KUSI Newsroom, March 29, 2019 Young badger rescued by animal services Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption KUSI Newsroom Show Caption Hide Caption Updated: 6:32 PM Show Caption Hide Caption Posted: March 29, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 123 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Department of Animal Services rescued a baby badger on Thursday in the Jewel Valley area of Boulevard.The person that called the Department told the responding officer that it had not really moved all day and the animal control officer found the young badger to be lethargic.The officer rescued the animal and transported it to the San Diego Humane Society’s Project Wildlife Center on Gaines Street.“In my thirty years with Animal Services here in San Diego County, this is the first badger that our Department has ever encountered” stated Dan DeSousa, Director of Animal Services.“We are thankful to have Project Wildlife here in our community to provide the needed care for these animals in their time of need” DeSousa added.The report this morning from Project Wildlife is that the badger is doing well and is feisty.According to Humane Society spokeswoman Dariel Walker, the badger is estimated to only be a few weeks old and weighs about two pounds.While badgers are native to San Diego County, Walker said it is “quite uncommon” for the Humane Society to care for a badger and couldn’t name a time it had happened before.“Several staff members said they have never seen a badger before,” Walker said.The Humane Society plans to keep the cub in its care for the time being to help improve his condition. Once he becomes older and larger, the Humane Society plans to transfer him to the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in Ramona, which has more room to accommodate the badger as he grows.Eventually, he will be released into the wild when animal care staff at the Fund for Animals believe he can survive on his own. Show Caption Hide Caption
BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy taken to a Dhaka court in a prison van on 31 January. Photo: Sajid HossainA Dhaka court on Wednesday sent Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy to jail in a case filed with the Ramna police station.The court also put 55 other BNP leaders and activists on remand in four separate cases filed in connection with an attack on a prison van.Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Mahmudul Hasan passed the order.Read more: BNP leader Azizul Bari Helal ‘detained’ Gayeshwar Chandra Roy’s lawyer Sanaullah Mia alleged that Gayeshwar Chandra Roy was arrested only for his political statements.A group of BNP activists broke open prison van and snatched away two of their fellows in front of the High Court Mazar gate on Tuesday.The incident took place when BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was returning after appearing at a Dhaka court in Zia Charitable Trust graft case. Police detained 69 BNP men in connection with Tuesday’s incident.
The Maryland House of Delegates March 5 voted down a plan by Gov. Martin O’Malley to tie increases in the minimum wage to inflation.O’Malley had hoped to connect the minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index. Instead, Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery County), a candidate for governor, tried for an increase in the minimum wage of about 2 percent per year.But members of the House stood strongly against Mizeur’s measure, voting 124-8 to defeat it. Del. Aisha Braveboy (D-Prince George’s), chair of the Maryland Black Legislative Caucus and the bill’s sponsor in the House, said the actions March 5 included a series of amendments that were defeated including one that would have created a tiered system for the minimum wage—meaning that the amount would have differed in different areas of the state.“The House rejected that notion and believed that we have to set a floor and we want to set that at $10.10 per hour,” she said. “We also had an amendment that would have exempted companies that made $500,000 or less and we also rejected that. There was also an amendment that would have limited the increased to $8.25.”Braveboy said she is “optimistic” that the increase will become law.“I definitely think it will pass,” she said. “But I am concerned about what the Senate is going to do with the bill. I’ve heard some of the members of the Senate Finance Committee don’t’ want to go as high as $10.10 and they may want to add additional exemptions. Those are some of the concerns we have over here in the House, but we have to wait and see what they do.”The wage bill would still increase the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour over the next three years Earlier in the week, the House Economic Matters Committee voted for the first time in eight years to increase the wage. Though the committee passed the measure, members stripped important parts of the Minimum Wage Act of 2014, including tying increases in the future to the cost of living. Another change limited workers who earn tips to $3.63 per hour. Employers who hire tipped workers would be required to make up the difference between $3.63 per hour and $10.10 per hour if workers do not make at least the new minimum wage.The vote does not affect wage increases already voted for by local legislators in Prince George’s and Montgomery County, who recently increased their minimum wages to $11.50 per hour over the next three years.A third reading on the House wage bill is expected to take place on March 7.Tying the minimum wage to inflation, or indexing, has been controversial since the legislature began pondering an increase in the minimum wage. The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to take up the measure March 10.Braveboy said a raise in the minimum wage is needed to accommodate workers. “Maryland has one of the highest costs of living in the country yet maintains the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour,” she said. “We can and should do better than the bare minimum.”
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: “Polyamide 6 composite nano-fiber/net functionalized by polyethyleneimine on quartz crystal microbalance for highly sensitive formaldehyde sensors,” J. Mater. Chem., 2011, Advance Article. DOI: 10.1039/C1JM11847A Because formaldehyde is used in so many manufacturing applications, both as a means to process polymers, and as a intermediate in making many kinds of cleaning agents, (as well as a process ingredient in making many medicines) a means for measuring its concentration is needed to assure safe working conditions for those involved in the manufacture of such products. Formaldehyde is considered to be a carcinogen at levels of 60-80 ppb over a half hours time, unfortunately, current methods for measuring formaldehyde levels require long time periods to get results, are not considered sensitive enough and generally cost a lot of money to make; constraints that have likely at times, put people at risk.Now, Ding and his team have figured out a way to make a formaldehyde detector that returns results almost immediately, is far more sensitive than current methods, and can be produced relatively inexpensively. The process works by applying a polyamide (a polymer joined by peptide bonds) membrane onto a quartz crystal microbalance (a device used to measure the mass per unit area of a quartz crystal) using a special spinning technique. The result is a web coating that is able to trap formaldehyde particles making their detection relatively easy.The web is able to trap formaldehyde particles because of the very small size of the web mesh (nanofibers); in the study, typical sizes were 100-500nm, but the team was able to get some down to as small as 20nm.Such technology should be adaptable, the team writes, suggesting that such nets might be made for use in very fine filters to trap all manner of airborne hazards, including microorganisms. The team plans to next turn their attention to better understanding how the webs form the way they do to see how other such other sensors or filters might actually be created. Bin Ding and his team of researchers at Donghua University, Shanghai, China, have developed a new method of testing for formaldehyde using an electro-spinning netting technique. The process, described in their paper published in the journal Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) involves spinning a membrane onto a quartz crystal resulting in a net that can be used to detect formaldehyde. Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com Low levels of formaldehyde in clothing unlikely to pose health risk Citation: Researchers develop “net” nanodetector (2011, August 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-net-nanodetector.html