Can the optimisation of pop-up agriculture in remote communities help feed the world?

first_imgThreats to global food security have generated the need for novel food production techniques to feed an ever-expanding population with ever-declining land resources. Hydroponic cultivation has been long recognised as a reliable, resilient and resource-use-efficient alternative to soil-based agricultural practices. The aspiration for highly efficient systems and even city-based vertical farms is starting to become realised using innovations such as aeroponics and LED lighting technology. However, the ultimate challenge for any crop production system is to be able to operate and help sustain human life in remote and extreme locations, including the polar regions on Earth, and in space. Here we explore past research and crop growth in such remote areas, and the scope to improve on the systems used in these areas to date. We introduce biointensive agricultural systems and 3D growing environments, intercropping in hydroponics and the production of multiple crops from single growth systems. To reflect the flexibility and adaptability of these approaches to different environments we have called this type of enclosed system ‘pop-up agriculture’. The vision here is built on sustainability, maximising yield from the smallest growing footprint, adopting the principles of a circular economy, using local resources and eliminating waste. We explore plant companions in intercropping systems to supply a diversity of plant foods. We argue that it is time to consume all edible components of plants grown, highlighting that nutritious plant parts are often wasted that could provide vitamins and antioxidants. Supporting human life via crop production in remote and isolated communities necessitates new levels of efficiency, eliminating waste, minimising environmental impacts and trying to wean away from our dependence on fossil fuels. This aligns well with tandem research emerging from economically developing countries where lower technology hydroponic approaches are being trialled reinforcing the need for ‘cross-pollination’ of ideas and research development on pop-up agriculture that will see benefits across a range of environments.last_img read more

Prep Sports Schedule: 4/3

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LÉ NIAMH Saves 225 People off Tripoli

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today LÉ NIAMH Saves 225 People off Tripoli View post tag: Saves View post tag: Navy View post tag: africa Irish Navy’s LÉ NIAMH rescued 225 people from two inflatable vessels in distress 112 kilometres North-East of Tripoli yesterday.The LÉ NIAMH arrived on scene and deployed two rhibs (rigid hull inflatable boats) to the first vessel. All 107 migrants were safely on board the LÉ NIAMH by midnight.Immediately following the first rescue the LÉ NIAMH was re-tasked to assist with the rescue of a further 118 migrants in the vicinity. Weather conditions at the time were good.

 The LÉ NIAMH now has 225  rescued migrants on board (139 male, 74 female and 12 children) who are receiving water, food and medical assistance, where required.The LÉ NIAMH is awaiting direction from the Italian Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre for its next tasking.[mappress mapid=”16745″]Image: Irish Defence Force View post tag: 225 View post tag: people View post tag: LE Niamh View post tag: Naval LÉ NIAMH Saves 225 People off Tripoli View post tag: News by topic Authorities Share this article View post tag: Tripoli August 24, 2015last_img read more

News story: Better, faster, more personalised asthma treatment

first_img Many of us either are or know asthma sufferers, so are only too aware of the pressing need for better diagnosis and improved, personalised treatments. By choosing to work in partnership with leading charities such as Asthma UK, we can connect businesses to the resources that the charities may have. This can be access to patients, new ideas and the ability to generate real world evidence. Diagnosing asthma can be extremely difficult and this is mainly because there is a lack of definitive diagnostic tools. We look forward to seeing the outcomes of these research projects and hope that improved and faster diagnosis could mean people with asthma can then get faster access to treatments and care. Partnership to improve health and wellbeingThe funding will tackle a serious health challenge and aims to improve the lives of the millions of people in the UK with asthma.The partnership between Asthma UK – the leading UK asthma research charity – and Innovate UK will see academic researchers and innovative businesses partner together to meet the goals of the charity. It also supports the UK’s economy and development in the medical field.Dr Kath Mackay, Interim Director Ageing Society, Health & Nutrition at Innovate UK said: Although 5.4 million people in the UK are affected by asthma, diagnosing the condition is difficult. Current testing often leads to misdiagnosis and diagnosing pre-school children is particularly challenging.In a series of 3-year projects in Manchester, Edinburgh and Portsmouth, collaborations between academics and innovative businesses will lead to vastly improved treatment options.Improving asthma servicesWith each project set to receive more than £200,000, it is expected that patients will see an improvement in services thanks to new diagnostic testing that better predicts response to treatment.The projects will also provide doctors with improved decision support systems, reducing workload for GPs and leading to more personalised treatment.The 3 collaborative projects are:University of Manchester and Owlstone MedicalThis partnership will develop new tests for diagnosis. It will look at the small airways in the lungs to assess treatment response. The aim is to reduce the number of people that are wrongly diagnosed and are taking unnecessary medication.University of Edinburgh and TactuumThis project will design a new clinical decision support system to help medical professionals diagnose asthma. Assessments of the patient will improve with the intention that it will lead to more personalised treatment plans.Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth & Cambridge and Respiratory InnovationsIn order to speed up the journey to diagnosis – and reduce costs in doing so – this project will test a new device that measures gases in exhaled breath to quickly diagnose asthma. Dr Erika Kennington, Head of Research at Asthma UK, added: Read about more successful businesses and collaborations supported by Innovate UK. Find out more about current funding opportunities and apply for funding.last_img read more

