New Program Improves Seniors Access to Wheelchairs

first_img raising the low-income threshold for the caregiver benefit from $18,785 to $22,003 so more people qualify for the $400 monthly benefit expanding the Supportive Care Program by removing the 40 hour/month cap on service and the need to be a low-income senior expanding the number of people who would qualify for the Personal Alert Program to help them if they live alone and have a history of falls improving the property tax rebate for eligible seniors to help thousands more who remain in their homes providing additional funding to Caregivers Nova Scotia to provide more support services for caregivers across the province; increasing the amount spouses staying at home can keep of their combined income when their partner goes into long-term care providing funding to the district health authorities to add more supports and services like transportation and yard work to help more seniors stay at home longer raising the home care income threshold to $22,003 so more seniors are eligible. A new provincial program will help hundreds more low-income seniors get the support they need to stay in their homes and communities longer. The province is developing a Seniors Community Wheelchair Loan Program to ensure seniors with mobility issues have better and more affordable access to wheelchairs, Premier Darrell Dexter announced today, June 18. The program is expected to start in September. “We know that many seniors want to live independently for as long as possible,” said Premier Dexter. “Until now, low-income seniors who needed a wheelchair couldn’t get help from the province unless they were living in a long-term care facility. That wasn’t acceptable. “Seniors who want to stay in their homes and communities deserve to be able to live well at home. In many cases, they just need a little extra support to do that. Programs like this one give seniors options to live their lives independently, and with dignity.” The program targets low-income seniors 65 or older. Applicants need to have been assessed by a health-care provider in the district health authority and found to need a wheelchair for basic daily activities and to remain in their homes. The program has a $1.4 million annual budget and is expected to benefit as many as 300 seniors in its first year. A request for proposal will be posted Wednesday, on the tenders website. Ralph Ferguson, a senior from the Pictou area and a commissioner of the Nova Scotia Disabled Persons Commission, applauded the program. “This will be enormously helpful to Nova Scotia seniors living on fixed incomes,” said Mr. Ferguson. “I am pleased that seniors who need it, will now get help to access the often costly wheelchairs they need to live active, healthy lives in our communities.” In 2012, the province invested $22 million in home and community care improvements to ensure seniors, Nova Scotians living with disabilities, and their families, are getting the care and support they need. Part of that investment was a commitment to address mobility issues for low-income seniors. “Government is working hard to make home care more affordable, to provide better support for caregivers, and to strengthen the community solutions available to seniors and their families,” said Premier Dexter. “Our goal is to maximize people’s independence and their ability to participate in all aspects of life.” Some of the improvements for persons with disabilities and seniors brought in last year include: Information about these programs and other services, including nursing, specialized equipment, and long-term care, can be found at . For more information call 1-800-225-7225.last_img read more

Students Families to Benefit from SchoolsPlus Expansion New Mental Health Clinicians

