Irradiated Meat Safer

first_img Graphic by Cindy M. Esco, UGA CAES Download the .JPG here Web sites to see for information on food irradiation include: FDA: or ; Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, ; or USDA, . Questions about food irradiation are much the same as when food was first pasteurized, say University of Georgia scientists. New science involving the food we eat usually raises concerns.”Irradiation exposes food to very short light waves with very high energy,” said Elizabeth Andress, a food safety specialist with the UGA Extension Service. “The process can kill microorganisms that can cause disease or can cause the food to spoil,” she said. “It can also kill insects in grains and spices.” The process, approved for use on fresh chilled or frozen meats only since last December, is fairly simple. Conveyors carry large cases of food on pallets past an irradiation source in an enclosed chamber. It sounds like new-age technology. But it’s been around since the turn of the century. “The first patent application for food preservation by irradiation was filed in 1905,” Andress said. “But it has really only been used in the past 40 years.” Food irradiation offers many benefits. It extends the shelf life of food by preventing sprouting, deactivating mold and killing spoilage bacteria. The United Nations figures more than 25 percent of the world’s harvest is lost to spoilage and waste. “Irradiation also cuts down the number of chemicals in food,” Andress said, “by replacing fumigants and other pesticides used to preserve food supplies.” Irradiation kills microorganisms that cause food-borne illness and parasites that cause disease. But like canning and freezing, it may not destroy preformed toxins and viruses. And when gamma rays are aimed at food, questions of safety are bound to arise. Andress said some groups that once opposed the process have become supporters. But others still oppose it. “The typical issues raised by those opposed to the process are the safety of radioactive materials in food processing facilities, the reduction in nutritive content and the possible cancer-causing products formed in the foods during the irradiation process,” she said. “Extensive research shows that the chemical compounds found in irradiated foods are identical to those found in baked or broiled food,” she said. “The nutritional quality of irradiated food is essentially the same as that of fresh food.” The value of the food is affected more by how the food is stored. “Irradiation of meat could prove to be another important tool to protect consumers from food-borne disease,” said Michael Friedman, deputy commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “The process has been shown to be safe and to significantly reduce bacterial contamination.” But will shoppers accept it? One survey shows that to get safer food, shoppers are willing to pay more than it costs to irradiate it. In recent surveys, 72 percent of consumers were aware of the process, but 88 percent of those knew little about it. However, they were less concerned about irradiation than food additives, pesticide residues, animal drug residues, growth hormones and bacteria. Risks to workers and the environment were the chief concerns among these shoppers. Shoppers can tell if food has been irradiated by the label. “There may be some changes in the labeling requirements for irradiated foods,” Andress said. “The FDA has been directed to revise the disclosure statement. The green symbol can continue to be used. And labeling will continue to be required.” Irradiated food is making its way to the marketplace, but only in small amounts. Nation’s Pride is the first retail brand handling only irradiated products, primarily produce.last_img read more

Cotton, peanut field day

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaAnyone who wants to see firsthand the latest cotton and peanut research conducted by University of Georgia scientists should attend the annual UGA Cotton and Peanut Field Day Sept. 9 in Tifton, Ga.The event will start at 8:30 a.m. at the UGA Tifton Lang-Rigdon Farm on Carpenter Road. Hot topics will include peanut disease management, stinkbug control, crop fertility and current and future varieties of both crops.“Participants will not only get to see the research for these two important Georgia crops, they’ll be able to hear from the researchers and ask them questions about it,” said Phillip Roberts, a UGA Cooperative Extension entomologist and the field day organizer.Lunch is provided. Along with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the event is cosponsored by the Georgia Peanut Commission and Georgia Cotton Commission. To find out more or get directions, call (229) 386-3424.last_img read more

