our embedded clinician.

The method is grounded in the neurobiology of trauma and attempts to create an environment where those affected by crime feel comfortable enough to share their experiences. Officers are trained to ask questions in a non-leading way, allowing victims of crime to respond to clues and share information in a narrative way.

“As our officers investigate crimes, it’s important to understand how traumatic incidents are coded in the brain,” said CUPD Commander Eric Edford, who is also an investigator for the department. “FETI gives officers a tool to help extract facts when those involved in these crimes may not be able to easily recall information.”

Trainers describe the method as “gather the dots, not connect the dots”, to emphasize the importance of separating the interview from the other stages of the investigation. This helps ensure fairness and neutrality, while leaving less information on the table.

At regional FETI teaching sessions hosted by the CUPD, members of the Boulder County Sheriff’s Department, the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office, and other police departments joined the University Police for training, learning first the theory, then practicing the interview techniques.

FETI trainer Lori Heitman explained that gathering information without re-traumatizing victims is crucial. “We focus on what victims of crime can’t forget, not what they can’t remember. By focusing on sensory information, we can access implicit details that they didn’t even realize they understood,” she said.

Heitman likens the human brain to a crime scene, to be handled with the utmost care during an interview. “We don’t want to alter the information or use leading or coercive questions, as this may be part of the factual model and may not be accurate,” she said. “We must be determined not to put anything in anyone’s memory.”

Instructor Carrie Hull said she was impressed with the CUPD’s awareness of trauma-informed movement and its willingness to help share scientific methodology, which is continually evolving as new information about how the brain treats trauma become available. The officers included in the training will use their new knowledge, maximizing the amount of information gathered during an interview, in order to conduct the most thorough investigation possible.

“We reduce anxiety so that victims of crime can share the experience they’ve had,” said Heitman, who pioneered the use of FETI techniques. “If you don’t pass the interview, other things don’t go as well,” she said. “Better interviews can lead to better conviction rates, which can benefit everyone in the community.– both on and off campus.

Livestock startups offer high-tech solutions to the livestock industry Sun, 05 Jun 2022 05:13:00 +0000

Away from the nation’s capital, almost touching the Pakistani border, some of the farms are run under end-to-end control by a startup for strict quality control.

Managed mainly by young people, this Startup has developed a series of farms and the necessary ecosystem that ensures that the milk drawn from the cows arrives at the collection center faster and without contamination. It sells A2 natural milk under the ‘DesiGo’ brand in the B2B and B2C domain.

The startup Bhairaj Organics Private Limited monitors every step 24/7 so that the milk is tracked from the udder to the collection center and hence charged at a high price due to the confidence in the quality.

The same confidence has helped Bhairaj Organics Private Limited in its participation in the “Start Up Grand Challenge 2021” announced by the Department of Animal Husbandry. And not only did they enter the competition, but they were also declared one of the 12 winners.

“We have installed cameras everywhere. Every step is monitored carefully. This way we have ensured not only the quality, but we can also take care of any issues that may disrupt the supply chain,” said Mahaveer Singh of Bhairaj at IANS in Delhi as he arrived. collect the prize.

Being a remote region, they face problems especially with internet connectivity. “We are also working on this. We have, for now, developed a system where recording continues regardless of internet connectivity and data is downloaded even if the signal is available for a very short period of time,” he said. -he declares.

As far as success goes, more and more farms are coming forward to have this system and also, more and more contractors are looking to replicate something like this.

Without surprise. Dozens of young entrepreneurs are turning to the agriculture, dairy and livestock sector and making it a successful business by adding value to products or providing solutions that can ease the burden on the small farmer.

This was the second edition of the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying with Startup India launching the “Animal Husbandry StartUp Grand Challenge 2.0” – to seek innovative and commercially viable solutions to address six challenges faced by the animal husbandry sector and dairy products.

“We had found many startups doing good work among farmers and wanted to get it to real farmers and ranchers in need. The challenge offered specific problems and sought local solutions,” said an official with the Department. is important because there are many expensive technological solutions available in the market for those who can afford it.