first_imgStudents and families in communities throughout Nova Scotia will have greater access to services and after-school programs with a multi-year expansion of SchoolsPlus and more mental health clinicians in schools. Students and staff gathered at schools in Aylesford, Glace Bay, Inverness, and New Glasgow today, May 23, for the announcement of four new hub sites. “More students, families and communities are now accessing a full range of support services that address their unique needs through SchoolsPlus,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “Important services like homework support, health-related information, guidance and mental health counselling are delivered in a safe, comfortable and familiar location for families.” The Department of Health and Wellness is providing funding to add 10-and-a-half mental health clinician positions to support SchoolsPlus sites across the province. “Mental health clinicians are an important part of the collaborative SchoolsPlus program,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine, during the opening at St. Mary’s Elementary in Aylesford, which will serve nine more schools. “Now more students across the province who are experiencing a mental health issue or a mental illness will have access to the support and care they need.” SchoolsPlus brings a range of mental health services and other health programs together with mentoring, social work, homework support and justice services into schools where children, youth and families can easily access them. “Having a mental health clinician in schools reduces barriers that rural families face, like transportation and the stigma of accessing mental health services,” said Megan Saunders, SchoolsPlus mental health clinician for the Annapolis-Bridgetown family of schools. “I am able to see students and their families in their own schools, where they are most comfortable, and my role is helping to build capacity in the school community about mental health and mental wellness.” Events were held at three other schools. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan announced the hub site for Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board at John Bernard Croak V.C. Memorial School in Glace Bay, which will support six more schools. Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson announced the Strait Regional School Board hub site at Inverness Education Centre Academy, will serve four more schools. In New Glasgow, Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines, on behalf of Ms. Casey, announced the hub site in Chignecto Central Regional School Board will be at New Glasgow Academy, and will serve four more schools. The department, for the first time, has also pre-approved for next year one SchoolsPlus site each for the Cape Breton, Halifax, and South Shore boards and CSAP. In 2016-17, sites will be added in Chignecto Central, Tri-County and CSAP. The locations of the hub sites will be announced later. “We are very pleased to receive word of an additional SchoolsPlus program for our board,” said Ambrose White, superintendent of Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board. “This program will enhance services provided to the students of the Glace Bay family of schools.” SchoolsPlus is available in all eight school boards, providing services to more than 150 schools. For more information, visit .last_img read more

La vente et le renouvellement des plaques dimmatriculation portant le drapeau acadien

first_imgLes Néo-Écossais continuent d’appuyer la culture acadienne et francophone en contribuant au Fonds communautaire Vive l’Acadie. Les fonds, d’une valeur totale de 33 050 $, ont été recueillis lors de la vente et du renouvellement de 661 plaques d’immatriculation portant le drapeau acadien entre le 1er avril 2015 et le 31 mars 2016. Ils serviront à appuyer des projets culturels communautaires. « La communauté acadienne et francophone de la Nouvelle-Écosse célèbre sa riche culture par une variété de projets intéressants cet été, affirme Michel Samson, ministre des Affaires acadiennes. Je remercie tous les gens qui ont contribué au fonds Vive l’Acadie, et je souhaite un grand succès à toutes les activités qui font la promotion de la joie de vivre dans notre province. » Les dons d’émission provenant de la vente et du renouvellement des plaques d’immatriculation portant le drapeau acadien sont remis aux collectivités acadiennes et francophones d’où ils proviennent. Ils seront versés à 10 associations régionales acadiennes et francophones établies qui sont membres de la Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse et dont le mandat vise le développement des collectivités. Les fonds serviront à appuyer des activités qui font la promotion de la culture et du patrimoine acadiens et francophones, par exemple des ateliers d’art, des concerts, la conservation du patrimoine, des productions théâtrales et des festivals. « La contribution du Fonds communautaire Vive l’Acadie nous aidera vraiment en appuyant notre activité du 15 août, souligne Napoléon Chiasson, président de la Société Saint-Pierre. La désignation de Jeanne Dugas comme personnage historique national par la Commission des lieux et monuments historiques du Canada est une grande célébration pour toute l’Acadie, et particulièrement pour Chéticamp. L’annonce officielle et le lancement d’un livre et d’une vidéo sont des occasions d’apprendre au sujet de la vie de Jeanne Dugas. » Pour savoir comment obtenir une plaque d’immatriculation portant le drapeau acadien, consultez le Les Néo-Écossais peuvent « aimer » la page des Affaires acadiennes sur ou s’abonner au compte Twitter en français du gouvernement provincial au @GouvNE.last_img read more

Muzaffarnagar riots Property of accused in murder case of eyewitness attached

first_imgMuzaffarnagar: Authorities have attached properties of an absconding accused in the murder case of Ashfaq, who was an eyewitness in the killings of his two brothers during the Muzaffarnagar riots in Uttar Pradesh, police said Wednesday. The properties of Sehdev, one of the seven accused in the case, have been attached after an order by the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Rakesh Gautam, said Harsharan Sharma, Station House Officer of Khatauli. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Six other accused in the case have already been arrested and Sehdev is currently on the run, he added. Ashfaq, who had witnessed the killings of his brothers Nawab and Shahid during the Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013, was shot dead on March 11 after he had apparently refused to withdraw the case, police said. The communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar and its adjoining areas in August and September 2013 had claimed more than 60 lives, while over 40,000 people were displaced.last_img read more

