I know I can, I know I can

first_imgThere are a number of ways we can act as our own worst enemies, and one of those is to give in to self-doubt. When we fail to believe in ourselves, we set a process in motion that can bring down our professional and personal lives – in a big way.Lolly Daskal, president and CEO of Lead From Within, writes that sometimes, fear of a present challenge or reflection on a past mistake can cause us to doubt our abilities, and that can lead to failure. “Whatever the cause, whatever the expression, you can change it only with the realization that the you are the only one who can make things happen for yourself,” she writes in a recent Inc.com post. “It takes belief in yourself to turn it around.”She lists eight things that happen when you believe in yourself. Here are a few of those:You embrace the impossible and begin to focus on the solutions and not the problems. continue reading » 42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Plague organism shed genes as it grew more lethal

first_img The researchers spelled out the complete DNA sequence of a Y pseudotuberculosis strain called IP32953 and compared it with the genomes of two previously sequenced strains of Y pestis. The comparison revealed only 32 genes that were new in Y pestis, aside from two plasmids (extrachromosomal rings of DNA) that are unique to the bacterium. Previous studies have shown that Y pestis evolved relatively recently from Y pseudotuberculosis and is genetically very similar. The researchers found that Y pestis contains very few new genes but lacks several hundred genes found in Y pseudotuberculosis, according to the report in the Sep 21 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A team of researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and several other centers reached this conclusion by comparing the genome of Y pestis with that of its close relative, Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. Plague is usually fatal if left untreated, whereas Y pseudotuberculosis causes a less virulent gastrointestinal illness that can be mistaken for appendicitis. Sep 15, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The bacterium that causes plague, Yersinia pestis, may have acquired its lethal traits by shedding genes found in a closely related bacterium that is less dangerous, according to a recent study. Chain PSG, Carniel E, Larimer FW, et al. Insights into the evolution of Yersinia pestis through whole-genome comparison with Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. Proc Natl Acad Sci 2004;101(38):13826-31 [Full text] See also: The findings suggest that natural selection may have led to the inactivation of Y pestis genes that tended to suppress the pathogen’s lethality, according to a Lawrence Livermore news release. “Evolutionary pressures may have also made the bacterium better adapted to colonize the flea, its preferred vector . . . , and thus facilitate the flea-borne spread of the disease,” the release says. “These results provide a sobering example of how a highly virulent epidemic clone can suddenly emerge from a less virulent closely related progenitor,” the report says. The lead author of the report is P. S. G. Chain of Lawrence Livermore; the team also included investigators from six other centers in the United States and France. The analysis also showed that Y pestis lacks 317 genes found in Y pseudotuberculosis, “indicating that as many as 13% of Y. pseudotuberculosis genes no longer function in Y. pestis,” the report states. This “massive gene loss,” along with the addition of certain DNA sequences that block gene expression, seems to have been more important than the addition of new genes in the evolution of the plague organism, the authors state. Sep 9 news release from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratoryhttp://www.llnl.gov/pao/news/news_releases/2004/NR-04-09-04.htmllast_img read more

Cattle drive

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Qld’s rental crisis: Half of all tenants live in homes needing repair, new report finds