The six problem statements were: development of cost-effective, long-term, user-friendly alternatives for storage and delivery of semen doses; Development of cost-effective animal identification (RFID) and traceability technology; Development of heat detection kits; Development of pregnancy diagnostic kits for dairy animals; Improvement of the existing milk supply chain from the village collection center to the dairy factory, and Development of a low-cost milk cooling and storage system and data logger.

On June 1, Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Industry, awarded winners in six categories during the “Conclave Unnat Pashudhan Sashakt Kisan – the Conclave of 75 entrepreneurs and l ‘Exhibition of 75 Native Cattle Breeds’ held here.

Another winner was Prompt Innovations Private Limited from Ahmedabad, another startup that provides energy-efficient and sustainable cooling for milk. India is the largest producer of milk, but most of the time moving milk over longer distances is hampered by the lack of cooling facilities.

Prompt’s “MilkoChill” is an instant milk cooler that helps extend its shelf life at the source itself. It mainly helps to avoid milk spoilage in addition to other benefits.

The other winners were: Simsupa Electronics Private Limited, Machphy Solutions Private Limited, Koshbio Private Limited, iVET LLP, Flexdrop Technology Private Limited, Statlogic India Private Limited, Ravi Prakash, Atsuya Technologies Pvt Ltd, Humawings Private Limited and Seragen Biotherapeutics Private Limited.

There were over 150 entries. A three-step judging process followed before the winners were declared.

The 12 winners would benefit from an incubation of up to three months, a pairing of mentors, a laboratory and even testing facilities, organizing workshops for companies and investors. There would also be virtual Master Classes.



(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Binance to be Official Sponsor of The Weeknd’s Global Concert Tour Fri, 03 Jun 2022 13:30:32 +0000

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has announced that it will be the official sponsor of Canadian singer The Weeknd’s “After Hours Til Dawn” tour, which kicks off on July 8, 2022.

The exchange collaborated with think tank and community incubator HXOUSE to release an NFT collection for The Weeknd’s tour, as well as co-branded tour merchandise. Attendees’ virtual ticket stubs can also access NFTs that will provide fan experiences. The World Concert Tour will seek to integrate Web3.0 technology in an effort to enhance the fan experience.

Binance is excited to be a crypto partner for The Weeknd Tour, giving fans and people the chance to engage with crypto in a new avenue, said Yi He, co-founder of Binance. “Crypto aims to be community-centric and we believe this partnership embodies that, including empowering local artists and redistributing, through a mainstream platform,” he added.

To mark the launch of the tour, Binance says it will donate two million dollars to the XO Humanitarian Fund, which is administered by the United States’ World Food Program. Additionally, The Weeknd and Binance are looking to create a purpose-built NFT collection and five percent of its sales will be donated to the XO Humanitarian Fund.

Richmond American opens new community in Corona Wed, 01 Jun 2022 21:55:00 +0000

Three inspired model homes will debut this Saturday at Horizons in Terramor

CORONA, Calif., June 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Richmond American Homes of Californiaa subsidiary of MDC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MDC), is thrilled to announce the opening of a new community at Crown, Horizons at Terramor ( This recent addition to the popular Terramor Master Plan features a range of floor plans inspired by the builder’s highly sought-after Seasons™ Collection, designed to bring home ownership within reach for a variety of buyers. Horizons at Terramor will debut three model homes this Saturday June 4.

Model Home Tours

Prospective buyers and area agents are encouraged to stop by Horizons in Terramor for model home tours on Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Learn more about this gated community:

  • New Seasons™ Collection Homes from $600+
  • Three two-story floor plans with open layouts and designer details
  • 3 to 6 bedrooms, approx. 2,380 to 3,040 ft2
  • Community pavilion, swimming pool, sports courts, trails, parks, playgrounds and garden
  • Close to Lake Mathews, I-15, and notable schools
  • Three model homes debuting this weekend!

Those who choose to build a new home from the ground up at Horizons in Terramor will have the opportunity to work with professional design consultants at the builder’s Home Gallery™ to select colors, textures, finishes and fixtures for their new living spaces – a free service!