VRA, VGA join forces on new legislation to end credit card company abuses

first_imgThe Vermont Retail Association and the Vermont Grocers Association have been working intensively with the Vermont legislature to draft and enact into law a new bill that will prohibit current abusive practices by credit card companies. The opponents call the proposed legislation, among other things, unworkable, a “sweetheart deal” for so-called big box stores, require consumers to always carry cash while opening them up to bait-and-switch schemes.Key elements of the new bill:· Prohibit the card companies (Visa & MasterCard) from centrally fixing the prices of interchange fees.· Prohibit card companies from fining or penalizing merchants for their pricing displays.· End the “honor-all-cards” rule which requires merchants to accept every type of card the companies issue, regardless of the cost to the merchant.· Allow merchants to set minimum and/or maximum transaction amounts without being fined or penalized by the companies.· Allow merchants to determine which business locations will, and will not, accept cards, without being fined or penalized by the companies.Noted Tasha Wallis, Executive Director of the Vermont Retail Association, “This proposed legislation has significant implications for merchants nationwide. We expect the card companies to vigorously oppose any law that limits their ability to impose unreasonable penalties on merchants.”Jim Harrison, President of the Vermont Grocers Association, added, “These companies are notorious for abuses against individual cardholders, and they treat business owners the same way. This legislation will bring much-needed restraint to an out-of-control industry.”Both Wallis and Harrison acknowledged their appreciation for the support from Senate leadership and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for this initiative that will help both consumers and Vermont merchants.Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin, joined by Majority Leader John Campbell, Judiciary Chairman Richard Sears and Assistant Minority Leader Kevin Mullin, jointly announced the legislation.“Almost every Vermont family and store owner has a story to tell about one of the major credit card companies charging them exorbitant and unfair fees or leveraging unjust fines,” said Senator Peter Shumlin. “This legislation aims to help the Vermont consumer and store owner by prohibiting these abusive practices.”This amendment will be included in S.138, An Act Relating to Credit Card Fees, currently being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee.Meanwhile, the Electronic Payments Coalition has issued the attached one-page backgrounder on the proposed amendment, along with the following statement:”This proposed amendment is an egregious assault on Vermont consumer protection laws. Shoppers at big box retailers would be left vulnerable to bait and switch pricing schemes, discriminated against at the register based on the card in their wallet, and forced to carry around cash at all times.  Moreover, the amendment language ignores the facts of the global electronic payments system that connects tens of thousands of card issuers, millions of merchants and billions of cardholders, with proposals that are simply unworkable.  This is a ‘sweetheart deal’ for big-box retailers who don’t want to pay their fair share for a service that brings them higher profits, more customers and guaranteed payment – and want their customers to pick up the tab instead.”The Electronic Payments Coalition released today a document detailing the anti-consumer protection measures detailed in the proposed amendment.  This document follows this statement.The Vermont Legislature’s proposed amendment on interchange would…Leave Vermont consumers vulnerable and unprotected against deceptive, bait-and-switch advertising.This interchange amendment would eliminate important consumer protections on how merchants are allowed to advertise their prices – restrictions that are in place expressly to protect consumers. This would allow big-box retailers to promise one low price, and then charge more – potentially a lot more – when the customer reaches the cash register. Consumers would be left unprotected, forced to pay the demanded price regardless of what was advertised – and giant retailers would profit unjustly from their dishonest schemes.Leave consumers exposed to surprise check-out fees at the register, with no advance warning.By removing the important consumer protections against deceptive advertising, this amendment would make it easier for merchants to impose surcharges, or check-out fees, at the register. Merchants are already allowed, both by card network contracts and by federal law, to offer cash discounts to their customers. Merchants, must, however, be clear as to the real pricing in advertising – otherwise, customers would effectively be surcharged at the register if they pay with a card.Allow merchants to discriminate against certain cardholders.Imagine getting to the front of a long line at a giant retail store, only to discover that the store doesn’t accept your alma mater’s credit card – or the card that donates a few cents of every purchase to your favorite charity or to your own rewards points. This legislation would allow giant retailers to discriminate against certain cardholders with no advance warning, leaving them stranded at the cash register without the freedom to choose whatever payment type they prefer.Force consumers to carry cash.This amendment would allow merchants to set minimum and maximum transaction amounts for all debit, credit and charge card transactions, permitting them to reject a customer’s card. Consumers would be forced to carry cash in order to avoid being stranded with no way to pay for the check at the end of a meal, or a necessary purchase at a convenience store.Favor the market power of big box retailers over mom and pop stores.One of the amendment’s provisions would prohibit card payment networks like Visa and MasterCard from setting “default” interchange rates. These default rates are the go-to rates between the tens of thousands of banks and credit unions that issue cards, and the thousands of banks and card processors that offer card acceptance services to merchants – absent any other arrangement. Without a default, each merchant bank would have to individually negotiate a separate interchange rate with each of tens of thousands of card issuers – clearly an advantage for a large retailer and its bank over a mom and pop store. For example, if a small business owner has a customer who wants to make a major purchase using a card from their local community bank – but that bank is not one with which a rate has been pre-arranged – then the purchase cannot take place, and the small business loses that customer. Default interchange rates have been repeatedly proven as not only perfectly legal, but actually essential to a functioning electronic payments system. This provision ignores the reality of that unbroken line of case law and experience to provide a sweetheart deal for big-box retailers, at the expense of mom and pop stores.About Electronic Payments CoalitionThe Electronic Payments Coalition (EPC) includes credit unions, banks, and payment card networks that move electronic payments quickly and securely between millions of merchants and millions of consumers across the globe.  EPC’s goal is to protect the value, innovation, convenience and competition in today’s growing electronic payments system.  EPC educates policymakers, consumers, and the media on the system’s role economic growth, and the importance of protecting consumer choice and stability for the continued growth of global commerce. is external)SOURCE Electronic Payments CoalitionSource: VRA. Shumlin’s office. Electronic Payments Coalition. 3.16.2010last_img read more

