3,298 hit by Limerick medical card cuts

first_imgPrint by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE full extent of cutbacks to medical cards in Limerick has been revealed this week with HSE figures confirming that more than 3000 cards were withdrawn in the city and county over a 12 month period with almost 1000 of these taken from people over 70 years of age.The figures show that the number of medical cardholders in Limerick was cut from 80,853 in November 2013 to 77,555 last November – reduction of 3,298  This also included a reduction in the number of medical cards to over seventies by 943 from 15,341 to 14,398.Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea, who obtained the figures from the HSE, has condemned the cuts, stating they have had a major impact on people’s lives in all parts of Limerick.And with a significant fall of 731 medical cards in Limerick between September and November 2014, he maintains there is no evidence of the cuts abating.“I have consistently pointed out that the Government was engaged in a deliberate and disgraceful attack on people with medical cards, which it denied for 18 months before being shamed into admitting this was a deliberate policy,” Deputy O’Dea told the Limerick Post.“Almost 1,000 of the cuts to medical cards were for people over 70 years of age. This figure is particularly stark and shows that proportionally the over seventies have been hit the hardest, even though there are more and more over seventies every year as that segment of the population increases as people live longer,” he said.He has taken aim at the Government for ignoring the issue and denying that there was a deliberate policy to cut medical cards for people with serious illnesses and disabilities and the over seventies. He insists that it took the loss of hundreds of council seats to make them sit up and listen.“Despite claiming to stop these cuts and to begin restoring medical cards the Government is still taking cards away from people desperately in need of them. I am dealing with cases every week of people having their cards withdrawn and then being denied their cards again on appeal. It is astonishing that thousands of Limerick families are still enduring so much anguish, hurt and expense at the hands of this Government,” he concluded. Advertisement NewsBreaking newsLocal News3,298 hit by Limerick medical card cutsBy Alan Jacques – January 15, 2015 617 Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Emailcenter_img Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous articlePublic appeal to help locate missing womanNext articleCouncil passes budget after marathon meeting Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedin TAGSfeaturedFianna FáilHSElimerickmedical cardsWillie O’Dea TD Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

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Cortland prepares to host Ithaca in heated annual Cortaca rivalry game