Will Grace Revival Given 10Episode Order by NBC

first_imgAdvertisement NBC has given a 10-episode order to a revival of comedy “Will & Grace,” the broadcaster announced Tuesday.The limited series will reunite Emmy winners Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally with series creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, who will serve as showrunners and executive producers. James Burrows, who directed the entire eight-season run of the original series, will serve as director and executive producer on the revival.“We’re thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and most defining comedies in NBC history is coming back,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt. “This groundbreaking series for everything from gay rights to social and political commentary — all disguised as a high-speed train of witty pop culture — is coming back where it belongs.” NBC had been in discussions with the cast and creators since September, when they reunited to shoot a surprise 10-minute episode related to the presidential election. Facebook Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Ontario and Quebec governments sign deals on climate change energy projects

Ontario and Quebec governments sign deals on climate change, energy projects TORONTO – Ontario and Quebec signed several agreements on Friday promising to co-operate on trade, climate change, energy projects and alcohol sales at a joint meeting of the two provinces’ Liberal cabinets in Toronto.Premiers Kathleen Wynne and Philippe Couillard agreed to build “a stronger and more competitive low-carbon economy” to fight climate change, but wouldn’t say when people could start paying a carbon tax.“We believe that putting a value on carbon is very important,” Wynne said following the meeting. “We’ve been supportive of cap-and-trade process for many years, and we are continuing to have that discussion with Quebec.”For his part, Couillard said he sees opportunities to grow the economy as new technologies are developed to reduce greenhouse gases.“Nobody talks about the cost of not fighting climate change,” he said. “This cost is passed to citizens too, whether it’s health care, coastal erosion or spectacular weather events. This is hugely expensive for our society.”The premiers also signed agreements on electricity, with Ontario making 500 megawatts available to Quebec in the winter, when Quebec has greater demand to heat homes, with Quebec returning the favour in the summer months when Ontario’s demand is greater because of air conditioners.“We have complimentary supply and complimentary needs, and there’s a simplicity and elegance to the solution that we brought forward today in terms of the seasonal needs of the two provinces,” said Wynne.She rejected suggestions that more power from Quebec might allow Ontario, which already shut down all coal-fired generation, to reduce its reliance on nuclear power.“We’re not anywhere near having a conversation like that,” added Wynne.Couillard and Wynne also agreed projects like the Energy East pipeline, which would carry oilsands crude to refineries on the East Coast for export overseas, should proceed only when they are environmentally sustainable and have local support.“We basically are signing off on seven principles,” said Wynne. “We’re talking about compliance with the highest available technical standards, contingency planning and emergency response programs, making sure proponents and governments fulfil their duties to consult with First Nations.”Ontario and Quebec hope Alberta Premier Jim Prentice agrees the seven principles are reasonable, added Wynne.The premiers directed the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and its Quebec equivalent, (the Societe des Alcools du Quebec), to find ways of allowing the sales of locally produced alcoholic beverages from each province through their respective liquor stores.Couillard also threw his support behind Wynne’s efforts to secure a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, something he’s had no trouble arranging for himself.“We are showing today how governments can work well together,” said Couillard. “That’s the way to do it in Canada, we are a federation, so I’m sure that every premier should have the opportunity of talking to, or meeting with, the prime minister.”Wynne said she doesn’t know why Harper is refusing to meet with the premier of the most populous province in the country.“You’ll have to ask Prime Minister Harper why it’s not possible for him to have a meeting with me,” said Wynne. “I will continue to ask for that meeting.”The premiers also signed a declaration affirming a shared commitment to protecting and promoting Francophone culture and heritage.“We talked about the Francophonie as part of Canada’s DNA,” said Couillard.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 21, 2014 1:14 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