Untold war stories

first_imgWhen Abby Disney was writing her dissertation on war novels at Columbia, she noticed a curious pattern: Nearly all of them were about men, by men, and in most cases, for men.But it wasn’t until she traveled to Liberia, in the wake of the country’s 14-year-long civil war, that she realized just how often women’s voices are stifled in the stories we tell about how wars are fought — and perhaps more important, in how peace is won.Peaceful women protesters in Liberia had played a crucial role in bringing the conflict to an end and in unseating President Charles Taylor, but after their democratic victory they were “disappeared from the record,” she said.“It really occurred to me that this is what it looks like as you’re erased from a story,” Disney told a rapt audience Tuesday night at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).Throughout history and across cultures, women’s voices have been largely absent from decision-making in wartime and from the process of negotiation that follows. Inspired by Disney’s new PBS series “Women, War, and Peace,” a group of women scholars and filmmakers gathered at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum to explore those untold stories.But honoring women’s voices isn’t just a symbolic gesture, the panelists stressed. If anything, women represent an untapped resource in peace building in many of the world’s 30 ongoing conflicts.The practice of disappearing women from war — whether by silencing them through systematic violence, or by keeping them from the table during peace negotiations — seemed so pervasive to Disney that she took up the cause of unearthing little-known tales of women’s successes. (The first of five installments of “Women, War, and Peace,” for which she is executive producer, will air Oct. 11 at 10 p.m.)Their stories ranged from the moving to comparatively mundane. One clip shown to the audience featured Liberian women, dressed in all white, gathering to protest mass killing and war. But another featured a group of Afghan women seated around a table and arguing about whether to support President Hamid Karzai’s promises to seat them at the country’s peace talks — political theater that could just as easily have taken place in the United States.“This film shows the ways things actually are, not the way we’d like them to be,” said moderator Sahana Dharmapuri, a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, which co-sponsored the event with the Institute of Politics, the HKS Women and Public Policy Program, the HKS National Security Fellows Program, and the HKS International Security Professional Interest Council.What Disney hoped to convey was that “there are really effective, really bright women who are central” to peace building, a process that all too often fails.Military and diplomatic leaders need to understand, Disney said, that women “function at the center of all the important social institutions. They understand what has to come first.” They can also be shrewd tactical advisers, she added: “They know where the weapons are. They know who’s corrupt and who’s not.”Panelist Helen Benedict, novelist and author of “The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq,” relayed a story of just how complex the lives of women in war zones can appear to outsiders. When a group of American soldiers noticed that women in one Afghan village had to walk an hour each way to access a well, they decided to help them out and dug a well right in the town itself. The women were livid and destroyed it.“That hour was the only time they could … talk without being watched,” Benedict said.The “glamorizing” and “glorification” of war often found in men’s accounts of conflict “goes back to before we could even write,” and to the epics of Homer and Virgil, she said.Women tell “a different kind of war story,” Benedict explained. Their perspectives on everything from the use of torture and rape by armed forces to concepts of honor and dishonor and the ethics of asymmetrical warfare can be quite different from those of men.An clip from the new PBS series “Women, War, and Peace.”But if women have always played an unheralded role as civilians, they are only recently starting to affect how wars are fought and settled from the front lines. Elizabeth Medina, an Army civilian affairs officer and currently a National Security Fellow at HKS, offered a perspective from the other side of the conflict.“You’re starting from scratch any time you’re newly on the ground,” Medina said. “We couldn’t possibly have the level of sophistication that it requires” to be completely sensitive to and aware of different cultures’ customs, she added. That’s why the military’s emphasis on learning from past experiences — an institutional value that is drilled into soldiers — is so important in developing the capacity to understand and include women’s perspectives on war.For the past decade, the Army has deployed provincial reconstruction teams, Medina said, to go out into villages and empower local government officials. The hope is that such outreach will increase women’s representation in rebuilding Afghanistan and Iraq.Disney said the American military has become quite progressive in its approach to war. Increasingly, she said, American soldiers view their role not merely as gun-wielding enforcers or combatants, but as community builders and mediators in war-torn areas.“The military is so far ahead of our political culture on this issue,” she said. “They’re doing some of the best thinking about this in the world.”last_img read more