first_imgA man tried to swing an ax at a police officer.Someone jumped off a rooftop.Some dragged furniture out of homes and set it on fire.Welcome to Cortaca 2013.Last year, the annual central New York Division III rivalry football game between SUNY Cortland and Ithaca College, played in Ithaca last year, became an afterthought. The parties took center stage in Cortland, where 80 people were arrested, but only 19 of them were Cortland students, Cortland Police Lieutenant David Guerrera said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMore than 4,000 people piled onto Clayton Avenue, a street with off-campus student housing, and aimlessly threw beer cans and bottles.“To me, that’s disturbing because there’s only one result out of that,” Cortland senior Avery Giordonello said. “And that’s someone getting hurt.”When Ithaca (7-2, 6-2 Empire 8) travels to Cortland (4-5, 4-3 New Jersey Athletic) on Saturday at noon for the 56th annual Cortaca Jug contest. Cortland has won the last four years in a row, but Ithaca holds a 34-21 edge in the Jug series. The City of Cortland Police Department will have prepared reinforcements on Saturday.Members of the Cortland Police have gone door to door in off-campus, primarily student neighborhoods to discuss what will and won’t be tolerated for Cortaca. Underage drinking laws will be more closely enforced, Guerrera said.For past Cortacas, banners hung from these houses saying things like “Blackout or back out” and “Win or lose, we still booze.” And though the partying has gained extra attention, the game is still one of the biggest rivalry matchups in the Division III football.“Over the years, more and more and more people simply come for the partying outside of the football game,” said Guerrera, who will be working his 23rd Cortaca weekend.The Cortland County Sheriff Department and New York State Police will assist patrolling on Saturday, because the crowd is just too large for the Cortland Police Department to handle on its own, Guerrera said.Cortland senior Andrea Dippolito said she was embarrassed by what happened last year. Students that live in dorms are allowed to have a maximum of one guest, but she still thinks that is not a strong enough stand.Each of the two schools has about 7,000 students and when visitors come on gameday, she said, the campus population essentially doubles and recklessness breaks out. Visitors don’t have anything to lose and don’t mind trashing someone else’s city.“I wish we could do it without having so many people from out of town come for it,” Dippolito said. “It’s a thing that’s between Cortland and Ithaca and that’s what it should be limited to.”While the city of Cortland is responding to last year’s craziness, Ithaca students are experiencing something different.“It’s been somewhat of a mystery as to how the activities will be handled here in Ithaca given that it never got out of control here last year,” Ithaca sophomore Olivia Oppenheim said in an email.Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer’s son, Wolfgang, is a sophomore backup quarterback for Ithaca. If the Bombers go 0-10, but beat Cortland in the last game, it’s a successful season, Wolfgang Shafer said. Cortland has won the last four Cortaca games.Wolfgang Shafer wakes up around 8 a.m. every gameday and drives with his roommate Austin DeGrazia to Hal’s Deli. Normally the Ithaca campus would be empty and quiet. During Cortaca, people are outside tossing a football, tailgating and blasting music.“Driving back up the hill, we just looked at each other like, ‘Man, this thing’s for real,’” Shafer said.For Ithaca and Cortland, it’s the one day of the year that students can feel like they go to a big Division I school. The smell of tailgating saturates the campuses as students eat breakfast and drink beer simultaneously.Throughout the day, Ithaca students roam the streets saying, “It’s a great day to be a Bomber” and “Happy Cortaca,” Ithaca senior Claire Farrell said.This year’s game is at Cortland, but the game will be shown at Ithaca’s campus center. The parties in Ithaca will still occur, but the camaraderie across the campus is what makes it special for Farrell.With everyone uniting against the other school, pride reaches a peak.In past years, students made shirts that said “F*ck Cortland” and “F*ck Ithaca.” At the game, Ithaca students try to mock Cortland by chanting “safety school.” Cortland fans would respond by making fun of Ithaca’s more expensive tuition.“I don’t like kids from Ithaca strictly because they’re from Ithaca,” Cortland senior D.J. Willmott said. “I’ve never met anyone from Ithaca. I just don’t like them because of the Cortaca rivalry.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 13, 2014 at 12:15 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedslast_img read more

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Hawkins continues bid for World Championship

first_imgHawkins held his nerve last night to defeat Ronnie O’Sullivan in a deciding frame at the Crucible and he’ll now face Marco Fu in the opening session of their quarter-final.There’s two matches getting underway this morning.Ding Junhui faces Mark Williams, while Mark Selby will take-on Kyren Wilson, who knocked-out Belfast’s Mark Allen yesterday.last_img

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South Africans abroad cast their vote

first_img30 April 2014South Africans living and working as far afield as London, Dubai, Canberra, Kinshasa, New York, Doha, Dublin and Khartoum turned out in numbers to cast their votes in the country’s fifth democratic elections on Wednesday.Overseas votes began at the South African High Commission in Wellington, New Zealand at 7am local time on Wednesday (9pm on Tuesday in South African time) and will end in Los Angeles in the US at 9pm (6am on Thursday in South African time). Back in South Africa, voters registered for a special vote will cast their vote on 5 and 6 May. The rest of the country heads for the polls on 7 May.In London’s Trafalgar Square, thousands of South Africans queued in the sun to wait their turn to vote at the country’s busiest overseas voting station. There are over 9 000 registered voters in London, out of approximately 26 000 registered overseas voters in total.On social media, voters posted comments, photos and “selfies”, mostly conveying their excitement at the occasion. Here are a selection of comments from readers of News24, which ran a live updates page on the day:Munene Khoza (London): “Thirty minutes before they even open the doors and we’re queued well into Trafalgar Square. Our vote is our voice. TOO excited!”Craig Munn (Hungary) said “I voted from Budapest, Hungary this morning. The process was smooth and well managed. What a feeling!”Sue-Ellen Hilgemann (Abu Dhabi): “… voted at the SA embassy in Abu Dhabi this morning. Very proud and exciting moment … Waiting time was only about 1 hour and the atmosphere was great!”Darren (Thailand): “I went to vote at the embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. The experience was smooth as silk. They even prepared a few snacks and drinks, from back home, for all voters to enjoy. We also got to meet the Ambassador who is a lovely person. I feel proud and happy to have had this opportunity!”Remerta Basson (The Netherlands): “It was a bit of an effort travelling from Amsterdam to the embassy in The Hague and taking time off from work, but I have casted my vote today. The IEC personnel were very friendly, it was great seeing so many other South Africans – I am definitely feeling proudly South African and homesick today!”Not everyone was happy with the voting arrangements, however, as some of the comments made to News24 reflected:Andre Johann Nel (Azerbaijan): “We are living in Baku, Azerbaijan and are also unable to vote. There is no South African embassy and we were told that we need to travel to Ankara in Turkey.”Simson Moller (Australia): “I just want to say that I think it’s terribly unfair that they only have a voting and registration station in Canberra.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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First identify challenges to small business: Zulu

