Borough Assembly Set To Finally Vote On Bed Tax Ballot Measure

first_imgThe proposal went to the voters on the ballot for the October 3, 2017, regular election and ultimately failed. Bagley went onto write “I propose that we pass the temporary lodging tax ordinance and submit it to the voters for consideration in the next regular election. If approved it would be effective April 1, 2019 to allow time to properly implement it.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is expected to finally vote on the most recent attempt at instituting a bed tax ballot initiative at tonight’s meeting. If approved the proposal would go before the voters in the regular election on October 2, 2018. The proposal would establish a 6 percent areawide sales tax on temporary lodging and overnight camping facilities. It would also levy an up to 3 percent exemption on temporary lodging and overnight facilities within that boundaries of the borough that levy a similar sales tax. Kenai Peninsula Borough Assemblyman Dale Bagley introduced the ordinance over a year ago, in a memo put before the assembly:  “The borough is currently facing a budgetary shortfall of approximately $4,000,000. Ordinance 2017-17, which would have asked the voters to approve a bed tax, was defeated by the assembly on August 15, 2017 when the assembly decided to instead submit to the voters the option of increasing the sales tax cap to $1,000.”last_img read more

I5 Publishing Rebrands as Lumina Media

first_imgi-5 Publishing, the Irvine, California, publisher of Dogster, Catster, Horse Illustrated, Hobby Farms, Dogs in Review,VPN and other brands, announced this week that it’s renaming itself as Lumina Media. “Lumina better represents the energy of our new company direction, and the power that our iconic content has to inform, entertain, and delight our passionate audiences,” said Lumina Chairman David Fry. “Our logo and our new tagline, ‘You’ll Love This,’ highlight the tight relationship between author and reader in today’s media world. Content and conversation come together to create a unique value for our consumers, our business audience and our corporate partners.” In its statement, the company said the new name and brand underscore the company’s proven market expertise, innovative spirit and its ability to deliver audiences that are engaged and connected. With extensive reach and experience, the company’s media engages, informs and inspires, while its platforms ensure the right media is delivered whenever, however and wherever audiences want it.center_img Lumina, the company said in a release, has one objective—to connect passionate and enthusiastic audiences to top consumer brands and companies across all mediums and platforms.last_img read more

Huawei says Hongmeng OS isnt designed as an Android replacement

first_img Company chairman Liang Hua said last week that Hongmeng was mainly developed for internet of things (IoT) devices, according to TechNode, and Huawei hasn’t decided if it’ll be applied as a phone OS.We got the first rumblings that Huawei trademarked Hongmeng in China after Google locked the company out of its Android updates in May, following the US government blacklisting Huawei networking gear and President Donald Trump signing an executive order effectively banning it. Google resumed work with Huawei after the US eased restrictions.Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.First published at 2:15 a.m. PT.Updated at 2:50 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. 1:23 CNET Apps Today Phones Tech Industry 40 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Huawei’s homegrown OS faces a steep uphill climb Share your voicecenter_img Tags 0 Post a comment The Hongmeng OS isn’t for phones, Huawei’s senior vice president told reporters. Angela Lang/CNET Huawei reportedly wants to keep using Google’s Android operating system in its phones instead of jumping to its self-developed Hongmeng system. Company senior vice president Catherine Chen told reporters in Brussels on Thursday that the Hongmeng OS isn’t even designed for phones, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua.Chen apparently said Hongmeng is for industrial use, noting that it contains far fewer lines of code than a phone OS, and has much lower latency than a phone, meaning it can process a  very high volume of data messages with little delay. Huawei P30 Pro’s four rear cameras from every angle Huaweilast_img read more

Breaking Afghanistan on way to upsetting Pakistan

first_imgAfter looking to effect an unbelievable turnaround in their World Cup campaign, Pakistani batting has come a cropper again when faced with a modest target against minnows Afghanistan. Chasing just 228, Pakistan have been reduced to 169/6 in 42 overs and have only Imad Wasim left as a recognised frontline batsman. The only saving grace and the ray of hope that Pakistan has is the presence of Shadab Khan at the other end. He is a capable batsman and has played some very useful innings. However, Pakistan taem would be hugely disappointed after the poor showing that has been witnessed in this game from their batsmen after a brilliant chase against New Zealand in the last game. Babar Azam was once again leading the chase and batting beautifully but when he was dismissed for 45 at the team score of 81 in the 18th over, the game turned. Mohammad Hafeez and Haris Sohail resurrected the innings and seemed to taking their team towards safety but this partnership was broken in the 30th over with the score at 121. The wicket of Haris Sohai followed in the 35th over but the killer blow came when captain Sarfaraz Ahmed got run out in the 39th over and Pakistan were reduced to 156/6. The damage has been done by spin again for Afghanistan. Mujib-ur-Rahman, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi strangled Pakistan the same way they had India. Mujib and Nabi have picked two wickets each and Rashid has one so far. With five overs from Rashid and Mujib left out of eight, things are not looking good.last_img read more