Chautauqua County Reports Two Fatal Overdoses In March

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: nchrc.orgMAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services is warning residents that there has been a spike in overdoses in the past month, and that may be a sign that a strong batch of heroin is in the area. From March 29 to March 31 alone, there were two fatal overdoses and three non-fatal overdoses reported.  A large cluster of drug overdose deaths has also been reported in Erie County.Due to circumstances, officials believe this spike is due primarily to street drugs, especially heroin, being laced with fentanyl.“From March 1 to March 31, there were 45 overdoses in Chautauqua County that we are aware of and sadly, two of those were fatal,” said Christine Schuyler, Director of Health and Human Services. “This is very scary. On average, 19 overdoses per month were reported in 2019. If you are with someone who experiences an overdose, call 911, and administer naloxone (Narcan) if it is available.” Although the focus of attention at this unprecedented time is the COVID-19 crisis, substance misuse and the overdose crisis have not relented.Current evidence suggests that it has become more dangerous to use drugs from the street as the amount of fentanyl in street drugs is rising and it can be found in heroin, meth, cocaine and marijuana.“Remember – don’t use alone, test your drugs with fentanyl test strips, and have multiple doses of Narcan available,” said Schuyler.  “There is help and there is hope.”The MHA has many resources to assist individuals suffering substance use disorders and their families.Per Steven Cobb, Executive Director of MHA in Chautauqua County, “MHA will help anyone.  There is no requirement to stop using, and no judgment from an MHA coach.  We are willing to help you use in a safer way, get food, find stable housing, and get medical care.”Recovery Coaches from the Mental Health Association (MHA) are available to help anyone get connected with treatment seven days a week by calling 716-661-9044 from 8 a.m. to 12 midnight.Access to MAT (medication assisted treatment) in Chautauqua County is now readily available through TLC Health, UPMC Chautauqua, The Resource Center, The Chautauqua Center, and The Chautauqua County Mental Health clinics.The Chautauqua County Crisis Hotline, 1-800-724-0461, is available if you are experiencing a personal crisis or are in emotional distress.Evergreen Health Services in Chautauqua County has seen higher than normal reports of Narcan use from their patients in March.“This overdose crisis is a public health issue as well as one of stigma. As a health care provider serving patients every day in Chautauqua County, we know we need to make resources accessible in a manner that is as non-judgmental as possible,” said Emma Fabian, senior director of harm reduction at Evergreen Health. “Narcan is a medication that has the ability to block the effects of opioids and overturn an overdose – and it’s readily available to community members at our Syringe Exchange Program in Jamestown. We are proud to be one of many partners in the area working to reduce the risk of fatal overdoses by providing harm reduction tools.”Evergreen Health is a good resource of health information and services for people who use drugs; they remain open (320 Prather Ave. Suite 100, Jamestown, NY – note temporary change of location during COVID-19 pandemic), and have Narcan kits to distribute.  There is no cost for a kit, and training only takes about 10 minutes.  Visit www.Evergreenhs.org  or call 716-541-0678 for Evergreen’s most up to date hours, locations and services.Chautauqua County government and its partners encourage people who use drugs, and their family members, to take advantage of local resources for harm reduction and recovery. People who use drugs and their families should obtain a naloxone (Narcan) kit if they do not have one on hand, and should be prepared to call 911. Visit https://combataddictionchq.com/ to learn about chemical dependency services available throughout the County.The New York State 911 Good Samaritan Law allows people to call 911 without fear of arrest if they are having a drug or alcohol overdose that requires emergency medical care or if they witness someone overdosing.If you use drugs, build a safety plan that works for you.  Your health and life matter.  Anyone who uses drugs can overdose.  Know the facts:Fentanyl is in the drug supply.Fentanyl is 50-100 times stronger than heroin.A small amount of fentanyl can cause an overdose.Fentanyl is mixed into heroin and can be added to other drugs such as pills, cocaine, and crystal meth.Naloxone DOES reverse the effects of fentanyl.A drug-free period will lower your toleranceMixing drugs, medications and alcohol increases the risk of overdose.last_img read more