first_img27 May 2014Lindiwe Zulu, the woman in charge of South Africa’s newly created Department of Small Business Development, says that while the role of small business in job creation is widely recognised, it is important to be sensitive to the challenges faced by the sector.“It’s about dialoguing with them to see where the challenges are,” Zulu told SAnews after her swearing in as the new minister in Pretoria on Monday.“This is a new ministry, but the sector is not new,” she added. “There’s a lot of work that’s already been done by the Department of Trade and Industry and other departments. For us it will be about pulling out that work and seeing what has worked and what hasn’t.”Zulu said that skills development and financing were some of the challenges faced by small businesses. “Sometimes people get a little money and they think that they’ve got a lot, only to realise that that money wasn’t really enough. So the issue of saving amongst our people is also very important.”The former International Affairs adviser has travelled extensively on the continent and has seen how small businesses thrive in other countries – and how foreign nationals who come to South Africa start up thriving small businesses.“You look at some of the foreigners that are in South Africa today. They arrive in South Africa with almost nothing, but they network, they support each other. Those are the things I think one would have to deal with in assisting SMMEs, because there’s got to be a connection, networking and support for each other.”The department will also look at the issue of the government not paying small businesses within the prescribed 30-day time period, while also engaging with the country’s financial institutions and helping to get small business owners organised into formations.“We need to find a way to pull people together; the issue of cooperatives, for instance, is one of the most important elements,” Zulu said.Business welcomes new departmentEarlier on Monday, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) welcomed the establishment of the new ministry, saying it had been “high on the chamber’s wish list”.“Sacci has and will continue to engage towards an SME department that serves the development interests of SMEs and the economy,” Sacci CEO Neren Rau said in a statement.“This includes simplifying the SME regulatory environment, reviewing and expanding incentives for SMEs, and championing the cause of SMEs with other government department and the Presidency vis-a-vis policy development.”In his 2014 Budget speech in Cape Town in February, former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said small business people had raised concerns that they were not receiving enough support in order to raise their enterprises to levels at which they could contribute to the country’s growth.The Budget allocated R6.5-billion over three years for supporting small and medium enterprises.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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High Performance Scopes of Work

