LoBiondo Supports Efforts To Renegotiate NAFTA

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA):“I have long said free trade must be fair trade for American workers. Unfortunately, that has not been the case with many trade deals negotiated by past Administrations, particularly multinational agreements. I welcome President Trump’s announcement that to improve and update NAFTA to address present-day realities. Reexamination of our trade deals will strengthen our economy and reinforce our relationships with Canada and Mexico.” Congressman Frank LoBiondolast_img

Stages of bloom

first_imgThe Rafflesiaceae family of plants has many identities — producer of the largest flowers in the world, for one, with some specimens measuring a meter or more in diameter. They’re also known as “corpse flowers” because they give off an overwhelming odor of rotting flesh to attract pollinating insects. In their native Southeast Asia, they’re sometimes called the “jewel of Borneo” and are celebrated as a cultural touchstone and beacon for the conservation of the tropical rain forest.For scientists like Charles Davis, a professor of organismic and evolutionary biology, however, the plants have — until now — largely been known for their mysterious nature.The plants were described some 200 years ago, but botanists had been unable to answer many basic questions about them, particularly how those huge flowers develop. Using a combination of traditional methods and modern genetic testing to compare two closely related members of the family, Rafflesia and Sapria, a team of Harvard researchers — Davis, Lachezar Nikolov, a recent Ph.D. student in Davis’ lab, and Elena Kramer, the Bussey Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology — is helping to provide key insights. The research, in collaboration with colleagues from Switzerland, Malaysia, and Thailand, is described in a paper published online Oct. 28 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“What I think is most striking is that these two plants, which look nearly identical, are built in fundamentally different ways,” Davis said. “Rafflesia have been described for almost 200 years, by some of the best morphologists, but the basic understanding of their floral organs was not known until now.”Outwardly, Davis said, Sapria and Rafflesia produce nearly identical chamber-shaped blossoms. They are characterized by similar structures — each includes a number of outer “lobes” resembling petals on flowers, with a center dominated by a domelike structure, called a diaphragm, that encloses a central disk containing the plant’s reproductive structures. One of the few outward contrasts between Rafflesia and Sapria, Davis said, is the number of lobes — Sapria has 10 or more, Rafflesia just five.A closer look, however, revealed vast differences in structures that appear very similar.Careful inspection using traditional microscopy and cutting-edge genetic methods performed first in Sapria showed that it is constructed like many flowers. The lobes on its outer ring are the plant’s sepals — the outermost part that forms a flower — while the inner lobes are petals. Perhaps most importantly, Davis said, tests showed that the diaphragm is a separate structure.In Rafflesia, meanwhile, researchers found something distinctly different that provided a breakthrough.  “Like Sapria, we think the single outer lobes are sepals,” Davis said. “When we look at Rafflesia in the early stages of development, however, the petals are very different. We find that they have become fused to form the diaphragm. No one had ever looked carefully at this early stage of Rafflesia development to connect these outer lobes to sepals, and the inner lobes to the bizarre diaphragm structure.”Researchers also uncovered a novel ringlike organ, distinct from the petals and sepals, that circled the inside of both plants. This type of organ is what gives daffodils their trumpets, and passionflowers their crowns. In Rafflesia, Davis said, the structure was prominent early in the plant’s development, but never developed beyond that point. By contrast, the structure was found to be critical in Sapria, where it expands dramatically to form the inner walls of the flower’s chamber and its domelike diaphragm.The results were so surprising, Davis said, that he initially didn’t believe them.“It was hard to imagine,” he said. “These plants look very similar, yet they’re built in fundamentally different ways.”While the study sheds new light on how these plants develop, Davis said it may also help to explain how Rafflesia in particular attained such huge flowers. “Among a very large flowered group of plants, Rafflesia’s have the biggest flowers of them all!” Davis says.“Based on what we know about the development of other, related plants, we believe Sapria represents the more ancestral pattern of construction,” Davis said. “If you look at the evolution of Rafflesia, which contains the biggest flowers within the family, we see a major burst in floral size, so it may be that this re-architecture is what allowed these plants to become even larger.”last_img read more

Police chief arrested in connection with mass murder of family

first_imgAccording to reports, a municipal police chief in Mexico has been arrested for allegedly being involved in the mass murder of a family near the U.S.-Mexican border.Mexican authorities have arrested Fidel Alejandro Villegas, and authorities believe the murders were due to conflict between local drug cartels battling for control of the area.3 women, and 6 children were killed in Sonora state on November 4th.The arrest comes a month after President Donald Trump said he wanted to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations.last_img

