The Environment Agency submitted a planning application to Exeter City Council last month for the next phase of the Exeter flood defense scheme.Phase 2 of the scheme includes intermittent defenses on both sides of the River Exe, from Cowley Bridge in the north to Countess Wear, Bridge Road in the south. The scheme will reduce flood risk to homes, businesses and infrastructure in Exwick, St David’s, St Thomas, the quay area, Marsh Barton and low lying areas near Mill Road, Countess Wear.The Environment Agency lowered the level of the River Exe this month to help with the detailed design stage of the Exeter flood defense scheme.Phase 1 work is well underway downstream of Exeter quay. This phase started in August 2014. Contractors have made good progress deepening the existing Trew’s flood relief channel and will soon begin lowering the side spill weir at the top of the channel.This will increase its flow capacity which will help reduce flood risk during high flows.The check weir at the downstream end of the flood relief channel will be removed to further increase capacity. This will mean that the bottom half of the channel will be wetter during high tides.Exeter has a long history of flooding, going back as far as the 13th century. The current flood defenses were built in the 1960s and 70s after devastating flooding affected more than 1,000 properties.[mappress mapid=”20138″]
Assembly member Brent Johnson co-sponsored the ordinance which states “the current process has made it difficult for citizens wishing to form a local option zone to be successful”. Johnson says one of the biggest changes in the proposed rewrite is the size of lot that can be forced by surrounding lots to be included in a local option zone district. Asmb. Johnson: “Previously there was no specific size of lot that was restricted out so previously a guy could own an 80 acre lot and have the folks around him say ‘Guess what, we’re forcing you into our local option zone [district] and now you can’t have a gravel pit.’ So with the new ordinance the maximum size of lot is five acres, unless, somebody with a larger lot can volunteer to be in but they cannot be forced to be in.” The Borough Assembly will take public comment on the ordinance at their 6:00 pm, Tuesday, February 2 meeting.Click here for that proposed ordinance. Asmb. Johnson: “The fact that it’s been in place for at least ten years or more and in that period of time there’s been maybe five local option zones formed.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Borough Assembly will take public comment on simplified local option zoning rules Tuesday. Local Option Zoning is the process by which neighborhoods of 12 lots or more can propose to ban or support anything from pot cultivation to gravel pits. The local-options zoning provisions were last rewritten in 2000 and the Borough’s Planning and Legal departments have been reviewing those for several months.
CMC: West Indies have slipped to No. 9 in the ICC One-Day International rankings, compounding their misery of being eliminated from the ongoing World Cup in England.In the latest rankings released Thursday, West Indies lost three ratings points to slip to 77 points, below Sri Lanka, who regained eighth spot with 78 points.The drop comes on the heels of a poor showing by the Windies at the World Cup, where they have lost five of their seven games and won just once.They lie eighth in the 10-team standings on three points. Their 125-run defeat to India on Thursday at Old Trafford ruled out any chance of them reaching the semi-finals.India, meanwhile, have returned to the top of the standings with 123 points following their unbeaten run at the World Cup, while previous No. 1 England have slipped to second on 122 after losing three matches in the tournament.West Indies had last month finally moved out of ninth place in the ICC rankings following their impressive 2-2 draw in the five-match series against world No. 1 England in the Caribbean.They had previously spent several years at No. 9, causing them to play a qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe last year March with the likes of Nepal, Papua New Guinea and United Arab Emirates in order to qualify for the World Cup.Hosts England, and the remaining top seven in the rankings at September 2017, gained automatic qualification.West Indies have two rem-aining matches at the World Cup, against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
Stories in Thursday’s newspapers involving Chelsea….Mason Mount’s ankle injury is not serious and he could be available for Chelsea’s game against Liverpool on Sunday, according to The Sun.Mount was taken off during the first half of the Blues’ Champions League defeat against Valencia at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.AdChoices广告He was the victim of a nasty challenge from former Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin, leading to fears he could be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.But The Sun say a scan has shown no ligament damage and that Mount has a chance of playing in this weekend’s match.Embed from Getty Images Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Meanwhile, The Guardian reports that Chelsea have opened contract talks with youngsters Tammy Abraham and Fiyako Tomori.Striker Abraham has been in superb goalscoring form and defender Tomori has also impressed since coming into the side.The Guardian say Chelsea want both players to sign five-year deals at the Bridge.
Aug 1 2018Every day, the hundred-mile-long Hong Kong subway system serves nearly five million people commuting from as far away as mainland China. On July 31 in the journal Cell Reports, researchers show how microbes from these diverse travelers mix throughout the day. While each subway line hosts a characteristic set of bacteria during morning rush hour, by evening, these unique bacteria join into one uniform microbiome populating the entire system.”In the morning, each line has unique microbial features reflecting the regions it passes, but with more and more people using the subway during the day, the microbial communities of all the lines become more similar, dominated by human skin commensal bacteria,” says Gianni Panagiotou, a systems biologist at the Hans Knoell Institute in Germany and the University of Hong Kong. “The Metro is constantly cleaning every surface that we touch, but the train compartments have little personal space–passengers are squashed there, and we are talking about one of the busiest and densest cities in the world.”Related StoriesGene modulation goes wireless hacking the “boss gene”New methods to recognize antimicrobial resistant bacteria and how they workNanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellIn partnership with architect Chris Webster, Panagiotou and his team wanted to uncover how the geographical features of the different subway lines and their connectivity to urban streets and other public spaces affected the overall microbial composition of the subway. Then, they wanted to see if the microbiome itself would inherit the tidal effects of the traffic flow enough to vary over traveling time. “With five million people riding the subway every day, the fingerprint of the whole city had to be there,” says Panagiotou.To simulate the average commuter experience, the researchers sent volunteers through the subways for half an hour during both the morning and evening rush hours, sampling the skin on their hands after each. Because the skin is a major biointerface critical for immune function, the researchers were curious not about which bacteria lived on the train compartment surfaces themselves, as had been examined in earlier studies in Boston and NYC subways, but about which were transferred to commuters’ hands.The majority of microbes transferred were relatively harmless skin commensals, or bacteria normally living on the skin of other travelers. But, some pathogens were discovered as well. In fact, according to Panagiotou, the best illustration of the mixing pattern came from antibiotic resistance genes. “In the morning, ARGs were only captured in a few lines but, by the evening, could be traced in all of them,” he says.”The idea for this project is not to scare people, because what we observed was that higher traffic Metro lines do not carry higher health risks, neither in terms of pathogens or in terms of antibiotic resistance genes,” says Panagiotou. “Instead, we want to better understand how urban planning can impact the types of bacteria we encounter so that studies like ours investigating the microbial composition of train compartments may guide future public health strategies and public transit designs.” Source:https://www.cell.com/