German WWI Submarine Resurfaces in France 100 Years After It Was Sunk

first_img Extremely Rare, Two-Colored Lobster Found in MaineNew Species of Giant Flying Reptile Identified By Scientists Stay on target The wreck of a German submarine from World War I has resurfaced off the coast of France, more than a century after it was sunk and abandoned by its crew in 1917.Shifting sand and tide levels on the beach of Wissant, near Calais, have caused the UC-61 to be visible to residents, and the incredible vessel has become a local attraction after it reappeared this week.The wreck is attracting curious visitors to the beach at Wissant, France during low tide. (Photo Credit: Denis Charlet / AFP / Getty Images)The submarine, which was used primarily to lay mines, ran aground on the shores of Wissant in July 1917 due to heavy fog, and was flooded and sunk by the crew so it couldn’t be used by Allied forces. All 26 member of the crew surrendered to French authorities, according to the BBC.This is not the first time locals have spotted the remains of the submarine, as sections have emerged before, depending on weather conditions.Since December, two sections of the submarine have been visible at low tide about 330 feet from the dunes, the BBC reported.Parts of the wreckage of the submarine resurface every so often, depending on weather conditions. (Photo Credit: Denis Charlet / AFP / Getty Images)“The wreck is visible briefly every two to three years, depending on the tides and the wind that leads to sand movements, but a good gust of wind and the wreck will disappear again,” said Mayor of Wissant Bernard Bracq.This is the first time, however, that large sections have resurfaced, said a local tour guide.German submarines, known as U-boats (from the term U-boot, a shortening of Unterseeboot, literally “underseaboat”), targeted Allied shipping during World War One, sinking hundreds of vessels.According to historians, the UC-61 has sunk 11 ships. It was also credited for the sinking of the French armored cruiser Kléber in June 1917, which lost 42 of her crew.More on Shipwreck Discovered on New Jersey BeachEgg-Sized Diamond Is the Largest Diamond Ever Found in North AmericaUntouched, 4,000-Year-Old Tomb Discovered in Egyptlast_img read more

Agencies Need to Accelerate Response to Water Contamination Witnesses Tell Senate Panel

first_imgCommunity activists and lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday pressed federal officials to act more quickly to respond to widespread contamination of local drinking water supplies caused by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Arnie Leriche, community co-chair of the Wurtsmith Restoration Advisory Board, expressed the frustration of fellow Oscoda, Mich., residents over contamination in local waterways stemming from the use of firefighting foam at the former Wurtsmith AFB, one of five active or former military installations in Michigan addressing PFAS contamination. “I am glad that the EPA and [DOD] are beginning to acknowledge this problem and think about steps to fix it. But the people of Oscoda don’t have any more time for delay or missteps. We need action now,” Leriche said in his written testimony.Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management, requested the hearing because of the number of military and non-military sites in Michigan, 35, with PFAS contamination. Following the hearing Peters stressed the need for congressional action to ensure EPA carries out several determinations outlined at the hearing, including whether to set a regulatory standard for the chemicals and whether to designate them as “hazardous substances” under the under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.“You heard we were pressing today as to what is the timeline, and do you have enough information to make some of these determinations?” Peters said, reported the Detroit News.To read the witnesses’ written testimony or to view a webcast of the hearing, visit the committee website.MLive photo by Jake May Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

UAA Chancellor Tom Case announces retirement

first_imgChancellor Tom Case addresses faculty and staff at a recent UAA 2020 gathering. (Photo by Philip Hall / University of Alaska Anchorage)The University of Alaska Anchorage chancellor has announced his retirement.Listen nowChancellor Tom Case sent a letter to colleagues and students today saying he will leave at the end of June, after 12 years with the University.Case previously worked as the Dean of UAA’s College of Business and Public Policy. He has been UAA Chancellor since 2011.Case said in his letter he was “humbled to have done meaningful and rewarding work alongside passionate, dedicated people.”Provost Sam Gingerich will serve as interim chancellor.last_img read more