first_imgWhat are Scopes of Work?Scopes of work (SOW) are part of the legal contract between the general contractor or client and the trade contractors, detailing exactly what must be done to complete his or her work and achieve the desired result, an assembly or system that works. A program of SOW connects the work of individual trades so that the work of each produces the desired result: a home that works.I learned about this approach, the SOW program, from a great book by Lindsay Haas Davenport, The Scopes of Work Program: Procedures and Standards to Increase Quality. Davenport breaks her SOW program into four key parts:1. Terms and Conditions2. Job Requirements3. Pre- and Post-Work Inspection Reports4. Warranty AgreementThese four elements are used to lock in trade contractor performance, most importantly, creating hard links between what conditions one contractor needs to start his or her work (pre-work checklist) and the conditions that must be achieved in order for the next trade contractor to do his or her work (post-work checklist).Another cool thing about Davenport’s approach is that each of her books comes with her whole SOW program on a compact disc in a complete series of Microsoft Word documents; it was her way of saying, “I know that each builder will need to customize their own SOW program, so have at it with mine.”How are high-performance SOW different from standard SOW?Under the Building America program, team leaders such as Building Science Corporation and IBACOS saw the need for contract documents that supported the integrated, systems-thinking approach. I worked with IBACOS to take the Davenport SOW program and customize it for high performance for the following key trade contractors:1. Foundation2. Framing3. Windows4. Drainage Plane (weather-resistive barrier)5. Air Sealing and Insulation6. HVACThat essentially meant adding building science and systems-thinking to each of the four elements of Davenport’s SOW program for these trades. The new high-performance pre- and post-checklists integrate these six trade contractors’ work; whenever possible, we added performance testing for the desired result (for example, linking blower-door test results to the air sealing and insulation contractor’s final payment). As you look over the IBACOS High Performance SOW you will see construction details strikingly similar to ones within GBA; the same architect, Steve Baczek, did the details for both.A cool thing about the IBACOS High Performance Scopes of Work is that, like Davenport’s, the IBACOS Scopes are available in Word document form, so that any general contractor or client can customize them. And because the IBACOS SOW were developed under the federal government’s Building America program, they are free to download: High Performance Scopes of Work.last_img read more

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Schofield scores 29, No. 3 Tennessee beats Memphis 102-92

first_imgLeBron James, Lonzo Ball post triple-doubles in Lakers win over Hornets SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “Their entire team emptied the bench to come over,” Hardaway said. “They weren’t coming over because it was a timeout. You can visibly see guys with their fists balled, talking trash to our guys or whatever it was, almost like a standoff.”This game featured 57 fouls combined, with 35 on Memphis. Tennessee had a big edge at the free throw line (39 of 46) compared to the Tigers (16 of 22).UP NEXTTennessee: Hosts Samford on Wednesday night.Memphis: Hosts Little Rock on Wednesday night. Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said they knew coming in this would be a big game for Memphis.“We’ve got a lot of room for growth,” Barnes said. Tennessee guard Jordan Bowden (23) controls the ball against Memphis guard Tyler Harris in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Admiral Schofield popped his Tennessee jersey to the Memphis fans who had been screaming at him throughout the game.The rivalry between Tennessee’s top basketball programs is back on, and the Volunteers have the upper hand for now.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening This rivalry had cooled down since that No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown in 2008. It’s the first game between the programs on either end of Tennessee since January 2013.These Vols came in with a big advantage in both size and experience with all five starters back from the team that shared the Southeastern Conference regular-season title last year. They trailed only once at 3-2 within the first minute on a trio of free throws by Harris.With Tennessee hitting its first five shots, including a trio of 3-pointers, the Vols took a 15-5 lead on Schofield’s 3 with 16:21 left. Tennessee led 50-35 at halftime. Hardaway said the Tigers worked all week to start fast.“Hey, man, that’s where they’re ranked No. 3 in the nation,” Hardaway said. “And we’ve just got to continue to work hard. The second half was more what we wanted, we just couldn’t put two halves together, which led us to lose by 10. When you give up 102 points on your own home floor, you’re not going to win too many of those.”The Tigers pulled to 63-56 when Antwann Jones’ 3 capped eight straight. Schofield scored the next five for Tennessee. Davenport did his best to rally Memphis but couldn’t get the Tigers closer than eight despite hitting 10 of 12 shots.BIG PICTURETennessee: The Vols finally have a true road game on their resume with the arena filled with lots of Memphis blue. Barnes wasn’t happy with his Vols turning it over 18 times, which Memphis turned into 14 points.Memphis: Hardaway needs more time, and his 2019 recruiting class is led by James Wiseman. But he had the Tigers racing up the floor every chance they got in transition. Hardaway’s halftime adjustments were evident when the Tigers hit as many shots (10) within the first nine minutes as the entire first half.CHIPPY FINISHWith 47.8 seconds left during a timeout, officials gave double-technicals to Bone and Memphis guard Alex Lomax. Hardaway said Bone said something disrespectful, setting off a sequence that included the Memphis coach not getting an answer about why the Vols didn’t get a technical for leaving the bench. Kyvon Davenport helped Memphis (5-5) keep Tennessee from blowing the Tigers out. He scored 26 of his career-high 31 points after halftime and had 11 boards. Tyler Harris added 10 points.First-year Memphis coach Penny Hardaway remains winless against the Vols after going 0-2 when playing for the Tigers in the early 1990s. Simply having the former NBA star as head coach has Tigers’ fans excited enough about the future that they sold out the FedExForum for the first time since March 7, 2009, against Tulsa just before coach John Calipari left for Kentucky.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Schofield scored 20 of his 29 points in the second half and added 11 rebounds as third-ranked Tennessee beat Memphis 102-92 Saturday to snap a three-game skid to the in-state rival.“We wanted to come in and make a statement for our university here on their floor,” Schofield said with a smile. “And I think we did that, so you know the crowd was chirping a little bit. So I just had to let them know. UT. UT still on top.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe Volunteers (8-1) avoided any letdown after a weeklong layoff for finals since upsetting then-No. 1 ranked Gonzaga last weekend in Phoenix. That win pushed the Vols to their highest Associated Press ranking since Feb. 25, 2008, when they went to No. 1 after upsetting another top-ranked team in Memphis.Grant Williams added 19 points for Tennessee. Jordan Bone had 17, Jordan Bowden 12 and Kyle Alexander 10. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue View commentslast_img read more