Blockchain Pilot Seeks to Reduce Renewable Energy Curtailment Problems

first_imgBlockchain Pilot Seeks to Reduce Renewable Energy Curtailment Problems FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Centrica is hoping the blockchain could help rein in renewable energy curtailment that affects up to 10 percent of production in the U.K. It is planning a pilot to help prosumers buy and sell locally produced energy in a county where significant amounts go to waste.The British multinational utility last month announced a partnership with LO3 Energy “to explore how blockchain technology could revolutionize the way consumers buy and sell energy,” according to a press release. New York-based LO3, which received undisclosed funding from Centrica Innovations last October, will roll out its Exergy blockchain peer-to-peer energy trading platform, first tested in Brooklyn, across 100 homes and 100 businesses in Cornwall, Southwest England.The pilot is thought to be the largest blockchain energy trading initiative in the U.K. It is one of four projects that is part of a £19 million ($26 million) program called Local Energy Market. The program aims to see how flexible demand, generation and storage assets might help relieve grid congestion.Centrica is planning to invest £700 million into its distributed energy and power business between now and 2020. Mark Futyan, distributed power systems director at Centrica, said the business is interested in investigating decentralized generation and digital technologies that might help cut the cost of operations, for example through grid upgrade deferrals.On a national level, up to around 10 percent of renewable energy production is curtailed at a cost of £20 million a month, said Futyan. Recent research, meanwhile, indicates congestion management costs have risen 74 percent in the U.K. since 2010 and onshore wind curtailment is as high as 16 percent in Scotland.More: Centrica Looks To Blockchain To Help Cut Renewable Energy Curtailmentlast_img read more

Credit unions march forward with EMV chip card conversion

first_imgby: Brandon KuehlFinancial institutions (FIs) across the country are continuing their EMV chip card preparations. Harland Clarke Corporation’s recent “State of EMV: Countdown to 2015” survey takes a look at FIs’ EMV preparedness as compared to 2013.The report, which polled 750 FIs, found 90 percent of the FIs participating in the survey have begun researching the technology. That’s up from 74 percent in 2013. While 58 percent have yet to commit to a particular program of either EMV-only or dual-interface, 70 percent reported they would implement EMV within 18 months. Just 22 percent felt it would take more than 18 months.Further, the survey saw a significant increase in FIs working with electronic funds transfer (EFT) processors in their EMV research. In 2014, 73 percent of those asked had engaged their EFT processors. That’s an increase from 47 percent in 2013. This jump signifies an overall increased commitment to EMV conversion. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

What to make of the confusing mobile payments game

first_imgNow that retailers have been ‘encouraged’ to accept chip-and-PIN cards, transactions have become a little more annoying.  Until recently we all would have agreed that it was easier to just pull out your card and swipe it.  Mobile payment apps actually provide for a marginally faster transaction process than swipe (0.4 seconds faster to be precise) and are a little friendlier. Especially since everyone in the check-out line is staring at their phone anyway!  Not to mention the reduced need to carry a wallet.Credit unions are bombarded every day with propaganda that indicates mobile is the place to be, and if you don’t have a mobile plan, you will not be able to survive in the ‘new economy’.  Data however suggests that only about 4% of consumers actually use mobile payments today, and that only 13% of consumers have actually attempted a mobile payment.  The early race for mobile payments is all about adoption: The company who wins early adoption stands be the leader in a potential billion dollar business.Not to be left out, Chase Bank announced last week that they are joining the mobile payments game with Apple, Google and Samsung in line at the cash register.  Chase Bank is certainly not the first but they are arguably the biggest: 1 out of every 2 household’s is a customer – according to Chase. They also claim to be the overall number one payments processor. Chase’s plan is to double-down on ‘reach’, meaning they are partnering up with Wal-Mart and other large retailers to drive mobile app adoption. continue reading » 47SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Nunulemon: The reintroduction of an old brand with new magic

first_imgThat is exactly what Lululemon did when they partnered with Virtue, Vice Media’s in-house agency, when they set out to reintroduce their name to the world earlier this year through a global ad campaign. For their first global ad campaign, it was important that the campaign reflected Lululemon’s purpose, values and what they want to stand for in the world moving forward. Together, Lululemon and Vice set out to tell the story that yoga (what Lululemon is known for) is more than just yoga pants, poses and mats – and that Lululemon’s brand isn’t just for yogis.Lululemon believes that the philosophy and practices of yoga influences culture in everyday settings. So instead of focusing on traditional yogis and showing studios with mats laid out and people in poses, the focus is on a diverse group of people who aren’t considered yogis but all have one thing in common – in some way each uses a yoga practice in their life. continue reading » Reintroducing the name and brand of a 20-year-old company may seem like a unnecessary task and if this particular company is widely well-known some may ask, “what’s the point?” But just like humans and society, brands evolve – and need to in order to stay relevant. So how do you successfully reintroduce your name without losing the long time pillars your company has stood on for years? You take a step back to discover a compelling story you could be sharing but hadn’t realized you had it.center_img 47SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more