Ethics panel offers advice to judicial candidates

first_img Ethics panel offers advice to judicial candidates Mark D. Killian Managing EditorA candidate for judicial office may not use the word re-elect in campaign materials if the judge was appointed, attend party functions if the judge isn’t addressing the gathering as a whole, or disclose his or her party affiliation if asked, according to the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee.The Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee recently rendered a number of opinions interpreting the application of the Code of Judicial Conduct to specific circumstances confronting or affecting a judge or judicial candidate, including: Re-elect v. Retain A judge in a contested election following the judge’s gubernatorial appointment, may not use the word “re-elect” in conjunction with the judge’s campaign advertisements, but can use the word “retain” in the campaign. Opinion Number: 2002-07The committee said the use of the word “re-elect” in a campaign to keep an incumbent judge in office after appointment would be inappropriate and proscribed by the Code of Judicial Conduct because “the judge cannot be elected again since he/she was originally appointed.” Party Affiliation A judicial candidate may not “privately” disclose his or her political party affiliation if asked, use facilities owned or leased by a political party for various campaign activities, or utilize publicly available information that provided by a political party. A candidate may, however, express his or her philosophy on the construction of the constitution and Florida Statutes and express personal opinions about controversial issues such as religious freedom and abortion. Opinion Number: 2002-13“In resolving this inquiry, the committee directs the inquiring candidate that the Florida Supreme Court has held that partisan politics have no place in judicial elections,” the panel said.For example, the committee said, in Alley, the candidate merely noted the party affiliation of the governor who appointed her opponent to the bench.“This was found to improperly inject party politics into a nonpartisan election and was part of a finding of ‘egregious’ conduct,” the panel said. Socializing A judicial candidate may not attend a political meeting to socialize and greet the participants, unless he or she addresses the entire group. Opinion Number: 2002-08 The inquiring candidate said he and his opponent have been invited “to attend a political meeting and mix and mingle,. . . stand in the doorway wearing a judicial candidate’s badge for the purpose of greeting the delegates and informing them of his candidacy.”The committee said while Canon 7C(3), in part, allows that a judicial candidate involved in an election may attend a political party function to speak on behalf of his or her candidacy, “[t]he deciding factor in this inquiry is that no candidate will be afforded an opportunity to address the gathering.” Traffic Hearing Officers A traffic hearing officer may not endorse judicial candidates or make financial contributions to the campaign of judicial candidates. Opinion Number: 2002-10 The panel said consistent with the provisions of Canon 7A(1)(b) and (e), the traffic hearing officer cannot: “publicly endorse or oppose another candidate for public office or. . . make a contribution to a political organization or candidate.. . . ”The committee said Opinion 94-8 specifically stated that: “(w)e find no exception to the prohibition against political contributions as the rule applies to judges and traffic magistrates.” Party Functions Subject to the restrictions of Canon 7, a candidate may attend a political party meeting, hand out campaign literature, and speak with the audience. Candidates may arrive at a political party function a reasonable time prior to their speaking time, and may remain at the meeting only until their portion of the meeting is concluded. A candidate also may not attend a political party meeting while it is conducting party business. Opinion Number: 2002-11.