Horizons at Terramor is located at 11781 Wandering Way in Crown. For more information, call 951.734.8068 or visit Check health and safety updates at

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Operating as Richmond American Homes, MDC’s homebuilding subsidiaries have built more than 220,000 homes since 1977. Among the nation’s largest homebuilders, MDC’s subsidiaries have operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington. Mortgages, insurance and title services are offered by the following MDC subsidiaries, respectively: HomeAmerican Mortgage Corporation, American Home Insurance Agency, Inc. and American Home Title and Escrow Company. MDC Holdings, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “MDC”. For more information, visit

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]]> Underwater drone measures ocean carbon levels Mon, 30 May 2022 21:56:17 +0000

Researchers use a submarine drone to measure carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the ocean. It is believed to be the first time such a vehicle has been used specifically to test CO2 levels.

The vehicle, which the team also calls a glideris designed to dive up to 1,000 meters in deep ocean areas and can operate for weeks at a time.

The goal of the research is to provide scientists with data on how climate change is affecting ocean chemistry. The autonomous drone was deployed to the Gulf of Alaska this spring. Associated Press reporters recently joined researchers on a boat in Alaska’s Resurrection Bay to see the drone in action.

The team says the project could be a major step forward in measuring the environmental health of the oceans. Scientists are primarily interested in levels of ocean acidification. This occurs when CO2 emissions in the atmosphere make their way into the ocean. Ocean acidification can harm or kill certain types of marine life.

This May 4, 2022, photo shows an underwater glider dancing in the Gulf of Alaska. The glider was equipped with special sensors to study ocean acidification. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Scientists have established a link between CO2 emissions and global warming caused by human activities.

In a way, the oceans have done humans a great service by absorbing some of the CO2. If this were not the case, there would be a lot more CO2 in the atmosphere. This would trap more heat from the sun and warm the Earth more.

“But the problem now is that the ocean is changing its chemistry because of it. absorption», declared Claudine Hauri, member of the team. She is an oceanographer at the International Center for Arctic Research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

One of the best ways to measure ocean acidification is to collect CO2 measurements. Until now, these collections were mainly done from ships or with floating devices on the surface of the ocean or equipment on the bottom of the ocean.

Hauri is working with another researcher, Andrew McDonnell, on the project. He is an oceanographer in the University’s College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

This April 28, 2022, photo provided by Ehsan Abdi shows the University of Alaska Fairbanks research vessel Nanuq in the Gulf of Alaska.  (Ehsan Abdi via AP)

This April 28, 2022, photo provided by Ehsan Abdi shows the University of Alaska Fairbanks research vessel Nanuq in the Gulf of Alaska. (Ehsan Abdi via AP)

The two – who are married – have teamed up in recent months with engineers from Cyprus Subsea Consulting and Services, which supplied the drone. A German company, 4H-Jena, supplied the CO2 sensor. The team repeatedly took the drone further and further into Resurrection Bay from the coastal community of Seward to perform the tests.

The researchers said the drone’s sensor looked like a very small laboratory. It examines CO2 data and stores it in a temperature-controlled system.

Richard Feely is a scientist with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He is based at the agency’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle, Washington.

This April 28, 2022, photo provided by Andrew McDonnell shows an underwater glider in the Gulf of Alaska.  (Andrew McDonnell via AP)

This April 28, 2022, photo provided by Andrew McDonnell shows an underwater glider in the Gulf of Alaska. (Andrew McDonnell via AP)

Feely said the goal of the project is to make the measurements collected by the glider just as exact such as those carried out on ships.

Researchers in Canada also tested a smaller CO2 measuring device attached to a drone. But this sensor has yet to achieve effective goals for observations of ocean acidification.

McDonnell said his goal is to one day have large numbers of similar robotic gliders operating in oceans around the world. Such efforts will be important in helping scientists “understand what is happening in the ocean better than before”, he said.

I am Brian Lynn.

Bryan Lynn wrote this story, based on reports from the University of Utah Health, Nature Chemical Biology and NOAA.

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words in this story

drone – nm an autonomous vehicle

glider – nm an airplane that has no engine and flies on air currents

emission – nm action of letting go of something

global warming – nm the increase in temperatures in the world due to pollution

absorption – nm the absorption of a substance

exact – nm correct or true