Essar Oil plans to invest Rs 1200 crore to upgrade refinery boost

first_imgEssar Oil on Sunday said it is planning combined investments of Rs. 1,600 crore over the next three years to boost refining margins. The latest round of investment, worth Rs. 1,200 crore, has been marked to upgrade its Vadinar oil refinery in Gujarat.The company’s Vadinar refinery, which has a capacity of 20 mtpa, is looking at earning an additional $1.50 (per barrel of crude) on its Gross Refinery Margin (GRM) on the back of the planned investments.”We have already invested Rs. 400 crore during a 28-day planned shutdown of the refinery in September-October last year. A further Rs. 1,200 crore will be invested to make additional upgrades in the various refinery units over the next 2-3 years,” Lalit Kumar Gupta, the Managing Director and CEO, said in a statement.”Post the shutdown, we have been able to modify our crude blend to process higher quantities of ultra-heavy and high TAN crudes, and increase the production of high value distillates,” Gupta added.The new project will be funded through internal accruals. The Mumbai-based Essar Oil will invest Rs. 1,200 crore to upgrade its naphtha hydro treater (NHT), isomerisation unit, continuous catalytic reformer (CCR) units and also facilities for further recovery of sulphur to further improve its margins.Essar Oil has a portfolio of onshore and offshore oil and gas blocks, with about 1.7 billion barrels of oil equivalent in reserves and resources. The oil refiner generates $1 billion in terms of Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation (EBITDA).On June 20 it was reported that Essar Oil is planning to double its petrol retail outlets to 4,300 over the next one-and-a-half years. The planned retail outlet expansion would involve an initial investment of Rs. 2,500 crore by petrol pump owners.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