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Stakes rising in BC dam battle

first_imgAPTN National NewsBritish Columbia’s provincial government and BC Hydro have been busy signing deals with First Nations to develop power in and around their territories.But some First Nations near Peace River, B.C., are not buying into what BC Hyrdo is selling.First Nations say a proposed dam will damage prime farmland and wildlife.APTN National News reporter Wayne Roberts has this story.last_img

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New App Helps Service Members Families Locate Military Discounts

first_img ADC AUTHOR Service members and their families now can have access to a new app that helps them find military discounts in their location.The communities of Savannah and Hinesville, Ga., near Fort Stewart, are among the most recent to gain access to the new app that allows local service members and their families to find the best military discounts in their area, Fox28Media reported.The app, Deal Patrol, was released in the area Wednesday and offers service members a comprehensive database of military discounts that are accessible through the free and user-friendly app.Deal Patrol, which has also been released in other military communities, is free through Apple’s App Store and Android’s Google Play. Once installed, service members and their families can use it wherever they travel, and businesses can also submit their military discounts using the app.Launched in 2018, Military Deal Patrol was founded by two veterans who recognized the need for a comprehensive and user-friendly app to find local military discounts.“When I was a cadet at the Air Force Academy, I was always looking for the places that had military discounts,” said Military Deal Patrol Co-Founder and CEO Gavin Light. “I thought, ‘why hasn’t anyone built a comprehensive database where all the discounts are easy to find?’ Everyone likes to save money. We’re making it easier for the military community.”Logo credit to Deal Patrollast_img read more

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Researchers find some plants get their nitrogen from fungi that kill insects