U.S. saw its highest number of mass killings on record

first_imgThat is the highest number of mass killings in the U.S.,however, in 2017 there were more deaths from mass killings.  Walmart shooting in El Paso among deadliest gun massacres in US history In 2019, there were a total of 41 mass killings, according to a database gathered by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University. Of this 41 mass killings, 33 were mass shootings. More than 210 people were killed. The deadliest attack was the shooting at an El Paso Walmart that killed 22 people in August.last_img

Broward County Man Threatened To Kill Donald Trump

first_imgA Broward County man is facing federal charges for allegedly threatening to kill President Donald Trump in response to killing Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani, according to court records.Chauncy Devonte Lump,26, was reportedly on Facebook live as “Blackman vs America” and making threats to the President.A Facebook employee reached out to Broward Sheriff’s Office and told them that Lump was seen in the video saying “he killed my leader, and I have to kill him. I am ready for Donald,” and “the Feds are watching. I am not afraid of the Feds.” “Please tell me where is Donald Trump. I need to find the Donald and if I don’t find him I have to blow up Broward County,”In the video he was also holding what appeared to be a loaded AK-47, according to the arrest report.Lump told Broward officials that the threats were a “joke.”He was arrested and is facing a federal charge along with a county charge of making a false bomb report.Lump’s was set at $100,000 and is ordered to appear in court on Friday.last_img read more

A 104-year-old Marine Corps veteran is asking people to send him Valentine’s Day cards

first_imgA 104-year-old US Marine Corps veteran who served in World War II is asking people to send him cards for Valentine’s Day.Maj. Bill White, a California native, told reports that he loves scrap booking because it keeps him busy, and allows him to look back at all the memories he has created.For Valentine’s Day, White said he wants to add to his collection with cards from people all over.White earned a Purple Heart for surviving the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. He spent 30 years on active duty, but was taken off the battlefield due to his injuries.If you’d like to send White a Valentine’s Day card, you can mail it to:Operation ValentineATTN: Hold for Maj Bill White, USMC (Ret)The Oaks at Inglewood6725 Inglewood Ave.Stockton, CA 95207last_img

Florida Man Tries to Hire Detective Posing as “Hit Man” to Kill Brother

first_imgInvestigators say the suspect provided several Michigan addresses where his brother could be found and offered .25-caliber handgun and a bus ticket, along with the cash.Gary Hudge was arrested last Thursday and is jailed on $62,000 bail. He is also facing two drug charges.It is unknown whether an attorney is representing him. Authorities say a Florida man tried to hire a hit man to kill his brother and offered him a $160 down payment as part of the deal.It turned out the “hit man” was really an undercover detective from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department. As a result, officials have charged 54-year-old Gary Hudge with solicitation to commit murder.According to reports, Hudge met the detective during a drug investigation, and said that he wanted to hire the undercover detective to kill his brother, 57-year-old Thomas Hudge. The two were having a dispute about financial issues.Detectives have arrested a St. Pete Beach man after he attempted to hire them to murder his brother. He has been charged with Solicitation for Murder, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Sale of a Controlled Substance.https://t.co/0stU4Ca0aU pic.twitter.com/1CfW5pVjo5— Pinellas SO (@SheriffPinellas) January 17, 2020last_img read more

WPB Uber Driver Convicted of Rape Gets New Trial

first_imgUber driver, 60-year-old Gary Kitching was convicted of raping a woman he picked up from SunFest three years ago. Now a judge says he will get a new trial.Kitchings is serving a 22 year prison sentence after being convicted of three counts of sexual battery, burglary with assault or battery, and false imprisonment in 2018.Investigators said in May 2017 Kitchings picked up a woman from SunFest and drove her to her home in Jupiter. The woman claimed Kitchings broke into her home and raped her. Kitchings claimed they had consensual sex.The ruling on a new trial came from the 4th District Court of Appeal.The court ruled the judge made a mistake by not allowing the defense to introduce his initial statement to police to counter accusations that he made up his story later.According to the court, the judge should not have allowed into evidence the second statement from the woman.Kitchings will likely ask to be released from custody, while awaiting the retrial. Prior to his arrest, he worked with foster children at a non-profit called Place of Hope in Palm Beach Gardens.last_img read more

The First Cab Cam of 2016 – Brent Pence

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One of the first to get the 2016 planting season started in Ohio was Pence Farms in Clark County. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins rode along for a round or two of corn planting and visited with Brent about how things are going early on in this New Carlisle field.last_img

Ohio Soybean Council announces Annual Meeting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) will hold its annual meeting on Monday, November 26, 2018 at the Columbus Marriott Northwest in Dublin, Ohio. The meeting will begin at 3:00 p.m. and all Ohio soybean farmers are invited to attend.The meeting will include a discussion of Ohio soybean checkoff investments, audit review, and acceptance of new members to the OSC Board of Trustees.For meeting information, contact OSC at 614-476-3100.last_img