All together now Single rule accounts for diverse decision systems in animal

first_imgA general decision-making rule in animal collectives. (A) Decision making between two sites when nx and ny animals have already chosen sites x and y, respectively. (B) The probability of choosing x in the general rule (Eq. 3), plotted as a function of the animals that have already chosen between the two sites, nx and ny. The theory predicts very different structure in the probability for the case of low and high numbers of animals, separated by point τ =logðaÞ=ðlogðsÞ ð1 −kÞÞ. The rate of change of Px in the transition regions depends on the reliability parameter s, with the width of these regions proportional to 1=logðsÞ. (C) Same as B but for three different values of parameter k: k = 0 (Left), 0 < k < 1 (Center), and k = 1 (Right). Copyright © PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1210664109 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: A common rule for decision making in animal collectives across species, PNAS December 11, 2012 vol. 109 no. 50 20508-20513, doi:10.1073/pnas.1210664109 Experimental setup for zebrafish. (A) The behavioral setup is inside a bigger tank so that fish are acclimatized to the same water for 1 d before the experiment, housed in waiting containers in groups of 8–10 fish. At 1 h before the experiment, each fish is isolated and fed with frozen artemia in an individual container. The fish stays in the individual container until placed in the release chamber and gently pushed into the waiting chamber with a net that fits tightly between the walls to prevent the fish from going back to the release chamber. The door to the setup is then lifted and, once the fish enters the setup, it is closed. The camera records for 5 min from the opening of the door. After the experiment, the fish is pushed back to the release chamber, where it is caught. Then, a segment of wall opposite to the entrance door is removed, and water from outside is pumped into the central chamber so that odors are washed out. (B) The T-shaped setup is made of white LEGO bricks, with transparent walls separating the three chambers made of UV-transparent PLEXIGLAS (PLEXIGLAS GS 2458; Evonik Para-Chemie). The setup’s central chamber (choice chamber) measures 20 × 13 cm. The floor of this central chamber has a central white zone 5 cm wide, and two black lateral zones 7.5 cm wide each. The two lateral chambers measure 14 × 13 cm each. Walls are 17-cm high, and water level is 6 cm. (C) Illumination is provided by four 500-W halogen lamps pointing to a white sheet on the ceiling. A Basler A622f camera records from above. An opaque roof just above the camera provides uniform shading on the setup. Copyright © PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1210664109 Parasites help reveal new ecological rules Citation: All together now: Single rule accounts for diverse decision systems in animal collectives (2012, December 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Copyright 2012 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Surprisingly, this subtle change led to different mathematics that closely matched both the stickleback and zebrafish data. Confident in their new rule, the team tried using existing data in the Argentine ant obtained by Dr. Andrea Perna and his collaborators at Uppsala University in Sweden. "Beautiful, it worked again," says de Polavieja. "We'd found that a simple neural property could give us a rule for behavior in collectives that matched data very well for very different species." De Polavieja notes that their key innovation was theoretical. "Most previous rules were proposed as phenomenological rules to fit data," he explains. "Here we'd proposed to base these kinds of rules on Bayesian estimation, and had taken the right steps to obtain a rule that worked very well when compared to data."One of the study's key findings was that the different counting systems used by animals, including humans, can emerge from the common principle of using social information to make good decisions. "It turns out that both absolute and relative counting systems found experimentally are derived from our theory as particular cases," de Polavieja explains. "This came as a surprise, as it's not clear that social interactions are behind counting – but note that social interactions can be so important for survival that they might have a great impact on how animals count."The scientists are already charting their future research directions. "We're doing theoretical and experimental innovations," de Polavieja points out. "The main ones relate to more natural experiments in which animals move in space-time and not simply choose among a discrete set of options. We're extending the theory to cope with this general case and working on a tracking system to automatically follow each animal in a group." In addition, they're using their results to ask some basic questions, such as Why do animals aggregate? Which neural circuits most influence collective behavior? "We're moving in both directions."De Polavieja also sees their findings having a wider impact. "We're in the early stages of testing these results in human data," he concludes. "We're comparing our theoretical results with existing data on how humans get influenced by others – and since it's proving successful, we'll soon start our own experiments. I dream of being able to produce a theory that could help humans make group decisions." Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further (—Ethologists – those who study animal behavior under natural conditions – have long recognized that groups of various species, or animal collectives, use a variety of decision-making systems. For example, some species choose from among various behavioral options based on the number of animals that have already selected each alternative; other species follow Weber's Law, in which the relative number is the deciding factor; and for others, more complicated rules are involved. Recently, however, scientists at Instituto Cajal, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain, identified a single Bayesian-based decision-making rule underlying this observed diversity. Moreover, the researchers then experimentally demonstrated that this single rule quantitatively explains decision-making in zebrafish, and in existing datasets of argentine ants and sticklebacks. This suggests, they conclude, that decision-making based not just on individual behavioral, neurobiological, and psychological factors, but on social information, obtains across species – including humans. Dr. Gonzalo G. de Polavieja, Dr. Sara Arganda and doctoral student Alfonso Pérez-Escudero faced a variety of challenges in their study. "I started, together with Alfonso, to think about how to generate a theory of how individuals decide in groups," de Polavieja tells "It seemed to us that estimation of which of the available options to take using the behaviors of other animals was a good starting point. I knew from years of work in Neurobiology that all brains need to make estimations about the structure of the world from ambiguous sensory data. From this simple idea, we worked out the mathematics." The researchers used mathematics known as Bayesian estimation, but they generalized the equations to handle the case of an animal using other animals to improve estimations – and the mathematics they obtained were simple enough to make comparisons with data."We then used data on sticklebacks, from Dr. Ashley Ward and his collaborators at the University of Sidney in Australia, to compare our rule with data – and it worked very well," de Polavieja continues. "This gave us confidence to try our own experiments in zebrafish – but the theory failed this time. Then we made an apparently subtle change in our theory. Until this point we'd assumed that an animal was estimating which option was best to take, but then developed a very similar theory that estimated whether an option was a good one."last_img read more