“The thrust of Canon 7C(3) is that a candidate may attend a political party function solely for the purposes enumerated in that section,” the committee said. “These purposes are ‘to speak on behalf of his or her candidacy’ or to speak ‘on a matter that relates to the law, the improvement of the legal system, or the administration of justice.’ The canon makes specific reference to an ‘invitation to speak.’”The code also permits the candidate the opportunity to introduce himself/herself to the entire audience; however, private social discussions and campaigning with the attendees is not permissible because of the likelihood of “partisan taint,” the committee said.“If candidates were permitted to socialize and personally chat with members at a political party event, the safeguards imposed by Canon 7C(3), requiring the invitation of all candidates, limitations on some speech, and the prohibition on expression of party affiliation or political issue stance could easily be thwarted,” the ethics panel said, adding that, given this same reasoning and rationale, candidates are not permitted to attend political party meetings in their entirety while the members are conducting party business. Campaign Literature A judicial candidate may not state: “Elect Prosecutor (name of candidate) for Circuit Judge” on the candidate’s campaign literature. Opinion Number: 2002-11“The inquiring candidate should refrain from the use of the designation Prosecutor as a title,” the committee said. “In the State of Florida there is only one person (or staff member to this one person) who may use the term “Prosecutor” as a title. The term prosecutor is not a term of art or a position that is recognized in Florida Statutes or case law. That is the person fulfilling the office under §16.56 Florida Statutes as the ‘Statewide Prosecutor.’”The committee said all other persons acting in that capacity in the different circuits are “State Attorneys” or “Assistant State Attorneys.”“The use of the term prosecutor not only misidentifies the present position of the candidate, but also may appear to commit the candidate to a course of conduct on issues before the court,” the committee said.The panel noted the Supreme Court recently removed a judge from office who, among other things, made the statement that he would “always have the heart of a prosecutor” during his campaign.In other action the ethics panel ruled:• A Title IV Child Support Hearing Officer, sitting in one county in a four-county circuit on a limited basis, may practice law involving civil litigation matters that do not include family, criminal, probate, guardianship, or mental health cases in the judicial circuit where the hearing officer hears child support cases. Opinion Number: 2002-06• A judge may not write a letter to a grant provider encouraging the funding of a local nonprofit organization that provides victims of domestic violence with advocates, both criminal and civil, as the victims’ cases proceed through the court system. The committee said even though the proposed letter to a grant provider encouraging the funding of the nonprofit organization would be an activity designed to improve the law, the legal system, and the administration of justice, the letter could cast reasonable doubt on the judge’s capacity to act impartially. Opinion Number: 2002-09• A judge may assume the presidency of a nonprofit civic organization that has as its central focus the providing of cultural events to the citizens of the county and that benefits the community through various outreach programs. Opinion Number: 2002-17• A judge may not participate in an independent, state-registered and -regulated, political action committee because the committee is political in nature, does not relate to the improvement of the law, the legal system, and the administration of justice. Opinion Number: 2002-14The JEAC’s opinions are advisory, and conduct consistent with an opinion may be evidence of good faith, but the Judicial Qualifications Commission is not bound by the panel’s interpretive opinions. The full text of the opinions are available on the Supreme Court’s Web site at Once there, click on the “Judges’ Page” link. Ethics panel offers advice to judicial candidates September 1, 2002 Managing Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Southern State Parkway Crash Leaves 2 Dead, 3 Critical