first_imgA new report reveals Queensland renters are living in fear of eviction and rent rises.QUEENSLAND tenants are being forced to live in poorly maintained, pest-infested properties for fear of eviction and nearly one in 10 have being asked to leave for no reason, according to a new report.The survey of more than 1000 renters by CHOICE, National Shelter and the National Association of Tenant Organisations found almost half of all Queenslanders who rent are in homes in need of repair and nearly two thirds fear a repair request will result in a rent rise.The report, to be launched at Parliament House in Canberra today, reveals the shocking conditions the state’s renters are living in as they struggle to afford to keep a roof over their heads. A new report has found half all renters are living in homes in need of repair. Picture: iStockAccording to the report titled Disrupted: The consumer experience of renting in Australia, 8 per cent of Queensland renters have received at least one “without grounds” notice and been evicted at least once without given a reason or explanation.One in five renters are living with electrical, plumbing and water issues; 31 per cent have problems with cockroaches, moths and ants; 28 per cent have had issues with locks, doors and windows and nearly a quarter say they struggle to afford a rent rise.“This report shows that tenants are living in substandard housing for fear of eviction or a rental increase,” Tenants Queensland chief executive Penny Carr said. “Some renters are inheriting repair problems known to previous tenants unable to get them fixed.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago“There is no way for repairs to be managed between different tenancies and responsibility rests with individual tenants to pursue the problems.” Tenants Queensland chief executive Penny Carr. Picture: Rob MaccollThe report comes as the Queensland Government undertakes a review of the state’s outdated rental laws, with public consultation wrapping up last week.Queensland housing and public works minister Mick de Brenni said the public consultation looked at issues such as pet ownership and how it could be made easier for landlords and tenants to agree on households keeping pets.But Mr de Brenni said an online survey conducted as part of the process revealed an alarming percentage of people pointing to safety repairs as the most important issue to be addressed.“Queenslanders have said overwhelmingly they want good tenants who want to stay and care for their property, and that this is good for landlords,” Mr de Brenni said. “But we’ve seen respondents to the online survey comment that they had been given notice to leave ‘without grounds’, in many cases suggesting it is connected to repairs or maintenance issues.”center_img Queensland government housing and public works minister Mick de Brenni. Picture: Liam KidstonTenants Queensland is one of a group of organisations that have banded together to form the Make Renting Fair in Queensland alliance to advocate for urgent reform to tenancy laws and to put a stop to ‘no grounds’ evictions.“We believe tenants’ rights are not just about allowing pets and picture hooks,” Ms Carr said. “Of most concern, we are seeing an alarming number of renters being evicted without being given an explanation or a reason; in many instances, after they have complained about a repair.”Tenants Queensland is also calling for a restriction to rent increases to once per year and requiring the owner to justify any increase 20 per cent greater than CPI.last_img read more

Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mom, to campaign for Miami Dade Commission…

first_imgOn Monday, via a YouTube video, Sybrina Fulton the mother of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Miami teenager who was shot and killed in 2012 as he walked to his father’s house in Sanford, Florida, by George Zimmerman, a white neighborhood volunteer, launched her bid for a seat on the Miami-Dade County Commission. On Saturday May 18 she announced her election bid saying,  “Since 2012, I have advocated tirelessly to empower our communities and make them safer. But the work is not done. I am proud to announce that I will run to represent District 1 on the county commission.”Running against Miami Garden’s mayorThe District 1 seat is currently held by Commissioner Barbara Jordan who because of term limits will relinquish the seat in 2020.  It has been reporting that incumbent Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert will also campaigning for that seat.If elected, Fulton hopes to use her platform to promote gun control through more thorough background checks and limiting private gun sales.In her campaign video she said, “This is an opportunity to continue to turn the tragedy in my family into positive action that helps thousands of other families……I’m a real, everyday Miami-Dade mom, but I’ve also worked my way up in county government,” Fulton said. “I know the need for new leaders focused on narrowing the gap between the rich and the poor. I’m determined to make economic and social change for my community.”Since her son’s murder in 2012, and the subsequent exoneration of Zimmernan by a Florida court, Fulton has become an inspiring spokesperson, along with Trayvon’s father Tracy Martin for parents, especially those who lost children to gun violence, and concerned citizens across the country. The couple also co-authored the book, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.Role modelThe publicity surrounding Trayvon’s death and the ensuing trial catapulted the country into national debate. Despite the intense struggle of losing a child, Fulton has become a role model to many by turning her grief into advocacy. Remaining strong throughout the trial and ensuing months, she lends her voice to speak against violence towards children and the need to build better, safer communities for all.A Miami native, Fulton graduated from Florida Memorial University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English. She  worked for the Miami-Dade County Housing Development Agency for over 25 years, and is a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Miami Gardens.Although she has been an ardent advocate against gun violence since her son’s death Fulton has indicated she is not anti-gun. Campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016, she said, “We need to get to a place where people who own guns are responsible gun owners,” she says. “It’s not about being for or against guns. It’s about everybody being responsible.”Ending gun violence – a key issueShe plans to make ending gun violence a key issue of her election campaign, saying in a recent campaign statement, “Our county must continue moving forward so our families are safe from violence, can afford to live in Miami-Dade, and have access to good paying jobs. I am ready to take on these issues and many others in county government.”Along with ending gun violence she highlighted public safety, affordable housing, and reducing the cost of living as other key issues in her campaign video.last_img read more