The Giant Prehistoric Mushrooms that Covered Earth Before Trees Appeared

first_imgToday, we cannot imagine life on Earth without trees. From the dense rainforests of the Amazon to the vast Russian taigas, trees are our planet’s lungs. But it has not always been this way. About 400 million years ago, Earth’s tallest proto-tree organisms could grow just several feet in height.There was something else casting the thick shadows. Strange organisms with stalks up to three-feet-wide which could rise over 20-feet-tall.Apex opf the ‘Schunnemunk tree’ of Prototaxites loganii from the middle Devonian Bellvale Sandstone near Monroe, New York. Photo by G.J. Retallack CC BY-SA 4.0Scientists have long argued over how to classify these, until it was finally agreed: Planet Earth 400 million years ago was overwhelmed by gargantuan fungi. The prehistoric fungi then went extinct roughly 350 million years ago.Some scientists remain skeptical if these ancient life forms were fungi or not, nevertheless, they are called Prototaxites and their fossils have been attracting attention ever since the mid-19th century. This was when the first fossils of it ended in the hands of paleontologists.Dawson’s 1888 reconstruction of a conifer-like Prototaxites.“Prototaxites fossils have a consistent tubular anatomy, composed of primarily unbranched, non-septate tubes, arranged in concentric or eccentric rings, giving the fossils an appearance similar to that of a cross-section of a tree trunk,” the website describes the fossils.The first research on Prototaxites was issued in 1859 by Canadian paleontologist John William Dawson, who used fossils discovered in Quebec. Since then, paleontologists have obtained an abundance of fossil specimens and have worked on more research, but nobody could confirm what the mysterious organism was until 2007.The microstructure of Prototaxites under a light microscope.The various proposals that went for the unanswerable classification question, included that perhaps the Prototaxites were conifers, lichens, algae, or an ancient, unfamiliar variant of a tree.“The problem is that when you look up close at the anatomy, it’s evocative of a lot of different things, but it’s diagnostic of nothing,” explained Professor C. Kevin Boyce in 2007, a paleobotanist who at the time was associated with the University of Chicago, and has since won a MacArthur Award in 2013 and works for Stanford.Fossil of Prototaxites, an extinct ‘plant’. Photo by Ghedoghedo CC BY-SA 3.0At the time, Boyce also appeared as one of several co-authors of the paper that officially classified Prototaxites as belonging to the Fungi Kingdom. The research team he was part of scrutinized the chemical nature of the fossils and their findings were conclusive that the strange, prehistoric living thing was a fungus. The find was presented in the May 2007 issue of the journal Geology, published by the Geological Society of America.The major indicator the giant fossils did not originate from the Kingdom Plantae (or plants) was the variety of carbon types found in them, very different from the carbon traces left in plant species dated to the same era.A cross-section of Prototaxites.The first suggestion that Prototaxites should be classified as fungi was back in 1919, according to the University of Chicago, but there never was enough evidence to confirm this. The idea bounced back to life thanks to Francis Hueber of the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., in 2001. Hueber also appeared as one of the co-authors for the 2007 paper.“He built up a convincing case based on the internal structure of the beast that it was a giant fungus, but agonized over the fact that he was never able to find a smoking gun in the form of reproductive structures that would convince the world that it was indeed a fungus,” commented Carol Hotton, also from the National Museum of Natural History.Vertical section of Prototaxites logani (jr synonym Nematophyton logani).Since the question was ultimately settled, we are now more clear what kind of organisms dominated the world some 420 to 370 million years ago. It would have been a very unfamiliar world for us — as if conceived by the mind of a great sci-fi author.Since Prototaxites easily grew nearly 30-feet-tall, this made them the biggest organism on Earth during the Late Silurian and Devonian periods. There were no dinosaurs who would stamp them into the ground. In fact, the diversity of life inhabiting the Earth’s land masses at this time would have consisted of primitive vascular plants, worms, millipedes and insects without wings.Armillaria ostoyae. Photo by Alan Rockefeller CC BY-SA 3.0Backboned animals did exist but they only inhabited the world’s waters. The plants, distant ancestors of conifers and ferns, were undergoing their own evolution. They would have completed their full evolution cycle by the time the Prototaxites went extinct, but before that, they were simple stems without leaves or roots.In case you find it strange that once upon a time a type of fungi was the biggest living organism on Earth, there are some stunning extant examples of how big they can grow.In fact, the biggest living organism on Earth today is a fungus. In eastern Oregon, scientists have traced a representative of Armillaria Ostoyae which covers 2,385 acres in Oregon’s Malheur National Forest. “It’s bigger than an elephant, bigger than a blue whale, the largest organism on earth may not be what you expect,” wrote the National Geographic in 2017.Read another story from us: For Centuries this Mysterious Rock Art has Guided Caravans Crossing the AndesIt started growing between 2,400 and 8,650 years ago. It’s a pretty compelling proof that its distant relative, the Prototaxites, could have easily reigned the world in the distant past.last_img read more