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An early morning crash on the Southern State Parkway Sunday killed two and critically injured three others, including the driver, New York State police said.The tragic one-car accident occurred just before 6 a.m. on the westbound side of the Southern State Parkway in North Merrick, police said.Troopers responded after receiving reports of a car in the trees on the north shoulder of the parkway, just east of the Meadowbrook State Parkway, police said.State police said 30-year-old Kervens Boutin of Hempstead was driving a Nissan Maxima westbound with four passengers when he lost control of the car and slammed into several trees.Two passengers—Bryan Rivas, 20, and Blossom Castro, 22, both of Hempstead—were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.Boutin and another passenger, 19-year-old Bronx resident Marlo Cabrera, were transported to Nassau University Medical Center in critical condition. As of Monday morning, both were still in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, a hospital spokeswoman said.The other passenger, 22-year-old Antonio Rivas of Hempstead, was transported to Winthrop-University Hospital and is still in critical condition, according to a hospital spokesman.Boutin was charged with reckless driving. Police said additional charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.The deadly crash comes three months after four people were killed on the Southern State Parkway when the driver, Joseph Beer, crashed near Exit 17. Beer was indicted in November and charged with vehicular manslaughter, among other charges. Prosecutors alleged that he was speeding while high on drugs when the crash occurred.Anyone who may have witnessed Sunday’s accident is asked to call State Police at 631-756-3300.last_img read more

Rallye Auto Group Eager for New Models at NY Auto Show

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Like many car enthusiasts, Juliana Curran Terian, President and CEO of Rallye Auto Group in Roslyn, is eager to see the new models that carmakers take the wraps off of at the New York International Auto Show.The show, which will be held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan March 30-April 8, inspires an annual pilgrimage of car enthusiasts and auto industry types. As of mid-February, most carmakers still hadn’t announced what new models they planned to show at the event, but some clues snuck out.“We don’t know what they’re going to show us because even they, at the last minute, they’re scrambling to see what they’re going to be able to finish to put in the show,” Terian says, noting that carmakers also tout new models at other car shows around the globe each year and try to top themselves each time.The carmakers typically hold preview events in New York for car dealers and reporters, right before they open the show to the public. Typically, much of the biggest new car news winds up being announced at those press events.Terian has been attending the New York show for about 15 years.“I remember when smart cars first came out and the cars that I saw at the auto show weren’t necessarily the cars that we were able to get to sell,” she says. “I loved those and when I went to Europe and went to the auto show, those were always the most fun. They had all the electric cars.”Rallye Auto Group — which has separate Acura, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz dealerships on Long Island — doesn’t carry such vehicles since “there’s not a big ask for electric in our market,” she says. “We do more luxury cars in our neighborhoods where our dealerships are.”The all-electric cars aren’t as popular as the hybrid car models that use gas and electric, she notes, saying hybrid models are “really the way to go in the future.”On the luxury car front, Terian said she had heard Lexus will probably show the 2018 LS (luxury sedan) at the New York show, calling that a “beautiful car” that she saw in summer 2017 at the annual dealer meeting in Colorado. Lexus confirmed that it will be showing the new LS at the show.The carmaker already announced that new flagship LS at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January and even ran a Super Bowl ad for it. Terian expects that model to be available in March, by the time the New York show starts.It’s also possible that BMW will show the 2019 i8 hybrid Roadster, she says. BMW declined to provide any details on what it planned to tout at the New York show. But the carmaker already showed that model at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year.The convertible car “has a soft top that opens in 15 seconds,” Terian says of the model, predicting it will be “hot” and customers are “going to eat it up” – especially the ones who like to be the first ones to get something.“If it’s beautiful and it’s environmentally responsible,” that’s a big plus.So far, Rallye hasn’t carried a lot of hybrid car models simply because the brands its dealerships carry haven’t offered that many, she notes.“But whenever there’s a car that you can get either all gas or hybrid… people go for the hybrid,” she says. “I bet our customers would be more interested in safety features than in hybrids if they had to choose one thing to pay more for… especially the Mercedes customer.”It also remains to be seen if any carmakers will showcase autonomous/self-driving car models at the New York show.“If any of our customers would be interested in it, I think they would have one as the other car; like the second car would be one, or maybe the fifth car,” Terian says.Although the technology is close to becoming available, it also remains to be seen how fast they will make it on our roads because “people want to drive their own car,” she says.last_img read more

How will tax reform impact housing?