Altering silkworm genes to cause addition of useful protein into silk production

first_img © 2018 Phys.org 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. For many years scientists have strived to improve on the already impressive attributes of silk—some would like to make it stronger, others to produce silk naturally in different colors, while others yet would like to include features such as antibiotic properties. Such efforts have not always been as fruitful as desired, however; thus, research continues. In this new effort, the researchers sought to change the makeup of silk by causing the silkworm to produce and use unnatural proteins.The researchers sought to induce silkworms to produce an amino acid called 4-azido-L-phenylalanine, which the worms would add to the silk they made. The researchers used tRNA synthetase to get their silk-producing organs to create azidophenylalanine and then to accept it as an added ingredient in silk production. They then used a bacterial screening system to weed out the cells that were not receptive to adding the protein as silk was spun. This was followed by the creation of four altered silkworm strains and adding the genes responsible for causing the creation of azidophenylalanine in only the parts of the worm involved in creating the materials for use in spinning silk—allowing it to make its way to other body parts could have led to undesired side-effects. At this point, the team was ready to test their work by allowing the genetically modified worms to spin some silk. Testing of the silk showed that for two of the strains, more than 6 percent of the natural enzyme had been replaced by azidophenylalanine—proof that their technique had worked. The team then demonstrated that adding a protein such as azidophenylalanine could provide a positive function by conjugating the silk produced by the modified silkworms to fluorescent molecules through the use of click chemistry, which caused the cocoons to glow—one bright red, the other green. Explore further Credit: ACS Silkworms fed carbon nanotubes or graphene produce stronger silkcenter_img A team of researchers with the RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies and the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, both in Japan, has found a way to alter silkworm genes to create silk with useful proteins. In their paper published in ACS Synthetic Biology, the group describes their technique and suggest possible uses for it. Journal information: ACS Synthetic Biology More information: Hidetoshi Teramoto et al. Genetic Code Expansion of the Silkworm Bombyx mori to Functionalize Silk Fiber, ACS Synthetic Biology (2018). DOI: 10.1021/acssynbio.7b00437AbstractThe genetic code in bacteria and animal cells has been expanded to incorporate novel amino acids into proteins. Recent efforts have enabled genetic code expansion in nematodes, flies, and mice, whereas such engineering is rare with industrially useful animals. In the present study, we engineered the silkworm Bombyx mori to synthesize silk fiber functionalized with azidophenylalanine. For this purpose, we developed a bacterial system to screen for B. mori phenylalanyl-tRNA synthetases with altered amino-acid specificity. We created four transgenic B. mori lines expressing the selected synthetase variants in silk glands, and found that two of them supported the efficient in vivo incorporation of azidophenylalanine into silk fiber. The obtained silk was bio-orthogonally reactive with fluorescent molecules. The results showed that genetic code expansion in an industrial animal can be facilitated by prior bacterial selection, to accelerate the development of silk fiber with novel properties. Citation: Altering silkworm genes to cause addition of useful protein into silk production (2018, April 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-silkworm-genes-addition-protein-silk.htmllast_img read more

Crispin Odey The finance company owned by Rupert M

first_imgCrispin OdeyThe finance company owned by Rupert Murdoch’s formerson-in-law, Crispin Odey, has agreed to sell almost all of its minority stake in the Sky Deutschland.Odey and Odey Assett Management had initially resisted BSkyB’s offer to buy the outstanding shares in the German pay TV platform. However, it has now confirmed that it will offload 97% of its shareholding – of about 8% – in the company, which is now part of the wider BSkyB-backed Sky Europe operation.Ahead of the Sky Europe deal, Odey’s holding in Sky made it the pay TV firm’s second largest shareholder, behind 21st Century Fox.In July Odey said BSkyB’s offer for its shares undervalued the business, but has now relented.“Odey Asset Management LLP has agreed to tender at least 97% of its shareholding in Sky Deutschland AG,” the finance firm said in a statement.last_img read more