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first_imgCryptoPrevent 8: Windows malware prevention software by Martin Brinkmann on January 09, 2017 in Software – 29 commentsCryptoPrevent 8 is the latest version of the popular malware prevention software for devices running Microsoft’s Windows operating system.Windows users have quite the diverse selection of security tools at their disposal. Even if you ignore the options that Windows itself ships with, there is a variety of tools that users can install to improve their system’s protection against malware threats.CryptoPrevent falls into the supplemental category, meaning that it adds to the protection but should be used next to resident antivirus software or other protections.We mentioned the first version of the program back in 2013 when first ransomware threats started to pick up pace.CryptoPrevent 8The program has come a long way since the release of its first version back in 2013.  The program relies heavily on Software Restriction Policies to block malware attacks. The most recent version of CryptoPrevent ships with about 4000 rules, which is ten times the number that version 7 of the program shipped with.The program is relatively easy to use on first glance. The first screen that it displays prompts you to pick a protection plan. This plan determines the protection level, and goes from none at all to maximum in the free version. There is also an extreme setting that is only available for premium users, and an option to pick custom settings.If you are unsure what to pick here, you may want to start with the default level as it is the recommended protection level.The Protection Settings tab lists some of the protective measures that CryptoPrevent 8 will apply to the system when plans are selected.It lists the protected areas — the %appdata% folder for instance –, whether program naming exploits are blocked (using double file extensions for instance), and whether certain Windows programs or features are blocked as well.The default plan makes the following security changes:Protects %programdata%, %userprofile%, and startup folders in the Start menu.Blocks vssadmin.exe, syskey.exe and cipher.exe.Prevents known malware from starting.Turns off Windows sidebar and gadgets.Other options that the program may enable are to block file types that are often used by malware (.scr, .pif or cpl), and to watch certain folders and block programs that show malware traits.The Policy Editor tab is quite useful, as it lists all whitelisted and blacklisted files and folders. You can check the Software Restriction Policies folders there for instance by opening the blacklist, or add folders or files to the whitelist to allow their execution.Options are included to remove selected folders from the blacklist. This is useful in particular if you run into execution issues on the system after enabling one of CryptoPrevents plans.One of the issues that I had personally with earlier program versions of CryptoPrevent was that it did not really reveal what it was doing, and that you had even less control over the functionality.A CryptoPrevent monitoring service runs in the background after you apply a protection plan to the device. You can undo changes at any time by loading the program again. I suggest you set the protections to none before you uninstall the program on a device just to be on the safe side.Closing WordsCryptoPrevent 8 improves the protection of a device running Windows through the use of software restriction policies, malware definitions, and other means. It is not designed to run as the only security program on a Windows machine, but may complement existing security programs without interfering with them.Now You: Do you run supplemental security applications on your system?Summary12345 Author Rating3.5 based on 3 votes Software Name CryptoPreventOperating System WindowsSoftware Category SecurityLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

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