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr One of the many questions I have about pending tax reform is how, if at all, it will impact the housing market?What I’m most intrigued by are the concerns that have been raised by GSE’s. Specifically, the American Banker headlined an article last week warning that “Tax reform threatens to drain GSEs’ dwindling capital.” The paper reports that in a regulatory filing earlier this year Fannie Mae said, “if legislation significantly lowering the U.S. corporate income tax rate is enacted, we expect to incur a significant net loss and net worth deficit for the quarter in which the legislation is enacted and we could potentially incur a net loss for that year.”With the usual caveat that my father is the accountant in the family, not me – the problem is that in the aftermath of the mortgage meltdown, the GSE’s were able to write down future losses based on a 35% corporate tax rate. Some analysts suggest that a 20% tax rate would cost Fannie and Freddie a combined $20 billion; yes, that’s billion with a B. On the bright side, perhaps another GSE financial crisis will spur Congress to act on housing reform once and for all. continue reading »last_img read more

This personal alert wearable is what you want in an emergency » Gadget Flow

first_img– Advertisement – This personal alert wearable is super easy to use. Once you get it, simply create an account on the SOS app. Then, enter your emergency contacts onto the list. In the event of an emergency, press the button on the front of the band. It sends one-click GPS and elevation coordinates to your contacts immediately. And the best part is, you don’t even need to have your phone on you to use this device. The SOS will cover you no matter your phone’s status. So it sounds like a practical gadget pretty much anyone would want to include in their EDC.SOS Band global personal alert wearable SOS Band global personal alert wearable on a person outdoorsDoes this gadget track your movements?While this personal alert wearable can pinpoint your location when you need help, it doesn’t keep a log of your movements. It only works when you activate it, keeping your movements private and personal. So this is one device, at least, that won’t ask you to rate the bakery you passed during your last bike ride.SOS Band global personal alert wearable– Advertisement – The beauty of this personal alert wearable is that it works globally. So you can wear it while you jog in your neighborhood or hike while you’re on a business trip. For now, the SOS Band works in over 213 countries, and more are being added all the time. Check the list before you head out.SOS Band global personal alert wearableSOS Band global personal alert wearable on a person rock climbingCan I wear this emergency wristband in the rain?The makers of the SOS Band know that when you’re outside, rain and splashes happen. That’s why they’ve given their wristband a completely sealed design so that it can go with you pretty much anywhere. It’s even saltwater proof, so you can wear it while you’re wakeboarding or doing any other watersport in the ocean. It’s definitely a product you’ll want to take with you on your next beach vacation.SOS Band global personal alert wearable WearableSOS Band global personal alert wearable on a person paddlingDoes this product take the environment into account?According to the company’s Indiegogo page, this personal alert wearable promotes sustainability since its battery is so long lasting—this cuts down on the use of batteries compared to similar products. Also, the durable material stands up to heavy use. This means you shouldn’t have to replace the band for over ten years. It also means there’s less material manufacturing, putting a smaller load on the planet’s raw materials.SOS Band global personal alert wearableSOS Band global personal alert wearable on a person throwing a ropeThe SOS Band personal alert wearable is a great gadget for people who exercise alone outdoors. This device is easy to use and provides a truly great service, sending your location’s coordinates to your emergency contacts. And with the millions of sporting accidents that occur in the US each year, it’s a wearable that could prove to be a lifesaver. So it’s a gadget you’ll want to consider getting for yourself and loved ones.The SOS Band global personal alert wearable costs $75, and you can preorder yours on Kickstarter.What other gadgets are you crazy about for your solo adventures outdoors? Let us know in the comments :).SOS Band global personal alert wearableSOS Band global personal alert wearable on a person walking through the forest SOS Band global personal alert wearable on a person rock climbingHow long does the battery last?You won’t have to worry about running out of batteries with this sports wearable. That’s because the SOS Band‘s batteries last for ten years. That’s right; you won’t need to change the batteries on this wristband for a decade. This is a huge improvement over the typical wearable’s battery life, which only lasts a few days before needing a recharge.SOS Band global personal alert wearableSOS Band global personal alert wearable on a person huntingWhere does this location-sharing wristband work?- Advertisement –center_img Lauren has been writing and editing since 2008. She loves working with text and helping writers find their voice. When she’s not typing away at her computer, she cooks and travels with her husband and two daughters. You love exercising in the great outdoors but know it can be dangerous out there. Breathe a little easier with the SOS band. This emergency wearable is easy to use and sends your location’s coordinates to your contacts if you’re in trouble.If you bike or run solo, you know how important it is to stay connected to emergency contact while you’re out. And luckily, today’s wearables are making that easier than ever, especially the SOS Band global personal alert wearable. In the event of an emergency, this wristband shares your coordinates with your contact list. All you have to do is press a button.The SOS Band looks like a sturdy smartwatch or fitness tracker. It has the company’s logo engraved on the front and has a rugged, durable quality. In fact, this wearable is dust, impact, and water-resistant with an IP-69 rated housing case. Overal, it’s a personal safety gadget that looks like it was meant to be worn outdoors, and you’ll feel quite stylish wearing it.How does this alert wristband work?- Advertisement –last_img read more

