LONDON - Scientists in the United States said on Tuesday they had taken a major step toward developing a "mosquito birth control" drug to curb the spread of malaria and other killer diseases blamed for hundreds of thousands of deaths a year. Researchers at the University of Arizona said they had discovered a protein unique to female mosquitoes which is critical for their young to hatch. When the scientists blocked the protein, the females laid eggs with defective shells causing the embryos inside to die. The team said developing drugs which targetted the protein could provide a way to reduce mosquito populations without harming beneficial insects such as bees. "It's an important discovery," Roger Miesfeld, head of the university's department of chemistry and biochemistry, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone. "We're certainly excited about it ... This gets around mosquito resistance and also has a much better chance of being bio-safe (than other methods)." Mosquitoes are one of … [Read more...] about Scientists: ‘Mosquito birth control’ drug could be ready in 5 years
The Treasury minister has promised to review a tax avoidance crackdown that campaigners have said will bankrupt taxpayers. Those who used so-called disguised remuneration schemes to avoid tax as far back as 1999 are being targeted by a “loan charge” which comes into force in April and aims to recoup the losses from the arrangements. The schemes typically involved income being paid in the form of loans from offshore companies which would never be repaid. They were generally understood to be legal at the time, and many contractors were following the advice of experts, but the Government's position is that they have always been defective. Campaigners argue the loan charge unfairly targets contractors retrospectively and puts some at risk of bankruptcy or losing their homes. In dramatic scenes in the House of Commons last night, Liberal Democrat MP Ed Davey tabled an amendment to the Finance Bill which would require the Treasury to review the policy before March 30. He said the … [Read more...] about Tax avoidance crackdown to be reviewed amid fears it could bankrupt contractors
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen says Durham Tees Valley Airport could close unless his takeover is approved later this month. The chairman of Durham Tees Valley Airport has confirmed in a statement that if Tees Valley Mayor’s plan to bring the airport back into public ownership is voted down in a crunch vote on January 24, then the airport could close. Robert Hough CBE – who also chairs Peel Airports Group – argued that “the future operations of the airport are extremely uncertain after 2021” if the five Tees Valley council leaders vote down the bid to return the airport to public ownership later this month. A ‘Keep Open Commitment’ up until 2021 was agreed between Peel Group and the local authority shareholders in Durham Tees Valley Airport in 2016.It was agreed as part of a package of measures to secure the airport’s future, which included a decision that Teesside councils would take on the pension liabilities of airport workers from … [Read more...] about Durham Tees Valley Airport could close if takeover deal is not given the go-ahead, it has been claimed
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Lancashire could see the creation of “heat networks” in an attempt to cut carbon emissions and reduce wasted energy. The specialist distribution systems are one of the key priorities identified in a county-wide energy strategy, commissioned by the area’s Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).Each individual network - which could extend across wide areas - is fuelled by a centrally-located source of power. The resultant heat is then transferred to the buildings which require it, via pipes carrying hot water. There is no need for boilers in each property - although individual buildings would retain the ability to control temperatures.The aim would ultimately be for low carbon sources to power the networks - but, whatever their source, they are thought to have the capacity to reduce carbon emissions by making use of otherwise wasted heat from industry.A report to be presented to an LEP committee this week states that Lancashire has so far not had as much … [Read more...] about Could boilers become a thing of the past in parts of Lancashire?