first_img Citation: Researchers find some plants get their nitrogen from fungi that kill insects (2012, June 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-nitrogen-fungi-insects.html 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. After noting that a prior team of researchers had found that white pine trees got some of their nitrogen from fungus living in their roots that had obtained the nitrogen by killing springtails, the team wondered if perhaps many other plants did the same. To find out, they chose two random but common plants, haricot beans and switchgrass.First they fed waxmoth larve a diet rich in a non-common type of nitrogen; nitrogen-15, so as to be able to distinguish it from the nitrogen that would normally be found in the plants. Next they infected the soil near the roots of the plants with Metarhizium, a very common type of fungi that is known to kill insects by releasing an enzyme that eats its way through the outer shell allowing the bug inside to be easily devoured. Then, they buried the infected larvae in the soil among the plant roots, along with a mesh to prevent the roots of the plants from reaching past the infected soil to soil that had been enriched with nitrogen through normal bacterial decomposition.Two weeks later they tested the plants and found that the nitrogen in the beans was 28% nitrogen-15, and 32% in the switchgrass, proving that the plants had obtained at least some of their nitrogen from the fungi that had in turn got it from killing the enriched larvae. The chain was complete.Because they used both common plants and fungi, the team believes their results show that such nitrogen chains: insects-fungi-plants, are likely very common. They say more research is needed however, to determine if the chain they created in the lab is just as prevalent in the wild. © 2012 Phys.Org Explore further Journal information: Sciencecenter_img Fungi important in Arctic nitrogen cycle Cockroach killed by Metarhizium anisopliae. Image: Chengshu Wang and Yuxian Xia, via Wikipedia. (Phys.org) — We’ve all grown up with stories of plants that capture, kill and eat insects; the Venus fly trap the most notable example. Now it appears some plants get their nitrogen from insects via proxy. Instead of having to develop a complicated system of traps to catch insects on their own, they rely on fungi to do their dirty work for them. A team of Canadian researchers from Brock University, St. Catharine’s, has found that some plants, as they describe in their paper published in Science, grab nitrogen from fungi that live in its roots. The fungi get it from killing insects. In return for its generosity, the fungi get carbon. More information: Endophytic Insect-Parasitic Fungi Translocate Nitrogen Directly from Insects to Plants, Science 22 June 2012: Vol. 336 no. 6088 pp. 1576-1577 DOI: 10.1126/science.1222289ABSTRACTMost plants obtain nitrogen through nitrogen-fixing bacteria and microbial decomposition of plant and animal material. Many vascular plants are able to form close symbiotic associations with endophytic fungi. Metarhizium is a common plant endophyte found in a large number of ecosystems. This abundant soil fungus is also a pathogen to a large number of insects, which are a source of nitrogen. It is possible that the endophytic capability and insect pathogenicity of Metarhizium are coupled to provide an active method of nitrogen transfer to plant hosts via fungal mycelia. We used soil microcosms to test the ability of M. robertsii to translocate insect-derived nitrogen to plants. Insects were injected with 15N-labeled nitrogen, and we tracked the incorporation of 15N into amino acids in two plant species, haricot bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) and switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), in the presence of M. robertsii. These findings are evidence that active nitrogen acquisition by plants in this tripartite interaction may play a larger role in soil nitrogen cycling than previously thought.last_img read more

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Gear up to haunt this Halloween

If you have plans to spook your near and dear ones this halloween, then Fast Turtle is a one stop-shop for all your party supplies and themes. Fast turtle, the store started by Zarine Batra a year ago is here to offer solutions for all your theme party essentials.‘To make these occasions unforgettable in the best possible way with the right party accessories is key objective for the origin of Fast Turtle,’ says Zarine. This year, the store is offering Halloween accessories like horrified nails, dragon costumes, pumpkin faces and more.So head your way towards Fast Turtle soon and gear up to haunt. read more

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A year later Google Project Zero still finds Safari vulnerable to DOM