Google search ends with Dublin HQ

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‘Rivendell’ for sale as Godfather of Coral Charlie Veron moves north to save the reef

first_img Brisbane now best of Aussie cities UK-based natural historian Sir David Attenborough sat at this outdoor table setting to discuss climate change and the Great Barrier Reef with Charlie Veron.“It’s a lovely place for sitting and thinking so a lot of scientists have come here to talk about science,” the former chief scientist of the Australian Institute of Marine science said.“The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, that came about at Rivendell.”Veron and Attenborough have spent a great deal of time together discussing the effects of climate change on coral reefs, including an emergency meeting and symposium of the Royal Society in London.“I got to know him very well and when it was time for him to come to Australia, I wanted to have a welcome Australian style so I had him and the film crew over and we had a lovely night at Rivendell.” The outdoor pool area at Rivendell.But now Veron is leaving Rivendell, at 10 Benalla Rd, Oak Valley, with his partner Mary Stafford-Smith and moving to the Atherton Tablelands to continue the fight to protect the coral reefs of the world.He is working on a way to preserve every coral species in aquaria around the world to keep the coral alive as the climate changes. New coral is still being identified on the Great Barrier Reef. Picture: Brian Cassey.“I would like to see the whole thing up and going in three to four years,” he said.“So maybe in 100 years’ time, some of them, enough of them, will be alive so that we can once again repopulate them.”It’s a race against time as Mr Veron has returned from far north Queensland where he was only able to identify 15 per cent of known species in the area. Veteran reef crusader Charlie Veron with marine biologist Neal Cantin. Picture: Brian Cassey.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoSo while there is heartbreak in leaving Rivendell, named after JRR Tolkien’s elven haven in Lord of the Rings, the quest to save more than 800 species of hard coral is his top priority.RE/MAX Townsville’s agent Michele Hyde is selling the eco warrior’s haven that is half an hour from Townsville, and is inviting offers over $850,000.The six or seven bedroom house is near the edge of the river but is positioned so there is no risk of flooding.One wing is a self-contained granny flat with a second kitchen and external access for wheelchairs. One of two inbuilt aquaria in the house.The ensuite has an indulgent corner spa and there are two large in-built aquaria. A roman bath also features at Rivendell.The property has multiple outbuildings, an inground swimming pool and three water supplies, town, bore and river water, and high pressure reticulation to 25 taps throughout the property.It is home to brolgas, pelicans, jabirus, spoonbills, and channel-billed cockatoos. While turtles and the occasional echidna frequent the waterway. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES These streets out-Christmas us allcenter_img FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK Charlie Veron is at home on the Great Barrier Reef.AUSTRALIA’S Godfather of coral, who has discovered more than 20 per cent of the world’s coral species, is moving house and he’s working on a plan to relocate Australia’s coral species as well.Charlie Veron, dubbed by natural historian Sir David Attenborough as a modern day Charles Darwin, has put his north Queensland eco haven, Rivendell, on the market for the first time in 47 years. The living area of 10 Benalla Rd, Oak Valley.It is from this 2.2 hectare property on the bank of Sachs Creek near Townsville that Veron has welcomed prominent scientific minds, including Sir David Attenborough, to discuss the future of Australia’s coral reef.last_img read more