first_imgIt’s been a year since the Project zero team published the results of their research about the resilience of modern browsers against DOM fuzzing. They also published Domato, their DOM fuzzing tool that was used to find those bugs. The results of the research were astonishing since Apple Safari, or more specifically, WebKit (its DOM engine) did not fare well in this test. The team decided to revisit the project again using exactly the same methodology and exactly the same tools to see whether the browsers have managed to implement better security mechanisms. The Test Setup In the previous research, the fuzzing was initially done against WebKitGTK+ and then all the crashes were tested against Apple Safari running on a Mac. In this research, WebKitGTK+ version 2.20.2 was used. To improve the fuzzing process, a couple of custom changes were made to WebKitGTK+ . For instance: Building WebKitGTK+ with ASan (Address Sanitizer) is now possible Changed window.alert() implementation to immediately call the garbage collector instead of displaying a message window. Generally, when a DOM bug causes a crash, due to the multi-process nature of WebKit, only the web process would crash, but the main process would continue running. Code was added to crash the main process when the web process crashes The team created a custom target binary. Results Obtained After running the fuzzer for 100.000.000 iterations, the team discovered 9 unique bugs that were reported to Apple. The bugs are summarized in the table below. All of these bugs have been fixed at the time of release of this blog post. Project Zero bug ID CVE Type Affected Safari 11.1.2 Older than 6 months Older than 1 year 1593 CVE-2018-4197 UAF YES YES NO 1594 CVE-2018-4318 UAF NO NO NO 1595 CVE-2018-4317 UAF NO YES NO 1596 CVE-2018-4314 UAF YES YES NO 1602 CVE-2018-4306 UAF YES YES NO 1603 CVE-2018-4312 UAF NO NO NO 1604 CVE-2018-4315 UAF YES YES NO 1609 CVE-2018-4323 UAF YES YES NO 1610 CVE-2018-4328 OOB read YES YES YES UAF = use-after-free. OOB = out-of-bounds Out of the 9 bugs found, 6 affected the release version of Apple Safari, directly affecting Safari users. While this is significantly less than the 17 bugs found a year ago, it is still a notable number, especially since the fuzzer has been public for a long time now. After the results were in, the team found that most of the bugs were sitting in the WebKit codebase for longer than 6 months, however, only 1 of them is older than 1 year. Also, the team notes that throughout the past year, their fuzzing process came up with 14 bugs but they cannot surely say if these bugs have been resolved or are still live. The Exploit performed on the bugs To prove that bugs like this can lead to a browser compromise, an exploit was written for one of them. Out of the 6 issues affecting the release version of Safari, the researchers selected the use-after-free issue to exploit. The details of this issue are well explained in Project Zero’s Blog post. The exploit was successfully tested on Mac OS 10.13.6 (build version 17G65). All the details of the exploit can be seen at bugs.chromium.org. An interesting aspect of this exploit is that, on Safari for Mac OS it could be written in a very “old-school’ way due to lack of control flow mitigations on the platform. That being said, on the latest mobile hardware and in iOS 12, which was published after the exploit was already written, Apple introduced control flow mitigations by using Pointer Authentication Codes (PAC). The issues were reported to Apple between June 15 and July 2nd, 2018. On September 17th 2018, Apple published security advisories for iOS 12, tvOS 12 and Safari 12 which fixed all of the issues. Although the bugs were fixed at that time, the corresponding advisories did not initially mention them. The issues described in the blog post were only added to the advisories one week later, on September 24, 2018, when the security advisories for macOS Mojave 10.14 were also published. The researchers affirm that there were clear improvements in WebKit DOM when tested with Domato. However, the public fuzzer was still able to find a large number of bugs. This is worrying because if a public tool was able to find that many bugs, private tools can be even more effective in exploiting these bugs. To know more about this experiment, head over to Google Project Zero’s official Blog. Read Next Google Project Zero discovers a cache invalidation bug in Linux memory management, Ubuntu and Debian remain vulnerable Google, Amazon, AT&T met the U.S Senate Committee to discuss consumer data privacy, yesterday Ex-googler who quit Google on moral grounds writes to Senate about company’s “Unethical” China censorship planlast_img read more

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Sunwing appoints new Groups Manager

center_img Posted by TORONTO — Sunwing has expanded its Group Sales Team by adding Samantha Gillingham as its new Groups Manager.Reporting to Group Sales Director Lexic Lipitkas, Gillingham brings over 10 years of travel experience to her new role, with previous positions at Transat Holidays, Flight Centre Travel Group, and Jet Airways. Over the years her roles have ranged from consultant and account manager to team leader and corporate sales manager.At Sunwing, Gillingham will oversee the Toronto Group Sales team and the Nexus/Sunwing Group Excursions team.“I am eager to be working with our Group Sales Director to develop seasonal plans for group customers, and to work with the rest of the team to continuously develop their talent, and our sales and procedures that make us #1 to the sun,” she said.Gillingham can be reached at [email protected] and 1-877-877-1755 ext. 6927. Sunwing Group Sales manager for Quebec, Marisa Poggioni, can also be reached at [email protected] and 1-877-877-1755 ext. 6956. Tags: Peoplelast_img read more

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